Creating a truly fanless gaming PC is no small feat, as passive cooling methods often result in higher temperatures that don’t work quite as well as their fan-cooled counterparts. Dissatisfied with this compromise in their quest for a silent rig, YouTuber DIY Perks built their own ‘breathing’ thermal solution using a magnet-powered bellows system to chill components.
It’s still an air-cooled gaming PC, but instead of using the small blades of a fan, it shoves a larger surface area of air using a sizable acrylic panel. With motors instantly out of the question due to the noise they make, DIY Perks turned to magnets, water pumps, and a good understanding of both physics and engineering to shift the panel from side to side with enough force to cool everything.
Not only does it look like a work of art in its own right, but the temperatures are staggeringly good. DIY Perks didn’t showcase in-game benchmarks, but the 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X sat at a reasonable 60°C in Prime95 and the Zotac RTX 3080 topped out at 60°C in FurMark. The rest of the system is rounded off with an Asrock ITX motherboard, 64GB of Crucial Ballistix DDR4 RAM at 3600MHz, and Alphacool waterblocks for the gaming CPU and graphics card.