When it comes to business, I am pretty sure many of the large companies have experienced their share of noisy computers at one time or another. Furthermore, with the various components requiring better cooling methods, larger heatsinks and/or faster fans will only work for so long. After all, we want compact quiet computers, not refrigerator sized howling machines.
This particular liquid cooled desktop PC from http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/build-pc/4318067 is both slim and silent. Although, it looks more like a computer on life support. Nevertheless, server and workstation computers are now being developed to be silent.
HP, Dell and others are offering desktop computers that are liquid cooled. An option for those that demand it.
Therefore, it is only a matter of time before liquid cooled PC’s become commonplace. Hopefully, prices will also drop when it does.
HP offers liquid cooled business PCs at http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/169977/hp_hoses_workstation_fan_noise_with_liquid_cooling.html
Liquid used will be safe for computers can be read at http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/202417/6_cool_innovations_for_the_data_center.html
Am I joking about refrigerator sized computers? No. CPU’s are getting smaller, but they are now stuffing 2, 4, 6, 8 or more CPU’s on one die. Furthermore, CrossfireX and SLI allow users to install up to 4 video cards that work together to display graphics onto one monitor. RAM (memory) needs to be installed in pairs of 2 and, optionally, 3.
There will always be a place for smaller computers and/or devices, but the latest and/or greatest software will demand more power. Eye candy is good for the average user. The power user needs a computer that can control 8 computer monitors.
Although, I have seen the use of 4 separate CPU’s on one motherboard back in the day of the 486 desktop computers. It was more of a fad than useful. Now, 2 socket motherboards are common for servers.
Nevertheless, computers are getting larger. If a new technology breakthrough enables manufacturers to stuff the power of 12 CPU’s into 1 identical sized CPU without needing a better cooling device, then computers may get smaller again.
Currently, it seems that the computer is getting larger. I hate to see the day when they come out with G-ATX (Gigantic ATX) motherboards.
Moore’s law as it relates to computer hardware can be read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law