Acers some significant updates to its creator-focused ConceptD PC series and new Predator gaming laptops, Acer needed to show off its latest component improvements on stage. On the company’s IFA press event, Acer boss Jason Chen brandished the Predator PowerGem, a brand new material meant to assist within the cooling of PC components.
Details are incredibly scant; however, it’s apparent that PowerGem is a type of thermal interface material (TIM). It is alleged to take the place of thermal paste, which sits between a chip and the cooler above it. While these pads are already discovered top components like NVMe storage or GPU VRMs, CPUs are still typically cooled with thermal paste or more exotic materials like liquid metal. PowerGem seems to have been explicitly developed to cool CPUs.
Acer claims PowerGem has around four times heat conduction of copper and says using the TIM will allow for 77 % higher wattage, resulting in a CPU boost of about 12.5 %. This sounds very impressive; however, claims of such breakthroughs are common, and the charts it used to illustrate its point lack context and clarification. It required to verify its claims and compare PowerGem towards other leading solutions before getting too excited.
Acer might be utilizing PowerGem in future revisions of its Orion 9000 desktop and Helios 700 laptops, with the company CEO teasing the next look in Acer’s ConceptD lineup. It is not clear if it should sell the material directly to consumers looking to build their very own PCs.