This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of two cases that have ‘600’ in their product names, our wish lists for Christmas, Asetek sending cease-and-desist notices to AMD and Gigabyte, AMD’s AM4 platform, Epic Games’ Paragon & more!
If you missed it yesterday Asetek sent out cease-and-desist notices to both AMD and Gigabyte targeting their R9 Fury X and GTX 980 Waterforce. Asetek, the OEM who we know for Corsair and NZXT’s AiO liquid cooling systems alleges that both products infringe on its patents as they include a Cooler Master build liquid cooling system.
Liquid cooling giant Asetek has reportedly issued a “cease-and-desist” notice to AMD over the sale of AMD’s R9 Fury X graphics card. A similar notice was also sent to Gigabyte to stop sales of its GeForce GTX 980 Water Force graphics card. Both cards feature a closed-loop liquid cooling solution by Cooler Master. Cooler Master is already currently locked in a patent infringement lawsuit with Asetek over Asetek’s pump-block and movable fittings designs.
At the end of 2014 Asetek won a patent infringement case against CMI USA, Inc. who we better know as Cooler Master. In the case the jury unanimously ruled in favor of Asetek. As a result they were awarded damages based on a 14.5% royalty rate. Cooler Master however demanded a new judgement as matter of law and a new trial.
For almost two decades now Asetek has been building cooling products that help increase CPU speed and performance. The Danish company specializes in liquid cooling solutions for everything from data centers to your home gaming rig. You may not realize it, but you might know them very well from the excellent AIO coolers that are sold to other companies to be rebranded. Today we are going to take a look at four of their AIO coolers, the 510LC, 550LC, 570LX, and the 591LX. All four coolers under the Asetek brand are all used in pre-built machines by companies like CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower.
If you remember back to 2013, shortly after Cooler Master launched their Seidon series of All In One CPU coolers they were hit with a lawsuit by Asetek. Asetek, one of the biggest developers of AIO cooler pump designs, brought suit claiming that CMI USA infringed on US Patent 8240362, as well as updated Patent 8245764.
Don’t get your hopes up NVIDIA is not coming out with an AIO cooling version of their GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. Japanese system builder Sycom decided to take matters into their own hands and have cut a corner out of the shroud on a reference GeForce GTX 980, removed the heatsink and replaced it with the Asetek 740GN water cooling unit.
About 3 weeks ago Asetek announced the “largest ever design win” for the company that would result in 2 – 4 million dollars of revenue from a undisclosed OEM customer. Well it turns out the customer is AMD. Pictures of a cooler shroud is doing its rounds on Chinese tech forums. The design is very similar to the design of the Radeon R9 295X2, but is designed for a single-GPU card.
Asetek has announced their largest ever design win today in a press release. The deal is with an undisclosed OEM customer (which will be secret for a while) and for an unnamed graphics liquid cooling solution all their own. This ambitious project is forecasting a prime cash flow to the company in the 2 to 4 million dollars range for revenue and shipping and it is scheduled to begin by the first half of 2015.
Swiftech announced today that they are withdrawing sales of their H220 Water Cooling Kit in the United States. This is probably why everyone we recommended the cooler to could not find it over the past month or so. The reason for the withdraw is that Asetek claims that the H220 CPU cooler infringes on their US patents 8,240,362 (the ’362 patent) and 8,245,764 (the ‘764 patent) and to cease selling, offering for sale and importing the H220 CPU cooler in the United States.
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