I have a desktop PC with the CPU Intel I7-12700F with 180 TDP, the CPU fan Zalman CNPS10X extreme, and Windows 11 and my problem is that The CPU cooling causes much noise when simple tasks are being performed; opening directories or windows, opening or closing small programs such as Notepad, Calculator, web browser, or when taking the PC out of sleep mode.
I am not a CS student, just a layman trying to understand if the desktop CPU development field is somewhat "stuck" in the past decades.
If desktop CPUs of the 2020's generally use more power than those of previous decades hence get hot faster and require more extensive and noisy cooling, I'd carefully assume that desktop CPUs of 2020's aren't essentially very different than those of the 90's and 80's.
Are there perhaps different paradigms to create essentially differently desgined desktop CPUs which may allow similar capabilities but with fanless cooling / passive cooling?
Currently, fanless cooling is nearly nonexistent when it comes to desktop CPUs. A notorious CPU cooling model, Nofan CR-80EH is aimed for desktop CPUs of no more than 80 Watt TDP and I don't know if such CPUs are still manufactured.
I am coming to ask this ignorantly and by a possible false analogy to electricity production. If I am not mistaken, electricity production has had some radical engineering shifts from coal burning, such as producing electricity from water flow, wind flow, nuclear reaction (such as fission), solar panels (also heat but still a radical change) and who knows what future holds?
Is there any radical approach to develop desktop CPUs at least in theory or currently in research labs, that will allow completely silent / fanless desktop computers with CPU capabilities similar to those of current desktop CPUs?
By the way, why not creating a motherboards with several small general processers, each one with passive cooling?