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Old 14th September, 2007, 05:12 AM
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Ultra ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler

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The Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler is a bit more than an oversized aftermarket cooler. This unit marries two technologies into a single package, teaming a heat-pipe type cooler with a peltier and an oversized fan to offer extreme cooling potential. To help facilitate its features properly, Ultra also integrates an external control module that's programmed to control the cooler's functions and report on the current health of the CPU.

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Old 14th September, 2007, 05:16 AM
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Strikes me as being impractical because of the inefficient nature of TECs. Comments?
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I think the fact that they had a module whereby the Peltier was connected in reverse is a bad sign. It's also only a 60W peltier. Now, with processor power consumption coming downwards, that's perhaps less of an issue.

Personally, I think that peltier effect devices are too inefficient for much more than spot cooling of low powered devices.
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985g ?? Do I need to drill some holes in my case for that thing?
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985g ?? Do I need to drill some holes in my case for that thing?
You mean for the crane you need to hold it?
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Old 14th September, 2007, 08:21 PM
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I think the modern sockets might be a bit more resiliant when it comes to heavy coolers, at least much more so than the one/two/three lug Socket A / Socket 7 type mounting, but yea, not just the weight really, but also the fact that its probably top heavy, and would lever itself loose.

Air and peltiers has always seamed to me like a bad combination, as the combination is unlikely to be as good as a standard watercooler, due to the low wattage being needed in order to keep it air cooled.

As far as reliability and overclocking potential, I've come to have complete confidence in my main machine with the Kandalf LCS in it (never leaked a single drop, never kinked, never had any failures) and I've gone from only turning it on when I was supervising it, to leaving it on 24/7 on its own. I don't think I could ever have that confidence in a peltier, no matter how good its controller was.
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