I have been playing with this for the past few days and I have to say that I am very impressed. I do NOT think it is for everyone, but if you can feed it with a high cfm fan, such as a Vantec Tornado, and duct some good time winter air onto it, you may just be able to turn in some incredible temperatures.
That’s a picture of my rig being fired up this morning.
And that’s a picture of it warmed up running SETI@home.
As you can see, it does allow for sub-ambient cooling given the right setup.
If you do go the route of “ducted” cooling, there is another HUGE benefit… that air will cool your memory and chipset. Even though there is a TEC on top of my processor, the Tornado is moving the air so fast that it(the air) stays cold. Result, an almost freezing memory stick and chipset heatsink.
Vantec Tornado 80mm 84cfm
Sparkle 350 power supply(w/ pots)
ATI Xpert 2000 Pro(I know, I know)
Radio Shack 25A 12V Power Supply(for TEC & Tornado)
As you can see, the TEC requires a beefy power supply. Swiftech recommends dedicating at least 18A on the 12v line just for the TEC. The RS power supply I’m using is rated for 25A@13.8V so it probably will push close to 30A at the 12.4V I have it set for.
The bottom line… I’ve been able to run over 2300MHz with this chip on air so that’s no big deal. What is a big deal is that I needed 2.2V to do it. :eek: Now with this air-TEC(and some cold winter air), I only need 1.9V.