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  • TEC Cooling? Anyone tried it?

    I'm thinking of ordering a 5.99 100W 12V TEC to try

    I'll use an old CPU/MOBO and my current heatsink, CM Hyper 612S and see what happens.


    Anyone got any experience with these? Noticed there is a sub-fora on Overclock.net about them



    Thanks

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  • #2
    Not worth the time of day mate. To cool anything you need many hundreds of watts greater than the source, then you have additional heat of the TEC to get rid of too, which often requires custom water loop.

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    • #3
      As Kev said. You need a custom loop at least to get rid of the heat that they produce. In case you didn't know, the TEC gets hot on one side which produces a cold side on the other (in short) and it generates a tonne of heat.

      They would also (usually) require insulating your components as you'll be below the dew point in which case condensation will form.
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      • #4
        I know about it's heat output and insulating the board, is it not worth trying?

        what about using a H100 on the hot side?

        TEC really interests me at the moment

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        • #5
          Not worth it at all. You've got the most basic motherboard I could imagine, it won't overclock well, and you want to put something on a CPU that is avoided by pretty much everyone? I wouldn't even go there.
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          • #6
            Plus all extra electricity wasted by using a TEC, if you buy 200w TEC, then it uses 200w of electricity. Then you have to find something to cool that 200w of heat the TEC produces, bog standard air cooler won't do much.

            You would be best buying phase unit over any TEC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheMadDutchDude View Post
              Not worth it at all. You've got the most basic motherboard I could imagine, it won't overclock well, and you want to put something on a CPU that is avoided by pretty much everyone? I wouldn't even go there.
              I wasn't going to use my system so whatever

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