Way 2 Cool
Way 2 Cool
Tear it down
Well, it's been a little over seven months since Water Cooler 4 was installed on my Windows box. Since it's time for a processor upgrade and, of course, I plan to water cool and add some peltiers to it, I though it would be a good idea to strip it down and see what 7 months of chillin' does to a rig. During this time the processor was run mostly at 633 MHz. Yes, it would do more. No, it wasn't completely stable at anything above 633. If I had one crash that I could attribute to something other than just the normal Windows array of crashes, it would be one crash too many. As well as being my play toy, this box keeps track of my life and I don't take kindly to down-time.
During the seven months, I ran Rain 1.0. Always. Now there are those that say that running a software cooler and peltiers is a bad mix. I am not one of those people. I tend to think that good insulation is all that is needed to get around the condensation issues. However, the use of a software cooler does make for some pretty good temperature swings. Consider that the normal internal processor idle temp for this setup was about -7°F (seven below zero) and gaming, CAD work, and a few other uses could push the temperature into the +60°F range. That's a fairly good swing, but not really any more than a stock heat sink would produce under some situations. (+75 to +142 for example.)
Aside from just liking the cooler programs
for their power saving aspects, another reason to run Rain was to see how well the
packaging of my cooler held up to the humidity and the perils
of condensation. I have to say that I was impressed. Not
only did the Monokote covering do its job in keeping condensation from
forming inside the peltier assisted, water cooled package, but the use
of dielectric grease completely prevented any corrosion from forming on
the PPGA processor's pins and the slotket's edge connector.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the way
this cooler worked out. I'd say that in this particular situation,
those who predicted that this processor would die a premature death due
to condensation were wrong. It does appear that with a little care,
running cold temps doesn't have to mean that condensation will kill your
processor. Now that the tear down has been completed, I have more
confidence that the next cooler can go a bit colder. Hopefully in
six months or so with the next tear down, I'll be able to report the same
success with WC7.