AIR COOLED WATERBLOCK
Finally, the solution to do it all has arrived, and the simplicity of it all is amazing! I have been pondering how to combine the two technologies for almost a year, and then finally found the right materials (and tools) to finally accomplish the task.
What better way to cool a CPU then with water right? Well what happens when your pump goes, or your line gets kinked, or any other myriad of things that can go wrong with an unmaintained watercooling setup? Your CPU fries. However, imagine a system where you can go to sleep at night, and not worry if any other component fails. Imagine a safeguard that allows you to use this block just by itself without a drop of water going through it. This is the solution to safeguard water cooling.
The performance of this block is uncontested by conventional waterblocks. I did my own personal comparison with the Heat Killer LT block. The comparison was done as unbiased as I could possibly conduct. These are the components used to test:
Swiftech 120x2 radiator
Swiftech MCP 655 pump
3/8 ID tube
X58 Micro with i7 920 (lapped)
Ambient temps cycled between 70-74F
Artic Silver Alumina & all fans 100%
The test consisted of putting the same amount of thermal paste on both waterblocks, installing, running Prime95 (blend) for 6.5 hours straight, & leaving realtemp on to record max temps.
First, here is the picture of the setup, with the heatkiller block installed in the Antec 300 case:
As you can see, just a very basic setup. I didn't do anything extravagant like use bigger radiators, or reservoirs... Just the basic components. The fans are low CFM Coolermasters.
The results of the 6 hour test:
As you can see the max temp recorded was 71C. All settings were stock bios settings (less the 1.65 Ram setting)
NOW, to move on to my block...
The same setup was used:
No change, just change the waterblock with the same quantity of the same thermal paste, and repeat said test.
Here it shows good spread of the thermal paste, and the overall size comparison:
And here is that part you have ALL been waiting for.... the RESULTS:
Clearly a marked improvement over the Heat Killer block. Nine degrees of improvement using the same setup.
As with everything there is always room for improvement. I can refine my methods, use different equipment etc, but overall I am quite pleased. I use the block as we speak for just air operation. The fan will get quite noisy when the smart fan kicks the fan up to 100%, but thats what it is supposed to do. U manually changed the CPU fan to 100% in the smart fan because when your benching you want it as cool as possible. Also because the Smartfan worked a little too well and allowed the CPU to reach 59C before it kicked in. Kudos to the board & smart fan for doing its job.
<message edited by nateman_doo on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 12:43 PM>