Before we start explaining what the downsides of ECT are and what the precautions should be in the vast majority of cases, let’s first summarize what it is and how a Peltier cell can help us lower blood pressure. temperature of a CPU.
Waterblock and Peltier hardly ever got along
History has shown us that all really interesting attempts to make these two things come true have failed so far. And while there have been several attempts to market such an elitist product as this in one pack, the reality is that this is all an advertised failure.
Because? Well, due to two factors: the first was the insulation system that these blocks must have, while the second was the need to have a special power source so that any Peltier could function without burning. our source. Normally the 24 volts DC Meanwell for this, but as these blocks failed, the idea quickly fell into disrepair.
Now EK is back with Intel to try it out with their EK-QuantumX Delta TEC, a block that uses a continuous flow cooling motor designed with the technology. Intel Cryo coolingSo we have a thermoelectric cooler on the one hand, a common block on the other, and a system that constantly monitors and adjusts temperatures dynamically.
Condensation is the main problem, as a source of energy
Unless we have a MeanWell DC 24V source in the PC or assume we can burn ours out no matter how many watts and amps are available, condensation is the second issue to deal with. So far there have been all kinds of attempts, but by far the best is EK and Intel.
Because? Well, because it ends in a stroke of the pen with the energy and condensation issues without the need for a special source or perfect insulation. How? ‘Or’ What? adjust the temperature of the block and the water to the room. If we never get below the ambient temperature inside the box, we will never have any condensation and therefore it will always be a safe system.
This allows the block to have the TEC integrated inside and the controller on the outside never generates water by condensation, so the system is always optimal for the best result. The only downside is that by not lowering the room temperature, you cannot achieve extreme temperatures, where in winter they will be better, but in summer they will be worse.
Therefore, it is a system more designed for those who want to squeeze their CPU to the limit and not so much for those who want to gain volume or a little lower temperatures, because the higher the heat generated, the TEC has to work. more and therefore cool down. water so that it is always above room temperature, although this time for a larger margin due to the increase in TDP.