Originally Posted by KuramaKitsune
all i heard was, blah blah
3x120mm rad not quite enough for mystery cpu + tec with 3k+rpm fans
water temps slightly above ambient,
what is the core temp ?
the all important point of the whole project.
dont care if im nearly boiling my rads,
if the core temp is lower than with no tec then i am winning.
albeit, im not cranking up 4 3k+ rpm fans at once, unless its in another room with a super long usb for my mouse / keyboard , and hdmi....
and if we are going that road, might as well just super extend the rad lines and leave em outside in the cold.
or better yet, use a spair entire car radiator.
If that's all you heard then you have some serious reading comprehension issues
Water temps are way above ambient. They were only 1c above idle and ~2-3c above full load before the TEC, now they are 5c above @ idle and 8-9c above during sustained load. That's a HUGE difference, not slight, and shows how much extra heat is added to a loop with even just a single TEC.
CPU is in sig, but instead of what CPU you should be asking whats the heat load. My OC'd processor is over 140watts, which is pretty close to the 150w rating of the SDD block. Core Temps are much better then water, but not where they would be with more rad. Limited by the humidity and dew point since I'm controlling it to prevent condensation, but with a "good" dew point I get ~26c idle and ~36c full load. Impressive considering thats similar heat output to a 4ghz 2500k @ 1.3v, and only on a single 3x120mm rad.
You DO care if you're "boiling your rads" since TECs are not some magical heat sucking device. They work on a temperature delta from one side to the other. IE, hot water on hot side=a much warmer cold side. You will end up with WORSE temps then plain water cooling by running a TEC without enough rad - or even worse, one of those AIO kits.
GL using a car rad. Have run reducing barbs from ~2" down to .5, using gallons and gallons of coolant, and finding a ~7,000LPH pump to move it all around
Don't ask for help if you're going to disregard everything someone with experience says about it.