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4TEC Water Chiller Testing Results

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Finally got everything in working order, and the TEC chiller and controller installed in the case.

The chiller runs on the two pci-e power connector from the computer PSU. The 4 TECs are wired as 2+2 pattern (two/two in series and then in parallel). So each TEC gets 6V maximum when the PWM control is 100%. At 100% it consumes 250W of power. At idel it uses around 50-150W power depending the temperature settings.

The controller log all the temperatures and PWM% to the computer through USB. It is able to automatically controls the cold side water temperature and prevents condensation. For the test in the following the water temperature is set at around 17C.

The testing setup:
AMD X6 1090T 4GHz (1.525V) on ASUS Crosshair V formula
Swiftech Apogee XT water block
XSPC RX360 Radiator and D5 pump for hot loop
MCP350 pump for cold loop
Homemade Controller and TEC driver

If you are not following the TEC forum, these two threads shows how I made it.
http://www.overclock.net/peltiers-te...r-chiller.html

http://www.overclock.net/peltiers-te...ontroller.html

Results:




The temperature is read from the Core Temp software. Note that AMD cpus have bad sensors and usually need to add 10C on the readings. But the temperature difference between straight water cooling and TEC system still makes sense.


More Pictures:










Edited by foxrena - 9/21/11 at 8:20pm
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Long live tec's!!,great results.
Reminds me of when this was launched
Edited by polar - 9/4/11 at 3:24pm
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Very, very sweet setup! Nice job on the controller and the chiller looks great!
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Long live tec's!!,great results.
Reminds me of when this was launched
Yes, I do my best to make this thing usable for 24/7. Fully automatic and no insulation is needed!!

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Very, very sweet setup! Nice job on the controller and the chiller looks great!
Thanks. I wish I could make the chiller better, with water channels and pins. That could help some on temps an enhance efficiency.
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how much power does each tec require?
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how much power does each tec require?
I run these TECs 2, 2 in series. Each one gets maximum 6V. So at 100% PWM, they uses 250W total, 62.5W each. The beauty of the controller is when the PC is idle, it automatically lowers the power usage. Right now it uses about 50-60% (125W) of power at idle to keep the water 10C below ambient.
Edited by foxrena - 10/9/11 at 5:10pm
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wow so if i decide to add a few tecs to my loop im going to need a high wattage psu
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wow so if i decide to add a few tecs to my loop im going to need a high wattage psu
Yes, but the wattage also depends on the temperature you want to achieve. My setup consumes 700W with everything maxed out (250W from TECs) and I'm using a 1000W PSU.
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Honestly speaking I weren't expecting such results! Temperatures are quite good considering you have no insulation...and basically using a HDD waterblock! Though I must say, I wouldn't even contemplate using such a chiller on an i7! eek.gif

My own TEC chiller has been postponed due to the astronomical costs of CNC milling! frown.gif
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Awesome !!! Considering making few sets for sale??
 
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