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Hey all. With the recent release of Ivybridge AKA Fierybridge I have decided to go sub-zero and want one of Mindchill's blocks. Here are my questions.

1) How hard is insulating for 24/7 subzero. Everyone said that watercooling would be very difficult and if done wrong would be disatrous, but as I found out it's actually very easy. Is insulating the same?

2) How bad does it screw over your warranty. How many warranties does it screw over?

3) Will the chipset need to be cooled via water or something because of the insulation surrounding it?

Questions for Mindchill

1) Do you make your dual TEC block for purchase? (http://www.overclock.net/t/1120498/dual-tec-water-block )

2) How well does it handle heat? I wanna OC the living hell out of an i7 3770k e.g. 5.5ghz 24/7 or however hard I can push it

3) Can I use a separate computer PSU or do I need a dedicated auxiliary PSU?

4) How much wattage does this thing consume on a PSU?

5) Cost $$

6) Anything else I might need to know?

I really hate posting nooby questions like this, but I have no where else to go and the posts in the TEC thread are limited to say the least. Thank you all so much for your help. thumb.gif

P.S. I have a triple 360 rad loop and hate phase change tongue.gif
Edited by An4rchyZ - 4/23/12 at 9:11pm
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Ivybridge for subzero with tecs no way only phase change,dry ice and liquid nitrogen my friend...i think you misunderstood something here..tecs are better from watercooling not subzero/benching.What do you mean with 24/7 subzero?smile.gif
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Just want it as cold as it will go via tec
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Whats your goal in temps?
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you wont get htat with a tech.. you still ahve to dump the heat using a water loop. Your best bet would be phase. I know you dont like it but its your only choice in my opinion
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I think Elloquin has gone sub-zero on TEC's (need to find the thread). But it becomes a pretty big headach compared to phase for 24/7 (need more cooling real estate than phase) . If you want sub ambient and/or above dew point then yes, TEC's can be viable. They do however consume a little bit more power than a phase unit.

If you're crazy enough (crazier than me anyways), you could run TEC's to have subzero. But you'd need a lot of power, and some really good cooling. The the insulation, plus good flow and subzero liquids (glycols) would be a must. Again, this would consume a crap ton of power compared to Phase. And you may need like two or three MO-RA3's with AP-15 to cool everything properly (and save yourself from insanity due to noise).
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Let me revise I just want cool sub-ambient temperature. I was planning on using direct die cooling so I shouldn't use weird fluids. For me phase change is not an option.
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Let me revise I just want cool sub-ambient temperature. I was planning on using direct die cooling so I shouldn't use weird fluids. For me phase change is not an option.

I think you are looking to cool 200W-250W of power from a 3770K. A dual TEC block will be able to keep the cold block >15C below ambient. The electrical power consumption will be 300W-450W under load, depending on what temp you are running. To have good results, you will need two triple/quad radiators to cool all the heat (500W-700W). Dedicated PSU is a must have if you want to run the TECs above 12V.
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