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Man I wish I had a actual camera instead of my cell phone.. those probly look terrible. xD
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So after what seemed to be a weekend of painful waiting agony, I finally came home to find this on my door step... in a cardboard box. Give me an hour or two to get the temp numbers, I have a weee bit of reinstalling crap to do.
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and just like that, i am hitting the same temps on my old quad core as I am doing with this new eight core @3.89ghz. I wish I had my quad core snap shotted for comparison, but this is the same exact 100 dollar setup I used on it as I did with this new mobo and cpu.

Now all I have left is to test the pink stuff for a coolant alternative.
What I used for this green stuff is 50% distilled water, and 50% Hy-Per-Lube Super Coolant... 4 bucks.
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edit: crap, didnt realize it uploaded the snapshots in a small resolution, for those that cant see it, the idle is 29-30c, and full prime95 load never got above 56c @ 3.89ghz
Edited by Pen2penguin - 6/6/12 at 11:55pm
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UPDATE: I switched over to the supercool pink stuff I wanted to experiment with, and I left the PC running Prime95 for the remainder of the morning, and eventually got some heat soak, but it wasnt too bad for 4ghz eight core running max for about 5 hours.

What I am happy with is that it never kept climbing and had a very rapid cool down. I did pre maturely snap the screen because my temps were still dropping down to its lowest of 26c, and I believe its all owed to the pink racing coolant, that has no platisizers in it, no harmful dyes (even though I have solid aluminum tubing, I dont get clouding.), pre-mixed at 50/50 with de-ionized water and has anti-corrosion /anti-electrolysis protection, the downside is that it is a bit expensive. 20 bucks for a 1/2 gallon, and I only used about 20 oz. of it. So the rest will go into my supra and thats the end of that. For the cheapy way, I will use my Hy-per-lube at a 50/50 mix with distilled water.
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And for those who have been wondering like my friends on my FB, I am running 3 80mm fans for now, and if I want improvement or to silent them up there is room to put in 2 120mm fans.
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And here is an interesting fact: This pink stuff?
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It turns this color when hot
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It isnt very UV reflective, but it does change color due to the temperature the coolant is at. From a cold shutdown temp of <20c, it will be pink... when it goes around 40c it starts turning orange-ish (all of this under a white LED), and when it gets past 50c it is green, then starts over if it gets cold. Still, not worth the 20 bucks, but these have been fun experiments using common automotive cooling stuffs, that work. Next I will try the blue stuff they put in BMWs, I read that it is pretty bauce in PCs.
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UPDATE: I switched over to the supercool pink stuff I wanted to experiment with, and I left the PC running Prime95 for the remainder of the morning, and eventually got some heat soak, but it wasnt too bad for 4ghz eight core running max for about 5 hours.
What I am happy with is that it never kept climbing and had a very rapid cool down. I did pre maturely snap the screen because my temps were still dropping down to its lowest of 26c, and I believe its all owed to the pink racing coolant, that has no platisizers in it, no harmful dyes (even though I have solid aluminum tubing, I dont get clouding.), pre-mixed at 50/50 with de-ionized water and has anti-corrosion /anti-electrolysis protection, the downside is that it is a bit expensive. 20 bucks for a 1/2 gallon, and I only used about 20 oz. of it. So the rest will go into my supra and thats the end of that. For the cheapy way, I will use my Hy-per-lube at a 50/50 mix with distilled water. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
12hourrunsampleandcooldown.jpg
And for those who have been wondering like my friends on my FB, I am running 3 80mm fans for now, and if I want improvement or to silent them up there is room to put in 2 120mm fans.
FILE0143.jpg
FILE0146.jpg
And here is an interesting fact: This pink stuff?
IMAG0768.jpg
It turns this color when hot
FILE0148.jpg
It isnt very UV reflective, but it does change color due to the temperature the coolant is at. From a cold shutdown temp of <20c, it will be pink... when it goes around 40c it starts turning orange-ish (all of this under a white LED), and when it gets past 50c it is green, then starts over if it gets cold. Still, not worth the 20 bucks, but these have been fun experiments using common automotive cooling stuffs, that work. Next I will try the blue stuff they put in BMWs, I read that it is pretty bauce in PCs.
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Small update: The pink stuff stopped changing color, and now its permanently green. Dont buy the pink stuff, I mean its great stuff, but its a bit expensive for the amount you need vs. the minimal size bottle.
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I used to use waterwetter in my Z28, good stuff. Never thought I'd see it in a computer! I definitely give you an A for effort, shows what can be done on a low budget and a little ingenuity.
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I used to use waterwetter in my Z28, good stuff. Never thought I'd see it in a computer! I definitely give you an A for effort, shows what can be done on a low budget and a little ingenuity.

Plus a couple hand tools and a mini welder.. Haha
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Moar experimenting timez!
One issue that might make me OCD, is heat soak. I hate it on my turbo'ed cars, and I sure as hell hate it on my computers. Yeah, im loving the low idle temp and the very low full CPU load temps, but I really hate it when my pc is running for hours, and I keep our house temp at 75f in the summer to save power, that my processor will heat soak and stay @ 33-34c depending on how high the max. load temp was prior, how warm it's it is outside of the case(My wife's SLIed 550 Ti's pushes a lot of heat under our desks when she is gaming), and how long my computer has been running. I have soo many ideas to try out but very little resource and I am trying to keep this as cheap as possible. So far my totals for this project is 130 dollars including the coolant. I dont count my component upgrades in this because I was going to buy the motherboard and CPU to update my rig anyways.

All of this was just ideas, until something bad happened that I can benefit from...

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I have had this drink cooler for years now (yes, I put a micro switch on the bottom so I can leave it plugged into my USB, and just simply put it on its side to turn it off), and the fan inside finally died, so now I have a 5v peltier cooler to play with!! My idea is to combat heatsoak. I refuse to even think of putting it directly on any chip, due to the amount of condensation that I learned first had brings, I just cant risk it with my budget, so I was thinking of chilling the coolant just enough to fight heat soak. However, I do not want to cut up my pretty XSPC reservoir, so for now its going to be a pre-cooler to my CPU.

So this is what my first experiment is done: I took about 4-5 inches of aluminum pipe, bent it in an "S" shape, (I tried to make a dual pipe, but I dont have anything to couple the two pipes into one feed and lead), flattened it in a specific pattern with pliers just enough to have good flow but fit flush on the cooler, and used the original cooling surface to sandwich it all together. Then I simply just removed my pre-bent pump to CPU pipe, and bent up a new route to the CPU with the peltier cooler in the series.
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So far I have experimented on running 12v in the peltier, yes it rapidly cooled the coolant, but for about a minute until it got warm, due to the crappy 80mm scrap fan cooling the hotside. 5v does the job but not as quick, yet it will keep cooling to the lowest possible that my cheap block can do, 28c.
It doesnt get it any colder than that even though the coolant itself is around 60F or 15-17c after about 30 minutes coming down from a 59c of an hour stress test from the usual cpu and ambient temp adjusted cooolant temps. Just getting a 17c coolant in the reservoir gives me hope for my ideas.
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Moar experimenting timez!
One issue that might make me OCD, is heat soak. I hate it on my turbo'ed cars, and I sure as hell hate it on my computers. Yeah, im loving the low idle temp and the very low full CPU load temps, but I really hate it when my pc is running for hours, and I keep our house temp at 75f in the summer to save power, that my processor will heat soak and stay @ 33-34c depending on how high the max. load temp was prior, how warm it's it is outside of the case(My wife's SLIed 550 Ti's pushes a lot of heat under our desks when she is gaming), and how long my computer has been running. I have soo many ideas to try out but very little resource and I am trying to keep this as cheap as possible. So far my totals for this project is 130 dollars including the coolant. I dont count my component upgrades in this because I was going to buy the motherboard and CPU to update my rig anyways.
All of this was just ideas, until something bad happened that I can benefit from...
DSC00600.jpg
DSC00603.jpg
I have had this drink cooler for years now (yes, I put a micro switch on the bottom so I can leave it plugged into my USB, and just simply put it on its side to turn it off), and the fan inside finally died, so now I have a 5v peltier cooler to play with!! My idea is to combat heatsoak. I refuse to even think of putting it directly on any chip, due to the amount of condensation that I learned first had brings, I just cant risk it with my budget, so I was thinking of chilling the coolant just enough to fight heat soak. However, I do not want to cut up my pretty XSPC reservoir, so for now its going to be a pre-cooler to my CPU.
So this is what my first experiment is done: I took about 4-5 inches of aluminum pipe, bent it in an "S" shape, (I tried to make a dual pipe, but I dont have anything to couple the two pipes into one feed and lead), flattened it in a specific pattern with pliers just enough to have good flow but fit flush on the cooler, and used the original cooling surface to sandwich it all together. Then I simply just removed my pre-bent pump to CPU pipe, and bent up a new route to the CPU with the peltier cooler in the series. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
FILE0162.jpg
FILE0163.jpg
FILE0164.jpg
FILE0169.jpg
FILE0166.jpg
FILE0167.jpg
So far I have experimented on running 12v in the peltier, yes it rapidly cooled the coolant, but for about a minute until it got warm, due to the crappy 80mm scrap fan cooling the hotside. 5v does the job but not as quick, yet it will keep cooling to the lowest possible that my cheap block can do, 28c.
It doesnt get it any colder than that even though the coolant itself is around 60F or 15-17c after about 30 minutes coming down from a 59c of an hour stress test from the usual cpu and ambient temp adjusted cooolant temps. Just getting a 17c coolant in the reservoir gives me hope for my ideas.

Cool, Now I see what you were getting at..
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