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Arqtik SDD TEC setup, with bracket mod for 775

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I have had an Arqtik SDD setup for a few months now but realized I never posted the information on this forum, and every once in a while questions pop up about them. Hopefully this thread will answer some of the common questions or concerns about the kit. Keep in mind its ~4 1/2 months old and it is all just the first day initial results during hot and humid Florida in July. Now with much lower humidity and temperatures the temps are even better...as low as 37c full load @ 4.1ghz 1.4v on a 45nm Wolfdale!! Here is a "copy pasta" of the OP:
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Got my setup up and running after letting it leak test overnight. It is the Arqtik Direct Die setup, modded for socket 775, with their trick Controller that monitors Dew point and keeps the block above it to prevent condensation. It exceeded my expectations, I was expecting a ~15c drop in my load temps but got even lower - around 20c! I think its because I have an "optimal" setup - only have the CPU in the loop, a very low restriction triple rad, three of the thick 38mm Delta fans, and am running it at 14.1v instead of 12v. I am very happy so far, and eager to get my 1155 setup now and maybe upgrade to one of the nasty Quad TEC blocks :ph34r: . Few pics first, then some info and results.

Since its an 1155 setup, I had to mod the backplate to make it work on my 775 board, and Arqtik slotted the mounting holes at my request so I can use it on 775 and 1155 by just swapping the backplate. Here are some (crappy) pics - resized smaller this time so they don't look as bad :lol: . Keep in mind everyone has different resolution monitors so what is too big or small for your screen may be fine for someone else. I have a 2560x1440 IPS so what is nice and manageable to me is a huge annoying pic to people on older low res 720p monitors or w/e.

This is the block, with side-by-side 775/1155 mounting holes


This is the nifty controller that monitors Ambient, Humidity, Dew point, TEC Duty Cycle, Block Temp, and allows you to set the target block temp.


I was surprised by the thick high quality wires, sleeving, and neat heatshrink job on all cables. Everything was plug-and-play.


This is how I decided to tackle the mounting issue. I cut 2mm from the middle of each side of the backplate, then tack welded it back together using the block itself as a template to make sure it doesn't shift. A bit tedious since there is a lot of slow grinding/checking to make sure you don't cut too much at once and end up with a gap.


Backplate ready to be tack welded smile.gif


ASUS boards have tons of socket space, there was still 1/2" clearance on all sides before any tall components would have gotten in the way. The block is staggered to clear everything directly around the socket.


It is way more then enough for my Xeon(E8400) dual core. It is very humid down here(38% indoors!), and mixed with the high heat(28c ambient) makes the Dew point pretty high - 13c - but it can keep the block within 1* of that temp at only 36% duty cycle at idle, and full load barely breaks 50% DC. I expect higher DC and lower temps when it cools down and I can target a lower block temp, but for now that dropped my full load temp from 66c to 47c with all motherboard, pump, and fan settings identical! Lower Dew point and it can easily go lower then that, but if I keep the condensation prevention running keeps the block around 14c.

Water temp increased ~2c over plain watercooling, I can live with that!

I am running am internal dual PSU setup, with the slave PSU set at 14.1V and only running the fans, pump, and TEC. Currently only has one 3x120 thin Swiftech rad with 3x 38mm thick Deltas, but I have one of those carzy thick Airplex 2x140mm rads ready to go...I'm just too lazy to install it yet. Current water temp, measured by a probe in my Res, is 5c over Ambient. More Rad space will drop that, and while It won't lower my Dew point limited temperatures, it will reduce the DC of my TEC. Wattage of the old C2D dual core is surprisingly higher then you would expect because of the voltage and older 45nm process, so its still dealing with a decent amount of heat.

Planning on keeping it to see what it does on my next system when I finally feel the need to upgrage again, most likely to a De-lidded 3770K. The low DC of the TEC at full load shows that it has a lot of room to go still, and is currently limited by the Dew Point protection.
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Great job on the review! biggrin.gif What cooling were you using before to drop it 19°C? I can't wait to see it on a de-lidded processor biggrin.gif
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Former cooling was a single 3x120 Swiftech QP rad with the same fans on it and a Enzotech Rev.B waterblock.

I do think I have it oriented wrong for this chip though. I have the inlet/outlet vertical and at idle one core is ~5c higher temp then the other. Before they only differed by ~3c. I'd flip it, but I'm way too lazy to do all that for a potential *C or two biggrin.gif.

Next chip will be not truly be De-lidded and naked, but I will pull the IHS to replace the TIM and reduce the gap on it.
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RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
2X4GB Patriot Viper Extreme 1TB Velociraptor 10k RPM w/ 64MB Cache Two Arqtik TEC Chillers in Series Arqtik SDD TEC Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Two Ported/tapped MCP655 Pumps 2x Black Ice GTX 480 Gen2 Rads DD dual drive bay Res with LCD water temp monit... GPU Loop: Modded Enzotech Sapphire CPU blocks, ... 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
36x Globe 120mm 80cfm server fans Win 10 Pro Mint 15(KDE) 4K 28" Samsung U590D 
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Logitech G710+ Mechanical CM Silent Power M 1000watt Main, OCZ Z850W Slave Custom Mountain Mods Extended-Extended Ascension Logitech G502 Proteus 
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RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
2X4GB Patriot Viper Extreme 1TB Velociraptor 10k RPM w/ 64MB Cache Two Arqtik TEC Chillers in Series Arqtik SDD TEC Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Two Ported/tapped MCP655 Pumps 2x Black Ice GTX 480 Gen2 Rads DD dual drive bay Res with LCD water temp monit... GPU Loop: Modded Enzotech Sapphire CPU blocks, ... 
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36x Globe 120mm 80cfm server fans Win 10 Pro Mint 15(KDE) 4K 28" Samsung U590D 
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Logitech G710+ Mechanical CM Silent Power M 1000watt Main, OCZ Z850W Slave Custom Mountain Mods Extended-Extended Ascension Logitech G502 Proteus 
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