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The problems I see with this are

1) after repeated cycles, you're probably eventually going to end up with some leakage, rendering the chip incapable of cooling properly.

2) after fully using up "sprint", the cool down period is going to be quite large. during this time, your chip is going to be super-throttled, even if you're doing just basic stuff.

Both of these issues will be horrible in hot climates.
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I just glazed through this earlier but I read it more in depth this time. So my understanding is the act of the wax changing from solid to liquid absorbs a lot of heat off the CPU to use as the energy required to rearrange the atoms, without needing to dissipate that energy as heat . Then when the wax turns back to a solid that energy is converted back to heat, but during the time when the chip is cooling down anyway.

So it's like a "heat buffer" rather than a heat sink. It's like putting the heat on credit and paying for it later rather than continually feeding quarters. You can only feed quarters so fast but you can charge $100 on credit with the flick of a wrist.

IDK... the cynic in me wants to think that it is just Apple.... king of the golden handcuffs... trying to pull the golden fleece over our eyes and market a water damage indicator as a performance upgrade, power saver and anti-tamper device all in one???
Edited by WOD35 - 8/25/13 at 10:28am
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