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post #1 of 12
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While searching on the Net today, i found this product which is a case complete with a phase cooling solution. Does anyone have it, or does anyone know if it is any good?

http://www2.asetek.com/default.asp?s...ntentSection=2 It is the XE II model.
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post #2 of 12
Here's a review

VapoChill is "the name" in manufactured Phase cooling. I'm pretty sure the same effect can be accomplished by purchasing a case and phase unit separately for a bit cheaper tho.

If you are thinking about this, keep in mind that you'll need to take every precaution necessary due to condensation. Dielectric grease for the socket, an isolation coating of some sort on the back of the mobo & insulating foam around the tubing/cpu socket areas.
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Well I have the case, just not the fancy cooler so can only comment on the case in terms of layout.

Whilst it is big and very heavy, I'm not too keen on the standard layout for the HDD (facing the front of the case). There is a lot of space in there mind, but I would prefer a better HDD layout myself
    
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post #4 of 12
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Thanks for the replies guys! What i need to ask is this...
1) I have got a quad...is this cooling solution working OK with quads?
2) Also now i am on 3.6Ghz stable @1.47v. Might phase-cooling enable me to operate at higher clock speeds on the same voltage??
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post #5 of 12
Phase cooling will allow you to put more power to your CPU resulting in higher FSB, but also increased temps. Thus the Phase unit to cool it down, but that presents further issues like the insulation I mentioned.
I see you are currently using Air Cooling.. If I were you, I'd invest in water cooling first to see if you like dealing with the increased cost, maintenance & noise. With water, it will certainly cool your CPU better than air (dependent upon components of course) but will never get cooler than your room's ambient temperature.
You could introduce TEC cooling into the equation, but then you start dealing with having to insulate your components to prevent damage from condensation.
Phase just takes it to a whole different level.
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post #6 of 12
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Are there any retailers of such insulation parts so that i can get an idea?
Also it is still not clear in my head whether i will be able to o/c without any changes in v-core and most importantly whether it will manage well with the watts that an overclocked q6600 consumes.
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post #7 of 12
I really can't say about retailers for where you have yourself listed as living, but there are some hardware stores that do sell the stuff. Like I said, you are also going to have to smear grease inside the CPU socket as well, so kiss your board's appearance goodbye

Overclocking your chip is going to be an experiment. Usually you do have to increase your vcore to get a better overclock though. The Q6600 is usually higher overclocked on Water/Extreme cooling for certain tho. You have to get rid of the heat it generates.
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post #8 of 12
With phase you should get an extra few hundred mhz with the same VCore, plus you'll be able to put more VCore through the CPU

However, your probably better off with a custom unit TBH. The specs say it can hold 180W load at -18C idle...You could always get it retuned to cope with quad loads specifically, but then your looking at more money again.
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post #9 of 12
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i guess the balance tips in favour of water cooling...especially the smearing with grease part (well the cost is high as well) puts me off the idea..
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post #10 of 12
The only possible problem you'll have with the grease is decreased value of your motherboard

Watercooling is a great way to get into more extreme forms of cooling, work your way up:

Air
Watercooling
Phase
Cascade
DiCE
LN2

Or something similar to that
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