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THE INQUIRER was the first media outlet to cover the new compressor casing from Thermaltake. Sitting right in between water coolers and deep freezers, the simple, neat, near 0 degree fridge-type compressor has attracted our attention ever since CeBIT.

Thermaltake showed a near-final version of the setup, with more insulated and flexible pipes, as well as supposedly improved cooling performance. While it might not keep your CPU below zero, it should ensure that the die temperature doesn't go above some 30 C even at full load on quad cores. Thermaltake states an average 20 C temperature drop compared to the best 'classic' radiator-based water cooling.

The system is basically a micro vapour-condensation refrigeration contraption - think of it as a much larger and stronger cousin of the vapour chamber stuff seen in some recent Sapphire 3-D graphics cards, for instance.

All the heat it absorbs and removes from the, say, CPU, chipset and/or GPU location is then expelled out. The main components are the compressor, where the refrigerant liquid becomes a high-pressure vapour; the condenser, where that vapour again becomes cold refrigerant; a spiral expansion valve where that refrigerant drops its pressure abruptly; and an evaporator, the cooling block on your CPU or GPU or whatever. After passing through it, the stuff goes back to the compressor.

In summary, the Thermaltake compressor stuff is there, ready to roll: it is clean and neat, without massive tube mess, seems to cool well while keeping silent, and yeah some other vendors seem to now be looking at this method of cooling very seriously too. Hopefully we'll be able to bring you an early review soon. µ
It might not be the best, and it might not take your chip to -50 degree's, but it looks neat. Can't wait to see what they are charging, and how it performs.
Edited by trueg50 - 6/3/08 at 7:45am
    
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I'm guessing about $300 if it wants to compete with water...
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And we all know how good thermaltake water cooling is!
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I totally love how they TOTALLY SCREWED UP HOW PHASE WORKS, lol! The compressor doesn't turn a liquid into a vapor, lol, it "compresses" the vapor into a liquid, lol.
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I totally love how they TOTALLY SCREWED UP HOW PHASE WORKS, lol! The compressor doesn't turn a liquid into a vapor, lol, it "compresses" the vapor into a liquid, lol.
You are talking about a different technology, and both processes happen during phase change cooling anyway. In a phase change cooling system, the liquid turns into gas at the CPU (or whatever other device is being cooled), absorbing heat in the process. The compressor then reverses the process.
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You are talking about a different technology, and both processes happen during phase change cooling anyway. In a phase change cooling system, the liquid turns into gas at the CPU (or whatever other device is being cooled), absorbing heat in the process. The compressor then reverses the process.
Even if the tech is different they still got it wrong, there is no way a compressor is going to turn a liquid refrigerant into a vapor, and how would the cpu turn that vapor into a liquid without compressing it? This is basic physics and the INQ got it wrong, period.
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Even if the tech is different they still got it wrong, there is no way a compressor is going to turn a liquid refrigerant into a vapor, and how would the cpu turn that vapor into a liquid without compressing it? This is basic physics and the INQ got it wrong, period.
Wouldn't be the first time. Though considering they got the condenser part correct, it is odd that they said what they did about the compressor. Like I said before, this is a different technology so don't bo so sure there isn't something you (and I) are not understanding about this.
Edited by stargate125645 - 6/3/08 at 8:47am
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And we all know how good thermaltake water cooling is!
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