Originally Posted by shinigamibob
Just a mini update:
I've been planning to do a couple tests to see how humidity affects the cooling efficiency of this cooler. Theoretically, a higher relative humidity should offer lower temperatures (due to the higher specific heat capacity of water as compared to air) but its hard to say at this point.
I'm gathering initial temperature data for various heat outputs, and right now I'm doing the baseline tests. At room temperature and a pretty low relative humidity: 22.5C and 16% humidity. Ideally I'll be testing both the idle and load temperatures at various relative humidities (the T-delta to be exact) and plotting them to see if a relationship exists. Furthermore, I'll be restesting at various heat outputs - right now at 168W (3.8Ghz), then at 182W (4Ghz) and finally at 130W (stock 3.06Ghz). I'll either keep updating this thread or make a new one - haven't decided on which one ye
If anyone has any ideas on how to control the relative humidity, please do share. I've tried increasing it with just conventional room humidifiers, but they hit a hard wall around 24-35% humidity. This "experiment" will probably take a while - in the range of a month or so, just because I'm having a lot of trouble getting the humidity high enough in my room.
EDIT: All testing so far is being done on an i7 950 at the above frequencies.
Look forward t seeing how your testing goes. I experimented years ago on aircooled VWs to increase cooling by injecting water vapor into fan intake. Use a windshield washer pump and noozle turnning on pump when climbing desert mountain passes. It definitely cooled things down!.. Problem was carrying enough water;
If humidifier won't bring humidity up enough, plants definitely won't... and with outside temps getting colder keep inside humidity up will become even more of a problem for you.