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Ok, sorry about my noobness in this section, I'm new to this part of OCN.

I was Talking to a College Admissions Rep. about getting my A+, when he showed me this little gizmo he had.
He claimed that it was from NASA and he wasn't supposed to have it.biggrin.gif
*bull $%!&*
But what he showed me was actually really cool. It was a little square that got hot on one side and cold on the other when connected to a power source.
It looked kind of like this
Products_tecs.jpg
So OFC I got excited immediately thinking of the OC potentials with this kind of gizmo as a cpu cooler.

Is This a TEC he showed me?
Are they better than water cooling?
Are they even worth considering?
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In a word Yes to all three tongue.gif With the clarification it is better than using JUST water cooling. You need to water cool the TEC poke around here and you'll find plenty of information. Lastly welcome to the TEC section wave2.gif
    
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That is certainly a TEC. Maybe they were super awesome TECs fron NASA, idk, but its a TEC for sure.

Better than water cooling? At idle for sure, if its big enough, then yah its better under load as well.
Its not super easy though, you have to combat condensation for one, and you need a big TEC and you need quite a bit of power. Usually people have an auxiliary PSU just for running their TECs
Edited by Full_Tilt - 3/31/11 at 2:38pm
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Nothing secret about a TEC
    
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post #5 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Elloquin;12949782 
In a word Yes to all three tongue.gif With the clarification it is better than using JUST water cooling. You need to water cool the TEC poke around here and you'll find plenty of information. Lastly welcome to the TEC section wave2.gif

Thanks...
This is Exciting!!!
I feel like I did when I first discovered Water cooling like 4 years ago:D

Ima go edumacate myself on the subject:wave2:
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cayennemist;12949871 
Thanks...
This is Exciting!!!
I feel like I did when I first discovered Water cooling like 4 years ago:D

Ima go edumacate myself on the subject:wave2:

There is quite a bit of info on this site, some nice guides and write-ups as well.

http://www.overclock.net/peltiers-tec/411444-tec-cooling-essential-threads.html

I looked into doing this recently, but realized I couldnt do it for dirt cheap, so its not really worth it to me.
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Looks like I found one more little nook in the world wide web to crawl into and enjoy.

Thanks guys for the prompt answers, and helpful links.
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I doubt thats from NASA, and yes thats a TEC heat pump.
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^^^
Edited by lichking - 4/9/11 at 8:19pm
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they're big! smile.gif
   
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