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Hey Guys i just got a nice looking phase unit but it arrived without documentation and I am pretty much clueless about how to set it up.

I looked it over and there is a molex on a lead with only 2 wires and another pair of 2lead pires with a male and a female end. What are those for? I assume I connect the molex to my PC PSU, but what are those other wires for? Do you plug them into each other to complete a circuit or something?

The Chilly one did not do a thing when I plugged it in--well I tell a lie--the digital readout did light up--it read something like 275 flickering up and down a few numbers. But no noise no hum and no Chill.

SO does the Chilly 1 Phase unit have to be attached to a PSU and the PSU have to be on for the Phase to start? That seems counterintuitive--I would think you would want the phase on before you start the PC...especially if it is really OCed...

Would really like to mess with this..but I am concerned that I will screw up the unit by plugging or not plugging those two lead wires and molex...so I will wait until I am properly edified by you phase heads...

Thanks in advance

CyberDruid
 

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I have honestly never owned or seen a phase unit but I know that there is usually a controller board that handles the powering up of the phase unit and then the motherboard once it's down to temperature.
 

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I have searched all over for the cable for my cam. I have misplaced it in the growing pile of PC parts!

I just got the DownLow on the unit from the former owner and it seems pretty straight forward. I will need to get some neoprene to protect the frosty bits from suck all the water out of the air...

It mounts pretty much like a waterblock--unlike a Vapochill it does not have a "toilet plunger" type cover over the evap head--nor does it have a heated element to ward of frost on the back of the mobo--so Neoprene (and contact cement I guess) will be required to protect the area.

Not sure where I will find neoprene in VA around here but I will start searching.
 

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what the brandname for your phase change unit...i might be able to help

It's a custom unit made by Chilly1 I think. And yes you are correct Fishie--the two pin lead interrupts the mobo Power Switch so when you press the power on the PC it actually fires up the Phase Unit and then only after it has dropped to about -22 does it turn on the mobo.

So I got that much figured out...

Still need to learn more about protecting the electronics from moisture...
 

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I did not receive any insulation when I picked it up off of EvilXP...but home depot had some nice neoprene wrap that could be used!
 

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Yah Burn I was hoping for a manual or something but that would too easy LOL. I never read instructions anyway

Cool X! I didn't even think about Home Depot--I will check taht out in the AM.

Luckily I have stacks of motherboards I can destroy on my learning curve...
 

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CyberD, I just thought of this! Talk to chilly1, and ask him how much it would be for a replacement insulation kit? Just explain your situation and he should be pretty reasonable about a replacement kit.
 

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Half the fun is figuring it out!

Which board will be the first whipping boy?
I think it will be the one I will miss least....Hmmmm who has been a bad mobo today.

I have three Northwoods I could sacrifice to the God of ice--one is the good stepping--and I have a 2.5 that is a 25X multiplier..that should be entertaining...

Have to look at the mobos again and see what's what...record breaking Northy! That would be a decent start...
 

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Chilly phase are supposed to be very good.


I tried getting neoprene at a local home depot and they did not carry anything like it. I found neoprene at an arts/crafts store around here called Michaels, but the sheets aren't very thick. Not thick enough for dealing with a phase evaperator anyway

Hope you can find some
 

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Is this a second hand unit or was it bought directly from Reggie?
Third hand more like...but in excellent condition. It was only overclocked on Sundays by an Administrator of a large Forum...
 

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I still dont understand phase.
The Basic principle is like an airconditioner--except instead of pumping cold refrigerant through something that looks like a radiator and blowing a fan on it to push cold air into the room, it pushes hot air into the room and concentrates all that cold onto a small thingamabob that mounts onto the CPU.

When Copper drops below about -28C it starts becomeing more and more conductive (Super Conductive) meaning the CPU can run faster with less resistance.
 

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I still dont understand phase.
It's basically a fridge which has all of its cooling power focused on an evap head usually made of copper. It can make your CPU idle around -50ºC while cascades, which are composed of multiple phase compressors can reach -150ºC.

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Third hand more like...but in excellent condition. It was only overclocked on Sundays by an Administrator of a large Forum...
XS?

=)

Let's see it running!
 
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