It's been a long time since we've seen a Peltier cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2014 - 12:29 PM |
Tagged: peltier, TEC, V3 Components, Voltair

Peltier cooling, also called Thermoelectric cooling, has been around for a long time and briefly enjoyed popularity with overclockers as a way to cool high end CPUs.  After heatpipes and other less complicated cooling systems became more effective and as TDP slowly dropped they disappeared from the mainstream market.  V3 Components just changed that with the release of the massive Voltair TEC which combines TEC with an impressive heatsink.  The cooler measures 167 x 120 x 172mm (6.69 x 4.72 x 6.77") and weighs in at 1.45kg which limits the cases it can fit in as well as causing some concern about having your board bend under the weight.  It is compatible with all current AMD and Intel processors and provides decent cooling when compared to watercooling.  In their testing Legit Reviews also simulated running the cooler without the benefit of TEC and found that the temperatures increased a mere 3 degrees Celsius which does raise the question of the necessity of including TEC.  Read on to get the full story.

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"We have taken a look at many different types and brands of CPU coolers over the years, with each manufacturer coming up with their own unique way to control the massive amounts of heat your CPU can throw off. A new company, called V3 Components, wants to start off by introducing a cooler with little used technology called Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) – We’ll get more into the specifics on that in a bit. Basically what V3 is targeting is your liquid CPU coolers, stating that this cooler should be as good as or better than the AIO liquid cooling kits on the market today; not to mention safer due to no liquid..."

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May 23, 2014 | 04:00 PM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

The coolers, they do nothing!

May 23, 2014 | 04:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Your input, it's seriously lacking.

May 23, 2014 | 07:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What's lacking is the cooling.

May 23, 2014 | 06:33 PM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

I think maybe if they microized the technology and had it incorporated into future generation high end mobile x64 devices it could be more interesting. Since you can't have large heat-sinks in out pocket pc's and if they ever start pushing pc graphics out, we may need some creative cooling solutions.

I wonder what sets this one apart from previous Peltier coolers.. Doesn't seem worth the hassle for a few C's cut.

May 24, 2014 | 06:32 PM - Posted by biohazard918

umm thats a terrible idea you still have to dump the heat somewhere and peltier coolers are very inefficient compared to phase change cooling. You would end up with a device that had to disperse more heat than it would have with passive cooling and with much worse battery life.

May 25, 2014 | 07:45 AM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

Couldn't you utilize the heat in theory to create more energy to have a longer battery life?

I was thinking how one side of the device would get so hot..
Maybe that hot sink could be sandwiched between something that can contain it's heat and convert that into energy to power/trickle charge the devices.

Don't get me wrong, I know my comment was illogical and off.
HAHA. Won't prevent me from creative, wishing thinking.

May 23, 2014 | 11:56 PM - Posted by luis olarte (not verified)

Hello the only problem that I see is after a few hours.
Is there any condensation and what was the ambient humidity.
Was anything like 15% no problems, be on 47% or like Florida where there is 67% and more you will have problems.
Water lots of it,
I have all ready done this same setup on Bio star 970, AMD 8320, 16GB rip jaw, HIS Ice Q 7870 4Gb
after sealing mother board Ram, & video card with lacquer seal, lots of water inside case and few close calls.
Shorting out components, like power supply it was bottom mount.
And I was using a sealed water block cooler to cool the Peltier.

May 24, 2014 | 03:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'd like to see phase change coolers make a comeback, like the Vapochill or water chillers. There's nothing quite like idling at -50.

May 24, 2014 | 11:21 PM - Posted by Possumjones

It's going to be a long time until we see another Peltier cooler.

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