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  • Chasis coupled cooling

    Has anyone tried coupling a heat sink directly to the chasis to turn the entire case into a big heat sink? It just seems like too simple an idea, but I haven't heard it anywhere. Anyone care to give it a shot and provide temps? Run a thermal connection between a heat source and the case, and voila, a radiator.
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    Re: Chasis coupled cooling

    What's the heat capacity of a case? I can't imagine it to be much...

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    • #3
      Re: Chasis coupled cooling

      I imagine that the case would be decent if the heat pipes could effectively move the heat away over a greater distance but that would require a very cool source for the heat to go to i.e. your case would have to be covered in fans and designed as a radiator and it just seems like too much work for seeming little improvement if any at all.

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      • #4
        Re: Chasis coupled cooling

        The heat exchange might not be efficient enough to make it a viable solution. It sounds a lot simple to hook up a liquid cooling system to a radiator instead of to the case. The heat exchange would be more efficient. Connecting the case to the heat source is just attaching a giant heat sink to it with a poor conduit to move the energy from the source to where it will be dissipated.

        The old CPU heat sink designs were a solid contact with the CPU core that extended to a larger surface area. Eventually, it wasn't an efficient enough cooler for hotter CPUs. We started seeing heat pipes as the main conduit for transferring the energy to the fins of the heat sink.

        Newer and better heat sinks will have more efficient ways of transferring the energy to where it will be dissipated. Creating a larger surface area isn't the only factor of a good heat sink.

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        • #5
          Re: Chasis coupled cooling

          I've seen cases like that, they use them in recording studios where you can't have any sound from fans.

          edit: here it is: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16...nless_PSU.html

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          • #6
            Re: Chasis coupled cooling

            Thats a hot case.
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            • #7
              Re: Chasis coupled cooling

              I've actually touched the sides on one of those that housed a very hot Prescott. It felt slightly warm to the touch.

              How well do they actually work for CPU cooling.
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              • #8
                Re: Chasis coupled cooling

                I never really got to take a close look at the ones I've seen, but I imagine that they work decently (for $700 they'd better!). I'm guessing though that after a while the thing has to get pretty hot with the lack of circulating air.

                What you are talking about though is a combination of fans as well as the case/heatsink, in which case it should work very well.

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                • #9
                  Re: Chasis coupled cooling

                  It doesn't seem to be designed for CPUs that run at 70W or higher. It says the P4 and Pentium D CPUs aren't recommended. For this kind of money, you're only getting completely passive cooling. I would rather go with liquid cooling for a trade-off of a bit more noise for far more effective cooling.

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