Welcome to episode 5 of the BYOB Podcast. This weeks episode is on Cooling Products for your CPU’s as well as accessories and utilities. In addition, we are covering hardware news and our hardware pick of the week (Optimus Keyboard, DIR-665). We hope you enjoy this episode and let us know how we can improve.
Four Common Ways to cool your CPU
Passive Cooling (no fan)
Atom boards, low end graphics cards, Northbridge etc.
Active Cooling (fan and sink)
Most mainstream desktops, OEM applications
Heat Pipes are the copper (or maybe aluminum) looking vertical tubes going up through the cooling fins on these units.
The heat causes the liquid to evaporate (heat end) and then go to the cooler end. The gas then condensates at the top (cooler end) and then wicks (or drops) back to the hot end to start the process over again.
Similar to a cooling system in a car.
Water block contacts the CPU and the water (ant-freeze liquid) is pumped to the radiator. Fan blows over the radiator and cools the liquid.
Corsair H50 is a sealed system.
CoolIT also ahs the ECO-R cooler.
Case Cooling Options
Slot Case Fans
Artic Silver 5 - http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm
Tips and Tricks to Lower your CPU Temps
Tie your cables up or back.
Make sure your GPUs are not exhausting hot air near a cool air intake.
Less fans with better placement are typically more effective.
Larger fans are typically more efficient both for power and airflow.
The goal is to maintain correct airflow through the case. What is "correct" depends on your case.
Hardware Pick of the week
Dlink's new DIR-665 - http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=DIR-665
Optimus Maximus Keyboard - http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/keyboards-mice/9836/
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