- Norwegian version at Overklokking.no. Prometeia Phase Change Cooling Part II here
I’ve been into overclocking for many, many years, and I made my first watercooler back in 2000 -- a fearsome beast that soon got nicknamed “The FrankenCooler” by our readers, featuring an all homemade waterblock, two 90W high performance peltier elements, a Ford Fiesta –84 heatercore, a 240W separate variable powersupply for the TECs, insulation to combat condensation and what not. All this to cool off a Celeron 466, as I’ve always been a “if you’re gonna do it, you’re gonna do it right” kinda guy.
The preparations, the planning and the making of this cooler took many months, and to me, that was part of the fun -- especially after finding out that this cooler made my trusty old Celeron 466 the fastest Celeron 466 on earth at that time, running at an impressive 735MHz on an Abit BE6 II at 2.5V core. On the other hand, it was big, bulky, and the whole thing turned into what one of my lecturers used to refer to as "optical noise". Surely I made quite a few refinements after that, but with limited access to tools, it still had a bit of a ghetto look.
The homemade waterblock with two 90W peltier elements
Things have changed drastically over the last three years, and today, you can pick up a complete watercooler even more powerful than my homemade for a few hundred bucks. Then there are of course the even more exotic and sophisticated coolers using phase change cooling, like the VapoChill from Astek and Prometeia from Chip Con, both Danish companies specializing in thermal acceleration products.
The Prometeia/LianLi case
Today, we’ll take a closer look at the Prometeia phasechange cooling unit from Chip Con, one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful cooling solution available on the market.
In part one of this review, we’ll take a close look at the cooler's construction, supercooling theory, and the LianLi kit that is an optional accessory for this cooler as well as discuss a few issues we ran into while adding the LianLi kit to the basecooler.