MC1000 & MC2000 Peltier Coolersby Jason Clark on August 5, 1999 1:03 PM EST
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It is the never-ending pursuit to pushing the limits of a product, which is really what overclocking is all about. Many ask, why? Is it about who has the fastest processor? For some, maybe; for most of the hardcore overclockers, it's just the relentless pursuit to push a product to its limits. There have been some quite ingenious designs using water cooling, and similar active cooling methods to the MC1000 and MC2000 coolers that we are about to take a look at. Some of these other methods resulted in disaster, since they can be quite risky.
You all probably have read many reviews about a 900lb heatsink and 10 fans that push 900 CFM per minute - ok, maybe that is an exaggeration. But the point is that there is only so much you can achieve with conventional air-cooling. There have been some conventional air cooling methods that have allowed people to achieve some great results, but still not as good as active cooling.
The method used in the design of the MC1000 and MC2000 is referred to as the "Peltier Effect". The "Peltier Effect" was first discovered in 1834 by Jean C. Peltier. The "Peltier" principle basically states that when electrical current flows through two dissimilar conductors, heat transfer will occur from the "cold junction" to the "hot junction". The image below illustrates how this basically works without having to get into a very long and extremely boring "Professor Jason" lecture on sub-atomic theory.