With the release of the P4 "C" and the new AMD A64 it was time to give my old Athlon XP a boost. There are numerous possibilities on how to approach this, one could upgrade his air cooling to a Thermalright SP-97
for example and win some Mhz. Next step would be to water cool
your CPU. This can give you a nice increase in speed. Adding a peltier to the setup will furthermore up the total CPU Mhz.
Onwards and upwards we go, phase-change cooling is, at this time of writing, the best and most “extreme” cooling out there, it can push a 3Ghz P4 over the 4000Mhz
peak, but the downside is it huge cost. nVentiv’s
Mach I and II as well as Asetek’s
Vapochill are 2 pre-fab solutions which provide you with below zero temperatures while keeping the installation and operation relatively easy. But to buy one of those units to give an older system a “speed boost” would be a bit counterproductive as the cost of such a unit finances an A64/P4 setup with ease.
So here I present you with my cooling material used on my poor Athlon XP:Danfoss SC15D filled with R404a
715 W electrical power
Danfoss TS2 TEV with 0X -60°C/-25°C
Parts where bought from ebay and some from shops, the Evaporator head is a design by Nikolauzi from Loewe
Mandatory pictures of the setup:
The Danfoss hooked up:
Installation and isolation of the evap-head:
Up and running: