In classic Computex style Cooler Master is showing off a thermoelectric CPU cooler design concept on its stand, but it’s one that’s practically finished and will be on the shelves by the end of the year.
And, if you’ll pardon the pun, it’s very, very cool. This isn’t the first time Cooler Master has tried to harness the Peltier effect for CPU chilling, its now-discontinued V10 hybrid air-cooler held that distinction. But given that it’s been discontinued you can probably tell how well that went down… This is, however, the first all-in-one liquid CPU cooler the company has used to chill its chips.
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Thermoelectric cooling, also known as the Peltier effect, is the process of adding an electrical charge to a specially designed cooling plate in order to encourage the effective transfer of heat from one side to another. In this case the hot side is touching the coolant and shifting that residual heat out into the attached heatsinks.
This is a different approach than other Peltier liquid coolers I’ve seen, the thermoelectric contact point isn’t connected to the actual CPU and Cooler Master hasn’t just electrified the reservoir. Both of those alternative approaches are part of why Peltier coolers aren’t popular - they can create condensation as the effect occurs. And that kind of CPU-meets-water kind of thing really doesn’t help the cool running of your PC. In fact it kind of makes it go fizzle pop.