- Jul 17, 2006
True. The memory controller was on the southbridge.
Yes you are correct. The peripherals were the south bridge. Man that was a long time ago.Northbridge, which essentially went away when the memory controller, iGPU, and dGPU PCIe connectivity were included with the CPU itself. The southbridge handled relatively lower-speed connectivity, such as PCI, IDE/SATA, and USB.
The hardcore days.Here's my old Slot-A cooling setup. This is the waterblock, soldered together from bits of brass and copper, with Peltier heat pumps underneath:
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I don't have any photos of the whole thing, but this is what it looked like while I was testing it. I used a car radiator, as there were no PC water cooling parts available off-the-shelf then:
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I've been meaning to try this for a while now. However, those little SMD components around the die would be a pain to work around?Pumped water directly over the cpu die.
Open loop evaporator style coolers are awesome but have to keep the maintenance in mind.I always wanted to build my own shower head "bong" cooling tower, but I never got around to it.
Here are some pics from a guy who went by "Naja002" on the Xtreme Systems forums years ago. The links to the pics were dead, but luckily the Internet Archive saved them.
So here is his Dual Bong Cooler hard lined into the guys house, which reportedly kept the water about 6-12F subambient, even after cooling 3 PC's. He even hooked up a floater valve to auto-fill the thing. (I guess he was running tap water???)
Here are a couple of pics, but the rest are on the Internet Archive which did an unusually good job on this post saving just about all the images.
I feel like we have lost something in our modern era of off-the-shelf manufactured water cooling parts. The old DIY stuff was WAY cooler.
I'd still love to do something like this some day if I can get it passed the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor)
I'd do things a little bit different through, and maybe even isolate the PC side from the open air side by using a water to water heat exchanger (wither the spiral kind or block kind) as open loops are prone to growth and evaporation. Maybe run tap water on the open loop side, and a modern protective coolant on the other side
Definitely work better in lower humidity envioroments than high humidity ones. Did one in Denver Colorado and worked great, moved to England and it could barely keep system from throttling. Ambient temp in England was lower in summer but much higher humidity.Open loop evaporator style coolers are awesome but have to keep the maintenance in mind.
That pump is a Laing d4 aka swiftech mcp-650, so yeah a repurposed pump. Now they're all d5, variable pump speeds with pwm and fancy heads, but you can still use the d4 on d5 pump mounts. I loved the tuniq tower and a64, both worked great!
Were you only using a bong? Bongs can go subambient so usually it was best to do a radiator to cool the water from the cpu/thermal load before spraying it through the bong, then pumping back the cooled collection to the thermal load. Assuming i recall correctly... Trying to run a bong without the radiator is much harder. I've been wanting to build a new system lately too.Definitely work better in lower humidity envioroments than high humidity ones. Did one in Denver Colorado and worked great, moved to England and it could barely keep system from throttling. Ambient temp in England was lower in summer but much higher humidity.
I taped off the die and just poured epoxy over the smd parts. The real [H] way to do it is cut grooves into the silicon for better dissipation. Or... Use something equally absurd like pumping a liquid metal over the dieDarn, I think I don't have the pictures of my contraptions anymore... I wanted to post the one where I used toothpicks to fasten a rad onto a K8 that had no backplate. Can't find it.
I've been meaning to try this for a while now. However, those little SMD components around the die would be a pain to work around?
Edit - found a few, friend of mine, not me. I got into the game a bit later. He got me hooked.
CPU was a JIUHB, GPU can't recall.
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