What the masses want

When the good folks over at Sharkyextreme (www.sharkyextreme.com) set out to review Kryotech's original Cool K6-2 500 system they first took an unofficial poll among themselves (taking a one man poll over at AnandTech would be quite pointless ;)…) of what the selling price of such a system should cost, the final results came out to be around the $415 mark, a huge difference from the $1695 price tag the original system carried. At the same time, many users wouldn't even consider the system simply because it wouldn't support their Pentium II or Celeron motherboard/processors, and there is absolutely no reason to want to upgrade from a Pentium II or Celeron to a Super7 motherboard/CPU. What the masses wanted was a much more reasonably priced solution that would allow them to use the motherboards and CPUs of their choice, while raking in the benefits of Kryotech's undeniably outstanding cooling system. This set the goal for Kryotech's latest creation, how does one cram $800 worth of a cooling system into a sub $400 package that is more flexible than the current design allows for?

Well, in order to remove a problem one must first identify the problem. In this case, the problem lay in Kryotech's battle against the forces of condensation on the pins of the supercooled CPU. What's the problem with condensation and how did Kryotech combat it?

Defining and Battling Condensation

When cooling an object that is readily producing heat down to the temperature of the room around it, such as the temperature achieved when using an air cooler (i.e. heatsink/fan) on a processor, there is no need to worry about condensation (water) forming on the pins of the processor or on the chip itself. However, once the temperature of a cooled object falls below what is known as the dew point, condensation, or water will begin to form on the processor itself. And as you might be able to guess, water and electricity don't mix. This is the fundamental reason behind Kryotech's KryoCavity, an isolation chamber in which the processor can be kept as to make sure that everything within the cavity can be cooled to below the dew point of the air outside of the cavity without the formation of condensation.

The problem with the KryoCavity and the technology behind the elimination of condensation from the supercooled processor is the cost of the implementation of such a solution. Kryotech recently reduced the price of their technology by a significant amount due to the use of a more efficient KryoCavity, unfortunately the $400 price drop is still not enough for most users. So once again, Kryotech is faced with the same question, "how does one cram $800 worth of a cooling system into a sub $400 package that is more flexible than the current design allows for?" By removing the problem of eliminating condensation entirely, by refraining from cooling the system down below room temperature.

Index Vapor Phase Refrigeration

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