Phononic Hex 2.0 Peltier CPU Heatsink Review

The Cooler

Phononic Hex 2.0 Review

 The Cooler

Measuring just 125x112x95mm (HxWxD) the Hex 2.0 is certainly compact and so should lend itself well to SFF and HTPC builds.  Peltier workings aside, the upper part of the cooler is actually a traditional twin tower style Aluminium finned stack.  Each of the stacks has four heat pipes passing up through it, with the pipes originating at different layers within the contact plate assembly, making for a total of eight heat pipes in total. 

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In order to work properly the Hex 2.0 must be connected not just to a 4 pin supply for the 92mm fan, but also to a 6-pin AUX Graphics cable, as well as a mini USB which is used to enable the Hex 2.0 control dashboard.

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The top of the cooler shows the capped heat pipes protruding through the upper Aluminium fins, with a central black plastic shroud separating the two towers.

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A high quality of work is evident on the whole of the cooler, not least the contact plate/Peltier assembly.

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This shot gives us a close up of the temperature sensor that determines at which point the Peltier side of things will kick in.

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Most Recent Comments

26-10-2016, 11:08:04

dwatterworth
As always thanks for the great investigation and presentation of data! I'd be interested in knowing what sort of power draw the different TEC modes incur. If the draw is high enough to really justify that PCIe supply, how does that affect the case temperatures?Quote

26-10-2016, 12:14:49

SuB
holy cow a pelt!? the 00's called, they want their watercooling back!

in all seriousness I'm gonna have a nose through this later, but hawt dayum, seeing a pelt brings back some memoriesQuote

26-10-2016, 14:10:59

Thelosouvlakia
I think that heatsink/material design has gone that far that for something like cpu cooling a peltier module would be considered obsolete...

Why waste more energy in cooling a cpu other than one/two fans spinning...

Pointless..Quote

26-10-2016, 14:37:07

MadShadow
While the idea is interesting I really don't see the purpose of a peltier here. Surely as it requires a fairly high amount of electricity to be powered, it is going to be producing heat energy as well. Perhaps that might be contributing to its not-so-great performance.Quote

26-10-2016, 18:23:12

SuB
I'd be interested to know the power draw on this. Back in my day you 100% could NOT power a pelt off-of a normal PSU, they would totally burn them out. if it is indeed manageable, I'd imagine it's not a very decent pelt and thus seems a bit pointless?Quote
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