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Is the cold plate in watercooling neccessary?

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Feb 1, 2001
I have ordered the water block and Cooling Cube from Dangerden.com today and wanted to know if the copper cold pate a neccesity in the water cooling.
Is it a "must have"? or just an option?
If it's an option, does it boosts cooling performance at all, or just used for CPU protection?
I have a 1.2GHz T-Bird and wanted to find out if I need the cold plate or not.

Thanks for any info~:):):):)
If you are talking about copper shims to fit around the cpu core there is no need for one at all. So you dont need any 'coldplate' (peltier setup term).
actually, a coldplate and copper shim are two different things. A shim attempts to make the entire cpu one flat surface(brings everything level with the core). I find that shims didn't work for me. A coldplate is a small block of copper, a few mm thick usually, that is sandwiched between the cpu and the peltier.
I guess Ill just have to go without the shims then.
THanks for your info~