Boil Your Computer! - 'Immersion Cooling' = 'Impressive Cooling'

Pretty cool stuff!

In the lab we are always experimenting and looking for ways to improve our technologies and bring better, more versatile systems to our customers. Just recently we wrote a editorial article for an industry trade publication regarding this experiment, and it seemed like an interesting topic for this month's Martin's Corner as well.

The idea of cooling computers through liquid submersion, has been around for about 50 years... but it has been generally reserved for the more exotic supercomputers and never really caught with mainstream users. Perhaps it's because we in the technology world are all wired at an almost primal level to believe that: "Liquid + Computers = BAD". In any case, the concept is slowly catching on, particularly with some in the video gaming community who are using mineral oils as a non-conductive liquid to totally submerge a computer in. The mineral oil idea is interesting... but I can't imagine the unholy mess that comes about when it's time to upgrade or make a change, plus, mineral oil isn't exactly the best for heat exchange.



Belgium Massman says:

Reminds me of THG's oil cooling machine :)

Christian Ney says:

Want one

TaPaKaH says:

can't see if the CPU is running at least at stock speed or is massively downclocked/downvolted


I wonder if it would perform well if there was a heatsink bolted on top of the CPU... :)

kikicoco1334 says:

that's kinda kool! anyone wanna make one?

unknown Hollywood says:

Nice! :)

United States steponz says:

Hehe.. I guess you saw my link I sent you.. lol

United States steponz says:

Trying to find that stuff seems to be a pain.. Its used for Fire prevention... but I haven't seen it available or a price..

dexterdude says:

there is a store in the USA for i while (dont know if they still have it) that sells everything to make sutch a pc so fishtank with top grummits for cables and a board to srew your mobo on. there youtube video shows that it can be realy nice i only would hate if a part would die. :O cleening everything with hot water and baking it dry in the oven :O

Colombia saint19 says:

Speed fan shows an i3-540 running at 3.07GHz (1:14 minutes), so, it's stock speed.

Belgium HybridChiller says:

kikicoco1334 said: that's kinda kool!
anyone wanna make one?

i'm now working on rig, after that, my girlfriends pc will be full-submersion rig, but i don't use mineral oil, but a better liquid

TaPaKaH says:

saint19 said: Speed fan shows an i3-540 running at 3.07GHz (1:14 minutes), so, it's stock speed.
"Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz" is a CPU name string, it does not show the current speed CPU is running at (same as on any cpu-z validation)

United Kingdom borandi says:

According to the Youtube comments, the liquid is ~$300/gal, but can dissipate 4000W. If it starts to boil before it hits the proc, you'd need some from of spraying at the CPU.

dexterdude says:

jsut put the stock intel cooler on it that will word witout problems fan will turn only on very slow rpm looks funny =3.

dexterdude says:

and about the oil, they used so called transformer oil very expensive but can handle hi heat and magnetic fields they use the same oil in hi voltage transformers to convert 6000V to 380 for instance. other oils wioll work as well but wond conduct that good. i also seen people using a old turbo cooler from cars to cool the oil =3

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