The Evolution and History of the PC Waterblock Explored

If you have a passion for water cooling and in particular the creation and development of the humble waterblock, you are going to really enjoy this article published on Overclockers.com by Dave Nelson. As a pretty seasoned waterblock builder Dave has been kind enough to share his knowledge of waterblock development including its history going back as far as the 1950’s. Here’s an introduction for the article from the man himself, just to whet your appetite:

“This article will cover when this water-cooling craze started, the different block designs, materials, and the machining processes used to create them. I will start off by telling you a little about myself. I have been an avid waterblock builder for 6 years now, I started building and designing my own water-cooling parts, partially because some of the price’s of manufactured parts were kind of high for my little hobby, but most of all because I personally enjoy working with my hands and derive a great satisfaction from making the parts myself, and again, saving money is always a major plus. Let’s get into a little history…”

Today watercooling is a pretty well evolved and mature scene with lots of options from a range of manufacturers available on the market. Back in the day however, it spawned a clan of PC DIY builders, modders and overclockers who were keen to develop their own solutions. If you have a vague interest in the subject, make sure you catch the whole article over on Overclockers.com


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Taiwan sdougal says:

Are there any other waterblock historians out there who want to chip in with a comment or anecdotal tale or two?

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

Woohooo, drill press blocks got a mention... So many seem to forget about them and just how popular they were fifteen years ago for some reason.

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