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NASA thinks watercooling is for noobs.

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"Today, higher-power computer chips are available, but they generate too much heat," said Didion, who is leading the technology-development effort also involving Matthew Showalter, associate branch chief of Goddard's Advanced Manufacturing Branch, and Mario Martins of Edge Space Systems, an engineering company specializing in thermal systems in Glenelg, Md. "If I can carry away more heat, engineers will be able to use higher-power components. In other words, they will be able to do more things."
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/nsfc-nim052611.php

Sounds good to me.
 

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Sounds like the stuff those liquid metal people made a year or so ago. Price was way to high to justify the fact it wasn't any better than heatpipe coolers. I, and some other people, thought they should have used liquid metal to move heat from the processor to a larger surface area that was in contact with heatpipes(or a water block). Since there are no moving parts, it would be interesting if AMD or Intel decided to use liquid metal(with electro pump) as a heat spreader; I don't think either company would like to try and justify the extra cost to consumers, but it would be nice if one of them would take a leap and just try it.
 
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Well it's easy to brag about that when you have millions to spend on some cooling used on rockets. But it's another using multimillion cooling solution in a 1000-2000 EUR worth PC. That makes little to no sense...
 
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^ Exactly
 

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HOH is for n00bz . . . LN2 for teh win!! :toast:


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I wish I had the funding and the confidence to do either. :eek:
Yeah :laugh:

HOH really isn't too bad - it's just a matter of getting the system to be efficient - IMHO, that's where a lot of setups fail. But even when in-efficient, they still cool much better than air.

LN2 is really a specialty, only meant for extreme benchmarking runs. Sadly, I can't think of any means yet to cool with it 24/7.

Then there's al the in-betweens. Phase cooling, peltiers, A/C, etc. Most of these are too advanced or expensive for the general user, so HOH really stands as the only "upgrade" from air cooling viable. But, as just about anyone around TPU will tell you - the best HOH setups consist of custom selected components to fit your specific cooling needs . . . i.e. non "pre-assembled" kits.
 
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Yeah :laugh:

HOH really isn't too bad - it's just a matter of getting the system to be efficient - IMHO, that's where a lot of setups fail. But even when in-efficient, they still cool much better than air.

LN2 is really a specialty, only meant for extreme benchmarking runs. Sadly, I can't think of any means yet to cool with it 24/7.

Then there's al the in-betweens. Phase cooling, peltiers, A/C, etc. Most of these are too advanced or expensive for the general user, so HOH really stands as the only "upgrade" from air cooling viable. But, as just about anyone around TPU will tell you - the best HOH setups consist of custom selected components to fit your specific cooling needs . . . i.e. non "pre-assembled" kits.

Someday man, I am actually going to grow a set and attempt water. I'm just worried about leakage and completely destroying my whole system. I haven't cried for a long time, but damn, I think that might do it, :D
 

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Someday man, I am actually going to grow a set and attempt water. I'm just worried about leakage and completely destroying my whole system. I haven't cried for a long time, but damn, I think that might do it, :D
If you're careful, and use some common sense, leaks are extremelly easy to avoid. For example - don't rely on those cheesy plastic hose clamps, use real "worm-screw" style metal band clamps. All pipe fittings should have teflon tape, or some other sealant applied to them, and don't tighten the hell out of em, either. You'll still need to run the system with the rest of the rig off to make sure everythings peachy . . . but there's really not much to worry about if you've taken your time. :toast:
 
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If you're careful, and use some common sense, leaks are extremelly easy to avoid. For example - don't rely on those cheesy plastic hose clamps, use real "worm-screw" style metal band clamps. All pipe fittings should have teflon tape, or some other sealant applied to them, and don't tighten the hell out of em, either. You'll still need to run the system with the rest of the rig off to make sure everythings peachy . . . but there's really not much to worry about if you've taken your time. :toast:
Thanks a lot man, I know who I'll be asking if I have any questions when I come up with the money to do this. :D
 

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Thanks a lot man, I know who I'll be asking if I have any questions when I come up with the money to do this. :D
Ain't a thing, man - it's what most of us are around here for :p
 
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If heat is your concerne then put your PC in a refrigerator or buy a few thousand kilometres of DVI and whatever wires/cables you need, take your PC to the south pole, connect it, come back home and you have constant idle temperature of -30 C . Damn, must say megaLOL at that..
 
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