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So...suppose I wanted to put something like this in front of my computer's intake fans:

co2water1.jpg

I'm curious and am thinking about trying it, but I want to make sure the process is safe first. I know that directly applying dry ice to computer components is a horrible, horrible idea, without some sort of insulation around the motherboard and such. But, I'm not sure exactly how cold the fumes from dry ice + water are, but something tells me they're not nearly as cold as dry ice itself, and thus may not harm the computer's components.

Can anyone shed some light on this? Any ideas about whether or not this is a horrible idea? I just want to make sure I don't harm anything in doing a fun experiment. smile.gif

If I find out that the process is safe, I'll probably end up trying this next week or so.
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I do not think you have to worry about condensation. It usually occurs when a cold surface comes into contact with air of high humidity.

Even though the dry ice (carbon dioxide) is fairly cold in vapour form, I do not think, when it enters into your pc case through an intake fan, it is able to cool down any part of a running computer enough to worry about condensation.

I would expect the max CPU load temp gives a noticeable drop if you have a large enough supply to last a longer testing period for its benefit to be materialized.
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It would work if you had objects directing the airflow in your case..... chipset, cpu etc...
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Atomfix;13487610 
It would work if you had objects directing the airflow in your case..... chipset, cpu etc...

I have the intake fan in the front, a fan blowing into my graphics card from below it, twin Frozr III fans into my GPU, a fan blowing upwards right above that, an intake fan up towards the top back of my case, and an exhaust fan up top. Should that be enough? :O
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post #5 of 14
It shouldnt make too much humidity. Its mostly CO2 vapours. I say try the experiment and see what happens haha
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post #6 of 14
I wouldn't see the point... The fumes aren't that cold, and you would need a stockpile of the stuff... wouldn't last long
     
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post #7 of 14
no, the fumes are not that cold
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post #8 of 14
It would be pretty nice looking though if you can get a big enough supply.
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post #9 of 14
I was gonna use some dry ice vapors to check my airflow and see if I can identify where any problem areas are. Dunno how well it'll work without a window, though...
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Originally Posted by reflex99;13497083 
no, the fumes are not that cold

Won't help, you mean?
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