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I saw alot of youtube vids of people completely submerging most of their components in Mineral oil. Oil is non conductive, the setup makes almost 0 noise, and dust isn't an issue. and the Whole set up is VERY cheap compared to water cooling setups.
Discuss?
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I was kind of confused on which section this goes into..
post #2 of 23
Imagine having to clean the mineral oil off!

Edit: What happens when the oil heats up?
power down stick in freezer rinse and repeat? lol
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Originally Posted by evilDSM View Post
Imagine having to clean the mineral oil off!



That could be interesting
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It would probably go into the "other cooling" section.

Reasons to not oil cool:
Say goodbye to warranties
Messy
Doesn't look as clean as a water-cooling loop
Not as effective as a good loop.
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It would probably go into the "other cooling" section.

Reasons to not oil cool:
Say goodbye to warranties
Messy
Doesn't look as clean as a water-cooling loop
Not as effective as a good loop.
I Disagree. It can look much better then a water loop (when in clear mineral oil)

And also it cools better, however the temps are slightly higher but much more stable just due to the type of fluid.
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Imagine having to clean the mineral oil off!

Edit: What happens when the oil heats up?
power down stick in freezer rinse and repeat? lol
Well the tests shows that it does take a while to heat up to peak temps, like 12 hrs of continuous stress, but i supose just put it in standby mode. but yea cleaning them off will be a pain.
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Ya it's cool, but what a nightmare to upgrade or change oil.

My computer needs an oil change every five thousand miles.
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SLI gtx 480/470
run heavy benchmark software
Cook food in your computer!
I guess it's win/win for some



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I was researching mineral oil set ups for the past couple of weeks. While I'm intrigued to try this out, I came across possible issues like:
  • aquariums leaking
  • difficulty of cleaning and interchanging equipment
  • acquiring a large amount of mineral oil
  • smell of the mineral oil, possibly carcinogenic

However it still looks really cool and offers advantages beyond looks like the lack of dust in your system and pretty good cooling.
Edited by Jakain - 10/13/11 at 9:04am
post #10 of 23
You still need radiator and a pump for submersion.

The biggest problem with mineral oil cooling is cleaning. At some point you need to take out those components and it is very difficult to clean off those mineral oils.
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