Originally Posted by linxmaster
Now now, I know you've all seen it before, I'm new around these parts. I doubt it's the best cooling solution, and don't worry, I'm not going to ask about putting it in a refridgerator. But I was wondering, if you could get a heavy duty pump, run this through a radiator, and cool it with a TEC, how would it go for cooling?
Just an idea I thought of while browsing the TEC board. You could put the hardware in a fish tank as in the popular video below, have a tube (or a few, more than one feeding into the radiator would probably be better for circulation) on one side feed into a radiator, probably large, maybe as big as the back of the fish tank containing the oil, a large or several smaller TEC's cooling the radiator, and a tube that feeds the oil back into the case, probably via more than one tube for better circulation as said earlier.
Seeing as the freezing temperature is -30C, you wouldn't have to worry about the oil freezing and solid peices coming into contact with your hardware. Sorry if this idea sounds stupid, I'm not too experienced in either TECs or Mineral Oil, I was just wondering if this would work, and if it can, hoping someone could take my idea and put it into practice.
EDIT: Forgot video YouTube - Mineral Oil Submerged Computer
Originally Posted by low strife
If you had any fans running, they would probably die within a day or two. Oil is far heavier than water.
Also, this would require loads of maintenance.
Originally Posted by LegendaryC
The fans in their have been spinning for over a year....
I actually like the idea alot in that with the right setup one could effectively cool the mb and chipsets,vga,etc.
Here the reasons why oil cooling is good:
1) Direct convected cooling as oil flows around all mb parts stopping conducted temp rising of adjacent parts.
2) Extreme cooling such as phase change &/or sub-zero chilled water requires extensive condensation protection. Total oil submersion eliminates air 100 percent, thus the oil itself is the condensation protector.
3) Economically cost effective cooling can be achieved as you could eliminate the need for costly full-cover vga water block solutions; while btw are only good for peticular cards and then you must buy another.
The same applies to many other blocks such as regulator, nb, sb, mosfets,etc.
I mention the cpu separately as it is extremely hot...and while you could use the oil only without any heat sink it would still get very hot unless the oil flow was designed to such standards to properly dissipate heat/time/speed.
Now, those are the benefits...how about the cons:
1) Your rma is _ _cked...just forget about it...oil would not be able to be removed and the manufacturer would not honor as such.
2) While the mb, and " immediate peripherals " are protectable and oil cooled capable. Other items such as optic drives, hdds, and the old timing floppys woud not fare well at all.
As " optic " meaning seeing would obviously be affected by the addition of any liquid which would work its way into the casings. I'm not sure about the disk material being effected by the oil and whether or not it be cautic towards the disk.
I diffinetly know that the lens which ride the disk would not work as the liquid would change the measurement diagnostics.
3) While oil is an excellent cooling and condensation protector...it can effect heat in lights such as leds in negative ways. While leds are not incandescent bulbs they are however nonetheless heat generating.
They would likely fail sooner under the pressure of the oil, if however the oil was cooled not just by radiation but by chilled water that would change things dramtically.
In closing the pc as we know it is not at it's omega...I would say it's at it's alpha....
New cooling solutions are began just like this...in fact I already have some ideas on things to do in this area...shhh...it's a secret.