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You're asking for a gel, that absorbs heat, and just makes it go away? And you think if it's cold, this is possible? You realize that goes against the fundamentals of physics, right?

Oh wait. You don't. Otherwise you wouldn't have said anything to this effect.

You can't just make energy just go away, as it can't be destroyed, nor created. Energy is only changed.

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better idea: flip a container of "canned air" over and spray onto heatsink. only feasible in the short term but hey, might be the temporary "experimentation" implied.
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gah, can't remember the chemical in those things. It's on the tip of my tongue >.<
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sidenote:
if this were OT i'd be expecting an icy hot sex joke right about now.
The gas, good sir, is likely tetrafluoroethane (HFC-134a), or another hydrofluorocarbon. Veeeerry cold as a liquid, plus flammable.
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like I said... er... well...
oh hey, it was in the other thread O.o

anyway, flip over a spraycan of "canned air" the chemical inside is volatile in open air (read after it's sprayed), and evaporates quickly. that lowers the level of heat in either the immediate air space or whatever object the liquid gets sprayed onto. there's an entropy comment that sounds more elegant, but y'know what? Chemistry and thermochemistry were never my forte.

evaporative cooling and all that jazz I imagine. either way makes it cold to the point ice forms from the ambient water vapor. Just fyi, when it melts it is bad for PC parts.
This does kinda work, for very short term cooling, done it before to a gpu with messed up memory to try & make it work for a benchie.
I have heard you can't really freeze a heatpipe heatsink though, if the stuff in the heatpipes freezes the heatsink actually performs worse.
    
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Submerge the whole thing in a non-conductive oil or gel. Mineral oil, maybe. Would keep everything cool without requiring enough fans to blow-dry a yak. And figure something out to keep the oil cold. It's getting late, so I am running out of thoughts. But it should be doable.
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Submerge the whole thing in a non-conductive oil or gel. Mineral oil, maybe. Would keep everything cool without requiring enough fans to blow-dry a yak. And figure something out to keep the oil cold. It's getting late, so I am running out of thoughts. But it should be doable.
Oh, you mean like a system that's in an airtight case that's filled with mineral oil.
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Oh, you mean like a system that's in an airtight case that's filled with mineral oil.
Correct. Like a fish tank. But please, don't put any fish in there.
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I think I'm going to put some water on my heatsink's fins so that the moving air makes the heatsink feel colder.
I know you're being a smartass, but evaporative cooling works for anything. Not just the human body.

Granted, it's still pointless to do such a thing.
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Submerging actually works (someone did that before) but you'll NEVER, ever get the system cleaned. Only good for an experiment and for parts you will trash. And eventually, that oil will heat up...
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I know you're being a smartass, but evaporative cooling works for anything. Not just the human body.

Granted, it's still pointless to do such a thing.
Yeah, I already went through this with someone else earlier. As soon as I submitted this post, I realized what a bad analogy it is. I just didn't edit it because I assumed that the chances of someone else actually seeing it at this point were extremely small.
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Submerging actually works (someone did that before) but you'll NEVER, ever get the system cleaned. Only good for an experiment and for parts you will trash. And eventually, that oil will heat up...
The mineral oil cooled systems use a system to keep the oil flowing in order to constantly dissipate the warmer oil. However, it does require higher maintenance.

It's like a water cooling system, only better.
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hmmm Well, I am going to bed. Just thought I would put my word in. I always feel clever right before bedtime. Can't say the same about the mornings.. G'nite.
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