The Great Old One, Star Spawn, Sleeper of R'lyeh
- Jan 22, 2016
- United States of America
A water cooling PC sort of works in the same manner as the cooling system of a car, but instead of maintaining a temperature within a very narrow margin, we're mainly concerned with namely the CPU and GPU to not get so hot that they throttle themselves. Throttling means the part is slowing itself down so it doesn't kill itself due to the heat.Ok ao the water is in tube?? Ive never heardof water cooled pcs..
Typically that's north of 80ish degrees Celsius. Since a CPU and GPU don't have moving parts, you can technically run them as cold as you want to.
Water cooling is a perfectly sound way to cool a computer.
A heatsink works by a basic principle in thermodynamics, that heat moves from warmer objects to cooler objects. As the cooler object gets warmer, the warmer object gets cooler.
The heat is taken from the CPU, in the case of a heatsink, and then blown away by the heatsink's fan and the case's case fans.
In a water cooling setup, fluid is running from radiators, to cooling blocks that sit on the CPU or GPU. It works much the same way, except water is more efficient at this process of heat transfer. The water is then taken from the blocks to the radiators, where the heat is dissipated.
I use a water cooling loop All In One as my CPU cooler. It has a radiator, tubing, block and pump built in all one unit.
But other people, namely enthusiasts, build their own custom loops using certain fluids, different size radiators, specific reservoirs, pumps, and custom water blocks.
Specifically, this water cooled PC uses hardline tubing.
There is drawbacks to water cooling. Specifically troubleshooting a broken part, and you have to be diligent about leaks, because while you may start off with a non-conductive fluid, it eventually becomes conductive over time.
There's also other esoteric ways to cool a PC.
I've seen dipping the whole system in mineral oil, I've seen dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and phase change cooling. Mostly the last three are with extreme overclockers, looking to overclock a chip as far as it will possibly go.