Computer submerged in mineral oil.

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  1. deusexaethera

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    Old, yes.
    Cool, very.
     
  3. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Wow, I never knew this was possible :ugh: :eek4:
     
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    very much repost.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I saw pics of a build like that in Maximumpc, but the video is wayyy cool.
     
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    sk0rcher The universe is watching

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    Wow really cool
     
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    MrFreeze did it long before they did.
     
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    I did this 5-6 years ago :dunno:
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    How'd it work out?
     
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    seen something similar years ago. video is awesome though

    bubbles are a nice touch :rofl:

    I'm guessing it works better than liquid cooling, but i could see the mineral oil heating up after a while...i'd like to see temp results for it
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, the mineral oil will heat up, but I think it's safe to say that aquarium has more surface area than any other self-contained watercooling setup could possibly achieve.

    It would suck to take it to LAN parties, though.
     
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    well, if you had a sealed shuttle pc, it wouldn't be that bad
    you would have plenty of laxative if you ate too much pizza
     
  13. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Heh, no doubt.

    You would need a dolly to move it.

    :mamoru:
     
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    Very interesting, I never would have thought it was possible. I'm guessing thely left the HD out?
     
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    It looks like the hard drive is in an external case next to the tank.
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I wonder how many people missed that detail.

    :mamoru:
     
  17. deusexaethera

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    The HDD should be fine as long as you plug the airhole. I know they say not to, but with the HDD immersed in a reasonably-effective heat conductor, the inside temperature should stay much more stable and changing air pressure inside the HDD should be much less of a concern than it would be in an air-filled computer.
     
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    it was messy as hell, made temperatures much worse once the oil heats up. Overall a very stupid idea.
     
  19. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, but if it did leak, it would be all over.
     
  20. Frequency

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    it is truly amazing how many of you guys have seen the video assumed a bunch a shit and spewed it out.
    http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php
    There is a full write up on the PC and the temps and how the bubbles effected the temp. Also the machine is still up and running. And they are building a new one shortly.
     
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    Without reading, I'm gonna guess the bubbles reduced temperatures by absorbing heat from the oil and convecting it away. We'll see if I'm right.

    EDIT: Yay! I'm right! It didn't drop the temperature by very much though, but then air is a shitty heat conductor and those bubbles don't stay in the oil very long.

    ANOTHER EDIT: They should use silicone dielectric coolant for version 2.0 this spring. The only hitch is 5 gallons of the stuff weighs 35lbs, and the companies that make it charge $40/lb for the stuff. But then again, you could use it for cooling shit for the rest of your life.
     
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    Going to look into that :coold:
     
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    Totally awesome and totally pointless/useless. The sheer weight of it makes the setup impossible to move, and upgrading RAM/GPU would be a total bitch.
     
  24. deusexaethera

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    It wouldn't be that hard to service. Pull the board out and let it drip off for a few minutes, then put on a pair of gloves and start replacing shit.

    It would be heavy as shit, though, yeah.
     
  25. CodeX

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    Explain to me how that doesnt completely fuck up the operation of the HDD... I would think the added viscosity of the oil (vs. air) would slow down the arm thing in the HDD (whatever its called, the thing with the read/write heads on it) to the point that it wouldn't work anymore...

    Also, wouldn't you disable the fans first? I can see them burning out quickly from the extra stress on them.

    *edit* Here's an idea... Put the whole thing in a mini-fridge... you can't do this with a normal computer because of condensation... but oil and water dont mix and besides the whole thing could be air tight anyway...
     
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