CPU / GPU cooling mechanism - anyone?


Currently I see two types of cooling mechanisms used in most of the PCs -

  • Using a FAN
  • Using a Heat Sink
I've not yet done a comparative study of both these mechanisms, but I think there could be a better solution. In my opinion, CPU/GPU heating is one of the major issues manufacturers face.

Do you have any other kick-ass mechanism in your mind? Post it here. Let's discuss.

[PS: I'm not an expert on computers (especially hardware).]


  • Prasad Ajinkya
    Prasad Ajinkya
    Water 😀
    Recently I read in one of my feeds that IBM has found a way to cool their hardware with water ... actually built in a cabinet with watervents et al. Also, sometime back I had seen on some Discovery, or some other channel where some geeks had actually managed to pull this off with water being pumped into plastic tubes and plastic bags to cool off the cabinet.

    Back when the AMD processors were notorious for heat generation, the firm had agreed to ship this heat absorbing gel to all users of AMD Athlon. You can try to get your hands on one of those gels.

    Multiple Fans
    If your cabinet is big enough, then you can setup multiple fans to drive out the hot air and bring in cooler air. It would make sense to take some time out and study the exact wind flow through your cabinet. Placing the multiple fans so that the wind flow goes over your GPU and Processor will help reduce the heat.

    If all else fails, keep the cabinet open :-D

    Hope this helps!!
  • Ashraf HZ
    Ashraf HZ
    Liquid cooling systems are usually the norm for those hardcore computer gamers. They are pretty effective! I've read an article on Tomshardware about them using a Nitrogen cooling system to break some speed records (I believe 5Ghz.. which was a big thing back then!)

    However, heatsinks and fans are here to stay. Some modern GPU's have passive cooling systems that use uniquely design heatsinks to do the cooling, and have no fans at all. I suppose the main focus is on reducing the power consumption on the IC's themselves.

    Few months ago, MSI devised a way to power fans using the heat itself, pretty much using the sterling engine idea:

You are reading an archived discussion.

Related Posts

hi i m mech engg student ,,well i m doing project on productivity control in manufacturing industry. i got stuck at one place were i had to measure the wieght...
CEans, In our quest of uniting engineers around the world, we've joined hands with the craziest & the best engineers. CEan J2R, aka Just2Rock aka Soumik Ghosh is one of...
I'm Deepak, Completed my BE (ECE) and currently working in bangalore as a software engineer. Looking at the kind of people around I feel I'm going to fit in perfectly....
I'm surprised we haven't discussed the concept of Web based operating systems yet! So here we go. I imagine a central server that hosts an operating system. We connect to...
No, I have not taken this interview. Neither do Joe Kraus knows me personally. (but ah!, I would like to know him though.) I was just plain impressed by the...