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PC Cooling

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

PC Cooling

If you’ve heard of this term before, but you’re not quite sure what all it entails, keep reading, because I’ve got some very interesting information for you today!

A simple definition of PC cooling is that it’s an advanced technology that is used to relieve heat from electronic components. These components usually operate normally and have long lifespans; that is, unless they are overheated. A good example of this is the computer.

The components in a computer that produce an enormous amount of heat during operation include processors, chipsets, graphic cards, power supply units, hard drives, optical devices and more. If you think overclocking sounds like an ominous term, you have the right idea. One example is running the microprocessor faster than the clock speed for which it has been tested and approved. This is done to get a little performance boost from your system, but it might actually result in a performance boost of 10 percent or less.

This type of thing may also lead to some problems you’ll have to deal with, such as heat. Generally, overclocked CPUs must be kept below a very precise temperature, or they may crash. Now, there are different methods for PC cooling, which I will go over with you now. Here they come!

Methods of PC Cooling

1.) Air Cooling

The most common method of cooling is air cooling. In this process, we use heat sinks to increase the surface area of the component that allows heat to dissipate. Then we use a simple fan, like a cooler to speed up the exchange of air.

2.) Water Cooling

This is considered for enthusiasts and it is an exotic method. You need one or more water blocks, one or more pumps and a radiator to do this. Since water has a better heat absorbing property than copper or air, it is a very good option. Though this is not an as effective method as some of the others, it still is very useful for the average computer user.

3.) Other Methods

The other methods of PC cooling that are more suitable to overclocked computers include chilled water cooling, phase-change cooling, cascade cooling and liquid nitrogen cooling. The purpose of chilled water cooling set ups is to cool down the water, so a radiator may not be needed in these cases. They are a bit harder to install and maintain, but they are more effective. You can easily keep your temperature below zero degrees Celsius with this.

What Kind of Cooling to Use

The method of cooling you should use depends on the purpose of your computer. Is it a casual system or a 24 hours a day, seven days a week file server, for instance? You also have to pay attention to the volume of data your PC has to carry. The noise generated by these methods is also one criteria that should be considered for the choice of a method. There are a few more points that need consideration as well. First, a good ventilated case is necessary. If you have more loaded on your hard drive, a hard drive cooler or fan may be necessary. Also, make sure you clean your system at least once every three to six months. Clean out the dust, reseat the heat sinks and do a complete check, etc.

How You Can Do PC Cooling Yourself

If you want to try a PC cooling method for yourself, as an average user, I would suggest that you use tips and product reviews from the Internet. Or you may want to try speaking to a tech support representative if you’re not sure how to do it on your own. And of course, always keep this tip with you as a reference. Happy PC cooling!

~ K. Natarajan

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