Liquid PC Technical


How does it work?

The only trick is finding a fluid that is relatively cheap, can be heated and is as transparent as possible. We know there is this fluor liquid but that much to expensive for us so we started testing with other fluids. With the help of a chemist we discovered that oil used to fry potatoes, french fries, greasy snacks, etc. is a cheap and good option.

We bought a few different types of these oils and started testing them. Please review the pictures below. One of the most important things you should test if you like to repeat this exercise is to what extend your fluid conducts electricity when you heat it, mix it with other elements like dust and salt. Also please use a reference fluid so that you know what to expect. We used plain tapwater.

This idea is not really new. It is new in the way that it has never, to my knowledge, been tried on a full sized computer. I "stole" the idea from JVC televisions. They put oil in their high voltage coils and I thought why not try an entire PC. And it really worked! We have not performed a long-run test because we only did this for fun but we see no reason why it shouldn?t work for ages. Some people say the oil will eventually penetrate the conductors of the motherboard or start to corrode the materials but we believe that is not true. But, you can be the person to prove this!

What can be submerged?

The answer is fairly simple. Everything except optical parts. Optical parts are CD-drives, harddisks, floppydrives, everything that moves and is not oil-proof. Some people report that they have submerged their harddrive too. That can not work for long. Every harddrive has a small hole to level pressure changes in the surrounding. If you don?t know if you can submerge it, test it or don?t submerge it. We submerged all the computer parts except the optical devices and the powersupply. You should be able to submerge the powersupply as well but it did not fit in our box.

Then there is the story that it only works with old motherboards with Pentium I or II processors. We don't know if that's true. We used a Pentium I, 166 Mhz machine as basis and left the fan on for fun. Not for cooling purposes, we just liked to see to oil swirl. I really don?t know how fast oil can spread heat but I can imagine that is faster than air. Somebody more technical can perhaps calculate if it?s possible.

Finally, please be very very very careful. This experiment is at your own risk and we do not take any responsibility for what you do based on these texts. All our tests were performed in a secure environment with plenty of safety regulations in place.

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