Modern microprocessors are incredibly dissipating much heat as compared to processors five years ago. Modern High-performance gaming computers and workstations are generating a lot of heat which regulation is becoming a major challenge. It is however important to understand that standard computers do not overheat to an extent that they require liquid cooling. Liquid cooling is specific for high performance processors and other frequently used computers such as office computers. Liquid cooling is important is circumstances where both external and internal fans can no longer be relied on to effectively cool the computer.
There are different equipment’s that you need in order to set up a liquid cooling system. These equipment’s are specifically designed to suit different role in a liquid cooling system. These tools include;
- Cooling block
- Barb fittings
There are two types of liquid systems widely used in different parts of the world. These are the open loop and the closed loop.
A closed loop consist of a heat sink which has a radiator and a fan attached with the two units connected by pipes. The pipes are filled with water which acts as a coolant. When switched on, the system pumps water round the system hence absorbing heat from the computer’s CPU. The absorbed heat is passed through the radiator and eliminated through the case. The installation of closed loop requires more professionalism as compared to the open loop.
The open loop on the other hand puts into utilization the principle of evaporation. The operating system resembles that of a closed loop with tow pipes connecting the radiator and the fan. In this system, water is allowed to evaporate and carry away heat from the CPU. This system however has a more advanced pumping system where warm water run through the shower head to increase the surface area for evaporation thus making the system effective.
There are a number of benefits associated with liquid cooling as compared to fan cooling. These essential benefits include;
Water is known to be a good thermal conductor as compared to air. Liquid cooling system is therefore a good absorber of heat as compared to air cooled systems. Water on the other hand absorbs more energy without heating up as compared to air. Thus a liquid cooling system is more effective in terms of heat absorption as compared to air.
Liquid cooling takes up less space of your computer as compared to the fans. Fans especially the internal fixed fans occupy a large space of the computer. This may interfere with the effective functioning of other parts of the computer. External fans on the other hand must be located close to the computer. This occupies space as compared to a liquid cooling where only a few pipes are required to facilitate the cooling.
Liquid cooling systems is more quite as compared to air cooled system. Increased number of fans in a room are likely to produce noise hence interfering with the smooth running of an office. Fans are also likely to blow up dirt and dust hence creating an uncomfortable environment.