Can a CPU get too cold? 15 replies

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C38368

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#11 12 years ago

Robâ„¢;3281808Phase Changers some how prevent condesation build up.

My mate uses one, amazing stuff.

Neoprene and dielectric gel. And plenty of it.

To answer the OP's question: In theory, yes there is. In practice, you probably won't get there. It sure as hell isn't a positive reading on either scale, either.




marvinmatthew

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#12 12 years ago

Wait, so it's possible to run your CPU at sub-zero temps (granted, it's expensive as hell)?

I would think that the fact that your CPU would be constaintly being literaly frozen, and then brought back up to room tempurature would be hard on it.




emonkies

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#13 12 years ago

Avoid condensation and you can run it as cool as your likely to be able to afford.

One place had IIRC generator oil with dry ice in it and ran fine til oil gelled up from cold.

IIRC one site even had one running submerged in liquid nitrogen...for a few seconds anyways. The chips material couldnt handle the temperature change.




NEO_87

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#14 12 years ago

wow. Thanx guys!

If I run my CPU at sub zero temps, i can over clock it quite a bit then hey? that would be (exscuse the pun) cool!

I love fans. the just soo cool. got me a new CPU Fan yesterday and my cpu is now running at about 20C I don't have alot of money so i try to squize the best outta what i got.

neo




Chris

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#15 12 years ago

Cool is better. It's heat you need to worry about.




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#16 12 years ago
Anlushac11;3282491IIRC one site even had one running submerged in liquid nitrogen...for a few seconds anyways. The chips material couldnt handle the temperature change.

Tom's Hardware once did a similar stunt; they used liquid nitrogen (for the CPU, contained within a fat fuck-off copper cooling head which was mounted on a barebone HSF) along with a VapoChill compressor (to cool the NB), which resulted in a successful overclock of 5.25GHz, and a minimum temperature of -190c. Link.

So, for the OP: Yes, you can destroy your CPU through freezing, however unless you have access to a ready supply of liquid hydrogen...you don't have anything to worry about. Chips can withstand absurdly low temperatures (as shown above). ;)




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