Hot Oil Cooling

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A new kind of cooler is described over at the Inquirer.

Essentially, it’s like water cooling, except that it uses oil mixed with little metal alloy bits.

The reason for the little metal alloy bits is to make the solution magnetic enough so that a magnet can act as a pump to move the oil from hot to cold.

The reason why you want this magnetic is to avoid using electricity, which reduces the size of the contraption to the point where it could be used for notebooks.

When? Next year? Price? ¥1,500 manufacturing, or about $15 USD.

Why Should You Care?

A year from now, dual-cores will be a reality. That will mean overclocking dual cores will be a reality, too, and if you think cooling one hot core is fun, wait until you try to cool two located right next to each other.

No doubt air will continue to be used in nice little running-at-default OEM machines, but it’s likely not going to cut it too well trying to overclock two of these suckers.

Of course, you can always go to water or more, but going to water or more is like getting a puppy, you have to care for it, and most people who overclock don’t like that.

So something like this, provided it’s not too expensive, not too much of a fuss to install and maintain, and something that can be scaled upward to handle about 200 watts cooling, could be just the thing for a lot of non-hardcore overclockers, and keep them in the ballgame.



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