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Old 5th February 2006, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default Immersion cooling of PC's Can it be used for Audio?

Hi All,
Check out the following article for a rather exteme cooling solution using immersion in an oil bath.
Strip out the fans

The followup article includes many recomendations and improvements.
Strip Out The Fans Followup

Could this be used in cooling audio equipment? One issue that may arise is that the max. voltage on a PC M.Board is 12V, whereas an Amplifier may have a considerably higher voltage.

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Old 5th February 2006, 10:36 PM   #2
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I did a thread once upon a time on water-cooled Alephs. It's a lot cleaner than oil. Cheaper, too.

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I did a thread once upon a time on water-cooled Alephs. It's a lot cleaner than oil. Cheaper, too.

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However, you didn't immerse them completely in the water did you? I seem to recall that you just built channels into the heatsinks and ran water through them. The article quoted took the entire PC motherboard and immersed it in a vat of oil.

Basically it would come down to determining if the higher voltages would start conducting across the liquid used. Unfortunately, I have no idea if it would or wouldn't.
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Basically it would come down to determining if the higher voltages would start conducting across the liquid used. Unfortunately, I have no idea if it would or wouldn't.
Multi-thousand volt power transformers at sub-stations are often oil filled, as were some EHT transformers (LOPTX's) in very old UK TV's. Oil is an insulator, and a suitable type certainly won't give any problems at the voltages used in an audio amplifier - however, it seems a bit pointless?.
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Oil is an insulator
Just to avoid confusion (and its possible consequences), some commercial oils are insulators, but some are not!
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