In this article we will cover the advantages of liquid cooling.
As an alternative to traditional air fan cooling, liquid cooling offers a superior platform of thermal heat dissipation options for core computer components. Liquid cooling involves circulating coolants across specific critical and core parts of a computer or gaming system. Liquid cooling systems remove excess heat with superior effectiveness, which can offer cutting edge advantages in gaming systems or high demand processing applications such as multimedia encoding.
What You Should Understand
By design, computers generate excess heat from applied energy sciences within complex channels of integrated circuits and paths where energy must flow or block creating a frictional energy resistance. You can think of this process as sort of like taking two erasers and rubbing them together, and you will notice they heat up quickly.
What’s The Big Deal With Excess Heat?
Well, typically core components, such as a CPU or a GPU are designed to handle and operate sometimes up to temperatures as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit before stability and thermal failure or shutdown begin. It’s a real problem though when these core components generate too much excessive heat. While there are many different factors and variables that determine why a core component is generating too much excessive thermal output, it has to be dealt with in order to maintain the healthy operation of a computer. So knowing, while by design the components can tolerate a pretty good amount of thermal activity, but excessive thermal activity, leads to a host of problems.
What Type Of Problems?
The generation of critical amounts of excessive heat can be detrimental to core processing units and cause problems, such as, system thermal failure shutdown faults, critical loss of processing performance and clock frequency speeds on processing cores in both CPUs and GPUs. When excessive heat build up occurs it is detected right away and system protections kick-in and a process known as “Throttling”, as a safety design mechanism to protect from critical failure and overload, activates and effectively handicaps your available system resources and limits energy to maintain stability of the system and reduce heat generation. A system affected by damaging heat build up will be critically compromised of performance or eventually a critical failure will occur leaving you with a dead computer.
I Bought A Store Brand Off-The-Shelf Computer
Most consumer computers and laptops that are purchased from even from reliable manufacturers, such as HP and Lenovo, come with very basic cooling systems that are engineer and designed around a production efficiency cost to build the unit as cheaply as possible for the consumer. This is not necessarily a bad thing because with the amazing advancements in applied energy science and heat transfer in integrated circuits and paths and microprocessors these manufacturers are able to get away with offering the bare minimum in cooling components while maintaining stability for most non-heavy computer or laptop users for a great cost.
What Does That Mean?
Well, depending on what type of applications or what type of user you are these “stock” engineered cooling systems will either be a viable efficient price point to purchase a computer or laptop or on the other hand if you are a 3D Simulation or Modeling Engineer, Video Designer, or heavy into video gaming, you will find yourself in position where your processing demands do not match up with the supplied cooling systems and limited to the resources of the purchase and you’ll notice extra heat generation or performance loss.
I’m A Gamer Or Advanced Application User
Many custom desktop computer builders have entered the arena to offer “non-techies” superior desktop computers that offer complex cooling solutions mixed with cutting edge and high end performance core components and latest technologies on the market, which will hands down, beat any store brand computer you could ever purchase from a Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or Target like big brand box store.
If you are one of those heavy users and you opt for a customized PC, it’s crucial to include liquid cooling solutions and have systems put in place, especially if you plan on getting into what’s known as “Overclocking” your CPU and GPU core frequency cycles. If you are already thinking to yourself, “YES I want a custom built computer, I’m one of those guys!”, check out my Portfolio of custom designs that I’ve assembled for my customers and if you like what you see go ahead and hit that Contact Us link and let Spartan Liquid Cooling design you a masterpiece that will blow you away!
Whew! We covered a lot of geek talk so far, and we haven’t even hit the main topic, but at this point you should have an understanding on who liquid cooling applies to and if you are are one of those consumers, let’s dive into those advantages of liquid cooling and the nitty gritty and what it offers for you specifically.
Advantages of Liquid Cooling
1. More Space
A traditional computer has various ball-bearing fans within it to keep the computer cool with a circulated or static pressure flow methodology. These fans are bulky and take up a lot of space and many of the individual parts of the computer require their own specific fan for different reasons, such as the CPU, it requires a CPU fan, and the GPU or Video Card requires, but OEMs with its own cooling solution that are usually loud fans. With a smaller profile, liquid cooling requires less space within your computer, allowing more freedom for additional components to be installed, as well as, give your computer a thinner profile and a really sleek and stylish piece of eye-candy to look at with ultimate customization options. .
2. Noise-Free Operation
Have you ever owned a computer that whenever you used certain applications or worked on certain projects, the fans in your computer would go haywire and your computer starts to sound similar to a jet engine? The loud noises will occasionally sound like your computer is about to take off and quite frankly, they can be distracting and annoying. Those loud noises are also telling you a vital piece of information, that you are absorbing a lot of processing power and if your computer is slowing down or not performing, that “Throttling” we talked about, it’s a real downer. With liquid cooling, there is no need for these loud fans and the process of liquid cooling makes little to no noise with maximum efficiency.
Keep in mind that there will still be a few smaller fans to improve ventilation within your computer, but these will be low-powered and do not generate loud noise.
3. Better Overclocking Potential
Raising the frequency of a CPU or GPU is common practice with computer hobbyists, but this can be very detrimental to those units without proper heat dissipation as it requires a lot of energy flow and block that quickly raises the resistances of energy in microprocessors and cores creating insane amounts of thermal activity. With liquid cooling, this excess heat can be removed more way more efficiently and allows the system to transfer heat over greater distances allowing you to maximize the operating frequency of both CPU and GPU clock speeds all the while maintaining an optimal thermal heat dissipation profile even under severe stress and load.
4. Cooling Specific Components
With liquid cooling, there is a higher degree of cooling specifications, meaning that certain components of the computer can be cooled faster and more efficiently than traditional types of cooling. Liquid cooling can also be used to cool down key components of a computer, including the hard drive, voltage regulator modules, and power supplies.
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