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Computer water cooling or liquid cooling is the best method you can use to lower the excess temperature of computer hardware such as the central processing unit (CPU) and the graphics processing unit (GPU). Distilled water is commonly used as a coolant. Liquid cooling devices retain its desired operating temperature as compared to air cooling devices.

Moreover, water is more efficient than air because of its high thermal conductivity and specific heat than air and these properties leads water to absorb heat rapidly.

It is an unprecedented technique of modern era as this process removes heat from critical spots quickly. Providing ease to people who carry out intensive work like gaming and video editing in which computer become overheated because of long running time and heavy load.

Nowadays fans are used to lessen temperature in a computer but they are less efficient than water cooling, creating noise pollution but water cooling prevents noise, enabling you to enjoy your work comfortably.

What exactly is it?

Distilled water is commonly used as a coolant. Liquid cooling devices retain its desired operating temperature as compared to air cooling devices. Moreover, computer water cooling is more efficient than air because of its high thermal conductivity and these properties conveys water to absorb heat rapidly. It is an unprecedented technique of modern era, as this process removes heat from critical spots quickly.

Providing ease to people who carry out intensive work like gaming and video editing in which one’s computer can reach high temperatures because of heavy applications running in the background.

Nowadays fans are used to lessen temperature in a computer, but they are less efficient than water cooling. They also create noise pollution, but computer water cooling prevents noise, enabling you to enjoy your work comfortably.

Additionally, overclocking is used to make a computer faster by modifying computer parts designed by the manufacturer. Overclocking enhances hardware performance and it generates a lot of heat, but computer water cooling helps reduce overheating.

On the other hand, it is expensive and risks are associated with it too. Chances of water leaking onto the circuit are increased and great care must be considered in order to avoid short circuiting.

 

The Workings of Computer Water Cooling

The water or liquid is enclosed in a separate loop, aptly called a ‘water loop’. It has no contact with the electrical circuit what so ever. A Computer water cooling system is based on the principle of thermodynamics, “Heat always flows from higher temperature difference to lower temperature difference”.  In fact, the working of computer water cooling system is similar to that of a cooling system inside a car; water circulates from engine to radiator which cools off water and the cool water moves back to the engine, at the same time a fan cools the warm radiator.

In a computer water cooling system, cool water absorbs heat when it flows through channels and gets warm; then warm water exits the Central processing unit and travels to the radiator which cools off warm water and radiator itself turns out warm due to an exchange of heat. At the radiator, water is cooled by a fan to be blowing air over water.

water cooling system

In a computer water cooling system, cool water absorbs heat when it flows through channels and gradually increases temperature. The warm water exits the Central processing unit and travels to the radiator which cools off warm water. Inside the radiator, water is cooled by using a fan – blowing air over water.

Liquid Cooling vs. Air Cooling

Computers, even the worst and the best, generate heat and if you don’t get rid of heat, its internal components can get damaged.
The two methods to cool a CPU are liquid cooling and air cooling. Liquid cooling also called water cooling is expensive and difficult to install and maintain. Air cooling is as easy as a pie and is cheaper, but the ability to cool a computer is not as great. But, which one should you choose?

Liquid cooling pros:

One thing that is definitely a pro is that if you install a water cooler, you become a computer Jedi because doing this is a milestone in a gamer’s life. You, my friend, are a Jedi.
One of the best benefits is that with computer water cooling, it allows components to keep cool more than air cooling. It is also much quieter than using a case full of fans. It looks niftier and it takes less up less space.

Liquid cooling cons:

The biggest downside is the cost. It is very high compared to air cooling. Around 50-400$ for a water cooler. The math you need to do is another problem. Thinking about what you need for water cooling can be difficult unless you buy a pre-packaged kit. You will also have to buy a water block for your processor that fits its socket, a reservoir, a pump, tubing fittings that match your block and tubing size, a radiator, a fan(s) for the radiator, and the coolant. Also, remember that this is just a typical setup. You will need more items for cooling other parts, other than just the processor.

Air cooling pros:

One big joy of using air cooling to cool your PC is that you just need to spend less than $50 for the whole component. However, a computer water cooling kit will probably set you back at least $50. You can get fans for your case to cool everything as well as a decent cooler to cool your processor. Almost every graphics card uses air cooling.

Air cooling systems such as fans are easier to setup. You just attach the fan (or cooler) inside your computer, tighten up the screws and you are done. Whereas liquid cooling setup is a lot more complicated.

Air cooling Cons:

The first con is that they aren’t as efficient in cooling as water coolers. Second, they take up a lot of space. Third, they can be loud.

Conclusion:

No one wins. One will win depending on some important factors. If you live in an environment where the weather is cold, there is no need to get water cooling. You should stick with air cooling. This is not the only factor. There are other factors as well such as if you have a tight budget or not, will you be overclocking or not, and the place where the computer is placed. Most overclockers use liquid cooling.

 

Computer water cooling might seem like a hassle and an extra expense, but for those that love to game, overclock and use heavy applications such as video editing suites, then purchasing a water cooling system might be exactly what you need in order to preserve your vital computer components before they are fried.

 

Let me know if this has been useful for you and as always, leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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4 thoughts on “Computer Water Cooling

  • Mrs S

    Thanks for sharing this information.I haven’t heard about computer water cooling before.

    Is This product is specific for desktop computers?

    Can we use water cooling on tablets as well?

    • Josh Post author

      Yes, it is possible to get water cooled laptops, but I don’t think you can for tablets, but they are rare. Installing a computer water cooling kit is much easier.
      Tablets aren’t as powerful as a desktop computer and will not require extensive heat management hardware.

  • Ted

    Hey Josh, I agree with you that the price is a little bit higher. However, as a gamer, it is definitely a great thing for us. By installing this, I believe my computer will be much cooler than before. Great article! Looking forward seeing your next post!