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Old 02-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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mineral oil

How does a mineral oil system stack up compared to water cooling.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:29 AM   #2
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I remember a project where someone did this but they submerged the entire system under oil, took alot of wear and tear out of the parts (it disolves some acrylics / some metals get corroded badly) and some seriously heavy duty bits to make a case strong enough.

Good temps if my memory serves me right, I'll post the link if I can find it
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Water cooling will perform much better than mineral oil with far less implications. Oil submersion cooling is normally used to achieve lower sound levels and of course the pimp factor.

If you were to chill the oil below room temp then it would outperform traditional ambient water cooling. A nice thing about oil is that it will protect all the hardware from condensation. Just food for thought.
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Basically if its a new system WC'ing is normally the way to go, if its an old system mineral cooling is a viable option.

Both cost a good bit of money but WCing can be carried to new systems, oil is typically a one shot Johnny and makes the resell value of the items almost nil even if you clean it well.
You normally need specialized parts because of the viscosity of the oil not to mention a sizable tank to place everything in.

Other than the awesome factor WC'ing is cheaper, cleaner, and more effective than oil submersion IMO.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:02 AM   #5
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It's a massive mess if you ever get a leak. Generally speaking you submerge a system in oil if you go that route but it isn't as effective as water cooling and it's a colossal hassle especially if you ever spring a leak in your tank lol. Only reason to do it is for the wow factor it offers.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:47 AM   #6
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Water cooling will perform much better than mineral oil with far less implications. Oil submersion cooling is normally used to achieve lower sound levels and of course the pimp factor.

If you were to chill the oil below room temp then it would outperform traditional ambient water cooling. A nice thing about oil is that it will protect all the hardware from condensation. Just food for thought.
if i remember correctly it would not be very easy nor cost effective to cool the entire tank of oil very much. the oil doesnt take to cooling very well so you would have to find some way to cool a large amount of it at a time and continually pump it in and out of the tank to keep the cooled oil near the parts.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:07 AM   #7
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It's actually very easy to cool and offers excellent performance when implemented correctly. The main limiting factors are the viscosity of the oil vs temperature and of course budget. You can easily go sub-ambient without worries of condensation. Water blocks still offer great performance with oil flowing through them. I built a chiller for a customer specifically for this application a few years ago, I'll post the build up in the next few days.
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