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How to Cool Your PC with Dry Ice

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the nasty-on-fingers-though dept.

Hardware Hacking 265

Ant writes "This Madshrimps article is a complete guide to working with dry ice so you can reach sub-zero temperatures with your CPU and graphics card. Details on building containers, where to buy dry ice and important tips and tricks. (Seen on Blue's News.)"

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WHY?! (5, Informative)

gotpaint32 (728082) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476131)

That device looks unweildy and is undoubtedly exceeding the max weight limit intel or amd would want you to use for a heat sink. Quite frankly i don't see the point of a computer that requires you to fill it daily in order to run it. Overclocking should only go so far, they have some nice professional compressor based solutions that should be able to achieve similar performance without the hassle of purchasing dry ice on a regular basis. One I know is called vapochill. Dry ice with no load is around -75 C whereas the vapochill should be around -45 C

http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.cfm?article id=565&cid=9 [hothardware.com]

And if you were to go the dry ice route, since AFAIK dry ice isnt conductive, why don't they just build the entire computer into an icebox (not the hard drive), and put a regular passive heat sink on the processor rather than construct that monstrosity of plumbing. I would think the overclocked memory and chipset would benefit equally as well. Oh and of course throw in some sacks of silica gel in there, don't want to have condensation now.:]

Re:WHY?! (2, Funny)

Gar0s (323445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476156)

Cheesy disco effect MP3 Box - dry ice and some pink neon - now you're talkin'

Re:WHY?! (3, Funny)

CleverNickedName (644160) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476157)

Why?

And you call yourself a nerd...

Re:WHY?! (2, Funny)

newrisejohn (517586) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476218)

I know, the adage is that geeks do it, "because they can."

But geeks (new geeks, high school age, not those hard core, old school, i-remember-the-altair types) I think are also inherently lazy and with summer coming, they also sleep late (because they can). Imagine sleeping through your computer's feeding time to find your GPU in a puddle at the bottom of the case.

Re:WHY?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476290)

What would be really impressive would be a cooling case mod. Build the PC in a freezer. You'll need to add a de-humidifier too.

Alternatively, sleeping in is cool too.

Re:WHY?! (1)

DenDave (700621) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476327)

LOL!! No shit eh? But some of us old-school-types-who-remember-the-sinclair are just as bad... why heck surfs up so.. hasta la vista, i go wax the longboard!!
remember da bull! http://www.legendarysurfers.com/surf/legends/lsc20 8.html [legendarysurfers.com]

Re:WHY?! (2, Informative)

CortoMaltese (828267) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476187)

Why? Hack value [catb.org] .

Re:WHY?! (1)

jmke (776334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476193)

where in the article does it state this is for 24/7 use?

Re:WHY?! (4, Insightful)

mattmentecky (799199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476202)

When has a hack or a weird project like this ever rendered a logical concise answer to the question "Why?" other than "Just because" or "To see if it could be done"?

Imagine... (4, Funny)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476132)

...what would happen if these class of people would be better off putting this kind of effort into getting laid

Re:Imagine... (3, Funny)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476154)

...There would be more of them?

I'm in favor of that; Geeks [should] rule!

Re:Imagine... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476161)

Been there, done that. Nothing happens despite the effort.

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476614)

I know, you flipped her DIP switches and nothing happened. You left in frustration claiming that an MCA slot needs a floppy to get it working, so why shouldn't hers?

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476172)

he could not possible have a girlfriend right?

:rolleyes:

I know the author, he's no geek and just love to play with his PC gear. What's wrong with that? :)

Re:Imagine... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476565)

Yeah, I'm not zoophile, I just like sex with mares.

Re:Imagine... (4, Funny)

selectspec (74651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476186)

what would happen if these class of people would be better off putting this kind of effort into getting laid

...They would come up with equally lame results as putting dry ice onto your CPU to cool it down.

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476199)

a quantum singularity?

Re:Imagine... (5, Funny)

anotherone (132088) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476203)

I don't think they'd accomplish anything by strapping a giant copper tube to some chick.

Re:Imagine... (2, Funny)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476501)

There are a couple of ex's out there that I wouldn't mind dropping their body temperatures to below zero.

Re:Imagine... (2, Funny)

timmy_otoole (516019) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476420)

You want more of these people running around?

Wonderful Whitebox Enterprise Linux News (-1, Offtopic)

wbel_pimp3 (882476) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476133)

NOTE: I am not a troll, off topic perhaps, but this is good news.

Seems the owner of the whiteboxlinux.net [whiteboxlinux.net] and whiteboxlinux.com [whiteboxlinux.com] domains has decided to offer them on ebay [ebay.com] as a peace offering between wbel and himself.

This is really great news so lets hope someone with WBEL enthusiasm steps up to build a respectable community site.

Re:Wonderful Whitebox Enterprise Linux News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476185)

No , but you are the owner of those domains pimping them on slasdot
Spam , unrequested advertising , if you want to advertise here either buy some space or change your name to Roland

Cat Problems (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476140)

I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you cat fanatics? I've been sitting here on my sofa in front of a cat (a sealpoint siamese) for about 20 minutes now while attempting to get it's attention away from a bug on the floor. 20 minutes. At home, with my labrador cross, which by all standards should be a lot dumber than this cat, the same operation would take about 2 minutes. If that.

In addition, during this attention seeking attempt, my children's attention is also held by the cat. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even trying to get the remote from my partner fails.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while dealing with other cats, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a cat that fetches as much as it's canine counterpart, despite the cat's faster ambulatory system. My terrier with one ingrown toenail runs consistently faster than this siamese at times, as the cat is often completely asleep. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that the cat is a superior animal.

Cat addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use a cat over other faster, cheaper, more affectionate animals.

Re:Cat Problems (0, Offtopic)

DrJonesAC2 (652108) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476166)

See sig.

See Sig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476189)

Not if there off in preferences

Re:Cat Problems (4, Funny)

21st Century Peon (812997) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476200)

Unless you've a tale to tell about the time you tried to overclock your cat with dry ice, this thread isn't the place for your post.

BTW, the thing about cats is that they have dignity. Dogs do not. You can tell from this simnple thought experiment:

Kick a dog, and kick a cat. The dog will come back for more; the cat will rip your curtains to shreds, then leave, never to return. Now tell me, which is the superior animal?

Re:Cat Problems (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476273)

Obviously the one that didn't ruin your shit.

Re:Cat Problems (2, Interesting)

daikokatana (845609) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476283)

Kick a dog, and kick a cat. The dog will come back for more; the cat will rip your curtains to shreds, then leave, never to return. Now tell me, which is the superior animal?

According to some dude mentioned in some bestseller (the bible I believe it was called), the dog would be the superior animal, because it turns the other cheek.

Re:Cat Problems (0, Offtopic)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476731)



Now tell me, which is the superior animal?


Certainly not you...shame on you for kicking defenseless animals.

Re:Cat Problems (1)

Mikelikus (212556) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476783)

You obviously don't know many dogs nor cats.
And obviously you're a cliché-loving person.

Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476153)

I don't want to buy dry ice. Isn't there a good way to make it at home?

Re:Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (5, Funny)

mrjb (547783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476248)

Sure. If your freezer goes to 11.

Re:Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (-1, Redundant)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476313)

HAH!

Re:Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476603)

Sure. If your freezer goes to 11.

Or more exactly, if your freezer goes down to -110 F.

(Actually, it's usually done by pressure liquification of CO2, followed by evaporative cooling. If you have a source of LCO2, you can buy a gizmo [ebay.com] to make it at home; cheaper models from other companies exist. Commercial production machines are a lot more pricey.)

Re:Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476512)

Rather hard. It involves cooling or compressing carbon dioxide till it freezes into ice. Extreme pressures, very low temperatures and LOTS of carbon dioxide.

Re:Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (1)

turtledot (827674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476827)

Not really hard to make dry ice - the hardest part is getting enough CO2. There is a neat gadget that you can attach to a 'T' tank which is simply an expansion nozzle and a bag to catch the stuff. Expand the CO2 rapidly and you get a bunch of nice dry ice powder. ALL of it goes to Dry Ice. Only problem is the volume ratio from gas to solid kills you - that one tank only makes a few small bags (I think it's a half cubic foot, but I might be off.

(A 'T' tank is one of those long skinny tanks that, in science clourses, they tell you if you lop off the top it turns into a missle)

Re:Buy Dry Ice? Can't I make it? (4, Interesting)

pla (258480) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476743)

I don't want to buy dry ice. Isn't there a good way to make it at home?

Yup, really amazingly simple.

Just take your anhydrous CO2 tank, connect it to a dry ice mold (almost like a rigid fine-meshed cheesecloth box, you could probably hack one together if you don't already have one), and let 'er rip until the mold fills.

You can even still use the waste CO2 (a lot) for something else, with a careful setup - Just make sure the pressure drop occurs in the mold rather than at some point down-stream.

Imagine (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476155)

Dry ice cooling in SOVIET RUSSIA!

Anyone else (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476173)

Does anyone else remember someone doing this and posting it on Slashdot at least like...6 or 7 years ago?

Who cares!!! (5, Funny)

Boogiesbunny (881293) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476175)

WOW....I just increased my processor from 2.2ghz to 2.3ghz.

What's next? (4, Interesting)

c0ldfusi0n (736058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476179)

After liquid metal [slashdot.org] and liquid nitrogen [tomshardware.com] , here comes dry ice! What's next?

Re:What's next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476224)

Lube is Next.

Re:What's next? (4, Funny)

dan dan the dna man (461768) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476235)

Hot air?

Re:What's next? (2, Funny)

nawspac (76152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476240)

vegetable oil [markusleonhardt.de]

Re:What's next? (0, Troll)

extra88 (1003) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476268)

Witches' tits.

Re:What's next? (5, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476274)

Death from incorrectly transporting/storing dry ice and having it slowly suffocate them while they sit for hours playing some silly video game.

Re:What's next? (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476276)

Ummm, liquid paper?

Re:What's next? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476292)

Liquid Helium. At 4 degrees kelvan. It does more then allow you to over clock it it becomes superconductive. To bad the stuff is very expensive. Frozen Gold.

Re:What's next? (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476320)

3rd degree burns and a skin graft most likely.

Slashdotted? (-1, Offtopic)

bsquizzato (413710) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476181)

Only 5 acceptable comments up and I already can't access the site? Does that set a record?

Re:Slashdotted? (4, Informative)

cd_serek (681446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476206)

Grab it off mirrordot [mirrordot.org] .

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

DJProtoss (589443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476295)

No. I've seen the FP complaining that it can't access the site

Call me old fashioned... (0)

Paris The Pirate (799954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476191)

But I still think that water and anything water based should be kept WELL away from my hardware.

Accidents do happen.

A lot around me.

Re:Call me old fashioned... (4, Funny)

joelby (800301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476229)

Dry ice isn't made from water! That's why it's dry ;)

Re:Call me old fashioned... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476631)

Remember the Steven Wright joke? "If I melt dry ice, can I swim without getting wet?

Dry Ice? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476194)

More like pointless rice! Am I rite?

Google says... (1)

Froe (880425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476196)

Dry ice is very expensive in this area we have received very positive reviews in the mainstream press. the mainstream intelligensia, and the mainstream cultural norms.

Google Talk ID 437 [relet.net]

Thermoelectric coolers (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476212)

You can achieve a temperature of less than -100 F just using a big stack of (LARGE) thermoelectric coolers. With TECs, you can keep your CPU that cool 24/7 without using up dry ice!! The hot end of the stack generates an incredible amount of heat though -- A large fan is needed to dissipate the heat from the monsterous heat sink. Your computer could be used as a space heater in the winter!

Re:Thermoelectric coolers (2, Insightful)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476353)

Sorry, but the cells will generate enough heat themselves, that no fan would be able to remove it all. Actually, in stack of 4-5 cells, the but-last (before the one sticking to the cooler) would likely explode, boiling. One, well adjusted thermoelectric cell, with really good cooling (water, really big fan) can be useful and actually decrease the CPU power. Adding the second one will already produce more heat than any commonly available solution (fans, water cooling) can remove. Maybe dry ice could remove the surplus heat, but then, why not use the dry ice straight on the radiator? It would be more efficient.

Original reason for experiment (-1, Troll)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476230)

Is there any truth to the rumor that the author of the article originally started working with dry ice to ease the throbbing in what must be the worst case of blue balls on the planet?

Anyone that spends this much time on cooling a computer chip really needs to get out more.

Re:Original reason for experiment (0, Offtopic)

jmke (776334) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476262)

yes; but anybody spending this much time to comment on articles at slashdot really needs to get out more.

no wait. maybe the author does not post useless posts and instead writes this stuff up.

Refrigerated PC Cases...the answer (2, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476234)

Why not just refrigerate the case instead? You can overclock your 3 ghz machine to 3.04 ghz and keep your brewskis cold at the same time!

Re:Refrigerated PC Cases...the answer (1)

Polir (675291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476302)

Imagine the condensated water outside and INSIDE in your case. I'd recommend your solution solely to the very rare geeks in the desert.

Re:Refrigerated PC Cases...the answer (1)

Nikademus (631739) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476491)

That is coool....literally (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476721)

Good job Nikademus....if I had the time and money, I would try and do other such experiments. Now how do you get the fish smell out of the motherboard? :)

Re:Refrigerated PC Cases...the answer (0, Redundant)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476318)

Who Hoo. 3ghz to 3.04 it is like adding a fast 386 to your processing.

I hope.. (1)

Digital Warfare (746982) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476246)

I Hope they cool their server with Dry Ice, otherwise its probably been burnt out by the Slashdot effect !

Related Article (4, Funny)

SloWave (52801) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476251)


"Increase Your Horsepower and Get Chicks by Installing Giant Aluminum Wing, Fart Can Muffler, and Car Stereo Manufacturer Emblem on your Four Door Front Wheel Drive Honda Civic".

Re:Related Article (5, Funny)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476606)

Don't forget the neon. Neon always makes the car faster.

stickers (1)

StupidStan (773027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476704)

obviously lots and lots of stickers make your car faster, you dont even have to have the products the sticker advertises, just putting the sticker on your fender increases HP. Oh yeah, and a carbon fiber hood that doesnt match the color of your car...

Re:Related Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476816)

Don't forget the speed holes!

Look on the brightside. (5, Funny)

Sandbox Conspiracy (836255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476252)

At least you don't have to get the stuff from Lybian terrorists. Great Scott!

Re:Look on the brightside. (1)

Solra Bizna (716281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476298)

Saves you the trouble of buying a kevlar vest, too...

-:sigma.SB

What about liquid nitrogen? (4, Interesting)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476285)

Sure, more dangerous. But probably more handy to build and could last longer. Valve set to slow dripping, pipe outlets (possibly with some spraying tips) over the radiators, possibly even electric valve with some temperature feedback loop - temperature rising, pour more, temperature dropping too much, cut off. 1 liter is something like 6 cents in bulk, so it should last quite long. Sure pouring a bucket of liquid nitrogen over a PC won't do much good, but you should be able to release it as slowly as you only desire, so...?

Re:What about liquid nitrogen? (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476539)

Actually, it should be less dangerous. Not only won't it be toxic like CO2, it's not as dangerous to touch because it boils and loses contact with what it is cooling. This is also why it's not such a great liquid coolant for computer use.

Re:What about liquid nitrogen? (2, Funny)

swv3752 (187722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476634)

Dry Ice is not that dangerous if you usea little bit of common sense. Heck, the local supermarkets around here in Florida carry it. The average Floridian is an idiot so if they can handle dry ice, so can't most anyone.

cheaper and easier (3, Interesting)

CdXiminez (807199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476287)

I have been puzzled by x86 users' preoccupation with heat for quite some time.

Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper and easier to just use a processor that doesn't get so friggin' hot? Like a PowerPC or Crusoe...

Re:cheaper and easier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476747)

Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper and easier to just use a processor that doesn't get so friggin' hot? Like a PowerPC or Crusoe...

Are there PowerPCs or Crusoes that have the equivalent of 2.5 GHz of processing power? More to the point, normal x86s don't really produce insane amounts of heat. It's just when you overclock them to be 110% to 125% of their nominal processing speed that they get hotter than Hell.

Re:cheaper and easier (1)

Takara (711260) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476756)

Oh yea man, I've heard of this heat thing. As soon as I got home today, I ripped that AMD shit right out of the socket! Then I took out my brand new IBM 750FX and tried to install it. Turns out it doesn't even support socket 939! What kinda shit technology... It'll never catch on.

Re:cheaper and easier (5, Funny)

Slashcrap (869349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476788)

Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper and easier to just use a processor that doesn't get so friggin' hot? Like a PowerPC or Crusoe...

Not really. An overclocked Crusoe would still be slow as shit. And as for the PowerPC, I can just imagine the scenario :

Ricer1: Yay! The Liquid Nitrogen cooler has got my G5 down to -180C! Time to start cranking up the multiplier!

Ricer2: Apple haven't provided a way to increase the multiplier.

Ricer1: Well never mind, just crank up the bus speed!

Ricer2: Apple haven't provided a way to increase the bus speed.

Ricer1: Shit. The condensation's just nuked my CPU. Oh well, better order another one.

Ricer2: Apple won't let you order a new CPU.

Yes, I can see that catching on in a hurry.

Re:cheaper and easier (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476818)

Yes, you're right. However, the typical x86 user is either running illegally-copied, closed-source games on an illegally-made copy of the closed-source "operating system" Windows; or running the closed-source malware-magnets Outlook Express and Internet Explorer, together with a ton of unwanted spyware, adware and spam-zombies, on a paid-up copy of Windows.

The future is RISC, there are no two ways about that. Unfortunately, this whole Windows thing is entirely about keeping people stuck in the past .....

My Penis is Bigger Than Your Penis! (2, Insightful)

ultimabaka (864222) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476289)

On the plus side, this device hardly seems like something that could be mass-produced profitably. On the minus side, the dangers of dry ice, the border-line exorbitant cost of maintenance, and what appears to be a customized fit to the PC at hand (i.e.: it doesn't look like they could take that monster out and put it into another PC) makes me wonder what the point of this is. And I think I know exactly ;)

useful in the real world? (1, Insightful)

mdew (651926) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476299)

It would get rather expensive using dry ice over time, somehow I think its more a "proof-of-concept" rather than useful in the real world.

Re:useful in the real world? (1)

wild_berry (448019) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476809)

Useful for benchmark testing. Testing it at extremes to see how many 3DMarks you can get out of your system.

Then you put it back into its normal case and get on with cataloguing your pr0n in Excel.

Can't wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476301)

..to install this in my shuttle PC!! Hey Ho!

Use A Solvent (2, Insightful)

zeromemory (742402) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476325)

Placing granular dry-ice into a copper container next to your CPU/GPU isn't going to result in very efficient heat transfer. If you're really going to try this, I recommend floating the dry ice in some sort of organic solvent (don't try water, as it'll freeze) and setting up some sort of agitator system.

An even better setup would be to setup a water-cooling-like system, with dry ice in a container filled with solvent above the system. The solvent would be fed into a heat exchanger on top of the CPU/GPU. No pump would be necessary, because, as the solvent in the heat exchanger heats up, it'll float up to the top, where it'll be cooled down again by the dry ice.

In any case, the costs of such a system would probably outweigh any benefit of using it.

A suprising source for dry ice (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476347)


I needed dry ice for a demo at work and in searching around I found out that the Kroger grocery store chain (at least in the Richmond, Va area) sells dry ice! They have a super-insulated freezer at the front of the store, and sell it by the pound.

Dangerous Stuff - Injuries! (5, Informative)

dawnread (851254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476361)

Check out what this guy did to his head with dry ice!

Link [dryiceinfo.com]

And how he did it...

Link [dryiceinfo.com]

CO2 build up? (3, Informative)

mlush (620447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476373)

I'd certainally not use this in a confined space! A Cooling system that can make you feel crap and sleepy? No thanks!

Re:CO2 build up? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476665)

You're thinking of CO, carbon monoxide. You could let a ten pound slab of dry ice completely sublimate in your house, and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Been there, done that, no problems.

The best part (4, Funny)

Megane (129182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476481)

The best part is the fog that will come out of your computer... it'll look real cool with all your blue lights shining through it, and *yawn* why am I getting so sleepy?

News Flash - overclockers found dead (1)

jeff67 (318942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476538)

In basement apartments all over the US and Canada, a rare breed of computer users called "overclockers" have been found dead in troublesome numbers. The cause of death appears to be lack of oxygen, although there are never signs of struggle.

The only thing the crime scenes have in common is each victim is found next to a burned-out computer and an empty styrofoam cooler.

More Uses (1)

SomeOtherGuy (179082) | more than 9 years ago | (#12476632)

Now these "ladykillers" are going to have to pack their router and network cables in dry ice.

WARNING WILL ROBINSON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476644)

Electronics chips aren't made for huge differences in temperature, I wouldn't recommend cooling with dry ice. In the US, only Mil Spec chips are specified to the range of temperatures that using dry ice would cause.

For example, a few years ago, there was some research that seemed to point out that tooth decay was caused by micro cracks in the enamel, caused by extremes in temperature in the mouth (ice water, hot food, etc.)

Re:WARNING WILL ROBINSON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476785)

Holy $***! I know this is off topic, but that study you are referring to regarding tooth decay makes a lot of sense if you think about it. During the majority of the time humans were on Earth, they ate stuff at ambient temperature. They didn't originally cook their food and they had no way to cool their food or water. Therefore, extreme temperatures in the mouth were nonexistant except for those living in arctic regions of the world. It is very possible that our teeth did not evolve to handle hot and cold food so that is why tooth decay is a problem these days.

Well to try to keep this a LITTLE on topic, processors were not designed to handle exteme temperatures either so it is possible that the rapid contraction and expansion of the chip could cause cracks, damaging the chip.

In Alaska we cool out PeeCees with (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12476677)

#1 yellow snow #2 frozen husky turds
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