how do you cool your computer? please boost as far as possible, i'm really curious to see how many people oil cool their computers
@goaty Absolutely nobody. Including the guys who published the photos and blogs of their meme setups.
@goaty I got a single loop water cpu cooler with my secondhand parts and it stressed me out, glad im back to only fans (hah)
@goaty my little laptops use heat conduction through metal, the best type of cooling.
To be fair, above some level of CPU usage, that's inpractical? But ideally, during low CPU conditions, plain conduction is how it cools...
@goaty my main laptop doesn't succeed at it.. Maybe i should follow this https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Fan_speed_control it read 43C before, with a threshhold is 50C maybe it won't reach it with fans off.. But pwmconfig doesn't detect any for me..
NBFC is "for notebooks", my laptop isn't on the list.. So doing that would be a whole thing...
@goaty (Actually, my main computer doesn't work anymore, so I am now stuck with my Pinebook Pro that doesn't have any active cooling)
@goaty Not all fans are equal. Noctua fans are my go to brand for cooling. They're extremely efficient and very quiet.
@djsumdog hadn't considered that when i made the poll! my desktop uses fans, as does my laptop (obviously)
@goaty once built an oil cooled computer but then the case cracked and leaked like 7 gallons of it into my carpet 😭
@goaty amazingly enough the computer was fine. I cleaned it up the best I could and stuck it in a regular tower.
@vandys the number of folks who've said this makes it clear i ought to have included it as a dedicated option in the poll!
@Kurty00 some respondents on twitter have reported "hot sauce," "milk," and "ghost stories" as alternative cooling methods
@goaty Heavily into water for many years. At first for overclocking, later for low noise. Woke up to a horrible smell one morning... pump died, caught the anti-vibration pad it was mounted to on fire, and was spreading (ironic...).That box was running 24/7 for years, then suddenly decided to burn my house down. Pump was well past it's MTBF rating, but I've sworn off watercooling ever since. Now living the fanless life.
@goaty No real need to watercool CPUs these days anyway... not much performance to gain by overclocking, and way more efficient with the teeny tiny architecture and lower TDPs now. Hyper212+ and some PWM Noctuas is a hard combination to beat for most applications.
@goaty I would never try this but apparently you can cool a PC with vodka.
(I just use fans, myself.)