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Extreme Cooling Insulation Guide

Before I start, I just want to let you know that writing has been kept to a minimum here. As a wise man once said, a picture is worth a thousand words! Especially in guides, instead of blabbering on, pictures help to describe exactly whats going on. Now, on with the guide!

As some of you may know, overclocking is an addictive hobby. You start off with fiddling around with a CPU on stock cooling and before you know it you’re phoning up the local liquid gas company requesting nitrogen. This is a guide on how to protect your components against the dangers of extreme cooling.

If you ever decide to go sub-zero be it with chilled water, single stage phase, dry ice, cascade, liquid nitrogen or even liquid helium there is one huge problem that will be encountered. Every extreme overclockers worst nightmare; condensation.

Condensation forms when the temperature of an item falls below the dew point. The most common instance you will find condensation is when you poor yourself a nice cool drink into a glass container. You will notice droplets of water forming on the outside of the glass. Now imagine this happening on your motherboard or graphics card. Certainly something we don’t want.

There are three ways in which to insulate your components from condensation when using extreme cooling.

1 – Liquid Electrical Tape/ Nail Varnish/ Spray on Lacquer, with foam

2 – Vaseline/ Dielectric Grease

3 – Kneaded Artists Eraser

But before you start to insulate you must make sure the board is clean from any dust or impurities as these can get trapped under the insulation and cause problems. The easiest way to do this is using a paint brush to lightly remove dust etc. The heatsinks for the MOSFETs, NorthBridge and SouthBridge must also be removed too as we need access to the components underneath them.

Next: Liquid Electrical Tape/Nail Varnish/Spray on Lacquer, with foam.

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