liquid nitrogen cooling a possibility?

Bari Ari bari at
Tue Jun 12 06:23:58 PDT 2001

Frank Joerdens wrote:

> I am trying to find information on whether anyone has tried to increase
> an off-the-shelf computer's performance by cooling either the CPU or the
> entire motherboard (probably more practical in terms of avoiding condensation
> issues) in liquid nitrogen. Are there components on a motherboard that
> will stop working (e.g. capacitors) or is this feasible? I have no idea
> whether this would be practical or desirable; at the moment my interest
> is academic. I thought if anyone knows about efforts in this area, it
> would be on this list . . . also, if it works it's probably hideously
> expensive for a single CPU, but using it on a cluster where you can
> distribute the cost for a cooling system across individual units, it
> might appear less crazy.

Here's a link with an example of this (for people with too much time on 
their hands)

Here's a comparison of relatively sane OTS CPU coolers


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