Elementary school will teach us that heat is shared. If one object is hot, the one beside it also heats up. It’s common sense! Touch something, you feel the temperature. Simple as that. Of course, it applies in other things, too, not just in your grade school science.
One example is your computer. PCs have their own sense of heat. They have their own needs to manage when it comes to temperature control. A good computer is a computer that is well-managed in their temperature changes, from rising to lowering. Let’s also not forget that there are other factors, too, outside of the simple parts involved.
1. Heat Sink Fan
The very first thing to make sure of is the processor heat sink. The heat sink is the thing that needs to be placed on top of the CPU. It allows a computer to cool itself down around that area of the motherboard. We know a computer is useless with a malfunctioning processor, so obviously, a computer without a proper heat sink is also useless.
2. Motherboard Fans
There are also the fans outside of the heat sink. For example, the fans that are placed across the heat sink are also important. This allows the heat to escape from the case with ease. Our computer’s work isn’t really confined to the CPU, so we have to expect that cooling other parts of the computer is also important.
3. PCI Fans
In some cases, some fans are placed at the PCI slot. This is rather unorthodox these days, but it’s alright, because any cooling is good cooling! Whatever assets we have to promote temperature control should be utilized, and the PCI slot is such an asset. Every option is an option!
4. Water Cooling
We also have water cooling. Water cooling utilizes liquid to improve heat dissipation. It follows a certain length of tubing, which will allow heat to follow a certain path outward from the case, and cold liquid inward. Though managing such a system is frustrating at times, this is an effective way to control temperature, especially in E-Sports rigs that heat up one’s PC very well.
5. Specialized Chassis
Some chassis are special. They are actually totally open and allow heat to dissipate to the outside atmosphere from the motherboard with ease. This makes for fast maintenance when it comes to temperature, but it comes at a cost: dust will settle very easily, and needs brushing a lot.
In the end, heat management is important. Our computers need to have their temperatures set properly. This makes our work (or play) more effective, and in the end, the one with the “coolest” computer wins!