Exploding processors for real

After we posted the “High explosives pc case” earlier we saw a resounding outcry in the comments for combustible destruction. Oddly enough, we got a submission of something along just those lines. [tazzik] has taken the heat sink off of his athlon 1400+ and covered the poor processor in potassium chlorate. As you can see in the video, this was not a very effective heat management decision. It is definitely fun, but nowhere near as explosive as our thermite shenanigans.

[thanks Steve]


  1. dumdum says:

    ok, this is just stupid. What is this for? A bunch of juvenile delinquents?

  2. psycodrew says:


  3. nnx says:

    dumdum, you are asking the wrong questions here.
    The correct one would be: can we make this any more fiery? Or alternatively: What would happen if we used another processor type+potassiumchlorate?

  4. anonymous says:

    I am usually annoyed by comments about how shitty hackaday is these days but what the fuck is this? seriously?

  5. anonymous says:

    Also, what a waste of decent equipment, make a fucking home server or something.

  6. anon says:

    a waste

  7. Omalleh says:

    Oh how the Anons need to lighten up..

  8. Jynx says:


    Materialistic fuckers. This shit is awesome! :D If I knew destruction counted I would have submitted a long time ago ^^

  9. napalm says:

    What the hell is wrong with destruction? a little PCB fumes are good for you, ya know.

  10. napalm says:

    Also, those anons need to gtfo, complaining about an athlon 1400, booo hooo, call the whaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance huh?

  11. Tomk says:

    Wow, if you wanted to build a self-destruct mechanism into your PC, this would be a good place to start.

  12. David Ruger says:

    Found this videos months before it appeared here.
    Not even a hack, and behind. What is this site about anyway?

  13. monkeyslayer56 says:

    hmmm do this with an i7…

  14. _matt says:

    1.Benchmark it.
    Time how long till the fire starts when run at stock clocks, then (with a different identical setup) time it while overclocked.

    2.Post results

  15. Taylor says:

    @anyone bitching about how this is not hacking: hacking is making something do something it is not intended to do. Last time i checked, computers weren’t made to start fires.

  16. wahnon says:

    @David Ruger

  17. Physic.dude says:

    if you like the destruction of IC’s then look at this…

  18. Physic.dude says:

    That’s new ^^^ I didn’t know videos could be embedded here.

  19. monkeyslayer56 says:

    i think ive seen it one other time…

  20. Jynx says:

    I am a complete idiot and I have no idea what i’m talking about.

  21. monkeyslayer56 says:

    lol @Jynx(censored version)

  22. AlmostThere says:

    A few years ago I had some old ECL Chips from the 1970’s, I hooked ‘em up right across 120VAC and they smoked pretty good. Despite the higher voltage and current, it looked just like Physic.dude’s video above.

    While we’re on the subject… back in High School I used to like to sharpen both ends of pencils and hook ‘em up across 120VAC, they go pretty good too! Graphite is one of the few materials with a negative resistance coefficient, so the hotter it gets, the hotter it gets (the lower the resistance, the higher the current.)

    And don’t get me started about hooking speakers across 120VAC…

  23. sean says:

    Go for some military grade hard drive erasure, stack’em and do 18 at a time…

  24. mars says:

    Yawn. Fuck you HaD. What a waste.

  25. r_d says:

    If this is suitable content for hackaday, you guys could probably just start dumping 75% of the content of Youtube. Who cares about hacks? Let’s just watch things explode. /s

  26. jimmys says:

    Resounding outcry?

  27. fickle group, this.

    first, people complained that the other one didn’t blow up. Now they complain that all this one does burn.

    kind of boring fire compared to the thermite, but still fun. thanks for the post.

  28. sean says:

    Yawn, typical internet whining. For those of us who have seven or eight PC’s sitting around, and who’ve saturated the friends and family with refurbs over the years…

    It’s pretty soul satisfying to take that one computer that had intrinsic problems, bus timing issues and general bad engineering and totally destroy the piece of junk so no one else has to suffer the indignity of owning it.

    Ta ta!!

  29. Teebo says:

    As per youtube standards, you have to overlay a shitty music track on it.

  30. aztraph says:

    It does accurately demonstrate the actual NEED of heat sinks and thermal compounds in a way I have never seen before. the follow up post also demonstrate that a hard drive will NOT stop a bullet and therefore will not save your life if you get shot at. not sure how useful the 555 timer was, I figured it couldn’t handle 30 amp pouring through it, but hey, I guess the information is useful to some one.

  31. AlmostThere says:

    >It does accurately demonstrate the actual NEED of
    >heat sinks and thermal compounds in a way I have
    >never seen before.

    I agree! Think about this… the cigarette lighter in a car (12V) has a 25A Fuse and glows red in a few seconds; I just ordered a new High-End PC with an nVidia GTX-295 Video card that draws 40A @ 12V – so no wonder they recommend good cooling!.

  32. Daryl says:

    Love it! Great link.

  33. Jynx says:

    what the fuck, dude

  34. James says:

    Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t eh HaD. Never mind, some of us took it as lightly amusing, others saw it as the thin end of the wedge towards youtube cloning. Instead of bitching and moaning you’d think at least one of the many commenters would start their own site covering exactly the niche area they prefer, wouldn’t you?

  35. necromncr says:

    Ah dang, and I was hoping for something in a line of this

  36. xteraco says:

    What a waste of good hardware. I’d pay 100 dollars for an old Athlon like that. Why don’t you vid yourself burning a 100 dollar bill next time! ;)

  37. James says:

    xteraco – some people would pay 100 dollars to watch that happen. It’s their call surely.

  38. cody says:

    I have an Athlon… want to buy it from me? its barley 1.2 GHz.

    I did some crazy shit to a pentium 1 but nothing funny ever happened, it was snowing outside, and I believe the computer still would of been working.

  39. evilncarnate says:

    I am anon hear me [s]whine[/s] Rawr

    Fire is always cool!

  40. F. says:

    Pointless and lowbrow. In the comments, meh. On the main page, bleh.

  41. strider_mt2k says:

    I’m with F.

    RAISE the bar.

  42. markii says:

    I sure can NOT use this in future :-)
    Cool hack …or not at all?

  43. Mikie says:

    If the Anon’s did not like this, then they definitely will never appreciate the “Is It A Good Idea To Microwave” series on youtube.

    Check them out you will not be disappointed.

  44. andrei says:

    So, as I understand it, potassium chlorate or
    KClO3, is supposed to be flammable in the presence of heat and other combustible materials (including dust, or sugar in this case), but there is no mentioning of any potassium in the clip – the guy is using sodium chlorate. Did I miss anything ?

  45. LarrySDonald says:

    Not that much of a hack, but ok, pretty cool. Vid says it’s Sodium Chlorate and Dextrose, however. And coffee.

  46. James says:

    Since when was HaD designated a high brow site? :-) Get over yourselves. If it were every article, sure, but the occasional entertaining explosion is fun.

  47. monkeyslayer56 says:

    i agree about occasional explosions…(but maybe do a writeup of the temperatures :) )

  48. JB says:

    Not a hack, but a lot of fun to watch. Somehow I like the clip with the 50 cal better :P

    To those complaining about hardware being destroyed, as it was said before, some people will pay to see it happen. I personally wouldn’t do it, as I consider it a waste, but other people won’t mind. Remember those sites with people collecting money to destroy an iPod, iPhone, PS3, 360 and Wii? Fun to watch the fanboys cry on launch day, when those dudes took a sledgehammer to the hardware.

  49. Jynx says:

    Ha Ha, disregard that, I suck coax.

  50. Caleb Kraft says:

    marginally more amusing. It would be funnier if you were *on topic*.

    How about “this thread is just FLAME bait” or “you should be FIRED for posting that” how about ” aw man, that’s a bitter sweet ending” … get it?

    come on man. you gotta try a little harder.

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