CNC Saves Water Cooling Setup

A classic problem. You have a new CPU and a 15-year old water cooling system. Of course, the bracket doesn’t fit. Time to buy a new cooler? Not if you are [der8auer]. You design a new bracket and mill it out of aluminum.

Honestly, it might seem overkill, but it makes sense. After all, no matter how new the CPU is, using water to cool it still works the same way, in principle.

As milled parts go, the bracket wasn’t that complicated. For some reason, the holes didn’t go all the way through, so it required some hand finishing. But we were very impressed with his skill delidding a CPU (second video).

If you want to see the results of the cooling bracket, that’s in the third video, below. We wondered what the working temperature is for the bracket. If it were low enough, you might be able to 3D print it with the right material.

We have to wonder if CPUs will eventually have liquid cooling fittings integrated into the package. Maybe one day.

You can water cool just about anything that gets hot. Even a 3D printer or a Raspberry Pi.

9 thoughts on “CNC Saves Water Cooling Setup

      1. Your personal computer, even as a gamer now really doesn’t need to pull more than 20W to get pretty good performance, and even if that trend continued enough, so folks didn’t buy the latest 100W+ monster from Intel for gaming as was the default action (till recently anyway) there is still a need for those real powerhouses – many professional and server loads are very CPU intensive, and need to be done in a timely fashion.

        Its often very much more efficient to have one super powerful CPU that sucks in astonishing amounts of power for its computing performance than have hundreds of much more efficient CPU – all that extra support hardware adds up rapidly, and it takes up a great deal more space. Though there are also times when the cluster of more efficient CPU will win too…

        So it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find readily consumer available CPU that are pre-fitted, especially if Intel tries to stay in the high performance game alongside AMD but can’t improve the efficiency enough – as it stands they are really really far behind in performance and efficiency, making up for it by throwing more power into the package…

        But I really hope along the same lines you do in general.

      2. They might well *be* more power efficient but also pushed to the edge of their capabilities and combined in large numbers in packages the size of a waffle, so put together there would still be a lot of power being used and heat generated.

        Overall the machine’s CPUs might still use less power, while still requiring a lot of cooling.

        That said, the power used by the CPUs in an IBM mainframe might be dwarfed by the power used by the storage its connected to.

  1. Step one: have a $300,000+ CNC machine

    Step two: make things effortlessly (and be surprised when you don’t need to derate the recommended feed/speed/plunge numbers from the tooling manufacturer)

    Step three: run a patreon and ask for donations to “support” you

  2. I just wish youtube would recommend his english language videos instead of the German ones. At least I know when they are out. But its pretty Bizarre behavior from Youtube.

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