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Mineral Oil Cooled Threadripper System

by Rubberdauck

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129 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 22, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 22, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

41.3° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.055 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

Probably going to get a lot of hate for this but I have been itching to make a somewhat high end system with mineral oil especially since I can't find any online. This was planned for a whole year with reading through old forum posts everywhere before putting it together.

Firstly it is to answer those in the forums asking that YES, newer systems can be mineral oil cooled too. Secondly I kinda have bad cable management so I just thought of doing this since you can partially "hide" cables.

This PC is built for picture/video edits that I do on my own time as well as gaming when I have the time.

Edit

23/12/18 - Added cpu fan dust filters to the back in hopes of lessening clean up duty in the future - Added more pictures

24/12/18 - Installed a new water pump - CPU idle temp dropped from 58.1 degrees to 41.3 degrees - GPU idle temp dropped from 45 degrees to 42 degrees - Introduced dust into the oil because I didn't flush the new pump first * facepalm *

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nimbleeel 2 Builds 23 points 4 months ago

dam nice fish tank dude +1 rep

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 5 points 4 months ago

Thank you :)

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enricko7 1 Build 3 points 4 months ago

woosh

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tragiktimes101 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago
ZFGeek 1 Build -2 points 4 months ago

woosh

Th4tL3g3nd -1 points 4 months ago

r/woosh

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_XxXoneramirezXxX_ -2 points 4 months ago

R/Woosh

objectism 6 points 4 months ago

r/foundthemobileuser

_XxXoneramirezXxX_ -6 points 4 months ago

r/whitenight

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Granddy 1 Build 3 points 4 months ago

I mean, you literally let the joke fly over your head.

nonoesimposible -4 points 4 months ago

C'mon guys, he didn't deserve -4 karma for that.

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Granddy 1 Build 5 points 4 months ago

No

PrivatePengu 4 points 4 months ago

Can someone explain the physics in this?? o_O

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Bri_Fi 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Very interesting, thanks for the info

Nater650 3 points 4 months ago

Ah, I see you decided to give one of Asus’ new PSUs a try. They recently just got into making power supplies

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Yeah. I would not recommend getting it though. 4 friends and I bought this and all of our LED screens have quality issues. Mine looks fine cause it is in mineral oil and the light gets distorted.

Awadhan 2 points 4 months ago

an aquarium! how is that even possible?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 4 points 4 months ago

Not really an aquarium. Still using a fish tank but filled with oil, not water.

PcDude12 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Add more pics = feature

quin2004 2 points 4 months ago

Kinda confused why you would have such a nice build and put it in a fish tank, like WTF were you thinking?

Daniel272 2 points 4 months ago

Is money worthless to you?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 4 points 3 months ago

Not worthless but if there's something you want to clear off your bucket list you should right?

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

So cool

bobbysix 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Sure that monitor is wide enough?!?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Sadly it's not.. Planning to get 2 or 3 more tbh hahaha

skdiddy 2 points 4 months ago

It's never enough until you have to set up one of the monitors as a door.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Wow. The highest end MO PC I have seen. I just hope you unplug the power when its not in use.

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Sadly I still have to leave the pump and fans on while it's not in use to cool down the oil. Great for absorbing heat, very bad at dissipating them.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I heard the word “feature” when i clicked on this build

Sztiglitz 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

This has to be one of the coolest things I have seen done to a PC. Kudos for making and sharing it ! more pictures please.

AhodShralpy 12 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Did you leave the fan on the CPU cooler? If so, why?

Definitely ambitious and interesting, although not something I would do myself. Great for discussion purposes :).

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

It was more of I forgot to take it out rather than I left it there intentionally. I installed the cooler because did a dry system run to make sure everything was working first before pouring in the oil. I encountered problems with the X399 Creation OS installation BSOD afew times and when it finally got through, I got so happy I reached for the oil and started pouring without removing the cooler. facepalm moment

TGND 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Wow! This looks amazing! Haven't seen a mineral oil PC in a while! Good stuff my dude! +1

sdeng 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Brand of the tank please?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Classica Eco 45

Bri_Fi 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Very cool!

Jahp4 1 point 4 months ago

Nice job!!! Gratz!

Scrap04 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago
Nodsense 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Jeezuz!! Is this the first mineral oil build on PCPP?? Thanks for sharing.. What temps are you getting with a build like this??

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Temps are in the details, although it is still on the first day. Currently running stress test now to see how well the cooling holds up. Will update when i get results.

Nodsense 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

My bad! Didn't scroll down that far lol. Awesome setup!

JoeyVigil 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Wow, seems like a lot to deal with but that's canceled out by how cool it is.

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Honestly I thought it was alot of hard work at first. Probably going to take weeks to put everything together. But actual fact it only took me 4hrs to get everything done and going. 1hr was to unbox everything and put them into the tank, 2hrs was trying to install the OS which gave me loads of problems cause of how the stock MOBO drivers are, and the final hour doing final adjustments and pouring oil. Now all i have left to deal with is monitoring the temperature, OC it with possibly by PBO(since it's the safest) and do cleaning once in awhile.

ploop40 1 point 4 months ago

someone needs to genetically engineer fish which can swim in mineral water (and make this affordable)

BhangShart 1 point 4 months ago

damn on a new pc,this should just be a project with old hardware.

VesuvianRocket 1 point 4 months ago

why? If it works and they have the capital to spend why not do this with new hardware?

mijretrop 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Doooood +1

Rondoudou 1 point 4 months ago

Nice build ! What is the "white little desk " you use to put your case ? I'm trying to find a thing like this !

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

A desk I bought from a furniture store called "v.hive". It was on clearance sale so I'm not sure if it is on sale anymore. Besides, I'm actually from Singapore so not sure if you can get it from where you're from.

Rondoudou 1 point 4 months ago

Oh ok, i'm from France so...thank you for the answer :)

Daexion 1 point 4 months ago

Gundamuuuu

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yesssuuu

hi_im_snowman 1 point 4 months ago

I do NOT have the guts to do this. Just, no. lol

MASSIVE applause for pulling this off, you must have been NERVOUS pouring that oil, jeez!

Super impressed, featured much deserved!

+1 !!

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Actually before this I tested the oil on other circuit boards to make sure it works first so I knew it could work hahaha

SOULgamer10011 1 point 4 months ago

ಠ_ಠ holy cow

SOULgamer10011 1 point 4 months ago

mmm how

HasakiKid 1 point 4 months ago

NANNNNNNIIIIIIIII!!!!!!

HasakiKid 1 point 4 months ago

Dank monitor? xD

Logarythym 11 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

That’s just awesome. I was thinking of a fish tank build, so now I don’t have to do it. Thanks for that and congrats on the feature!

sluggo03 1 point 4 months ago

Just wow.

HotShot99137 1 point 4 months ago

woosh

dhishi123 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I always wanted to try this

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

DO IT!! But you might want to try with old hardware

MatthewThomasA05 1 point 4 months ago

you're telling me you can submerge a whole motherboard into a liquid?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Not all liquids but yeah.

ZFGeek 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

ya know, doea mineral oil have any advantages over other cooling? I notice that your cpu gets to 68C and it isn't overclocked at all. I know it is threadripper, but still, I am just curious what the advantage is.

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

I actually overclocked it to 4.3GHz but they won't let me change the clock rate in the details :( As for advantages... The only one I can think of is that it is unique? Other than that I would go with fan/water cooling.

ZFGeek 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

i definitely wouldn't argue with the uniqueness. I just didn't know if the oil was better or worse than water, especially since the entire pc is submerged in it.(well the heat creating parts, anyways)

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah all the heat creating parts are submerged which means all of them are being cooled together. But this also means that the non heat creating parts are also heated up cause the oil will get heated up too.

Essex23 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

+9000000000 points for using Red Astray in it.

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

No love for 00 Quanta?

Essex23 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Nope....just something about Red that I always loved. Kind of how I loved Strike Noir cause it was that only Gundam that had bloody PISTOLS. lol

Shoopaman 1 point 4 months ago

A mineral oil cooled pc in 2018? That's a rarity but it has come along quite well. How are the temps?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Temps are in the details

SonsBlud 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Never seen a monitor quiet like that one, looks intense. Thanks for sharing this build, i've heard of mineral cooling but never actually seen it. The temps are not exactly what I expected but interesting none the less. Putting it in a fish tank is also something I wouldn't have envisioned either, that's alot of hardware to submerse into a liquid, brave man indeed! Congrats on having a beast of a system.

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I'm still trying to lower the temps but I guess this is as best as it goes? Considering ambient temperature is average at 31C in the day where I live.

tony475130 1 point 4 months ago

Thats a really nice gundam aquarium! Haven't seen a mineral oil build in ages. My only gripe is that the gundams could fall apart eventually since the mineral oil might eat away at the plastic over time,

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Tbh I'm waiting for that to happen. Fasten the "age" and "corrosion" then I'll darken the parts on my own using marker. Like those Gundam wreckage after years of battle

drunkbadger 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

omg... think I've seen it all now! :D how much does it weight? :D

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Not sure. At least 50kg?

DasBloonts 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Much naicu. only thing I dont like is those massive monitors, they make me feel sick when i use them

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I had that too. Until i saw how useful they are with multiple open windows

3Prcntr 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Yea, but only 1080 makes scrolling kind of rough. Not enough vertical pixels for me to justify the wideness. I started with a 2560x1080 then upgraded to a 3440x1440. It's so much better. I really like the Dell U3818DW - 3840x1600 @ 38" is my next monitor.

ZedSamCat 1 point 4 months ago

ooooooooohhhh Can i marry that beautiful beast?

Appo3736 1 point 4 months ago

+1 for Gunpla! Ha ha. Absolutely impressive build man.

Saeed.io 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

what. the. f###. this build is so sick!!!

smcloto 1 point 4 months ago

How do you build in a fish tank like that? This build is amazing! +1 rep

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Used hooks to secure the MOBO and PSU to the side of the tank, then pour in sand at the base just high enough for the GPU to stand on it's own while trying to hide the wires. Throw in some aquarium air stones, connect them to an air pump, add a water pump connected to a radiator and you're set to pour in the oil. Just make sure your system runs fine first before pouring the oil. Or else you'll have a hard time adjusting since everything will be slippery and hard to grip on to plus having your hands soaked in oil isn't exactly a nice feeling... Unless you're into that sort of stuff

ETHoward 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I love mineral cooled PCs... I wouldnt own one myself because of how quickly the mineral oil deteriorates the plastics on everything, and the dust that gets in the oil. But nice build! I always love seeing mineral oil PCs. One suggestion i'd have is get some sort of like 3d printed brackets for the Motherboard so its more straight inside the fish tank

E_Hos 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

How much was the whole mineral oil setup?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

About 5k USD

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

confused how this gets cooled, by the aquarium or the tubing?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

It's like water cooling using a pump, tubing and radiator but with everything in the "water"

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

makes sense

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

How did you not have anything short out?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I'm using mineral oil, not water

tech_geek100 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

OH! ok

Wolklung 1 point 3 months ago

Yep - Well done. Maximum praise for getting an oil rig up and running + looking superb too.

Birthday_Cakeman 1 point 3 months ago

Whoever would give you hate for building something that you want to build is stupid. It turned out looking great man!

FDN 1 point 3 months ago

Better than the LinusTechTips one.

EvanBurnett 1 point 3 months ago

Put fish in the tank

3Prcntr 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Idle temps seem REALLY high. A lot higher than if it would have just been air cooled or a loop/AIO. Just seems like more trouble and maintenance than it's worth IMO. I hope it works in the long run for you.

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah. Still working on getting it lower.

Bornfreematt 1 point 2 months ago

Look at those idle temps. Why didn't you buy a fish tank and a computer. Not my type not by a long shot. I'd wheel it out to the waste bin tbh

bpdf 1 point 2 months ago

This is pretty much as good as it gets tbh.

KrayyonHD 1 point 2 months ago

I am astonished.. It looks like it is in water! Amazing!!

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Ikr!! Except it's not water.

KrayyonHD 1 point 2 months ago

Really? Illusion is it actually in a liquid?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yes it is in liquid but it is not water

Aaditya1203 1 point 2 months ago

what the ............hell is this

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

That's what everyone says at the start

Aaditya1203 1 point 1 month ago

How does mineral oil cooling even work, man?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Heat transfer from computer to oil, like water cooling but whole computer instead of just cpu/gpu

Aaditya1203 1 point 1 month ago

Won't the computer parts malfunction because of all the mineral oil? They aren't exactly oil-proof, are they??

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Think of it as constant lubrication. Anyway my guess is degradation will happen but that will probably be years later before it stops working. By then I probably moved on to another setup and this left as a display piece somewhere

onejackgold 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

the fastest way to void your warranty

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

Yeah, but I got most of the parts 2nd hand on the cheap without the original packaging and the original receipt. Kinda a bummer cause I was hoping to claim the RTX game bundle but the original owner already claimed it :/

mjohnson24 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

is this model ram compatible with this board? CMW128GX4M8C3200C16

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

I would assume so. I haven't yet encounter an incompatibility issue when using ddr4 with ddr4 compatible boards. Just make sure not to use different models of ddr4 Rams together and you should be fine.

mjohnson24 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Ok.. I also have 64gb of ddr4 im using on my x99 board with an intel i7 6900k and didnt know if it would work as well or no.

DrLitch 1 Build 0 points 4 months ago

10/10 for originality.

Tuskeyemer 1 Build 0 points 4 months ago

linus is that u?

Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I wish I was. Then I can really get down to build a massive mineral oil rig.

Tuskeyemer 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

honestly tho, this build made me cringe so bad, but in a good way of course +10

d4rkr4in 1 point 4 months ago

how do u cringe in a good way lol

Tuskeyemer 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

idk man but i did

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Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 4 points 4 months ago

I don't think it's dangerous unless you have an open flame in the area. Then again I'm a non smoker

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Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 3 points 4 months ago

Honestly, I opted for this because I'm afraid of custom loop leakage frying everything. Heh x.x

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Rubberdauck submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Not going to put fish in it. Even if I somehow make a separate compartment for it, the fishes are going to die from rapid temp changes.

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