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Monday, April 9, 2012
PC COOLED BY YOUR TOILET?
Cool Your PC From Your Bowl, Toilet Bowl That Is!!
Hot on the heels of news that Google uses toilet water to cool one of its
data centers, it has emerged that an enterprising hardware hacker had the same
idea some seven years ago. As you will see in the following pictures, though,
Jeff Gagnon’s computer is much more than a toilet-cooled rig — it’s a case mod
tour de force.
For a start, it doesn’t actually have a case — instead, it has a
lovingly hand-cut and -painted (while topless; see below) Tux penguin
backboard, which the motherboard, hard drive, and power supply are all nailed
Then there’s the CPU waterblock, which has been handmade from a lump of
copper and, I presume, an arc welder or a soldering iron. But where does that
tubing go, I hear you ask? Where’s the water reservoir, the pump, the radiator?
Well, it just so happens that there’s a toilet on the other side of
the wall — and so Gagnon, who is obviously a fan of doing things as gracefully
as possible, simply drilled through the wall and put a water pump in the
cistern of a toilet. There’s no sign of a radiator: It looks like it’s actually
just an open system, with water freely flowing in and out of the cistern.
Here’s a quote from Gagnon, on the actual functionality and efficiency of the
The more we go to the toilet, the more the CPU heat is going down. With this
setup, the CPU heat is about 19 Celsius — very nice! After a weekend out of
home (not flushing the toilet for a while), the toilet reservoir is warm and
the CPU heat is about 29 Celcius…
The completed system runs ClearOS,
a small and medium business-oriented Linux distro based on CentOS and Red Hat.
As far as we can tell, the server is affixed to the wall of an office somewhere
in Quebec, Canada.
For more photos of the toilet-cooled, caseless masterpiece, Photos Below!!