It's been done before with an Xbox and now Intel has been testing it. "It" is one of the strangest methods I've ever heard of for cooling down a computer. "It" is dunking said computer in mineral oil.
That's right, Intel has been running servers in small, oil-filled boxes for this past year. The boxes were created by Green Revolution Cooling out of Austin, Texas, and they might help revolutionize the way computers are cooled in the future.
For one, it uses far less power than the old-fashioned fan system. Instead of about 50 or 60 percent of the power, the oil-filled boxes use two to three percent of the power.
It's cheap and can be set up anywhere, for small computers to giant servers. The oil doesn't cause any harm to the computer. In fact, the only downside is the fact that the oil isn't the neatest thing in the world.
Oh, and there's another huge downside. You have to change it every ten years. Sounds exhausting!