Can I use dry ice to cool down the MBP?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68040

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    Can I cool down the MBP by putting it on top of dry ice? I suppose we need to put the dry ice inside a thin sheet of rectangular plastic container first. Will the computer be damaged due to the low temperature?
     
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  4. jamoin macrumors newbie

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    Definitely something I'd try! My MBP burns my thighs when playing anything requiring slight graphics processing....
     
  5. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it would be damaged, but I don't think the laptop would get so hot that it would necessitate dry ice.
     
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    On the slight off chance that you are actually serious, I would advise against it

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  7. Fizzoid macrumors 68020

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    And having dry ice on your lap wouldn't burn?
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Dry ice is not a very practical cooling solution, and the heat gradient between the inside and outside of the case is going to be so great that I wouldn't be surprised if your case started to warp.
     
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    the computer would not be damaged by the low temperature but a friend of mine used dry ice and the condensation due to the room's humidity fried his notebook, I'd vote against it, just use coolbook or some similar software and an elevator for you mac.
     
  10. jamoin macrumors newbie

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    It'd be pretty chilly, that's for sure....providing that the room isn't humid and the thighs are completely dry - it would just be very very cold. Of course, you wouldn't be able to sustain it for any significant period of time!

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  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Like ... more than 10sec, right? For those that have never handled dry ice - it will burn you quite quickly.
     
  12. jamoin macrumors newbie

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    Sounds about right. I use it daily. Fun stuff!
     
  13. hajime thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I meant putting the dry ice inside a plastic container first. Then, put the MBP on top of it.
     
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  15. hajime thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for your concern. I just wonder if dry ice could be used to cool down a really hot laptop...
     
  16. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    No.
     
  17. Fizzoid macrumors 68020

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    My post wasn't aimed at you, which is why I was quoting jamoin :)
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Just put your computer beside your brain. That will never thaw.
     
  19. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I think you can use it. I wouldn't recommend putting it on your lap. Shrinkage would be EPIC!
     
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  21. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a

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    I would suggest either liquid nitrogen, or peltier cooling solution, or even both if need be. Also, try to only use the computer in space, since the temp in space is around -270.42ºC This should give you the optimum performance for all your sweet apps and games.
     
  22. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    Sure I think it would cool it down, but I also think that the aluminum would really start to warp...you'd have to evenly distribute the temperature, which doesn't seem possible with a tupperware bowl filled with dry ice put under your laptop.
     
  23. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    No
     
  24. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    D:

    Wow, thanks for that.
     
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