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Completely Enclosed Water Cooled MINI-TX Computer Case

Paul Hromadka, William Pineda, Fabrizio Alvarado and Patrick Huffman

The goal of this project is to design a MINI-iTX small form factor computer case capable of cooling the components inside. Components of primary concern are the central processing unit (CPU) and the graphics processing unit (GPU). Both components are extremely powerful and thermally-sensitive. To maintain optimal performance they must be kept cool under standard operating conditions. 

The aim is for a CPU temperature of less than 50°C and a GPU temperature less than 70°C. To do this, our case design utilizes a parallel flow water cooling loop. Water is pumped from a single reservoir and diverted separately to the CPU and GPU. Following heat transfer between the CPU/GPU and specific cooling blocks, the flow is rejoined and fed through an internal radiator. The water reservoir is integrated into the side of the computer case to save internal space and provide additional cooling power. 

This product is aimed at the high-performance gaming industry which uses high-powered machines and would directly benefit from a smaller portable form. Our case design and cooling system is modular to fit any combination of CPU and GPU. These features allow the overall case size to remain competitive with similar products on the market with the added benefit of water cooling and full-size GPU capabilities.

Team Members (L to R):
Paul Hromadka, William Pineda, Fabrizio Alvarado and Patrick Huffman
Advisor(s):
Michael Devine, Ph.D.
Sponsor:
FAMU-FSU Engineering
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