My primary solution is to use efficient dust filters on the air intakes of the case. The typical dust filters are fine mesh, that doesn't stop really fine dust (like talc or flour), so I use an additional pollen filter to catch at least some of the fine stuff.
Posted by: Pheatrix
If you clean it often pretty much all non-blower style graphics cards should be easy to clean by blowing air through it.
One must take care to prevent ESD damage if using compressed air for cleaning. The gas molecules can get charged up as they rub against the nozzle. Likewise using a vacuum cleaner can be damaging if/when the nozzle is charged with static.
@olle-p If you think that sounds daring, wait till you hear how I handle really dusty cases!
At work a simple air pump usually suffices but I got an electric leaf blower on hand for special occasions. I just make sure the system is grounded while I do it. ^^
A co worker was worried about the effects of the fans spinning up to such high RPM's so just to make sure we measured a fan while blowing air from the leaf blower directly through it and inspected the fan afterwards. It didn't seem to bother the mechanical side of things or do anything crazy on the electrical side.
I'm glad you mentioned filters! I used pantyhose and thin pollen filters back in the day! 😀
I was curious how well the" dust filters" of my Fractal design case would keep out dust. Turns out there was hardly any dust when I opened it up to upgrade from a 1600x to a 3600.
My CPU tower cooler and GPU looked completely clean. Blew some air through them just to be sure.
Some dust had settled in crannies where there wasn't enough airflow to push it out of the case. I didn't even bother cleaning those. 😀
Would love to hear about your adventures with dirty cases! -Ype
Would love to hear about your adventures with dirty cases!
I think the worst I've encountered (some 10-15 years ago) was a desktop PC located at the administrative hub in the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital where I work. This PC was used as the server for all patient monitoring at the ICU.
One day the "server" just quit, and it was sent to the Swedish agent for repairs. They opened it up and found "an entire doctor's coat" (equivalent in lint) inside it...
After cleaning the entire interior and replacing the cooling fans it was up and running again. As a result of the incident cleaning of the inside became part of the regular preventive maintenance until it was retired some years later.