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How Liquid-cooled PCs Work

In most computers, fans keep components cool. But if you want to use high-end hardware or coax a PC into running faster, liquid cooling can be a better solution.

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  • How DNA Computers Will Work
    How DNA Computers Will Work

    In your body is more computing power than in any manmade supercomputer. The future of computing bypasses silicon in favor of the far-more-powerful DNA strand, and the possibilities are endless. Learn how DNA could replace the silicon microprocessor. See more »

  • How Fabric PCs Will Work
    How Fabric PCs Will Work

    Fabric PCs weigh less than a pound (0.45 kilograms) and have a display so flexible that it can be rolled and folded. Will this concept become a reality? See more »

  • How Liquid-cooled PCs Work
    How Liquid-cooled PCs Work

    In most computers, fans keep components cool. But if you want to use high-end hardware or coax a PC into running faster, liquid cooling can be a better solution. See more »

  • How Media-center PCs Work
    How Media-center PCs Work

    We're already on the cusp of one of the next big media revolutions -- media-center PCs. The goal is to overcome the overlaps in the way we work and play, making the separation between home computers and entertainment systems obsolete. See more »

  • How PCs Work
    How PCs Work

    We've all used one, and most of us are sitting in front of one right now. Curious to know what's going on inside that ever-present PC? Here's your chance to find out -- without prying open your own. See more »

  • How Printable Computers Will Work
    How Printable Computers Will Work

    Did you know it takes two full weeks for a microprocessor plant to produce one silicon-based microprocessor? Imagine being able to make one yourself by downloading designs and then printing it on your desktop fabrication machine. See more »

  • How Quantum Computers Work
    How Quantum Computers Work

    Scientists have already built basic quantum computers that can perform specific calculations; but a practical quantum computer is still years away. Learn what a quantum computer is and just what it'll be used for in the next era of computing. See more »

  • How the Google-Apple Cloud Computer Will Work
    How the Google-Apple Cloud Computer Will Work

    In cloud computing, programs and files are stored on a centralized computer or network. It's rumored that Google and Apple are teaming up to bring a cloud computer to the masses. See more »

  • Is the desktop computer going the way of the dodo bird?
    Is the desktop computer going the way of the dodo bird?

    It's been a rumor for years -- the desktop computer will soon be extinct. But with netbooks, smartphones, tablets and cloud computing, is the rumor finally going to come true? See more »

  • What is the world's fastest computer?
    What is the world's fastest computer?

    What is the world's fastest computer? Well, there's the MDGrape-3 and a few other supercomputers, or there's another one that may surprise you … See more »

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