A SIMPLE HOW TO ON INSULATING
As you can see in the following pictures we have used a kneadable art eraser to insulate the Board’s top side. Underneath the board we have used Vaseline to insulate, using a paint brush to spread the Vaseline over the socket half of the board and seal it by using a hairdryer. Other methods include conformal coating on both sides of the board, but on the topside can be tedious as you need to cover all slots plus CPU socket so they don’t get the coating on during spraying. Just think of spray paint as an example. Liquid Electrical Tape can also be used on both sides. We have also used blue painters tape to cover the unused RAM slots, the first PCIe slot and PEG connectors to protect those areas against condensation.
Next you can push a length of paper towel into the gaps between the RAM slots and even wrap the VRM heatsink with paper towels to soak up any condensation as well as provide a seal in the area. It can be very tedious to get a good layer of protection with eraser in that area. A layer of Armaflex sheet comes in handy as well to lay your motherboard on top of.
GRAPHICS CARD INSULATION
Insulating your graphics card follows the same principles as your motherboard. This can be seen better by some pictures. Below is the front side:
On the back side we have used a spray on liquid electrical tape, although you can use the paint on on both sides, which is just as easy to apply a few coats, then let it dry for 24 hours.
One thing to note is most graphics cards require hard volt mods to be able to overclock to their potential on subzero cooling. Cards that do not require hard volt mods include the following:
- MSI Lightning series cards
- EVGA Kingpin edition cards
- Asus Matrix series cards
Pots can be run bare although to help with condensation issues that might arise from the pot sweating when warming up as an example. To do this you can use Armaflex tape and wrap your pot in that or a tube of close cell foam that is about a quarter inch thick, then wrap some of your paper towels around the pot for another layer of protection. This will soak up any condensation that may come from the pot as well as condensation from vapor. Another good practice is to place fans to blow vapor away from your system.