My sink is hot

What is commonly used to cool a heat sink?

A) Air

B) Water

C) Thermal paste

D) Coolant

E) Dry ice

The answer: A) Air

A heat sink works by dissipating heat from hot components using thermal conduction. The heat is then transferred to the much cooler air that is constantly blown through the computer case.

Want to know more? Watch “Cooling Systems.”

A hot computer is an unhappy computer. In this video, you’ll learn show heat sinks, cooling fans, liquid cooling systems, and thermal compound are important to keep our computers running cooler and more efficiently.