Extreme overclockers often work with Vaseline to protect the hardware from condensation. For cleaning, der8auer puts his hardware into the dishwasher.
Why is there Vaseline on the board?!
Extremoverclockers often work at the limit of what is possible in order to get the absolute maximum out of the hardware. They also often use unconventional methods. For cooling, most of them also use liquid nitrogen or dry ice, which cools the processors down to hundreds of sub-zero temperatures. This also causes ice on the pots used, which generally does not conduct. However, the VRM phases are also located directly under these pots, which become quite warm especially at high clock rates. This melts the ice and turns it back into conductive water, which can be dangerous for the hardware.
Most extreme overclockers therefore use a trick. They lubricate the mainboards and other affected hardware like memory sticks or overclocked graphics cards with Vaseline. Vaseline is a fat and therefore not conductive and also water-repellent, which makes it very effective for this purpose. However, hardware protected in this way is contaminated. The extreme overclocker Roman Hartung, better known as der8auer, has now shown in a video how he frees his hardware from the Vaseline.
der8auer puts hardware in the dishwasher
Hartung has a special way to clean his hardware. The extreme overclocker washes the Vaseline, which is supposed to protect against condensation, with a standard dishwasher. What might shock most IT and electrical engineers in the first second is supposed to be completely harmless for the hardware. der8auer also wants to show how much hardware can actually take nowadays.
For demonstration purposes, he washes an Asus Maximus X Apex, an EVGA GTX 1080 and a RAM lock in a dishwasher in his video. All three components were previously overclocked and Vaseline coated accordingly. Hartung had removed all heat sinks in advance to simply put the naked boards with soldered parts into the dishwasher. After a three-hour intensive washing program without any washing additives, he treated the hardware with a hairdryer and left it to dry for a longer time on the air. During the following test, all components worked perfectly again and were freed from the Vaseline.