Is it dangerous to run a CPU in an extremely cold environment


We are in a fish processing unit where the temperature is constantly at -10°C (+13F).

If we use a machine in here, will it be at risk of damage from the cold? Is there any considerations we need to make?

Best Answer

As long as you keep the machine dry, there shouldn't be any real problems from running a PC in the cold. Where you will run into problems is if condensation is allowed to form on the components.

I have installed computers into blast chillers and refrigeration factories without problems, but we did need to make sure the cases were put into enclosures that keep moisture out.

We actually purchased special electronics cabinets for that purpose, but its not expressly necessary as long as you can keep the moisture level under control.