How Can Drilling Holes Achieve Better Ventilation?

This week, the Quest subreddit is scratching its brain over this unusual suggestion from Reddit member Apeci. The VR enthusiast proudly displayed images of his “OcuFlow 3000” cooling system, which was widely misunderstood.

The Quest 2 in the image has two larger openings on top of the front cover and over two dozen smaller drill holes on the front.

The reasons why an engineer believes this “improvement” is ineffective are given. The additional apertures could allow dust to enter the gadget, eventually harming cooling. Also, the holes might prevent Meta’s planned gadget air circulation, which would be another another drawback.

It may be. The engineer posits that perhaps it doesn’t. He’s seen worse nonsense on the internet.

The performance of the cooling system is tested through PC VR streaming. Under “typical” use, Meta Quest 2 shouldn’t ever become so hot that it becomes uncomfortable to wear or irreparably damages the device.

According to John Carmack, the head of engineering at Oculus, Meta is very conservative when clocking the chip. To prevent overheating, the CPU operates at half capacity. The cooling performance of the Quest 2 has remained constant, even with the latest minor GPU upgrade.

Because he utilizes the Meta Quest 2 for “high resolution PCVR,” Apeci was motivated to dig holes. The chip may experience different strain in this secondary use case compared to native VR use. The chip is mostly occupied decoding video signals and does not do any graphical calculations during PC VR streaming.

According to other Reddit users, Meta Quest 2 can overheat when PC VR is used intensively and the ambient temperature is high.

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