Question: can heat waves blow up computers?

  1. Most modern computer chips have to get quite hot before they “blow up.” If you touch the CPU chip (or a processing chip on a display card) of a working computer, you are likely to get your finger burnt.
    Computers have fans to divert the heat away (usually more than one, in case one fails). A computer can get “fried” if a fan fails or if something blocks the air flow. Some computers include a temperature sensor to turn them off before this happens.
    Most computers these days will cope with a heat wave unless something else goes wrong.