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Computex: it steams, blinks and runs at -58°C

There’s a whole bunch of new products at Computex, from surreal to innovative. That’s not all, however. For example, there’s a near unlimited variety of case mods. One of them caught our eye.

In order to cool his PC components, overclocker Elmor usually uses liquid nitrogen (LN2). He’s trying to break any world record he can. No matter if it’s at home or at overclocking competitions such as Computex. And at the G.Skill booth, we truly realised we were dealing with a genius case modder. A huge steaming contraption surprised Kevin and me there.

Jaw-dropping. Elmor’s case mod was steaming and blinking. Just next to it, a thermometre indicates the temperature: around -58°C. All thanks to LN2, every overclocker’s dream. In Europe, 240 litres of liquid nitrogen will quickly run you about 580 francs, if my research is anything to go by. Back at G.Skill’s booth, however, rumours are running wild that you can get the same amount from Asia for about 20 francs. Still doesn’t really matter, this case mod probably won’t go into mass production – and even if it did, G.Skill can afford it.

The system, dubbed «IceCube», includes the following components:

  • Intel Core i9-9900K
  • 2 x 8 GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM
  • Asus ROG Maximus XI Apex

Thanks to its insane LN2 cooling, the processor runs at 5.7 GHz. While RAM runs at 4,800 MHz. This system is definitely an extremely cool contraption. This is helped by Elmor’s quiet humility, which makes the Swedish overclocker and modder seem even more sympathetic. Hey, check it out for yourself:

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Martin Jud, Zurich

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I find my muse in everything. When I don’t, I draw inspiration from daydreaming. After all, if you dream, you don’t sleep through life.


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User tschohel

Mein Core i7 920, welchen ich damals mit einem Wasserkühlblock, einer Stahlröhre und Isolationsgebastel von 2,66 GHz auf 5,3 GHz brachte, läuft immer noch. Das Gehäuse lag mangels Geld einfach offen auf dem Boden. Das LN2 konnte ich zum Glück gratis von meiner Lehrbude haben. Macht schon Spass dieses Gedampfe!

User sandro.loosli

Wie soll man Stickstoff in Asien kaufen? Das kann man nicht per Paket im Flieger schnell rüberschicken. :-)

-58°C ist jedoch eh recht schlecht, stickstoff bringt normalerweise -198°C. für -58°C reicht eigentlich schon Trockeneis das -78°C bringt... das raucht auch schön.

User ExtraTNT

hatten wir letzten samstag, bis alkohol in den sockel lief... hatten 3 schichten, der erste hatts hingekriegt, der 2. versauts und ich als dritter werde als schuldig angesehen, nice... hatten aber schön um die -40°