Chip cooler launches liquid nitro at CPUs
New frontiers in frigidity
A US company that specializes in CPU-cooling systems has just released its latest weapon in the war against melty microprocessors: liquid nitrogen.
Prepare your CPU for global warming
The $144.99 system's acetal evaporator pot is coupled to a nickel-plated solid-copper cold plate that will suck heat off your CPU faster than anything short of the X-Men's Iceman. Just fill up the pot with some liquid nitrogen (around −195 °C or −320 °F), and you're good to go.
According to Koolance, the included bracket supports the following processor sockets:
- AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, and 939/940/754 processors (64, Opteron, X2, FX, Sempron)
- Intel LGA 1366 (Core i7)
- Intel LGA 775 (Quad, Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, Extreme, Pentium)
- Intel 478 (Pentium 4, D, EE, M, Celeron)
- Intel Xeon (603, 604, LGA771)
Liquid nitrogen sold separately. ®
Why use nitrogen? Just get your frigid partner to sit on the motherboad.
So in summary..
.. Liquid nitrogen offers questionable benefits over other methods, is aimed at over-clockers and not the majority of pc owners, is only dangerous if used by non-experts (majority of the worlds population) - hmm...
I'm guessing its not the best idea ever!
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The reason they stick Liquid nitrogen on CPU's isn't to remove the heat per sae, it's to remove the resistance.
Basically NO electrical resistance =sort of super conducting silicon = extremely high CPU cycles.
Hence (I think stupid) over clockers like to see how FAST they can push a chip before it goes bang or they create a new record or something.
e.g. DX 486 works at petaflop speeds for 9 seconds etc.
Well the dewar on my microscope looked about the same size and in a room temp (approx 20C) lab I had too fill it twice in an 8 hour work day (although had plenty left at end of day). I would say allowing for expansion and loss during filling it used about 0.5 litre per filling (less in the afternoon if it was still cool). However this was to cool a CCD so was not really generating as much heat as a processor would.
Where to buy?
I have a gaming rig that despite owning the Antec 900 case my CPU really gets hot and would like to buy one ASAP!
I just wonder how often must I refill the thing and where to buy liquid nitrogen?!?!?!?!