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Digital Storm Rig Clocks 4.6 GHz at 0ºC

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Digital Storm's new liquid-cooling system allowed Intel's i7-980X to clock up to 4.6 GHz.

Tuesday Digital Storm revealed the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System, a PC cooling solution that can supposedly unlock overclocks of Intel's i7-980X CPU up to 4.6 GHz while keeping the processor temp surprisingly chilled below 0ºC.

As the name states, the liquid cooling system pumps freezing liquid to the CPU, "smothering" any signs of heat. According to the company, the core cooling component is a series of TEC peltier coolers that work in conjunction with other high-end liquid cooling components.

"Previously, enthusiasts were relegated to bulky phase change systems to achieve radically low temperatures to maximize performance," Digital Storm said. "Now enthusiasts can achieve unmatched overclocking potential with increased reliability since the core of Digital Storm's Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System has no moving parts."

Digital Storm's first gaming rig to feature the new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System is the Black|Ops Hailstorm. The base Level 1 configuration doesn't come cheap--a starting price of $3,928-- and features an Intel core i7 950 CPU, 6 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz memory and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 GPU. The “Level 3” model starts at $6,304 and features an Intel Core i7 980X CPU, 6 GB or DDR3 1600 MHz memory and Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics.

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    whooleo , November 23, 2010 9:02 PM
    Splash...Fuck!
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    dogman_1234 , November 23, 2010 9:01 PM
    All I can say is: Congrats. Now Let us try 5 GHz!
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    thepinkpanther , November 23, 2010 10:48 PM
    i dont want the rig, just let me buy the cooling system
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  • 11 Hide
    dogman_1234 , November 23, 2010 9:01 PM
    All I can say is: Congrats. Now Let us try 5 GHz!
  • 18 Hide
    whooleo , November 23, 2010 9:02 PM
    Splash...Fuck!
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    proxy711 , November 23, 2010 9:03 PM
    Condensation? Overpriced?

    Yes to both.
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    Haserath , November 23, 2010 9:06 PM
    $4k for the 950 comp? I could make a system with a 980X liquid cooled with SLI'd 580s and some SSDs while still being under that. Much more performance for less. Just not worth the extra .2ghz you get with the overclock.
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    lauxenburg , November 23, 2010 9:26 PM
    It's not that overpriced. Assuming everything is as it appeared in the video, I would actually be pretty impressed. MDPC-X sleeving? (or similar) Full coverage blocks + the loop. Maybe not quite $3500 but for the labor, it's not terrible.

    I'm trying to figure out how its running at 0C...
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    mindless728 , November 23, 2010 9:29 PM
    yeah, i can see the peltier failing and then having thermal issues
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    silversurfernhs , November 23, 2010 9:34 PM
    man, that rig looks sexy
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    mancream , November 23, 2010 9:37 PM
    I want that case and liqiud cooling! Building a computer 5k-6k XD
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    Darkv1 , November 23, 2010 9:37 PM
    I'm curious to see how they are getting around the issue of condensation...
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    aznshinobi , November 23, 2010 9:49 PM
    Absolute Zero, interesting.
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    miloo , November 23, 2010 9:52 PM
    0C looks awesome mate ~
    but 4Gs for following spec ?
    The base Level 1 configuration doesn't come cheap--a starting price of $3,928-- and features an Intel core i7 950 CPU, 6 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz memory and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 GPU.( not even SLI ? woow, balls ripping mate )

    with that setup it only need like 1.4Gs, so it mean 2.6Gs for the 0C cooling ? is that worth it ?

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    squanto , November 23, 2010 9:55 PM
    Darkv1I'm curious to see how they are getting around the issue of condensation...


    Simple, you pump all the air out of the room, taking all water particles with duh
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    proxy711 , November 23, 2010 10:06 PM
    Not sure why people are down rating me for telling the truth.





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    ethaniel , November 23, 2010 10:16 PM
    That rig is an e-orgasm.
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    TheRockMonsi , November 23, 2010 10:23 PM
    Every time I see a liquid cooling system I want one more and more. :( 
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    thepinkpanther , November 23, 2010 10:48 PM
    i dont want the rig, just let me buy the cooling system
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    jeroly , November 23, 2010 10:59 PM
    If you're so desperate for performance that you're willing to spend $6K on on a platform utilizing an overclocked 980X processor, wouldn't you be better served by buying a dual-processor motherboard and getting two Xeon 6-core processors? You'd have a faster system even without overclocking, and also save some money if my calculations are right!
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    XZaapryca , November 23, 2010 11:41 PM
    Systems like this are for people with more money than motivation and/or system building ability. It's not necessarily overpriced though. People's time and skill costs money too, especially on limited run items. One thing is for sure, it's good looking.
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    freshnbaked , November 23, 2010 11:45 PM
    you
    jerolyIf you're so desperate for performance that you're willing to spend $6K on on a platform utilizing an overclocked 980X processor, wouldn't you be better served by buying a dual-processor motherboard and getting two Xeon 6-core processors? You'd have a faster system even without overclocking, and also save some money if my calculations are right!



    you would be right, even the 12 core AMD monster OC's 800mhz over would still beat that....by a fair margin and would cost about 1875usd cheaper, just priced one out, they are not worth it but it does look good.
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    brisingamen , November 24, 2010 1:01 AM
    in order to reach 0 celcius on water they must have a very smooth loop with an undervolted cpu and probably underclocked a tad.
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