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Thermaltake's Combines PC Case With Fridge

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Thermaltake’s Xpressar RCS100 PC cooling system combines a computer case with a refrigerator.

Thermaltake has officially announced the Xpressar RCS100; the world’s first DC-inverter-type micro-refrigeration cooling system for a PC. Essentially what Thermaltake has done is combine its Xaser VI computer case with the guts of a refrigerator, which is definitely a cool idea. Apparently, the Xpressar RCS100 was able to cool an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, which had been overclocked to 4.05 GHz, down to 35-degrees Celsius. If the claims are true, that is 20-degrees cooler than the average water-cooling system. As well, with a single 120 mm fan running at 1600 RPM, the noise in the system is claimed to be a near inaudible 20 dB. Somehow it seems hard to believe that the system’s condenser pump would also be that quiet however.

The Xpressar RCS100 is definitely designed with the overclocker in mind, although it does not go too lightly on the power requirements. With the micro-compressor alone using upwards of 50 W, Thermaltake recommends using a power-supply that can support the system hardware plus an additional 100 W. As for PC system compatibility, processors using Intel’s LGA775 or LGA1366 sockets are supported, meaning this system should be compatible with Intel’s upcoming Bloomfield processors. Many popular motherboards are supported, such as the Asus P5Q, although a motherboard with an odd placement for its processor socket may not be compatible. Lastly, some motherboards will leave only enough room for one video card, mainly affecting MSI motherboards it would seem.

The micro vapor-compression refrigeration system used in the Xpressar RCS100 is like that of what you might find in a refrigerator or an air-conditioning unit. The CPU cooling process involves a phase change of a refrigerant from a liquid to a gas state, which allows the refrigerant to absorb heat from the processor. Afterwards, the compressor and condenser work together to bring the gas back to a liquid state and the cycle begins again. The refrigerant is environmentally-friendly and the system is equipped with an intelligent IC controller to prevent condensation from forming.

There is no word on price yet, but it should be available at retail stores shortly.

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    kyeana , September 23, 2008 10:04 PM
    well if the price tag isn't outrageous this could prove to be fun. Only time will tell i guess
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    DFGum , September 23, 2008 10:07 PM
    Finally, and it should be quiet as it says.You dont see mini fridge's making tons of noise. Sure you can hear when they kick on but its pretty quiet.
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2008 10:16 PM
    there is no pump in this system. the vapor compression cycle doesn't need a pump it only needs at compressor, condenser, evap, and a metering device
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2008 10:26 PM
    there is an error in your assumption about a condenser pump noise. In the vapor compression cycle, a pump is not needed to move the refrigerant. the refrigerant will move to the path of least resistance(high pressure to low pressure). the compressor may be noisey but it looks as the padded it in alot of insulation
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    one-shot , September 23, 2008 11:00 PM
    looks cool, I wonder how much they'll charge us?
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    eklipz330 , September 23, 2008 11:19 PM
    by the looks of it, only the processor will be refrigerated

    i want EVERYTHING to be refrigerated ... so air cooling would be more effective
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    cal8949 , September 23, 2008 11:55 PM
    im just going to but my pc in a refrigerator
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    Anonymous , September 24, 2008 12:25 AM
    Yeah putting your PC in a fridge is a bad idea. It's called condensation and it's why this thing is only cooling the CPU not the whole case.

    Ever fire up electronics after they've been in a cold car for a while? It ain't pretty.
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    Anonymous , September 24, 2008 12:50 AM
    The real space heaters are the video cards (just looking at the type of client likely to buy this), especially now that they can be used for distributed computing programs. At some cooling for video cards and NOW we're talking.
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    Floydage , September 24, 2008 3:03 AM
    The first phase change cooling PC case? I've seen phase changing cooling PC's before. Does anyone remember the Prometeia mach II? Tom's even did a review on it, so I must be missing something?!,571.html
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    Blessedman , September 24, 2008 6:11 AM
    lol where do my drives go?
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    neiroatopelcc , September 24, 2008 8:07 AM
    Your drives go into the drive bays that are probably situated above the compressor.
    The picture is missing some of the chassis to make sure the important parts are visible :) 

    It looks really cool though. Question if it's worth it though. Seeing how well air cooling handles the e8500, even water cooling seems to cost more than you get in terms of oc. If the chassis is being sold with a 1Kw psu and the compressor system @ 250-380€ it'll be an acceptable price though.
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    kitsilencer , September 24, 2008 9:35 AM
    the world’s first DC-inverter-type micro-refrigeration cooling system for a PC.

    I don't think so. Biohazard is already offering phase-change cooling:

    Click me.
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    seatrotter , September 24, 2008 2:09 PM
    In the realm of compressors (for cooling/refrigeration), I wonder why no one thought of using one of those sterling-type compressors? Not only do they have longer lifespan and lower noise/vibration, but also has a high COP (coefficient of performance). Ofcourse, it depends on the design, but Global Cooling seems to have a good design: Also, their compressors work on standard 12v, doing away w/ DC inverters. The only drawback I see in using them in computers is that you'd have to add another system to move the heat away from the components to the compressor and from the compressor to the radiator.

    Too bad I'm tight on budget and resources to tinker w/ such setup :S
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    captaincharisma , September 24, 2008 4:18 PM
    sweet and if theres room for my beer i'm sold on it LOL
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    DXRick , September 24, 2008 5:12 PM
    If it breaks do you call a refrigerator repair tech?

    Maybe they should sell it through Sears.
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    gm0n3y , September 24, 2008 5:23 PM
    I've always wondered why this wasn't being done. If its under $4-500 it would be pretty awesome.
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    waffle911 , September 25, 2008 12:50 AM
    How is this different from the add-on phase-change cooling units that are already available (which Lian-Li makes special cases for)? Here for example.
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    neiroatopelcc , September 25, 2008 7:25 AM
    It's different in the way, that thermaltake already provides all you need. You don't have to become a cooling expert first.
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    wavebossa , September 25, 2008 2:18 PM
    I am sold, this what I've been waiting for ever since I did my first overclock. No more third party heatsinks.
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