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Watch the ASUS ROG OC Competition Live!

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LN2 makes an appearance again!

Today ASUS kicks off its first season of the 3x3 OC Summit, utilizing its line of ROG motherboards. The company invited several professional overclocking teams to start its season, and they're all familiar faces. The teams include:

Xtreme Systems
OC Alliance
Team Pure

Several members of each team, along with reps from Intel and Corsair convened in Santa Clara, CA, just several short minutes from Intel's headquarters. Motherboards from ASUS' Rampage and Maximus lines were used with Intel supplying a batch of Core i7 980X 6-core processors. OCZ supplied its line of Vertex SSDs for the competition and overall, there was more hardware than you could shake a stick at.

Liquid nitrogen is the preferred cooling medium for such an event, and there's no shortage of it here. ASUS supplied two huge tanks of it but we were told there's just enough of it not to start doing crazy things.

The competition is actually under way as of this writing and ASUS has actually set up 4 live camera feeds so you can check out the action:

Feed 1: Xtreme Systems

Feed 2: OC Alliance

Feed 3: Team Pure

Feed 4: Room

Official components used in the competition:

Intel Core i7-980X CPUs
ASUS Rampage III Extreme and Maximus III Extreme motherboards
ASUS Radeon HD 5870 Voltage Tweak cards
Corsair 6GB DDR3-2000C7 memory modules
OCZ Vertex 120GB SSDs
Antec 1200 PSUs

Check out some photos from the competition. Click for the gallery!

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    in0va3 , April 10, 2010 10:33 PM
    Watching live cams right now. =)
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    teknic111 , April 10, 2010 10:59 PM
    Any mention of a release date for the Rampage III?
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    Shadow703793 , April 10, 2010 11:32 PM
    Row 2 pic most right pic: Is that a Corsair H50?!?!? I wouldn't expect it to be present at an event like this....
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    builderbobftw , April 11, 2010 12:06 AM
    Stock Prediction: Liquid Nitrogen Commidities shares going up!

    EDIT Shadow: Preheps a CH50 that was rigged to work on L2N?
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    razercultmember1 , April 11, 2010 12:22 AM
    But can it play Fluid Dynamics Simulation?
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    Shadow703793 , April 11, 2010 12:35 AM
    builderbobftwStock Prediction: Liquid Nitrogen Commidities shares going up!EDIT Shadow: Preheps a CH50 that was rigged to work on L2N?

    I doubt the pump in the H50 will be able to handle the coolness of LN2 (no pun intended). The plastic,etc will probably crack.
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    bogcotton , April 11, 2010 1:05 AM
    builderbobftwStock Prediction: Liquid Nitrogen Commidities shares going up!EDIT Shadow: Preheps a CH50 that was rigged to work on L2N?


    Lol, liquid nitrogen is cheaper than milk.
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2010 1:27 AM
    Whers the 5970 ARES ROG???
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    Shadow703793 , April 11, 2010 2:28 AM
    bogcottonLol, liquid nitrogen is cheaper than milk.

    Umm.... no. Not even close.
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    spoofedpacket , April 11, 2010 2:37 AM
    Shadow703793Umm.... no. Not even close.


    Liquid nitrogen costs about $0.06 per liter.. You must be getting yours from the wrong guy.
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    babybeluga , April 11, 2010 2:57 AM
    I'll be touching myself while watching this! Who's with me!?
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    rigaudio , April 11, 2010 4:44 AM
    We're such nerds.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 11, 2010 6:15 AM
    Interesting competition. What were the overclocking results?
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    notty22 , April 11, 2010 6:22 AM
    Not only is the h50 in a lot of photos, I watched a couple of the video feeds and I saw the guys using them. Oh yeah, there are no hose clamps, there not 'real' :) 
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    spoofedpacket , April 11, 2010 1:01 PM
    LOL @ getting moderated -3 for stating the price of liquid nitrogen. I guess it is only cool to be wrong and pretend it is an expensive substance.

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    Regulas , April 11, 2010 2:35 PM
    Interesting if only game developers released some new games that could give some of these new monster rigs (multiple Video cards) a run for their money. Instead all PC games are port jobs from the kiddie consoles, some of them ported so badly that the options still have a kiddie console controller setting adjustment, on the PC version!
    ASUS is good but I prefer Gigabyte motherboards over ASUS.
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    Shadow703793 , April 11, 2010 2:55 PM
    spoofedpacketLiquid nitrogen costs about $0.06 per liter.. You must be getting yours from the wrong guy.

    Link?
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    bogcotton , April 11, 2010 3:04 PM
    Shadow703793Umm.... no. Not even close.


    Obviously it will end up costing more if you're going to do a project like this and not use the containers again, because those are insanely expensive.

    But the actual liquid nitrogen itself is extracted from liquified air extremely easily and is made industrially for very very little. You know the air we breathe is about 80% nitrogen right?

    [EDIT: Here's a link to something, http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2007/KarenFan.shtml , it seems the internet is a bit quiet on how much it costs. Also, some of the documents here, http://www.nmtc.net/search/liquid-nitrogen-tank-price, show that the price varies wildly depending on who you are, how much you are buying, and who you buy it from, from less than a cent per litre to around a dollar.... Still cheaper than milk though :-]. ]
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    Shadow703793 , April 11, 2010 5:25 PM
    bogcottonObviously it will end up costing more if you're going to do a project like this and not use the containers again, because those are insanely expensive.But the actual liquid nitrogen itself is extracted from liquified air extremely easily and is made industrially for very very little. You know the air we breathe is about 80% nitrogen right?[EDIT: Here's a link to something, http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2007/KarenFan.shtml , it seems the internet is a bit quiet on how much it costs. Also, some of the documents here, http://www.nmtc.net/search/liquid-nitrogen-tank-price, show that the price varies wildly depending on who you are, how much you are buying, and who you buy it from, from less than a cent per litre to around a dollar.... Still cheaper than milk though :-]. ]

    Yup. For a normal person, the cost is usually a ~$2-3 per liter. For a OC run, you easily burn through ~$200-300 worth of LN2.
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    pluripotent , April 11, 2010 6:30 PM
    Um, any real world application for this?
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