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Tom's OC Competition: Mid-day Pics



Check out how the Culver City fire department came to our liquid nitrogen party!

Liquid nitrogen depletes oxygen from the air. So, we had to run oxygen depletion monitors at key points to assure that oxygen levels remained safe and no one passed out or died of suffocation.

When oxygen levels drop below 19%, it’s time to leave the area. Levels remained around 21% throughout the contest.

Handling liquid nitrogen can be hazardous to your health. However, experts like our contestants do it with confidence and virtually no injuries. Injuries? If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can get frost bite on you skin or eye damage when the stuff comes shooting out of a valve on the tank.

Team 411 Overkill Extreme Overclocking (Orange Tom’s Overdrive shirts) and Team OC Forums (Green shirts) relax a bit while Windows Vista loads on their PCs.

The stock MSI P45D3 Platinum motherboard used by contestants.

Our 160 liter liquid nitrogen containers each weighed around 400 pounds full and had to be handled with great care. The contents were stored at 22 psi and whenever we moved the tanks or placed them in a warmer environment, they made a spectacular hissing sound as the tanks vented enough to keep pressure at the 22 psi level.

An OC Forums team member grabs some liquid nitrogen.

This dewar (tank) of liquid nitrogen is stabilized at 22 psi.

Valve open and here comes the liquid nitrogen pouring into a thermos that helps retain some of that extreme coolness.

Chris Angelini, managing editor of Tom’s Hardware USA shows off his black staff tee shirt for the event.

  • cangelini
    Who's that handsome guy in Picture 11? Oh wait...
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  • malveaux
    So how much did ya'll spend on the cooling to overclock a tiny bit more out of those chips that probably cost less than the cooling supplies? ;)

    Cheers,
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  • Annisman
    cangeliniWho's that handsome guy in Picture 11? Oh wait...
    ??? Does anybody else notice how full of himself this guy is? Youre a KID dude. I can't believe anybody would takes orders from this shmo.

    You work for a computer hardware website = automatic celacy.
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  • Annisman
    celibacy*
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  • bc4
    wow, seems like a waste of time. So was flipping through the slideshow... How about captions on the pics? And if the pic's posted aren't worth the 1/2 second it takes to load, make them load all at once so we can flip through all of them in less than 10 sec's.

    Well, enough complaining. I actually like articles about this stuff (seeing how far you can take a PC if you had unlimited resources and was bored) but was disappointed by the slideshow (havn't got to the article yet)
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  • gxsolace
    annisman??? Does anybody else notice how full of himself this guy is? Youre a KID dude. I can't believe anybody would takes orders from this shmo.You work for a computer hardware website = automatic celacy.
    You sir are a moron. How does working for a computer hardware website make one celibate? Are you just spewing nonsense out of yourself? And cangelini was clearly joking. Anyone can see that. And how do you know he's a "kid"?

    Clearly you're the one who needs to grow up.
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  • cangelini
    annisman??? Does anybody else notice how full of himself this guy is? Youre a KID dude. I can't believe anybody would takes orders from this shmo.You work for a computer hardware website = automatic celacy.
    LOL--we're having a good time, man =) Take it easy and have a good weekend.
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  • arkadi
    how about some videos? ;)
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  • bf2142-rules-ok
    Questions?.Picture 13. Is that 'entity' underneath the nehalem chip a stock item? Is it a new feature of core i7 to support the weight of extra cooling? Do you get a different coloured nose depending on which chip model no. you order? Can u breed them? Hav fun w/end one and all
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  • Anyway
    Am I the only one having problem with the page loading?It takes quite a few seconds per picture and it's usually really fast. :S
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