Overdrive: Germany's Team Is Chosen

All Dressed Up, No Time To Go

Here you see the GTX 280 with its copper attachment, ready to dissipate heat to the much colder custom cooling pot.

When Cold Meets Warm...

Condensation halts progress. The MacSafe team was forced to take breaks when condensation got out of hand. Those break were used for additional shopping trips.

A Tad Too Small

Simple and effective solution á la Tom’s Hardware in 2003: copper piping with high-heat conducting properties and insulation to prevent the formation of condensation. However, the mass of the CPU pot was not sufficiently taken into account.

Don't Short It: Condensation Forms

MSI’s P45 board with condensation forming at the CPU socket: here, the MacSafe team had not paid enough attention to the perfect insulation. A waiting period was required in order for the board to dry out.

Setting The Custom Cooling Aside

Felling the need to warm up: the formation of condensation on the copper connection between the CPU pot and the graphics card prompted the team to take yet another break. Had they continued, condensation could have easily led to a short-circuit—an issue the contestants here in the States battled as well.

Consultations between jury and team

Consultations between the Tom’s Hardware Germany jury and the individual teams: here Jürgen Augstein from the MacSafe team is explaining his team’s strategy for constructing an efficient cooling mechanism using liquid nitrogen.

  • overclocking the cpu with nitro and special coolers , for a few hours is for competition records, but what about for real life use?

    who got a good water cooler, overclocked cpu and a good motherboard for an affordable price , and less power (greener) ?

    the challenge now for example , to run a server cpu ie xeon , or even core 2 extreme on a motherboard , and achieve high clock and use less power than what 2 cpus on a server motherboard use ....

    i can not turn my office or home into gas station or rock singer entrance scene with all that white gas or smoke

    strange ... all these overclockers have not made their own designed cooling system ... for example pre made refrigerator like cooler

    for gaming , video editing , 3d designing ( including autocad ) and other demanding applications, a question like whicjh one is better ? 42inch expensive monitor or 2x22 inch affordable monitors? same for cpu for the same use, which one better multi cpu or highly overclocked single cpu ? cost vs performance? and which one simple and possible to build

  • nukemaster
    SyncMaster 245T's(sure looks like it, but the check cable screen looks wrong)? guess you guys had some $$$ to spare :p
  • a little info on the actual benchmark results please