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posted by janrinok on Monday January 02 2023, @02:02PM   Printer-friendly
from the chilling-development dept.

Soon You'll Be Able To Buy Your Own 9 GHz Record Breaking LN2 Pot:

According to a report from hardwareLuxx, Raptor Lake's 9GHz world record was achieved using a brand new LN2 pot named the Volcano, and from January 5 you'll be able to buy your own from EmorLabs for $250.

Volcano was developed by overclocker ShaggySVK and supports a combination of liquid nitrogen (LN2) and liquid helium cooling, not just liquid nitrogen. The pot itself features a matte black finish container measuring 83.1mm paired with a full copper core at the bottom. It supports almost every single CPU socket from Intel and AMD, including AM2 all the way to AM5, and LGA 775 all the way to the LGA 20xx sockets found in Intel's HEDT chips. We don't have all the dimensions of the pot itself, but it stands tall, approximately the height of a 100mm or 120mm tower cooler.

To maximize the effective cooling, the copper core features a plethora of holes and dimples for the cooling liquid to saturate. These holes extend all the way through the
copper core, with the exception of the bottom where the surface is flat to make maximum contact with the CPU. Again, the pot is capable of utilizing both liquid nitrogen and liquid helium cooling at the same time.

Liquid helium is a more aggressive cooling solution compared to liquid nitrogen, with extreme thermal properties producing a lower temperature. When used correctly in an overclocking application, it can drop CPU temperatures even further than what liquid nitrogen alone is capable of.

Are there any overclockers in our community?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by PiMuNu on Monday January 02 2023, @02:17PM (3 children)

    by PiMuNu (3823) on Monday January 02 2023, @02:17PM (#1284766)

    ... but typically cooling at lHe costs about 100 times power out compared to power in. i.e. if you have a 50 W CPU, you need a 5 kW (wall plug) power supply for the cryocooler. The cryocooler itself cost is $O(10k-100k) plus some fairly hefty maintenance costs.

    • (Score: 2) by aafcac on Monday January 02 2023, @03:15PM (2 children)

      by aafcac (17646) on Monday January 02 2023, @03:15PM (#1284782)

      Not to mention that helium has been in rather short supply in recent times making just securing it in a predictable way rather difficult.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Beryllium Sphere (r) on Monday January 02 2023, @03:58PM (1 child)

        by Beryllium Sphere (r) (5062) on Monday January 02 2023, @03:58PM (#1284794)

        The other uses are also far more important than a hobby, and there are no substitutes for some of them.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by aafcac on Monday January 02 2023, @04:25PM

          by aafcac (17646) on Monday January 02 2023, @04:25PM (#1284796)

          Indeed, even with the "helium" commonly being used for balloons being only partially helium, there's still a substantial issue with supply going forward. But, after the last few years of crypto wasting tons of electricity for no practical purpose, it wouldn't surprise me if the people that this is being marketed to wouldn't care. Even if some of the alternate uses are medical in nature.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Ingar on Monday January 02 2023, @05:32PM

    by Ingar (801) on Monday January 02 2023, @05:32PM (#1284808) Homepage

    I had my Pentium 166 overclocked to 200Mhz, a significant performance gain for just flipping a switch.

    These days, most CPUs are already cranked up to the max out of the box. There's very few headroom for overclocking,
    and the few percentage points of performance you might gain usually come ate a hefty power consumption price.

    While I do enjoy watching the occasional LN2 OC video, it has little to none practical applications.