Digital Storm intros sub-zero "Cryo-TEC" cooling systemBy Matthew DeCarlo 38 comments
Digital Storm has begun offering machines with a new liquid cooling solution that's capable of pushing your processor's operating temperature below the freezing point. The new Cryo-TEC cooling system is a revamped version of the company's Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system and promises to deliver more power in a smaller package than its predecessor.
The Cryo-TEC unit utilizes the same thermo-electric tech as the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system, except the latest version incorporates new direct contact heat dissipation. As Digital Storm explains, by placing the thermo-electric cold plate against the CPU, the Cryo-TEC system is more efficient at its job: making your processor beg for a scarf.
To prove the Cryo-TEC's prowess, the company offers a screenshot of a hexa-core Intel Core i7-990X clocked at 4.6GHz with an operating temperature of around negative 14 degrees Celsius (6.8 degrees Fahrenheit). In another photo, the Cryo-TEC is displayed with a thick layer of frost on the cold plate after sitting at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Although you'll probably cringe at the thought of frozen H2O forming against your processor, Digital Storm notes that the CPU socket is fully insulated to protect it from condensation. The redesign also introduces a new control board that automatically adjusts the Cryo-TEC's cooling power and efficiency. There's also a picture of this in today's release.
The boutique system builder is offering at least four preconfigured machines – or "levels" as they're called – with the new cooler. Cryo-TEC Level 1 starts at $3,968 with a Core i7-2600K, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, a GeForce GTX 580, an Asus Sabertooth P67 motherboard, a 1TB HDD and a Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX PSU. All the levels are below:
- Cryo-TEC Level 1 - $3,968 - Core i7-2600K - 8GB of RAM - GTX 580 x1 - 1TB HDD
- Cryo-TEC Level 2 - $4,981 - Core i7-980 - 12GB of RAM - GTX 580 x2 - 1TB HDD
- Cryo-TEC Level 3 - $5,858 - Core i7-990X - 12GB of RAM - GTX 580 x2 - 1TB HDD
- Cryo-TEC Level 4 - $6,931 - Core i7-990X - 12GB of RAM - GTX 580 x3 - 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD