Then the overclockers began to get into the zone and start going for scores and possibly even records. At first, the overclockers did SuperPi calculations as benchmarks and then moved towards 3DMark06.
One of the very smart ways to avoid condensation is the submersive method. This system is not actually submerged under water, but rather under a fairly expensive mineral non-conductive fluid. Not only does it dissipate heat, but it also helps prevent condensation which most overclockers know can be the death of any component when benching below the dew point. You could use cooking oil as well, but then any issue would result in throwing the motherboard and every other submerged component away. As the time progresses, we expect to see a lot of overclockers switching to the submerged method of cooling the motherboard, memory, graphics etc - as it is a great time saver when it comes to insulation.
As you can see for yourself, Charles Wirth a.k.a. FUGGER is not using an LN2 Pot to cool down Intel's CPU. Fugger's special sauce is using a cascade setup. This device is capable of delivering subzero temperatures consistently and reliably allowing for stable overclocks and high scores. Many of these are capable of reaching as low as -150 degrees Celsius. This one was running at a good temperature as FUGGER was at the front of the pack all day long, even though he was not necessarily competing for the win because he and Vapor were both already going to Taiwan. The reason is simple: "defending champion" title.
In all honesty, this is the setup we personally like the most, because unlike LN2 and its time limitations [you have to continuously pour LN2 into the pot], you can even game using a cascade vapor-chamber concept - you should be able to run the system for days with no issues...
If you're loaded with the dough, you can get a setup built for yourself too, but be prepared to write a lowly five-figure check. Make sure that you squeeze him out for a GPU cascade as well. We know that both Intel and AMD use Fugger's cascades in their R&D facilities.
Cascade setup from the other side of the table.
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