Prepping the setup
A layer of Armaflex and then prepping installation of a tube + mount to put on the CPU
Use plenty of Thermal ceramic cooling paste on both the block and processor
Mainboard almost fully insulated for the LN² session
When I was finished insulating the main board, it was time to prepare everything for the LN² session. For a LN² session you need the following:
- An insulated mainboard.
- Thermal ceramic cooling paste.
- Off course a tube + mount to put on your CPU.
- A thermometer and a probe which you connect to the tube, to see the temperature (the mainboard temperature sensor is not capable of such a low temperature).
- A Dewar (This is used to store the LN², my Dewar holds 30 liters)
- A Thermos flask (this is used to fill the tube with LN²). You pour the LN² from the Dewar into the Thermos.
Meet the benchmark hardware setup:
|CPU||AMD Phenom II X4 965BE C3 version, batch 0933 EPAW|
|Main board||Asus Crosshair III Socket AM3|
|Memory||Corsair CMGTX2 2250 MHz CL8|
|Graphic cards||2x Asus ATI 4870x2 @ Crossfire|
|Power Supply||PC Power & Cooling 1200 Watt|
|Hard disk||OCZ SSD 60GB Vertex (Windows Vista, for 3D Benchmarks)|
|Cooling||Thermalright TRUE Ultra-120 eXtreme (Air)|
Custom made Phase Change (for temperatures around -30 degrees)
Liquid Nitrogen (for temperatures around -190 degrees)
Kingpin F1 Copper Tube (almost 3 Kg)
|Isolation||Eraser gum, Armaflex and paper towels|
|Thermometer||Voltcraft K102 digital thermometer plus a temperature probe|
The entire setup 10 minutes before starting the LN² session