Koolance CPU-LN2-V2 Liquid Nitrogen Pot
Performance is always a question of degree, literally and figuratively, at least in the world of computers. What one person views as "good", another views as "poor". The notions ultimately depend on your perspective, and in the world of PC cooling, there is a wide spectrum of products that speak to just about every preference, budget, and method desired.
For most people, passive cooling and air cooling are the popular choice. These methods generally provide adequate performance at a great price. For those who want better, water is the next coolant of choice, offering improved temperatures for higher performance and overclocking headroom for 24/7 use. Beyond this, we start to get into more expensive and specialized cooling such as thermoelectric. Once you move beyond this threshold, however, you’re getting into sub-ambient cooling and things start to get interesting and more complicated.
Phase change, cascade, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, liquid helium: these are terms normally associated with the most diehard enthusiasts out there, those looking to achieve impressive overclocking results. And it is this sub-zero extreme cooling that we’re interested in for today’s discussion; specifically, we’re looking at dry ice and the liquid gaseous methods.
Extreme cooling requires extreme materials and methods, the foremost of which is the cooling pot. If you want to get into dry ice or liquid nitrogen, then you need a cooling pot, plain and simple. It is the "holding tank", so to speak, that holds the cooling substance that’s going to bring you fame, fortune, and all the ladies. Well, maybe not that much, but it can bring excitement and fun if done safely. Finding a cooling pot isn’t as easy as finding an air cooler, for example, since it is a very specialized piece of hardware. Typically there are only a few companies or individuals out there that offer respectable cooling pots, and they’re well known in enthusiast circles. Finding a mainstream company that deals in cooling pots is not exactly commonplace. But Koolance is one such company that’s been pursuing exactly that, and today we’re looking at their CPU-LN2-V2 Liquid Nitrogen cooling pot.
Generally well known for their water cooling products, Koolance is looking to delve into the rather niche market of extreme cooling. Certainly not mainstream, the sub-zero enthusiasts are a rabid bunch (and we include ourselves here at PureOC in that group) and very particular about things such as cooling pots. Koolance first dove into the market with their LN2 pot, and now have released the successor, the V2, which is more of a design overhaul than an updated version.
If you’re new to the world of extreme cooling or are looking for some guidance and information, today’s discussion will hopefully help answer some of your questions. Rather than our typical product review, we’ve also included some guidelines and information of "How To’s" for jumping into sub-zero overclocking. The Koolance CPU-LN2-V2 is just one piece of the puzzle, so let’s take a closer look at it and how it might help bring you into the strange and exciting world of extreme cooling.
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