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Koolance CPU-LN2-V2 Liquid Nitrogen Pot

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Posted August 2, 2010 by Jake in Cooling

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Like I said before, extreme overclocking with sub-zero cooling probably won’t enamour you with the ladies, but remember the liquid nitrogen ice cream trick to improve your chances. For the rest of us enthusiasts, benching with DICE or LN2 is fun stuff, plain and simple. Perhaps the biggest obstacles to people wanting to jump into the extreme cooling arena are confidence and cost. On the confidence side of things, we hope that our review and guide today helps overcome that and provides some useful information to novices looking to learn more. Confidence comes with experience, so if you’re a beginner, just take things slow, maybe start with dry ice and then move on from there. Be cautious and aware of what you’re doing, and ask questions if you run into problems.

On the cost side of the things, the Koolance CPU-LN2-V2 retails for $170 USD. That’s certainly not as cheap as air cooling, for example, but it’s an excellent price for the novice looking to get into extreme cooling. There are some better pots on the market, notably Kingpin’s F1EE, but it’s also considerably more expensive. This Koolance pot is more like a Porsche Boxster than a Ferrari; it’s a great all-around performance product that won’t cost a fortune to enjoy the fun.

In terms of design, the LN2-V2 considerably improves on its predecesor, to the point the new one effectively renders the original obsolete; it’s that big of an improvement. The dry ice performance of the V2 is impressive, and with a large internal volume you can run through several benchmark runs without having to worry about constantly topping up the DICE. For liquid nitrogen, the improved surface area makes a huge difference over the original pot, it has a pretty good mass but it’s just slightly on the light side. The included hole for a temperature probe is a nice attention to detail, and the included insulation is a welcome additional to the overall package.

However, there are a couple design flaws with the LN2-V2 that hamper its usability. First, the minor annoyance is the two-piece mounting rods which pose a problem because there’s a greater chance for damaging the threads after several install/uninstalls, not to mention it’s just more of a pain in the backside to get them installed. Mounting rods should be one-piece, end of story. The bigger issue, however, is the mid-height mounting bracket design. The chunky acetal bracket is great, but condensation easily forms here no matter how well you try to insulate or wrap it; frankly, it’s impossible to prevent. And as we know, condensation and electrical components don’t play well together. A top-mounted bracket design is a far better design solution, but as mentioned, those designs typically come as part of pots that are world-renowned and carry a considerably bigger price tag as well.

So there’s a tradeoff in the end. The price for the Koolance CPU-LN2-V2 is extremely attractive and you get some amazing value for what is being offered here, but you also get a couple design flaws as well. If you’re a novice and looking to get into the world of extreme overclocking and cooling, then this pot is great and you won’t really care too much about the flaws. If you’re a serious, veteran enthusiast, then you will indeed care and chances are you’re looking at a one of a handful of custom-designed pots on the market anyways.

The bottom line is this Koolance CPU-LN2-V2 pot is a vast improvement upon its predecessor and worth every penny. It’s a great all-around cooling pot for both dry ice and liquid nitrogen, but it has a couple drawbacks that prevent it from being the top dog out there. Nonetheless, for the novice enthusiast it’s an excellent deal and offers a low price of admission into the exciting world of extreme overclocking.

Koolance CPU-LN2-V2

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