California-based Digital Storm has announced a new range of gaming PCs that include an interesting cooling system: the TEC peltier-equipped Hailstorm.
The premium-priced PCs use a thermo-electric cooling pad, known as a peltier element, to suck heat away from the CPU - so much so, in fact, that the company claims that the cooling system means that the Intel i7-980X CPU idles below 0ºC.
Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s director of product development, stated that 'the research and development conducted on this liquid chilled system has been the most labor intensive, but rewarding initiatives ever attempted by our engineers,
' while claiming 'with constant innovation happening in the hardware space, the demands on our engineers to design systems that optimize these components are unyielding - the Hailstorm gaming computer with the new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System fully maximizes the potential for each component like no other system we've ever built.
The specifications are certainly impressive: the company claims that the liquid cooling system, which doesn't feature a pump, enables an Intel i7-980X CPU to be overclocked to 4.6GHz while remaining below freezing while idling.
The base model of Hailstorm features an Intel Core i7-950 CPU, 6GB of DDR3 running at 1,600MHz, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB graphics card, a motherboard based on Intel's X58 chipset, and a 750W power supply - and costs a whopping $3,899. While higher-end models are available, including the aforementioned Core i7-980X model with three Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB graphics cards in SLI, the price rises rapidly, keeping the Hailstorm out of the reach of all but the most well-heeled gamer.
If you need a bit more convincing as to the merits of Digital Storm's cooling system, the company has released a video of the Hailstorm in action
. So far, the company hasn't confirmed plans for a UK launch.
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