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      02-23-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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The Reactor

Hadn't seend anything mentioning this new computer. So here you go. The latest and greatest in computer innovation: The Reactor.



Available from: http://www.hardcorecomputer.com/Prod...tReactor1.aspx

Starting at around $3,000 and going up to $20,000 I believe. The Reactor is a computer system completely submersed in a non conductive mineral oil. This provides optimum cooling functionality for all of your components. Only drawback that I can see if that you need to get special parts to put into it. And whenever you open the case, you have to remove 20 screws and let it drain out some. Pretty awesome though.
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This computer:

* Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
* One 650W power supply
* 2GB of DDR3 RAM
* NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX
* Samsung Spinpoint F1 500GB drive
* Pioneer DVD burner
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit

for $3015.00 ??


WAY overpriced.........
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      02-23-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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unless it actually blows you while you watch porn, no computer is worth 20k.
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It does look pretty cool though.
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      02-23-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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Lol its still running vista.. Fail!
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I think you guys are missing the key feature of this computer. And thats that it is completely submersed in liquid. The heat dissipation of this machine is insane.
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I wonder how well it overclocks? I used to use water blocks on the cpu and even had a phase change cooler - but the problem with most overclocking is the motherboard components still get hot as hell. I suppose this would help with that aspect.
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I think some extremely motivated over-clockers have done / started doing this years ago. It's interesting to see it in a more commercial format. One guy had the mineral oil running through a refrigeration unit then pumping it back in, instead of just dissipating it through a radiator. Since the mineral oil is non-conductive, no special parts should be required.

I think we're going to see more things like this in the near future. Processor technology is supposed to reach a point where it just can't run any hotter. When you can't pack any more transistors any closer together without complete meltdown. The next step would then be to build one that cannot function without a massive cooling system and see how or devise a way to quickly cool it back down (in some ways they already are, every processor I've ever had that has farted out on me had a failed fan over the heat-sink that I didn't notice. In terms of conducting heat away from the computer, air kinda sucks. At least compared to mineral oil or other coolant liquids. I'm interested to see what else they may have tried.

I think there are even some DIY sites that will show you how to do this, but you don't get the snazzy lights or cool case 8). It will cost you much, much, much less than $3000 though.

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p.s. can goldfish live in non-conductive mineral oil? 8)
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