How cold can you get your PC? It seems like enthusiasts and overclockers constantly find new and creative ways to cool down the heat producing parts of their computer. We've already brought you coverage of liquid helium and liquid nitrogen being used to achieve sub-zero temperatures in order to achieve huge overclocking results. But using these methods doesn't provide a 24/7 solution that people can use without having to fill a pot every few minutes. Phase change, thermoelectric cooling, and watercooling attract a larger audience since they require little maintenance after initial setup, but they carry a hefty price tag. Still, exotic cooling enthusiasts want more variety with new designs and better performance in order to keep up with the constant flux of new technology.
If there's a demand, you better believe that companies will find a way to supply consumers with highly sought after products. And as the PC enthusiast sector grows, we see more parts being released that focus on cooling high end components. While it seems like every company makes a RAM cooling fan these days, Corsair has decided to take it up a notch. The Ice T30 sub-ambient cooling system is the first of its kind and made specifically for Corsair's enthusiast grade memory. Is it all just hype or does cooling your memory provide measurable benefits? Read on to find out what this cooler has to offer.
Corsair Cooling Ice T30 for Dominator GT Memory
||First sub-ambient memory cooling|
||Humidity monitor eliminates condensation|
||Cools up to 20 degrees C below ambient|
||TEC cooling subsystem|
|Humidity sensors and control circuitry|
||3/8" inner diameter tubing|
| One year|
The TEC Heat Pump Controller sits in a metal housing that can be secured in a 5.25" drive bay. If desired, the orientation of the PCB can be rotated within the housing. To operate the T30, the TEC Heat Pump, temperature sensor, and dual molex power adapters must be connected. Sensors detect ambient temperature and relative humidity inside the computer and the controller adjusts the voltage to the TEC according to the current environment.
Corsair also includes two Allen wrenches,six screws, and a large thermal pad. These items are necessary for installation. Clamps, zip ties, and 3/8" to 1/2" ID barbed couplings are provided for broader compatibility with more liquid cooling solutions.