To keep a level playing field, the competitors used identical set ups for the competition provided by the sponsors of the event. However, contestants were allowed to use their own CPU and GPU cooling devices. Gigabyte provided two large containers of liquid nitrogen (LN2) for the event and all of them made good use of it. Here is a list of the hardware and software used during the event.
|Relevant Software: |
Windows XP SP2
Easy Tune 6
NVIDIA Driver Release 181.22 (PhysX enabled)
Contestants had two hours to set up their systems and prepare the components for sub-zero temperatures. This usually consists of applying some form of coating to the motherboard and graphics cards, specifically around the socket area. K|ngp|n's F1 copper pot was a popular choice and used by many of the overclockers at the competition.
The copper pot approach not only provides a suitable container for Liquid Nitrogen but it also has great thermal conductivity itself.