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This water cooled gaming desk is cool however prices $14,000

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Perhaps we should always monitor the perfect gaming desks like we do for gaming chairs and every part else. If we did, this beastly liquid cooled setup that OverclockersUK put collectively could be in competition, assuming we had been to toss out any sense of affordability or accountable spending. That is as a result of it prices £11,299.99 (over $14,000).

I spent extra on my automobile a number of years in the past, however not rather more. Relying in your negotiating expertise and the precise mannequin, you would stroll out of a Chevy or Ford dealership with a model new car having spent much less. So what justifies that sort of price ticket in a PC?

The novelty of a motorized desk pulling double-duty as a case is a part of it. So is the truth that this setup is water cooled. As to the precise {hardware}, here is a have a look at the specs:

  • Lian Li DK-05X 
  • Intel Core i9-7900X
  • Asus ROG Rampage Excessive X299
  • 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-3200 RAM
  • 2x Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 
  • Samsung 960 EVO 512GB NVMe SSD
  • Samsung 870 EVO SSD
  • Samsung 870 EVO SSD or WD Black 7200RPM HDD
  • 1600W 80 Plus Platinum PSU
  • Home windows 10 Professional 64-bit

The processor is “cherry picked” and overclocked to at the very least 4.6GHz (which is fairly common for a 7900X, to not point out it is a earlier gen half—eg, not the i9-9900X). A full customized liquid cooling loop retains the CPU and each GPUs from overheating. Much less clear is the precise storage association—there is not any point out of the dimensions of the secondary SSD, and I opted to not purchase this factor to search out out.

This isn’t a brand new entry, however one which was dropped at my consideration by Intel, which is feeling the warmth from AMD and its third-generation Ryzen lineup proper now.

“Most of our flagship programs are hefty beasts, swallowing up the area in your desk as a result of they not often match beneath it—nor, actually, would you need to cover such beautiful bits of package beneath a desk,” OverclockersUK programs supervisor Scott Bentley told Intel. “So we began to take a look at options to the usual super-tower or monster dice fashion programs. One of the best ways to construct a excessive efficiency, hero PC with out taking over a load of area on the desk? Put it within the desk!”

Bentley says the system was initially constructed for a gaming content material creator. Therefore the choice to construct round a binned Core i9-7900X, which he says “gives a great steadiness between multitasking, multi-core workloads, and clockspeed-hungry gaming workloads.”

(Picture credit score: OverclockersUK)

Implementing a full liquid cooling loop was not straightforward. To do it, OverclockersUK crafted three separate customized acrylic passthrough plates to mediate the circulation of the liquid, slightly than having lengthy runs of tubing working the size of the desk.

“The ultimate design features a central fluid distribution plate, which handles the circulation of fluid to and from the pumps, reservoirs, and radiators,” Bentley mentioned. “Situated just below the glass, in the course of the chassis, it doubles as a little bit of a centerpiece for the construct. There may be then a 3rd plate, floating above the motherboard, which strikes the fluid from the distribution plate to the parts.”

It is fairly insane, however consider it or not, the value really pales compared to one other system OverclockersUK sells—the 8Pack Orion X2 that I wrote about earlier this 12 months is still available for £32,999.99 (over $41,000).


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