Intel’s sub-zero CPU Cryo Cooler gets a heartbreaking price
It is well known that Intel has been working on some significant cooling, a system it calls Cryo Cooling Technology for Intelligent Sub-ambient Cooling, with Cooler Master and EKWB. But we hadn’t really paid attention to the costs involved in chilling this latest wave of Peltier chip, which was recently illustrated by Sweclockers along with a European release date of February 25. For the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Sub-Zero Powered by Intel Cryo Cooling Technology, you’re looking at about $350 (£395)-why choose one term when ten would do.
The cooler definitely looks intriguing, and while it’s only built for Intel processors, it’s already been used to keep the Ryzen 9 5950X cold. This is an amazing cooler that can keep even the hottest 14nm++ chips from Intel cold, such shenanigans apart.
The usage of the Peltier effect, which uses an electric current to help draw heat from one surface and transfer it to another, is the secret to the thermodynamic magic of the Cryo Cooler. On one side of the cooler, this results in sub-ambient temperatures, with plenty of heat on the other surface being generated.
We had them back in the early 2000s, and they were supposed to be the next big trend, and Peltier coolers are not especially new. However, that never materialized, since a side effect of Peltier coolers is that they require a lot of power to provide ample cooling and they generate a lot of condensation. And that’s what’s actually known as ‘a really bad thing’ in industry.
Intel says with its Cryo Cooler, though, it has overcome this last problem and really makes a point of it in the launch video, which is awesome by the way, why aren’t all Processor cooler releases this exciting? Oh right, because usually, they don’t cost too much somewhere near this.
Since modern CPUs do a better job of controlling their performance depending on the available cooling, we will be watching this one with interest. Although liquid nitrogen records for such a rig are not going to be difficult, they could theoretically achieve higher frequencies than you could handle with standard liquid coolers.