In an effort to make the quietest and coolest gaming PC possible, a desk made entirely of liquid-cooled radiators sounds like an ingenious solution that can make you turn the gaming settings up to the max without the rig sweating. Unfortunately, it may not be the same about you, since the heat has to go somewhere.
The idea comes from a Linus Tech Tips viewer, Depressed Zip File, and the YouTuber quickly makes the dream come true using Flexispot tabletops, Alphacool liquid radiators and Protocase fittings. There is nothing that you can easily do at home, that it uses eight 560 mm radiators, the brackets are laser cut and pressed with hydraulics, and there is a lot of drilling and improvisation to make it work.
As Linus says, the end result looks fantastic with an “industrial chic” that most players would be happy to have in their home. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card under the hood peaks at just 53 degrees when you run Doom Eternal at its highest settings with ray tracing at more than 200fps. The temperature of the Intel Core i9-12900KS gaming CPU is slightly higher at 82 degrees, saved from overheating of copper IHS and liquid metal cooling – but still, it benches a a lot and still runs strong.
One thing that Linus and Jake Tivy both notice is how hot the game console gets, which can potentially be a blessing for your hands in the cold, wintery weather in Canada where it is created, but it would be an absolute nightmare when you use it in the summer or if you are in a smaller room. It’s apparently a lot easier to use if you do not mind the noise from dozens of fans blowing at 3000 RPM, but that heat still flows out into the room around you. Sure, it’s better outside the PC cover than inside, but this will inevitably be unbearable during longer game sessions.
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There are other reservations that come with the desk as well. Firstly, the exposed fans on the underside are not exactly the safest. There is potentially a solution for this with another torn table top attached underneath. You will probably not be able to attach a game screen to it either. Solid metal is more robust than glass, but you will not want any pressure on the radiator fins.
It’s a brilliant exercise in creativity and who knows; This may be a first look at what may be the next development of Lian Li’s case board. However, I personally would not recommend holding your breath to see something like this come on the market.