Tutotest – Bartxstore ECO Pot and dry ice tutorial

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Insulation and bucket installation:

Now that you know what you need, we can start the installation and preparation of this extreme overclocking session. The first step will be to place either charcoal rubber around the socket or neoprene. Here, I opted for neoprene because the cutouts are quite simple. I used a cutter for the cuts. The idea is to prevent condensation and therefore fine water droplets around the socket.

Don’t forget that you will also need to insulate the back of your motherboard. Here I used charcoal gum to fill in the back of the socket and then a 15mm piece of neoprene. The rear support of the pot is quite particular, hence this choice. I slid the gold spacers through the neoprene.

Then I inserted the 4 threaded rods and tightened them on the other side of the motherboard, not forgetting the plastic washer. Finally, I come back to replace the insulation around the socket.

Putting the thermal paste on the IHS of the processor. We then put the pot with the insulation at the base and tighten the pot on the CPU. As you can see, I used the slot to place the thermal probe. Once in place, all that remains is to slide the insulation from the top.

The test setup:

  • Motherboard: MSI MEG Z690 Unify-X(test)
  • Processor: Intel i9-12900K Alder Lake (test)
  • Memory : 32 GB Teamgroup Delta RGB 6400 MT/s CL40 (test)
  • Graphics card: MSI GT 710
  • Cooling system: ECO pot + dry ice
  • SSD : Western Digital SN850 NVMe SSD M.2
  • Power supply : be quiet! Dark Power PRO 12 1500w
  • Display: ROG PG27UQ
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My personal advice is that if you use too much acetone and/or your pot is not very tall, you risk having splashes and these can leave stains on your components. So remember to protect them with a piece of cardboard for example. That’s it, everything is in place, we can start our series of cold tests.