You don't have to be flippin' nuts to dunk your PC parts in mineral oil (maybe a little), you just need a good game plan and the right equipment. To that extent, boutique system builder Puget Systems is a pioneer of sorts in this field of alternative cooling and has been experimenting with mineral oil since May 2007. The mad scientists at Puget built a DIY kit for mineral oil enthusiasts in 2008, and today they're announcing a new revision, the Aquarium PC V4.
Imagine for a moment a boutique system vendor turning down a batch of solid state drives or particular brand of graphics cards, not because of price, but based on internal testing and benchmarking. Now take it one step further and imagine that same system builder publishing the results of its internal testing for all the world to see. System shoppers would love it, hardware makers would probably detest the idea, and Puget Systems plans to set the process in motion.
As any system builder knows, there’s a constant yin-and-yang balancing act between performance and noise. When you crank up performance, you crank up the noise. And as you bring down the acoustics, so goes the performance.
The whole Sandy Bridge situation is finally starting to settle down, allowing Intel to put the chipset snafu behind them and move on. So too can OEM system builders, who have been receiving corrected 6-series motherboards since mid-February. That includes Puget, who announced it's now shipping systems using the corrected B3 revision motherboards.