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We'll have Sandy Bridge E at LITS!

We'll have Sandy Bridge E at LITS!

The next-gen Intel CPU will be showed off in the coolest PC chassis ever made, the Armari XCP

Even though the London International Technology Show (LITS) is still a few months off, we've been working hard to get some wonderful stuff for bit-tech readers to have a play with.

We're therefore pleased to announce that we'll be exclusively showing off a working Sandy Bridge E system to the UK public for the first time on our stand at LITS.

According to Intel, Sandy Bridge E is 'Intel’s next-generation enthusiast-focused platform', so coupled with its quad-channel memory it should be extremely fast and overclockable.

Neither bit-tech nor Intel wanted to show off such an exciting new system in a bog-standard case or just a motherboard tray, so it'll be built inside the most awesome PC chassis ever made: the Armari XCP.

First built in 2008, the XCP has the distinction of being the world's first commerically-produced PC to cool its components in a bath of electrically non-conductive fluid, something that few companies have managed to match since. That brief description hardly does the XCP justice, so here's a video to show you its supreme awesomeness.


So, not only will you get to see Sandy Bridge E in action at LITS, but you'll also get to see it inside the first true piece of PC art. You can still buy tickets to come and meet us and the XCP from the LITS website.

We hope to see you at show - in the meantime post your own superlatives for the XCP in the forum!

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GuilleAcoustic 5th September 2011, 15:27 Quote
I deadly want that case
Sketchee 5th September 2011, 15:28 Quote
Am I on my own in thinking that case is hideous?

Looks like an over-sized kitchen appliance
Picarro 5th September 2011, 15:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sketchee
Am I on my own in thinking that case is hideous?

Looks like an over-sized kitchen appliance

I think it's really ugly too. Very.. ugly implementation of submersed cooling.
Fizzban 5th September 2011, 15:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sketchee
Am I on my own in thinking that case is hideous?

Looks like an over-sized kitchen appliance

No. I think it rather repulsive. Lot of skill went into it, and I can see and appreciate that..but the looks...(where's the vomit emote?)
GuilleAcoustic 5th September 2011, 15:40 Quote
psss psss BT .... Submersed cooling case contest .... psss psss .... I would love to work on that .... psss psss :D
runadumb 5th September 2011, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sketchee
Am I on my own in thinking that case is hideous?

Looks like an over-sized kitchen appliance

Lol agreed. The case looks fugly as fug.
Krikkit 5th September 2011, 15:45 Quote
Two awesome things at LITS then... Me and Sandy-E. :p
MrJay 5th September 2011, 15:49 Quote
Looks like a bread maker...
GuilleAcoustic 5th September 2011, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrJay
Looks like a bread maker...

I give you that point :D
The boy 4rm oz 5th September 2011, 15:53 Quote
Ill be taking a look at these new beauties later this month. Gotta love Intel supplier conferences :D.
MjFrosty 5th September 2011, 15:54 Quote
Why would I want to see SandyBridge-E in action if I can't take it home? Such a cock tease.
Teelzebub 5th September 2011, 15:55 Quote
That case would look better with fish in it lol
Yemerich 5th September 2011, 15:56 Quote
it is not the most beautifull case I ever saw, but hideous? Fugly? You gotta be kidding!

Even using a furnace (I don't know the exactly word in english) to bend the acrilic, a laser cutter for the front and ETC, the case must have DAYs (if not month) of planning!

The only complaint I have is the insane number of screws showing all over.

And as a casemodder (or case designer, as the majority of my cases are scratch builds) for more than a decade, I can say the case IS BEAUTIFULL. Period.
Teelzebub 5th September 2011, 16:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Two awesome things at LITS then... Me and Sandy-E. :p
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
(where's the vomit emote?)


srgtherasta 5th September 2011, 16:04 Quote
A 100,000 r&d what!!! there kidding right?
Claave 5th September 2011, 16:30 Quote
I can't help but feel that our video hasn't done the XCP justice, it's much better in real life.

Subtle hint
Blarte 5th September 2011, 16:39 Quote
its all about taste .. some people have it in their mouth only
kosch 5th September 2011, 16:49 Quote
I wonder if anyone will get close enough with a micro drill to put a few holes in it :D
Lizard 5th September 2011, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by kosch
I wonder if anyone will get close enough with a micro drill to put a few holes in it :D

If you fancy getting chased around the show by an angry Harry and his pet face hugger then that's up to you...
Fizzban 5th September 2011, 17:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
If you fancy getting chased around the show by an angry Harry and his pet face hugger then that's up to you...

I would pay good money to see that...
Picarro 5th September 2011, 17:03 Quote
It's a good thing Bindi is not around. He would probably fill it with normal water.


Just like he did that thing with the dremel and the GTX480.. You know, the extra ventilation holes.
Bloody_Pete 5th September 2011, 17:10 Quote
Isn't this the case that uses Novac 9000 to cool it?
Claave 5th September 2011, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
It's a good thing Bindi is not around. He would probably fill it with normal water.


Just like he did that thing with the dremel and the GTX480.. You know, the extra ventilation holes.

To be fair, that card did need extra cooling...
kzinti1 5th September 2011, 17:55 Quote
Well, I can't improve on the comments of this butt ugly case but I'll at least post a link to the site.
http://www.armari.com/xcp-gallery.asp
It's still as ugly but you can see what else they sell, excuse me, have for sale. I've never heard of the name Armari and I've keep an eye out for new case manufacturers for years. The Armari site says that this case was the "Winner of Custom PCs 2008 Technical Innovation Award." Funny I've never heard of that. I've never seen it for sale anywhere so I guess it isn't quite as innovative or popular as their PR implies.
I don't care for products being shown that aren't available for immediate purchase and multiple reviews. They just do not exist unless money can be laid down and the product picked up and taken home. Until then, it's nothing to me except vaporware.
Razer2007 5th September 2011, 17:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
psss psss BT .... Submersed cooling case contest .... psss psss .... I would love to work on that .... psss psss :D

Now there's a good idea ;)
Claave 5th September 2011, 18:02 Quote
Just to be clear, Armari specialises in professional workstations, servers and so on. It's been around around since 1996 and is well respected in its field. It is not a startup case manufacturer.

The XCP was a special project that the company created in for Custom PC's 2008 Dream PC competition.

That is all...
kzinti1 5th September 2011, 18:07 Quote
Wait a minute! I watched the video on the Armari site and something just didn't seem right. I just watched it a couple more times and I saw what it was. The computer internals appear to not have a single drop of any fluid on or around them whatsoever. From the video, it looks as if the fluid being shown rising and falling is just in two reservoirs on each side of this case in two separate enclosures. It may be a trick of the poor video but it doesn't look submerged at all. Or even damp.
Bloody_Pete 5th September 2011, 18:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by kzinti1
Wait a minute! I watched the video on the Armari site and something just didn't seem right. I just watched it a couple more times and I saw what it was. The computer internals appear to not have a single drop of any fluid on or around them whatsoever. From the video, it looks as if the fluid being shown rising and falling is just in two reservoirs on each side of this case in two separate enclosures. It may be a trick of the poor video but it doesn't look submerged at all. Or even damp.

Its an optical illusion, it is there, otherwise bad things would happen...
FelixTech 5th September 2011, 18:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
I can't help but feel that our video hasn't done the XCP justice, it's much better in real life.

Subtle hint

The man speaks the truth! I can vouch for the fact that it is most definitely submerged - and being able to watch the convection currents formed by the components is pretty mesmerising! I wonder if it's had any tweaks since '08...
coolmiester 5th September 2011, 19:03 Quote
I remember seeing this in person at i34 mFestival back in August 2008 and was quite impressed - maybe the looks aren't for everyone but its a decent show piece ;)

http://www.coolercases.co.uk/i34/i34_armari.jpg
dunx 5th September 2011, 19:53 Quote
My God !

Someone amputated Robbie's left foot !

dunx
John_T 5th September 2011, 20:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
The XCP was a special project that the company created in for Custom PC's 2008 Dream PC competition.

I remember that, October '08, that was the one where they were disqualified for not being Scan! :)

Not knocking Scan, they're a (very) good company, but that was a pretty farcical decision - taking out a vastly superior machine so Scan could again pick up their annual 'bestest in the whole wide world' award...
GuilleAcoustic 5th September 2011, 20:16 Quote
The waterfall on each side of the case is beatifyl. It's really a nice case and it gave me some idea for submersed cooling.
asura 5th September 2011, 20:55 Quote
I'm amazed that nobodies brought up David Lynchs Dune, as it looks quite a bit like the navigator's tank. And I don't think it's ugly; it might not have the degree of technical forethought that a lot of mods here have, but over all the form appears well proportioned.
Lizard 5th September 2011, 22:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by John_T
Not knocking Scan, they're a (very) good company, but that was a pretty farcical decision - taking out a vastly superior machine so Scan could again pick up their annual 'bestest in the whole wide world' award...

As you seem to jumped to the wrong conclusion, I thought I'd point out what really happened in 2008.

What happened is that Armari decided it was unable to mass produce the XCP, i.e. readers wouldn't be able to buy it. Obviously this prevented us from reviewing it, but because its such an awesome piece of engineering, and was inspired by the Dream PC competition we wrote it up as a feature instead.

To finish off the story, Scan's machine may have won the 2008 Dream PC competition, but the Armari XCP won our Technical Innovation award for the year, and between you and me would have won if it had been in production.
Xir 6th September 2011, 09:25 Quote
In other words, Intel's Pre-Production Sandy Bridge-E runs so hot it needs to be liquidcooled...:D

*I'll get my coat*
MjFrosty 6th September 2011, 10:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
In other words, Intel's Pre-Production Sandy Bridge-E runs so hot it needs to be liquidcooled...:D

*I'll get my coat*

Well they're not shipping them with the reference coolers anymore, so you're probably not far off.
Bakes 6th September 2011, 11:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by srgtherasta
A 100,000 r&d what!!! there kidding right?

Fluorinert costs A LOT. Something like $70 for 100 ml. Also, R&D costs are just in general high.
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Originally Posted by Bloody_Pete
Isn't this the case that uses Novac 9000 to cool it?

Fluorinert afair.
feathers 6th September 2011, 13:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kzinti1
Wait a minute! I watched the video on the Armari site and something just didn't seem right. I just watched it a couple more times and I saw what it was. The computer internals appear to not have a single drop of any fluid on or around them whatsoever. From the video, it looks as if the fluid being shown rising and falling is just in two reservoirs on each side of this case in two separate enclosures. It may be a trick of the poor video but it doesn't look submerged at all. Or even damp.

The liquid is very pure and very clear. It's not water remember. The computer parts are indeed submerged.
supermonkey 6th September 2011, 15:46 Quote
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So, not only will you get to see Sandy Bridge E in action at LITS, but you'll also get to see it inside the first true piece of PC art.
Oh, Bit-tech, how you have forgotten your roots. The first true piece of PC art? I can't count the number of mods and scratch builds featured on this very site before 2008 that might disagree. :p
John_T 6th September 2011, 19:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
As you seem to jumped to the wrong conclusion, I thought I'd point out what really happened in 2008.

What happened is that Armari decided it was unable to mass produce the XCP, i.e. readers wouldn't be able to buy it. Obviously this prevented us from reviewing it, but because its such an awesome piece of engineering, and was inspired by the Dream PC competition we wrote it up as a feature instead.

To finish off the story, Scan's machine may have won the 2008 Dream PC competition, but the Armari XCP won our Technical Innovation award for the year, and between you and me would have won if it had been in production.

Fair enough then, (that'll teach me for jumping to conclusions!). :)

I could've sworn they said they were willing to build it commercially if they could generate enough interest though - didn't they say if they got 10 orders they'd be able to knock them out for about £11k(ish) a piece? Not too dear when you consider the Great White was also about £11k...

Anyway, that aside, looking forward to seeing it housing the Sandy Bridge E!

I've (briefly) tried finding the original videos that went with it but not had much luck yet, as I think they showed it off much better than these ones do. I'm sure you could see all the thermal currents being generated and swirling around in the Fluorinert - one of its most spectacular features, yet the one you can't really see properly here...
Bakes 6th September 2011, 19:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by John_T
Fair enough then, (that'll teach me for jumping to conclusions!). :)

I could've sworn they said they were willing to build it commercially if they could generate enough interest though - didn't they say if they got 10 orders they'd be able to knock them out for about £11k(ish) a piece? Not too dear when you consider the Great White was also about £11k...

Anyway, that aside, looking forward to seeing it housing the Sandy Bridge E!

I've (briefly) tried finding the original videos that went with it but not had much luck yet, as I think they showed it off much better than these ones do. I'm sure you could see all the thermal currents being generated and swirling around in the Fluorinert - one of its most spectacular features, yet the one you can't really see properly here...

That's what I remember - I remember them saying that if there was enough interest, they'd make it. It's a shame that a Dream PC that's effectively a £5k pc bumped up to £10k with some chroming and (admittedly neat) CNC work could be compared favourably to this (on the grounds that one has an order list, the other a waiting list).
Lizard 6th September 2011, 19:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by John_T
I could've sworn they said they were willing to build it commercially if they could generate enough interest though - didn't they say if they got 10 orders they'd be able to knock them out for about £11k(ish) a piece? Not too dear when you consider the Great White was also about £11k...

That's what Armari hoped, but they never got enough orders to put it into production. In the end Intel bought the one and only finished prototype and that's the one we're going to use at LITS to show off Sandy Bridge E.
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Originally Posted by John_T
Anyway, that aside, looking forward to seeing it housing the Sandy Bridge E! I've (briefly) tried finding the original videos that went with it but not had much luck yet, as I think they showed it off much better than these ones do. I'm sure you could see all the thermal currents being generated and swirling around in the Fluorinert - one of its most spectacular features, yet the one you can't really see properly here...

I'm afraid that was the only video I could find too, and its pretty low res by today's standards. Still, you'll be able to see it in the flesh in a couple of months time :)
Bindibadgi 7th September 2011, 03:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
It's a good thing Bindi is not around. He would probably fill it with normal water.


Just like he did that thing with the dremel and the GTX480.. You know, the extra ventilation holes.

Oi!

If it's not using an ASUS board and there are Dremel holes don't look at me
Xir 7th September 2011, 10:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by supermonkey
Oh, Bit-tech, how you have forgotten your roots. The first true piece of PC art? I can't count the number of mods and scratch builds featured on this very site before 2008 that might disagree. :p

Correct, the LED-Flower-PC-in-a-1920's-Radio-Case is what got me here in the first place (back in the old old forum) ;-)
Waynio 8th September 2011, 02:59 Quote
Can't believe bit-tech said the first true piece of pc art crazy so all the incredible scratch builds & mods that have been passing through this forum aren't true pc art, ok if you say so .
l3v1ck 11th September 2011, 06:59 Quote
Screw Ivy-Bridge. I'd just want to see the XPC in action.
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