IntroductionHigh-end systems are no longer the domain of boutique system builders, because industry heavyweights such as Dell and HP have gone after the niche, but lucrative, market with pre-overclocked systems of their own.
Today sees Thermaltake officially announce the XPRESSAR RCS1000-series chassis - touted as the ultimate overclocking gaming platform.
We first laid eyes on a prototype during this year's CeBIT show and covered it on HEXUS.tv during COMPUTEX 2008. The shipping version, it seems, isn't too different from what we saw.
Touted as the world's first DC-inverter-type micro-refrigeration cooling system, the XPRESSAR works by having a simple condenser - with fan - mounted where the chassis' rear fan would normally go. This connects to an expansion valve from where cooled liquid passes up to the all-copper CPU plate.
The liquid moves on into a reduced-sized compressor - eating up 50W, according to Thermaltake - before returning to the condenser to start the process again. We've seen variations on this theme before, but not from a traditional chassis company, and not with a straight-DC-type compressor, either.