A gaming PC desk made up of heatsinks is a summer nightmare
In an effort to create the quietest and coolest gaming PC possible, a desktop made entirely of liquid-cooled radiators seems like an ingenious solution that could allow you to crank the gaming settings to the max without your rig. -shape does not sweat. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for you, because heat has to go somewhere.
The idea came from a Linus Tech Tips viewer, a depressed Zip file and the YouTuber quickly make the dream a reality with the help of Flexispot table tops, Alphacool liquid radiators and Protocase fittings. It’s not something you could easily do at home, as it uses eight 560mm radiators, the brackets are laser cut and hydraulically pressed, and there’s a lot of drilling and improvisation to make it work.
As Linus says, the end result is fantastic with an “industrial chic” that most gamers would be happy to have in their home. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card under the hood peaks at just 53 degrees when running Doom Eternal at its highest settings with ray tracing over 200fps. Intel Core i9-12900KS gaming CPU temperature is a bit higher at 82 degrees, saved from overheating by copper IHS and liquid metal cooling – but still ground and still going strong.
One thing Linus and Jake Tivy both note is how hot the gaming desk gets, which could potentially be a godsend for your hands in the cold, wintry weather of Canada where it’s created, but would be an absolute nightmare. when using it in the summer or if you are in a smaller room. It’s apparently much easier to use if you don’t mind the sound of dozens of 3,000 rpm fans blowing, but that heat still spreads through the room around you. Sure, it’s better outside the PC case than inside, but it will inevitably become unbearable during longer gaming sessions.
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There are also other caveats that come with the desktop. First, fans exposed on the underside aren’t exactly the safest. There is potentially a solution for this with another secure grated table underneath. You probably won’t be able to attach a gaming monitor to it either. The solid metal is stronger than glass, but you wouldn’t want any pressure on the heatsink fins.
It’s a brilliant exercise in creativity and who knows; this could be a first look at what the next evolution of Lian Li’s case offices could be. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend holding your breath to see something like this hit the market, though.