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Superoverclocker takes the stage at CeBIT (photos)

Nick Shih shows his technique for supercooling chips to run them far beyond their rated clock speed. It used to be for better videogaming, but now overclocking is a competition in and of itself.

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Nick Shih's thermometer: -196 degrees Celsius

Overclocker Nick Shih, who led a global overclocking competition for 18 months, shows how he got a chip down to -196 degrees Celsius, the boiling point of liquid nitrogen.
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Liquid nitrogen bath for overclocking a chip

Nick Shih pours liquid nitrogen to keep a processor supercooled and maximally overclockable at CeBIT.
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Chilled chips at CeBIT overclocking event

A chilled chip is surrounded by a fog of cold, sinking air.
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Liquid nitrogen breath

Overclocker Nick Shih shows what happens when you drink from a can of liquid nitrogen: water vapor in your chilled breath condenses.
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Liquid nitrogen tank

The liquid nitrogen tank's metal nozzle is covered with a layer of frost condensed out of the air.

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