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World’s First Bubble Tea-Inspired PC Uses Realistic ‘Boba’ To Cool Down

by rrollins, September 12, 2021

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One lucky PC has been indulged with its own built-in “bubble tea,” much to the envy of computers that have been doing plenty of heat-intensive legwork over the last year and a half.

The “world’s first bubble tea PC” was designed by Singapore-based custom PC builder Aftershock as part of a commissioned project by a boba fan in Australia. It’s also possibly the most expensive bubble tea you can’t drink—at SG$10,000 (US$7,450), the setup’s star quality is its sleek cup of a purple milky coolant with realistic-looking, swirling “pearls,” resembling taro milk tea being mixed.

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The replica pearls are really filter balls, which the designers told Channel News Asia looked pretty similar to the tapioca balls in bubble tea to them. Before this project, they had already considered using filter balls to make bespoke PCs move more dynamically.

The interior itself is splashed with a pastel purple, while a glowing, laser-cut illustration of a corgi with its own bubble tea is printed on the side as a nod to the owner’s pet dog.

The finished product is a blend of premium computer parts with a custom open water cooling system that’s filled with naturally swirling “pearls” to cool the high-powered CPU system down. With the computer running, the liquid in the coolant is constantly on the move to dispel the heat, pushing the replica bobas around.

Thanks to the cooling “drink,” the setup is able to “maintain exceptional heat performance” for both gaming and work, says the company’s press release.

That’s the excuse we’ll be using the next time we get some boba.

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[via CNA Lifestyle and ZULA, images via Aftershock PC]

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