Asetek develops liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop PC prototype

Asetek develops liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop PC prototype

Summary: All-in-one PCs have been classified as "kitchen PCs" or "mom PCs" because they emphasize a space-saving form factor and ease of use over performance. That hasn't stopped Asetek, best known for creating budget liquid-cooling kits that companies like CoolIT and Corsair sell, from developing an all-in-one desktop prototype that receives a blast of water cooling.

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All-in-one PCs have been classified as "kitchen PCs" or "mom PCs" because they emphasize a space-saving form factor and ease of use over performance. That hasn't stopped Asetek, best known for creating budget liquid-cooling kits that companies like CoolIT and Corsair sell, from developing an all-in-one desktop prototype that receives a blast of water cooling.

As the company details in its YouTube video, its 24-inch LED-backlit prototype features the type of components that don't usually get stuffed into an all-in-one framework, including an Intel Core i7-920 quad-core processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M graphics card. Using the mobile graphics board helps the prototype to remain the same size as an iMac at 2.3 inches thick. Nonetheless, thermal design power (TDP) output for this build reaches more than 200W, which could make all-in-one chassis a little toasty. The Asetek prototype, however, can handle the heat thanks to a radiator system and pump built into the case stand.

This new design could open up more all-in-one configurations from PC makers -- if they see a potential niche for more robust models. They'll already be competing with 27-inch iMacs that can be configured with a Core i7 CPU and ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics without the need for liquid cooling, though those are priced at over $2,000. Likewise, the Sony Vaio J series features a $1,549 model with a Core i7-620M processor and GeForce 310M graphics, though with only a 21.5-inch display.

Asetek's prototype may need to handle newer, better-performing mobile graphics cards instead of the GTX 280M with the resulting PCs offered for lower prices in order to pique the interest of space-challenged gamers and video editors. Stay tuned and we'll let you know when and if anyone takes a chance on bringing a desktop to market based on this liquid-cooled solution.

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  • The more things change, the more...

    Franz San Galli would be proud. ;)
    klumper
  • Manufacturers love such designs

    Selling an all-in-one unit, with custom parts and construction, cuts out the homebuilders and generic PC sellers.
    hiraghm
  • RE: Asetek develops liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop PC prototype

    Todd - for thermal management done better call me. Stuart21 at mac.com<br>My non exotic direct to air CPU cooler has deltaT of 0.167C/watt - better than water. Next best air cooler is 0.44C/W.
    Stuart211
  • Must be cheap, stolen design

    It looks like a terrible knock off an Apple Imac. If you do not care too much about how it looks like, why not. You can always use it to carry your beer into the room
    rhon1
  • So what happens

    when the next iMac comes out with a i7-870 (or maybe a redesigned motherboard for the i7-930/950/970x), 27 inch screen, Radeon 5770 or 5850 graphics (or maybe even 5870), and no worries about breaking your water cooling connections?
    nix_hed
  • none can compete with apple

    most of people cant get that apple's strong point is its OS X not its hardware .. when someone innovate a such robust, secure, stable and easy to use OS then we can talk about competition to apple.
    LionSaba
  • All in one PC is rock

    i wrote about these products from my own experience and they really getting upgraded fast shame most people still don't consider them strong PC while some of these PCs really strong
    this is the page i wrote about them ..
    http://all-in-one-pc.ucoz.com/
    GabrielOmar