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VIDEO: Asetek Shows Liquid-Cooled AIO Prototype

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This design could lead to AIOs with beefier specs.

Now here's an interesting idea: a liquid-cooled all-in-one PC.

Created by Asetek, a provider of self-contained liquid cooling systems for OEMs, this prototype addresses possible AIO heating issues provoked by obvious space limitations--AIOs certainly can't circulate hot air like desktop PCs. But if the prototype actually catches on in the industry, it could possibly change the way manufacturers design AIOs in the future, perhaps allowing for beefier hardware.

As seen in the video below, the Asetek prototype measured an iMac-like 58-mm in thickness, and used an Intel Core i7 920 processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M GPU--these two alone consume over 200-watts combined.

According to the Asetek engineer, the AIOs' heat was handled by a high-performance, optimized radiator design coupled with low-noise, axial fans. Asetek inserted its proprietary, low-profile pump just below the radiator, all of which Asetek mounted within the AIO's vertical stand. The pump/radiator setup was attached to a high-performance, low-profile cold plate mounted on the right within the AIO enclosure, pulling heat off the 130-watt Intel processor. On the left, the pump/radiator was connected to a low-profile cold plate and heat spreader covering the Nvidia GPU.

To see this prototype in action, check out the video below. What do you think? Will liquid cooling make a difference and allow manufacturers to provide high-end AIO PCs? Or could this just be a new gimmick to pull consumers away from laptops and netbooks?

Asetek Liquid-Cooled AIO PC Prototype

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    ubernoobie , July 2, 2010 9:32 PM
    If it leaks, thats gunna be a costly thing to replace
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    kelemvor4 , July 2, 2010 10:35 PM
    awesome sauce!
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    jsm6746 , July 2, 2010 11:03 PM
    hmmm... put the radiator in the stand... makes sense... i couldn't tell if they had fans on the radiator or not...

    unfortunately, i don't see the point in all this... i mean, look at all that desk space there... and what a pain it would be to crack that thing open... bleh...
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    dragonsqrrl , July 2, 2010 11:33 PM
    jsm6746hmmm... put the radiator in the stand... makes sense... i couldn't tell if they had fans on the radiator or not...unfortunately, i don't see the point in all this... i mean, look at all that desk space there... and what a pain it would be to crack that thing open... bleh...

    Well, the whole point of a computer like this is to have a simple all in one system that you never have to open or upgrade... but I think this is a problem for the higher end market it's trying to target. In the past this type of AIO desktop design has targeted lower end to mid-range buyers, and I suppose in those segments it makes more sense for the consumer to have a simpler and more streamlined design.

    However, I agree with you that this type of system may be problematic if it were targeted at the enthusiast market, which is the direction they seem to be heading. Most enjoy having the freedom and ability to change and upgrade components, increasing a systems capabilities without having to purchase an entirely new computer. But who knows, there's a pretty strong market for gaming laptops.
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    christop , July 3, 2010 2:18 AM
    kinda cool...
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    LePhuronn , July 3, 2010 8:28 AM
    How is this aimed at the enthusiast market? Just because it contains a Core i7?

    This form factor will always be mainstream market, and even though we know mum and dad don't need a Core i7 to surf the web and do family photos it won't stop tech companies trying to flog it to them.

    Also, if this cooling system works Apple will be all over it for their iMacs.
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    dEAne , July 3, 2010 8:47 AM
    Not very bad, what about the cons. . .
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    cobra5000 , July 3, 2010 3:11 PM
    Looks pretty awesome to me, finally an AIO PC with some balls!
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    Gin Fushicho , July 3, 2010 5:49 PM
    The product looks awesome, but god.. that guy was BORING! I was ready to fall asleep.
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    requiemsallure , July 3, 2010 7:05 PM
    Price is probably the CON, i'm not so sure it will be able to properly compete with its price range.
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    BulkZerker , July 4, 2010 6:37 AM
    This system looks way too much like a iMac... maybe that's their target users, Mac users who want a computer to actually do stuff on, without having to own a Power PC... I mean Power Mac.
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    tommysch , July 5, 2010 6:21 PM
    Its a gimmick... I prefer my full tower.
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    tommysch , July 5, 2010 7:05 PM
    BulkZerkerThis system looks way too much like a iMac... maybe that's their target users, Mac users who want a computer to actually do stuff on, without having to own a Power PC... I mean Power Mac.


    Yeah, whats the point of checking your emails on a 1000$ computer when you can do the same on a shiny 2500$ computer?
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    idiom , July 6, 2010 8:34 PM
    Wow! And just imagine what it would be like if you could run Snow Leopard on it!
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    jowunger , July 17, 2010 4:50 AM
    Give us that liquid cooling so we can use it on our own system !!!