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Hackintosh Maker Releases Liquid-cooled Core i7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Not cheap, but cheaper than a Mac Pro.

Apple hasn't taken very kindly to those making Hackintosh computers and then selling them. While Psystar was successfully taken down by Apple, Quo Computer is pressing on ahead with a new, high-end Mac Pro clone.

Announced today is a new maxQ2 system that is liquid cooled by Asetek. The system itself is billed as able to run Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows 7, but there's always that extra wink accompanied with the Apple OS capability.

"QUO specializes in computers aimed at those who want the fastest, most overclockable systems without the time required to custom configure one themselves," said QUO founder Rashantha De Silva. "We selected Asetek Liquid Coolers to deliver quiet operation plus the thermal headroom for overclocking the maxQ2 because they feature a sealed liquid loop that is reliable and eliminates customer maintenance. This is the type of elegance Apple enthusiasts treasure."

The maxQ2 is powered by an Intel Core i7 6 Core 3.6Ghz CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD, a 1TB HD, and an NVIDIA 285 GTX configured to take advantage of the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine. The maintenance-free Asetek 550LC features an integrated pump and copper cold plate connected to a 120mm heat exchanger.

"Asetek recently demonstrated how liquid cooling can both quiet and increase the performance of an Apple Mac Pro," said Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. "QUO's liquid cooled maxQ2 computers enable Mac OS X enthusiasts to get the benefits of liquid cooling in an extremely powerful computer, without the effort of retrofitting liquid cooling into an existing Mac Pro."

The maxQ2 will be available with Asetek liquid cooling for $3,765 on September 15, 2010.

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    adamspc , September 10, 2010 2:25 PM
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    are u an stupid


    Not a very good start to that argument.
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    tolham , September 10, 2010 2:19 PM
    what do mac users need with a 6-core high-end system? do itunes and garage band really hog up that much power?
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    trnddwn33 , September 10, 2010 2:39 PM
    AseTek they feature a sealed liquid loop that is reliable and eliminates customer maintenance. This is the type of elegance Apple enthusiasts treasure.


    Meaning even the manufacturer knows Mac users can't do anything without their hand being held :p 
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  • 2 Hide
    nevertell , September 10, 2010 2:08 PM
    Still, building your own system or even buying one from dell would be more cost-effective.
  • 5 Hide
    pito , September 10, 2010 2:17 PM
    Dell? Really? try something like CyberPowerPC.com, unless you like to pay double of the actual price for any part upgrade. even that you already pay for the primary part on the original build price.
  • 26 Hide
    tolham , September 10, 2010 2:19 PM
    what do mac users need with a 6-core high-end system? do itunes and garage band really hog up that much power?
  • 44 Hide
    adamspc , September 10, 2010 2:25 PM
    Quote:
    are u an stupid


    Not a very good start to that argument.
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    nforce4max , September 10, 2010 2:27 PM
    The only turn off for me about hackentosh is drivers :s even though I really want to set one up.
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    meat81 , September 10, 2010 2:31 PM
    Why are they using and older generation video card, why not a 460?
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , September 10, 2010 2:38 PM
    Ya what's up with the GTX 285? Are the GTX 400 series not compatible with macs?
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    soccerplayer88 , September 10, 2010 2:38 PM
    meat81Why are they using and older generation video card, why not a 460?


    Quote:
    NVIDIA 285 GTX configured to take advantage of the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine


    The 460 does not support AMPE with current Nvidia drivers.
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    trnddwn33 , September 10, 2010 2:39 PM
    AseTek they feature a sealed liquid loop that is reliable and eliminates customer maintenance. This is the type of elegance Apple enthusiasts treasure.


    Meaning even the manufacturer knows Mac users can't do anything without their hand being held :p 
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    tommysch , September 10, 2010 2:48 PM
    tolhamwhat do mac users need with a 6-core high-end system? do itunes and garage band really hog up that much power?


    iTunes, probably... lol

    drinfestedI'm not a big Apple fan, but I think that Tom's Hardware would do well to stop throwing in jabs at Apple in their articles. It's not very professional.At any rate, I would love to own such a computer, but unfortunately, installing Mac OS X on a non Apple machine breaks the EULA, so I won't be doing it.


    Never!
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    rantoc , September 10, 2010 2:57 PM
    What? Maby a "apple" that actually might deliver some performance (Thoo outdated gpu in win-PC standards atleast for the rest of the hardware), not the ordinaly one or two generation old crap slapped together in a shiny case!
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    jomofro39 , September 10, 2010 3:08 PM
    meat81Why are they using and older generation video card, why not a 460?

    Because it is for people who want to run MAC OS, they might not notice or care, and it's cheaper. It also has 12GB of RAM, which is not necessary. This is for bragging rights, and caters to the same crowd that would want a Mac Pro anyways, so why even bother trying to justify this thing? Or it's price?
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    jomofro39 , September 10, 2010 3:10 PM
    soccerplayer88The 460 does not support AMPE with current Nvidia drivers.

    Well, this is a more reasonable response. I stand by my 12 GB comment though.
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    kelemvor4 , September 10, 2010 3:20 PM
    tolhamwhat do mac users need with a 6-core high-end system? do itunes and garage band really hog up that much power?

    No, but apple computers are about status more than what they do. Most people own an apple because it's a trendy status symbol.
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    Stifle , September 10, 2010 3:26 PM
    a mac pro with 2x quadcore xeon with AMD 5870 card and no SSD will cost you over $4000.
    Apple needs to protect its bottom line so it will go after this company just like it did former mac clone start-ups.

    I just built a core i7-930 + GTX250 mac clone for my younger brother for $1250. The equivalent Mac pro was over 4000 if you include an apple display. Such a rip off
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    rolled , September 10, 2010 3:28 PM
    cool
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2010 3:29 PM
    Within the last few years especially there have been many skilled and intelligent techies that have began to run OS X. Just because someone uses a mac doesn't mean they are like your 50 year old relative with a first gen iMac and OS 9 (and clueless).

    With that said, I don't think any person that has been a "mac person" would go for this. To many painful memories of the old Power Mac G5's leaking.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2010 3:34 PM
    lol...gtx 285 for the special adobe driver thingy

    they could use a 5870 though
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