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.