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VIDEO: Asetek Shows Liquid-Cooled AIO Prototype

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?

  • ubernoobie
    If it leaks, thats gunna be a costly thing to replace
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  • kelemvor4
    awesome sauce!
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  • jsm6746
    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
    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
    kinda cool...
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  • LePhuronn
    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
    Not very bad, what about the cons. . .
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  • cobra5000
    Looks pretty awesome to me, finally an AIO PC with some balls!
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  • Gin Fushicho
    The product looks awesome, but god.. that guy was BORING! I was ready to fall asleep.
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  • requiemsallure
    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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