Asetek Adds Might To All-In-One PC Prototype With Liquid Cooling

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Asetek and liquid cooling solutions go hand-in-hand; the company has been in the business of keeping gaming rigs cool for years now, and they're one of the most respected names in the sector. So what's the big fuss here? Well, Asetek has really gone above and beyond with this one: a new all-in-one liquid cooled prototype machine that's far, far more powerful than any other AIO we have seen in the past.


To date, there aren't any pre-fabricated all-in-one PCs that utilize liquid cooling and high-end components. It's definitely a niche, and we suspect that has kept companies from entering this market full-on. But Asetek sees an opportunity here, and now that we really think about it, we sort of do as well. All-in-one PCs are being held back; as of now, they're really only good for basic desktop/office chores and the occasional movie. But can't they do more?


If you ask Asetek, the answer is yes. Their latest prototype has the same profile as Apple's heralded iMac, being just 58mm thick. It's capable of handling a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPU, which adds up to a total TDP output of more than 200 watts. That's far more power than you'll find in any shipping AIO today, but rather than relying on a thick case and lots of fans, Asetek has integrated a liquid cooling solution to keep things chilled. We can't be certain that this concept will ever make it to production, but we love the idea and certainly hope it does. Have a look at this video if you still can't find a way to get excited about this.
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Hiding the daul radiator in the stand is a great idea! I can't even fit one into my Storm Scout. Interested to see how well this loop cools the tightly packed components

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You'd think they would pick a more expressive puppet for this video. He's more obviously Teleprompted than Obama, with a vocabulary that seems to consist of 50% "cutting edge" and 50% "everything else."

Anyway, I agree with lifeskills, the stand is a neat solution. Looks ugly though, which begs this question: if you're going to build a prototype from scratch, why accomodate a traditional radiator? Why not have the liquid run through a heatsink-shrouded pipe on the outer edge of the case, and then have a huge (meaning, slow and quiet) fan suck air in from the back and exhaust it out the sides? The added benefit of this is that you'd also be running more cold air over the CPU and GPU, not to mention the chipset and RAM and everything else.

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Or have two single radiators, one placed before the cpu and one before the gpu in the loop. This way whichever is second in the loop will not get hot water. I thought about doing this in the Storm Scout, but was not sure if there were any advantages, or if it would require any extra pump power. I ended up going with the Corsair H50.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Jul 3 2010 8:42 PM

Personally I think the way they're doing it is cool. I don't think other solutions would work because well, there is no way to dissapate the heat fast enough. The radiatior has thins small enough for fans to dissapate the heat quickly and depending on the air flow of the fans, it can keep a radiator cool and efficient, this is definately the reason why gamers rely on water cooling, because the fans can take the heat out of the radiator fast enough to remove all of the heat in the water that's coming into the radiator, therefore keeping the system cool.

I think this will be interesting for many reasons, who knows what you could do with a liquid cooled all-in-one PC. Maybe somebody could put gaming components in and turn it into an all-in-one gaming PC.

 

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realneil replied on Sun, Jul 4 2010 10:13 AM

This is a good idea. Although the comment about one part of the system getting hot water is true, It's flow rate is probably enough to keep everything within proper operating temps.

Maybe a Radeon graphics solution would produce less heat than what they're using now.

I guess it doesn't matter, what they've built works just fine the way it is.

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I was perusing the Asetek website just the other day. I was looking at water coolers and I was very surprised to see that they do alot of work with the animation studios and the workstation rigs! Good to see they are building a solid reputation!

I guess the only commercial one we are able to get is the H50 Corsair, which seem to be pretty reliable. Gonna be a must when I get that CPU upgraydde :P

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Asetek manufactures the H50 unit for Corsair. The LCLC (Low Cost Liquid Cooling) by Asetek is supposed to be only available to resellers and not the general public, but they're for sale here and there on the web. They have the same design and guts as the Corsair H50 and sell for less. My CyberPower PC came with one of them. It works really well.

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well that is cool literally.

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