QUO MAXQ2 Tower Is A Potent, Cheap Mac Pro Clone

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As far as big names go, Asetek is a fairly large name in the cooling solution industry. The company has loads of water and fan-based cooling solutions for pretty much anything within a PC, and their latest project is quite possibly the most interesting PC we've seen in some time. Origin's 'Big O' rivals that, but we digress.

Asetek's cooling solution is really only half of the story with QUO's new MAXQ2 computer. It's a new tower that promises to offer something that no HP, Lenovo or Dell will ever offer: true OS X support. We have seen Mac clones in the past, but usually Apple shuts them down before they have time to get any hardware out of the door. QUO claims that their new machine was created to run Mac OS X, Windows 7 and Linux natively, and the Core i7 CPU within is certainly capable to handling all three operating systems.

Exact specifications include: Intel Core i7 6 Core 3.6Ghz CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD, a 1TB HD, and an NVIDIA 285 GTX. There's also an Asetek 550LC features an integrated pump and copper cold plate connected to a 120mm heat exchanger. The maxQ2 will be available with Asetek liquid cooling for $3,765 on September 15, but we'll be interested to see how many they actually ship. Surely Apple won't be too pleased with this cost-effective Mac Pro substitute.

QUO Computer Selects Asetek 550LC Performance Liquid CPU Cooler for New maxQ2 (squared) PC
Asetek Liquid Cooling Quiets the Powerful maxQ2 Computer which Runs Mac OS X™, Linux™, and Windows 7™ Natively

Asetek, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of liquid cooling systems for computers, announced today that its liquid cooling solutions have been chosen by QUO Computer for their latest generation of high performance, maxQ2 custom computers. QUO was created by Apple™ enthusiasts that breathe and bleed Mac OS X™. What sets QUO Computer apart is that their systems enable the user to run Mac OS X™, Linux™, and Windows 7™ natively. The maxQ2 is based on Intel’s Core i7 processor and easily handles the most demanding audio and video editing applications.

Quo Computer maxQ"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 new QUO 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. In addition to the maxQ2, which includes Asetek liquid cooling as a standard feature, QUO will also offer an Asetek liquid cooling option in their lifeQ, proQ, maxQ, serverQ, and audioQ computer systems. For ordering information, see or call 1.888.QUO.0880.
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Inspector replied on Fri, Sep 10 2010 2:03 PM

So will or can Apple do anything about this? Its not only meant for mac os so they can't do anything right?

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The Pro's are all using PC components, so I dont see what the big deal is?

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CyberPower 800 PSU
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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 10 2010 11:42 PM

Apple will sh*t a brick for sure. The OS-X user agreement states that you HAVE to install it on GENUINE Apple hardware only. They already shut down the Psystar Corporation idiots for doing the same thing.

These guys will probably not actually install the OS on the computers to try to escape the Apple peelers.

It will work, if you want to do it yourself.

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a750gixr replied on Sat, Sep 11 2010 8:08 AM

If they don't install Apple OSX on their machines then apple really can't say too much. It'll be an oh crap moment for apple though if they can't cry about it to the law dogs.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Sep 11 2010 9:03 PM

It's so rare that you see a $3765 PC referred to as a "cost effective substitute".

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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