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July 7, 2010

Asetek's liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop computer prototype offers all the performance be...

Asetek's liquid-cooled all-in-one desktop computer prototype offers all the performance benefits of the best performing desktop systems in a space-saving form factor

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Thermal management innovator Asetek has created a 24 inch liquid-cooled all-in-one computer powered by a high-end Intel Core processor, with graphics support from NVIDIA. The near-silent operation AIO prototype offers all the performance benefits of the best performing desktop systems in a space-saving 2.28 inch thick form factor.

Gamers and power users will already be very familiar with Asetek liquid cooling solutions for computer processors and graphics units, but since 2006 the company's thermal management innovations have found their way into products from Dell, Acer, HP and others. The latest innovation showcases desktop-level performance in a liquid-cooled all-in-one computer.

Featuring a 24 inch LED backlit display, the prototype AIO all-in-one contains a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-920 desktop processor and NVIDIA GTX280M graphics card. Cold plates capture the heat generated by the 130W chip and 75W GPU, and the liquid transports it to the computer's stand, where it can conveniently be exhausted from the system. A small high performance radiator and a pair of low noise fans housed within the stand take away the heat from the liquid before it is returned to the main enclosure by an Asetek pump to start the process over again.

Detail of the liquid-cooling system within the AIO prototype, showing the CPU and GPU cold...

Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek said: “This all-in-one prototype demonstrates one way that liquid cooling overcomes the thermal challenges that arise when squeezing high performance into thin form factors."

The following demonstration shows the prototype in action:

While it's highly unlikely that Asetek will commercialize the system itself, the company's Zack Fanning told Gizmag: "Right now it's just a prototype, but hopefully the manufacturers will see what Asetek can bring to the table." So, maybe we'll start to see a few low cost all-in-one performance gaming machines appear in the not-too-distant future.

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Paul Ridden While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.   All articles by Paul Ridden
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Awesome! I'm gonna get the hose out of my backyard now and hook it up to my mac. Just plug it in the Firewire 800 port yeah? It's gonna be sweeeet!

Wait... they didn't say if I can use tap water or have to purchase distilled water... ARG!

JISH!
7th July, 2010 @ 10:08 am PDT
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