In trying to play catch-up with Apple, Asetek recently showed off a new kind of all-in-one prototype. Guaranteeing “true desktop performance” in an all-in-one form factor, the two-inch thick Asetek prototype uses a desktop Core i7-920 quad-core CPU running at 2.66GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPU. The catch? It’s all liquid-cooled.
Asetek’s engineer, who narrates a video the company posted to YouTube, takes great pains to point out the prototype’s sleek design, comparing it directly to the market-leading Apple iMac. It’s true, too; Asetek is clearly aping the Cupertino-based company. To achieve their quiet noise levels, however, Asetek went a completely different route.
Into the vertical part of the stand in the rear of the machine is a custom-designed water pump and radiator setup. The pump and radiator work in concert to cool the CPU and mobile graphics chip without the need for several fans and radiators – instead both can be cooled with just one of each. Apple’s iMacs are noted for being both quiet and (finally, in the most recent iteration) powerful, so it’s ncie to see another competitor step it up a notch.
Asetek has no current plans to put the prototype into production; they’re not really one to market whole systems under their own branding. Instead, they’ll be shopping it around to names consumers are already familiar with, like Dell, and even smaller, boutique PC companies such as iBUYPOWER and AVADirect. Once a company or two puts in orders, then Asetek might put it into production, with the final result being sold under someone else’s brand name.