boston asetek Boston teams up with Asetek to deliver water cooled workstation

It's fairly likely that you've never heard of Boston Ltd, a UK distributor and white box server and workstation manufacturer. The company has teamed up with Danish Asetek to deliver a fully water cooled workstation using Asetek's famous water cooling solutions with four Nvidia cards and two brand spanking new Intel Xeon E5 processors.

It's fairly likely that you've never heard of Boston Ltd, a UK distributor and white box server and workstation manufacturer. The company has teamed up with Danish Asetek to deliver a fully water cooled workstation using Asetek's famous water cooling solutions with four Nvidia cards and two brand spanking new Intel Xeon E5 processors.

Although the system is built using fairly standard components such as a chassis and motherboard from Supermicro, the unit on display at CeBIT was a late stage prototype. When Asetek announced it was moving into the OEM server and workstation market there were some questions as to why the company had moved away from its fairly rigid water hoses in favour for something that looked a lot more traditional and now we know the reason why.

As you can see in the picture above, the Boston system is using soft, black rubber hoses between the graphics cards and the radiators and this is what makes this a prototype system. Before final retail systems will ship, Boston will send its specs to Asetek who will then custom make cooling solutions to fit Boston's requirements for hose length using the regular rigid hoses that you get in the consumer water cooling solutions based on Asetek's products. As such you'll get a near perfect fit in the server or workstation without extra bits of hosing having to be tied up or positioned to fit properly.

boston asetek Boston teams up with Asetek to deliver water cooled workstation

Also note the unusual position of the radiators for the CPUs, as they're placed just above the pumps. Again, this was done to reduce clutter and hose lengths, as the cooling requirements are quite different inside a server or workstation that in your average PC, as you always have much improved airflow inside a server or workstation. We were told that the fans will change on the final production setup as well and the overall noise level of the water cooling setup of this workstation should end up at around 30dB.

Boston will guarantee the water cooling for up to seven years, but after that Asetek is expecting that the pumps could start to fail. That said, very few companies keep their servers or workstations for that long, so it's unlikely to cause any problems. We've got another couple of interesting server cooling solutions coming up that are unlikely anything we've ever seen before, although neither is very likely to ever enter the consumer market space.