Bright Side of News reports HP has adopted liquid cooling from Asetek for its new Z400 and Z800 series workstations. Liquid cooling is now considered safe enough for doing business, and over the next couple of months we may see the first mainstream gaming PCs with liquid cooling.
According to information we have at hand, newly launched Z series went with liquid cooling because of its orientation towards ultra quiet operation. When HP designed Z series, the idea was to create a workstation machine that combines 16GB of DDR3 memory, 7.5TB of storage and multiple professional graphics cards, either Quadro FX1800 SLI or FX4800.
Z800 series is something that leading game developers such as Tim Sweeney would seriously consider for their next setup: Single or dual Xeon processor, 192GB of DDR3 memory and graphics subsystem up to dual Quadro FX 5800 setup in SLI mode, for a grand total of 8GB of GDDR3 video memory - without liquid cooling, this setup would require at least a dozen fans inside the case.