News Maingear Crams Mini-ITX, Full-size GPU into 34" AIO PC



The concept of all-in-one desktop personal computers was invented to save space and simplify design of PCs. While there are a lot of traditional AIO desktops available today, leading PC makers began to address performance-demanding market segments with specially-designed models several years ago. At the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, boutique PC maker MAINGEAR introduced the world’s first AIO desktop featuring top-of-the-range gaming or even server components.

The MAINGEAR Alpha 34 is a giant all-in-one desktop with 34” curved display with 3840×1440 resolution. Unlike the vast majority of AIO PCs, the Alpha 34 is powered by industry-standard mini-ITX motherboards — the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact or the ASRock X99E-ITX for high-end configurations (Intel H110-based mainboard is available as an option for lower-cost configurations). The system can use various microprocessors in LGA1151 or LGA2011 form-factors, including Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or Intel Xeon with up to 18 cores and up to 45MB of cache. The AIO desktop uses the company’s own closed-loop liquid cooler in order to ensure stability of desktop and server microprocessors.

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9900/...inone-pc-with-18core-xeon-geforce-gtx-titan-x
 

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34" is a lot of space for a m-itx AIO... Without layout images though, it's hard to tell what limitations they had
 

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It still looks relatively thin. I am thinking the two vents on the back are over the motherboard and GPU with a long flexible PCI-e riser reaching behind the GPU to keep the fan pointed out...not unlike the !nverse.



I'd be interested to find out what their PSU solution was, though.
 

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Watching CES 2016 coverage, we noted a rather interesting trend - 34" Curved screen AIO systems. Quite a few of them - there have been 3 launched so far, and it's only the first day of the event!

All in ones have always been on the borderline of decent setups - they're never really been upgradeable. This looks to be changing though, as 3 major pre-built system manufacturers have launched new AIO products.

Read more here. Thanks to MiniModder for the tips!
 

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Hmm...I wonder if that's the same 40mm Asetek rad the Corsair H5 SF uses
 

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All in ones have always been on the borderline of decent setups - they're never really been upgradeable. This looks to be changing though, as 3 major pre-built system manufacturers have launched new AIO products.
Frankly, I consider that a failure of the thin mini-ITX market than the AIOs, there's just not many boards out there, and many of them are OEM only, and due to the specifications, I have only seen one with an x16 PCIe slot. I have seen a few (OEM only) boards with MXM, but those are few and far between, and it's still hard to find an MXM GPU and even harder to not suffer a severe markup.

These AIOs we are seeing that take larger stuff are all well and good, but I think they might be a bit too chunky by necessity.
 
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And it seems to be 150mm long, too, so I suspect they're using the FSP500-50FSPT, which is the only sensible choice if you want to power high-end components with FlexATX.