NEC Water-Cooled Desktop PC Launch Event

The PowerMate DL T8000 w

The PowerMate DL T8000 w

Being the first major PC manufacturer to tout a consumer water-cooled desktop PC, NEC is naturally optimistic of the PowerMate DL T8000 w. Designed in its entirely in Japan, the water-cooling unit in the PowerMate DL T8000 w fits snugly into the system without all the messy piping that DIY users have to contend with. However, the main points NEC wanted to drive through was a high-performance, maintenance free system that operates with a whisper. That's right, the PowerMate DL T8000 w is almost inaudible with a noise level of 30 dBA or less (though of course, noise levels may vary under different loads).

Besides shrinking radiator cooling technology into a consumer desktop, NEC is also determined to deliver a PC with superior entertainment and performance features. As standard features, the PowerMate DL T8000 w comes with two 250GB SATA HDDs in RAID 0 mode, TV Tuner with time shift functions, Bose Companion 3 speaker system and a very nice set of card slots in the front that doesn't only read SD/MS/xD memory cards, but also works with PCMCIA and the new Express Card standard.

The PowerMate DL T8000 w will be available by the end of September and comes with a three-year standard warranty, though users can opt for an extended warranty program up to five years.

The only water-cooled model at the moment to arrive from NEC is the PowerMate DL T8000 w.

The water-cooled PowerMate DL T8000 w has a custom designed interior, motherboard and risers to ensure proper space and airflow management. An extended compartment had to be made to accommodate the radiator unit though.

Custom modding was done to our display set, but we were told that the UV lights aren't part of the bundle.

A friendly NEC staff showing us where the CPU was located in their proprietary setup; it's hidden behind the storage racks. Nifty!

Besides your standard connectivity slots and memory card readers, the PowerMate DL T8000 w also features the latest Express Card type slot.

A good set of Bose speakers compliment the PowerMate DL T8000 w. Check out the round volume control - it's touch sensitive. Too bad there wasn't a 5.1 speaker system though.