updated 05:50 pm EDT, Wed September 8, 2010
Quo maxQ2 keeps Mac clones alive
After some silence, Mac clone producer Quo Computer today revealed plans for a high-end workstation to take on the Mac Pro. The maxQ2 tower will use a Core i7 overclocked to 3.6GHz through the use of an officially endorsed Asetek 550LC liquid cooling system. Most other parts are high-end and chosen to work smoothly in Mac OS X, such as the stock GeForce GTX 285 as well as 12GB of RAM, a 240GB solid-state drive for a boot disk and a 1TB secondary hard drive.
As with its earliest projects, Quo's new PC is hacked to run Mac OS X and also boots both Linux and Windows. The maxQ2 is due to go on sale September 15 for a high base price of $3,765. Asetek's cooling will also be available in Quo's other Mac clones.
Quo was created last year in part to seize on the attention drawn to unsanctioned Mac clones. It has always operated on an uncertain footing, however, as the high-profile cloner Psystar was forced to stop sales after Apple successfully persuaded a court that the Florida outfit was violating its copyright and licensing by selling Mac OS X against the terms of the end-user agreement. Psystar had tried to argue that Apple had an unfair monopoly over its own systems, but the argument was dismissed as invalid, partly because customers were free to choose a Windows PC instead. Apple hasn't pursued Quo so far, but hasn't explained why.
It's not clear whether Asetek was aware of the risk to Quo when signing on for the maxQ2.