Wednesday, March 4th 2009

ASUS Marine Cool Motherboard Concept Becomes Official

Following the first news we heard of ASUS' new concept motherboard, they have now released an official press release, including some close-up imagery of the new cooling solution. The odd "backplate" to the rear of the board is in fact a built in UPS (uninterruptible power supply) through the use of a polymer battery. The board also features built in memory to guarantee a successfull boot in the event of installing faulty or incompatible RAM. Then of course is the new cooling solution utilizing a combination of ceramincs and metals which ASUS say doubles the cooling efficiency. The official press release follows.



ASUS Marine Cool Concept Motherboard Utilizes Breakthrough Innovations in Materials-Ceramic and Metal-for Exceptional Cooling

ASUS, the world’s leading producer of motherboards, has unveiled its new Marine Cool concept motherboard. Eschewing traditional materials, this motherboard boasts a revolutionary technology—dubbed the Ceramic-Metal Thermal Module—that utilizes two different materials (ceramics and metals) to double cooling efficiency and thus allow it to work even in the most demanding of usage environments like high humidity and heat. Sporting a color scheme with gun-metal gray and metallic military-green highlights, together with a heatsink styled after a rugged military armored vehicle (symbolizing sturdiness and reliability), the overall design exudes a feeling of military-grade technology and reliability. Additionally, this motherboard features Onboard UPS—a built-in polymer battery for extra backup power and a server-standard Failover Memory design to help sustain system boot-up.

Aerospace-grade Thermal Dissipating Technology
The ASUS Marine Cool motherboard features a unique design that incorporates advanced thermal innovations in the utilization of ceramics and metals. On the front of the motherboard, a metal heatpipe module provides exceptional heat transference and dissipation for core components. Located on the back of the motherboard and set flush with the PCB, the Ceramic Backplate makes full use of a revolutionary micro-porous ceramic technology to provide a larger surface area—helping to effectively convey heat from the motherboard PCB and deliver highly effective heat dissipation. Together, this revolutionary thermal design is able to improve thermal efficiency by up to 2 times!

Onboard UPS for Sustained Power and Protection
The Marine Cool motherboard also features Onboard UPS—a built-in polymer battery that serves as an extra backup power supply that activates when a power failure is detected. This helps to avert damage dealt to onboard components, loss of critical files and data corruption due to inconsistent and fluctuating power caused during unexpected blackouts.

Failover Memory
To provide even further support for operation sustainability, the server-standard Failover Memory design on the Marine Cool motherboard utilizes built-in memory to help continue system boot-up in the event of errors to add-on memory. When the PC is switched on, Failover Memory guarantees that the system will boot, regardless of incompatible or faulty memory.Source: ASUS
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50 Comments on ASUS Marine Cool Motherboard Concept Becomes Official

#2
afw
Awesome looking board :respect::respect::respect::respect: ... but i'm sure the price tag would be way higher than any MOBO in the market :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:
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#6
Nick89
WOA thats beautiful!!!
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#7
REVHEAD
I am predicting another Asus Fail with this concept board.
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#8
legends84
really unique and beautiful.. the heatpipe really strange me out..haha:D.. wonder how its perform..
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#9
VulkanBros
Let´s hope they make them for AMD CPU´s as well
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#10
legends84
by: VulkanBros
Let´s hope they make them for AMD CPU´s as well
yeah. hope asus brings out more looking good boards for AMD also
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#11
crtecha
Wow I would love to see that in a military theme based rig.
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#12
steelkane
everything looks nice,, but the memory slots. wtf is that all about asus. now were going backwards to edo style.
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#13
alexp999
Staff
Dont forget this is a concept board.
I think the only reason for using SO-DIMM is cus they cant physically fit normal DDR3 slots.
Though I would have though using SO-DIMM slots in the same orientation as DDR but having 4 of them would have been better.
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#15
[I.R.A]_FBi
this board looks cooler than the other side of the pillow but so-dimms aint that server memeory?
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#17
D4S4
still, looks=FAIL
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#19
ShadowFold
Why 775? It's sorta dead. 1366 or AM3 would've made more sense.
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#20
to6ko91
and they still keep the so-dimm in the official release :confused:
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#21
ShadowFold
I'm sure they wont effect performance at all. I still don't get why they did that. If it was for cooler clearance then they would've shortened the nb/mosfet cooling...
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#22
VulkanBros
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
this board looks cooler than the other side of the pillow but so-dimms aint that server memeory?
SO-DIMMS are typically used in notebooks
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#23
lemonadesoda
Perhaps SO-DIMM DDR3 in dual channel is faster than DDR2? No sure on that one... but perhaps there is very little performance difference, and the SO-DIMM is lower power and "kindacool".
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#24
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Considering that this has a built in battery the SO-DIMMs make sense. They typically use a lot less power than desktop DDR2 sticks.

This board seems more aimed towards reliability and power saving(to make the back-up battery woth something). I wouldn't think a batter that small would keep the computer running for any worthwhile amount of time unless extreme power savings were put into place.
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#25
VulkanBros
by: newtekie1
Considering that this has a built in battery the SO-DIMMs make sense. They typically use a lot less power than desktop DDR2 sticks.

This board seems more aimed towards reliability and power saving(to make the back-up battery woth something). I wouldn't think a batter that small would keep the computer running for any worthwhile amount of time unless extreme power savings were put into place.
You maybe right on that...but it don´t make sense, does it? It seems like a "high performance"
board by the looks of the cooling solution for VRM, North and South bridge
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