There was reason Asus dropped "thermal armor" on previous models (after original Sabertooth). That was heat.... It actually makes mobo run hotter. Now this model is funny... Little fan to fix the heat problem :/ I wouldn't want that. Now if Asus comes up with idea to actually seal part of mobo area under 'armor' that actually touches all components, conducts heat, and really blocks dust - it would be a winner.