Thursday, February 26th 2009

ASUS Shines with New Marine Cool Motherboard Concept

This year ASUS will try to leave the competition far behind, by introducing a brand new motherboard concept, the Marine Cool series. The Marine Cool series design goes far ahead from current Republic of Gamers (R.O.G.) mainboard products. For starters, the new motherboard has a new back plate that utilizes "micro-porous ceramic" technology and spreads across the whole PCB. The heat-pipe system that cools the motherboard's main components is also different, compared to current shipping products. Although the cooling technology remains the same, the whole look of the system reminds of a robot armour. Finally, it looks that ASUS engineers have decided to use SO-DIMM modules to cope with current Core 2 processors (if I'm right that appears to be LGA775 socket). I know it sounds a bit crazy, but pictures don't lie. Have a look and write what you think. The ASUS Marine Cool prototype will make first appearance during this year's CeBIT 2009 in Hannover, Germany.

Source: AnandTech
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89 Comments on ASUS Shines with New Marine Cool Motherboard Concept

#1
D4S4
looks of that board=FAIL (IMHO) :wtf:
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#2
Haytch
That looks classy. I would really like to see this board thrashed via benchmarks.
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#3
donmarkoni
MB looks awesome! But why SO-DIMMs??? How should we cool it??? They are so small, so little surface, and so close to each other to mount heatsinks on it!
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#4
h3llb3nd4
ASUS, Make new boards with this tech already!!
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#6
MopeyMartian
How much power could that battery possibly provide in an outage!?!?!?! :confused:

I still don't understand the SO-DIMMs, even after reading that little sticker.
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Mike0409
I don't understand the SO-DIMM's either. It doesn't make sense even with that sticker.

How much power that battery holds, I've no idea...But I doubt they could throw even 10minutes of juice on a high end system.

And what the hell is the cost of this board going to be? I dont need a battery I have a UPS, I don't need 2 and I prefer standard DIMM's to SO. I don't see this concept going very far.
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#8
mlee49
So this board could have potential. The apparent choice to use different memory is surprising, but not so much if it's DDR3. Do we have any other specs on this board? Chipset? Mem support? Not much to go off of now.

My question is why is Asus using a crazy "technology inspired" backplate to help dissipate the heat when the real engineering breakthrough would be to include passive heat distribution within the PCB. Thats one to think about!
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#9
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
I think the whole backplate IS the battery and heatsink.
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#10
Mike0409
Yeah that Backplate is the battery/heatsink but if you look at the plate it also has Sata connectors on it as well..at least it looks like SATA connectors..
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#11
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
I think there is a motherboard on that backplate. I don't think it comes off.
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#12
MopeyMartian
Is this going to be strictly for military applications??? Like, a full sized ATX board that has to fit in a Humvee or UAV trailer? Then it would make more sense. Easy to replace, low wattage parts for a 24/7 client.
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DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
MopeyMartian said:
Is this going to be strictly for military applications??? Like, a full sized ATX board that has to fit in a Humvee or UAV trailer? Then it would make more sense. Easy to replace, low wattage parts for a 24/7 client.
Its for us consumers. It just has pictures of humvee's and dog tags because its a marine board :laugh:
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#14
CyberDruid
SO-DIMMs....that's all can think when I read this thread..that and STFU to sir Spam-a-lot....

There has got to be a good reason for that. Maybe some SO-DIMMs are coming out that will be uber.
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