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ASRock Announces Intel 9 Series Super Alloy Motherboards

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What's up with the recent trend of big-pieces-of-metal-as-heatsinks? A boring looking fin array would have much more surface area to dissipate heat. For the money wasted on the designing them and anodizing you could probably used some nice Enzotech instead.
 
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What's up with the recent trend of big-pieces-of-metal-as-heatsinks? A boring looking fin array would have much more surface area to dissipate heat. For the money wasted on the designing them and anodizing you could probably used some nice Enzotech instead.
you are right, heatsinks used to be functional, now they are mostly aesthetics.

I suppose its because there are less heat generated and they are using better components now so it doesn't really matter anymore?
 
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