• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Green PCB

Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
Does anyone have any industry connections here to encourage bringing green pcbs back to the ATX/PC gaming world? Green and black especially. I even gimped myself by getting a Gigabyte low end board with a doodoo brown PCB (the Gaming X and UD models both have it) just to avoid the tackiness. In Intel land, even Supermicro's consumer boards look terrible. Don't they realize their server boards are better looking? This crap isn't even cool to kids either. Console gamers laugh at the aesthetics of PCs. Who the hell is it for?
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jan 8, 2020
Messages
737 (1.60/day)
Location
Maryland, USA
Processor Ryzen 5 2600
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Cooling CPU: bequiet! Dark Rock 4. Case fans: 2x bequiet Silent Wings 3 140s, 2x Silent Wings 3 120s
Memory 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 C15
Video Card(s) Sapphire NITRO+ RX 5700 XT
Storage 500 GB Samsung 860 Evo, 1 TB WD Blue 3D M.2, 1 TB Inland Professional
Display(s) MSI Optix MAG271CQR 1440p 144Hz, MSI Optix MAG241C 1080p 144Hz
Case Fractal Design Meshify C Black
Audio Device(s) Philips SHP9500 + V-Moda BoomPro
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 80+ Gold 750W
Mouse Razer Mamba Wireless
Keyboard CoolerMaster Masterkeys Pro S - Cherry MX Browns
I don't see normal green PCBs coming back anytime soon. With the prevalence of tempered glass cases, building your own PC is very much about aesthetics these days. While you might prefer the standard green PCB of old, motherboard manufacturers probably figure they can appeal to a wider audience with a neutral colored PCB and then implementing RGB to allow the consumer to choose whatever color scheme they want.
 
Joined
Oct 17, 2012
Messages
9,690 (3.13/day)
Location
Massachusetts
System Name Americas cure is the death of Social Justice & Political Correctness
Processor i5 8600k
Motherboard Asrock Z370 Extreme 4
Cooling Corsair H-110i GTX
Memory 2x 4Gb Crucial Sport LT
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 980 Gaming
Storage Samsung 850 evo 250Gb
Display(s) Dell Ultra Sharp Widescreen 24" 1200P
Case Fractal Design Meshify-C
Power Supply Seasonic Focus+ 750 Gold
Mouse Logitech G502 spectrum
Keyboard AZIO MGK-1 RGB (Kaith Blue)
Software Win 10 Professional 64 bit
id bet a dollar, you could lay a sheet of green on top of a motherboard, with some double sided tape, or spray glue, etc. to get the aesthetic look of a Green PCB. my wife is big in to crafts, & she puts designs on all kinds of crap, mugs, plates, ornaments, etc. it would take some time cutting out the pertinent parts, but it could be done. might be a cool side project.

personally i got enough green PCB from the years of Pre custom PC era, but i can appreciate the interest.
 
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
I don't see normal green PCBs coming back anytime soon. With the prevalence of tempered glass cases, building your own PC is very much about aesthetics these days. While you might prefer the standard green PCB of old, motherboard manufacturers probably figure they can appeal to a wider audience with a neutral colored PCB and then implementing RGB to allow the consumer to choose whatever color scheme they want.
That's the thing though. It's not even a good aesthetic. The Matrix already sealed the deal on what are cool computer aesthetics.

I'm glad Beige is gone though. Back in the day, the only cool cases were from UNIX guys.
 
Joined
Sep 11, 2015
Messages
624 (0.31/day)
Just do all black with a few green LEDs if you want it to look like the Matrix. All black is the best anyway and it's really easy to do these days.
 
Joined
Jul 25, 2006
Messages
8,388 (1.56/day)
Location
Nebraska, USA
System Name Brightworks Systems BWS-6 E-IV
Processor Intel Core i5-6600 @ 3.9GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 Rev 1.0
Cooling Quality case, 2 x Fractal Design 140mm fans, stock CPU HSF
Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 Corsair Vengeance
Video Card(s) EVGA GEForce GTX 1050Ti 4Gb GDDR5
Storage Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SSD
Display(s) Samsung S24E650BW LED x 2
Case Fractal Design Define R4
Power Supply EVGA Supernova 550W G2 Gold
Mouse Microsoft Wireless 5000
Keyboard Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5050
Software W10 Pro 64-bit
lay a sheet of green
Lay a sheet of green what? Frankly, that sounds like a very bad idea to me. How would you accommodate all the cable connections, RAM, etc.? But more importantly, PC electronics is not designed to be covered by a blanket. It needs to breathe.

I actually like today's black/dark gray boards. It makes everything on the board stand out better. If aesthetics are that important, everything goes with black.

The green boards are so 30 - 40 years ago. I think they should stay away.
 
Joined
Jan 8, 2020
Messages
737 (1.60/day)
Location
Maryland, USA
Processor Ryzen 5 2600
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Cooling CPU: bequiet! Dark Rock 4. Case fans: 2x bequiet Silent Wings 3 140s, 2x Silent Wings 3 120s
Memory 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 C15
Video Card(s) Sapphire NITRO+ RX 5700 XT
Storage 500 GB Samsung 860 Evo, 1 TB WD Blue 3D M.2, 1 TB Inland Professional
Display(s) MSI Optix MAG271CQR 1440p 144Hz, MSI Optix MAG241C 1080p 144Hz
Case Fractal Design Meshify C Black
Audio Device(s) Philips SHP9500 + V-Moda BoomPro
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 80+ Gold 750W
Mouse Razer Mamba Wireless
Keyboard CoolerMaster Masterkeys Pro S - Cherry MX Browns
That's the thing though. It's not even a good aesthetic. The Matrix already sealed the deal on what are cool computer aesthetics.
That's your personal preference/opinion and you're entitled to it, but not everybody prefers the same thing. Again, I think manufacturers are thinking primarily about what will get customers to buy their products - the ability to choose whatever color scheme they wish means they aren't losing buyers because they don't like the look of a product

Just do all black with a few green LEDs if you want it to look like the Matrix. All black is the best anyway and it's really easy to do these days.
Or just blackout the inside and do one of those TG side panel LCD mods and have the matrix code coming down all the time
 
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
That's your personal preference/opinion and you're entitled to it, but not everybody prefers the same thing.
That's the problem. I don't have the choice at all.
 

hat

Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
21,414 (4.07/day)
Location
Ohio
System Name Starlifter :: Dragonfly
Processor i7 2600k 4.4GHz :: Athlon II x4 630 3.5GHz
Motherboard ASUS P8P67 Pro :: GIgabyte GA-770T-USB3
Cooling Corsair H70 :: Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Memory 2x4GB DDR3 1866 :: 2x1GB DDR3 1333
Video Card(s) 2x PNY GTX1070 :: none
Storage Plextor M5s 128GB, WDC Black 500GB :: Mushkin Enhanced 60GB SSD, WD RE3 1TB
Display(s) Acer P216HL HDMI :: None
Case Antec SOHO 1030B :: Old White Full Tower
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro - iLive IT153B Soundbar (optical) :: None
Power Supply FSP Hydro GE 550w :: something
Software Windows 10 Pro - Plex Server on Dragonfly
Benchmark Scores >9000
I once had green RAM, in a red motherboard, with a purple graphics card.
 
Joined
Sep 19, 2020
Messages
263 (1.28/day)
System Name The Big Burrito
Processor R7 5800x
Motherboard MSI B550 Unify
Cooling Noctua NH-D15 Chromax
Memory 64GB 3600Mhz C18
Video Card(s) RX 6800
Storage SSDs and spinning rust
Display(s) 32" 165Hz 1440p
Case Phanteks P600s
Audio Device(s) Schiit DAC, various amps and headphones
Power Supply Seasonic 850w TX-Prime
Mouse Razer stupid RGB wireless
Keyboard Corsair K70 Lux - MX Blue Clickity-Click
:D


1614400934414.png
 
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
11,775 (2.87/day)
Location
Oregon
System Name Juliette // HTPC
Processor Intel i7 9700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard ASUS Prime Z390X-A // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Noctua NH-U12 Black // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3600 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC ULTRA GAMING// EVGA GTX 1050 ti
Storage Samsung 970 EVO NVMe 1Tb, Intel 665p Series M.2 2280 1TB // Samsung 1Tb SSD
Display(s) ASUS VP348QGL 34" Quad HD 3440 x 1440 // 55" LG 4K SK8000 Series
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 // HDMI to Samsung HW-R650 sound bar
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Cooler Master MM710 53G
Keyboard Logitech 920-009300 G512 SE
Software Windows 10 Pro // Windows 10 Pro
Joined
May 30, 2018
Messages
1,400 (1.33/day)
Location
Cusp Of Mania, FL
Processor Ryzen 9 3900X
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix X370-F
Cooling Dark Rock 4
Memory 2x8GB TridentZ RGB [3600Mhz CL16]
Video Card(s) Asus ROG Strix RTX 2060 OC
Storage 970 EVO 500GB nvme, 860 EVO 250GB SATA, Seagate Barracuda 1TB + 4TB HDDs
Display(s) 27" MSI G27C4 FHD 165hz
Case NZXT H710
Audio Device(s) Modi Multibit, Vali 2, Shortest Way 51+ - LSR 305's, Focal Clear, HD6xx, HE5xx, LCD-2 Classic
Power Supply Corsair RM650x v2
Mouse iunno whatever cheap crap logitech *clutches Xbox 360 controller security blanket*
Keyboard HyperX Alloy Pro
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores ask your mother
I once had green RAM, in a red motherboard, with a purple graphics card.
Purple. Purple's the one I want.

Real talk though. If we're going to bring any old stuff back, can we also get more cold cathode tubes?
 
Joined
Jul 31, 2014
Messages
124 (0.05/day)
System Name Crappy POS
Processor Ryzen 3600
Motherboard MSI B450M Mortar Ti
Cooling Deepcool Gammaxx GTE
Memory Micron 32GB DDR4-3200 E-die @ 3600C16
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2060 Super Armor OC
Storage HP EX920 1TB, SX8200 Pro 2TB, Micron 1100 2TB, Crucial M550 1TB, Maxtor Z1 1TB
Display(s) Acer XB271HU @ 150Hz
Audio Device(s) JBL LSR305 + Topping D10
Power Supply Seasonic Focus+ 850W
I can't even get a board without RGB

I don't even mind it if they be disabled permanently.

The offenders are those that turns themselves on the moment I uninstall the RGB control crapware like in the case of my GPU.
 
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
I don't even mind it if they be disabled permanently.

The offenders are those that turns themselves on the moment I uninstall the RGB control crapware like in the case of my GPU.
I hate this about my mouse (Corsair). It's the only RGB equipment I have (got it because the wireless has relatively good performance even for games). I have to install iCue just to turn it off.. and even then, the RGB comes back anytime the computer goes to sleep. Not even resetting iCue fixes it. Only a reboot works. Not to mention iCue is a bloated, slow piece of software to begin with.
 
Joined
Jan 17, 2010
Messages
11,775 (2.87/day)
Location
Oregon
System Name Juliette // HTPC
Processor Intel i7 9700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard ASUS Prime Z390X-A // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Noctua NH-U12 Black // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3600 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC ULTRA GAMING// EVGA GTX 1050 ti
Storage Samsung 970 EVO NVMe 1Tb, Intel 665p Series M.2 2280 1TB // Samsung 1Tb SSD
Display(s) ASUS VP348QGL 34" Quad HD 3440 x 1440 // 55" LG 4K SK8000 Series
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 // HDMI to Samsung HW-R650 sound bar
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Cooler Master MM710 53G
Keyboard Logitech 920-009300 G512 SE
Software Windows 10 Pro // Windows 10 Pro
I hate this about my mouse (Corsair). It's the only RGB equipment I have (got it because the wireless has relatively good performance even for games). I have to install iCue just to turn it off.. and even then, the RGB comes back anytime the computer goes to sleep. Not even resetting iCue fixes it. Only a reboot works. Not to mention iCue is a bloated, slow piece of software to begin with.
Take it apart and fix it
 
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
Take it apart and fix it
I would, but I don't trust myself with this kind of assembly. No screws to be found. All snapped in with very seamless grooves.
 
Joined
Nov 11, 2004
Messages
7,857 (1.31/day)
Location
Formosa
System Name Overlord Mk MXVI
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master
Cooling Corsair H115i Pro
Memory 32GB Viper Steel 3600 DDR4 @ 3800MHz 16-19-16-19-36
Video Card(s) Gigabyte RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G
Storage 1TB WD Black NVMe (2018), 2TB Viper VPN100, 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND
Display(s) Asus PG27AQ
Case Corsair Carbide 275Q
Audio Device(s) Corsair Virtuoso SE
Power Supply Corsair RM750
Mouse Logitech G502 Lightspeed
Keyboard Wooting Two
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores https://valid.x86.fr/33u9si
I hate this about my mouse (Corsair). It's the only RGB equipment I have (got it because the wireless has relatively good performance even for games). I have to install iCue just to turn it off.. and even then, the RGB comes back anytime the computer goes to sleep. Not even resetting iCue fixes it. Only a reboot works. Not to mention iCue is a bloated, slow piece of software to begin with.
You're lucky, my Logitech mouse turns on the G logo by itself when I play certain games and the software is telling me that I have no control over it, as certain games are allowed to control the LEDs in my mouse. WTF?!

But green PCBs, no thanks.
 
Joined
Jul 29, 2016
Messages
22 (0.01/day)
I would, but I don't trust myself with this kind of assembly. No screws to be found. All snapped in with very seamless grooves.

You're lucky, my Logitech mouse turns on the G logo by itself when I play certain games and the software is telling me that I have no control over it, as certain games are allowed to control the LEDs in my mouse. WTF?!

But green PCBs, no thanks.

My Glorious Model O- does something equally funny, whenever I turn my fluorescent lights in the bathroom and they shine across the room on the mouse, the mouse lights up despite the PC being turned off (Yes I know about USB power options in the BIOS :p)
 
Joined
Oct 1, 2014
Messages
1,105 (0.46/day)
Location
Modesto, California
System Name The Captain (2.0)
Processor Ryzen 5 3600
Motherboard ASRock B550 PG Velocita
Cooling CPU: DeepCool GAMMAXX GT; Case: 5x 120mm fans (front, top, rear)
Memory 16 GB (3200Mhz) G.Skill Trident Z Royal (Silver)
Video Card(s) MSI Gaming X GTX 1660 Super
Storage 1x Crucial MX500 500GB SSD; 1x Crucial MX500 500GB M.2 SSD; 1x WD Blue 7200 RPM HDD
Display(s) Aorus CV27F 27" 1080p 165Hz
Case Phanteks Eclipse P360X
Power Supply Seasonic FOCUS+ Platinum 750W
Mouse HyperX Pulsefire Surge
Keyboard HyperX Alloy Origins Core
Since we're airing our grievances about RGB controlled things, here's mine: Build theme colors are black, red and silver, and most of the time I like to have my fans lit white, and the mobo and RAM in red. Looks nice except for one really annoying thing... My GPU. It's an MSI card, and everytime I've tried running that stupid dragon center program just for Mystic Light, I'm able to change the default rainbow to something else, but at the cost of the lights on my RAM borking out -- the last time I tried running it, my RAM got stuck in rainbow mode and was no longer being recognized in Polychrome Sync, so I ended up having to take the RAM out and popping it back in. :wtf:

So yeah, the RGB on my card is stuck on rainbow, amidst a sea of red and white. Oh boy :cry:
 
Joined
Jun 23, 2011
Messages
344 (0.10/day)
System Name potato
Processor Ryzen 9 3950X
Motherboard MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk
Cooling Custom WC Loop
Memory 2x16GB G.Skill Trident Z Neo 3600
Video Card(s) Radeon VII
Storage Team Cardea II 512GB + HDD 2x WD VRaptor 500GB & 2x WD Blue 4TB
Display(s) XIAOMI Curved 34" 144Hz UWQHD
Case be quiet dark base pro 900
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DX
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Mouse Logitech G Pro
Keyboard Corsair K65
Software win 10 amd64
You're lucky, my Logitech mouse turns on the G logo by itself when I play certain games and the software is telling me that I have no control over it, as certain games are allowed to control the LEDs in my mouse. WTF?!

But green PCBs, no thanks.
G pro, right? but it's the only mouse with lightspeed :shadedshu:
 
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
G pro, right? but it's the only mouse with lightspeed :shadedshu:
Well, that's why I use the Corsair. It has slipstream, which is more or less the same. But it looks like the grass isn't greener on the other side.
 
Joined
Dec 16, 2012
Messages
5,478 (1.80/day)
Location
Jyväskylä, Finland
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ PBO
Motherboard Gigabyte B550M Aorus Elite
Cooling Cryorig C7 RGB
Memory 16GB DDR4-2666
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC Black
Storage 3x 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD, USB BD-ROM
Display(s) 2x 1080p
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C
Audio Device(s) Onboard audio, Superlux HD668B
Power Supply Seasonic Focus+ Gold 750W
Mouse Logitech G400s
Keyboard Dell Multimedia Pro
Software Windows 10 Pro English
Last time when I had something with a green PCB on my PC, I had a 8800 GTS 320MB... I wouldn't mind it those would return for mainstream components. :)
 
Joined
Sep 7, 2017
Messages
3,230 (2.46/day)
System Name Grunt
Processor Ryzen 5800x
Motherboard Gigabyte x570 Gaming X
Cooling Noctua NH-U12A
Memory Corsair LPX 3600 4x8GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 6800 XT (reference)
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
Display(s) Samsung CFG70, Samsung NU8000 TV
Case Corsair C70
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Software Win 10 Pro
Last time when I had something with a green PCB on my PC, I had a 8800 GTS 320MB... I wouldn't mind it those would return for mainstream components. :)
I think mine was some ASUS board in the Athlon XP days. Forgot the gpu. Something Nvidia.
 
Joined
Dec 16, 2012
Messages
5,478 (1.80/day)
Location
Jyväskylä, Finland
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ PBO
Motherboard Gigabyte B550M Aorus Elite
Cooling Cryorig C7 RGB
Memory 16GB DDR4-2666
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC Black
Storage 3x 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD, USB BD-ROM
Display(s) 2x 1080p
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C
Audio Device(s) Onboard audio, Superlux HD668B
Power Supply Seasonic Focus+ Gold 750W
Mouse Logitech G400s
Keyboard Dell Multimedia Pro
Software Windows 10 Pro English
I think mine was some ASUS board in the Athlon XP days. Forgot the gpu. Something Nvidia.
That 8800 GTS which I had was Asus branded as well. :toast:
 
Top