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Asus Marine Cool Fights Heat and Looks Good Doing it

Category: Motherboards
Posted: 04:32PM

A few days ahead of CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, Asus has released photos of what it calls the “Marine Cool” high performance motherboard concept. While not only visually striking, the Marine Cool features several innovative enhancements to the typical motherboard design, such as a ceramic back plate to help dissipate heat and provide additional rigidity to the board. Considering the size of such high-end coolers recently, this is a logical step in the evolution of the desktop motherboard. The Marine Cool also uses laptop SO-DIMM memory sticks as opposed to the normal desktop memory, allowing Asus to save space on the motherboard. The motherboard prominently features several large heatsinks covering various areas of the motherboard, such as the north and southbridge. It remains to be seen if a motherboard so visually appealing can perform as good as it looks. Asus intends to release more details at CeBIT.

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xPETEZx on March 3, 2009 03:33PM
Looks REALLY cool... But only 2 SODIMM slots??? Seems like a MASSIVE step back.... not only does it only have 2 slots, but also, its SODIMM, so not as much choice. Espically for an overclocker. The whole point of it seems silly too, to save space? From the pics, dosent look like that saved space is used for anything... and besides, the "saving" looks minimal. Also, if this is an i7 board, (cant tell :() only having 2 DIMMs is a real bummer...
Crow47 on March 3, 2009 03:37PM
It's actually a lga 775 board, I believe in one of the pictures you can see where it says "LGA 775" on the board itself. Yeah, I don't really see the point, but then again, I don't run Asus. :p
jammin on March 3, 2009 03:40PM
The word 'concept' certainly seems appropriate for this board, though there are some interesting ideas there.
NoSnipeLimit on March 3, 2009 11:15PM
This looks like an effort to make a laptop/pc.
Crow47 on March 4, 2009 12:57PM
Except it otherwise uses full size components, which would defeat the purpose.

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