ASUS celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. And as she began his career in 1989 as a motherboard manufacturer, ASUS has decided to bring and show at the exhibition Computex-2019, which currently takes place in Taipei, the concept of the motherboard, which embodies the ideas of departure from the standard ATX format, which became dominant on the PC market since its announcement by Intel in 1995. In fact, before us the imagination of the ASUS engineers about how to look for the motherboard of the future. It is called Prime Utopia.
In the new format of the motherboard ASUS has tried to make it so that all its components were distributed in a more efficient manner in comparison with standard models that are used now. For example, the PCIe slots moved on the back side of the Board that essentially frees up space on the front side. Thus, the heat from the video card never heats oxaloacetate space and the area of the VRM and significantly improved airflow in the front. The vacant place occupied by four M. 2 slots, each of which has its own radiator for cooling an efficient NVMe drives.
For the removal of heat from the CPU and system elements of power (VRM) is responsible onboard liquid cooling system. Its components — the pump, tubing and a radiator placed on the back. In addition, ASUS has developed a proprietary connector Hydra Cortex for fans, support for up to three propellers from a single connection and you can control the speed of each fan and illuminated independently.
Another interesting feature of the concept is a modular rear panel I / o. Each element in it can be removed and replaced, allowing the user to configure the ports as it is convenient. Each modular unit is connected via the PCI Express bus and is fully Autonomous.
The front side of the ASUS Prime Utopia is completely covered by a decorative cover and contains 7-inch color touch OLED display. It can be connected directly to the Board itself or, as indicated by the company, to use as a tablet screen, placing it on a table and carrying out the connection via Wi-Fi. Of course, it is possible to display various system parameters and to control them, for example, changing the fan speed or turn on/off the computer one touch.
At Computex ASUS is demonstrating cost Prime Utopia in outdoor housing with all-white components and minimal visible wiring.
When obsolete standard motherboard?
Practically nothing offers Prime Utopia, impossible to realize through modern motherboards standard ATX format, which is more than two decades remained virtually unchanged. ASUS is not the only company which decided to offer an alternative to the ATX. Even Intel tried to convince people to move away from this standard. However, it would be a serious blow to the compatibility of the used components and overall broke was already established ecosystem, so in the near future is unlikely.
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