pretty nice board. love the layout...
MacBook Pro 13.3" LED-Backlit Glossy, Intel "Penryn" Core 2 Duo T8700 - 2.53G, 8GB DDR3 1066, NVIDIA GForce 9400M 1280X800
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What is this? Mobos with a nice color palette? It will never fly
That's interesting... however, I'm seriously doubting the SO-DIMM specification as a good idea. I'm pretty sure SO-DIMMs would be less effective with overclocking, which appears to be the point of the board based on its design. Of course, I could be wrong...
I dont know about the SO-Dimms layout thats a wait and see but the ceramic and the board layout looks great just need Dave and Marco to get 2 to test out one for them and one for me!!!! LOL
I'm going all stealth in my new design - Whats its radar signature like?
*TWO* SO-DIMM slots? Uhm... is this an i7 board?
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
It's actually a S754 board 3vi1.....break out your A64! :)
That is very weird though if they truly ship with only 2x SO-DIMM slots...I don't know if I would want to try to find 2 x 3GB sticks of RAM or 2 x 4GB...
The article doesn't mention it, but that big dark section seen on the back of the motherboard is a lithium battery they say is for "providing extra power during unexpected blackout!"
I say: "What good is a battery on the motherboard if my monitor is dead?". I think a battery is a silly thing to integrate onto the motherboard when anyone that actually wants that type of protection will have an *easily replaceable* external UPS anyway.
The flower-like section on the motherboard is integrated failover memory that's supposed to let you continue to operate even if your installed memory fails. I think it's also more trouble than it's worth: newbish installers will install incompatible memory and wonder why the system is only seeing a fraction of their RAM. And, I can't see Windows gracefully shutting down when it tries to access failed RAM and the failover memory doesn't contain a mirror image of what was on the stick that failed.
I can't see this thing ever going into production.
I'll be the odd man out and say that the SO-DIMMs are the thing about this board that makes the most sense. If every manufacturer would switch to them, it would drive down the price of memory for smaller form-factor devices and give us more compatibility.
Of course, this is coming from a guy who tells people DDR3 was the third installment in the Dance Dance Revolution series.
Ironically, I had a 10 second power outage after posting this.
Apparently, Asus controls the power company.
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