ASRock Shows Off Transformers Themed X79 Motherboard Pics

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ASRock recently posted a pair of pictures on its Facebook page that are sure to appeal to Transformers fans. One is of an X79 Optimus Prime motherboard and the other is themed after Bumblebee, also based Intel's X79 chipset. As far as we can tell, these are concept shots and not actual boards, though if they are real, there's a good chance both will be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas next month.


ASRock didn't provide any specs for these boards, but other than the Transormers-themed makeover, they look identical to ASRock's X79 Extreme9. We're guessing the company's design team was just having a little fun and that's all this is, but then again, you can buy Transfomers-themed gear from Razer, such as mice and laptop covers.


Interesting sidenote: Hasbro recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Asus over its Transformer Prime tablet PC, so ASRock would be well advised to tread carefully here. ASRock, which sells a range of motherboard and mini PCs, was spun off from Asus back in 2002.
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Nice concept but do we really need this type of thing going on when so much of a custom built PC can already be customized. I know I certainly would not be buying a board based on colors or looks... It's all about function in my mind.

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Tired_ replied on Mon, Dec 26 2011 7:59 PM

Tablets and toys, and now motherboards! How will I tell them apart!?

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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 26 2011 8:26 PM

As long as they WORK right, who cares what they look like? (I know, plenty of you)

I'm more into function.

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Super Dave replied on Mon, Dec 26 2011 10:04 PM

realneil:
As long as they WORK right, who cares what they look like?

+1 Bro, but CARS and WOMEN are a different matter!

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When I build a PC, trust me, there is a colour scheme. Gonna see it every day, better look nice.

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OSunday replied on Tue, Dec 27 2011 2:26 AM

You're only gonna see your motherboard everyday if you've got an open case or window so not necessarily.

Some enthusiast modder is gonna pick these babies up and make some sort of awesome transformer themed case mod/build, can't wait to see it!

Realistically though I think the theme and colors are more likely to turn off buyers because builders who will see their motherboard will most likely (as MayhemMatthew mentioned) have a color scheme and want things to match, and I doubt there are other things that would look good or even match these motherboards

At least this product is actually endorsed by hasbro and the Transformers Series

*cough* Asus *cough*

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DDeveaux replied on Tue, Dec 27 2011 3:02 PM

As long as Hasbro officially endorses these (to avoid lawsuits), then I think there are a few modders that would be interested in these boards (although if they were standard LGA-1155 boards instead there would be more interest).

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Inspector replied on Tue, Dec 27 2011 7:08 PM

when i was browsing through this on my phone i thought it said asus for a second... was like is this asus's way to piss hasbro off more? :D

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DDeveaux replied on Tue, Dec 27 2011 7:42 PM

You aren't the only one. :)

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 27 2011 7:50 PM

Inspector:
was like is this asus's way to piss hasbro off more?

Ha!  If so, it's a good dig at them.

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Dec 28 2011 4:22 PM

Well Asrock is a spin off of Asus. Hmm

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realneil replied on Wed, Dec 28 2011 4:53 PM

CDeeter:
Well Asrock is a spin off of Asus. Hmm

Yeah, ASUS owns ASRock. It was part of a ~transformation~ a few years back.

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CDeeter replied on Sat, Dec 31 2011 10:55 AM

Yup, more than meets the eye here. LOL

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