ASRock Haswell boards to feature waterproofing, better audio, 802.11ac

By Rick ยท 30 replies
May 8, 2013
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  1. Through a recently published teaser on its website, ASRock has shed some light on its upcoming range of Haswell-based motherboards. One feature, in particular, may surprise you though: waterproofing. That's right -- ASRock is planning to waterproof some of its...

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,070   +427

    HDMI input sounds kind of interesting as does the waterproofing. I would more likely consider watercooling if I had a waterproof board. No need to worry about any shorts or a dead motherboard then.
  3. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Still gotta worry about a dead GPU,CPU,RAM....etc :p. However, it is still an interesting feature.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah water-cooling will be better, but the coolant will leak onto the GPU still like blkfx said. That is about it though most of the time since the GPU is right below the CPU.
  5. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Most likely GPU's are a possible next target, among other components but we don't know for sure. It's something just being done now, so lets see what future parts will include. I can't see some things being part of that, but we'll see about that down the road.
  6. Just cut out all the crap and put that audio in an average mobo, I would be very happy to pay 20 dollars more for a great sound. I haven't seen a good onboard sound in an average mobo in years.
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    All this could be yours for only $999.99!!!

    But seriously, hope the price is somewhat affordable.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Waterproofing GPUs could allow for safer GPU watercooling.

    They have to be cheap to sell. Waterproofing isnt a big selling point. I read about a cheap nano waterproofing solution.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    So back in the day there was good onboard sound? Seriously get your head out your a**, there is nothing wrong with onboard audio. If you are one of the few that needs more, quit complaining and get an add-in card.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Until a board manufacturer can guarantee that electrical integrity remains after water entering the PCI-E and RAM slots, I'm going to take the "conformal coating" as a gimmick. Somehow I don't see any kind of coating existing within a slot connector that 1. would retain electrical connectivity, and 2. remain viable once the slot has been filled (and/or vacated) by a device given the contact tolerances required.
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  11. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    Gaming rig/beta fish tank...counting down the days until my two joys become one!
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Mineral oil PC?

    Well said. I agree, there is a limit of badass vs functionality.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    So, whats the life span of a Beta fish on mineral oil?
  14. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    Well, I'll have you both know that the life expectancy of a mineral oil beta fish is very short. Horribly short.

    On another note, if you don't read any posts from me girlfriend found out about our experiment. Send HELP!
  15. Most pc case place the the mobo standing vertically, so when leak happens it will drip to another component below rather than the mobo itself, so it will be more benefit if we had such waterproof GPU/CPU/RAM or waterpoof PSU :D

    But, it still an interesting feature, though
  16. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    It is a good list of improvements this product offers, all but the watergoofing :)
  17. Can I take a shower and play crysis in the same time? When can I buy one?
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I can't see any sense in waterproofing unless you're one of these LN2 overclockers. Today's self contained liquid coolers don't leak (unless you're one of the unlucky one's). If it does drip, then it's your GPU that's gonna come second, not the mobo, assuming you use a tower case.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    I've seen several comments, suggesting the GPU would be the most likely victim of any leaks. Perhaps placing a drip pan on top of the GPU would solve this issue. lol
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  20. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Electrical connections can still be made through something that is waterproof. Gorilla glass is a well known example of something that is waterproof but can conduct the subtle electric field of your body to control your phone. This is 100% possible.
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    I hope you are not suggesting the use of a conductive sealant within a card or memory slot. That would introduce stray resistance if not a dead short, between all the pins within the slot.
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  22. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    You can always make your own :eek:
  23. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    lol. A back plate may help somewhat. It may be a solution for short term until you notice the leak (few minutes).
  24. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    A conductive material is one that features a low resistance. Are you referring to capacitance?
  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,726   +3,700

    No, I mean conductive. Capacitance is the ability to maintain a charge, not conduct electricity.

    You are wrong about conductive materials. Any material that will conduct electricity is conductive and can be used as a conductor. Every conductor has a resistance, the only question is how much resistance. Any and all stray resistance can change electronic properties of any circuit. Why do you think they use special fluids in submersible electronics. These fluids are electrically non-conductive (aka: Electric Insulator) and will properly cool without changing electronic properties of the components submerged.

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