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Asus Sandy Bridge motherboard previews hit the web

By Jos ¬∑ 24 replies
Nov 15, 2010
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  1. Intel’s Sandy Bridge is scheduled to arrive in early 2011 along a family of 6-series core-logic chipsets and a flood of motherboards fitted with the updated LGA1155 socket. Asus plans to have a bunch of compatible products ready for the big launch day, and over the weekend they begun sharing a bit of what you can expect in terms of features and diversity. In total, the company is planning to release 17 boards based on the P67, H67 and Q67 chipsets.

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  2. kiddesign

    kiddesign TS Rookie

  3. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47

    Pretty nice, I'm wondering if the "case" that cover the mobo will make it overheat, probably not - good engineer worked on it I guess.
  4. Geezuz! A military motherboard!
  5. cardriverx

    cardriverx TS Rookie Posts: 82

    That P67 is extreamly sexy...
  6. This is just frigging awesome. Coving all the breakable, non-upgradable bits should make it SO much easier to work with. If it cools better too... well, then one day all motherboards should be made like that :).
  7. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Guru Posts: 528   +42

    I do like the look of the covering much better. As long as it isn't too tough to remove so you can check capacitors I'm all for it becoming standard.
  8. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    Tidy! Looks really tidy with that cover... I might just wait for Sandy bridge to come out so that prices of all Intel's sockets go down! By the way, I asked this question time ago in another news, Sandy it's a chipset or a socket? =S
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    There needs to be more quality miniITX motherboards, so I am glad to see ASUS is gonna give Intel some love considering its EXCELLENT AM3 miniITX motherboard it released a couple months ago
  10. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    That thing looks so fierce. I really wonder how well that plastic covering does at directing airflow. It still looks amazing.
  11. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    thats so cool, i would have never thought of making the entire thing have a heatsink
  12. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    From my understanding it is essentially a plastic shroud that forces airflow below it (assuming there is airflow going into it). I wouldn't call it a heatsink, but it looks like it is supposed to direct air through the shroud to help improve cooling of passive chips and capacitors. Assuming ASUS knows what it is doing, it should cool better than true open passive cooling, at least for the components closest to the airflow entrance.
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Sandy Bridge is the CPU architecture - Two versions:

    Sandy Bridge ( P/H/Q67 chipset, LGA 1155 socket)-mainstream -supercedes Core i3/i5/i7/Xeon LGA1156 used in the P55/H55/H57 and Intel 3420 chipsets

    Sandy Bridge-E (X68? chipset, LGA 2011 socket)-enthusiast- supercedes Core i7/Xeon LGA 1366 used with the X58 and Intel 5520 chipsets
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,400   +874

    that mb looks really good but it also looks very expensive :D
  15. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 230

    Sabertooth is not a news http://uk.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=AM2RChl84MZrKh6J
    (there is another version with P55 which is oldest i think) and ofc, its so expensive here - like $300 or so

    i saw it a few months ago and i want it badly

    im already fan of of the WS series cos i was able to work one of these

    but here, the design is much more improved and i like it so much =)~

    im waiting for the first benchmarks with the SBridge
  16. bioflex

    bioflex TS Rookie Posts: 70

    now this looks like a motherboard you are going to spend quite a lot of cash on and i am sure in the long run its going to be worth it......imo, it looks gorgeous.
  17. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I don't really understand how the plastic shroud helps with airflow, but it sure looks cool.
  18. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Did they get rid of that BIOS and replace it with that UEFI thing or whatever
  19. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Getting excited to see this stuff come out, gonna make things really interesting.
  20. what they forgot to say is that the sabretooth also comes with a 70mm fan that sits over the north bridge (spot with 4 screws in it).
  21. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    I can't wait for Sandy Bridge!
    Not sure if I like the shroud... But if it helps temps I am for it.
  22. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    cool, but pointless. all the motherboards look the same inside a case.
  23. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    Now if only that "Tactical Jacket" was a full board water block. I don't see how it would be useful to directing airflow.
  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

  25. can you imagine how dusty that thing is going to get under there?
    in 3 months the usefulness of it directing airflow would probally be void

    being plastic it probally absorbs heat but doesnt dissipate it very well
    consider adonized aluminum instead..

    and, the mounting screws there would be a real headache

    "military grade" is a double edged sword
    it could mean the cheapest parts that survive the durability test
    you know how the military loves the lowest bidder

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