Computex 2010 Show Coverage - Part 7


ASUS Booth - Motherboards

ASUS Booth - Motherboards

ASUS had so much to show, it was almost a tech geek's heaven at the first floor of the Taiwan International Convention Center (TICC) building. Let's kick things off with the motherboards department.

Meet the ASUS ROG motherboard named Immensity! Based on the Intel X58 chipset, this board featured the Lucid Hydra chip and an onboard discrete ATI GPU underneath those immense heatsinks.

Here's the same board stripped of its heatsinks to see all those extra ICs and controllers.

For an extreme motherboard on the AMD side of things, they've got the ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard for SLI and CrossFire goodness of the 3-way and 4-way kind. We've also previewed this board a few weeks ago, so do check it in our Product Guide.

If you want the very best of features but compacted to microATX size, ASUS has the recently revised and released the ASUS ROG motherboard, Rampage III Gene. Mini size and Max power is its slogan and going by our previous analysis of a Gene mobo, we think it's certainly true. Features include but not limited to the Intel X58 chipset, support for DDR3-2200, ROG Connect, Supreme FX X-Fi II and GameFirst.

This fully self-contained and cooled motherboard is the ASUS AT5IONT-I Deluxe. It's supposedly based on the upcoming Intel Atom D425 or D525 processor paired with the existing Intel NM10 chipset. Since it's using the newer Atom processors, it supports DDR3-800, but only of the SO-DIMM variety because the board is rather cramped. It is also supplemented by NVIDIA's next generation Ion graphics engine and it even claims to have an integrated PSU on the board - eliminating any further adapters. If all of these specs pass are true in the final board revision, it's truly a self-contained board that is fit to take the HTPC crown.

Now for some next generation P67 class boards for the future Intel "Sandy Bridge" processors. Here's the ASUS P8P67D LX mobo - no other details are shared as of now.

Here's a higher-end board, the ASUS P8P67D Evo. Seems like this one supports CrossFire in x8/x8 mode. Surprisingly, IDE support is still present. Shouldn't it have been dead by now? Less components equate to less board cost. IDE add-on cards should be offered as an option instead.

Last but not least, we've the ASUS P8H67D-M, an Intel H67 based chipset in an microATX format.