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Asus Motherboard Box Turns into PC Chassis

By - Source: PC World | B 24 comments

Now here's one way to stay green: use the motherboard packaging as a chassis.

We've seen mods in the past that bypass the chassis and use what's available in the nearby vicinity to create a unique rig. A great example was the one crammed within a used Little Caesar's pizza box; another resided in an actual trash can. Needless to say, the modders were looking to stay "green" with their designs, and it seems that Asus may be following in those footsteps starting this June.

According to a report by PCWorld, Asus plans to alter the shipping box for one of its upcoming Mini ATX motherboards so that additional components can be added without removing the mainboard, thus replacing the typical metal chassis with the cardboard box. Punch-out holes for ventilation will also be present as well as an actual panel for containing the rig's connectors and interfaces.

Debby Lee, a spokeswoman for the Taipei-based company, indicated that the box isn't a permanent component of the overall computer, giving it a lifetime of at least one year. Instead, the company's intention behind the box is to allow PC enthusiasts to build their computers and get everything working in harmony first while they continue to find-- or hand-build in some cases-- the perfect chassis.

"Some people spend a long time looking for a case, so this box is all they need until they find something," said Lee.

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    burnley14 , March 3, 2011 7:59 PM
    I can't believe they didn't embrace the "green" idea and run rampant with it for good publicity. They are obviously not American-based. . . .
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    Raid3r , March 3, 2011 8:04 PM
    good execution.
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    thrust2night , March 3, 2011 8:14 PM
    Nice!! Now if only there is something they can do about the bland color. Also, how much are these going to cost?
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    Darkerson , March 3, 2011 8:14 PM
    Thats pretty neat.
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    pocketdrummer , March 3, 2011 8:28 PM
    That's a fire hazard... lol
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    rpgplayer , March 3, 2011 8:38 PM
    shoulda made it out of recycled Poly Ethylene (PETE). recycled PETE is pennies a .lb not to mention they could advert the "green agenda". stronger, lighter and longer lasting.
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    christop , March 3, 2011 9:14 PM
    They should call it the hobo case..
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    digitalexplosives , March 3, 2011 10:08 PM
    I don't know about anyone else but when building a new rig i choose my case first then fill it with AWESOMENESS!
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    Anonymous , March 3, 2011 10:16 PM
    fire extinguishers not included lol
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    borisof007 , March 3, 2011 10:27 PM
    pocketdrummerThat's a fire hazard... lol

    Yeah just don't Overclock anything, amirite?
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    eklipz330 , March 3, 2011 11:42 PM
    borisof007Yeah just don't Overclock anything, amirite?

    is there some sort of clever joke in there that's going over my head?
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    nebun , March 3, 2011 11:43 PM
    stupidity....that thing will fall apart before you even turn it on
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    erick81 , March 4, 2011 12:25 AM
    I have done this with a empty case of beer got all my parts for a micro atx htpc but the tower would be two weeks late I got impatient and put together in there.
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    joytech22 , March 4, 2011 1:19 AM
    Incredibly innovative from a Motherboard manufacturer, I hope they do this will all of their boxes eventually, because I like to test stuff before putting it into a case, just to make sure it works.

    Nothing worse than having to put in a motherboard, find it's not working, take it back out again and back into it's box.
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    alextheblue , March 4, 2011 3:41 AM
    christopThey should call it the hobo case..

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    jsc , March 4, 2011 10:26 AM
    Plus it would really simplify breadboarding.
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    sunflier , March 4, 2011 12:17 PM
    Seriously, though, I would worry my wife would throw it out thinking it was just more of my old computer junk.
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    WyomingKnott , March 4, 2011 12:33 PM
    Will cardboard suppress RF emissions, or will this machine fail to meet FCC standards?
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    TeraMedia , March 4, 2011 1:10 PM
    They should line the inside of the box with some kind of foil paper or paint to create the important faraday cage for RF radiation control. Add a cheap plastic mount point for the port panel and you really would have a working case.
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    DSpider , March 4, 2011 1:32 PM
    A potential fire hazard. Congratulations.
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