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Asus Demonstrates White TUF Motherboard Prototypes

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Asus showcased white motherboards at Computex, along with a four lane PCIe-to-M.2 adapter.

Editor's Note: While Computex took place last week and all of the news announcements are behind us, we're still sorting through hundreds of in-person meetings and demonstrations, picking out just a few more of the most interesting items we saw up close.

Asus had a whole pile of new products on display at Computex 2014. Of all the prototypes we saw, two stood out.

The first prototype was a white TUF motherboard called the "Sabranco." Many folks praise the TUF series of boards for their extreme durability and stability, but aren't too fond of the color scheme. While the new color scheme isn't exactly the safest bet, it does have a certain appeal to it, and with the right accompanying components it can make for quite an attractive system. Not only is the thermal armor white, but the PCB of the board is also white. What do you think about this look? Should Asus go through with it and bring it to production?

The second prototype we found was not related to white motherboards at all. It was a storage adapter that takes a PCIe x4 interface and wires it to an M.2 slot. Other similar adapters have been spotted, but those typically support only two PCIe lanes, so this one will be able to boast much higher transfer speeds.

Pricing is unknown, and the Asus rep told us that the company wasn't sure whether it would ship the adapter with or without an SSD mounted. Asus is leaning towards simply selling the adapter, though, since it doesn't do much on the storage front. We'd be surprised if the adapter were to cost more than about $40 when it hits the market. We might even see it included with the upcoming X99 motherboards, as those don't actually have M.2 slots since Intel didn't embed it into the design specifications.

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    Duelix , June 10, 2014 3:08 PM
    Interesting color scheme. Would have liked to seen another color on there, but oh well. Glad to see that these have M2.0
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    deftonian , June 10, 2014 3:20 PM
    That's a good looking setup, love the white cammo case to accent the MoBo... would love to have this set up in my office at home.
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    Orlean , June 10, 2014 3:23 PM
    I know Sapphire has done this in the past, but I really like this color sceme.
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    lp231 , June 10, 2014 3:34 PM
    Asus will be making more white boards.
    https://twitter.com/ASUS_ROG/status/474204630855856128/photo/1
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    BranFlake5 , June 10, 2014 3:46 PM
    This+HOF 780 Ti on a White PCB=Win
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    icraft , June 10, 2014 5:00 PM
    Heck yes. That+white cathodes+white coolant+HOF cards+an NZXT HALE PSU? Awesome.
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    Optimus_Toaster , June 10, 2014 5:14 PM
    More component colour options -> more better. Thumbs up Asus for trying new colours.
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    SessouXFX , June 11, 2014 3:09 AM
    Why don't they just make the MoBo colors customizable per customer? That way everyone would be happy with what they ordered.

    I'm sorry, just texting out loud. Seems like a better idea anyways...
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    cryptz , June 11, 2014 6:05 AM
    Quote:
    Why don't they just make the MoBo colors customizable per customer? That way everyone would be happy with what they ordered.

    I'm sorry, just texting out loud. Seems like a better idea anyways...


    normally a different color scheme would require a different manufacturing process and would really affect cost. Though in this case i think most of that is just covers that they could probably sell after the fact as a kit in any color you want..
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    Murissokah , June 11, 2014 6:59 AM
    Love the TUF series. Currently have a sabertooth and will be looking at it again when it's time to replace it.
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    soccerplayer88 , June 11, 2014 11:15 AM
    Heh, what timing. I just updated my case to a NZXT Switch 810 (white) and picked up some new LED fans (also white).

    Black is so 2000's.
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    TechCIDLC , June 11, 2014 5:51 PM
    Talking of cooling, the white color can probably decrease the temperature in some components.
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    Patsy Rose , June 12, 2014 2:38 AM
    White laptops will sell well, especially to women - and I know that sounds sexist but many women (and quite possibly many men) would like computers in something other than boring black, and if they can add pigment to the material, the more colours the better!
    Only drawback with white or pale colours is that no matter how clean your hands, over time the keys get grubby.
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    10tacle , June 14, 2014 10:13 AM
    White case, white components with blue LED lighting. That's going to be my next build.
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    Bloud Mai , June 26, 2014 1:51 PM
    We have come full circle my old school white full tower ATX case can be revived from the basement. So glad now I didn't paint it in 92.
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