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ASRock Wants the Best Mobo Ideas in the World

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 701 comments

Tell us what you want from your next motherboard, and you could win a free motherboard from ASRock!

Get your ideas in, because it's the last day to enter!

Motherboard engineers try to make the hardware that they think will be most attractive to users – but despite their best efforts, they aren't telepathic.

For that reason, ASRock would like to hear from YOU about what you want in your next motherboard?

We'd like for you to tell us what sorts of board features/capabilities are currently important to you and what's on your wishlist for your next-generation build.

Even if some of the features you want don't exist yet, we're sure that ASRock's engineers would like to hear about what the best of you can dream up.

As a token of appreciation, ASRock will award the top four best answers with one of X58-Extreme6, P55-Extreme4, 890FX-Deluxe4, and 890GX-Extreme4 motherboards. (Read more about these motherboards here.)

All you have to do is register an account with our forums and post your ideas in the comments below. ASRock will review all the submissions and will be picking the best one in two weeks' time.

This contest will close on at the end of September 30, 2010, so make sure that you get your ideas in before then!

This contest is solely sponsored by ASRock Inc. Bestofmedia LLC USA has no responsibility for the contest, including judging the contest, providing the prizes, transmitting prizes to winners or reporting receipt of the prizes to appropriate governmental taxing agencies.

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    ruili , September 16, 2010 11:10 PM
    Strip It! Simplify! I want a motherboard designed for those of us that embrace new technology. I want to see the first motherboard with no legacy crap on it. No IDE(pata), floppy, serial, VGA/D-sub, firewire(its dead jim), PCI, PS2 ports. I want 1 bloody video port standard! Somebody just pick one already! I won't buy another MB with 3 different video ports! I want USB 3. Work with AMD and get that crap stripped from the chipsets too. There has got to be some performance advantage to not have chipsets and motherboards designed around legacy junk tech. People who don't want to upgrade away from 10 year old CRTs, IDE CD burners and their massive collection of porn on 3.5" floppies have plenty of motherboards to choose from already.
    (A real sound chip would be nice too)
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    qitupx , September 16, 2010 10:37 PM
    I would like to see a motherboard where all the slots and sockets light up to make it easier to remove and replace parts; a common task of an enthusiast.
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    goalguy876 , September 16, 2010 10:46 PM
    Replace screwing the motherboards in with some kind of locking mechanism. This would require the case to be compatible too though. It would make it a lot easier to install new heatsinks/video cards/processors etc.
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    dovair , September 16, 2010 10:51 PM
    I would like to see the power conections on the mother board on there side like sata conec tions and on the side where the cpu is to help with cable managment
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2010 10:56 PM
    I'd like to see an option to make a bootable recovery partition on one's hard drive, such as the one's they have on many manufacturer's drives (HP, Dell, etc) without having to resort to a third-party imaging program.
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    drakepandor , September 16, 2010 11:00 PM
    I would like to see a motherboard that supports "Intel® Wireless Display", I think it would be great for htpc setups. I would also like to have a SATA port at the top of the board to make for a cleaner cabling option to the dvd drive.
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    unifiedonboarddecoder , September 16, 2010 11:06 PM
    I would like to see a Intel X58 or P55 chipset microATX motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 3 support integrated. There is not a single microATX X58 or P55 motherboard in the market that supports USB 3.0 and SATA 3. I'm interested in building portable capable systems that will support the latest hardware.
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    ZaKa , September 16, 2010 11:07 PM
    Integrated mini-SSD onboard to install the OS.
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    DrClaw , September 16, 2010 11:09 PM
    A motherboard that has a utility built into the Bios to stress test your components. This would enable OCers to test their settings without having to constantly boot in their full OS. The UI for this stress test could also display pertinent information like voltages and temperatures.
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    kancaras , September 16, 2010 11:09 PM
    bluetooth!!! or sth like that. wireles conectivity etc etc to conect all the devices more easily on a pc.
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    wing2010 , September 16, 2010 11:09 PM
    WiFi for Internet and other wiresless devices. Bluetooth for my keybroad & mouse. With that, the power cord will be the only thing at the back of my computer or maybe the antenna. Other than that, I should have a clean and neat desk.
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    ruili , September 16, 2010 11:10 PM
    Strip It! Simplify! I want a motherboard designed for those of us that embrace new technology. I want to see the first motherboard with no legacy crap on it. No IDE(pata), floppy, serial, VGA/D-sub, firewire(its dead jim), PCI, PS2 ports. I want 1 bloody video port standard! Somebody just pick one already! I won't buy another MB with 3 different video ports! I want USB 3. Work with AMD and get that crap stripped from the chipsets too. There has got to be some performance advantage to not have chipsets and motherboards designed around legacy junk tech. People who don't want to upgrade away from 10 year old CRTs, IDE CD burners and their massive collection of porn on 3.5" floppies have plenty of motherboards to choose from already.
    (A real sound chip would be nice too)
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    jossrik , September 16, 2010 11:13 PM
    I like good passive heatsinks on the board, a couple lights (just small ones) a bios reset that's easy to do (I've had the jumper reset and it's a pain for people with fingers bigger than needle nose pliers). SPDIF optional, cause all my boards have had it and it's useless to me, I can see where people want it, but not everyone needs it, some stuff is good to have, like PCI-X slots and PCI slots. I'd like to see better layout for cable management/memory layout so people can use them HUGE heatsinx without having to mod their memory modules. Man, the list goes on and on...
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    dassox , September 16, 2010 11:15 PM
    I think it'd be pretty cool to create a modular motherboard. Like start out with a microATX with one PCI-E slot, and then have the option to add on a 2nd modular piece to make it a full atx that could add another slot or additional USB3/Sata connections if the need arose.

    Then you could upgrade at a later time saving you money up front, and maybe give a little personalization to the specs that an individual would want.

    I know its far fetched, but no sense in holding back one's desires.
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    mvalles19 , September 16, 2010 11:16 PM
    I would like to see a motherboard that could support 3way Sli, a sound card, a wireless card and a TV Tuner. That comes with USB 3.0 and Sata 3 standard. It would make for the ultimate Home Theater Gaming system. That would not need to be hard wired to the internet.
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    shortbus25 , September 16, 2010 11:19 PM
    I would like to see a motherboard with some liquid cooling connector system. For cooling north-bridge, south-bridge, and power capacitors. They already kinda have the concept in place but replace copper heat sinks with copper blocks and maybe completely seal the copper tubes running between the blocks so no leaks with a one direction flow from coolest to hottest then to whatever radiator cooling setup you have. Major over clocking potential.
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    1ni3shi , September 16, 2010 11:19 PM
    I'd like to see you take my idea and then charge me for it.
    If you don't know what customers want then go make something else.
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    qythyx , September 16, 2010 11:20 PM
    I've always thought that more efficient CPU cooling should be possible you you draw power away from the back of the CPU as well as the front. If the CPU socket was made of a material that good a conducting heat then either a second active CPU fan or at least a passive heatsink could be put on the back of the MB.

    Taking this general thought a bit further, it would be interesting to explore really leveraging both sides of the MB. For example, you could have the MB basically folded in half with the components (CPU, card slots, etc) on one side and the small connectors (LEDs, switches, USB, SATA, etc) on the other. Yes, I realize this would require new case designs, but it also could allow for much smaller surface area requirements for MBs, and possibly shorter interconnect distances between components.
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