ECS Unveils X79R-AX Stealth Motherboard Concept

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JLMarshall

Eh. I guess I wouldn't mind having one. The extra security is nice. I'm more interested in power for the buck, though. I'm really not sure I would spend the extra money for this feature. Sure, it's nice, but money could be better spent elsewhere.

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Typo91

and here is the next mobo
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a1/F-117_Nighthawk_Front.jpg/300px-F-117_Nighthawk_Front.jpg

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Biceps

Meh.

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gatorXXX

I like it! I'm buying 100 of them to place sporadically around the house so the enemy can't track my mobile home with radar.

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Strangelove_424

Want a stealth computer? Get a can of matte black enamel spray paint. Bada bing bada boom.

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TsunamiZ

wouldn't this interfere with installing third party coolers?

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whiskeymcclinton

Hmmm...
Why not shroud the bottom of the mobo as well? Then I'd build a rig with no case at all. Just have the covered mobo with Video Card, CPU cooler, & RAM sticking out of it.

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Peanut Fox

Asus does a similar thing with it's thermal armor on the Sabertooth line on motherboards. While I can see cooling improvements if you're using air cooling, I still find both boards to be visually unappealing.

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brettskiness

If you had a black and white case it would look good.

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John Pombrio

Looking at a larger picture from Tech PowerUp and there is no access to mobo screws. So it is obvious that the shell has to be removed during installation and put back on. Since all the damage that I usually inflict is during install, what good is it?
Another thing is that it covers the power chips and caps and would probably need a regular Intel heatsink to pull air from 360 degrees around the CPU rather than from the directional fans on my Hyper Evo coolers. So cooling would still be an issue.
Now dust does not usually stick on vertical surfaces so not an issue in a regular PC case. Add the lack of seeing any LEDs that happen to be on the board and it is a total marketing gimmick.

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drevas

I think it's cool. I don't have a windowed case to show off traces and caps, I have it to highlight the big CPU Cooler,the RAM with its shiny heatsinks, and the enormous GPU in all its pixel crunching glory.

The rest of the board, not so much, and if it cuts down on dust to boot without otherwise overheating things, I'd be interested.

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davelray

It looks nice enough. If it's the same price as similiar system boards without a shroud I might roll with it. I wouldn't pay a lot more for it just because of the shroud though.

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tweeve

I agree, if it has the same features and the same price as a non shroud board. I might go for it.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

No.

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Gezzer

Didn't Asus build something like this and it did so so for sales?

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hoopmanjh

Yes, that's ASUS' Sabertooth line.

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Zenophobe

I believe only the newest Z77 Sabertooth board has the thermal armor as they call it.. That's the board that I have..

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brettskiness

I wish instead of using the light coloured brown on the sabertooth, they'd use white. That wouldn't fit the theme though, but IMO black and white, red and black, orange and white, orange and black, red and white, etc, would look better than brown and black. They'd just have to rename the "name."

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Supall

I can't tell if that's a flat surface that's painted nicely or real sloped angles...

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kylej628

I can only think they would make it at least slightly sloped to stay with the whole stealth thing if they're trying to go with the stealth plane look (black with odd angles). But there is a chance they made it flat and painted it nicely to keep compatibility with most coolers and graphics cards that hug close to the motherboard.

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Dxcv

I found a larger image of the board and it appears it is actually sloped. The shadowing around the ram slots and the CPU socket is not consistent and appears to be triangular.

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