A board makers has to asks these questions.
1. Is the full board block profitable.
2. Will it sell, does it have a function.
3. Does it look nice?
First off guys, anyone who tells u a full board block is not restrictive has no idea what they are talking about.
They mostly use water bridges which i invented btw, and these are not the best at conserving flow.
So the block maker needs to ask those questions and also on top:
If the user stacks more then 2 video cards, while killing the fans on the video cards, will the south bridge and the lower portion of the board get enough air?
Right now Sandy Bridge does not have an issue with heat.
X58 most definitely did... as it had Vrgs + NB + SB + DDR3 Controller + DDR3 Mosfets.
Were not at that level yet, which is why u wont see any major block maker coming out with a high quality full board block.
Wait until the X79 comes outs out with the stupid ram slots sandwitching the cpu, and we should soon see full board blocks again.
At the very least, i'll be designing some up, and if vendors wont make them, then.. i'll go to my custom builders..
Also AMD board blocks.... Vendors arent that inclined to make them.
Because AMD system builders arent after the cream of the crop stuff.
Sorry, but less then 10% of the AMD Builders do not build AMD unless its budget orientated, and budget orientated builds do not deserve full board blocks period.
bulldozer might change this.. but i dont think so.
Bulldozer is in for another round at getting beatten by Sandy Bridge - E.Edited by NaeKuh - 6/20/11 at 10:52am