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Looking like a bunch of wannabe rappers that just have to stand out through bling motherboard manufacturers are apparently trying to catch everyone's eyes with the most flashy cooling systems put on their products. This situation makes the watercooling trend take off like a (working) V2 rocket with Asus coming to challenge the likes of Foxconn with a new Republic of Gamers motherboard.

The nForce 790i-powered Pinot Noir board is now showcased at CeBIT and shows what Asus' engineers were working to appease overclockers. The board itself isn't that spectacular feature wise but the cooling solution used for it is. Cutting the backplate connectors to a USB minimum the system features a couple of tubes that go towards the northbridge (as seen below) so as to maybe clear some space inside the case.

Going over the 'standard's the Pinot Noir has 45nm CPU and 1600 MHz support, four DDR3 modules, three PCi-Express 2.0 x16 slots and six SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors. The price tag of such a black beauty/beastie is yet unknown but you can bet it will make the X48 boards look affordable.






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jeez to flashy without functionality me thinks...
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post #3 of 14
Most watercoolers have their fittings inside the case....

....the thing is actually called "Pinot Noir"!!! LOL, I thought that was a joke but it's silkscreened on the thing!
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haha, the hookups are inbetween the usual i/o ports, lol so unclean
    
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Looks hot, but yeah, water cooling belongs in the case.
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post #6 of 14
In before "total unnecessary".

Does anyone have a review of the 790i containing temp comparisons? I know the NB runs incredibly hot, I would like to see some other solutions besides Asus water cooling.

Pinot Noir. Thats the most awesome thing I've ever heard.
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Holy crap that mobo is sweet...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by swatsor View Post
Holy crap that mobo is sweet...
LOL, all the critics above and swatsor loves it!

Just goes to show you that Asus always knows that it will have a target audience for its products
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i smell $1000motherboard
    
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3/8th inch barb.....1/4" plumbing......???
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