You are not registered yet. Please click here to register!
[] Computex 2012: ASUS Motherboard Technical Showcase - ZEUS with dual GPU onboard - - different look at memory
Tags Register Blogs FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read


Thread Tools
Old 07-06-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
News Hound
News's PC Specs
Join Date: May 19 2008
Posts: 49,952
[] Computex 2012: ASUS Motherboard Technical Showcase - ZEUS with dual GPU onboard

Producing concept boards is common in the automotive industry. Every year, companies such as Ford, Audi, Jaguar or Volkswagen will produce a concept as an indication of 'this is what we could do if we wanted' or 'this is an idea, what do you think?'. In the motherboard industry, seeing concept motherboards on display is something of an oddity. However, innovation in the motherboard landscape doesn't come very often, so seeing ASUS go forth and provide a pair of concept boards was an interesting exercise. Last year ASUS teased us with the Danshui Bay concept board, utilising 1366 and 2011 sockets on the same product - this year, the concept is a little more realistic.

Meet Zeus. This motherboard is slightly mad. Take a regular X79 chipset motherboard, but do away with all the PCIe lanes. Then in their place, add two GPUs on the PCB itself, cover with heatsink, done. Even though in the CPU market we are seeing consolidation of components, the very nature of computer building is that it is component driven - take the memory, the CPU, the motherboard and the GPU(s) you want and fit together. The component market fluctuates in price, so this component philosophy works well for users. But applying this concept to motherboards in a serious manner gives Zeus:

Most of the time, concepts are not put into production. I have a distinct feeling that while Zeus may be a reasonable idea, it wouldn't be coming to market.

Also on display was the Wolverine. The brief for the engineers on this motherboard was 'how many power phases can you put on a board?'. The answer from ASUS was 40, which suggests 8x2x2 multiplexing + 8 for other things:

Similar to the Zeus, don't expect the Wolverine on sale any time soon. 40 phases is almost ridiculous and has no serious benefit to any user.

Gallery: Computex 2012: ASUS Motherboard Technical Showcase - ZEUS with dual GPU onboard

News is offline   Reply With Quote


2012, anandtechcom, asus, computex, dual, gpu, motherboard, onboard, showcase, technical, zeus

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Similar Threads for: [] Computex 2012: ASUS Motherboard Technical Showcase - ZEUS with dual GPU onboard
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Asus 680i Striker Extreme SLI motherboard - Bios/setup photos [56k users beware] eva2000 Asus Intel motherboards / CPU 134 15-12-2009 05:58 AM
[] ASUS MATRIX Offering finer levels of GPU control for everyone... News Reviews & News Online 0 06-09-2008 07:12 AM
[] Computex 2008 - ASUS HDAV 1.3 Update News Reviews & News Online 0 07-06-2008 12:00 AM
[] Computex 2008 - ASUS Brings Joy to Our Ears News Reviews & News Online 0 05-06-2008 12:03 PM
[] Computex 2008: Asus Motherboard Forum News Reviews & News Online 0 05-06-2008 01:30 AM

All times are GMT +11. The time now is 01:47 AM.

no new posts