The Asus Prime Utopia is a radical concept for the future of motherboards


Asus is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and as the company got its start as a motherboard maker back in 1989, it’s fitting that it presents an idea of where it sees things going in the future. This concept is called Prime Utopia, and demonstrates what might be possible if we move away from the ATX standard that has dominated full-size desktop motherboard design since Intel introduced it in 1995.

Prime Utopia rearranges various components for greater efficiency. The PCIe slots are on the back, so the GPU can free up space while moving into a more stable position. There are four M.2 slots with a dedicated heatsink. Asus has also designed a proprietary “Hydra Cortex” fan header that lets individual fans be controlled…

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