Asus has teased a concept for the future of motherboards at Computex 2019. The Prime Utopia motherboard doesn’t abide by the limitations of today’s platforms, and is rated for neither AMD AM4 or Intel LGA 1151 sockets, but it does come with rear-mounted PCIe, liquid-cooling, and modular I/O for extreme mobo personalisation.
The Prime Utopia comes in retro Gameboy Advanced flair, see through and everything. But the styling takes a back seat to the new functionality. The front face is largely covered by a 7-inch OLED panel capable of monitoring the operation of every bit of the board, which is also detachable and touch-enabled for fan curve control right from the desktop.
That’s all rather low-key compared to the fully integrated liquid-cooling loop surrounding the board’s VRM, chipset, and socket. The system is mostly hidden beneath some futuristic aesthetics on the front, but is exposed on the rear of the board. With Ryzen 3000 X570 boards already packing serious VRM and cooling, future high-end boards are sure to get a little more technical with the integrated cooling solutions.