ASRock Z87 Comes With Waterproof Conformal Coating?

As I uploaded ASrock's latest banner sent to me yesterday, I stumbled upon this neat little logo on ASRock's Z87 micro-site. There is not much information available on the micro-site regarding the "Waterproof by Conformal Coating" feature - nothing at all, in fact - but the nomenclature seems straight-forward. It seems that the upcoming ASRock Z87 motherboards will come with a coating that will prevent hardware failure due to condensation.

Interesting? Or rather wait and see? I'm intruiged!

Link to the micro-site: http://www.asrock.com/microsite/Intel8/


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Belgium Massman says:

Interesting! :celebration:

United States Mikecdm says:

I will own one of these.

battlecryawesome says:

You win asrock.

United States Bobnova says:

Holy crap. ASRock for the win!

Greece TASOS says:

Very Interesting !!! Nice move.

Puerto Rico chispy says:

Awsome feature , me wants :D

Canada Vinster says:

Winning....

zeropluszero says:

But srsly, if this means no vas, asrock sold a board to me 100%

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

Love to see this, can't wait to buy one!

Philippines dhenzjhen says:

no more insulation ftw :D

Eeky NoX says:

Let's spill beer on them!!!! LOOOOOOOLLL!! :D Best move I saw for us since a while. Thank you Nick!!!!

United States cowgut says:

cool but i will still pass

Belgium leeghoofd says:

isn't that similar to GB latest Ultra durable series ?

Eeky NoX says:

I heard from an ex MSI guy, that all the boards where already coated since a few years now.. But they mean PCB only (not a big deal though) or even all componants and solderings?

Belgium Massman says:

Ultra Durable has humidity protection with the PCB design, not quite the same as using conformal coating. Gigabyte's solution is to reduce humidity inside the PCB, the coating is on top of the PCB.

TaPaKaH says:

So if I buy a board and pour a glass of water on it running and "for some reason" it dies - that's a legit RMA case now, right?

Norway Maximous says:

Wow this is Nice.

And BEER is for drinking, not spilling :)

Denmark zzolio says:

Sam OCX said: So if I buy a board and pour a glass of water on it running and "for some reason" it dies - that's a legit RMA case now, right?


no is not

it is only to protect the PCB from moisture not water they can not coat the ram and pcie slots

Romania Alex@ro says:

Marketing is running strong these days....

Argentina nacho_arroyo says:

wow! :-)

Taiwan NickShih says:

We will see !

Puerto Rico chispy says:

NickShih said: We will see !


:D , NickyBoy my friend you have made a monster board with an awesome feature that we all need :ws: , no condensation issues For The Win !

Germany SoF says:

Sounds interesting for sure!

Italy Sergio73 says:

very interesting !!

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

I was wondering a long time why vendors didn't use plastic spray for ln2 boards... :D

Germany DrOwnz says:

so we just need a ready-to-go insulation for empty-RAM Slots and so on ^^

Belgium leeghoofd says:

they are pre vaselined out of the box :)

United States sin0822 says:

i think this feature was in discussion when the X58A-OC was in development, the issue was if you add a real layer of con formal coat over everything, well things overheat.... really think about the possibility of that.... Would be a nice feature tho! But you would still need to insulate everything else. I wonder how that waterproofing will work with multiple cycles of cold and heat? What about discoloration? What about fixing broken stuff? I mean when is the last time you coated your motherboard with insulation and then used it on air 24/7 with the coat and didn't worry?

Russian Federation Smoke says:

Stupid marketing imho!

Christian Ney says:

[youtube]CSXJj6gzsfU[/youtube]

Eeky NoX says:

Smoke said: Stupid marketing imho!

Even more when you see that video rofl!

W&S... Wave 'n Splash!!

United States sin0822 says:

why can't he pour a conductive liquid on it? I mean if that liquid wont short out a molex or a fan header, then how do we know it is a conductive liquid? It could just be de-ionized water.. Why not use coke like in the slides?

United States Splave says:

cannot waste precious cola bro, I will show you ln2 with just paper towels in time ;)

United States Planet says:

Splave said: cannot waste precious cola bro, I will show you ln2 with just paper towels in time ;)


LN2 isn't conductive Sprave. Show cola or salted water bro.

United States Splave says:

lmao water is dude

TaPaKaH says:

why not try a piss? ... board has yellow slots anyway

India thebanik says:

Splave said: lmao water is dude


waiting for your test splave, If this works without extensive insulation from users end then as others said, Asrock would have gained another customer here, :D. Condensation is a bitch when temperature is 45C like here.

United States Splave says:

Sam OCX said: why not try a piss? ... board has yellow slots anyway


I'll try this at the computex booth.

Sin do you like piss better than cola? or no

Christian Ney says:

Poke me when you do :brings all the GoPros: :D

United States Splave says:

bro its only average sized, sorry to let you down

United States Bobnova says:

As long as you're pissing on things at Computex, there're a couple vendor reps that could do with it too I think. Do you take assignments? :D

Belgium Massman says:

sin0822 said: why can't he pour a conductive liquid on it? I mean if that liquid wont short out a molex or a fan header, then how do we know it is a conductive liquid? It could just be de-ionized water..

Why not use coke like in the slides?


You really suspect them goofing this video with de-ionized water?

United States Bobnova says:

Maybe that's what Gigabyte would do :P

United States sin0822 says:

I believe it when I see it, so two weeks splave, we got a date :D salt water will work just fine. water isn't conductive until it is ionized, salt water is filled with ions.

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

sin0822 said: no i suspect them goofing with the non conductive liquid stuff they use in watercooling loops. I mean look at the VRM in the video it looks like it has grease on it, otherwise their conformal coat isn't even:


Also how are the fan connectors insulated? How about the molex at the bottom? I know for a fact fan headers can short and cause a blow up.

BTW i can just watch massman bench if i want to see only papaer towels used lol. The issue becomes when you defrost, it has never beening being cold. Only when the PCb temperature rises above ambient.

you can understand my hesitation to trust asrock after: de-humidifier function, false lower CPUz readings/overvolting, advertising digital PWM with an analog one, and producing boards with one philosophy: reduce production costs as low as possible to benefit the company rather than the consumer. I mean the last one is fine and all, but I am an american with a brain, I care about quality of my products.

I believe it when I see it, so two weeks splave, we got a date :D salt water will work just fine. water isn't conductive until it is ionized, salt water is filled with ions.


Troll much?

Fan headers blowing up personal experience there bud? Seems as though you may be doing a bit to much back seat driving, and watching from the sidelines instead of actual overclocking.

Usually when I defrost the session is done, so who cares about water when thawing, you just let it sit for a few hours and you are ready to go again, not even sure why this was mentioned.

As for the de humidifier option, I have seen this in the bios but since I am actually overclocking I don't really bother with it, as it does not help max clocks, not even for bclk world records:p All of the retail boards I have had have solid readings for vdimm and vcore and others can verify so maybe check your dmm.

As for the false advertising about digital vs analog, I can agree but when it runs better than most other vendor's digital PWM how can you argue?

And tell me how any of these vendors have any interest in what is good for America or the American economy? Where do you think all of this money is going? Back in circulation in the US economy? Come on your smarter than that. As a corporation their best interest is in increasing profits, not what is best for the consumer and that is every company, not just Asrock so moot point imho.

And to err on the side of caution, I would still insulate the motherboard on top of the conformal just to be safe, and really pouring cola or deionized water? How about just benching the board and posting some results good or bad? I am sure we (the users) will figure out if this is marketing at it's finest or an actual good idea.

I know you have lots of hate for any vendor other than Gigabyte and that is ok with me, but I usually like to choose whoever has the fastest, easiest to bench boards (with proper bios support) regardless of brand so if everything is dialed on the Gigabyte like I keep hearing you will see me benching a Z87 OC X.

Belgium Massman says:

sin0822 said: splave, we got a date


Splave and Sin,
Sitting in a tree
...

:eek: :p

Germany der8auer says:

if you run de-ionized water over a board in ambient air it wont be de-ionized anymore after few minutes. So the video is pretty much legit.

United States sin0822 says:

Lol massman

l0ud_sil3nc3 said: Troll much?

Fan headers blowing up personal experience there bud? Seems as though you may be doing a bit to much back seat driving, and watching from the sidelines instead of actual overclocking.

Usually when I defrost the session is done, so who cares about water when thawing, you just let it sit for a few hours and you are ready to go again, not even sure why this was mentioned.

As for the de humidifier option, I have seen this in the bios but since I am actually overclocking I don't really bother with it, as it does not help max clocks, not even for bclk world records:p All of the retail boards I have had have solid readings for vdimm and vcore and others can verify so maybe check your dmm.

As for the false advertising about digital vs analog, I can agree but when it runs better than most other vendor's digital PWM how can you argue?

And tell me how any of these vendors have any interest in what is good for America or the American economy? Where do you think all of this money is going? Back in circulation in the US economy? Come on your smarter than that. As a corporation their best interest is in increasing profits, not what is best for the consumer and that is every company, not just Asrock so moot point imho.

And to err on the side of caution, I would still insulate the motherboard on top of the conformal just to be safe, and really pouring cola or deionized water? How about just benching the board and posting some results good or bad? I am sure we (the users) will figure out if this is marketing at it's finest or an actual good idea.

I know you have lots of hate for any vendor other than Gigabyte and that is ok with me, but I usually like to choose whoever has the fastest, easiest to bench boards (with proper bios support) regardless of brand so if everything is dialed on the Gigabyte like I keep hearing you will see me benching a Z87 OC X.

I decided to erase that post about an hour ago, you sat there for an hour with my post in the QUOTE wondering what to say? :D i feel honored. Damn if i sat there an hour before every post I wouldn't say most of the stuff I say.

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

sin0822 said: Lol massman

I decided to erase that post about an hour ago, you sat there for an hour with my post in the QUOTE wondering what to say? :D i feel honored. Their Z77 boards VRMs ran like crap BTW you failed to notice they make up CPUz readings with those boards, funny thing is their Z87 boards will do the same! But the Z77 OCF and the two new OCF all use the digital PWM(the ones left over from when asus was sharing).


No I just started to reply and then I . . . . actually started benching:D





Maybe time to start doing some more of that:)

United States dumo says:

@ Sin...Imo it will better for you to just sit tight and let other mobo vendors do their thing before release date.
These vendors will be fine as yours too.

Just a friendly suggestion:)

Indonesia Hazzan says:

my all stuff board vga have waterproff cuz vaselline on it...

Eeky NoX says:

We don't wanna know what you're doing with your hardware Hazzan... strange culture :D

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

I am so happy that Asrock listens and use some great ideas :)

unknown 149 says:

eeky Nox said: we Don't Wanna Know What You're Doing With Your Hardware Hazzan... Strange Culture :d


Lol

United States Splave says:

I will not feed the trolls

United States sin0822 says:

quality, bring it on! haha we can do it in person, like a live trivia! Also I can be mad, ASRock doesn't like me at all, right? I heard you guys even tried to get Intersil to sue me! haha.

Belgium leeghoofd says:

Time to take your pills Steven :p Chill dudes it's a hobby :)

Romania Alex@ro says:

sin0822 said: quality, bring it on! haha we can do it in person, like a live trivia! Also I can be mad, ASRock doesn't like me at all, right? I heard you guys even tried to get Intersil to sue me! haha.


At least be more gentle when being biased towards your lovely brand,you know...

United States Splave says:

leeghoofd said: time To Take Your Pills Steven :p

Chill Dudes It's A Hobby :)


Oc Is Life Leeeeeg

Denmark Rosty says:

Z77 oc formula, waterproof by T-Rex from OCTeamZenZyg

Romania Alex@ro says:

oh man...such a dirty job

CL3P20 says:

Ohh.. I just threw up in my mouth a bit, lookin at that photo. Thankfully, its dry enough where I live to bench with no real prep and minimal coverage of anything really. Vas in the RAM and PCI-E is a must for going cold on everything, still.. but the amount of vas in that pic is insanity. I dont want to ever live/bench somewhere where the amount of humidity is high enough to warrant that..

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

That is so gross lol

Denmark Rosty says:

yes it i gross.. but he is running 24/7 on cascade on that mount, only have to tip the board in the morning to get water off, then it's ready to go.. lol its great ;)

United States Splave says:

whhhat? insane vas

United States Schmuckley says:

too much butt-lube :o

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

Just got down with the vas on the most recent Z77 OC Formula since there have been so many sessions with cold on the memory. Yes it is a bit messy at first the peace of mind of a condensation free session is totally worth it I think.

For just cpu, no need to go that hard if you live in a dry climate, but if the board is going to be benched cold on cpu, gpu and memory and is a permanent bench board then I don't think there is anything wrong with the vas treatment.

Also I don't think you need Hondacity style vas treatment with an inch tall layer of goo covering everything, just a thin layer and then melt it with the heat gun so it goes everywhere in those hard to reach spots.

United States sin0822 says:

ew, i just use silicone grease, and unlike vas it is really hard to remove. But I found away using a part of my insulation method I no longer use: the rubber eraser. It is VERY absorbent and absorbs the grease right up, and if you let it sit on a piece of paper or a napkin, after time I think the grease goes to it and you can reuse the eraser to erase the grease. I still don't have the balls to toss my motherboard into a dishwasher lol.

Belgium Massman says:

sin0822 said: quality, bring it on! haha we can do it in person, like a live trivia! Also I can be mad, ASRock doesn't like me at all, right? I heard you guys even tried to get Intersil to sue me! haha.


C'mon dude, don't be a troll ...

United States Bobnova says:

Toooo late. Gigabyte troll, it's part of a viral marketing campaign for Gigabyte's next addition to the G1 motherboard series. The Gigabyte G1 Troll. It randomly tells you that you could do a better job OCing if you added some MHz. In the BIOS it plays a badly recorded audio version of The Billy Goats Gruff.

United States sin0822 says:

cute, except I am not a troll.

Belgium Massman says:

You in denial phase? That's step 1 :D

United States Splave says:

Haha this thread needs a mop

United States sin0822 says:

hey is this the board coated or not coated? I am just curious, not trolling lol its the first full shot of the board I have seen.

Belgium Massman says:

Damn, loving that display! No more LED :D

United States sin0822 says:

yea its actually a pretty cool thing

Australia Dinos22 says:

it's cool to see someone using it, why not. I'm sure that guys with little experience will like this sort of thing :). You will still have to insulate of course and be careful of some areas that obviously can't be covered with conformal like socket, dimm slots, PCIe pins, power pins etc. Most of us started out a long time ago with plastic spray and then realised it needed reapplication and further insulation so it was a bit of a pain and moved onto more effective methods such as LET (liquid electrical tape), blutac, rice (lol remember that) and then kneaded eraser and now straight up grease and paper towels which is still the ultimate and you will have to do it anyways. seems that board has mosfets and chokes greased up in the video also which would probably make sense if mosfets generate a lot of heat to make sure the don't overheat if conformal is applied over them i guess.

South Africa Vivi says:

dinos22 said: I'm sure that guys with little experience will like this sort of thing :)





haha just kidding i know you mean it for real dino

United States Splave says:

dino you forgot the hkepc kitty litter insulation

Australia Dinos22 says:

How about flour mate. Those turkish guys were bloody innovative

Eeky NoX says:

Baking Dino? Some eggs and butter, one bottle of Single M... and we arrive with Kenny :D Haha! Air conditionner should be good too plus dehumidifier?? Can't wait tomorrow prep my insulations!!

Finland Asmola says:

Look's good!

BTW, have anyone tested extreme overclocking while computer is submerged to mineral oil and top of the LN2 pot is above the surface?

Eeky NoX says:

Oil will freez?? Dangerous I think :rolleyes:

Belgium Massman says:

Asmola said: Look's good!

BTW, have anyone tested extreme overclocking while computer is submerged to mineral oil and top of the LN2 pot is above the surface?


Mikeguava did it during the finals of GOOC 2010 in Taipei

Australia Dinos22 says:

Asmola said: Look's good!

BTW, have anyone tested extreme overclocking while computer is submerged to mineral oil and top of the LN2 pot is above the surface?


Mike "laxative" Guava is the man :D

Belgium leeghoofd says:

[IMG]https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66364457/Gigabyte/Gigabyte-GOOC2010.jpg[/IMG] Took this picture right before he smacked my face :) Ah yes the Fugger incident...

United States sin0822 says:

nice

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