Next-Gen Haswell ASRock Motherboards To Be Waterproof
Ryan Martin / 3 years ago
A couple of days ago we brought you the news of the ASRock Haswell LGA 1150 motherboard line up, which had been revealed by a series of leaks. From that we found out not only what models ASRock were producing and what they looked like, but also that ASRock was opting to integrated 802.11.ac WLAN on its motherboards. In addition to that innovation ASRock is also reportedly looking to add enhanced onboard audio, a HDMI in port (for video recording) and include HomeCloud software.
However, the stand-out feature, by far, is the news that select ASRock Haswell LGA 1150 motherboards will be waterproof. Yes I did say waterproof. You may think it is a strange feature but with the proliferation of water cooling both in terms of custom loops and AIO systems, it does make sense. The waterproofing is done by a conformal coating which is meant to make the motherboard more resistant to coolant spills. ASRock doesn’t guarantee protection from water damage but it is a step in the right direction to making motherboards more durable.
The last time I saw any manufacturer do something similar to this was when Gigabyte offered “humidity protection” on its glass fabric PCB motherboards. However, waterproofing is a significant improvement over only humidity protection.
What are your thoughts on this move by ASRock? A good idea? Should more motherboard vendors do it?