ASUS definitely didn't hold back when it set up its CeBIT 2010 exhibition, having brought along a variety of devices such as business
laptops, ROG motherboards
, an e-reader
with NVIDIA Optimus, among other things. Now that the portability and performance needs of consumers are taken care of, the company is also displaying a mainboard specifically optimized for low energy use and safe operational conditions. Known as the P5G41C-M, the device is described as the world's lowest radiation motherboard and promises to protect the Earth, the system and the user.
The motherboard is based on the Intel G41 + ICH7 chipset, has one PCI Express x16 slot for graphics and four DDR3 memory slots. The product also features Gb LAN, 8-channel audio and full support for Windows 7. Nevertheless, as it has already been mentioned, the main strength of this platform is its ability to cut down energy use and radiation.
This ability is provided by the ASUS Green Design that uses the ASUS protect 3.0 technology. Through the use of an eco-friendly EPU (energy processing unit), the system's power requirements are automatically monitored and adjusted. This allows power to be used with maximum efficiency.
According to ASUS, studies have demonstrated that ten million EPU-enabled motherboards can reduce annual emissions of CO2 by 207,430 tons. This is the equivalent of the total carbon emissions that Australia produces in a year. Not only that, but the Protect 3.0 also includes Anti-Surge and EMI features, which protect both systems and their users, reducing the total radiation by up to 50% and preventing system damage as a consequence of electrical surges.
To demonstrate the functionality and high efficiency of the P5G41C-M motherboard, ASUS has set up a configuration that uses the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 processor, 4GB (2GB x 2) OCZ DDR3 memory at 1333MHz and an ASUS EAH5850 graphics card. The system uses the Cooler Master hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler and draws energy from a 1000W PSU from SilverStone.
The board can be found listed
at a price of $66.99. Live report by Traian Teglet from CeBIT 2010 in Hanover, Germany.