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What Colour PCB do you prefer?

What Colour PCB do you prefer?

Drop into bit-tech forums to tell us what PCB colour you prefer!

Gone are the days of just turd-yellow/brown or leaf green motherboards - we've seen many colours of PCB come and go.

We constantly tell manufacturers that most people prefer not to have old school styling when it comes to buying a motherboard, yet, we've never had conclusive proof from our readers until now.

With many motherboards now arriving in anything from black, blue or red, to white, cream, purple or even orange, we want to know: what do you prefer? Is there a colour scheme that really works for you and does that colour weigh in on your purchase? Do you really care about the colour of your components?

We've got a poll going in the forums, so please feel free to sign up, join in, vote and tell us what you think!

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DougEdey 12th June 2007, 10:22 Quote
EDIT: Stop changing stuff Bindi!

I personally don't care what colour PCB, I don't look at my case, I do too much work
Fod 12th June 2007, 10:32 Quote
PINK! PINK PINK! PIIIIINNNNNNNNNNK!!!!!!

just 'cause it would be funny.

(i have to resist the urge to buy pink gadgets when the option is available.)
Colossous 12th June 2007, 10:33 Quote
Camoflaged would be cool !!
Fod 12th June 2007, 10:34 Quote
PINK CAMO!!!
greensabbath 12th June 2007, 10:35 Quote
Black, black, and more black. Tell them to stop using stupid colors on their motherboards for all the plastic crap too. At least pick one color or something that matches the rest of the motherboard. Red pcbs would be ok too depending on the mod and saphire's white ones are sorta cool as well.
Fod 12th June 2007, 10:38 Quote
well the coloured plastic is there to help functionality, but you can generally get away with using just two colours since the shape of the ports sorta gives things away most of the time.

i actually agree, black is nice. a pure black and white motherboard (i mean purely black and white here, no colours to be seen, not even on the caps!) would be sexy as hell. white is nice too, shame the sapphire boards weren't really prolific.
Fr4nk 12th June 2007, 10:54 Quote
Yeah I'd lie to see more black especially with the 8800's, I really don't want a green pcb card in my up and coming mod :/ I know there are black 8800's but their mainly on the stupidly overpriced cards from bfg and xfx :/.

Surely it can't cost that much to die some pcb ?

Though If there was white 8800, I'd just have to have it
Bbq.of.DooM 12th June 2007, 11:08 Quote
Anything BUT that yellow-brown.
Bindibadgi 12th June 2007, 11:12 Quote
Added "Anything UV" and "Camo"

Frank: it's not about cost it's all about what's available. The SMD machines that put all the stuff on the boards only see certain colours, and only a few companies make the PCBs for everyone (afaik). Coloured ones are in less demand and as such are made in limited batches, so it either becomes a custom job (costs a lot more) or you can't guarantee that future products will also be the same colour.

That is, so far as I've been told.

I told them to buy a few dozen colours and just sell a range.
BioSniper 12th June 2007, 11:33 Quote
Anything that isn't black, green or a skanky brownish colour (like the mobo in my linux box) TBH.
FIBRE+ 12th June 2007, 11:49 Quote
Matte/satin Black

I like the colouring of my old MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum mobo, matte black with nice brightly coloured connectors and sockets.
Highland3r 12th June 2007, 11:58 Quote
Don't care. Would rather have money spent on better design/components rather than a fancy blue neon PCB with flashing lights and glowing. Bung stuff on the cheapest PCB (of a decent quality) and spend the extra on bits that matter :)
Black's a nice color, agree with fibre - the matt black of the neo2 was awsome. Shame it didn get shown off more.
Hiren 12th June 2007, 12:22 Quote
Black or white tbh, anything else looks cheesy.
SteveyG 12th June 2007, 12:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Added "Anything UV" and "Camo"

Frank: it's not about cost it's all about what's available. The SMD machines that put all the stuff on the boards only see certain colours, and only a few companies make the PCBs for everyone (afaik). Coloured ones are in less demand and as such are made in limited batches, so it either becomes a custom job (costs a lot more) or you can't guarantee that future products will also be the same colour.

That is, so far as I've been told.

I told them to buy a few dozen colours and just sell a range.

Yeah, this is true. The brand new pick and place machines at work find it difficult to deal with colours other than green and end up working a lot slower. The old machines just refused to place components. Darker colours need loads more fiducials all over the board to avoid getting lost and to tell it that there is even a board there! but even then it has a fit trying to get the components centred on their pads.
Mother-Goose 12th June 2007, 12:30 Quote
Silver or white :)
Duste 12th June 2007, 12:41 Quote
It depends on the theme of the case, tbh. I mean, if the case has a blue theme then obviously the best PCB colour choice would be blue (or black). I'm the kind of person that has to match colours when designing something, so a PCB colour would be included in this colour-matching process.
teamtd11 12th June 2007, 13:19 Quote
Im a big fan of the white/cream on the sapphire pure boards, if only they would put more than 1 pci slot on them :(

The problem is when you have a blue mobo, red gfx, green pump relay and black soundcard :P
Mankz 12th June 2007, 14:46 Quote
Black or Dark Blue.


However, a Silver PCB would be nice!

Also, AFAIK Foxconn make lots of PCB's and ports for motherboards and graphics cards.
Amon 12th June 2007, 15:07 Quote
Absolutely silver.
ArsoN 12th June 2007, 15:10 Quote
Blac or white for me. Black/white camo sounds interesting.
Krikkit 12th June 2007, 15:20 Quote
Black, blue, white (those Sapphire boards looked awesome), red, although I'd love to see a camo board, coupled with some of that OCZ camo'd RAM.
Gravemind123 12th June 2007, 19:42 Quote
I have to go with black, but if you use a black PCB, then the other colors you use for it should match it somewhat well.
Amon 12th June 2007, 19:44 Quote
I take back my vote for silver and change it to gold.

Black is good but not a very exotic colour to represent performance.
Bluephoenix 13th June 2007, 04:34 Quote
Black with blue connectors (now you see another reason I like the striker...)

a copper colored PCB would make an interesting one, and the black/white camo I could see on an ASUS RoG board..
crazybob 13th June 2007, 05:22 Quote
White would be pretty cool and you don't see it very often. However, I absolutely despise cases that aren't opaque, so I really couldn't care less what color my components are. Whatever works out to be cheapest (green) will be fine by me.
Stuey 13th June 2007, 05:43 Quote
I said black, blue, and red. Why? I think that red and blue would be good for themed cases. Black is a nice neutral color. When you mod or sleeve the inside of a case, you want your features and components to stand out, not a flashy mobo color that might clash.
Flibblebot 13th June 2007, 09:04 Quote
Skybluepink. Failing that, leopard skin.
I mean, who wouldn't want a leopard skin PC?
Duste 13th June 2007, 10:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Skybluepink. Failing that, leopard skin.
I mean, who wouldn't want a leopard skin PC?

*raises hand*

Lol. :P
Mother-Goose 13th June 2007, 10:31 Quote
leopard print, I like you style! Maybe leather? or a PVC PCB? hmmm shiney.
kenco_uk 13th June 2007, 10:44 Quote
How about a silkscreen photograph on the motherboard? Like one of your pet, or some shnizzle?
Atomic 13th June 2007, 10:53 Quote
Not overly fussed so long as its plain.
Bladestorm 13th June 2007, 11:22 Quote
I actually quite like a nice vibrant green (a Forest green type colour say) but green in general does conjure up thoughts of every cheap board I've ever had/seen.

Only ever had maybe one brown board ? made it look ancient even though I dont think it was.

Red I think can be a bit overly garish and bright when it doesn't match the rest of the parts so I'd probably avoid that.

Black, navy blue, silver, white and so on might look decent. Really I guess I'm just looking for something that looks fairly clean and professional and doesn't try to scream out ;p they are components after all.
x06jsp 13th June 2007, 11:34 Quote
ok that makes no sense the percentages add up to 220.52%?????!!!
Bindibadgi 13th June 2007, 11:41 Quote
multiple options.
Tuppen^^ 13th June 2007, 21:23 Quote
I must say black, since it blends more in with all the other components and the paint.. Red is too visible for me.. xD
Behemoth 14th June 2007, 00:31 Quote
I don't really give a toss about the colour of a PCB, so long as the kit I bought does the job I bought it for, I'm not too worried.

Shame you don't have an option in the poll for my point of view.
JaredC01 14th June 2007, 01:47 Quote
White is sexeh...
notatoad 14th June 2007, 02:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by teamtd11
The problem is when you have a blue mobo, red gfx, green pump relay and black soundcard :P
^^^what he said.

i really wish more manufacturers would use white. it really is teh sexeh.
Hazchem 14th June 2007, 15:00 Quote
how about a chrome motherboard? I wouldn't even care if it was socket A!
Da Dego 14th June 2007, 15:06 Quote
I'm all about white with ONE colour for the clips and stuff - like the Sapphire boards. It's a shame they were such buggy crap, because they were NICE looking.

I guess i"m in the camp with White or black and ONE component colour. I don't mind blue or red or all that stuff but it makes it hard to mod around.
jjsyht 14th June 2007, 15:14 Quote
Which ever is gonna make the mobo cheaper for us.
gar 14th June 2007, 15:17 Quote
Black pcb, with black slots and grey printing.... to go with the project I'm planning .
Jamie 14th June 2007, 15:27 Quote
I miss my silver motherboard.
kosch 14th June 2007, 15:31 Quote
Transparent UV would rock!
Krikkit 14th June 2007, 15:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kosch
Transparent UV would rock!
Transparent of any form would be awesome, but I doubt it's possible... :(
mmorgue 14th June 2007, 15:56 Quote
I prefer they just used breadboards to be honest -- for that, "retro" look :)
identikit 14th June 2007, 15:59 Quote
Probably so many tracks that it wouldn't be transparent anyway.

You do know you can paint your own motherboards? There is a guide floating around somewhere on the forums too.
beesbees 14th June 2007, 15:59 Quote
How about INVISIBLE PCB?
DXR_13KE 14th June 2007, 15:59 Quote
black or dark blue for me.
keir 14th June 2007, 16:32 Quote
Black with UV
TommyVD 14th June 2007, 16:37 Quote
How' bout Bronze?
zoot2boot 14th June 2007, 16:44 Quote
Camo for the true junglistic soldiers out there init.
CardJoe 14th June 2007, 16:46 Quote
White reflects hit, right? White then. Or, failing that, translucent.
Woodstock 14th June 2007, 16:48 Quote
cant beat a lan party imo
Hugo.B 14th June 2007, 16:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Da Dego
I'm all about white with ONE colour for the clips and stuff - like the Sapphire boards. It's a shame they were such buggy crap, because they were NICE looking.

I guess i"m in the camp with White or black and ONE component colour. I don't mind blue or red or all that stuff but it makes it hard to mod around.
Ditto, primarily because I've only ever seen one white mobo, and that was on a rather nice case on here...can't remember which though.


H.B.
Bindibadgi 14th June 2007, 17:00 Quote
Added transparent and Bronze, although I don't know if you can re-vote.
MrWillyWonka 14th June 2007, 17:01 Quote
The Lanpartys are black and it looks good, unfortunatly I can't see much of it anymore because two graphics cards, sound card and the hsf blocks most of my view of the motherboard.

Blue and while/silver are nice options. I'd avoid green for any mod (even a green case mod).
The_Beast 14th June 2007, 17:11 Quote
black, blue, white and trans
Mother-Goose 14th June 2007, 17:13 Quote
Once this thread has pretty come to an end, maybe you guys should sending your findings to the mobo makers, more white mobo's would be brilliant :)
Dark~3nergy 14th June 2007, 17:19 Quote
I didn't know that you could have more than one color on a pcb, thinking of the camo ?
But black and white pcb are the best looking one. Black like some of the 8800 gtx !!
Delphium 14th June 2007, 17:26 Quote
Black all way!!!!!!!!!! :D
Zurechial 14th June 2007, 17:35 Quote
Black for me - it's my (lack-of-)colour of choice for just about everything.
I must admit to having used the colour of the PCB as a factor in my decision to buy the EVGA 680i instead of the 680i LT - But I have an excuse! The green PCB wouldn't have worked with my project's colour theme! :)
MonkeyNutZ 14th June 2007, 17:38 Quote
Black matches everything, especially if you have a red graphics card.
1e8o 14th June 2007, 17:48 Quote
Black or White, just looks clean and cool :P
thecrownles 14th June 2007, 17:50 Quote
I would buy a pink one.
JCBeastie 14th June 2007, 17:52 Quote
Black by far.

Got all black PCB in my box (mobo, gfx, sound etc) and oh does it look sexay! :D
zr_ox 14th June 2007, 17:57 Quote
Transparent would be the pinnacle of Geek, multi layer pcb's and fibre optical lighting on the lanes. Different colour lanes for each PCB layer.

Now that would be a motherboard!
yakyb 14th June 2007, 18:03 Quote
clean for me whether that be Black or any colour however i would like to see more done to protect the PCB from dust no matter how hard you try some always gets in your case and on the PCBs and no matter how hard you try you can never get it all off perhaps a thicker coating of resin (altho poss heat issues) would help or even some clear coat spray paint
and whilst id be happy to do that to a Snd card etc i would prefer the MOBO came with it already applied
Mankz 14th June 2007, 18:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mother-Gooser
Once this thread has pretty come to an end, maybe you guys should sending your findings to the mobo makers, more white mobo's would be brilliant :)

I think that that is the point of this thread. ;)
Dr. Strangelove 14th June 2007, 18:11 Quote
I think the "I don't care" option is missing, however that said a transparent MB would be far out cool!!!
knuck 14th June 2007, 18:34 Quote
white !

http://www.theinquirer.net/images/articles/sapphrd1.jpg




But the color by default SHOULD be black, always.
Bindibadgi 14th June 2007, 18:45 Quote
Na, you want this one:

http://staff.bit-tech.net/bindi/sapphire690g.jpg



If anyone actually finds it for sale, PLEASE let me know.

AM2, AMD 690G, SB600, 4 SATA2, 4 DIMMs, mATX, Cream PCB, HDMI
Mankz 14th June 2007, 19:01 Quote
That looks like one sweet little board :D

http://www.sapphiretech.com/uk/products/products_overview.php?gpid=178

I'm guessing that's the one?
Bindibadgi 14th June 2007, 19:02 Quote
Yea, it's limited edition afaik and I can't find it FS anywhere :( If you can't buy it, what's the point in me reviewing it??
moshpit 14th June 2007, 19:06 Quote
Black just looks good in my windowed case.
beesbees 14th June 2007, 19:13 Quote
It might be just me but that white board looks so very .... tacky.
Ramble 14th June 2007, 19:34 Quote
Black or transparent.
lamboman 14th June 2007, 19:41 Quote
Easily black, all the other colours look a bit like toys.
Hugo.B 14th June 2007, 19:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Na, you want this one:

[IMAGE CUT OUT]



If anyone actually finds it for sale, PLEASE let me know.

AM2, AMD 690G, SB600, 4 SATA2, 4 DIMMs, mATX, Cream PCB, HDMI
That must be one of the coolest(and expensive) mobos in existence!
Any idea why it'd need six RAM slots? Six Gigabytes?
Money...and availability... :(


H.B.
knuck 14th June 2007, 19:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Na, you want this one:





If anyone actually finds it for sale, PLEASE let me know.

AM2, AMD 690G, SB600, 4 SATA2, 4 DIMMs, mATX, Cream PCB, HDMI

I was only refering to the color, not the specs. I didn't even search for a specific model, i just typed 'sapphire white motherboard' in google image ;)


I gotta say though, it would still be an upgrade over what I have now (see signature) :)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hugo.B
That must be one of the coolest(and expensive) mobos in existence!
Any idea why it'd need six RAM slots? Six Gigabytes?
Money...and availability... :(


H.B.


six ram slots ? where ? There are only 4 ...or am I missing something?
sk8ter646 14th June 2007, 19:53 Quote
for me it has to be the styling of a DFI mobo i just love them
ZenX 14th June 2007, 20:06 Quote
The white color is looking really neat. Though I would prefer that all the connectors would be black, and not red/blue.
2JSC 14th June 2007, 20:06 Quote
I love black and hope to get all black components with a new build... but latly I'm really liking orange.
Brooxy 14th June 2007, 20:12 Quote
black or white....or maybe purple...
korhojoa 14th June 2007, 20:28 Quote
i'd say a completely red mobo, with black, white and orange stuff.
it would look pretty nice. all uv, of course.
Hugo.B 14th June 2007, 20:37 Quote
Quote:
six ram slots ? where ? There are only 4 ...or am I missing something?
Sorry, stupid mistake, I counted the black lines. :D


H.B.
Henk 14th June 2007, 20:56 Quote
"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."

White is also pretty nice, but pretty rare at the same time :(
It's a shame really.
thermalnightmare47 14th June 2007, 20:58 Quote
yea I'm with either white or matte black anything else is non appealing to me
vegettoxp 14th June 2007, 21:00 Quote
I have used Green, Red, Purple and Black. I enjoy working with Black Board a lot for them the other colors. My second choice would be Red.
CoolFox 14th June 2007, 21:29 Quote
um... chartreuse anyone? :)
or how about brown action!

Ok, for all seriousness, you gotta go with black. I actually DO think some chartreuse UV connectors on the board would be SWEET with that however. Get some 80's styling TRON-esque UV traces on there too.
Delphium 14th June 2007, 21:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by beesbees
It might be just me but that white board looks so very .... tacky.

I second that!!

Oh and as for the dust issue Yakyb, try a can of compressed air ;) works wonders =]

I tend to give mine a dusting down about every 4-6 months, prevents the build up, and keeps the fans healthy. :)
THRASHER2 14th June 2007, 21:53 Quote
Camo FTW......... it would go with the OCZ Memory
Koradhil 14th June 2007, 22:01 Quote
Absulutely GREAT poll ! The color of a motherboard's / graphics card's PCB is always my FIRST priority when getting the hardware. This is because I want the hardware to match the color theme of my casemod. For example, I picked a black motherboard with red slots and a red graphics card for my project Orion, which has a black / red color theme throughout. Also, for Aquamedia I picked a blue motherboard and a blue graphics card to match the black / blue theme of the project. I would NEVER install a board that doesn't match the color theme, no matter how good it's performance, not even if I'd get it for free.

I think that it's a good thing that manufacturers sometimes pick different colors. For example Sapphire's Pure boards wouldn't match in a black case. So anyone who wants to make a white themed casemod has the option to pick a matching motherboard. I would advise manufacturers to use white PCBs, because it would best match any color theme. It will look great with black, blue, red, yellow or even pink.
Generally though, there's one golden rule: don't ever combine more than 3 colors, 2 is best. Especially companies like MSI like to go wild on picking colors for the expansion slots.
zero0ne 14th June 2007, 22:05 Quote
Transparent would be freaking SWEET!
Koradhil 14th June 2007, 22:08 Quote
More like freaking expensive, original though.
Bluephoenix 14th June 2007, 22:37 Quote
Interesting thought, a C3 case and Clear WC gear and clear PCBs.

now that would be good for manufacturers to use for display.
Spaceraver 14th June 2007, 22:50 Quote
Transparent UV or black UV GOGOGO..
Flibblebot 14th June 2007, 22:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Na, you want this one:

http://elmo.bit-tech.net/bindi/sapphire690g.jpg



If anyone actually finds it for sale, PLEASE let me know.

AM2, AMD 690G, SB600, 4 SATA2, 4 DIMMs, mATX, Cream PCB, HDMI
Did you want that with or without the bucket?
mattthegamer463 14th June 2007, 23:02 Quote
I would love to see a board that comes stock with UV reactive traces! That would be the most amazing looking thing ever. I've been on the idea ever since I saw the graphics card mod where the guy drew all over the back traces with a UV pen.
David_Fitzy 14th June 2007, 23:07 Quote
Transparent would be UBER-cool, but if you go for coloured PCBs you'll more than likely have to compromise your hardware preferences.

It'd be cool if mobo/component manufacturers provided a online service like Nike.iD where you pick your mobo, choose a design (maybe a photo, (Relix's face anyone?)) choose connector colours maybe a choice of capacitor colours and heatsink/fan colours

Altho practically impossible what about a mobo which's surface is an OLED screen
knowyourenemy 14th June 2007, 23:11 Quote
Blue is incredibly sexy, for me. DFI's yellow/black combo is also very appealing.
Edvuld 14th June 2007, 23:13 Quote
Black is nice and all, if paired with 1-2 matching colors, like dark red and maybe violet.

My personal favourite would be fully dark red though, something like Abits Fatal1ty boards.
malcolm 14th June 2007, 23:16 Quote
I've some conformal coating which is interesting stuff. If you're patient, and have a scalpel and some masking tape, then you can have any colour board you want. Mask, spray with conformal coating, paint. Obviously you need to be fastidious about sockets, heatsinks, and some chips, but we have to do all this before we can conformal coat them to run under phase change anyway (the conformal coating essentially makes the board water proof, it's like insurance if the insulation fails).
Tyinsar 14th June 2007, 23:24 Quote
I don't care as long as I can easily read the labels printed on the board.

What I hate is when I'm trying to read the labels on a board (without removing it from the case) and I can't read the labels because:
1) there is too little contrast between the ink and the board or,
2) the board is too glossy and all the light is reflected back when I use a flashlight.
riggs 14th June 2007, 23:41 Quote
Black case with window, and white PCB's! Mmmmmm, lovely!
Veles 15th June 2007, 00:12 Quote
IMO, black is best.
Clocked 15th June 2007, 00:13 Quote
black or red for sure, and i like the idea of a transparent one - imagine orac3 with that... mmmmm tasteh

Also I remember the soltek mobo i had ages ago that was purple and lovely looking. Now i'm stuck with ugly yellow/brown from ASUS - although my gfx is card red and my soundblaster is black and of course then you got my green memory modules... and the garish orange of my SATA cables and then the stock grey IDE cable

Altogether its a good thing my case hasn't got a window..


[EDIT] fixing the continuous sentence i wrote [/EDIT]
Neoki 15th June 2007, 00:36 Quote
Black with UV Paths. With UV Slots
Mr. Oizo 15th June 2007, 00:47 Quote
Transparant?! Anyone got a picture of that? Would be very cool to see all the copperlanes and things. I prefer transparant if it does exist. And otherwise I prefer black. Depends on the casemodtheme too, but mostly black would be nice.


EDIT: I've seen transparant in Google, looks more green. I thought it would be really transparant like plexiglass :p
Anyone got a picture of a camo pcb colour then?
completemadness 15th June 2007, 01:19 Quote
whatever is cheapest tbh

its not like really look at the motherboard, as its facing a wall (so a case window would be pointless)
Sebbo 15th June 2007, 04:56 Quote
i'd have to say black at the moment, just because it fits sooo well with the emerging colour scheme in my rig - dark green/black mobo, ram with black heatspreaders, v1 asus silent square (silver with black trimmings), creative audigy 2 sound card...as an ATI guy i'm finding it a shame that most of the cards are red :(
CoolFox 15th June 2007, 05:35 Quote
the other thing I might like to see is a chrome board. I don't think that is feasibly possible, as it would probably conduct current. I'm thinking of an aluminated mylar type finish. you get my meaning? It would look absolutely sweet.
metarinka 15th June 2007, 05:58 Quote
black and white are extremely nutral colors and will match in most any color scheme. I would like a white mobo just as it would look very clean, currently running that nasty orange color, had a purple mobo that was a lot of fun, and I would get a pink one just to stand out, but all my full custom cases are windowed so I don't care as much anymore. as far as uv traces, the homebrew way is to get UV gel pens, which could be found at most any office supply store and simply retrace the leads yourself.

transparent would be amazing but I'm not sure if that's technically feasible
calib3r 15th June 2007, 06:05 Quote
I voted for black.

BLACK FTW!
[USRF]Obiwan 15th June 2007, 10:11 Quote
I have a 'old' soyo dragon platinum mobo. That looks awesome in my Terminator themed mod from 2002. Its kinda silver looking with black marks. Here is the board in question.

http://www.bytesizedreviews.com/ben/platinum/board.jpg


Transparent motherboard or vidcards would be awesome. Put it in a transparent case and you got a cool icy looking mod. And we then can finaly see the claim of 8 layer pcb's and watch the energie flow through the copper lanes
Bindibadgi 15th June 2007, 10:31 Quote
Ahhh Soyo, whatever happened to you?? They were one of the first with some crazy PCB designs. Realtek 10/100, Cmedia 6 channel audio, VIA Firewire, Highpoint RAID 0+1, 5 PCI slots, Keyed USB shrouds and holes!!! around the CPU socket. Lovely board.
simosaurus 15th June 2007, 10:33 Quote
transparent sounds awesome, then u could backlight the whole thing
[USRF]Obiwan 15th June 2007, 10:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Ahhh Soyo, whatever happened to you?? They were one of the first with some crazy PCB designs. Realtek 10/100, Cmedia 6 channel audio, VIA Firewire, Highpoint RAID 0+1, 5 PCI slots, Keyed USB shrouds and holes!!! around the CPU socket. Lovely board.

And you know what? the watercooled soyo T2 mod is still running since 2002. its running here on the desk @ work as a product presentation demo machine without any problems. And its a good conversation starter when meeting new clients. They look at it and inspect it closeup and most of them say: "i have never seen something like this, is that water?"

:p
Nature 15th June 2007, 13:06 Quote
tie dye hippie dippie meself!! :D
g3n3tiX 15th June 2007, 14:52 Quote
I hate baby poo colour !
severedhead 15th June 2007, 16:19 Quote
Black, no doubt about it.
It goes with anything and looks pretty damn good.
djDEATH 15th June 2007, 17:27 Quote
lol -my Asus M2N-E was chosen above the MSI equivolent because the PCB was black.

However, lets be honest, it's like what colour underwear you have one, nobody will ever see it, but you just feel that much more comfortable wearing those slinky lace thongs dont ya?

or is that just me :S
Koradhil 15th June 2007, 18:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by djDEATH
lol -my Asus M2N-E was chosen above the MSI equivolent because the PCB was black.

However, lets be honest, it's like what colour underwear you have one, nobody will ever see it, but you just feel that much more comfortable wearing those slinky lace thongs dont ya?

or is that just me :S
I have to disagree, don't you want to wear nice underwear when you're not wearing pants ? Casewindows are common practice these days.
Mankz 15th June 2007, 18:14 Quote
Actually, through out todays 'youth' it is common to wear your trousers or shorts low so that onlookers may gaze at your 'Calvin's'.


(Ali G in da' house must have had something to do with that :D)

I have to agree with Koradhil there.
keith_j_snyder2 16th June 2007, 23:33 Quote
LOL....mankz got a point here!
Although my current Mobo's is RED(which i liked because there was green & this red only) but now i say BLACK with UV....sounds rad...isn't it?
C-Sniper 17th June 2007, 22:41 Quote
i currently have a DFI NF590 board that is black with UV Orange and yellow that looks nice. The other board i have is a Jetway that is on red PCB and i honestly don't care for how it looks. Although a dark blue would look nice.
HourBeforeDawn 18th June 2007, 08:36 Quote
wow Transparent would be really awesome to see but I havent seen any thing like that, what company has used a Transparent pcb before?
djDEATH 18th June 2007, 15:48 Quote
i'm wearing nice simple black boxers today, lined with some black cotton trim, all rounded off with pink legs and a pasty white torso thats seen very little sunshine this year.
keith_j_snyder2 19th June 2007, 18:44 Quote
How about a Chrome!!!!!....Bling Bling baby!!!!
Colonel Sanders 19th June 2007, 23:35 Quote
I have been loyal to Gigabyte and their blue boards for quite a while now. I mean it always seems to me that Gigabyte has produced very high quality and stable motherboards, kinda like ASUS. ASUS is quite high quality (like Gigabyte) but what separates ASUS from Gigabyte in my opinion is that Gigabyte boards look pretty and have all the features labeled amazingly well.

L J
Gravemind123 19th June 2007, 23:54 Quote
Asus needs to stop using that vomit-brown/yellow color for its lower and midrange motherboards, it looks terrible.
completemadness 20th June 2007, 00:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravemind123
Asus needs to stop using that vomit-brown/yellow color for its lower and midrange motherboards, it looks terrible.
but if you think about it, how many mid-range boards get put in a case where u can see it
Bluephoenix 20th June 2007, 02:51 Quote
quite a few, because the cheap midrange cases often use windows and lighted fans to try and draw buyers (and fail most of the time, usually by promptly falling apart on unpack)
Gravemind123 20th June 2007, 10:06 Quote
After looking at Sapphires white PCB mobo, which I originally thought was quite ugly, I realize that I the reason I dislike it is the red on white color scheme. I think if they were to make a board with PCB and components being all white and black or vice versa it would look pretty awesome.
kenco_uk 20th June 2007, 12:08 Quote
The colour blue, when tied with technology, gives the impression of reliability.
David_Fitzy 20th June 2007, 22:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
I have a 'old' soyo dragon platinum mobo. That looks awesome in my Terminator themed mod from 2002. Its kinda silver looking with black marks. Here is the board in question.

http://www.bytesizedreviews.com/ben/platinum/board.jpg
That's my mobo too, I'm in need of an upgrade, don't think I'll ever use SOYO again though
Mankz 20th June 2007, 22:40 Quote
I don't think SOYO exists anymore.
Clocked 21st June 2007, 23:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
The colour blue, when tied with technology, gives the impression of reliability.

any particular reason other than gigabyte?
Tyinsar 21st June 2007, 23:23 Quote
I just installed a video card that was a nice blue ;)
Voted: blue, white, & black
Cobalt 22nd June 2007, 00:04 Quote
I prefer white but the saphire board was too buggy so I didn't buy it. Currently I have a mostly blue interior just by luck. This is annoying because I am going to be doing a red/black casemod (with an awesome two colour, laser cut window ;)) so the internals will look rubbish. With the red lighting it might end up looking like its black so it may be alright. Materials arrive tomorrow by the way so expect a poject log to go up in a few days if I remember and everything goes well.

I'd also love transparent PCBs but its not going to happen :(
Evenge 22nd June 2007, 10:30 Quote
I don't know why but XFX's 7900gs vid cards with black PCBs and green DVI ports looks just sooo sexy!
PaulM@Scan 22nd June 2007, 10:40 Quote
Black is Cool but as long as the product is good I am not fussed!

1st post BTW hope ya all nice over here
Bindibadgi 22nd June 2007, 18:10 Quote
/waves to Paul

Welcome :)
313ct90n1c560d 18th June 2009, 14:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
EDIT: Stop changing stuff Bindi!

I personally don't care what colour PCB, I don't look at my case, I do too much work


I may sound like a n00b (just started learning electronics and just took an electricity course)... but I have been looking around and I have seen alot of different (pcb)
colors myself (that are photoshoped or that are graphics cards). I was wondering if anyone could point me to where I could get pcbs of different colored pcbs???? I want to know where there are different colored pcbs so that I can potentially buy some of them real soon (studying to be an Electrical Engineer)... However I will not break the conventions of this post and out of all that I have seen (like 3 or 4 different colors so far) I like the black ones myself. :D
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