Colorful Displays Motherboard With GeForce GTX 1070 On-Board GPU and LGA 1151 Socket With B150 Chipset – Concept Design For SFF PCs
At this year’s Computex, Colorful showed off a concept motherboard design that features an on-board GeForce GTX 1070 GPU along with a LGA 1151 socket. The motherboard is small yet powerful considering that it packs a next-generation Pascal GPU on-board its PCB, offering users tons of performance without the need to upgrade a graphics component. But the question pops up in our mind, will this board ever hit retail?
The B150-GP104 motherboard features a full GP104 GeForce GTX 1070 GPU on-board its PCB. (Image Credits: Videocardz)
Colorful’s Concept Motherboard Features Full GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and LGA 1151 Socket On The Same PCB
The specifications of Colorful’s B150-GP104 motherboard are straight forward. We are looking at a form factor that is very close to the Flex ATX standard. The motherboard is specifically designed for custom cases as we can see a lot of ports on the front and side of the PCB. The B150 motherboard as the name suggests features the B150 chipset which means that we are looking at Skylake CPU support. Unlike other boards that come in similar designs, we are looking at a full LGA 1151 CPU socket that comes with a 6+2 Phase PWM.
The Colorful Concept motherboard will feature the same GTX 1070 class performance as the desktop variant.
The motherboard has two DDR3L slots which can support a capacity up to 32 GB (16 GB per slot). The I/O ports include several USB 2.0, USB 3.0 ports. An HDMI connector, PS/2 port, Display Port connector and a 2-Channel Audio jack.The motherboard has a single SATA connector along with several fan headers. There are also dual M SATA ports.The weird thing about this board is that we couldn’t spot any CMOS battery or power connectors. It is possible that those are situated on the other side of the board or it’s just that this motherboard isn’t finished yet.
Now that we are done with the CPU side, the GPU side is powered by an on-board GeForce GTX 1070 graphics chip. We are looking the first instance of the GP104 GPU that has not been configured on a graphics board but on the same PCB for a different PC component. This could be our first look at the upcoming mobility solution of the GP104 based graphics card. Nevertheless, the PCB has definitely been toned down compared to the other desktop variant.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has 3 GPC that feature 1920 CUDA Cores.
We are looking at a 4+1 Phase PWM supply along with the very same GP104-200-A1 GPU that is found on the GeForce GTX 1070 desktop graphics card. It comes with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 GB per second to deliver 256 GB/s bandwidth. Clock speeds might get toned down but knowing that NVIDIA is making sure to have these cards perform just like their desktop parts, they can also remain the same.
Now the question is whether we will ever see this on retail or not? Back at Computex 2012, ASUS showed a similar concept motherboard. They called it the ASUS X79 Zeus which featured the LGA 2011 socket, insane power delivery system and just like the B150-GP104, an on-board GPU solution but not just any GPU solution. The motherboard was equipped with dual HD 7970s on the same PCB. This motherboard had insane power requirements. Aside from the CPU delivery which was 8-Pin for the socket and 24-Pin ATX for the board, the GPUs required two 8+6 Pin configurations. The motherboard never hit retail but that is possible due to the much insane requirements featured on this product which would had led to a shockingly high price.
The Colorful B150-GP104 can be a solution that could come between the $450 to $500 US bracket. There are several reasons this motherboard can actually hit the retail market but we will wait to see for further details about this component.