Asus ships cardboard PC cases with motherboards (w/ Video)

Mar 03, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- When you order components to build a new computer you don't really give a lot of thought to the box that they come in. You throw it out and keep what is inside. Then, ironically, you go out and get another box, your case, to put all of the components back into. Well, what if you could skip all of those steps and just re-use the shipping box as a case?

Asus is betting that at least some of their customers will want to re-use their boxes as cases for self-assembled machines. The next time you happen to buy an , check out the box because it will be able to double as a cardboard case. That's right, the box is a Transformer!

Before you start laughing at the idea of a cardboard case, consider the jobs of a case: keep your pieces in the right places to provide proper ventilation and keep dust off of your components. There is really no reason why properly thick pieces of cardboard cannot fit the bill, and save you some bills at the same time.

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Admittedly, it won't look as shiny as a metal case, but you can brag on having a very green machine. After all, you didn't even throw out the box it came in. Not to mention that since it is cardboard nothing is really stopping you from jazzing it up a bit with a set of sharpie markers or your favorite decals.

Admittedly this may not be the best option for heavy use machines that are going to run hot for extended periods of time, like gaming machines, but for most household use it could be a good alternative.

The Mini-ITX boards, which will be the first to ship with the cardboard cases, are expected to go out sometime in June of this year.

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Eikka
4 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2011
I can think of one very excellent reason: EMI

Good luck listening to FM radio in a room with a cardboard computer. It's not very good for you wifi connectivity either.
PS3
2 / 5 (4) Mar 03, 2011
sounds like a fire hazard.
imonsei
4 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2011
I've had my server in a cardboard box running 24/7 for years. And no, there is really no greater fire hazard with cardboard.
Skultch
2.5 / 5 (2) Mar 03, 2011
MB grounding issues?
jimbo92107
4 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2011
And if you bury it, you're planting an herb garden!
random
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2011
Hopefully they didn't skimp on the testing.
googleplex
5 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2011
It might be lined with tin foil for EMI. Or you could cover it with tin foil yourself for that "chrome" look. Awesome "out of the box" idea.
dood5567
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 03, 2011
That box would be nothing more than kindling for a Fermi house fire.
SmartK8
not rated yet Mar 04, 2011
Well, it is either that, or this one: http://vividlyvin...mp;h=492
KillerKopy
1.8 / 5 (5) Mar 04, 2011
I'm not even going to go into all the reasons why this is an utterly stupid idea.
deepsand
1.2 / 5 (6) Mar 04, 2011
I'm not even going to go into all the reasons why this is an utterly stupid idea.

Thank goodness for that. :D
MarkyMark
not rated yet Mar 05, 2011
Sounds like a good idea. As for a gaming rig i bet if you thought of the problems that might arrise such as heat burning the cardbourd i bet a good solution can be found.

From personall experience i can tell you makng a mod case can be fun especially if your chosen design brings up problems.
rgharakh
5 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2011
I don't see how this would catch fire. The autoignition temperature of paper is ~230C I don't think the standard properly ventilated rig will ever get anywhere near that temperature. Also assuming they do have it foil lined theres even a smaller chance of fire. I think it's a good idea for kids to have their first computers and learn how to build one without going over budget.
MarkyMark
not rated yet Mar 06, 2011
I don't see how this would catch fire. The autoignition temperature of paper is ~230C I don't think the standard properly ventilated rig will ever get anywhere near that temperature. Also assuming they do have it foil lined theres even a smaller chance of fire. I think it's a good idea for kids to have their first computers and learn how to build one without going over budget.

Agreed its a good idea and something i may look at when i get a new rig next year or two.
Kobe_Wild
4.5 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2011
I often run computers system without a case at all As I use 10 of them for a render farm.
They all network boot and have 16 gig high speed usb sticks for local storage and nas access
for remote storage.
Putting the boards in cases would just be high cost and a waste of space.
This cardboard case thing is a wonderful idea.
currently I just screw the motherboards to a bit of plywood with spaces so I can stack them on top of each other.
As for EMI.. total amount of radiated power is so low from modern mother's boards as to
not interfere with anything.