Colorful isn’t a well-known brand to US tech consumers, who are much more likely to be familiar with the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. If the motherboard and GPU manufacturer has its way, however, its devices may soon be grabbing headlines — especially if the company brings its proof-of-concept B150 motherboard with an integrated GTX 1070 to market in the United States.
This obviously isn’t a board designed for the ATX standard; it’s more akin to something you’d see in an Intel NUC or Gigabyte Brix. These kinds of custom kits have gotten more popular in recent years, but no one has recently tried to stuff a high-end GPU alongside a top-end Skylake chip in such a small chassis. While both the GTX 1070 and Intel’s Skylake are relatively power-efficient, the GPU alone is still capable of drawing 160W. Even if you believe the rumors that Nvidia will use desktop Pascal chips as mobile GPUs, we’d still expect a system built around these components to draw 180-200W under load. That’s quite svelte for a gaming desktop, but way too hot for diminutive boxes.