Gigabyte has teamed up with gaming PC maker Maingear to bring unique gaming PCs to market based on the Project Stealth concept. The key feature of the latter is the use of a Z690 Aorus Elite Stealth motherboard, GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming OC Stealth graphics card and Aorus C300G Stealth case set, designed in such a way that all cables are hidden from the user’s eyes.
As it turned out, the patent for PC components with rear power connectors and “hidden” cables belonged to Maingear itself. Back in 2011, she filled out all the necessary paperwork. For a long time, the OEM assembler was unable to find a partner in PC production with such a concept and eventually sold the rights to use the patent to several interested manufacturers.
The French division of Aorus (Gigabyte’s gaming division) last December showed off the concept of the Aorus Project Stealth PC, in which all the power cables for a given component are located inside the motherboard rather than on the outside. It was based on an idea originally owned by Maingear that Gigabyte “forgot” to mention.
That same month, Wallace Santos, CEO of Maingear, admitted in an interview with HotHardware that he was more interested in bringing this innovative PC design to market than in a legal battle with Gigabyte. As a result, both companies were able to come to an agreement. Gigabyte announced in August this year that Project Stealth gaming systems would soon be launched with support from Maingear.
The Maingear Stealth Gaming PC starts at $1999. For this price, the buyer will get a Core i5-12400F processor with six cores and 12 threads and a frequency of 2.5-4.4 GHz, Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB air cooling system, 16 GB Fury Beast RGB DDR5-5200 RAM, Intel 670p SSD 512GB, 750W EVGA SuperNova PSU and Windows 11. The PC also includes the aforementioned Z690 Aorus Elite Stealth motherboard, GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming OC Stealth graphics card and Aorus C300G Stealth case. The total cost of all components is approx. $1500. It turns out that Maingear takes around $500 to assemble a computer, accounting for unique components.
The system has upgrade options. You can choose a processor up to the 16-core flagship model Core i9-12900KS, replace the air CO with a liquid one, install more RAM and permanent storage. Only the mainboard, graphics card and case remain unchanged.