MSI introduced the B760M Project Zero board with connectors on
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MSI introduced the B760M Project Zero board with connectors on the back and is preparing the same Z790 Project Zero

MSI is expanding its range of Project Zero series motherboards, the main feature of which is the power connectors and connectors for connecting peripheral devices located on the back of the board. Previously, the company released the MSI B650M Project Zero model in Micro-ATX format for AMD processors. Today the manufacturer officially introduced the B760M Project Zero model for Intel Alder Lake, Raptor Lake and Raptor Lake Refresh processors.

    B760M Project Zero.  Image source: MSI

B760M Project Zero. Image source: MSI

The new product, like the model on the AMD chipset, is manufactured in the Micro-ATX form factor. The board is based on a six-layer PCB, is equipped with a 14-phase VRM power supply subsystem with a 12+1+1 circuit, and also has two 8-pin EPS connectors to power the processor. There are four RAM DIMM slots available, supporting up to 192GB of DDR5 RAM. Thanks to support for XMP 3.0 overclocking profiles, the board can work with DDR5-7200 and higher strips.

The B760M Project Zero features four SATA III ports and two M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots (one works via the chipset, the second via the CPU). In addition, the new product received a PCIe 5.0 x16, a PCIe 4.0 x16 (limited to x4) and a PCIe 3.0 x1. The processor is responsible for PCIe 5.0 x16, while the Intel B760 chipset is responsible for the remaining connections.

The board also has a 2.5 Gigabit network port controlled by a Realtek controller and is equipped with a Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 radio module. On the back of the ports, the new product has three USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C and four USB 2.0. The board also received HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 video output.

The manufacturer has not yet officially presented the Z790 Project Zero model. However, insider @wxnod shared information about the board. The new product with Intel’s flagship chipset uses the standard ATX form factor. It received two additional M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slots as well as two additional SATA III ports. In addition, it is equipped with an additional PCIe 3.0 x1 and supports the more modern wireless standards Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4.

The Z790 Project Zero’s USB ports consist of one USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 Gen2 (one Type-A and one Type-C), as well as six USB 3.2 Gen1 and eight USB 2.0.

Nothing is yet known about the cost of the MSI B760M Project Zero and Z790 Project Zero boards. It is also unknown when they will go on sale.

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