MSI spied on Gigabyte and makes its motherboard with connectors
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MSI spied on Gigabyte and makes its motherboard with connectors on the wrong side

Gigabyte seems to have started a new trend with its Project Stealth components with inside-out ports. MSI develops the Project Zero motherboard for Alder Lake processors, in which all connectors for connecting cables have been moved to the back.

    Image source: VideoCardz

Image source: VideoCardz

The main motherboard for Project Zero was the MSI MEG Unify motherboard, most likely based on the Intel Z690 chipset. The company decided to move the connectors on the board for connecting SATA drives, a 24-pin power cable, EPS connectors for powering the processor and at least one of the USB connectors.

    Regular MSI MEG Unify Z690.  Image Source: Twitter / @g01d3nm4ng0

Regular MSI MEG Unify Z690. Image Source: Twitter / @g01d3nm4ng0

Most likely, the bottom USB connectors and other ports for connecting to the front panel of the case were also moved to the back of the motherboard. The perspective of the published photos of Project Zero does not allow a precise determination, but now the places where the USB ports and the front panel are usually located are covered with a fairing.

    MSI project zero

MSI project zero

Whether MSI plans to release a similar motherboard for sale, as decided by Gigabyte, is still unknown. It should be noted that using boards with rear connectors also requires an overhaul of the computer case design. Gigabyte solved this problem by upgrading its Aorus C300G case. At the same time, the company believes that placing the power cables on the inside of the motherboard not only improves the aesthetics of the final assembly, but also improves airflow inside the system.

    MSI project zero.  Image Source: Twitter / @g01d3nm4ng0

MSI project zero. Image Source: Twitter / @g01d3nm4ng0

It is still unknown whether MSI plans to experiment with graphics accelerators and its own computer cases like Gigabyte.

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