We’ve seen GIGABYTE debut their Project Stealth concept with MSI also following suit but ASUS has been very quiet regarding their plans for such concepts up until late in 2022 where ASUS showed off some motherboards featuring connectors on the reverse side of the PCB. This was in a China-only event and thus, didn’t get much traction due to the absence of a partner chassis or graphics card.
Still, ASUS seems to be continuing with the plan and product photos of their TUF GAMING B760M-BTF WIFI D4 using reverse-mounted connectors have surfaced online:
As it stands, Maingear is the patent holder for this concept which has surprisingly been in effect for almost a decade now and has only recently picked-up actual when GIGABYTE announced their concept. As seen in the image above, the motherboard connedctors mainly the ATX-24 pin and ATX-12V are now installed on the reverse-side of the PCB, in what we usually faces the motherboard tray. This also includes other board headers like fan headers, SATA ports, RGB headers, USB headers and more.
The caveat here is that this kind of motherboard will not work on a regular chassis as the motherboard tray will block access to the connectors nor will allow the spacing needed. ASUS has not announced a supporting chassis so it is highly likely they will be making their own or a case partner will launch their but with ASUS having their ownline of TUF Gaming chassis, its highly likely they will make their own.
TUF GAMING B760M-BTF WIFI D4https://t.co/XlDyZV85Fs
“BTF” means “Back To (the) Future” for a new era for all PC DIY gamers pic.twitter.com/RwaZ3b0GTQ
— 188号 (@momomo_us) March 8, 2023
new case from ASUS TUF maybe? ^_^
checking if silent launch sila sa page pero likely nga may partner case yan
Does BTX form factor last long? No, Intel cancelled it. Will this reserve mobo last long?
Revers connectors aren’t commercially available yet so we can’t say. ATX12VO could change the board design landscape greatly but since this is a patented design by Maingear, also depends how lenient they are in licensing it.