Like the Project Zero from MSI or Stealth from Gigabyte Asus was also working on a system to hide the cables in a PC. For now, it takes the form of a motherboard. Indeed, the company offers us its TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WiFi D4, a micro-ATX model. However, this card has the particularity of having its main connector positioned at the back of the PCB!
TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WiFi D4: a card mounted upside down!
As you can see, this micro-ATX model offers a “reverse mounted” connectivity. Indeed, the main power connectors, the SATA part, the front panel connector or one of the M.2 are positioned at the back of the PCB. The aim is to hide the not always very pretty cables by leaving them at the back of the motherboard tray.
However, this system has its limits, the first one being to find a suitable case with openings positioned where they should be. With this type of motherboard, you need to have the cable passages right under the board and not right next to it like most cases do. Secondly, you need a model with a large enough rear space to plug in the connectors. Because the 24 pin ATX, clearly, is not a gift, so with a cable whose strands are rigid… Imagine the trouble… Unless you turn to a compartmentalized case. That’s why MSI and Gigabyte offer custom cases with their respective projects.
Small tour of the connectivity:
Otherwise, the card is based on the B760M-Plus and offers similar connectivity. We find three PCIe: 1x to standard 5.0 x16, 1x to standard 4.0 x16 cable in x4 and 1x to standard 3.0 in x1. On the memory side, four DDR4 slots are part of the game and will take up to 128 GB of RAM at 5333 MT/s. For the storage, we can count on three M.2 in PCIe 4.0 x4 as well as four SATA III. Finally, as far as the power supply is concerned, this model has 12+1 power supply phases equipped with Dr.MOS.
For the moment, no selling price is known…
Here is the technical data sheet of Asus !