Asus Wants to Spark a ‘Revolution’ to Hide All PC Cables | Whuff News

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Recently there have been several “stealth” projects for PC builders, especially from Gigabyte. The concept is quite simple: Put all the connectors on the back of the motherboard. This allows a typical rat’s nest cable to remain hidden from view. The only problem is that this requires a custom motherboard and a compatible chassis. So far Gigabyte has offered its own solution, but you have to buy all the parts at once. There is no way to just DIY using a different vendor.

Asus is trying to solve that problem with a new project called APE Revolution. The project is similar to Gigabyte’s Stealth PC, but different because Asus is trying to get many companies on board. This can give PC builders some options when building a system. The project was revealed in a video uploaded to Bilibili along with a Twitter post via Videocardz. Companies involved include Lian Li, Cooler Master, Phanteks, and several others.

Another key difference from the Gigabyte project is that it includes both AMD and Intel motherboards. Gigabyte only offers it with a Z690 board and an Nvidia GPU. Asus seems to be making it for cheaper boards, though, namely the B and H class boards for the 600 and 700 series chipsets. For AMD it might release a B650 version for the AM5 build.

Asus prototype motherboard with all connectors relocated to the back of the board. (Image: @harukaze5719)

As you can see above, all the connectors have been moved to the back of the board. It slides into a cutout in the compatible case, allowing you to connect everything from the back. It introduces a curious problem though: how to connect the CPU fan cable. The same goes for the AIO pump as well. The motherboard does have a 4-pin connector on the top of the board where it normally goes, but you can still see the cable there. There is no way to hide the AIO tube either. A notable inclusion is all the connectors for front-mounted I/O.

It’s a very good idea, but for something like this to gain steam, it has to start with the motherboard. Asus is still one of the biggest motherboard manufacturers in the world, so it makes sense to be the company pushing it. Getting case producers on board is another question. Still, Lian Li and Cooler Master are big, so it’s a good start. It will be interesting to see if it ever moves beyond the curiosity phase and becomes a real product ecosystem.

Like most people, we often start a build with good intentions and end up with an embarrassing mess of cables. The problem will only get worse with next generation GPUs as well, as they need three or four PCIe power cables to power them. That is, unless you have an ATX 3.0 PSU, but that’s not available yet.

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