MSI Project ZERO for Intel LGA1700 socket has no power connectors on the front
MSI is now copying ideas from Gigabyte’s Project Stealth.
A new trend in motherboard design are sleek designs with no visible power circuits or power cables. Heavily reinforced motherboards hidden under metallic and plastic covers might change what we expect from next-gen motherboards soon, but this will require a lot of changes.
MSI’s Project Zero is based on MEG Unify design, most likely the Z690 model with quad-DDR5 SO-DIMM support. The company took a step back and redesigned the placement for motherboard headers, SATA and power connectors. Those are now located at the rear. This also means that some problem may arise, such as how to attach cables in such a tight space.
Some connectors are clearly facing opposite directions, which means that special motherboards will have to designed. This was already the case with the Gigabyte Stealth design. Although both are just projects for now, it is good to see a new trend that may lead to completely new standards. The vast majority of consumers will prefer the design with hidden cables.
The photos of MSI Project Zero have been shared on Twitter by a user chi11eddog. They might come from the ongoing Computex showcase.