In the world there are people with very strange phobias, in the same way that we have people who without health problems become obsessed with certain foods, in the world of technology there are people who feel an aversion to cables and connectors. So much so that they have reached the world of motherboards with connectors behind, in such a way that they are not visible to the eye. What sense does the existence of these variants have? Is it a good idea or, on the contrary, is it an indirect way to sell another related product?
ASUS has just introduced its TUF Gaming B760M-BTF with connectors on the back to facilitate cable management and make them disappear from view. It is not a new idea since GIGABYTE had already tested it with its Stealth and MSI with its Project Zero. So it is the third manufacturer to join this trend and, therefore, it has ceased to be something marginal from a single manufacturer to be from several. Now, we must start from the fact that this change, although minor, supposes breaking in part the standard that relates boxes and motherboards.
What are the motherboards with the connectors on the back?
Well, they are nothing more than a motherboard, normal and current, without any type of characteristics that make them better in performance and specifications, but the arrangement of the different connectors has been moved to the back of the board in order to reduce the impact visual that there is so much cable in the middle. In the case of ASUS in its TUF Gaming B760M-BTF They have decided to do it taking as reference an already existing model to make the change.
As you can see, the connectors such as the PCI Express and M.2 ports, the RAM memory sockets and the processor have been kept on the front side because it does not involve the use of cabling. While there appears to be an SSD connector on the back of the board, this appears to have been done for space. In the end, the result is to have a clean and cable-free setup in the eyes of the people, which is very attractive for photos or to show a neat and clean desktop.
Precisely, and we are not saying this as a joke, it can be the solution for people who want a tower to play with, but find their partner or parents refusal, depending on their situation, due to the bloody obsession with the wiring that we mentioned at beginning of this article.
They require special boxes to assemble
PC cases are designed to have a correlation aligned with motherboard standards, which allows the different components and peripherals to be placed at the appropriate point without there being compatibility problems due to the medium when assembling the computer. The problem with motherboards with connectors on the back? The simple fact that they require special boxes, which limits the supply and thus ends up being much more expensive.
Honestly, we would like this to be the standard and the reasons are simple. The people who don’t care about the wiring don’t care if it disappears, while the rest do want it to. The problem is that they have not agreed to this. Possibly, if they were to be standardized, they would not be so frowned upon, on the one hand, by the public