ASUS Unveils TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WIFI D4 Motherboard: Reverse Mounted Connectivity

When finished accurately and with endurance, cable administration could be a rewarding expertise; for probably the most half, it is irritating, particularly for premium programs. A lot of the onus has been on chassis producers to make the most of the area supplied to supply ample room for cable administration. ASUS seems to be to go the opposite approach and has introduced a motherboard with the first energy connectors and headers on the rear, the TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WIFI D4. Like MSI’s Challenge Zero and GIGABYTE’s Challenge Stealth, ASUS calls its new sequence Again to ‘the’ Future, or BTF for brief, to differentiate them from the remainder of its alphabet spaghetti-named line-ups.

Extra on the value-oriented facet of the fence than their extra premium fashions, ASUS has taken one in every of its pre-existing motherboards (TUF Gaming B760M-PLUS WIFI) and engineered it in order that the ability headers and first connectors equivalent to SATA, fan headers, and entrance panel USB headers are positioned on the rear. Primarily based on the B760 chipset for Intel’s twelfth Gen and eleventh Gen Core sequence processors, the ASUS TUF Gaming B760M-BTF is a micro-ATX providing and represents ASUS’s TUF Gaming sequence. Because it’s consultant of an entry-level mannequin, ASUS has opted for DDR4 assist, as Intel’s Alder Lake (eleventh Gen) and Raptor Lake (twelfth Gen) each assist DDR5 and DDR4.

Bearing on the core particulars, the entrance of the ASUS TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WIFI D4 seems to be like several typical motherboard sans the connectors on the rear. It has a black PCB with gray highlights and packs an entry-level to mid-range function set. ASUS contains 4 reminiscence slots with assist for as much as DDR4-5333 with a most capability of 128 GB. As a WIFI mannequin, it comes with a WIFI 6 wi-fi interface, an unspecified Realtek 2.5 GbE controller, and an unspecified HD audio codec. Nonetheless, ASUS hasn’t offered specifics on these as of but. ASUS additionally contains two M.2 connectors on the entrance with heatsinks, which might assist PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives.

Wanting on the rear of the board, that is the place all of ASUS’s new Again to the Future implementations come into play. All related connectors are in the identical locations as they might be on the entrance, however they’ve simply been reverse-engineered to protrude out the rear of the case. This contains the 24-pin ATX motherboard, one 8-pin 12 V, and one 4-pin 12 V CPU energy enter, 4 SATA ports, entrance panel USB headers, and eight 4-pin fan headers. There may be additionally a single PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot on the rear, though this does not include a heatsink, so if an NVMe drive goes for use, it will probably require a low-profile aftermarket heatsink.

ASUS does embody assist for USB 3.2 G2x2 on the rear panel via one port, with a further two USB 3.2 G2 ports (1 x TypeA and C), with two USB 3.2 G1 Kind-A and one USB 3.2 G1 Kind-C; this implies the rear panel has three USB Kind-C ports. ASUS additionally contains 4 USB 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort, one HDMI output, three 3.5 mm audio outputs, and a transparent CMOS button.

Regardless of the obvious advantages of decreasing cable muddle in the principle compartment of a system’s chassis, an current chassis will probably want some type of modification to understand its potential totally. That is obvious because the 24-pin motherboard and 12 V CPU energy inputs come out of the board and will not be at a proper angle as we have seen on some boards from different distributors. There may be additionally the chance {that a} new chassis constructed round this idea will come to market within the coming months. Perhaps ASUS has jumped right into a DeLorean, time-warped into the long run, noticed what chassis designs are coming to market, and determined to leap the gun; who is aware of?

On the time of writing, ASUS hasn’t indicated the board’s pricing or when the TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WIFI D4 is predicted to hit retail cabinets. ASUS additionally hasn’t introduced whether or not or not its Again to The Future (BTF) rear-mounted connector design might be featured in different mannequin traces as we go additional into 2023.

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