Friday, May 20th 2022

GIGABYTE's Project Stealth Computer Assembly Kit Leads to Sleek System Builds

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, announced today a new technology partnership with MAINGEAR, developing the newly developed Project Stealth computer assembly kit and MAINGEAR Stealth custom gaming PC's. Through the perfect combination of standard ATX compatible components with non-proprietary connectors consisting of a custom motherboard, graphics card and case, Project Stealth eliminates the headaches of cable clutter, installation challenges, and obstructed airflow. The innovative design makes assembling a clean and sleek PC build easier than ever before

When it comes to PC builds, beginners or experienced users alike might find it a difficult process. Since most cables are designed to connect to the front side of motherboards, cable chaos inside the case becomes a major concern in a system build. Others may also struggle with inserting USB, audio, PSU connectors, and front panel headers on the motherboards due to limited interior space in the chassis. In response to these challenges, GIGABYTE developed Project Stealth, utilizing MAINGEAR's revolutionary patent and design that shifts all connectors to back of the motherboard. Through this innovation, Project Stealth provides an exceptional solution composed of the Z690 AORUS ELITE STEALTH motherboard, RTX 3070 GAMING OC STEALTH graphics card, and AORUS C300G STEALTH case.
Z690 AORUS ELITE STEALTH moves all sockets like ATX power, CPU power, fans, USB, audio, front panel, etc. to the back of the motherboard, designed to simplify cable management and installation. RTX 3070 GAMING OC STEALTH combines an underside PCIE power socket design with the best-of-class gaming performance. With this exclusive motherboard and graphics card design, users can line their cables up to achieve a stylish, and sleek build with a clean look that compliments both tower coolers and AIO liquid coolers. To tie it all together, the AORUS C300G STEALTH case features custom cutouts, providing seamless integration with both the motherboard and graphics card, enabling easy cable routing for clean aesthetics and ease of assembly.

For those looking for a full solution featuring this innovation, MAINGEAR is announcing the Stealth Gaming PC, a fully integrated solution featuring all Project Stealth components. The Stealth Gaming PC will feature the same industry leading build quality and support of MAINGEAR's award-winning custom gaming desktop PCs and workstations.

MAINGEAR's Stealth Gaming Desktop will be available in custom configurations, giving customers the freedom to select from the latest high speed DDR5 memory and high speed PCI-E Gen 4 NVMe storage solutions. Each desktop will be hand assembled by MAINGEAR's team of passionate enthusiast builders in New Jersey.

GIGABYTE Project Stealth computer assembly kit will be soon available on the market. Please contact local GIGABYTE retailers to experience all the advantages of Project Stealth.

Source: Gigabyte
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20 Comments on GIGABYTE's Project Stealth Computer Assembly Kit Leads to Sleek System Builds

#2
TheLostSwede
AnarchoPrimitivActually a pretty cool idea
I talked to Sofos about this some time ago, as they did a preview back in December of last year.
The idea isn't bad, but it seems like Gigabyte doesn't have a plan to offer a motherboard upgrade path, as they can't guarantee that the connectors will be in the same place and if you go to their project stealth site or watch the video, you'll see that they've made very small cutouts in the case for the ports, so it's a pretty tight fit.
I would say it's a good idea, poorly executed.
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#3
Chaitanya
So Gigabyte had a chat with Maingear in the end.

Edit: Also that hot box seems to be a wrong choice to start with.
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#4
DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeI talked to Sofos about this some time ago, as they did a preview back in December of last year.
The idea isn't bad, but it seems like Gigabyte doesn't have a plan to offer a motherboard upgrade path, as they can't guarantee that the connectors will be in the same place and if you go to their project stealth site or watch the video, you'll see that they've made very small cutouts in the case for the ports, so it's a pretty tight fit.
I would say it's a good idea, poorly executed.
Not sure I can agree that its a good idea. It is different that for sure. This is no different than buying an ACER or HP, when you're done with it, round file it.
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#5
TheLostSwede
DeathtoGnomesNot sure I can agree that its a good idea. It is different that for sure. This is no different than buying an ACER or HP, when you're done with it, round file it.
I mean that it's a good idea to move the connectors to the rear of the PCB, but 1. it can't just be Gigabyte, 2. the connector placement and case cut-outs have to be somewhat standardised for this to work, across all brands and manufacturers, which is unlikely to happen. If it's not standardised, then it's mostly pointless, at least for anyone that wants to be able to upgrade their PC in the future.
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#6
DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeIf it's not standardised, then it's mostly pointless, at least for anyone that wants to be able to upgrade their a Gigabyte PC in the future.
No way it gets standardized without a Dell logo on it. :D

Also, FTFY. :laugh:
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#7
Guwapo77
I would love to see this become the norm. I just did a build for someone and the PCI-E cables that come standard with PSU are so effin' ugly. I tried my best to make it look clean but I got this giant cable covering to make it look cleaner... What can you do if they don't want to spend the lunch money for custom cables. Anyways, this is a great freaking idea minus the zero choice in GPUs.

Hashtag Thewirestruggleisreal!
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#8
DeathtoGnomes
Guwapo77What can you do if they don't want to spend the lunch money for custom cables
mom's hair dryer and anything to tie up cables.
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#9
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
GA QA is lacking bad.
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#10
Guwapo77
Not sure about the hair dryer, but they are certainly tied up.
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#11
wolar
Thats a nice idea, but perhaps abit difficult to launch like that initially due to compatibility with cases.
Maybe a step in between where you get a connection and a pcb that can be mounted in 2.5inch slots, moving the connections away?
Not sure but this is a good future design, gj.
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#12
Bomby569
TheLostSwedeI talked to Sofos about this some time ago, as they did a preview back in December of last year.
The idea isn't bad, but it seems like Gigabyte doesn't have a plan to offer a motherboard upgrade path, as they can't guarantee that the connectors will be in the same place and if you go to their project stealth site or watch the video, you'll see that they've made very small cutouts in the case for the ports, so it's a pretty tight fit.
I would say it's a good idea, poorly executed.
I might be wrong but this doesn't seem focus towards people upgrading every year, those will never go for this. More for people that doesn't upgrade with every new release. A middle ground from picking parts and buying pre build. You'd be amazed how many people are loyal to one brand at the point of buying all they have.
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#13
TheLostSwede
Bomby569I might be wrong but this doesn't seem focus towards people upgrading every year, those will never go for this. More for people that doesn't upgrade with every new release. A middle ground from picking parts and buying pre build. You'd be amazed how many people are loyal to one brand at the point of buying all they have.
Sure, but Gigabyte hasn't even committed to making another board that will fit as a replacement. That's the issue with this platform in its current state.
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#14
Bomby569
TheLostSwedeSure, but Gigabyte hasn't even committed to making another board that will fit as a replacement. That's the issue with this platform in its current state.
it's a bussiness, if it is a sucess you'll have more, if it flops you'll never hear from that ever again.
I see a market for it honestly, but predicting sales is really difficult.
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#15
Moonub
This concept seems pretty circular.

we used to hide all the components from view - all cables - as they were viewed ugly.

then glass panel cases came along and we decided to delight in the complexity of the system and put it on display.

now, we are hiding the components again by putting the complexity around the back of the motherboard.

we are getting a point where we will lots of things in front of the PC like RGB and LCD screens on motherboards, which are purely decorative, and all the real hardware is going to be hidden again.
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#16
darrenj
I'm assuming Cablemod ad Lian Li (makers of the RGB strimmr cables) will riot and burn down the Gigabyte factory
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#17
20mmrain
TheLostSwedeI mean that it's a good idea to move the connectors to the rear of the PCB, but 1. it can't just be Gigabyte, 2. the connector placement and case cut-outs have to be somewhat standardised for this to work, across all brands and manufacturers, which is unlikely to happen. If it's not standardised, then it's mostly pointless, at least for anyone that wants to be able to upgrade their PC in the future.
I agree with you! I like this idea and it makes for a really clean build. Moving the connectors to the rear also makes a lot of sense and if it is standardized, I could even see a reason to redesign power supplies to remove the cables.

But you are correct, this has to be more then just Gigabyte doing this for it to take off. If other companies don't jump on board and this doesn't become standardized, this is just a really really limited design that can't be used with much else.
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#18
80251
So does this idea only work if you have a case custom designed for it?
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#19
Vayra86
MoonubThis concept seems pretty circular.

we used to hide all the components from view - all cables - as they were viewed ugly.

then glass panel cases came along and we decided to delight in the complexity of the system and put it on display.

now, we are hiding the components again by putting the complexity around the back of the motherboard.

we are getting a point where we will lots of things in front of the PC like RGB and LCD screens on motherboards, which are purely decorative, and all the real hardware is going to be hidden again.
Ha. Nice analysis. And what a way to make a first post. Welcome to TPU!
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#20
TheLostSwede
80251So does this idea only work if you have a case custom designed for it?
Yes
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