Gigabyte reveals their first back-connect motherboard – Meet the B650E AORUS STEALTH ICE

Gigabyte embraces the back-connect standard with their new AORUS B650E Stealth motherboard

At Computex 2024 Gigabyte has embraced the “back-connect” motherboard standard with their Aorus B650E Stealth Ice motherboard. Like other back-connect motherboards, all cables connect to the rear of this motherboard, giving PCs that use this motherboard a cable-free appearance.

MSI and ASUS have already launched back-connect motherboards with their Project Zero and BTF products. Now, Gigabyte has entered the fray with a ICE series motherboard with a huge shroud and a white PCB. Gigabyte has claimed that this is the first white motherboard to support backside connectivity (BSC).

As you can see in the mage above, this motherboard only has a single PCIe x16 slot. This slot is PCIe 5.0 compatible, allowing it to support the latest GPUs at full speed. Next-generation GPUs are expected to support PCIe 5.0 connectivity.

(Image from TechPowerUp)

The only downside of back-connect style motherboards is their limited case support. Users of motherboards like this will need to make sure their their PC case is compatible with back-connect motherboards. Alternatively, PC builders will need to modify their PC cases to enable this support. Since most PC builders won’t want to cut holed in their motherboard trays, buying a compatible case will be a must for most users.

You can join the discussion on Gigabyte’s AORUS B650E STEALTH ICE on the OC3D Forums.

Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell

A Northern Irish father, husband, and techie that works to turn tea and coffee into articles when he isn’t painting his extensive minis collection or using things to make other things.

Follow Mark Campbell on Twitter
View more about me and my articles.