As shared by @momomo_us on Twitter, ASRock has built a new accessory for PC builders that allows you to turn your PC chassis' side panel into an LCD monitor. The gadget is a 13.3' side panel kit designed to be tapped to the inside of your see-through side panel, giving users an additional display for monitoring system resources and temperatures or being used as a secondary monitor altogether.
The screen is a 16:9 aspect ratio 1080P IPS 60Hz display, measuring 13.3 inches diagonally. This screen is the equivalent of a laptop display. It uses the same connection method as laptops, featuring an embedded DisplayPort (eDP) connector.
Unfortunately, this represents a problem for most PC users. The connector was originally designed specifically for mobile, and embedded PC solutions, meaning the connector is not available on standard desktop motherboards or graphics cards.
As a result, only ASRock motherboards support the side panel, and only a few models at best, with less than ten motherboards featuring the eDP connector. The list includes the following motherboards: Z790 LiveMixer, Z790 Pro RS/D4, Z790M-ITX WiFi, Z790 Steel Legend WiFi, Z790 PG Lightning, Z790 Pro RS, Z790 PG Lightning/D4. H610M-ITX/eDP, and B650E PG-ITX WiFi.
Sadly adapters aren't a solution either since eDP to DP (or any other display output) adapters don't exist today. Furthermore, creating an adapter is problematic because eDP runs both power and video signals through a single cable.
It's a shame this accessory won't get mainstream popularity due to these compatibility issues. But for the few users with the correct motherboard, this side panel kit can provide a full secondary monitor that takes up no additional space on your desk. The only sacrifice you'll make is blocking all the shiny RGB lighting inside your chassis.
Know what else can do that? A portable monitor affixed, or propped, against your case, and doesn't require buying an ASRock product.
Yes, it does, because a hell of a lot of people will want to punch them for buying this crap.
Could be worse, could be glass and plastic...
Oh and ironically, the VGA connector featured on this relic should still be good enough to support the ASRock display from the article. Probably easier to find on your average desktop PCs than an eDP connector, too 😉
This could create a entirely new Case Trend where the Side-Panel display is powered by the on-board iGPU.
esO2aa1cwlAand have both.
waiting for Inwin case with that light show with lasers inside the case.