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Enctec Concept Motherboard Features CPU Socket on Reverse Side

Enctec reverse-socket motherboard
(Image credit: Enctec)

A new Taiwanese startup has built a new concept motherboard with the CPU socket on its backside. This might seem weird, but the point of it is to make it possible to place a passive CPU cooler on the outside of the chassis, leading to noiseless operation, as spotted by FanlessTech.

Enctec reverse-socket motherboard

(Image credit: Enctec)

The company that has dared to challenge the norm is Enctec, and their current prototype applies this concept to a relatively standard ATX chassis. The end result is quite an empty case with a big bulge on its right side.

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Enctec reverse-socket motherboard

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Enctec reverse-socket motherboard

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Enctec reverse-socket motherboard

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Of course, the end result here seems quite impractical -- it doesn't make effective use of the case's internal space, and as FanlessTech also points out, the chassis has enough ventilation holes to pull off a passive CPU cooler on the inside, making the reversing a bit unnecessary.

Nevertheless, we do think that Enctec is onto something with its reverse-socketed motherboard. Not for a system as showcased, but one where the motherboard sits on a spine inside the case. Chuck the GPU on a riser on the 'normal' side of the motherboard, and CPU cooling on the reverse side of the chassis, and you end up with a system that has an internal layout that's somewhat reminiscent of the Xbox Series X's internals with cooling hardware on both sides of the mainboard.

The motherboard packs a B250 chipset and Intel LGA1151 socket, so it's not exactly up to snuff with today's hardware -- but that obviously isn't the point with this prototype.

  • Mandark
    Nice
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  • Joseph_138
    I don't see this is being very practical. All it takes is a jarring bump and the CPU or motherboard could be permanently damaged. And is passive cooling really enough? I would never trust passive cooling on a CPU, and I don't think many others would, either. Liquid cooling and hybrid cooling seem to be getting more and more popular every year. This is a step backwards.
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