Gigabyte and Maingear's Project Stealth Hides All of the Cables in Your Case

Gigabyte Project Stealth
(Image credit: Gigabyte)

Some people love cable management, making sure everything in their PC is neat and clean. Others do their best in the hopes it enables better airflow in their system. And some don't care at all and just hope the sides to their case close. But with a new collaboration from Gigabyte and Maingear, building a PC without messy cables might just get easier.

The two companies today announced Project Stealth. It centers around a motherboard, the Z690 Aorus Elite Stealth, that moves all of the connections to the back, including power supply connections, audio, USB and front panel headers. There's also a case, the Aorus C300G Stealth with appropriate cutouts to install from the rear and a GPU, the RTX 3070 Gaming OC Stealth,  with a power connector on the underside.

Project Stealth will be available as an assembly kit, the Z690 Aorus Elite Stealth motherboard, RTX 3070 Gaming OC Stealth GPU and Aorus C300G Stealth Case. Pricing was not announced. Maingear will be selling full pre-built systems in custom configurations, including DDR5 RAM and PCIe Gen 4 SSDs, for those who want a clean build without putting it together on their own. Those will probably cost a lot more, considering they'll include processors, PSUs and other parts, as well as assembly in the company's New Jersey facility.

Here's a look at what a build might look like from the back, where all the connections go: 

(Image credit: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte's announcement very specifically refers to using Maingear's "revolutionary patent and design" for the motherboard, likely referring to a 2011 patent held by Maingear chief executive Wallace Santos. After Aorus France tweeted a teaser showing a cable-free build and a motherboard and GPU meant to hide ports, many wondered if Maingear would enforce its claim to the patent. If they weren't working together then, the two companies certainly are now.

There's no specific release date. A release from Gigabyte says that the kit is "now available," but we haven't seen it for sale anywhere. 

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE

  • WrongRookie
    Just one problem...how would it be possible to replace the cables especially if you have to replace the PSU?
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  • A Stoner
    Same problem you have with most custom solutions. The people this is for prioritize other aspects than home reparability. You could do what I do when I buy a custom item that I know has specific failure modes, buy the replacement parts in advance and store them. When I had a Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder after the first roof retraction failure and trouble finding parts to repair it, I bought several of the most likely failure points parts and put them in storage. Then when it failed again, I had the failed parts rebuilt and put back in storage. It was not perfect, I still had to have custom built components machined to replace some parts I did not see as failure points. But it kept the car running and for a significantly lower cost than it would have otherwise been if I had been buying those parts at the times of the failure as they simply were not available anymore.
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  • gg83
    A Stoner said:
    Same problem you have with most custom solutions. The people this is for prioritize other aspects than home reparability. You could do what I do when I buy a custom item that I know has specific failure modes, buy the replacement parts in advance and store them. When I had a Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder after the first roof retraction failure and trouble finding parts to repair it, I bought several of the most likely failure points parts and put them in storage. Then when it failed again, I had the failed parts rebuilt and put back in storage. It was not perfect, I still had to have custom built components machined to replace some parts I did not see as failure points. But it kept the car running and for a significantly lower cost than it would have otherwise been if I had been buying those parts at the times of the failure as they simply were not available anymore.
    By bar my favorite car. 3000GT. I never owned one but it was sick. Didn't a model have all wheel steering?
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  • gg83
    I love RGB everything but this setup is equally as beautiful!
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  • ZuliMuli
    WrongRookie said:
    Just one problem...how would it be possible to replace the cables especially if you have to replace the PSU?
    You mean besides their attempt to lock you into their ecosystem, nothing. Pinouts will be easy to figure out and cables will be no more difficult to make than custom ones now. Cheaper really as why bother sleaving them.

    This whole thing screams locked into an ecosystem that benefits only them. And I can't really see the market, people that want a really clean build are also not the people that cheap out on hardware and having choice is important to them. Maybe I'm just underestimating the prebuild market as no one posts them with pride lol
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