Last year at tech trade shows, the big trend was the “War on Cables,” with new designs for desktop PCs and components hiding power and data cables for a clean build. Only a few products made it to market by the end of 2023, but at CES 2024, Maingear is partnering with MSI and Phanteks on the new “MG-RC” (rear connection) system. This system routes interior cabling to the rear of a case. In two new desktop designs, the Maingear Zero Drop and the Maingear NV9 Zero concept, the company features MSI’s Project Zero motherboards. These motherboards have reverse-mount power and data connections, allowing access to cables from the rear or underside of the case. The Zero Drop uses the MSI B760M Project Zero motherboard, while the NV9 Zero has the Z790 Project Zero board.
The Zero Drop desktop PC features an all-white MSI MAG Pano M1000 PZ case with a wrap-around window, showcasing the Project Zero motherboard and its clean interior. Only coolant tubes and a single power rail are visible, with everything else, including fan cables and front panel connections, hidden. The Zero Drop will be available in limited quantities starting on January 24th.
The NV9 Zero concept PC, in an all-black Phanteks NV9 case, has a clean build with a focus on the LCD display mounted to the rear of the case. This build will be available to gamers in the first quarter of 2024.