New MSI Z97 mobo sports a USB 3.1 Type-C connector


— 8:02 PM on January 4, 2015

Finalized last August, the USB 3.1 Type-C connector has a reversible design that promises to eliminate the infamous USB quantum superposition problem. MSI has now announced a Z97 motherboard that features a Type-C connector in its rear I/O cluster—the first to do so, according to the company. Behold the new Z97A Gaming 6:

Hallelujah! Now all we need are some Type-C peripherals.

MSI's CES press kit doesn't say much else about this mobo. From the picture above, though, we can see the Z97A Gaming 6 is a fairly high-end offering with isolated audio circuitry, three PCIe x16 slots (two of which look to have x8 electrical connectivity), five PCIe x1 slots, and a bevy of edge-mounted SATA ports. The board also has a stylish black-and-red paint job, with red accents that extend to some of the rear I/O connectivity.

 
   
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