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

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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    • christos_thski
    • 5 years ago

    At the price MSI’s high end motherboards go, you’d be better off buying a standalone PCI Express USB 3.1 controller -when those inevitably ship- and save a whole lot of money. We’ll have to see 3.1 support on mainstream/midrange motherboards (and laptops) in order for the new standard to start making a dent.

      • albundy
      • 5 years ago

      I thought the x99 was the high end line? the z97 looks very affordable.

    • RdVi
    • 5 years ago

    It looks like there are only four regular USB ports. I guess it’s not easy to stack 3.0 ports on top of 3.1 ports. What about backwards compatible standard-a 3.1 ports? Surely they could’ve had two of them with the type c port on top.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 5 years ago

    Where we really need this is on the front of the case so people can easily plug in their type C phones.

    • eofpi
    • 5 years ago

    [quote<]five PCIe x1 slots[/quote<] I count four.

      • willmore
      • 5 years ago

      Maybe they’re miscounting the M.2 connector in front of the top x1 slot?

      • Tumbleweed
      • 5 years ago

      There are five PCIe x1 slots, Captain Picard. Five!

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 5 years ago

    Can already see companies producing cables that will have Type-C at one end and still be Type-A/Micro-A or B at the other. Sigh.

    Edit: *nit-pick* (And is that a VGA connector still? Come on…)

      • willmore
      • 5 years ago

      Yes, but it does seem to have a DVI and an HDMI (under the optical output). So, that’s *something*.

      • maxxcool
      • 5 years ago

      Yeah… until every phone ships with the c-variants we won’t see a lot of dual end c-types.

      Now we are going to see tons of crappie 3$ adapters *with bad sub* built right in and all sorts of other usb jackers sprinkled on Amazon and eBay.

      I seriously need to get on my usb epoxy project for my building…

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 5 years ago

    For some reason that reminds me of seeing a USB stick jammed into an Ethernet port.

    I don’t remember how the person did it.

      • willmore
      • 5 years ago

      I’m guessing the answer isn’t “carefully”.

      • setzer
      • 5 years ago

      Fairly easy to do, I assume you never did it by mistake 😛

        • Kurotetsu
        • 5 years ago

        Something as stupid as jamming a USB anything into an Ethernet port isn’t something you do “by mistake”.

      • TheQat
      • 5 years ago

      Absent-minded maybe, but USB-A connectors fit easily into ethernet ports. If you’re plugging something in where you have limited or no vision, it’s not far-fetched at all.

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