Here are more glamor shots of MSI’s USB Type-C motherboard

MSI's Z97A Gaming 6 is the first motherboard we've seen with a USB 3.1 Type-C port. The official MSI photo we posted the other day was a little lackluster, but luckily, our boots on the ground managed to track down the board and shoot some higher-res photography.

The Type-C USB connector sits between the HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, and it's dwarfed by them. Thanks to the reversible design, though, you won't need a flashlight to plug in Type-C devices properly. We're told the connector is hooked up to an ASMedia controller. (The Intel Z97 chipset doesn't have native support for USB 3.1.)

Here's a glamor shot of the full board. Looks like there's a SATA Express port sitting in the bottom-right corner, while an M.2 connector occupies the space beside the top PCIe x1 slot.

Head on to the gallery below for full-resolution images.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 5 years ago

    I’ll still need a flashlight because I’m crawling under my desk if I’m plugging/unplugging stuff on the rear. These ports really need to be on the front of the PC first.

      • Walkintarget
      • 5 years ago

      Or buy the USB cables that have an LED built into each end. I have a few for such occasions and they are a god-send.

      [url<]http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-A-Male-B-Male-Braided-Lighted/dp/B003ES5ZQE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1420814430&sr=8-3&keywords=lighted+usb+cables[/url<]

        • derFunkenstein
        • 5 years ago

        Neat idea. If they’re not plugged in, how are they powered?

    • estheme
    • 5 years ago

    Dead sexy.

    • stdRaichu
    • 5 years ago

    This is nice and all… but I don’t think manyof us here would like to run computers with two different types of physical USB slots. Are USB A -> USB C adapters feasible? Something that would slot into any given existing USB A slot and turn it into a USB C slot would be a [i<]huge[/i<] boost for adoptability for all of us not wanting to change our motherboards... shouldn't be any need for it to protrude more than a couple of millimetres.

      • sweatshopking
      • 5 years ago

      I’M SURE ALL NEWER DEVICES THAT ARE C WHILE HAVE ADAPTERS COME WITH THEM FOR A WHLIE.

    • Voldenuit
    • 5 years ago

    Dangit, I would much rather have had the reversible USB socket concept gain traction than this USB-C thing.

    Because we [i<]really[/i<] need another physical interface formfactor. Not.

      • MDBT
      • 5 years ago

      I’m a bit confused, Type C is reversible and that looks like a female socket to me. A google search of “reversible USB socket” just gets me references to Type C connectors. Could you explain or provide a link to that which you are referring?

        • Voldenuit
        • 5 years ago

        There are a few concepts for reversible USB connectors floating around, one of which involves an [url=http://www.thetecholic.com/apple-might-face-patent-issues-new-reversible-usb/<]ultra thin middle septum[/url<], another which [url=http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/usb_concept_solves_port_plug_problem<]has a spring-loaded block[/url<]. Of course, neither are without potential issues (mechanical wear, fragility of septum), and the USB connector was very poorly thought-out to begin with, but I'd rather a good reversible solution that's backwards (and forwards) compatible than have one more physical connector format.

    • willmore
    • 5 years ago

    Is there anything in USB 3.1’s PCI-E alternate mode to keep it from being vulnerable to the bug that’s causing such pain on Thunderbolt? The security bug where you can just plug a device into the thunderbolt jack and compromise the machine with *no* clear way the machine can stop you.

      • mesyn191
      • 5 years ago

      Its not so much a bug as the way its designed on purpose to make it easy for many devices to be both hot swappable and plug and play.

      AFAIK USB3.1 is just as vulnerable since it can also do DMA sort of but not quite like Thunderbolt does. Allowing it to have DMA makes it fast but also opens the door to huge security issues.

      • Redocbew
      • 5 years ago

      I wouldn’t ever recommend leaving a thing like this unpatched, but having physical access to the target machine often means it’s game over anyway.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 5 years ago

    That’s nice and all, but I’ll be excited when there are headers on the motherboard and cases that put the port where I can reach it with my thumb, er, fingernail drive.

    • shaurz
    • 5 years ago

    Just one measly port, boo.

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 5 years ago

    +1 for taking the most oddly angled shot possible of that lone USB port.

    • mesyn191
    • 5 years ago

    Just 1 USB3.1C connector and they had to sacrifice probably 2 more USB3 connectors to do it?

    Bad trade off IMO. Would be better if they just shipped the mobo with a add in card that gave you a couple of USB3.1C connectors. That bottom slot would be perfect for a PCIe x4 card though a PCIe x1 version would be good enough so long as the card could be given more power through a 4 pin or SATA power connector so they could have at least 12v charging capability for faster charges.

    Or at least gave you a add in card with more USB3 ports with the motherboard if that isn’t possible. That’d work too.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 years ago

    THESE PICS GOT ME SO TURNED ON. SO HOT RIGHT NOW. FIRST TIME IN A WHILE I’VE BEEN THIS IN THE MOOD.

      • gigafinger
      • 5 years ago

      This doesn’t happen often, but I agree. Very nice looking mobo.

      • smilingcrow
      • 5 years ago

      What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, PLEASE!

      • LoneWolf15
      • 5 years ago

      If anyone needs SSK, he”ll be in his bunk. With USB C pics.

        • sweatshopking
        • 5 years ago

        I FLIPPING WANT THIS SO MUCH. SO TIRED OF USB AND HAVING TO TURN THE CABLE UPSIDE DOWN. IT’S LITERALLY KILLING ME.

          • Voldenuit
          • 5 years ago

          Wait, you only have to turn your cable once to avoid the quantum USB superposition effect?

          What, do you have Heisenberg compensators in your warp coils or something?

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