Review: Asus BTF - A clean cable-free PC build with GPU, Mobo and Chassis

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Back to the Future Part IV - BTF

Both your motherboard and graphics card are a crucial part of any computer, they've evolved slowly and steadily rather than undergoing any major overhauls. Even though there have been improvements like faster connection systems, the basic layout and key standards such as PCI-Express have stayed pretty much the same. PCI-Express has been the go-to slot for plugging in graphics cards for over two decades, and despite the technology getting faster over time, the way these slots are designed and their size hasn't changed much. This is due to adherence to certain rules and formats like the ATX standard, which sets the guidelines for how computer parts should be designed and how they work together. When new types of motherboards come out, they can shake things up a bit by challenging these well-established rules, which might lead to issues with how well different computer parts work together. There have been attempts to introduce new motherboard designs in the past, like BTX, STX, and DTX, but these have typically ended up being used only in specific areas like server technology, mainly because they didn't fit in with the established norms. During CES 2024 Asus introduced a cutting-edge design concept for desktop PCs named "BTF," standing for "Back to the Future." This concept is all about revamping the way we think about the internal setup of PCs. Specifically, it's about getting rid of all the messy cables that usually crisscross inside a computer case. By moving the necessary connections for power and other cables to the back side of the motherboard, the inside of the PC looks much neater and more appealing.


This idea of creating cleaner PC interiors isn't entirely new. It follows a trend that was already noticeable at Computex in the summer of 2023, where the focus was on making PC builds that are not just powerful but also organized and aesthetically pleasing. However, the movement towards designs that hide away wires and cables is gaining momentum, and Asus's announcement is a clear sign that this trend is picking up speed. What's more, it's not just Asus talking about this; major PC case makers are also on board, suggesting that we're going to see a lot more of these wire-free designs in the near future. Asus isn't alone in this journey towards a cleaner PC interior. Other tech companies, like MSI and Corsair, have also been working on similar concepts. MSI came up with up with their version called "Project Zero," which also aims at minimizing the visibility of cables inside PCs. However, Asus's BTF concept takes things a step further, especially when it comes to handling the cables connected to graphics cards. This detail is important because graphics cards are typically among the most prominent components in a PC build, and their cables can contribute significantly to internal clutter. By finding a new way to manage these cables, Asus's BTF concept enhances the internal aesthetics of PCs even more.


What Asus and others are working towards is a future where the inside of a PC isn't just a tangle of wires and cables but a clean and orderly space. This shift is not just about looks; it's about rethinking PC design in a way that marries form with function, making PCs that are not only powerful and efficient but also a pleasure to look at.

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