ASUS unveiled the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF and TUF Gaming BTF White ecosystems to conceal wires for clean and tidy PCs for a multitude of settings. This invention uses a PCIe high-power connection on graphics cards that fit BTF motherboards’ high-power slots.
BTF vs. Advanced
Users contemplating a hidden-connector design have several alternatives with ASUS BTF components. A BTF chassis and motherboard like the TUF Gaming B760M-BTF WiFi D4 can hide all the cables that connect directly to the motherboard, including power, 2.5-inch SATA drives, case fans, front-panel buttons, and I/O ports.
A contemporary PC with a strong graphics card has more cords than that. GPUs need a PCIe power connector because they need more power than the x16 slot can provide. ASUS’s Advanced BTF hides that wire too. Advanced BTF motherboards include a graphics card high-power slot that can power a BTF graphics card. A PCIe high-power graphics card is needed to create an Advanced BTF PC.
ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF, high-end with concealed connections
The innovative ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF is the first of two ASUS BTF motherboards with concealed connectors. This premium board resembles the ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero in design and specs. Like the Dark Hero, it has dark colors, armored panels, and massive VRM heatsinks. Polymo lighting on the I/O shroud adds the ideal touch. Two layers of RGB lights create a bright ROG pattern in this microstructure.
Despite their similarities, these boards seem quite different with the connections and headers hidden. ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF armor now reaches the bottom corners. Cleaner edges are more distinct. The Q-Code and Q-LED diagnostic capabilities that show system status are simpler to use in quieter environments. The ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF is a big advancement for minimalist builders.
As one of the newest ROG Z790 motherboards, the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF has cutting-edge features. The greatest graphics of today and future may be installed in a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot with a graphics card high-power slot for BTF cards. ROG Supreme FX 7.1 audio teamed with an ESS ES9218 Quad DAC for front-panel connections offers crisp, clear gaming audio no matter what headset or speakers users attach into their PC. Dual Thunderbolt 4 ports at the rear panel allow next-generation peripherals at full speed. Access the front panel’s high-speed USB Type-C port via a USB 20Gbps cable.
ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF can support a top-tier Intel CPU with voltage regulator modules with 20+1+2 power stages rated at 90 amps each. Each power stage delivers the cleanest power to the CPU, even under heavy loads, with up to 90 amps of output.
Users may construct a fast and large storage system with the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF’s M.2 compatibility. One of the fastest SSDs on the market can be installed in the onboard PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, and four more slots may be used to add drives.
The ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF offers high-end networking. When used with a WiFi 7 router, this motherboard supports the newest wireless networking. A 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port is available for wired communications.
Finally, the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF has ASUS’s newest DIY-friendly PCIe Slot Q-Release Slim. Users may remove their graphics card from the slot without releasing a latch or pressing a button using this method. Tilting the card toward the latching mechanism unlocks it from the PCIe slot. This simplifies updates and maintenance more than ever.
Two BTF chassis possibilities
Most PC DIY components work with a BTF motherboard. Users just require a suitable chassis, not CPU coolers, power supplies, SSDs, or RAM. BTF motherboard connections are inaccessible by standard motherboard trays.
ASUS has two out-of-the-box alternatives. ROG Hyperion GR701 BTF Edition first. The ROG Hyperion GR701 BTF Edition includes motherboard tray cutouts to expose BTF motherboard connections to our award-winning chassis. Dual 420 mm radiator support, four 140 mm fans, and a built-in fan hub provide excellent cooling, as with the original. It helps construct with a 34 mm-deep cable management chamber and 46 mm-wide routing channel and enough of capacity for even the largest graphics cards.
ASUS is introducing the TUF Gaming GT302 ARGB chassis to perfectly house the TUF Gaming Z790-BTF WiFi. This stunning white mid-tower chassis supports a BTF motherboard and has several cooling improvements and creative features to ease the assembly process.
The TUF Gaming GT302 ARGB has four 140 mm ARGB fans for outstanding out-of-the-box ventilation. Superior airflow and static pressure are achieved with 28 mm units. Since so many builders use AIO liquid CPU coolers, ASUS is introducing a new feature with the GT302 that simplifies AIO installation: Users may simply install and clean the radiator by removing the top panel.
Size and component compatibility are also appealing in the GT302. The ROG Hyperion BTF takes up more desk space than this mid-size tower, but it can fit ATX motherboards and high-end graphics cards with good cooling.
BTF graphics cards ready to fight
The PCIe 5.0 x16 slots on a BTF motherboard allow customers to attach any GPU. Standard graphics cards must have their power cables attached in the conventional spot, which may protrude in a hidden-connector setup. So ASUS created the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF Edition and the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER BTF White Edition. These cards transmit power via a bottom PCIe high-power connection, similar to ASUS’ GPU servers. Users do not need a BTF graphics card to utilize a BTF motherboard, but they must install one if they buy one.
The PCIe high-power connection has benefits beyond its hidden-connector appearance. First, users won’t have to worry about their case having enough horizontal room to protect their GPU power cord from touching the side panel. Second, it helps prevent GPU droop by adding a motherboard attachment point. Since it slides into place when installing the graphics card, it eliminates the need to attach a power wire.
It fits ASUS’s most powerful graphics card since the PCIe high-power connection can supply 600 watts. ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 BTF Edition. This beastly GPU has the same ultra-competitive performance, 24 GB of GDDR6X, NVIDIA RTX 40 Series AI-accelerated features, powerful and quiet cooling solution, and diecast shroud as the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090, but it looks better without a 16-pin external power connector.
ASUS provides the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER BTF White Edition with a concealed connection. The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti preserves the speed, cooling, and clean design of the original, but with its PCIe high-power connection, it’s ideal for a BTF build. Its pure white color matches the Z790-BTF WiFi and GT302 ARGB.
|ROG MAXIMUS Z790 HERO BTF
|4 x DIMM, Max. 192 GB, DDR5
|1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16 or x8)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x4
|1 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 5.0 x4) 4 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
|Intel Wi-Fi 7
1 x Intel 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
|ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High-Definition Audio CODEC ALC4082
|2 x Thunderbolt™ 4 ports (2 x USB Type-C) 6 x USB 10 Gbps ports (5 x Type-A + 1 x USB Type-C) 4 x USB 5 Gbps ports (4 x Type-A)
|1 x USB 20 Gbps connector (supports USB Type-C) 2 x USB 5 Gbps headers (support 4 USB 5 Gbps ports) 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
|3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers 1 x AURA RGB header
|1 x 4-pin CPU fan header 1 x 4-pin CPU OPT fan header 1 x 4-pin AIO pump header 4 x 4-pin chassis fan headers 1 x W_PUMP+ header
|1 x graphics card high-power slot (delivers up to 600 watts) 1 x 24-pin main power connector 2 x 8-pin +12 V power connector 1 x 12 V-2X6 Auxiliary power connector