Project Stealth is partly the result of a clever redesign of the standard ATX motherboard, moving the connectors to the back of the board. Maingear patented this design back in 2011 and bought it from several companies at the time, but couldn’t find a willing design partner.
Long story short, Santos was more interested in making this innovative design a reality and moving the industry forward than in filing lawsuits. And so it teamed up with Gigabyte to bring Project Stealth to market.
“Gigabyte’s Project Stealth takes advantage of Maingear’s revolutionary patent and moves all cable connectors to the back of the motherboard for simplified installation. This includes ports for ATX power, CPU power, fans, USB, audio, front panel, and more.” said Maingear. in a press release earlier this year.
This unique design effectively hides every single cable from view, with only the hoses from the all-in-one CPU cooler visible in the foreground. The result is an ultra-clean design with no wires or cables to interfere with airflow.
Configure a Maingear Stealth Gaming PC
For anyone interested, prices for Maingear’s Stealth gaming PC start at $1,999 for a modest configuration. The base configuration consists of a 6-core/12-thread Intel 12th Gen Core i5-12400F processor clocked at 2.5 GHz to 4.4 GHz, Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB air cooler, Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Elite Stealth motherboard, 16 GB Fury Beast RGB DDR5- 5200 RAM, GeForce RTX 3070 Stealth, 512 GB Intel 670p SSD, EVGA 750W SuperNova power supply and Windows 11 Home. All of this comes in a custom chassis designed for dedicated cable management during gameplay.
That’s about $1,500 in hardware and software (Windows 11), depending on the price you pay for the custom chassis and specialized version of the motherboard and GPU. Considering the boutique build quality and support you can expect from Maingear, we’d say the asking price is pretty reasonable. We didn’t spend any hands-on time on a Stealth build though,