People say you can never have too many USB ports. But have those people had 23 USB ports to choose from?
The hilariously overkill amount of options is one of the features of a new motherboard from MSI, a line of motherboards targeting professional workstation users, VFX artists, and others who want to connect A Lot Of Things.
The ports are the physical maximum of what MSI can support with the X570 chipset (the same one motherboards built for the latest Ryzen generation will use when they start shipping in July).
Aimed at content creators, it’s called the Prestige X570 Creation. Along with 6 USB 2.0 ports for compatibility, there’s a whopping 14x first-gen USB 3.2 ports, and 3x second-gen USB 3.2 ports. They’re spread out across the front and back connectors, but naturally you’ll find the most USB ports at the back.
The rest of the motherboard is largely what you’d expect from something built for the next-generation — Wi-Fi 6 support is coming as standard, there’s two PCIe 4.0 slots and 6 SATA ports in case you need it, MSI’s take on what motherboard cooling should be, and a pre-installed I/O shield, eliminating one of the most annoying bits about installing any motherboard.
What’s interesting here, though, is that it’s not just monitors and sleek designs that manufacturers are targeting at the Apple crowd. It’s motherboards too, although I’d love to meet the person who looks at their PC or Mac and thinks, “If only I had another six or seven USB ports.”
The author travelled to Computex as a guest of ASUS and Intel.