The DIY home PC crowd will be pleased to hear that GPU upgrades just became effortless. The Gigabyte X670 EZ-Latch Plus motherboard is a new screwless and latchless system for easy GPU and SSD swaps.
Tom’s Hardware noticed two new Gigabyte motherboards popping up on Twitter, a PCIe EZ-Latch Plus and an M.2 EZ-Latch Plus. Both are built with the next processors of the Ryzen 7000 series with Zen 4 architecture in mind.
Both PCIe and M.2 EZ-Latch Plus motherboards finally eliminate those pesky little screws that always manage to drop the magnetic screwdriver and roll into the computer somewhere. Instead, both motherboards have their own unique system for easily attaching and removing GPUs.
The PCIe system features a physical button near the edge of the motherboard and away from those narrow DIMM slots. No more fat fingers stuck in a motherboard (although I’m sure some of us will still find a way). A simple push of the button releases the GPU. This new button system on the PCIe motherboard also opens up more room for manufacturers to pack more PCIe slots, especially next to large and bulky components.
On the M.2 board, things are just as simple. The M.2 features a snap-in mechanism, allowing you to snap a GPU into place by gently lowering it onto the motherboard. Turn the latch to release the card.
The user from Twitter @momomo_us posted links to GIFs of the new motherboards in action. The GIFs show a man’s hand popping cards in and out of the PCIe board and M.2 board.
— 188号 (@momomo_us) August 10, 2022
This represents a massive quality of life upgrade for PC builders and gamers and is something other motherboard manufacturers should implement. There are rumors that AMD and Asus have similar projects in the works, although nothing official has been released.
If the major manufacturers jump on board, we could finally say goodbye to those little screws.