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Old January 15, 2008, 06:21 PM
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Does the i/o shield serve any functional purpose? Can I run without it?

The i/o shield doesnt line up correctly with my mobo - the mobo is slightly lower. If I use higher standoffs the i/o shield lines up but the pci cards are then too high.

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Old January 15, 2008, 06:35 PM
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Does the i/o shield serve any functional purpose? Can I run without it?

The i/o shield doesnt line up correctly with my mobo - the mobo is slightly lower. If I use higher standoffs the i/o shield lines up but the pci cards are then too high.

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I/O Shield is VERY important as it provides a ground for the I/O components to the case. If the board sits to low you haven't used the proper standoffs.
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Old January 15, 2008, 06:37 PM
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Thanks. I will try some different standoffs.

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Old January 15, 2008, 08:30 PM
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Fixed. I had to tweak the shield a little to get it to line up with the mobo i/o's. I remember now that my case has a glitch and when I installed my P4P800 a couple years ago it was the same. Taller SO's would not fix it as the PCI cards would not line up then.

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Old January 15, 2008, 09:05 PM
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Not to hijack this thread, but by "i/o shield", you're referring to that little tinfoil cutout that clicks into the back of the case? Where all the USB/network/etc stuff comes out? That little thing handles grounding duties for peripherals? I always thought those plugs would be grounded to the motherboard proper?
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Old January 15, 2008, 09:10 PM
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From the EVGA manual:

... used to block radio frequency transmissions, protects internal components from dust and foreign objects and promotes correct airflow within the chassis.

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Old January 15, 2008, 09:13 PM
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Yeah, that's what I'd always figured. But the idea of that little thing grounding anything doesn't exactly inspire me with confidence.
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Old January 15, 2008, 09:24 PM
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How to Build Your Own PC - I/O, I/O, it’s Into or Out of the Computer We Go

"The metal fins on the I/O shield ground the I/O connectors to the case and they will offer some resistance to the mainboard when it is placed. This is natural. Just manipulate and push the mainboard toward the I/O shield until the I/O device connectors protrude and the mainboard holes line up with the case standoffs."
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Old January 15, 2008, 09:57 PM
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Go figure. Learned something new today, I guess.
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How do you like your new eVGA mobo, what cpu do you have on it.
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