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I'm strongly considering buying an open box motherboard, and I'm well aware that an open box product can come without the usual accessories of a new product, which doesn't bother me at all as I have plenty of spare parts already.

My question though is what happens if a motherboard comes without an i/o shield, especially if a replacement can't be purchased? Will it be relatively alright without one?
    
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The I/O shield acts as a ground sometimes, but you should be able to run fine without it.
    
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post #3 of 14
You'll be fine without it.
Just make sure that no one inserts any objects through the gaping hole.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Volvo;11776302 
You'll be fine without it.
Just make sure that no one inserts any objects through the gaping hole.

Did that once, ended up with something I didn't want..
wait wha-
    
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You know what I meant. tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Volvo;11776327 
You know what I meant. tongue.gif

Yeah...gotta make sure you dont stick anything into those gaping holes, sometimes they can suck you in.
    
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post #7 of 14
Just be careful about bending the towers of inputs/outputs on the motherboard. Sometimes, if you have a pair of headphones in there without the I/O shield to support it and you tug the wire, you could pull either the headphones or the I/O tower out. If the board that you are buying is an MSI board, you can get a free I/O shield
Edited by Cam3ron - 12/25/10 at 7:36pm
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post #8 of 14
it should be fine i ran my old socket 939 mobo for 2 years without one and it worked fine just be careful not to put anything in the hole.
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post #9 of 14
I haven't used an I/O plate in 10 years.
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post #10 of 14
you really do not need it, as there are many other things that act as grounds, such as teh screws that hold your mobo to the case, and the black groudn wires, but you really don't need the i/O shield.

I woudl strongly advise against any asrock product, especially x58 boards.
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