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Motherboard missing ports?

I bought a new case, and put my old motherboard in there. I noticed that there are missing ports things on my motherboard. Is that normal or do I have to purchase them separately? 



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For the first picture (missing USB 3 front panel connector) your motherboard just doesn't have that. It seems to be a lower end board, so that's not too surprising. The missing IDE header is also not surprising as IDE has been outdated for a long time now. 

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Interesting. Looking at pictures of the board online, they don't have them either. I'm gonna go ahead and guess that the PCB is used for several different boards to keep cost down, and this particular version just doesn't have these features. Looking at the USB 3 circuitry, it looks like there is no controller installed as well, so that makes sense. As for the IDE port, you're not gonna miss that one, horribly outdated standard.

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That's quite common on OEM devices or cheaper aftermarket boards to be ready to handle more connectivity but cutting it down to reduce costs, yet the actual connections are still there. They do this to not have to design fully new parts for similar devices and it is cheaper just to remove a physical port than it is to re-design. For example my old Acer Aspire E1-531/571 (both the same, they just use a different chipset to support different CPUs) came with iGPU only, yet on the E1-531/571G versions there are dGPUs. But even on the non-dGPU versions there are still the soldering spots for the dGPU and its memory and other required parts. As a matter of fact, that is very common on even higher-end laptops to have the soldering points for the dGPU versions, just that the spots aren't fitted on the most versions.

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The connectors were never there from the start. 

Usually there's other models that use the same base circuit board but add more connectors.


Another possibility is that the manufacturer (Asrock in this case) was contracted by a company like HP or Dell to make an OEM motherboard for them with specific features and then re-use the design to release some models under their brand. 

So for example, an OEM motherboard could have had the IDE connectors installed along with the IDE controller chip (because AM1 chipset doesn't have an IDE controller built in) but they're releasing their own branded model



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