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ASUS F1A75-M No Room for SATA cables

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January 14, 2012 2:04:29 AM

Thanks for taking a look,

I'm installing an ASUS F1A75-M in a XION HTPC case, everything is a little snug but workable. Until I got to the SATA cables. The SATA ports on the motherboard are out the back, right where the power supply is. I might be able to squeeze in the right angle cables except the way they are oriented they all face make the cable go DOWN into the back panel of the case instead of UP away from the motherboard. If the power supply weren't there I could plug the SATA cables in straight but then I wouldn't have a power supply. What are my options?

In case you like pictures:
The Mobo:
http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_Socket_FM1/F1A75M/...
See those 3 grey heads in the back right corner? Those are the SATA ports, they bump up against the power supply.

The Case:
http://www.xionusa.com/images/product/case/XON-810P_Red...
See the power supply in the lower right? That's where the SATA ports face, with barely any clearance.

These Cords:
http://www.amazon.com/SATA-Data-Cable-Right-Angle-Conne...
Of course there is the Key on one end that forces you to plug it in the correct direction, well that forces the cable to lead down from the motherboard where there is no place to go and certainly no room to bend back up.

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a b V Motherboard
January 14, 2012 2:08:59 AM

It says : 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)


Just check the SATA ports nearby the chipset. You have those in white color.

Open the back cover of the case. You will find ease to do.
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January 14, 2012 2:24:01 AM

I looked all over the motherboard for different ports but those 3 heads are the only ones. each of the 3 ports has 2 connectors so there are the 6 connectors.
I found a better picture of it here:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1644/3/
3rd pic down you can see those ports.
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a b V Motherboard
January 14, 2012 2:29:19 AM

I can see. Where is your exact issue?
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January 14, 2012 2:37:07 AM

ok, looking at that last picture when I plug the right angle SATA 6gb cable in it's leading DOWN where there is no room. There's maybe 1/8th" between the mobo and the power supply which is already tight but I might be able to make it work if the right angle cables plugged in the opposite direction and led UP away from the back of the case, instead of down into the back of the case.
I can not, of course, just turn the cable over it only plugs in 1 direction.

Does that make sense?
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a b V Motherboard
January 14, 2012 2:43:05 AM

You will need a different Case for that Mobo which allows the required space.
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a c 81 V Motherboard
January 14, 2012 2:54:59 AM

Check these cable out, they have them in all models the right angled ones facing the other way too, so that might solve the problem of the lower sataports going perpendicular to the base panel and not being able to bend them further.
http://www.cooldrives.com/sata-cables.html
It'll be cheaper than buying a new case.
Here's another place for ultra thin and customs cables.
http://www.specialty-cables.com/sata_cables.html

And finally the most recommended store for cables
http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_i...
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January 14, 2012 3:31:11 AM

Left Angle, my savior. One last question, kind of a noob question probably but the SATA cable that came with my mobo says 6gb, do I need to be careful to get one that can handle that speed?
Can this one: http://www.cooldrives.com/seatacasicas.html
Do I need SATA II cables?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
January 14, 2012 3:40:49 AM

If you're using a SATA 6GBps drive then yes. Other wise SATAII is fine.
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