I/O Shield

So I'm putting my new computer together and I couldnt get the motherboard to line up with the stand-offs because of the padding on my I/O Shield.

I decided to rip the stuff off because I didn't think I needed it on there but after I got it off it became clear that it wasn't made to be ripped off.

So can I run my computer with the I/O shield if I took the padding off it?

The motherboard is an Asus P8Z77-VPRO and it was a really thick anti-static padding
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  1. Remove the padding; it's probably for protection during shipping.
  2. o1die said:
    Remove the padding; it's probably for protection during shipping.

    It wasn't for shipping protection it was supposed to be an anti-static cushion which apparently Asus has on many of the i/o shields with their new motherboards.

    This video shows one with the cushioning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9lfou1NJ1Y

    I ripped it off but now I just want to know if it puts me at risk of shorting my motherboard since it's just a metal shield now.
  3. No. If you have removed any excess metal after bending the tangs to open the ports on the shield, then you should be fine. Boards have worked fine without the padding for a long time.
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