I'm looking at the Iwill P4533-N and the intel 850E-MV, and the audio outputs, the onboard LAN, and even some of the USB ports don't match up!
I'm using a chieftec tower ATX case, and the mobos are also ATX form factor. The I/O plate on my case has the USB/NIC slots directly right of the PS2 connectors, but the motherboards have them directly to the right of the LPT printer ports, etc.
Also, the audio out on my case's plate is paralell with the motherboard laying play, but the mother board has the audio outputs at a 90 degree angle with the motherboard.
I've heard that some mobos include plates, but I'm not how to attach them, considering the plate on my case seems permanently stuck in.....
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Contact <A HREF="http://www.chieftec.com" target="_new">Chieftec</A> for a replacement plate. Antec lets you relpace their's and they will send you a new one upon request. I am sure Chieftec is the same.
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It's technically the motherboard manufacturer's responsibility to provide a compatible I/O plate; it's also the chassis manufacturer's responsibility to leave a rectangular cutout where such a plate can be installed and removed. Often enough, though, an ATX motherboard's I/O ports fit a very common generic layout (especially if the motherboard doesn't have onboard extras like networking, audio, FireWire etc.) and can thus get away with not including an I/O plate. Occasionally, you get a crap or B-stock motherboard that's missing that plate and won't fit a generic one.
I know that some case manufacturers include plates that screw into the case or use some other semi-proprietary attachment method, but the only non-removable plates I've seen are in OEM boxen.
Chieftech may be willing to provide you a semi-generic I/O plate that <i>might</i> fit, or Iwill/Intel might be willing to provide you an I/O plate that <i>will</i> fit. Or you can leave the plate out. The case probably wouldn't pass FCC/CE/UL testing without the plate, but if you have a positive-pressure air circulation system (i.e. more fans sucking air in than blowing air out), incoming debris shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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Most of Chieftec's cases uses standard snap in rectagular plates. They install from inside the case, you need to push them in from the outside to pop them out. Iwill should be supplying a new standards rectangular plate to fill the hole.