To mount a motherboard on your case, you obviously need proper mounting screws. Now, the question is, do motherboard manufacturers provide them straight out of the box? Or do you have to get them separately elsewhere?
We’ll be covering all the essentials regarding this topic so you can get a clear and well-explained answer. So, let’s start!
Do Motherboards Provide Screws?
Well, to be honest, NO. Motherboards generally don’t come with screws that are needed to be mounted with the case. But it’s very common to expect such a thing as we are pretty much used to seeing additional screws with CPUs and power supplies.
Motherboards don’t provide screws as it’s more of a case specific thing. It varies from form factor to form factor. So, if you’re looking for screws to mount your motherboard, it’s best to look inside the box of the case.
Why Don’t They?
There are some very practical reasons for MOBO manufacturers to not provide screws with the box. Let’s discuss the reasons.
Motherboard form factors define the length of the board, the screw mounting positions, and some other essential features like the CPU socket placement, PCI-E lane count, memory slots, and so on.
These form factors also depict which type of case it can be mounted to. Suppose a Mini-ITX case will have all the screws a motherboard of that size will possibly need. Same goes for ATX and M-ATX cases. So, it’s really not logical for motherboards to have the screws included.
Cases provide them according to the mounting holes that are already included in the case itself.
Motherboard manufacturers tend to have different preferences on the screw mount placement. Not all boards have identical screw locations. This is yet another reason not to include screws in the boxes of motherboards.
Safety and Cost
You might be thinking, hey, it’s just a bunch of screws. Why would it even matter? But even a small plastic attachment that requires mass production will ultimately cost a large amount of money. There are millions of boards of the same model shipped worldwide. Hope I’ve made a point.
Apart from that, external pressure caused by shipping might lead to the misplacement of the screws. Or worse, it can lead to scratches or some other sort of damage to the board if not properly allocated. This is yet another reason to avoid including screws in the motherboard box.
What Screws Can the Motherboard Provide?
Well, mounting screws generally can’t be seen with motherboards of modern time. However, there can be a few types to look forward to. These are:
- 2 Screws: These screws are far smaller than basic mounting screws. The primary purpose of these screws is to mount the M.2 PCI Express SSD cards to the motherboard slot. If mounted properly, these offer a stronger hold and stable positioning.
- Standoff Screws: These screws are generally brass made. Riser screws help to lift the board from the tray on the case. These come in handy if you want to hide some wires and cables behind the motherboard. By the way, these help with the cooling a bit as well.
Note: There’s yet another type of screw that’s used to mount CPU coolers to the motherboard. But these too are generally offered with the coolers themselves and not with the motherboard.
Let’s admit; you’ll need a case to mount your board. And that’s exactly where you’ll find the mounting screws. Apart from that, I’ve explained all the basics you need to know about the screws that are needed for the MOBO in general.
Hope you enjoyed the read. See ya!