2.21 Mounting the Motherboard
Before installing your motherboard, make sure your chassis has the necessary
motherboard support studs installed. These studs are usually metal and are gold in color.
Usually, the chassis manufacturer will pre install the support studs. If you're unsure of
stud placement, simply lay the motherboard inside the chassis and align the screw holes
of the motherboard to the studs inside the case. If there are any studs missing, you will
know right away since the motherboard will not be able to be securely installed.
Some chassis' include plastic studs instead of metal. Although the plastic studs are
usable, Tyan recommends using metal studs with screws that will fasten the motherboard
more securely in place.
Below is a chart detailing what the most common motherboard studs look like and how
they should be installed.
TIP: Use metal studs if possible, as they hold the motherboard into place more securely
than plastic standoffs.