I have an old T3500 with a Xeon W3670 that I would like to move into a modern retail case. But as we are aware, Dell uses proprietary front panel wiring harnesses. Is there any practical way to put the Precision motherboard in a retail case and still be able to connect the various front panel wiring to the headers on the Dell board? Adapters?
I'm willing to leave the IO Shield out of the new case since there is no way to move the old one to the new case. Thanks.
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Only if you or somebody else can or has mapped the front panel connector, and that assumes the Dell motherboard will physically fit into any non-Dell case.
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Mapping the wiring connections I can do. But that still leaves the issues of making the physical connections to the retail case. So I guess the answer is no, not in any practical manner anyway.
I was hoping someone over the years has solved this issue and located some adapters to go from Dell headers to retail case wiring connectors.
Its no walk in the park.
Glad to help. Dell certainly has it's own way of doing things. Had similar aspirations but opposite. Wanted to mount ATX board in the T3500 since I really like the case.
That paper image is only a rough comparison of size. Click the link above this post. When the boards are laid as would be orientated in the case differences are much more dramatic.