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Use a newer motherboard in the Gen8 case


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Now that the Gen8 is in the sunset of it's life (RAM limitations getting worse, at least for me), I was wondering if anyone had swapped the motherboard (and 120mm fan, I suppose) for something more up to date? The case itself is great so it seems a shame to do away with it.

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canuckcam

Yes, for me the RAM was the limiting factor as well. I moved onto a DL360 Gen8. 

Issue with the MS is even if you can fit a mini-ITX board into the case with another low-profile CPU fan, you'll have to do some heavy modding to the I/O area as it's not removable. I tried to do something similar with the HP Z820 workstation because the case is really quite nice. Unfortunately the amount of modding required was beyond my skill and the effort didn't seem to be worth it.

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DerFritz
You can use the HP MicroServer Gen8 Chassis Retrofit ITX Kit.
Gen8Fun - Umbausatz - 01.jpg


With this kit a standard ITX-Board will fit:
 
Umbau_01.jpg



Drawback: It is only available in a chinese shop: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=542897442387
I bought it via superbuy.com

I have replaced the Powersupply from Delta with an FlexGURU 300W from FSP (Fortron). You can make your own harness.
 
FlexGURU-custom_mod-02.jpg
 
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DerFritz

My pics in my post above are not displayed in my google browser. Don't know why.

Have them attached here with google browser. Hope this will work now.

Gen8Fun - Umbausatz - 01.jpg

Umbau_01.jpg

FlexGURU-custom_mod-02.jpg

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DerFritz
15 hours ago, DerFritz said:

 

Point the google browser (will automatic translate) to this links:

 

https://www.chiphell.com/thread-1181782-1-1.html

https://post.smzdm.com/p/aek84e34/

 

 

I found an additional HowTo:

https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/54503225

 

In any case I would remove the four elevated pillars of the original heat sink. This gives additional room above the CPU. Other mods on the original motherboard tray are not necessary.

 

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