What are motherboard standoffs?
Motherboard spacers are small plastic or metal spacers that go between the motherboard and a case. The spacer screws attach to both surfaces, securing them in place. There is usually one screw on each corner of the board for stability purposes. The spacers may come with your new PC when you first purchase it; however, they may not be standard depending on where you buy your computer parts.
You can also use other types of hardware, such as thumbtacks, if nothing else is available. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for cases where pre-installed spacers are built into their design, as it is difficult to install spacers correctly without specialized tools (such as long nose pliers).
Do motherboards come with spacers?
Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but more often than not, motherboards don’t come with spacers.
Generally the spacers come with the case because the case is the one who knows the hole size they decided to go with when manufacturing the case, so they usually send the spacers along with the case so you can use them for your motherboard and fans.
If you buy a new motherboard but keep the old case, you can use the same screws without any problem, if the screws didn’t come with the motherboard or case, you’re out of luck. You may be able to find them at local hardware stores or contact the manufacturing brand/store that sold the case and say you didn’t receive the spacers.
Do all motherboards need spacers / Why should a motherboard be installed on spacers?
Yes they do! The screws are needed to hold the motherboard in place.
Without them, nothing will hold the MOBO, so you won’t be able to use it, nor any other part, so make sure you have them handy.
Can you install a motherboard without spacers?
No, the spacers are required by the manufacturer to provide a stable installation of the board in the enclosure.
The spacers should not be removed as they pass through holes on both sides of the case and insert into tapped threads on top of the motherboard as they provide stability to the system.
Removing them would make your PC extremely unstable or even fall and damage its components.