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USB2 and USB3 cables for front panel connectors attach to motherboard with SATA connectors

Recently purchased, for a very minimal sum, an Asus ROG Strix GD30CI demo case. Initially thought there was no connectors in it, but, all the front panel connectors are there. That’s the good. Bad: Somehow, ASUS had these connecting to the motherboard via 4 specially marked SATA ports. Anyone seen this before/know of possible adapters? Or am I going to be practicing my soldering skills? So far no luck on google/ebay/ASUS website. Am I wrong in thinking these wouldn’t work in just a normal SATA port? My research so far shows they wouldn’t. Thank you for any help.
In uncovering the daughter board with the connectors on it, they were under a metal box fastened with screws on the case, the connections are SATA on that end too. Including a picture for reference showing the connector on the daughter board.

The cables look like standard SATA cable as well.

Do you have any pictures? It’s not uncommon for prebuilt PCs to come with non-standard connectors. You mention that the one end has SATA-like connectors (I would sure hope they are keyed differently), but what about the other end? If it has standard USB and audio headers on the other end then you may be able to find generic case cables of an appropriate length.

Soldering practice isn’t a bad thing. After I got better at it I have found myself using it very frequently. I would stagger all of the joints as opposed to cutting them the same length and having a massively pregnant cable trying to keep the connections from shorting out.

Yeah pictures of connectors and the back where they connect up to the actual ports

In uncovering the daughter board with the connectors on it, they were under a metal box fastened with screws on the case, the connections are SATA on that end too. Including a picture for reference showing the connector on the daughter board.


The cables look like standard SATA cable as well.

Are you sure this isn’t some kind of esata?

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Yeah I was thinking the same thing, It appears to be an eSATA connector.

eSATA is keyed on both sides. It’s consistent with a regular SATA connector.

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It is really weird for a non hobby project to do this but I have seen split keyboards use sata to connect the two halves.

Has literally no one else on the internet not got one of these?

I have literally only seen very general reviews of the pc this was a case for. No tear downs or specifics on the internals. i was quite surprised to see these connectors. I did find 1 motherboard from one of these pcs on ebay, that’s how i know more about the connectors on the motherboard side of things.