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Motherboard Swap Database

eg1122

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I would like to put together a list of motherboard swaps and whether or not it has functional lights on the Area 51 R2, or any other revision. If you have done a motherboard swap then please post the information of the motherboard and whether you were able to install ACC, if so which version, method of installation, if lights are fully functional, if the front lights are the only ones working, or if lights don't work at all. I'll go first...

Area 51 R2
MSI Z490 ACE
ACC successfully installed via bios trick
ACC v 4.8.25.0
Lights fully functional

I hope this is the start of a good thread for future mobo swappers. I will compile all post into a Google spreadsheet to make the information easily accessable to anyone.

Area 51 Mobo Swap Database
 
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Dmitriy_Orlov

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all msi boards with uefi should fit, i tried 2 mobos (x370 gaming plus and x299 gaming pro carbon). i installed alienware command center version 4.0.59.0 A00-00 with no bios trick at all, lightning works as supposed to, in games as well (fable, mass effect, witcher 2)
 

Cass-Olé

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A51 R2 seen on Reddit has an MSI Z490 Gaming Edge Wifi + Intel i7 10700

Lights are said to work before CmndCntr install --> "I haven't tried to reinstall the Alienware command center software but the LED lights are working fine as a single color") ... And after install --> "The AlienFX works flawlessly but only after downloading version 4.0.59 of the command center. I was able to access older versions of the software by entering my service tag"
 

xps630

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Thank you both. I have updated the spreadsheet.
Someone installed MSI X79 MS-7769 OEM motherboard made for Lenovo. i7-3960X. Uncertain which AWCC but worked. Apparently an MSI downgrade from X99 could be compatible. Not sure if MSI X58 for A51 R1 would work.
 
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xps630

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Someone did AMD Ryzen 3600XT + MSI X570 Gaming Edge motherboard. Not sure which AWCC version.
 
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I have swapped out my original R4 Alx parts and installed Asus Strix Z490-g gaming WiFi mobo with i7 10700k and Dark Rock Pro 4. Had to cut original hard drive and psu cover to expose top van of be quiet straight power psu. 20201213_142333.jpg
 

edwardgyampo

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Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

ACC successfully installed via bios trick.
Alienware AlienFX Editor is fully functional
ACC v 4.0.59.0
NB: Enable ERP in the BIOS

2 USB extensions were required to reach the
USB & front panel headers. The USB cables for
the Alienware X99 motherboard were too short
to reach this motherboard.
NB: You may need to pinch holes in blocked ends.

As marked by the orange rectangle in the image,
the FIO_PWR1 USB cable was connected to the left
side of F_PANEL header on the motherboard:
diag_f_panel_usb.png
The USB1 USB cable should be connected to F_USB1 or F_USB2.

Only this change was required during bios trick:
"BaseBoardProduct"="0XJKKD"

Thank you @eg1122 and everyone for your guidance.

I absolutely love this chassis!
 
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