What is the opinion of Reddit about the
StarTech.com 16in (40cm) 9 Pin Serial Male to 10 Pin Motherboard Header Slot Plate – motherboard Serial Port Adapter (PLATE9M16), Gray?

A total of 6 reviews of this product on Reddit.

1 point


20th Feb 2021

I had read that these connectors for serial port headers are the correct pitch, but I don’t know whether the number of pins or pinout are a match. It’d sure be convenient if they were.

1 point


11th Nov 2017

I might just try ordering a couple ribbon cables, just for laughs. But i don’t now if they are A or B type.

2 points


13th Jul 2021

Alright, after talking with you in the comments, here is my first draft of the build. If you want to change the motherboard and case size, need a dedicated GPU, or other items, that can be discussed.

My first go around I prioritized getting an 8 core CPU that had integrated graphics. This was so you can get a very strong CPU, but since you said the graphics were simple, I’m hoping integrated graphics (iGPU) in the CPU are good enough for the program. A dedicated graphics card (GPU) would provide better graphics performance, but the GPU market is freakin’ crazy right now, with high prices and shortages everywhere. You’re budget of $950 USD is low in the crazy GPU market, so I am hoping you can avoid that market all together.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPUIntel Core i7-10700 2.9 GHz 8-Core Processor$309.99 @ Adorama
CPU CoolerScythe FUMA 2 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler$59.99 @ Amazon
MotherboardAsus TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard$149.99 @ Amazon
MemoryTeam T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory$71.98 @ Amazon
StorageTeam MP33 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive$49.99 @ Amazon
StorageSeagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive$55.49 @ Amazon
CaseThermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case$49.99 @ Newegg
Power SupplySeaSonic CORE GM 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply$62.99 @ Newegg
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit$129.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-13 14:42 EDT-0400

And also add this COM port header to serial port adapter to the build to get you the serial port. Costs $9 on Amazon, for a total build price of $949.39: https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-1U-Rackmount-LCD-Console/dp/B001Y1F0HW/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=com+header+to+serial+port&qid=1626200554&sr=8-3

CPU: You said the program is CPU intensive, so went with the cheapest, modern, 8 core CPU that had built in integrated graphics.

CPU cooler: To cool the 8 core CPU while it’s doing CPU intensive tasks, I chose a solid, well renown CPU cooler for $60. It’s quiet, and performs well.

Motherboard: You wanted Wifi, at least 4 USB ports, and a serial port. Also had to fit into the budget. To do this, I chose a smaller, well built, micro-ATX motherboard that was cheaper that other full size ATX motherboards. It has built in Wifi, 8 USB ports, and a COM port header (serial port header). The COM port header allows you to attach the serial port adapter I linked to your motherboard to add a serial port connection to the PC.

Memory: 16 GBs of DDR4 RAM at 3200 MHz CL 16 are the base specs for RAM these days. Considering you’re using an older XP machine with less than 4 GBs of RAM, this is a massive upgrade.

Storage: The new SSD form factor and type, M.2 NVMe drives, have now come down in price to cost the same as the older SATA SSDs, so I picked a 500 GB one like you wanted. These M.2 NVMe drives attach directly to the motherboard. For this specific build, do note that the M.2 NVMe drive will only work in the second M.2 slot on the microATX motherboard I picked. Also, 2 TB HDDs were only $10 more than a 1 TB HDD, so I picked a 2 TB HDD.

Case: Since I picked a microATX motherboard, I chose a medium size microATX case. This can be easily changed to a mid-tower ATX case if you want.

Power Supply: Solid quality power supply at a good price, semi-modular too.

Got you Windows 10 Pro, and also found an adapter to allow you to add a serial port to the computer.

1 point


6th Aug 2021

Has anyone seen a pcie bracket for the com port that is rj45 instead of db9? Similar to this, but rj45. https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-1U-Rackmount-LCD-Console/dp/B001Y1F0HW

1 point


20th Sep 2018

Looks like you might be right. I set my server up with enterprise hardware which came with graphics support without the need for a GPU or iGPU. I did some digging into the board and thought that you might be able to achieve everything through the onboard COM header and a serial connection.. I’ve read some advice that this won’t work but I find that difficult to believe. IF you’re technically minded this might be a route you could explore:



The unclear part would be how to enable serial connections in the bios without the monitor. It does seem like an easier solution to just buy a cheap GPU though.

If you were to get this working, you could install the OS, and PMS via terminal – i.e. from another computer you’ve connected to the headless server. You could use terminal screen or PuTTY to connect.

1 point


15th Apr 2015

Most high end motherboards still have them as headers on the board itself, but don’t put them on the IO pannel. check your manuel, and if you have one, throw one of these in your pc. if not get one of these instead.