Sunday, November 16, 2008

What Makes a Motherboard Good?


The motherboard or system board of a computer, is the most important part of the computer. So what makes one system board better then others?

A good modern system board will have 4 to 6 usb2 ports 4 to 6 sata 2 is good with speeds at 3 gbs and the new SATA 3 coming out soon will double the speed to 6 gbs.
For having the best video the system board should have PCI express 16 slot.

There should be pci express 1 slots about 2 should be good enough for now. The older pci slots are still needed for items, such as a network card and sound card. Three of these are a good amount to have available.

For AMD processor fans like myself I recommend going with a Socket AM3 socket type.
940-contact PGA) - Future AMD socket for single processor systems. Features support for DDR3 and HyperTransport 3 with separated power lanes. Planned to launch mid 2008. Replaces Socket AM2+ with support for DDR3-SDRAM.

Socket T if you are an Intel fan (also known as Socket 775 or LGA 775) - Intel Pentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron D, Pentium Extreme Edition, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, Celeron[4], Xeon 3000 series, Core 2 Quad (Northwood, Prescott, Conroe, Kentsfield, and Cedar Mill cores)

Some system boards have very good built in audio, but you would still get better performance out of one with a separate sound card.

Check out reviews of the system boards you are thinking of buying. Some of the best places to check are anandtech.com and tomshardware.com

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