Everything About PC Motherboard

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What are Processors?

May 29th, 2015 · Comments Off

They are the brains of all computer systems based on silicon and a ton of minuscule electronics, shrunk down to the size of pinpoints allowing complex computations(from thousands to billions of computations per second). So what’s your processor type? Don’t know? Then you’d better start researching it for you may just be surprised at the many types, It is very important for you to know what kind of CPU or processor you are using when buying your motherboard. For your information, motherboards are made differently. There is a tendency that the motherboard you bought will not support your CPU. You need to know what type of CPU you are using because this will determine the type of motherboard that you should purchase.

Let me give you an example, If you’re using Intel Pentium 4 CPU, you must select a motherboard that is capable of supporting that model of CPU. The speed of the processor is important. Motherboards are created to satisfy every need of the CPU.

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The motherboard’s form is also important.

May 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off

The design of the motherboard is something that you should consider much. Aside from the specs and speed of it, the form and design of it are also important since this will determine the placement of your hardware in your computer. If you wish to have USB ports in front of your PC, you must buy motherboards that have USB slots in front. With this, comes the issue of the CPU’s casing. If there are no holes in front, you obviously have to replace it. All the hardware slots (slots for the LAN, phone port, USB ports, plug, monitor etc.) are also important since you will be connecting some of your external devices on it. The least thing that you want to happen is for your slots to be covered.

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What is a Chipset?

May 15th, 2015 · Comments Off

Do you know what a chipset is? Well, chipsets are the main controllers on the motherboard – they allow the CPU to interface with the various components and expansion cards installed.

When choosing your chipset, always bear in mind the type of memory supported by the motherboard. Make sure that the board supports the type and amount of RAM you need. Generally, choosing a chipset that supports high speed memory will allow your system to perform better.

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Checking the Motherboard

May 8th, 2015 · Comments Off

When your motherboard was broken down be sure to test parts before thinking it was flat dead and acquiring new ones. Be, by all means, to do a visual check up of the motherboard to make sure all IDE cables are connected correctly, the fans are rotating, and that the CMOS battery is in it’s own place. Moreover make sure for any busted or leaking capacitors; those can instantly cause motherboard to be considered as dead.

Be definite that all of the jumpers are in place as well, in case you didn’t know about jumper setting please check the mainboard’s manual for further information, and the manufacturer’s website to find the manual for jumper setting

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Form Factor 2 : MicroATX

May 1st, 2015 · Comments Off

microATX, also known as ATX (sometimes transliterated as mATX[1] or uATX[2][3] on online forums) is a small form factor standard for computer motherboards, with a maximum size of 244 Xmm 244 mm (9.6 inches x 9.6 inches), but some uATX boards can be as small as 6.75 inches by 6.75 inches or 171.45 millimeters by 171.45 millimeters[4]. The standard ATX size is 25% longer, at 305mm X 244mm (12″ wide x 9.6″ deep). Currently available microATX motherboards support CPUs from VIA, Intel or AMD. There are no known microATX motherboards for processor architectures other than x86 and x86-64. -Source

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Dell recalls several biz-PC motherboards

April 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off

Dell has pointed to a supposed flaw with regard to the compatibility of their motherboards with the Nvidia graphics chip. The computer manufacturer has already contacted several of their vendors and distributors who have stocks of these products to return affected units to them.

Here’s an excerpt from the original article:

Dell Computer will start contacting some commercial PC owners about replacing their PC’s motherboard because of a flaw in the Nvidia graphics chip. A Dell representative characterized the action as a “proactive replacement” and “not a recall.” The problem has to do with a flaw in how the Nvidia graphics chip works on the motherboards of OptiPlex GX200 computers. The glitch could cause images to be displayed improperly.

However, an Nvdia spokesperson clarified that the problem isn’t exactly with thier graphics chip, and assured consumers that they are working closely with Dell to sort the whole thing out. This is not the first time Dell has experienced problems with their hardware – just a couple of months ago, Dell had to recall several of their laptops which had defective batteries.

For the sake of the consumers, we hope all of this gets sorted out soon and the new units be shipped out so everyone can be happy again.

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P5N-E SLI vs other High-Cost SLI’s (1/3)

April 16th, 2015 · Comments Off

This ASUS creation offers the very best performance for the LGA775 platform along with all the essential features. The P5N-E SLI costs just around $140, making it roughly $130 cheaper than the cheapest ASUS 680i SLI board (P5N32-E SLI), which were also used through the performance comparison tests. It boils down to one thing the P5N-E SLI really is an impressive motherboard

Tests were made using these specifications:

Hardware (This was the Hardware specifications of the test)

- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz) LGA775

- x2 1024MB Corsair XMS PC-6400 CAS4 Module(s)

- ASUS Striker Extreme (nForce 680i SLI)
- ASUS P5N32-E SLI (nForce 680i SLI)
- ASUS P5N-E SLI (nForce 650i SLI)
- Gigabyte 965P-DS3P (Intel 965P)

- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)

- Seagate 250GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)

- ASUS GeForce 8800 GTX (768MB) SLI
- ASUS GeForce 8800 GTX (768MB) SLI

To be Continued…

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Peripheral Card Slots

April 9th, 2015 · Comments Off

A typical motherboard from 2007 will have a different number of connections depending on its standard. A standard ATX motherboard will typically have 1x PCI-E 16x connection for a graphics card, 2x PCI slots for various expansion cards and 1x PCI-E 1x which will eventually supersede PCI.

A standard Super ATX motherboard will have 1x PCI-E 16x connection for a graphics card. It will also have a varying number of PCI and PCI-E 1x slots. It can sometimes also have a PCI-E 4x slot. This varies between brands and models.

Some motherboards have 2x PCI-E 16x slots to allow more than 2 monitors without special hardware or to allow use of a special graphics technology called SLI (for Nvidia) and Crossfire (for ATI). These allow 2 graphics cards to be linked together to allow better performance in intensive graphical computing tasks such as gaming and video editing. -Source

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What does ASUS P5N-E SLI lack? (3/3)

April 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off

In such a case the question will become: Can the PCI Express 8x offer enough bandwidth for PCIe 16x graphics cards perform at their peak?

The short answer is simply, yes the PCI Express can!

Truth is, having full 16x SLI support has no real performance benefits over an 8x SLI setup, so again this is something gamers are surely not going to miss out on.

A test was done involving the SLI GeForce 8800 GTX graphics cards to the P5N-E SLI and compared it to the Striker Extreme and P5N32-E SLI (another more expensive 680i offering by ASUS) with the same hardware configuration. The results are very interesting as it somewhat equaled the more expensive board.

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Essential Components to Consider in Selecting Motherboards

March 26th, 2015 · Comments Off

Choosing a motherboard PC in most cases would require a careful reference to Motherboard manual and other pertinent documents. There are a lot of motherboards available in the market, yet it is gleaned important that you very well know how to choose the right one. One of the most essential factors to look at is the type of processor it supports. There should also be enough memory slots that will be able to hold up the sound and graphic system, the support of the hard drives and CD ROM and lastly the connections among other hardware like mouse and keyboard.

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