Everything About PC Motherboard

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Ease of Use

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

PC MoBo’s have gotten easier to use with easy setup jumpers that makes installation a breeze. They usually come in the box pre-set to optimal settings and the manual has simple instructions, enough for medium techies to experiment enough to get the most of their recent purchase. Be sure to know what you’re doing and do ask questions or better yet get the shop to do the swap should you not know what a jumper block is.

Most PC boards have BIOS set optimal settings that can to some extent override hardware jumper settings. But just to be sure, leave the jumpers as they are unless you are doing some major tweaking such as overclocking.

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Things you must do before changing your motherboard. (part II)

September 24th, 2014 · Comments Off

3. Find a large space for workspace. Changing a motherboard requires a lot of unscrewing the parts and so, you might want to consider doing it in a large open area. Although you might find it reasonable to open your CPU on a small table, it’s ok, as long as you can remember where you placed the screws (and as long as you won’t find it annoying to go to and fro the places where you’ve placed the parts).
4. Make the puzzle fit. Newer versions of motherboards use another kind of power supply and have a 24 pin slot for the connector. If your computer is relatively old, the cord for the power supply might only have 20 pins on it. Although it is possible to do this, it is somewhat risky since you will deliver insufficient electric supply to your motherboard.

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What is a Chipset?

September 17th, 2014 · 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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Parts of A Motherboard

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

 

The motherboard exists to connect all the hardware together. Such as hard drive, CPU and monitor. It is made of several parts and each one has their own importance and use. In this article, you will learn about the parts and what it’s for.

Processor Socket – it’s the home for the CPU and the brain of the computer, and it is responsible for fetching,decoding and executing programs.

Memory – it is for the RAM. It’s the working place of the computer where active programs and data are loaded so that when the processor need them, it won’t have to fetch them from the hard disk which will take a longer.

BIOS-  is a Read Only Memory with low-level software that controls the system hardware and acts as an interface between the operating system and the hardware.

Chipset- A chipset is a number of integrated circuits built onto the board to provide specific functions. One part  may be an onboard component such as a modem or sound chip. Other parts may be used to control the CPU functions.

 

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Overclocked

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off

A newbie in computer may intimated by the word overclocked. It is a free technique that can be done in tweaking the motherboard speed performance. It is all depend on the knowledge of the user on their motherboards. Overclocking tweaking or procedure may vary depending on the motherboard maker.

Overclocking is a process where the users try to alter the computer’s memory causing it to go faster than its default speed. As an example a 2.4GHz can be overclocked up to 2.5GHz or 2.6GHz higher. Thus the overall performance of the PC will increase and the additional speed will result more work done.

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Checking the Motherboard

August 27th, 2014 · 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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Thunderbolt Motherboard

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments

 

Not so good news on Thunderbolt. It has recently been reported that Thunderbolt Thunderbolt has infiltrated about 10% of new PC and motherboards and notebooks. This is from DigiTimes. The statistic is quite low but not really surprising considering how rare it is and all cables compatible with it run from around $40-$50 which is relatively high in price.  The controller chip for thunderbolt will cost you around $20, a lot more than USB 3.0 controllers, which cost less than a dollar each and is fast and capable enough to please majority of users.

Mac users have been enjoying the Thunderbolt, which was developed by Intel, because of collaboration from Apple. Power users with PCs were forced to sit and wait, Which could probably be the main reason for the low sales since there are so much PC users out there. The major and probably only appeal may be its ability to connect a powerful external graphics adapter to a thin-and-light notebook.

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Keeping you and your MoBo Cool

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Cooling is essential for optimal computing but installing a custom air conditioning unit for your motherboard is well, kinda’ going overboard. Cooling fans tend to work best and with many aftermarket brands and types around, they are essential for keeping your computer cool.

Choosing the best would be a good investment but you should also remember to keep things clean. Dust on components tends to heat things up a bit causing components to prematurely fail. Simple dusting of all the CPU or the box that contains everything else asides from the mouse keyboard and monitor is essential. It maximizes the performance of the fans to keep the components cool especially if you tend to overclock for gaming applications. You might want to get a high end cooler for your video card too just for good measure.

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ASUS Z87-Pro Intel Z87 Motherboard

July 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

 

ASUS is one of the best manufacturers of computer components today. Today we’ll focus on one of their Intel Z87 LGA1150 motherboard for the latest ‘Haswell’ platform. The ASUS Z87-Pro is only $199.00, when considering everything you get with this ASUS motherboard, it’s really a steal!

ASUS is claiming that the Z87-Pro features is the “Perfect one-stop system optimization and enhanced Wi-Fi control on Intel Z87″. It really has  three best features, more specifically three key sets of features. First is the Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-way optimization for one click and done. The second feature is the Wi-Fi GO! this is designed to make the perfect fusion of desktop, tablets and smartphone. The third key feature is the Fan Xpert 2, this feature is one, if not the only,  most customizable sets of fan controls in the market. The combination of all three features is what makes this motherboard one of the best in market worth spending money on today.

 

 

 

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Waterproof Motherboard

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

 

One of the most frustrating things that will ever happen to you is when you get your computer wet. There are several times when you will accidentally spill something liquid to your computer and there is a moment where you will feel horrified to the extremes. Good news for the clumsy people out there, ASRock is coming up with their new A-style feature of their next generation motherboard.

The company shared a demo video on how effective their motherboard is. In the video, the motherboard was dangling over a rectangular bucket, water was poured from top to bottom and people can see that the computer is still functioning well. This motherboard is not just impressive because it is waterproof, the special layer on it that makes it work even when it gets wet also protects its parts from dust, extreme temperatures and corrosion.

 

To see the demo video, click HERE

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