Everyone hears the term motherboard and wonders exactly what it is? The motherboard will contain connection points for your CPU (Central Processing Unit), Hard drive, RAM (Random Access Memory), Video Card, and Power Supply.
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General Overview Of Motherboards

Everyone hears the term motherboard and wonders exactly what it is? This term is so loosely defined that it gets confusing very quickly to the average computer user. A motherboard is the information transfer hub of your computer system. It could be called the chassis of your computer.

The motherboard will contain connection points for your CPU (Central Processing Unit), Hard drive, RAM (Random Access Memory), Video Card, and Power Supply as a general rule of thumb. Motherboards come from a variety of Manufacturers such as ABIT, ASUS, Foxconn, Asrock, MSI, Intel, and Tyan. Each of these suppliers provides a slightly tweaked board for your computer use.

Without these boards you would have nothing but components and a non-functioning computer. The motherboard is to the computer what the frame is to your car. It is the main infrastructure that makes your computer function.

So the question is asked why are there so many suppliers for such a simple concept as a motherboard. Board manufacturers offer different designs and functionality for your boards. Foxconn motherboards may offer a better price, ASUS can offer you better performance, Asrock will offer you a middle of the range board, and then MSI motherboards may offer you something different again.

It is all about looking at each manufacturers motherboards and comparing the functionality that each of their motherboards have, and then deciding which one suits your needs best. Each motherboard is specific to its uses. Companies offer motherboards that are designed for continuous use and that are relatively impervious to heat generation.

Other companies design motherboards that are geared for the computer gamers to use. These motherboards will be equipped with liquid cooling and designed to keep the CPU from overheating. The motherboards operate at a high rate of data transfer but sacrifice longevity of life to achieve this performance.

Motherboards are designed for specific CPU chip-sets. The AMD chipset requires a different motherboard mounting than the Intel chipset. While Intel builds motherboards they do not build motherboards for competing CPU manufacturers.

With all of these design concerns and options available where does the consumer go? You want a computer with a properly designed chassis but what is that design to be. Good research into the different manufacturers will shed light onto your dilemma.

Considerations that you make when purchasing a motherboard are many. However many of the motherboard manufacturers help you with the decisions that you need to make by pre-mounting your board with Video and Sound Cards. These cards may or may not be adequate for your specific application. They are also typically not top of the line components, but components from secondary manufacturers. If you can live with the specifications of the pre-mounted cards then this will save you money in purchasing your motherboard.

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