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From gaming to working, the motherboard is a vital piece of machinery needed for your computer to operate. Don’t know what a motherboard is? Fret not! Scroll down to read more about motherboards.

Z97 Anniversary The Best ATX Motherboard for Intel Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 Processor! • ASRock Super Alloy - Premium Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke) - NexFET™ Mosfet - Sapphire Black PCB • Supports 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150) • Supports New 4th and 4th Generation Intel® Xeon®/Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150) • Solid Capacitor design, Digi Power • Supports Dual Channel Ddr3 3100 (Oc) • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1, 2 PCI • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek Alc887 Audio Codec), Elna Audio Caps • Intel® Gigabit LAN • 1 Hdmi, 6 Sata3, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear) • 1 COM Port Header • Supports ASRock Full Spike Protection, ASRock Cloud, APP Shop, A-Tuning, Pentium® Anniversary Boost, Full HD Uefi Best Motherboard for Intel® Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition Processor When Intel® Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU is overclocked to 4.8 GHz, the CPU frequency boost by more than 50%! Pentium Anniversary Boost ASRock Pentium Anniversary Boost Technology* allows you to overclock your Intel® Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU with few keystrokes only. Turn on your PC and press “P” to enter the selection page and choose the CPU frequency you would like to apply, Pentium Anniversary Boost will automatically overclock the relative components and boost the CPU frequency from 3.2 GHz to a maximum of 4.2 GHz! * Pentium Anniversary Boost Technology is for Intel® Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU only. Super Alloy Motherboard Stable and Reliable Premium Memory Alloy Choke Specially designed for memory power delivery, the new-gen alloy chokes feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, thus delivering more stable and reliable power to the motherboard. NexFET Mosfet for Memory Power The next generation NexFET MOSFETs control the power supply to Dram slots more efficiently. They provide lower RDS(on) 2.9 mΩ; delivering higher efficiency and lower temperature. Sapphire Black PCB ASRock does not overlook any details, even those tiny ones. With pure black PCB appearance, the new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch. ASRock Cloud YourPC. Anytime. Anywhere Orbweb ME Your Personal Cloud, Easy and Always Connects ASRock Cloud* technology makes your mobile devices connect to your PC seamlessly and supports multi devices for accessing File Explorer cloud service simultaneously! We offer a one-year subscription to Orbweb.ME Professional version, a personal cloud service which is $49.99 per year. It allows you to get connected with your PC's files, music, photos, and video clips remotely with tablets anytime, anywhere. Plus an additional one-month upgrade to Orbweb.ME Ultimate package with Remote Desktop function. Personal Cloud for Everyone Cloud service should be simple and personal. Don't take time to upload the files to the public cloud again. Stop spending money on setting up another NAS device you don't know. Orbweb ME's file browser is your solution to zero adaption, managing your folders and files in the cloud. Accessing and exchanging files instantly among all of your PC and storages. All your folders and files are sitting just where you know they are. Media Library and Streaming Orbweb Personal's media library takes care of your media content. Organize all your photos, videos and music across your PCs and online storages. Diverse, intuitive and smart sorting help finding desired movies in few clicks. Progressive streaming lets you enjoy your music collection almost no download time. Web browser based and mobile app portal keep you connected in any device any time. Access File Explorer From Multiple Devices Orbweb ME allows you to access your own personal File Explorer from multiple devices, brining your tablets, laptops and PC together. Forgot an important file in your computer at home which you need for the next meeting? Another hard day hiding in the office bathroom, missing your massive collection of funny videos and music clips? You can get it all by connecting your tablets or laptops to access File Explorer and immerse into the paradise in few seconds. Remote Desktop Anywhere Laying in the bedroom or sitting in the office, tablet in your hands just becomes smarter. Pick up any work sheet left in office or start any application from you home PC. Orbweb ME's remote desktop not only mobilized your PC but also empower your tablet. No matter the device, No matter the location, Orbweb ME always keeps your PC by you. * Remote Desktop comes with the Ultimate package which is only free for the first month. Full Spike Protection Some sensitive digital components on the motherboard are vulnerable to power surges, the excessive current may cause your system to malfunction immediately. ASRock Full Spike Protection includes various technologies to prevent your motherboard’s components from being damaged by these unexpected voltage spikes. Surge Protection Protects the motherboard from excessive surges from the power supply unit. Lightning Protection The onboard LAN chip is protected against sudden and violent voltage spikes caused by lightning. ESD ProtectionUSB Added ICs to protect the onboard USB ports from electrostatic discharges. LAN Prevents the onboard LAN from being damaged by electrostatic discharges.MOSFETs : MOSFETs in critical areas use a special design for protecting them from electrostatic discharge during the installation process. Elna Audio Caps Who says high quality audio is only available on high-end motherboards? ASRock applied Elna audio capacitors on mainstream and entry-level motherboards! Compared with traditional solid caps, the leakage current of Elna audio caps is merely 3uA. This is the key to reduce noise level significantly and satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles. ASRock APP Shop ASRock APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock APP Shop. Intel® LAN Intel® LAN provides the best throughput performance, lower CPU utilization, enhanced stability and is able to deliver ultimate network experience to users! Solid Capacitor Design ASRock applied solid capacitors on this motherboard. With these solid caps, this motherboard is allowed to perform more stably and ensure longer lifetime. Digi Power More Precise, More Efficient Unlike traditional motherboards that use analog power, this motherboard uses a next generation digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, which provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly, so that the stability and lifespan of the motherboard is greatly enhanced. A-Tuning A-Tuning is ASRock's multi purpose software suite with a new interface, more new features and improved utilities, including XFast RAM and a whole lot more. USB Key In a world where time is money, why waste precious time everyday typing usernames to log in to Windows? Why should we even bother memorizing those foot long passwords? Nobody has time for that! Just plug in the USB Key and let your computer log in to windows automatically! Restart to Uefi Fast Boot is so fast that it is impossible for users to enter the Uefi setup utility during Post. Therefore, ASRock Restart to Uefi technology allows users to easily enter the Uefi setup utility automatically when turning on the PC next time. It is designed for those who constantly need to enter the Uefi setup utility. ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) Limit and control your children's time spent on the internet. ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) technology allows you to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet access at specified times. Administrators are able to schedule the starting and ending hours of internet access granted to other users. Uefi Tech Service Contact ASRock Tech Service by sending a support request from the Uefi setup utility if you are having trouble with your personal computer. Users may try to choose the category of the issue they have encountered, describe the problem in detail, and then attach an optional picture or log file for our technical support team. Dehumidifier Dampness kills most electronics, so it's a better idea to keep your personal computer dry. Now users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling Dehumidifier. When it is enabled, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/s5 state. Easy Driver Installer For users that don’t have an optical disk drive to install the drivers from our support CD, Easy Driver Installer is a handy tool in the Uefi that installs the LAN driver to your system via an USB storage device, then downloads and installs the other required drivers automatically through the internet. Completely no CD or optical disk drive required! ASRock XFast RAM ASRock XFast RAM fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows® 32-bit operating systems. It shortens the loading time of previously visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their lifespan. XFast LAN When Internet Explorer loads very slowly for no clear reason, it's usually due to inefficient management. ASRock Read more
Smart Fan 5 With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly. All Hybrid Fan Pin Headers • Hybrid Fan Headers detect whether the cooling device uses PWM or Voltage mode and automatically switches settings accordingly. • Supports up to 2 amps with built-in overcurrent protection—a must for high-end high current fans. New Smart Fan 5 Software Choose from different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage scenario. For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds. Interoperable Sensors and Fans Each fan can be customized to operate at different speeds according to any defined temperature source input (except the CPU fan). Enhanced Bios Interface The enhanced Bios interface also has the advanced features seen in the Smart Fan 5 UI, such as: the ability to set triggers based on different temperature sensors on the board, fan curve definition and the temperature interval setting, which can prevent fan rotation noise caused by sudden temperature change—all without having to load Windows. Realtek GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software Realtek Gigabit LAN features cFosSpeed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency and maintain low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in crowded LAN environments. NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 2280 M.2 Connector Gigabyte M.2 solution offers considerably faster storage performance and support for both PCIe and Sata interface for M.2 SSD devices. 2-Way CrossFire Multi-Graphics Multi-graphics configuration offers better graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution. Support for Ddr4 XMP Up to 3866MHz and Beyond* Gigabyte is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 3866MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on Gigabyte motherboard. What is Xmp? Ddr4 memory modules are available at a stock frequency of 2133MHz, but as frequency tweaking requires a considerable amount of effort and knowledge, memory vendors encode XMP profiles which can automatically modify the timings of the supported memory modules to work with your CPU and to achieve increased performance. Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design Sulfur compounds in the air can penetrate tiny onboard resistors creating chemical change and causing these resistors to open or short. If either of these occurs the motherboard will fail to function. By equipping resistors with an Anti-Sulfur Design Gigabyte gives Ultra Durable Motherboards a whole new meaning. High Quality Onboard Audio Design Delivers high quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers. Refreshed Bios Easy, Smart, and Friendly The Bios is essential for users during initial setup to allow for the most optimal settings. With a new GUI and easier to use functionalities, Gigabyte has been able to reinvent the Bios to give users a better experience while setting up their new system. Gigabyte APP Center The Gigabyte APP Center gives you easy access to a wealth of Gigabyte apps that help you get the most from your Gigabyte motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, Gigabyte APP Center allows you to easily launch all Gigabyte apps installed on your system, check related updates online, and download the latest apps, drivers, and Bios. EasyTune GIGABYTE's EasyTune is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most. Overclocking to Boost Your Frame Rates Get the highest levels of performance from your PC with easy-to-use Gigabyte overclocking features. System Information Viewer Gigabyte System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system’s behavior; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer. @bios The Gigabyte @bios app allows you to update your system’s Bios from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface. @bios can automatically download the latest version from the Gigabyte servers or you can update your Bios from a file on your computer. @bios also allows you to save your current Bios to a file, recover your previous Bios from an image and backup your Bios to an image. 3D OSD 3D OSD automatically detects and displays your system information during games, allowing you to easily get a hold of your system information without switching between screens. Gigabyte Patented DualBIOS (Uefi) Design Gigabyte Ultra Durable motherboards feature Gigabyte DualBIOS, an exclusive technology from Gigabyte that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the Bios. Gigabyte DualBIOS means that your motherboard has both a 'Main Bios' and a 'Backup Bios'; protecting users from Bios failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process. Easy to Install "G-Connector" Design The tiny cables of the front panel connectors can be hard to manipulate as space is restricted and indicators being tiny. With the G-Connector, you can connect all the FP cables at once, simplifying the process of building your next PC and saving you some frustrations. 4K Ultra HD Support 4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. Gigabyte motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via Hdmi. Hdmi - The Next Generation Multimedia Interface Hdmi is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, Hdmi ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, Hdmi is compatible with Hdcp (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content. XSplit Gamecaster Broadcaster: Cast Your Game Anytime, Anywhere Now set up your stage and share the greatest gaming moments with XSplit Gamecaster Broadcaster! Fully optimized social media integration is ready for real-time chats—keeping you notified yet focused in the game. It takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch. Host your game like a pro! TriDef SmartCam | Custom Stream Modding To facilitate being the full streaming solution each Gigabyte motherboard includes TriDef® SmartCam software, you are now able to remove backgrounds without the hassle of using a green screen. Through the SmartCam application you can now apply live filters, and fully control your background, not only while streaming, but also through other video applications such as Skype. Memory Number of memory slots 4 Memory slots type Dimm Supported memory types Ddr4-Sdram Memory channels Dual Non-ECC Yes Supported memory clock speeds 2133,2400,2666,2800,3000,3200,3300,3333,3400,3466,3600,3666,3733,3800,3866 MHz Maximum internal memory 64 GB Unbuffered memory Yes Processor Compatible processor series Core i5,Core i7,Core i7 Extreme Edition Processor family Intel Internal I/O Number of M.2 (M) slots 1 12V power connector Yes Supported storage drive interfaces M.2 USB 2.0 connectors 2 USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) connectors 1 Serial port headers 1 S/pdif out connector Yes Number of Sata connectors 6 CPU fan connector Yes ATX Power connector (24-pin) Yes Back panel I/O ports USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity 4 USB 2.0 ports quantity 2 Ps/2 ports quantity 2 Microphone in Yes Hdmi version 1.4 Hdmi ports quantity 1 Ethernet LAN (Rj-45) ports 1 Technical details Motherboard chipset family Intel Motherboard chipset Intel Z270 Trusted Platform Module (Tpm) Yes Serial port headers 1 Parallel processing technology support 2-Way CrossFireX,Quad-GPU CrossFireX On-board graphics adapter Yes Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) Yes Hdmi version 1.4 Motherboard form factor ATX Component for PC Total number of Sata connectors 6 Networking Ethernet LAN Yes Performance Intel Extreme Memory Profile (Xmp) Yes Windows operating systems supported Windows 10 Education,Windows 10 Education x64,Windows 10 Enterprise,Windows 10 Enterprise x64,Windows 10 Home,Windows 10 Home x64,Windows 10 IOT Core,Windows 10 Pro,Windows 10 Pro x64,Windows 7 Enterprise,Windows 7 Enterprise x64,Windows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Basic x64,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Home Premium x64,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Professional x64,Windows 7 Starter,Windows 7 Starter x64,Windows 7 Ultimate,Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows 8.1 x64 Motherboard chipset family Intel Motherboard chipset Intel Z270 Raid levels 0, 1, 5, 10 Trusted Platform Module (Tpm) Yes Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) Yes Motherboard form factor ATX Component for PC Graphics Read more
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The Components of a Motherboard

As one of the most important pieces of a PC, the motherboard is complex and essential for the operation of a PC. Full of components that each play a role in the performance of your computer, the motherboard is the centerpiece of a PC. For the casual PC user, these facts might be of little interest to them, but for those interested in building their own gaming computer or just plain interested, here’s a brief explanation of a few motherboard components that can be found present on a motherboard.

CPU

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is one of the most well-known components of a computer, as it should be seeing as it’s extremely vital for the speed and performance of our computer. Quite small in size, the CPU can typically be found under the heat sink, which absorbs the heat generated by the CPU works. Often called the brain of the computer, the CPU is what actually carries out every of your commands.

RAM

A piece of volatile memory, the RAM contains all the short term memory that you use when your computer is turned on. Whatever is recorded on the RAM is deleted when the computer is turned off. The bigger the RAM the better your computer's performance.

Memory Card Slots

Used to store the computer’s memory card slots, the number of varies depending on the motherboard, it is typically located in the upper-right art corner of most motherboards. When buying motherboards it is recommended to keep an eye on a number of slots it has, as well as the type of memory it supports. Doing so will benefit you later on, especially if you have any intentions of upgrading your PCs memory.

Northbridge and Southbridge

Known as the chipset, its purpose is to interconnect the various components on the motherboard with each other as well as with the rest of the computer, while at the same time coordinating their interactions.

Connectors

There are multiple slots, ports, and connectors to be found on a motherboard. Such as the USB headers audio ports, IDE and SATA Ports, and much more. Some of the connectors are only used to interconnect components within the motherboard, while some are for external use, such as the audio ports to connect to speakers or headphone jacks.

There are many more components of a motherboard that we have yet to touch on and these are only a few features that can be considered the most visible components to be found on a motherboard.

Best Gaming Motherboards

What constitutes as the best gaming “mobo” is a subjective opinion and truly depends on how the motherboard functions, as well as what you’re looking for in a motherboard. At most, however, we’re able to give a list of some of the most popular motherboard brands to be found here.

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