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#1 bojekki

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 08:20 PM

I'm thinking of building another PC. I am not an overclocker or a gamer. I want to ask about motherboard features, because there are so many options.

 

What motherboard features have you used that you feel are very useful or important.



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Posted 25 September 2015 - 06:16 AM

Kind of a tricky question to answer.  Very subjective.  I like to have:

 

USB 3 - ports and internal headers together with further USB 2.0 headers and ports

At least 4 x SATA III ports

4 memory slots - for upgradeability

Gigabit LAN

A good quality audio section (this is subjective)

Chunky functional heatsinks on the chipset and the VRM (the blocks around the CPU socket - they can get very hot)

At least one and preferably more PCIe x1 slot for wireless card, TV card etc.

A choice of video outputs (where integrated graphics being used)

Good build quality

 

Possibly useful in new systems would be:

 

Support for M2 SSD's

Thunderbolt

USB 3.1

 

I can do without:

 

SLI or Crossfire support (although it's often included on better equipped boards anyway)

Multiple LAN ports

RAID (it's on most modern boards anyway, but I never use it)

Fancy colour schemes

On board wireless - it's easy enough to add a card unless a Mini ITX build, when it is a useful option to have if you need wireless

 

If your doing small form factor like Mini ITX, compromises have to be made.  Mini ITX boards all AFAIK only have 2 x memory slots and lack expandability in general.  Can't be helped.  Likewise if you are building a system on an extremely tight budget, compromises are going to have to be made.


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Posted 25 September 2015 - 06:24 AM

Thank you for your feedback.






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