by April 1, 2010 0 comments

Motherboards affect overall efficiency of your system and the support for new
peripherals. Therefore while choosing one for your desktop, things to be kept in
mind along with requirements are the type of processor plus if all features
mentioned would be used by you or not. For instance, there are motherboards that
can easily be overclocked, but this feature might not be relevant for normal
desktop usage and might cost you more. The most important factor to keep in mind
before buying is the type of socket supported by a motherboard–Intel’s LGA775
socket is for Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, etc and LGA 1366 socket is good for the
latest Core i7 family. On the other hand if you have an AMD processor, check for
supported processor sockets. Other important factor to check is the type of RAM
supported, ie DDR, DDR2 or DDR3, number of expansion slots, and the type of LAN
card. Check for special features like dual BIOS for BIOS recovery, number of USB
slots, over-clocking facility if you are a gaming enthusiast, and power saving
features. In this article we tested performance of these motherboards using a
number of benchmarks.

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