Motherboard is a fairly complex component, because it needs to integrate the all other components into a single configuration. Computers systems are consisted of power supply, storage unit, RAM and others. DDR-3 is a common type of system memory and it should be enough to accommodate modern computing tasks. In general, we should choose RAM with the highest operating frequency to make sure that we get the best performance. We should decide whether we need to add more RAM in the future, especially if our budget only allows 4GB of system RAM. Additional system memory should allow for improved multitasking performance.
Hard drive technology is also changing and we should make sure that our motherboard is equipped with the latest ATA standard. Many motherboards, even micro ATX models may support up to 4 hard drives for additional storage. In this case, we may need to consider using larger computer case, because it could be important for us to have more files for our productivity purposes. Computer systems are getting more advanced, so it is important for us to choose models with proper power options. Many motherboards use the same 20-pin ATX power connector, while others may use 24-pin connector especially for servers. If we are planning to use powerful components, it is a good idea to choose motherboards that support better power capacity.
Motherboards have different expansion cards and it could provide us with additional features. For example, although many motherboard chipsets include decent audio solutions, we may also want improved audio performance. There are still some dedicated sound cards that can be integrated with comprehensive sound systems. We should consider purchasing motherboards with more expansion cards if we want to get additional features in the future. Motherboards typically have expansion slots for graphics cards and many of them allow us to add two or even three graphics card for enhanced 3D performance. Today, the standard graphics slot is PCI Express and we should choose motherboards with the fastest PCI Express data rate to enhance performance and to make sure that our motherboard is properly future-proofed.
Many computer enthusiasts are adding special lighting effects and other accessories on their computer cases. In this case, we shouldn’t leave motherboards out of the action. We may choose motherboards with vibrant colors and use transparent cases to let people know about what we have inside our computer. We may also use rainbow colored connector cables and expansion slots to make them look more attractive.
However, motherboards typical have one color scheme and some manufacturers have only one color theme for their whole lineup. In addition to the specific colors, some manufacturers also add their own chipset cooling fans, lighting LED and cables with matching colors to make their motherboards look more unique. Many people may scoff at all the extra bells and whistles, but if we want to make our computer looks interesting, then we should consider using these interesting motherboard models. There are many factors to consider when purchasing motherboards and accessories are certainly one of them.