How to choose a motherboard?

After I explained before  How to replace your computer’s sound card and then  how to Install a Hard Drive, in this article I will go instead to illustrarti  choosing a motherboard .



The motherboard , also known as a motherboard , mainboard or, simply, MB , M / B or mobois the most important part of a PC . A motherboard, in fact, has the fundamental task of handling food properly and all the various components related to it (ie  processor , RAM ,  hard drive , video card , burner , etc.).


To choose a motherboard , the most important factors to consider before you buy one, are mainly three or the format , the socket , and the chipset used. To understand then which motherboard to buy, I will try to clarify your own ideas about the issues.


All motherboards that are on the market are characterized, first of all, according to the size used.

To avoid compatibility problems, they were in fact created a number of formats standards  among which, the most common ones, are the so-called standard  ATX ,  with the size equal to 305 x 244 mm, and the so-called standard  microATX ,  with the size equal instead to 244 x 244 mm.

How to choose a motherboard VIA Min -ITX Form Factor Comparison

Comparing the most used formats of a motherboard.

In addition to size, the difference between one format and the other, is, above all, the number of ports and slots  on the motherboard itself (if you have not then space problems with the house , you should always choose the format ATX  since, usually, is precisely the one that offers a greater expandability).


After the format, what distinguishes a motherboard from another is the type of socket  used (which, in a nutshell, allows you to connect the processor to the motherboard). In trade, to the contrary of the format, it is possible to find, however, only two types of socket:

  • latter also called LGA2011-3);
  • and those of AMD, based on the typology  PGA , which, however, are the AM1, AM2 / AM2 +, the AM3 / AM3 +, FM1 and FM2 the / FM2 +.

But apart from the brand and / or type of socket, the only thing you need to keep in mind, when you’re about to pick one, is that this will also influence the choice of processor  (so, if you buy a motherboard equipped with the socket, for example, LGA1150 or FM2 + you will need to buy a processor with power, respectively, of the socket LGA1150 or FM2 +).


The last factor, but not least, it stands out a motherboard from another, is also the so-called chipset  which has the fundamental task of sorting and managing information loops between the CPU, RAM, hard disk, and the other components within the system (most often, unless special characteristics, it is precisely this chipset that most influence the price of a motherboard ).

As regards the types of chipsets available on the market, Intel, currently, li It divides chipsets to high performance  chipsets and  mainstream ; AMD, however, divides them into chipset series A and chipset series 9  (for more information about the features offered by each type of these chipsets, you should still consult the respective pages that you’ve just mentioned).


In addition to size, the socket and the chipset used, when you’re buying a motherboard you should also consider the other features offered by the same. Nowadays, a good motherboard, it should also provide support for the latest standards available such as:

  • the standard USB 3.1, used to plug external devices;
  • the standard  PCI Express 3.0, which is used for connecting video cards (but not only);
  • and, finally, the standard  SATA 3.0, SATA Express and M.2 , used to connect hard drives, SSDs and / or writers / readers;

Also, a good motherboard should also have a sufficient number of slots expansion (especially as regards the RAM memory but also as regards the slots  PCI and / or PCI Express), and, if you are interested in, it should also support the  Wi -fi  and / or Bluetooth . As for the brands available in the market, the best known are the ‘ ASUS , the ‘ ASRock , the  Gigabyte  and  MSI .


At this point you should know  how to choose a motherboard .