The motherboard is the central hub of a PC, the board to which every other main component connects – CPUs in the socket, memory in the DIMM slots, and GPUs, sound cards and other expansion cards in the PCI slots. Hard disks, SSDs, optical drives and front-panel ports also connect to it. Intel motherboards have numerous socket types, chipsets and form factors, so make sure you've got the right configuration before buying.
These motherboards are based on the entry-level Intel H110 chipset for LG1151 Skylake processors. With no support for overclocking or RAID, these affordable boards are ideal for low cost, small form factor home and office PCs.
The Intel X99 motherboard chipset is the current pinnacle of desktop computing. With its LGA 2011-v3 socket, this chipset supports Intel's most powerful CPUs, the Haswell-E range. It's also the first to support fast DDR4 memory, and does so in quad-channel. With up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes available, these motherboards deliver masses of bandwidth to SLI and CrossFire configurators, offering unrestricted performance in games and graphic intensive content creation. Heaps of USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s ports and overclocking features make these motherboards the ultimate platform for high-performance desktop PCs.
The first in a family of volume chipsets, the Intel® E7500 chipset supports dual-processor (DP) server systems optimized for the Intel® Xeon® processor with 512 KB L2 cache and Intel® NetBurst® microarchitecture.The Intel E7500 chipset design delivers maximized system bus, memory and I/O bandwidth to enhance performance, scalability and end-user productivity while providing a smooth transition to next-generation server technologies. The Intel® 3200 and Intel® 3210 Chipsets are designed for use with Intel® Xeon® processors 3000? sequence, in the LGA775 package in UP server platforms. The chipset contains two components: Memory Controller Hub (MCH) and Intel® I/O Controller Hub 9 (ICH9). The MCH provides the interface to the processor, main memory, PCI Express*, and the ICH9. The ICH9 I/O Controller Hub provides a multitude of I/O related functions.
The Intel Z170 is a fully featured, enthusiast-grade chipset, and supports all Intel 6th Generation Intel Core CPUs. Enjoy full CPU multiplier overclocking, multi-GPU support (depending on the motherboard's PCIe slots) and PCIe storage through M.2, MVMe or SATA Express. The ATX motherboards here have the most expansion slots, headers and ports of the Z170 range, and it also supports DDR4 memory across 4 memory slots up to 3000MHz. There's a massive variety in prices and available features, from under £70 to £200 and beyond – make sure your choice ticks all the right boxes for you.