Motherboards - Intel

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.

Intel X99 Socket 2011-3 Motherboards

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.

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Intel Z270 Socket 1151 ATX & Larger Motherboards

The Intel Z270 chipset is the flagship chipset for Intel 7th generation Core processors, codename Kaby Lake. Compared to the cheaper 200-series chipsets Z270 supports two graphics cards, the most USB ports and is required for overclocking. These particular boards are full size ATX designs with maximum expandability.

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Intel Z270 Socket 1151 Micro ATX Motherboards

The Intel Z270 chipset is the flagship chipset for Intel 7th generation Core processors, codename Kaby Lake. Compared to the cheaper 200-series chipsets Z270 supports two graphics cards, the most USB ports and is required for overclocking. These particular boards are small form factor micro-ATX designs with middling expandability.

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Intel Z170 Socket 1151 ATX & Larger Motherboards

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. 05/08/15

Please note: In order to use a 7th Generation 'Kaby Lake' Intel CPU with these Motherboards, you will need to ensure you are running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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Intel Z170 Socket 1151 Micro ATX Motherboards

The Intel Z170 is the latest chipset from Intel, designed for mid-range and high-performance gaming PCs and professional PCs using the new Intel Skylake CPUs. Choose a Z170 chipset motherboard for the ability to overclock a 'K' edition Skylake CPU for even greater performance and responsiveness. These micro-ATX motherboards are a little smaller than full-size ATX boards so have fewer expansion slots, headers and ports, with a wide variety of manufacturers and models to choose from. 05/08/15

Please note: In order to use a 7th Generation 'Kaby Lake' Intel CPU with these Motherboards, you will need to ensure you are running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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Intel Z170 Socket 1151 Mini ITX Motherboards

The Intel Z170 is the latest chipset from Intel, designed for mid-range and high-performance gaming PCs and professional PCs using the new Intel Skylake CPUs. Choose a Z170 chipset motherboard for the ability to overclock a 'K' edition Skylake CPU for even greater performance and responsiveness. These mini-ITX motherboards are the smallest you can get, with a single expansion slot and fewer headers and ports than a micro-ATX or ATX motherboard, with a wide variety of manufacturers and models to choose from. 05/08/15

Please note: In order to use a 7th Generation 'Kaby Lake' Intel CPU with these Motherboards, you will need to ensure you are running the latest BIOS version before installing the CPU.

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Intel B250 Socket 1151 Micro ATX Motherboards

The Intel B250 chipset is the most affordable chipset for Intel 7th generation Core processors, codename Kaby Lake. Compared to the more expensive chipsets B250 has fewer PCI-E lanes, so only supports a single graphics card, fewer USB ports and does not support RAID or overclocking. These particular boards are small form factor micro ATX designs with middling expandability.

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DIY Motherboard Bundles

Save the hassle of choosing all the components separately and upgrade your PC the easy way with a pre-selected bundle of components based around a new CPU and motherboard. These bundles will save you money as they are discounted compared to buying all the components separately.

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