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 H110 Socket 1151 Micro ATX Motherboards

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.

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Intel H170 Socket 1151 Mini ITX Motherboards

The Intel H170 chipset is updated to supports all Intel Core CPUs for LGA1151 (Skylake). It also supports PCI-E based storage through M.2 and SATA Express, though not CPU overclocking or multi-GPU configurations. Still, it has plenty of connectivity and is generally much cheaper than a Z170 motherboard, making it an affordable option for mid-range systems.

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Intel Z170 Socket 1151 ATX 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.

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