Intel Motherboards

The ultimate motherboards for gaming PCs

 

If the CPU is the brain of the PC, then the motherboard is like the nervous system, connecting all the other components together, such as the graphics card, memory and drives, enabling them to communicate with one another. While you could use any motherboard in a gaming PC, gaming motherboards tend to have lots of desirable features such as RGB lighting and superior sound quality that make them well worth considering. There are three main physical attributes you need to check when choosing a motherboard - socket, chipset and size.

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Socket

The socket is where the CPU physically connects to the motherboard. As CPUs are available in a large choice of shapes and sizes, it is important to make sure that the socket of the CPU and motherboard is the same.

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Chipset

The chipset determines a lot of the capabilities of the motherboard, such as the number of PCIe slots and USB ports.

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Size

The chipset determines a lot of the capabilities of the motherboard, such as the number of PCIe slots and USB ports.

Just like with any component you need to make sure that you choose a motherboard that is compatible with your chosen CPU

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Motherboards - Intel

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Intel Z790 Socket 1700 ATX & Larger Motherboards

The Intel Z790 chipset is the flagship chipset for Intel 14th and 13th generation Core processors. It supports up to 28 PCIe lanes and 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 Z790 Socket 1700 MicroATX Motherboards

The Intel Z790 chipset is the flagship chipset for Intel 14th and 13th generation Core processors. It supports up to 28 PCIe lanes and the most USB ports and is required for overclocking.

These particular boards are mid size MicroATX designs with medium expandability.

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Intel B760 Socket 1700 ATX Motherboards

The Intel B760 chipset is the lower spec mid-range chipset for Intel 14th and 13th generation Core processors. It supports up to 14 PCIe lanes and a generous number of USB ports.

These particular boards are full size ATX designs with maximum expandability.

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Intel B760 Socket 1700 MicroATX Motherboards

The Intel B760 chipset is the lower spec mid-range chipset for Intel 14th and 13th generation Core processors. It supports up to 14 PCIe lanes and a generous number of USB ports.

These particular boards are mid size MicroATX designs with medium expandability.

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Intel B760 Socket 1700 Mini-ITX Motherboards

The Intel B760 chipset is the lower spec mid-range chipset for Intel 14th and 13th generation Core processors. It supports up to 14 PCIe lanes and a generous number of USB ports.

These particular boards are tiny Mini ITX designs with a single PCIe slot.

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Intel Z690 Socket 1700 ATX & Larger DDR5 Motherboards

The Intel Z690 chipset is one of the high-end chipsets for Intel 12th and 13th generation Core processors. It supports up to 16 PCIe 5.0 and four PCI 4.0 lanes and the most USB ports and is required for overclocking.

These particular boards support DDR5 memory and are full size ATX designs with maximum expandability.

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Intel B660 Socket 1700 ATX Motherboards

The Intel B660 chipset is the lower spec mid-range chipset for Intel 12th generation Core processors, codename Alder Lake. It supports up to 16 PCIe 5.0 and four PCI 4.0 lanes and a generous number of USB ports. These particular boards support DDR4 memory and are full size ATX designs with maximum expandability.

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