Features of a Motherboard you should get

Here are the things to consider when buying your new motherboard this year! A must have features for Gamers and PC Enthusiasts!

Dual Bios (UEFI)

Dual Bios is a utility tool that helps your PC to recover startup error that may kill your motherboard as the back-up Bios will initialize if your main Bios didn’t function well for example, a Bios update is interrupted or corrupted somehow like by a power loss. The UEFI Bios has a lot of features like overclocking your CPU, initiating Game Boost, XMP Profiling for your RAM and many more.

Sample BIOS screenshot

Most modern motherboard have this feature so just be sure you got a dual Bios feature when buying a new motherboard.

PCIe 3.0 slot or higher

PCIe 3.0 is a modern Bus interface that is design commonly for your graphics card. If you’re buying any modern GPU especially those GTX 10-Series graphics card, you need to put that card on a motherboard with a PCIe 3.0 so that it won’t bottle neck the performance of your graphics card.

In addition, you may get a PCIe 3.0 with steel armor slot for better stability and strength which is a common partner of a somewhat heavy graphics card in the market.

On-board LAN

Pick a motherboard with a better On-board LAN specification for those gamers and streamers because it will enhance your internet connection, lower your game latency, prioritize the speed based on applications and more.

Take note that it still varies from your internet service provider.

Debug LED

It is a debug feature that when something is wrong on booting your system, it’ll light a particular component which might be the problem. It is like a traditional “system speaker” but you don’t need to listen to its beep and decode that number of beep(s) to clarify what is the problem, it simply makes your troubleshooting easier.

Overclocking support

if you’re getting a processor that is unlocked, then you should get a motherboard with overclocking support.

An Intel processor will be likely overclockable if it’s a “K” processor and needs a motherboard with a Z-Series chipset; Most AMD processor is overclockable and only need at least a B-Series or Z-Series chipsets of a motherboard so be sure you won’t get an H-Series motherboard if you got an overclockable processor (even on other components) or if you don’t like to overclock your processor anytime soon then you should be fine .

USB Type-C

Especially if you’re going to use a motherboard for a long term, this I/O port is a must as it’s being popular as time goes by. USB Type-C is a 24-pin USB connector, a reversible connector that will certainly replace our old friend USB Type-A and Micro-USB on Smartphones.

It is marked as a SuperSpeed+ connector which is typically faster with a speed of 10Gbps+ (Gen2) and it will be our standard USB connector anytime soon (or now).

So get yourself a motherboard with that I/O port.

M.2 slot

M.2 SSD’s are the latest trends on a motherboard as it doesn’t require SATA cables anymore and it typically has a faster speed (via NVMe) than those on 2.5″ SSDs. If you got yourself an extra buck for upgrading your system then you should get a motherboard with an M.2 slot together with an M.2 SSD for faster booting times and loading your games or programs wherein you won’t able to read loading tips.

You can learn more about M.2 here.

BONUS: Ambient lights and LED strip connector

If you’re into RGB gaming PCs then you need to pick a motherboard with ambient lights on it, commonly within the trace path of motherboard’s PCB;

A 50/50 LED Pin connector for extending and controlling your RGB lighting for a better look of your PC set-up.

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