Intel Motherboard

Open up any desktop computer made in the last thirty years and there is a good chance it will contain an Intel motherboard. Intel has been manufacturing motherboards, or mainboards as they are often called, since the early days of the computing industry. There are over thirty different models for desktop computers in the current range, as well as several models that are designed specifically for servers. It is pretty easy to spot an Intel motherboard when looking at the boxes on the store shelves. Intel boxes have conservative designs that stand out among the colorful and often bizarre designs used by their competitors. It is a testament to the long and successful history of the Intel motherboard.

Intel is an American corporation that makes a range of products for the computing industry. It was founded in 1968 and quickly became the largest manufacturer of computer processors in the world. More than half of the desktop computers in use today have an Intel processor inside them. Intel is famous for making processors but it also makes a diverse range of other products, such as motherboards, chipsets, flash memory, and peripheral cards. An Intel motherboard was a common part of early computers but Intel now face intense competition from companies like Gigabyte, ASUS, Foxconn, EPoX, DFI, and MIS.

The history of the Intel motherboard is as long and diverse as that of the Intel processor. It stretches back to the days of the early Pentium processors and the 430/440 chipsets. After those early models, motherboards that supported the Pentium 2 processors were released. These were followed by motherboards for the Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 processors. Today, there are over thirty desktop models available, ranging from basic models to ones designed for high performance computers. Manuals and software upgrades for discontinued motherboards can still be found on Intel’s support website, along with those for the current range.

The current Intel motherboard range is divided into five series. The Essential series is great for budget computers that do not need to have a long list of features. The Classic series is ideal for home computers that perform a wide range of tasks, from email and web browsing to playing video games. The Media series is designed for powerful computers that are used for editing graphics, music and videos. The Executive series has all the features expected in a business computer, along with power saving and extra security features. The Extreme series is aimed at fans of video games and other people who need a high performance computer.

Many features need to be considered when choosing a new Intel motherboard. Firstly, its form factor needs to be compatible with the computer case, otherwise it may not be possible to attach it to the inside wall. The motherboard needs to have right sockets for the processor and memory that will also be used in the computer. Most of the current desktop range supports the LGA775 socket, but there are also a few models that support other recent Intel sockets. The type of memory supported by the motherboard also needs to be checked, as well as the number of slots available and the maximum amount of memory is can support.

The ports, slots, and connectors on an Intel motherboard also need to be considered. There should be enough SATA connectors for all the hard drives and optical drives, as well as enough legacy IDE and FDD connectors for any older drives. If a video graphics card is to be installed, the motherboard needs to have the right PCI Express slots for it. Practically all modern motherboards have ports for integrated audio and Ethernet, but it is still good to have one or two PCI slots available just in case they are needed. Several USB ports are required to support USB peripherals, such as a keyboard and mouse. Serial, parallel, and PS/2 ports are now considered obsolete but they are still included for older peripherals that do not have a USB cable.

This Intel Motherboard Review is Written/Updated on Jul 22nd, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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