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Brand - Gigabyte, Model - Gigabyte GA H81M-S, Chipset Brand - Intel, Chipset - Intel H81 Express, CPU Sockets - LGA1150, Supported CPU - 4th Generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron Processors, Memory Type - DDR3, Memory MHz - 1600/1333MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 2, Memory Max. - 16GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphics - Integrated Graphics, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16, 1 x PCI Express x1 slot, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s, LAN Chipset - Realtek GbE LAN, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC887, Audio Channel - 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, USB Port - 2 x USB3.0, 6 x USB2.0, VGA Port - 1, SATA Port - 2 x SATA3, 2 x SATA2, BIOS Type - 1 x 32 Mbit flash, BIOS Model - AMI EFI BIOS, BIOS Version - PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, Form Factor - Micro ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, Special Features - GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Technology, GIGABYTE UEFI BIOS, GIGABYTE On/Off Charge for USB devices, LAN with high ESD Protection, D-SUB port on rear panel, Solid capacitors for CPU VRM design, Humidity Protection, Power Failure Protection, Electrostatic Protection, Others - 1 x CPU fan header, 1 x system fan header, 1 x front panel header, 1 x front panel audio header, 1 x speaker header, 1 x chassis intrusion header, 1 x Clear CMOS jumper, 3 x audio jacks (Line In, Line Out, Mic In), Warranty - 3 years, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.