Motherboards with the best connectivity

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ASRock Z87 Extreme9/acAsus X99-Deluxe/U3.1ASRock X99 TaichiGigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ForceASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7Asus Z99-M WSMSI Z370 Godlike GamingASRock X399 TaichiASRock X299 Taichi XEASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming
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ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
Asus X99-Deluxe/U3.1
ASRock X99 Taichi
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7
Asus Z99-M WS
MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming
ASRock X399 Taichi
ASRock X299 Taichi XE
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming
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USB 3.0 portsMore USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
USB 3.0 portsMore USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.6
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USB Type-CThe USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
USB Type-CThe USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
USB 2.0 portsMore USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
USB 2.0 portsMore USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.2
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PCIe 3.0 x16 slotsPCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and sound cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 3.0 has a bit rate of 8 GT/s, delivering 985 MB/s per lane.
PCIe 3.0 x16 slotsPCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and sound cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 3.0 has a bit rate of 8 GT/s, delivering 985 MB/s per lane.5
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SATA 3 connectorsSATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
SATA 3 connectorsSATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.10
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RJ45 portsRJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.
RJ45 portsRJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.2
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Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivityWi-Fi 6, released in 2019, is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard. Designed to operate in all frequency bands between 1 and 6 GHz, it offers higher data rates and lower latency compared to previous Wi-Fi technologies.
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivityWi-Fi 6, released in 2019, is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard. Designed to operate in all frequency bands between 1 and 6 GHz, it offers higher data rates and lower latency compared to previous Wi-Fi technologies.
Fan headersFan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
Fan headersFan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.6
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RAM speedIt can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
RAM speedIt can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.1600MHz
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Overclocked RAM speedThe motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.
Overclocked RAM speedThe motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.2800MHz
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Memory slotsMore memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
Memory slotsMore memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.4
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Maximum memory sizeThe maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
Maximum memory sizeThe maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.32GB
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Memory channelsMore memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
Memory channelsMore memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.2
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A motherboard is a printed circuit board (PCB) that connects all parts of a computer to distribute power to every component. It then coordinates the interfaces between them, acting as a foundation upon which you build a computer system.

When you are looking to buy a new motherboard, you frequently come across terms like form factor, chipset, memory, speed, ports and connectors, and many others; these are the motherboard’s defining features. But, none of that matters if the motherboard doesn’t connect properly to hard drives or other system features.

USB ports

All motherboards come with rear ports. VGA, DVI, or HDMI ports for connecting a display monitor are all standard as are USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports for connecting external peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, external hard drive, and flash drive. 

eSATA ports are mostly used for connecting portable hard drives while thunderbolt ports are for those looking for more power, including higher transfer speeds. While USB 3.0 ports are standard now, the number of ports varies from one motherboard to the next. Most PCs can have between four to eight ports per motherboard, and the more there are, the more devices you can connect.

SATA3 connections

Two essential types of connectors inside a motherboard determine what you can do with your computer – SATA connectors and the power connector. All motherboards have Serial ATA connectors to hook up your hard drives (HDDs), optical drives, and even solid-state drives (SSDs). 

Some motherboards have more connectors than others. If you want more hard drive space, then you should buy a motherboard with more SATA ports. SATA 3 ports are particularly important for those interested in faster machines as the SATA 3 interface runs as 6Gb/s while the bandwidth throughput goes up to 600MB/s.

HDMI

There is usually no direct HDMI port on motherboards since the HDMI port is located on the video card, which controls all graphics processing. However, certain motherboards come with an additional HDMI port as well. If you don’t have a dedicated video card, you’ll need a CPU with integrated graphics to utilize this HDMI port. As well, a separate HDMI port allows you to connect more monitors than your card can support.

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