In addition to basic devices, a motherboard also must combine a lot of peripherals. Of course, the quality of connected equipment would depend greatly on the quality and quantity of available ports, connectors and slots.
At the present stage of computer development, the change speed of standards is rather high. For example, a standard of AGP bus frequency, that is equal to 66 MHz, is now ousted by SuperAGP bus with a frequency of 100 MHz, and a protocol of data exchange from ATA has increased from 33 to 133 Mbt/s and has eliminated IDE-loops.
In most cases, it is better not to save on a motherboard and buy it “with the reserve” in order you could easy update all peripherals in future. While selecting a motherboard, draw attention to the following moments:
- The higher number of connectors for memory modules, the better is result as the memory has a significant impact on your computer’s performance;
- For full functionality, especially at home, your motherboard must have one AGP-connector, compatible with 4X standard or higher;
- An amount of connectors for PCI-devices must be not higher than four;
- If you use outdated ISA-devices, make sure that you have all appropriate connectors;
- Your USB-port has to be compatible with 2.0 standard and have at least two connectors.