The motherboard, sometimes called the system board or mainboard, is the backbone of the computer and a crucial piece of hardware to which all system components, including the CPU, memory and expansion cards are connected and interact through. Based on the functions of the system, there are various types of motherboards made for different applications. Motherboards for server systems are different from those for home and office use and are enhanced for heavy work and processing loads.
Choosing a Server Motherboard
A motherboard sports a very large number of components that define its functions. Selecting the motherboard that is perfect for all your needs can therefore be a complicated process.
The chipset, CPU support and memory support are the key considerations when choosing a server motherboard. The chipset essentially determines the motherboard’s functionality, compatibility and connectivity. Most users typically choose a motherboard in order to support their choice of CPU and memory. The latest CPU socket types include LGA 771 for Intel platforms and Socket F (Socket 1207) for AMD platforms. ECC and registered memory support is vital to server motherboards as well, and some of the latest Intel platforms require the new Fully Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) modules.
Other features and functions you should consider include expansion slots, hard drive interfaces, LAN ports and management functions. Each serves a different function for your server or independent system. Please read our Server Motherboard Buying Guide for more information on server motherboards.
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