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10 Best Selling Motherboards of 2015 (so far)

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A motherboard largely determines a computer or workstation’s use. Performance, device support,  feature set, component choice—a motherboard  dictates all of these things. By looking at what motherboards professional builders are purchasing, we can gain a sense on what kinds of workstations they are assembling. So what motherboards did IT professionals choose for custom-built systems? Before we get to the top 10 motherboards list, let’s look at trends that emerged from this study.

Intel-based motherboards the go-to for professional builders

One interesting data point is that the majority of system builders chose Intel-based motherboards. Looking back at our list of most purchased processors however, it doesn’t come as too much of a shock. Intel motherboards take up nine of the ten spots with an AMD mobo appearing in the 8th slot with an AM3+ board. Why might Intel be the choice for office or production computers? Feel free to speculate in the comments.

What about the preferred chipsets for the top motherboards of 2015?

  • 6 of the 9 Intel motherboards are based on Haswell-E X99 architecture
  • 1 Z77 Sandy Bridge motherboard
  • 1 Z97 Haswell/Broadwell motherboard
  • 1 B85 Haswell motherboard
  • 0 Z170 Skylake motherboards, though not surprising as it has only been four weeks since launch.

What form factors are people choosing?

Small form-factor PCs remain perennial favorites, so you’d expect ITX and mATX form factors to make up a large portion of this list. But that doesn’t hold true here; there was only one mATX in the top ten.

Why might this be? One possibility is that system builders want to use more than one performance workstation graphics card in these builds. In such cases, only the ATX form factor can accommodate the size requirements of multiple professional-grade graphics cards.

Asus, ASRock, MSI or Gigabyte?

In the top ten, the three major board manufacturers (Asus, ASRock, and MSI) each are represented on the list. Asus leads with seven of the boards, ASRock has two, and MSI has one. Gigabyte just barely misses with the top ten with several boards in the 10 – 20 rankings.

What feature sets are pro builders after?

Looking at feature set, pro builders are not putting much stock in built-in Wi-Fi. Only two of the motherboards (both X99) support Wi-Fi out of the box. This is likely because office workstations typically connect via Ethernet.

Nine of the ten motherboards support PCI Express 3.0, with only the AMD 970 + SB950 motherboard lacking PCIe 3.0. If you can’t get enough PCI Express slots, look into the ASUS X99-DELUXE. It features seven PCI-e slots.

Top Ten Best-selling Motherboards

  1. ASUS X99-A LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X99
Socket LGA 2011-v3
Memory Support DDR48 slots, 64 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 3 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × PCIe 2.0 x162 × PCIe 2.0 x1
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z97
Socket LGA 1150
Memory Support DDR34 slots, 32 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 2 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × PCIe 2.0 x162 × PCIe 2.0 x1
1 × PCI
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASRock X99 Extreme4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X99
Socket LGA 2011-v3
Memory Support DDR48 slots, 128 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 3 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × PCIe 2.0 x161 × PCIe 2.0 x1
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASUS X99-E WS LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Motherboard

Form Factor CEB
Chipset Intel X99
Socket LGA 2011-v3
Memory Support DDR48 slots, 64 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 7 × PCIe 3.0 x16
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASUS B85M-E/CSM LGA 1150 Intel B85 Motherboard

Form Factor mATX
Chipset B85
Socket LGA 1150
Memory Support DDR34 slots, 32 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 1 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × PCIe 2.0 x161 × PCIe 2.0 x1
1 × PCI
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X99
Socket LGA 2011-v3
Memory Support DDR48 slots, 64 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 5 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × PCIe 2.0 x4
Wi-Fi Yes

 

  1. MSI X99S SLI Plus LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X99
Socket LGA 2011-v3
Memory Support DDR48 slots, 128 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 4 × PCIe 3.0 x16
2 × PCIe 2.0 x1
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset AMD 970 + SB950
Socket AM3+
Memory Support DDR34 slots, 32 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 1 × PCIe 2.0 x16
1 × PCIe 2.0 x42 × PCIe 2.0 x1
2 × PCI
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z77
Socket LGA 1155
Memory Support DDR34 slots, 32 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 2 × PCIe 3.0 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)
2 × PCIe 2.0 x1
2 × PCI
Wi-Fi No

 

  1. ASUS X99-DELUXE/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Motherboard

Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X99
Socket LGA 2011-v3
Memory Support DDR48 slots, 64 GB maximum
Expansion Slots 5 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × PCIe x4
Wi-Fi No

 

 

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10 Best Selling Motherboards of 2015 (so far)
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10 Best Selling Motherboards of 2015 (so far)
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Find out what motherboards system builders are choosing for custom PCs in 2015 so far. We analyze the metrics so you know what builders are looking for.
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Wallace Chu

Wallace Chu

A self-professed tech hipster that loves computers and music. Uses an iPhone ironically.

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