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Sharky Extreme : April 13, 2010

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Part 1 - The Basics
For many people, the motherboard is a somewhat mysterious system component. All too often, people choose a motherboard based primarily upon price in the belief that all motherboards are essentially alike. This perception is understandable, given the fact that the motherboard appears to provide no real functionality - it doesn't store data, it doesn't do calculations and it doesn't display or print. In fact, all the motherboard appears to do is provide the communication channels between all of the various devices that actually do the real work.

The motherboard is actually a very important part of your system, and has a great impact on the overall system performance. Every device in your system needs to communicate with a controller that transfers data to and from system memory where the processor can access it. This includes hard drives, floppy drives, CD-ROMs, printers, mice, keyboards, monitors… the list is long. There is also a controller that coordinates the transfer of data between the processor, cache and main memory. These controllers determine to a large degree the reliability, compatibility and performance of your entire system, with the majority of them residing on the motherboard itself.

Part 2 - A Closer Look
In this article we will take a closer look at the construction of the motherboard and what current chipsets have to offer. Rather than focus upon such things as ISA/PCI/AGP slots, SIMM/DIMM sockets, processor sockets and other obvious items, we will look at the electrical components that determine the overall quality and stability of the board
Part 3 - Installing a Motherboard
If you have never installed a motherboard, you should read this article in its entirety before jumping in to make sure you understand what is involved and have at least a general idea of how you will proceed. You should also review the User's Manual for your board to identify the location of all slots, jumpers, switches and connectors. The manual may also include helpful tips regarding the handling, installing and configuring of the motherboard. Even if you have installed one or two boards in the past, you may find some useful information here.

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