If you are going to assemble your computer, it is better than you consider a good motherboard. The rest of the team will depend on it.
It is increasingly common to see how users choose to build their computer instead of buying it already manufactured. The reasons can be multiple, as are the advantages. From the simple fact of mounting tailor-made gaming, to the savings that can be made if you have enough knowledge. There are even companies that carry out the assembly (for a small fee) if you buy the pieces separately.
However, beyond aesthetics or price, two fundamental aspects of this type of practice, you must take into account the specifications.
And before you head for a RAM or a good graphic, you must take into account two of the most critical elements of the computer. On the one hand the power supply – as we tell you in a recent issue – and on the other the motherboard.
The latter, the real protagonist of today’s theme, and an indispensable element for any computer. More than anything because the motherboard is the one that will determine what updates we can apply in the future on that same computer. It will limit the type of processor, RAM or even external connections. For all that, we must not only make a good plan but also look at the smallest detail.
1. Gigabyte B360MDS3H – Motherboard (Intel B360, S 1151, DDR4, MicroATX)
We started with this Gigabyte motherboard. Specifically, the model B360MDS3H is one of those that offer an excellent relationship between quality and price. That way you can enjoy the real high-definition viewing capability with the use of digital output technologies more commonly integrated into today’s high-definition TVs and screens. Also, this motherboard offers Smart Fan 5 technology.
With it, you ensure that your gaming PC can maintain a stable performance while keeping refrigerated. Smart Fan 5 allows users to swap their connectors for fans to reflect different thermal sensors in various locations on the motherboard.
Besides, it incorporates its software, which allows you to choose between different modes, from silent to maximum speed. In fact, for each fan or pump, the natural curve can be used to define the trigger thresholds and the corresponding fan speeds. On the other hand, we must also bear in mind that with this motherboard you can enjoy a full VR immersion experience.
What’s more, to create a perfect VR experience, GIGABYTE motherboards offer better features to make virtual reality like your current reality. Among its main features are compatibility with RAM cards DDR4-SDRAM, type of memory DIMM slots, and even supported memory clock speeds of 2666.2400.2133 MHz.
Very similar but somewhat more sophisticated is this Asus motherboard. A model that can make a difference thanks to a series of less common features within this range. For example, by the technology of temperature monitoring GPU and Fan Xpert 2+. Besides, it also incorporates TUF protection functions: SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4, overvoltage protection, Digi + VRM and steel I / O for long-term reliability.
If all this seems to you little, you should know that it also incorporates military grade TUF components: LANGuard, Chokes, Capacitors and TUF MOSFET with superior durability. As for the sound, we can say that DTS Custom offers. This implies that it allows you to locate the action and positioning of enemies with stereo headphones. Oh, and one last fascinating detail of this model: Aura Sync RGB offers you. That is, it synchronizes RGB lighting with a broad portfolio of PC devices.If we look for something naturally superior and that adapts equally to the budget that we have set for today, do not hesitate to take a look at this MSI motherboard. Especially if you want to set up a good PC Gaming (both aesthetically and functionally). Not only is it compatible with the first and second generation of AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics for Socket AM4, but also with DDR4 memories up to 3466+ (OC) MHz.
It also offers Lightning Fast Game experience (1x TURBO M.2, Technology Store MI), as well as Set Core Power Free: Core Boost, 8 + 4 pin CPU power connector, and even extended heat dissipation design. As if all this were not enough, it also incorporates Core Boost technology, with a premium design that optimizes the energy of the cores and provides better performance.
Although speaking of techniques, you should know that it also allows DDR4 Boost. That is an advanced technology that provides a pure information signal for the best stability and performance. All without forgetting the MULTI-GPU option, which comes with a PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. It also supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync.
The Z370 motherboards are optimized for optimal performance with the eighth generation of Intel processors. Choose MSI and unleash its full potential through an optimized PCB and an energy supply design with calibration line.
Besides, this model will allow you to take advantage of the game. You can overcome your opponents in-game using the tools of MSI Gaming. Intelligent hardware and software created to enhance your capabilities and keep you a step ahead in the competition.
Neither can we forget the possibility of submerging in virtual worlds. In this case, thanks to the integration of the best cutting-edge technologies, since the MSI hardware provides a Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality or Fluid Virtual Reality. And not only that. You can also amplify your game with Audio Boost, as well as get excellent memory performance. MSI motherboards are forged with features to boost memory performance with more speed, increased overclocking and increased stability.
Better stability, and also better compatibility. In fact, with a memory circuit with optimized strokes and completely isolated this model ensures the best security and performance, so you never have to worry about the system crashes. Oh, and there will be no latencies worth with this motherboard.Let’s go back to Asus, now to look at an even better model than the previous ones, which is very close to the budget we have set for today. In this case, we have the PRIME Z390-A in front of us. An elegant motherboard decorated with a professional style. The Primer Z390 series offers a set of specifications and functions designed for content creators and everyday users. It even combines the features of the new processors with the design quality of ASUS and a plethora of tools to adjust its performance.
Among its main features are Overclocking by IA, an improved power design with high-end components with superior energy efficiency, UEFI BIOS technology, ample cooling options, an M.2 heatsink that reduces the temperatures of the SSD M up to 20 ° C .2 to work at full capacity and be more reliable, and even next-generation connectivity.
Finally, we finish with this MSI motherboard. Specifically the model X 470 Gaming Plus. Or, summarizing, a motherboard that for less than 150 euros (139.90 to be exact) offers us great benefits. From the outset, because it has Mystic Light technology. Something that allows us to customize the PC with up to 16.8 Million colors. Also very interesting is Turbo M.2 technology, which maximizes NVMe performance based on SSD’s.
Anyway, do not forget the Audio Boost , which offers studio-quality sound for your audio devices, the advanced technology DDR4 Boost , which allows to provide pure signals for greater stability, or even Core Boost technology , that with its optimized design of power and strokes enable the base plate to support more cores and obtain better performance .
More economical is this Asus motherboard. Or to be more exact the ASUS Prime A320M-K motherboard. A model that, like the motherboards of the PRIME A320 series, is designed with the industry-leading 5X Protection III, which employs the best components, excellent circuit design, and exacting standards to ensure quality and durability at the long term. Among its main features, we find support for DDR4. With this, you will be able to hold the frequency of the memory modules at incredible 2400MHz.
ASUS works with virtually all memory brands, so you’ll enjoy maximum compatibility. On the other hand, the product also has the Fan Xpert technology. This ensures that each fan achieves the best balance between cooling performance and low noise – and with the Prime A320 motherboard series and its PWM / DC mode with 4-pin / 3-pin hardware level for cabinet fans, a simple setting in the BIOS allows you to use your cabinet fan in PWM / DC.
On the other hand, it also allows you to accelerate with M.2 up to 32Gb / s Integrated. With x4 PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gb / s of data transfer speed. That way, it’s the perfect choice for a storage device with an operating system or applications, making your PC and professional applications work as fast as possible. Nor can we forget the LANGuard technology.
What does it consist of? Well, in hardware level network protection, which uses signal pairing technology and premium anti-EMI capacitors mounted on the surface to ensure a more reliable connection and better performance. Add Audio Gamer, experience USB 3.1 Gen 1 and even Q-Slot (so that the graphics card comes out quickly) and Q-DIMM (the same but with RAM modules), and the result is a very accessible motherboard.