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Motherboard Information

The choice of motherboard can be one of the most difficult decisions when building a custom computer, but because of the effect it has on the rest of the build process we present it first. There has always been a debate over whether Intel or AMD is the best CPU choice in different applications, and the selection of a motherboard determines which processors will be available to pick from; choices over memory type and other related things add to the confusion. Puget Custom Computers has many hardware articles that can help you get up to speed, and by taking the time to give them a look you can make a much more informed decision. In the event that you are uncertain, don't hesitate to contact us.

All of our motherboards have built in LAN support. Motherboards often have other built-in features as well, including USB, Firewire, and RAID controllers. Each of the desktop motherboards listed below has full audio support, and in some cases even 6-channel or 8-channel sound! Make sure to become familiar with what features your motherboard has so you don't waste any money adding controller cards for features you already have!

 Asus TUF B550M-PLUS (WI-FI)Gigabyte B560M AORUS PRO AXAsus ROG STRIX Z690-G WIFIGigabyte X570S AERO GAsus ProArt X570-Creator WiFiGigabyte Z690 AERO D (rev. 1.x)Asus ProArt Z690-Creator WiFiAsus Prime X299 Deluxe IISupermicro X12SPA-TF 64LAsus Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI
SocketAM4 1200 1700 AM4 AM4 1700 1700 2066 4189 sWRX8
CPU CompatibilityAMD Ryzen Rocket Lake Alder Lake AMD Ryzen AMD Ryzen Alder Lake Alder Lake SkyLake-X Ice Lake-64L Threadripper Pro
Form FactorMicroATX MicroATX MicroATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX EATX SSI EEB
Chipset ManufacturerAMD Intel Intel AMD AMD Intel Intel Intel Intel AMD
ChipsetB550 B560 Z690 X570 X570 Z690 Z690 X299 C621A WRX80
Network Connectivity2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e 10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e Gigabit + 5Gb Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC 10G + Gigabit Networking Dual 10G Networking + WiFi 6
Network ControllerRealtek RTL8125B + Intel AX200 Realtek RTL8125 + Intel AX201 Realtek 2.5GbE + Intel Wi-Fi AX210 Intel I225V + Intel AX200 Marvell AQC113CS + Intel I225-V + Intel AX201 Marvell 10G + Intel I225 + Intel AX210 Marvell 10G + Intel I225 + Intel AX210 Intel I219V + Aquantia AQC111C + Intel 9260 Marvell AQC113, Intel I210-AT, Realtek RTL8211F PHY (dedicated IPMI) Intel X550-AT2, Intel AX200
Audio ControllerOnboard Realtek ALC S1200A HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC897 HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC4080 HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC1220-VB HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220A HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC4080 HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220A HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220A HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC 888S HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC4080 HD Audio
Cooling SystemHeatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink and Fan
ColorBlack Black Black Black & White Black Black & White Black Black & White Black Black
Front Side BusDMI 3.0 DMI 4.0 DMI 4.0 DMI 4.0
Number of Fans1 1 1 2
Memory Support
TypeDDR4 ECC DDR4 DDR5 DDR4 ECC DDR4 ECC DDR5 DDR5 DDR4 DDR4 ECC Registered DDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed3200 MHz3200 MHz4800 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz4800 MHz4800 MHz2666 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz
Number of Slots4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 16 8
Maximum Size per Slot32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB128 GB256 GB
Maximum Amount Supported128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB256 GB2048 GB2048 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerAMD Intel Intel AMD AMD Intel Intel ASpeed ASpeed
HDMI1 1 1 1 1 1 1
HDMI Version2.1 1.4b 2.0 2.1 2.0 1.4b 2.0
DisplayPort1 1 1
DisplayPort Version1.2 1.2 1.4
Notes:Onboard Graphics Requires Supported CPU Onboard Graphics Requires Supported CPU Displayport IN for USB-C video output, Onboard Graphics Requires Supported CPU DisplayPort IN For Thunderbolt Video, HDMI Out Requires Supported CPU Displayport IN for Thunderbolt Outputs Displayport IN for Thunderbolt Outputs Displayport IN for Thunderbolt video output (providing up to DP 1.4) VGA output via included expansion bracket
Processor TypeCPU Dependant CPU Dependant CPU Dependant CPU Dependant AST2500 AST2500
Maximum Resolution4096x2304 1920x1200 1920x1200
Maximum HDMI Resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution 4096x2304 7680x4320
VGA1 1
External Connections
USB 2.02 4 2 2 2 2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)4 2 4 2 4 4 4
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1)1 1 2 4 4 6 6 1 8
USB 3.2 Type C1 1 1 1 1
Audio OutSurround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Stereo Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1)
Audio InLine-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIFOptical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical
LAN (RJ45)1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Wireless Antenna PortYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C1 1 1 1
Thunderbolt Ports2 2 2 2
Thunderbolt Version4 4 4 3
Mgmt LAN (RJ45)1 2
Serial (COM) Port1
PS/2 KeyboardNo
PS/2 MouseNo
Internal Connections
USB 2.02 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)3 (providing 6 ports)3 (providing 6 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1
SATA III 6.0Gbps4 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8
M.2 Connector2 2 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 3
M.2 Supportx1 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA, x1 42-110mm NVMe (Gen3) + SATA 1x 60-80mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen3) & SATA 2x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA 2x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA, 1x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 80-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA 2x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA, 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4) 1x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 2x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA 2x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA 1x 42-110mm NVMe & SATA, 2x 42-110mm NVMe 4x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4) 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) & SATA
Serial (Com)1 1 1 1
TPM (module sold separately)1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Compatible TPMAsus TPM-SPI Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 Asus TPM-SPI Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0_S 2.0 Asus TPM-SPI Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 Asus TPM-SPI Supermicro AOM-TPM-9670H-S-O Asus TPM-SPI
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C1 1
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C1 1 1
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C1 1 1 1
U.2 Connector2
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1AMD B550 B560 Intel Z690 (1-4) AMD X570 AMD X570 Intel Z690 Intel Z690 Intel Intel C621A AMD WRX80
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2Asmedia (5-6)
Expansion Slots
Slot 1PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x16 Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 2PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slot not available on this board PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 3Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 4PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 size Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 5PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size Slot not available on this board PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 6Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 size Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 7PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Additional Information
SLI CompatibleNo No No No No No No Yes No Yes
Crossfire CompatibleYes Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes
RAID Support0,1,10 0/1/10/5 0/1/5/10 0,1,10 0,1,10 0/1/5/10 0/1/5/10 0/1/5/10 0,1,5,10 0, 1, 10
BluetoothYes (5.0) Yes (5.0) Yes (5.2) Yes (5.0) Yes (5.2) Yes (5.2) Yes (5.2) Yes (4.2) No Yes (5.0)
Integrated IO ShieldNo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Built-in WebcamNo No No
Built-in MicrophoneNo No No
Dual GPU Slot Spacing3-Slot 3-Slot 3-Slot 4-Slot
Remote ManagementOnboard Onboard
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOSYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
EZ FlashYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
OC ProfilesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Dimensions
Height244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)305 mm (12.0 in)305 mm (12.0 in)305 mm (12.0 in)305 mm (12.0 in)305 mm (12.0 in)305 mm (12.0 in)310 mm (12.2 in)
Width244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)330 mm (13.0 in)330 mm (13.0 in)
Net Weight0.89 kg (2.0 lbs)0.927 kg (2.0 lbs)1.33 kg (2.9 lbs)1.240 kg (2.7 lbs)1.579 kg (3.5 lbs)1.838 kg (4.1 lbs)1.444 kg (3.2 lbs)1.290 kg (2.8 lbs)2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)