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!
 MSI Z370M PRO ACAsus P10S-M WSGigabyte Z370 AORUS 5MSI X299M Pro Carbon ACGigabyte X399 Designare EXGigabyte X299 Designare EXASUS WS C621E SAGEAsus WS C422 SAGE/10G
Socket1151 1151 1151 2066 TR4 2066 3647 2066
CPU CompatibilityIntel Socket 1151 for 8th Generation Processors Intel Socket 1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/for Xeon E3-1200 v5 and 6th genereation CoreTM, Pentium and Celeron Processors Intel Socket 1151 for 8th Generation Core Processors SkyLake-X AMD TR4 Threadripper SkyLake-X Purley Xeon W
Form FactorMicroATX MicroATX ATX MicroATX ATX ATX SSI EEB CEB
Chipset ManufacturerIntel Intel Intel Intel AMD Intel Intel Intel
ChipsetZ370 C236 Z370 X299 X399 X299 C620 C422
Front Side BusDMI 3.0 DMI 3.0 DMI 3.0 ---DMI 3.0 DMI 3.0
Network ConnectivityGigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Gigabit Networking Gigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Dual Gigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Gigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Dual Gigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Dual Gigabit Networking Dual 10G Networking
Network Controller Intel Intel I210 Intel Intel I219-V / Intel I211AT Intel Intel Intel / Intel Intel X550-AT2
Audio ControllerOnboard Realtek ALC1220 7.1 Channel HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC Onboard Realtek ALC1220 7.1 Channel HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC1220 HD Audio Realtek ALC 1220 Onboard Realtek ALC 1220 Onboard Realtek S1220A HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC S1220A High Definition Audio
Cooling SystemHeatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink and Fan Heatsink Heatsink
ColorBlack Black Black Black Black Grey Black Black
Number of Fans----1 --
Memory Support
TypeDDR4 DDR4 ECC DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 ECC Registered DDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed2666 MHz2133 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz
Number of Slots4 4 4 4 8 8 12 8
Maximum Size per Slot16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB64 GB64 GB
Maximum Amount Supported64 GB64 GB64 GB64 GB128 GB128 GB768 GB512 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerIntel Intel Intel ---ASpeed -
Processor TypeCPU Integrated Graphics CPU Integrated Graphics CPU Integrated Graphics --AST2500 -
Maximum Shared Memory512 MB512 MB512 MB----
Maximum HDMI Resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 -----
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 -----
HDMI1 1 1 -----
HDMI Version1.4b 2.0 1.4b -----
DisplayPort1 1 1 -----
DisplayPort Version1.2 1.2 ------
DVI-1 ------
Onboard Memory-----64 MB-
Maximum Resolution-----1920x1200 -
VGA------1 -
Notes:----Onboard video is via an included optional VGA bracket. -
External Connections
USB 3.04 2 4 4 8 4 4 4
USB 3.11 -1 1 1 -1 1
USB 3.1 Type C1 -1 1 1 -1 1
PS/2 KeyboardYes -Yes -Yes Yes Yes -
PS/2 MouseYes -Yes -Yes Yes Yes -
Audio OutSurround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) Surround Sound (7.1) 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
S/PDIFOptical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical
LAN (RJ45)1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2
Wireless Antenna PortYes -Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
USB 2.0-2 2 2 -2 2 -
Thunderbolt-----2 --
Thunderbolt Version-----3 --
Internal Connections
USB 2.02 (providing 4 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)-
USB 3.02 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)
USB 3.1 Type C1 -1 1 1 1 -1
SATA III 6.0Gbps4 8 6 8 8 8 10 8
M.2 Connector2 1 3 2 3 3 1 2
M.2 SupportPCIe & SATA, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices SATA 6Gb/s & PCI-E Gen3 x4 link, NGFF 22110/2280/2260/2242 PCIe & SATA, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices 80mm (supports Optane) Type 2260/2280/22110 M Key x4 NVMe 80mm / 110mm x1 42-110mm NVMe, x1 42-80mm NVMe
TPM (module sold separately)1 1 1 -1 1 1 1
TPM Pinout14-1 14-1 --6-1 6-1 14-1 14-1
U.2 Connector------4 2
Serial (Com)------1 1
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 14 port - Intel Z370 8 port - Intel C236 6 port - Intel Z370 ---8
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2------2
Expansion Slots
Slot 1PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 2PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express x8 or x16 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 3PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size -Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 4PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x8 PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 5--PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size -PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 6--PCI Express 3.0 x1 -Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express x8 or x16 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 7--PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size -PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size -PCI Express 3.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Additional Information
SLI CompatibleYes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crossfire CompatibleYes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RAID Support0,1,5,10 0,1,5,10 0,1,5,10 0/1/5/10 0,1,10 0/1/5/10 0, 1, 5, 10 0,1,5,10
BluetoothYes (4.2) No Yes Yes Yes (4.2) Yes (4.2) No No
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOSYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EZ FlashYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OC ProfilesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions
Height244 mm (9.6 in)244 mm (9.6 in)305 mm (12.0 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)
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)330 mm (13.0 in)267 mm (10.5 in)
Net Weight-------4.28 kg (9.4 lbs)