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 5EVGA X299 MicroGigabyte X399 AORUS 7Gigabyte X299 AORUS 7 (rev. 1.0)Asus Z10PE-D8 WS
Socket1151 1151 1151 2066 TR4 2066 Dual 2011-3
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 Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3/V4 Family
Form FactorMicroATX MicroATX ATX MicroATX ATX ATX EATX
Chipset ManufacturerIntel Intel Intel Intel AMD Intel Intel
ChipsetZ370 C236 Z370 X299 X399 X299 C612
Front Side BusDMI 3.0 DMI 3.0 DMI 3.0 ---QuickPath Interconnect
Network ConnectivityGigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Gigabit Networking Gigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC 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
Network Controller Intel Intel I210 Intel Intel i219v Intel, Killer Intel, Killer 2x Intel I210-AT
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 ALC1150 Realtek ALC 1220 Onboard Realtek ALC 1220 Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio
Cooling SystemHeatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink
ColorBlack Black Black Black Black Black Black
Memory Support
TypeDDR4 DDR4 ECC DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed2666 MHz2133 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2666 MHz2133 MHz
Number of Slots4 4 4 4 8 8 8
Maximum Size per Slot16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB64 GB64 GB
Maximum Amount Supported64 GB64 GB64 GB64 GB128 GB512 GB512 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerIntel Intel Intel ---ASpeed
Processor TypeCPU Integrated Graphics CPU Integrated Graphics CPU Integrated Graphics -AST2400
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----32 MB
Notes:----No external ports, used only for the optional remote management module
External Connections
USB 3.04 2 4 6 8 -6
USB 3.11 -1 1 1 8 -
USB 3.1 Type C1 -1 1 1 1 -
PS/2 KeyboardYes -Yes -Yes Yes Yes
PS/2 MouseYes -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)
Audio InLine-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
LAN (RJ45)1 2 1 1 1 2 2
Wireless Antenna PortYes -Yes Yes Yes Yes -
USB 2.0-2 2 ---2
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)3 (providing 6 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)
USB 3.1 Type C1 1
SATA III 6.0Gbps4 8 6 6 8 8 8
M.2 Connector2 1 3 1 3 3 1
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 M.2 Socket 3 supports M Key and type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices
TPM-1 1 -1 1 1
TPM Version-14-1 --6-1 12-1 20-1
U.2 Connector---1 ---
SATA Express------2
Serial (Com)------1
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 14 port - Intel Z370 8 port - Intel C236 6 port - Intel Z370 -4 port - Intel C612
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2----4 port - Intel C612
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
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 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
Slot 4PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x8 PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 3.0 x4 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
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
Slot 6--PCI Express 3.0 x1 -Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x8 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
Additional Information
SLI CompatibleYes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crossfire CompatibleYes No 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
BluetoothNo No Yes Yes Yes (4.2) Yes (4.1) -
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOSYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EZ FlashYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OC ProfilesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Dimensions
Height244 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)
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)330 mm (13.0 in)