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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 AXGigabyte B550 Vision D-PGigabyte Z590 VISION DGigabyte X570S AERO GAsus ProArt X570-Creator WiFiAsus Prime X299 Deluxe IIAsus Strix TRX40-XESupermicro X12SPA-TF 64LAsus Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI
SocketAM4 1200 AM4 1200 AM4 AM4 2066 sTRX4 4189 sWRX8
CPU CompatibilityAMD Ryzen Rocket Lake AMD Ryzen Rocket Lake AMD Ryzen AMD Ryzen SkyLake-X Threadripper 3 Ice Lake-64L Threadripper Pro
Form FactorMicroATX MicroATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX EATX SSI EEB
Chipset ManufacturerAMD Intel AMD Intel AMD AMD Intel AMD Intel AMD
ChipsetB550 B560 B550 Z590 X570 X570 X299 TRX40 C621A WRX80
Network Connectivity2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e Gigabit + 5Gb Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC Gigabit + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6 10G + Gigabit Networking Dual 10G Networking + WiFi 6
Network ControllerRealtek RTL8125B + Intel AX200 Realtek RTL8125 + Intel AX201 Intel I225, Realtek RTL8125, Intel AX200 Intel I225-V + Intel AX200 Intel I225V + Intel AX200 Intel I225-V + Marvell AQC113CS + Intel AX201 Intel I219V + Aquantia AQC111C + Intel 9260 Intel I211-AT + Realtek RTL8125-CG + Intel AX200 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 ALC S1200-VB HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC4080 HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC1220-VB HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220A HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220A HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220 HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC 888S HD Audio Onboard Realtek ALC4080 HD Audio
Cooling SystemHeatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink Heatsink and Fan Heatsink Heatsink and Fan
ColorBlack Black Black White Black & White Black Black & White Black Black Black
Front Side BusDMI 3.0 DMI 3.0
Number of Fans1 1 1 3 2
Memory Support
TypeDDR4 ECC DDR4 DDR4 ECC DDR4 DDR4 ECC DDR4 ECC DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 ECC Registered DDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz2666 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz
Number of Slots4 4 4 4 4 4 8 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 GB256 GB256 GB2048 GB2048 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerAMD Intel AMD Intel AMD AMD ASpeed ASpeed
HDMI1 1 1 1 1 1
HDMI Version2.1 1.4b 2.1 1.4b 2.1 2.0
DisplayPort1 1
DisplayPort Version1.2 1.2
Notes:Onboard Graphics Requires Supported CPU Onboard Graphics Requires Supported CPU DisplayPort IN for Thunderbolt Video, Onboard Graphics Requires Supported CPU Displayport IN for Thunderbolt video output (providing up to DP 1.4) 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 video output (providing up to DP 1.4) VGA output via included expansion bracket
Processor TypeCPU Dependant CPU Dependant AST2500 AST2500
Maximum Resolution4096x2304 1920x1200 1920x1200
Maximum HDMI Resolution 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution 4096x2304
VGA1 1
External Connections
USB 2.02 4 2 2 2 4 2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)4 2 3 4 2 4 4 4
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1)1 1 2 2 4 4 7 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) 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 Line-In/Microphone Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIFOptical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical
LAN (RJ45)1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2
Wireless Antenna PortYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PS/2 KeyboardYes No
PS/2 MouseYes No
Thunderbolt Ports2 2 2 2
Thunderbolt Version3 4 4 3
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C1 1 1
Mgmt LAN (RJ45)1 2
Serial (COM) Port1
Internal Connections
USB 2.02 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)3 (providing 6 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)1 (providing 2 ports)2 (providing 4 ports)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1
SATA III 6.0Gbps4 6 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 8
M.2 Connector2 2 2 3 4 3 3 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 x1 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA, x1 42-110mm NVMe (Gen3) + SATA 1x 80-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 80-110mm NVMe (Gen3) & SATA, 1x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen3) 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 42-110mm NVMe & SATA, 2x 42-110mm NVMe 2x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA 4x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4) 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) & SATA
Serial (Com)1 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 Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0_S 2.0 Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0_S 2.0 Asus TPM-SPI Asus TPM-M R2.0 Supermicro AOM-TPM-9670H-S-O Asus TPM-SPI
USB 3.2 Type C1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
U.2 Connector2
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1AMD B550 B560 AMD B550 Intel Z590 AMD X570 AMD X570 Intel TRX40 (providing 8 ports) Intel C621A AMD WRX80
Expansion Slots
Slot 1PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16 Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot not available on this board 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 Slot not available on this board PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 4.0 x16 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 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 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 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot not available on this board PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 5Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x1 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 6PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slot not available on this board Slot not available on this board PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 7PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 size PCI Express 4.0 x4 PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 4.0 x16
Additional Information
SLI CompatibleNo No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Crossfire CompatibleYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
RAID Support0,1,10 0/1/10/5 0,1,10 0/1/10/5 0,1,10 0,1,10 0/1/5/10 0,1,10 0,1,5,10 0, 1, 10
BluetoothYes (5.0) Yes (5.0) Yes (5.0) Yes (5.0) Yes (5.0) Yes (5.2) Yes (4.2) Yes (5.0) No Yes (5.0)
Integrated IO ShieldNo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Dual GPU Slot Spacing3-Slot 3-Slot 3-Slot 3-Slot 4-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)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)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)224 mm (8.8 in)330 mm (13.0 in)330 mm (13.0 in)
Net Weight0.89 kg (2.0 lbs)0.927 kg (2.0 lbs)1.316 kg (2.9 lbs)1.534 kg (3.4 lbs)1.240 kg (2.7 lbs)1.579 kg (3.5 lbs)1.290 kg (2.8 lbs)1.559 kg (3.4 lbs)2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)