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 MAG B650M MORTAR WIFIAsus TUF B650M-PLUS WIFIAsus ROG STRIX Z690-G WIFIGigabyte Z690 AERO D (rev. 1.x)Asus ProArt X670E-Creator WiFiAsus ProArt Z690-Creator WiFiSupermicro X12SPA-TF 64LAsus Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFIIntel NUC Dragon Canyon (NUC12DCM)
SocketAM5AM517001700AM517004189sWRX81700
CPU CompatibilityAMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop ProcessorsAMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop ProcessorsAlder LakeAlder LakeAMD RyzenAlder LakeIce Lake-64LThreadripper ProIntel Core i9 12900 2.4GHz (3.8-5.1GHz Turbo) 16 Core 65W
Form FactorMicroATXMicroATXMicroATXATXATXATXEATXSSI EEBOther
Chipset ManufacturerAMDAMDIntelIntelAMDIntelIntelAMDIntel
ChipsetB650B650Z690Z690X670Z690C621AWRX80Z690
Front Side Bus  DMI 4.0DMI 4.0 DMI 4.0  DMI 4.0
Network Connectivity2.5G Networking + WiFi 62.5G Networking + WiFi 62.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + Gigabit NetworkingDual 10G Networking + WiFi 610G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e
Network Controller  Realtek 2.5GbE + Intel Wi-Fi AX210Marvell 10G + Intel I225 + Intel AX210Marvell AQC113CS + Intel I225-V + Intel AX210Marvell 10G + Intel I225 + Intel AX210Marvell AQC113, Intel I210-AT, Realtek RTL8211F PHY (dedicated IPMI)Intel X550-AT2, Intel AX200Marvell AQC113 + Intel I225-V + Intel AX211
Audio ControllerRealtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODECRealtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODECOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC 888S HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioIntel HD Audio
Cooling System  HeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsink and FanHeatsink and Fan
Number of Fans       24
ColorBlackBlackBlackBlack & WhiteBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack
Notebook-Display
Memory Support
TypeDDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR4 ECC RegisteredDDR4 ECC RegisteredDDR4 SODIMM
Maximum Speed5200 MHz5200 MHz4800 MHz4800 MHz5200 MHz4800 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz
Number of Slots4444441682
Maximum Size per Slot32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB128 GB256 GB32 GB
Maximum Amount Supported128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB2048 GB2048 GB64 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerAMDAMDIntelIntelAMDIntelASpeedASpeedIntel
Processor TypeRDNA2RDNA2CPU DependantCPU Dependant CPU DependantAST2500AST2500Intel UHD Graphics 770
Maximum Resolution7,680 x 4,3207,680 x 4,320    1920x12001920x1200 
Maximum HDMI Resolution   4096x21604096x21604096x21604096x2160  4096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution   7680x4320      
VGA      11 
HDMI111111  1
HDMI Version2.12.12.01.4b2.02.0  2.0
DisplayPort111      
DisplayPort Version1.41.41.4      
USB    4.0    
Notes:HDMI supports a max of 4k 60hz  Displayport IN for Thunderbolt Outputs Displayport IN for Thunderbolt Outputs VGA output via included expansion bracket2x Thunderbolt 4 Outputs
External Connections
USB 2.0 42 1 2  
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)414   4  
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1)222676187
USB 3.2 Type C3 1    11
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C111 1 11 
USB 4    2    
PS/2 Keyboard       No 
PS/2 Mouse       No 
Audio OutSurround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)StereoSurround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Stereo
Audio InLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/Microphone
S/PDIFOpticalOptical    OpticalOptical 
LAN (RJ45)1112222 2
Mgmt LAN (RJ45)      12 
Wireless Antenna PortYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes
Serial (COM) Port      1  
Memory Card Reader        SDXC w/ UHS-II
Thunderbolt Ports   2 2  2
Thunderbolt Version   4 4  4
BIOS FlashbackYesYes  Yes  Yes 
Internal Connections
USB 2.0222332121
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)11121111 
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C11    1  
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C       1 
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C  1111   
SATA III 6.0Gbps44664888 
M.2 Connector223444433
M.2 Support2x 60-80mm (PCIe 4.0)1x 42-80mm (PCIe 5.0), 1x 42-80mm (PCIe 4.0)2x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA1x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 2x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA2x 42-80mm (PCIe 5.0), 1x 42-80mm (PCIe 4.0), 1x 42-110mm (PCIe 4.0)2x 42-110mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4), 1x 42-80mm NVMe (Gen4) + SATA4x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4)42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) & SATA3x 60-80mm NVMe (Gen 4)
U.2 Connector       2 
Serial (Com)      11 
TPM (module sold separately)  111111 
Compatible TPM  Asus TPM-SPIGigabyte GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 Asus TPM-SPISupermicro AOM-TPM-9670H-S-OAsus TPM-SPI 
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 16x via AMD B650 Chipset4x via AMD B650 ChipsetIntel Z690 (1-4)Intel Z690AMD X670Intel Z690Intel C621AAMD WRX80 
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2  Asmedia (5-6)    Asmedia 
Expansion Slots
Slot 1PCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16Slot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardPCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 2PCI Express 3.0 x1PCI Express 4.0 x1Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16 
Slot 3PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 3.0 x1Slot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardPCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16 
Slot 4  PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizeSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardPCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16 
Slot 5   Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16 
Slot 6   PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizeSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardPCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16 
Slot 7   PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x4PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16 
Additional Information
SLI Compatible  NoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Crossfire Compatible  NoNo NoNoYesNo
RAID SupportNVMe RAID 0/1/10 and SATA RAID 0/1/10 via RAIDXpert2NVMe RAID 0/1/10 and SATA RAID 0/1/10 via RAIDXpert20/1/5/100/1/5/100,1,100/1/5/100,1,5,100, 1, 10 
Built-in Webcam  NoNo No   
Built-in Microphone  NoNo No   
BluetoothYes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)NoYes (5.0)Yes (5.2)
Dual GPU Slot Spacing    3-Slot    
Integrated IO ShieldYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Remote Management      OnboardOnboard 
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOSYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
EZ FlashYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes 
OC ProfilesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Puget Measured Battery Life
Dimensions
Height244 mm244 mm244 mm305 mm305 mm305 mm305 mm310 mm189 mm
Width244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm330 mm330 mm120 mm
Depth        357 mm
Net Weight1.434 kg1.434 kg1.33 kg1.838 kg1.579 kg1.444 kg2.5 kg2.5 kg4.723 kg
AC Adapter Input
AC Adapter Output