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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 ROG STRIX Z690-G WIFIGigabyte Z690 AERO D (rev. 1.x)Asus ProArt X670E-Creator WiFiAsus ProArt Z690-Creator WiFiAsus ROG Crosshair X670E GeneSupermicro X12SPA-TF 64LAsus Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFIIntel NUC Dragon Canyon (NUC12DCM)
Socket17001700AM41700AM54189sWRX81700
CPU CompatibilityAlder LakeAlder LakeAMD RyzenAlder LakeAMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop ProcessorsIce Lake-64LThreadripper ProIntel Core i9 12900 2.4GHz (3.8-5.1GHz Turbo) 16 Core 65W
Form FactorMicroATXATXATXATXMicroATXEATXSSI EEBOther
Chipset ManufacturerIntelIntelAMDIntelAMDIntelAMDIntel
ChipsetZ690Z690X670Z690X670C621AWRX80Z690
Front Side BusDMI 4.0DMI 4.0DMI 4.0DMI 4.0
Network Connectivity2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + Gigabit NetworkingDual 10G Networking + WiFi 610G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e
Network ControllerRealtek 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 ControllerOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard ROG SupremeFX 7.1 ALC4080Onboard Realtek ALC 888S HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioIntel HD Audio
Cooling SystemHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsink and FanHeatsink and Fan
Number of Fans124
ColorBlackBlack & WhiteBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack
Memory Support
TypeDDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR4 ECC RegisteredDDR4 ECC RegisteredDDR4 SODIMM
Maximum Speed4800 MHz4800 MHz5400 MHz4800 MHz5600 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz3200 MHz
Number of Slots444421682
Maximum Size per Slot32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB64 GB128 GB256 GB32 GB
Maximum Amount Supported128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB2048 GB2048 GB64 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerIntelIntelAMDIntelAMDASpeedASpeedIntel
Processor TypeCPU DependantCPU DependantCPU DependantRDNA 2AST2500AST2500Intel UHD Graphics 770
Maximum Resolution7,680 x 4,3201920x12001920x1200
Maximum HDMI Resolution 4096x21604096x21604096x21604096x21604096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution 7680x4320
VGA11
HDMI11111
HDMI Version2.01.4b2.02.02.0
DisplayPort1
DisplayPort Version1.4
USB4.04.0
Notes:Displayport IN for Thunderbolt OutputsDisplayport IN for Thunderbolt OutputsOnboard video achieved via USB 4.0 outputsVGA output via included expansion bracket2x Thunderbolt 4 Outputs
External Connections
USB 2.02122
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)44
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1)26765187
USB 3.2 Type C1111
USB 422
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C1111
PS/2 KeyboardYesNo
PS/2 MouseYesNo
Audio OutSurround Sound (7.1)StereoSurround Sound (7.1)Surround 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/Microphone
S/PDIFOpticalOpticalOptical
LAN (RJ45)1222122
Mgmt LAN (RJ45)12
Wireless Antenna PortYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Serial (COM) Port1
Memory Card ReaderNoSDXC w/ UHS-II
Thunderbolt Ports222
Thunderbolt Version444
BIOS FlashbackYesYes
Internal Connections
USB 2.023322121
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)1211111
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C1
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C11
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C1111
SATA III 6.0Gbps6648488
M.2 Connector34341433
M.2 Support2x 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) + SATA2x 42-80mm (PCIe 5.0), 1x 42-80mm (PCIe 4.0)4x 60-110mm NVMe (Gen4)42-110mm NVMe (Gen4) & SATA3x 60-80mm NVMe (Gen 4)
U.2 Connector2
Serial (Com)11
TPM (module sold separately)111111
Compatible TPMAsus TPM-SPIGigabyte GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0Asus TPM-SPISupermicro AOM-TPM-9670H-S-OAsus TPM-SPI
Notes:1x PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot on motherboard, the other two(1x PCIe 5.0 & 1x PCIe 4.0) achieved through Z.2 card
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1Intel Z690 (1-4)Intel Z690AMD X670Intel Z6904 via X670 chipsetIntel C621AAMD WRX80
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2Asmedia (5-6)
Expansion Slots
Slot 1PCI Express 5.0 x16Slot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 2Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x1PCI Express 4.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16
Slot 3PCI 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 4PCI 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 5Slot 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 6PCI 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 7PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x2PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16
Additional Information
SLI CompatibleNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
Crossfire CompatibleNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
RAID Support0/1/5/100/1/5/100,1,100/1/5/10NVMe RAID 0/1/10 and SATA RAID 0/1/100,1,5,100, 1, 10
Built-in WebcamNoNoNo
Built-in MicrophoneNoNoNo
BluetoothYes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)NoYes (5.0)Yes (5.2)
Dual GPU Slot Spacing3-Slot
Integrated IO ShieldYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Remote ManagementOnboardOnboard
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOSYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
EZ FlashYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
OC ProfilesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Dimensions
Height244 mm305 mm305 mm305 mm244 mm305 mm310 mm189 mm
Width244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm330 mm330 mm120 mm
Depth357 mm
Net Weight1.33 kg1.838 kg1.579 kg1.444 kg1.434 kg2.5 kg2.5 kg4.723 kg