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 B760M-PLUS WIFIMSI MAG B650M MORTAR WIFIAsus TUF B650M-PLUS WIFIAsus ProArt Z790-Creator WiFiAsus ProArt X670E-Creator WiFiGigabyte TRX50 AERO DGigabyte ME03-CE0 ATX SP6ASRock W790 WSAsus Pro WS TRX50-SAGE WIFIASUS Pro WS W790E-SAGE SEAsus Pro WS WRX90E-SAGE SEIntel NUC 13 Extreme (NUC13RNGi9)Puget Systems C17-GASUS RS520A-E12-RS12UASUS RS520A-E12-RS24UASUS ESC4000A-E12ASUS ESC8000A-E12 10GASUS ESC8000A-E12P 10G
Socket1700AM5AM51700AM5sTR5 4677sTR54677sWRX91700 SP5SP5SP560966096
CPU CompatibilityAlder LakeAMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop ProcessorsAMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop ProcessorsRaptor LakeAMD RyzenThreadripper 7000AMD EPYC 8004 SeriesSapphire RapidsThreadripper 7000Sapphire RapidsThreadripper Pro 7000Intel Core i9 13900K 3.0GHz (Up To 5.8GHz Turbo) 24 Core 125WIntel Core i9 14900HX 2.2GHz (Up To 5.8GHz Turbo) 24 Core 55WAMD EPYC 9004 SeriesAMD EPYC 9004 SeriesAMD EPYC 9004 SeriesAMD EPYC 9004 series (up to 400W)AMD EPYC 9004 series (up to 400W)
Form FactorMicroATXMicroATXMicroATXATXATXCEB CEBCEBSSI EEBSSI EEB Notebook2U2U2U4U4U
Chipset ManufacturerIntelAMDAMDIntelAMDAMD IntelAMDIntelAMDIntelIntelAMDAMDAMD  
ChipsetB760B650B650Z790X670TRX50 W790TRX50W790WRX90Z690HM770     
Front Side BusDMI 4.0  DMI 4.0   DMI 4.0 DMI 4.0        
Network Connectivity2.5G Networking + WiFi 62.5G Networking + WiFi 62.5G Networking + WiFi 610G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 7Dual 10G NetworkingDual 10G Networking + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 610G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 7Dual 10G NetworkingDual 10G Networking10G + 2.5G Networking + WiFi 6e2.5G Networking + WiFi 6eOnboard Dual Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)Onboard Dual Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)Onboard Dual Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)Dual 10G NetworkingDual 10G Networking
Network ControllerIntel 2.5GbE + Intel Wi-Fi AX201  Marvell 10G + Intel I225 + Intel AX211Marvell AQC113CS + Intel I225-V + Intel AX210Marvell 10G, Realtek 2.5G, Qualcomm QCNCM865 WiFi 7 Aquantia AQC113CS, Intel I225LM, Intel AX211Marvell AQtion, Intel I226-LM, Intel AX211Intel X710-AT2IntelAQC113, i226-V, AX1690iIntel E3102, Intel AX211Intel I350-AM2Intel I350-AM2Intel I350Intel X710-AT2Intel X710-AT2
Audio ControllerOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD AudioRealtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODECRealtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODECOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC4080 HD Audio Onboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220P HD AudioOnboard Realtek S1220A HD AudioOnboard Realtek ALC1220P HD AudioOnboard Realtek HD AudioOnboard Realtek HD Audio   n/an/a
Cooling SystemHeatsink  Passive HeatsinkHeatsinkPassive Heatsink HeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsinkHeatsink and FanHeatsink and FanHeatsink and FanHeatsink and FanHeatsink and FanHeatsink and FanHeatsink and FanHeatsink and Fan
Number of Fans          332881055
ColorBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack BlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack
Notebook-Display
Screen Size            17.3 Inch     
Native Resolution            QHD (2560x1440)     
Surface            Matte Finish     
Memory Support
TypeDDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5 ECC Registered DDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR5 SODIMMDDR5 SODIMMDDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR5 ECC RegisteredDDR4 ECC RegisteredDDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed5600 MHz5200 MHz5200 MHz5600 MHz5200 MHz5200 MHz 4800 MHz5200 MHz4800 MHz5200 MHz5600 MHz5600 MHz4800 MHz4800 MHz4800 MHz4800 MHz4800 MHz
Number of Slots444444 8488222412122424
Maximum Size per Slot32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB256 GB 256 GB256 GB256 GB256 GB32 GB32 GB256 GB256 GB256 GB256 GB256 GB
Maximum Amount Supported128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB128 GB1024 GB 2048 GB1024 GB2048 GB2048 GB64 GB64 GB3072 GB3072 GB3072 GB3072 GB3072 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset ManufacturerIntelAMDAMDIntelAMD    ASpeedASpeedIntelnVidiaASpeedASpeedASpeedASpeedASpeed
Processor TypeCPU DependentRDNA2RDNA2CPU Dependent     AST2600AST2600UHD Graphics 770NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 MobileAST2600 AST2600AST2600AST2600
Onboard Memory            16,384 MB  64 MB  
Maximum Resolution 7,680 x 4,3207,680 x 4,320      1920x12001920x12007680 x 4320 at 60Hz 1920x1200  1920x12001920x1200
Maximum HDMI Resolution 4096x2160  4096x21604096x2160      4096x21604096x3112     
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution 7680x4320           7680x4320     
VGA         11  11111
HDMI11111      11     
HDMI Version2.02.12.12.02.0      2.12.1     
DisplayPort111 1             
Mini DisplayPort            1     
DisplayPort Version1.41.41.4         1.4     
USB    4.04.0    4.0       
Notes: HDMI supports a max of 4k 60hz Displayport IN for Thunderbolt OutputsDisplay Port In - usable with dedicated GPU and USB4 displayDisplayport IN for USB 4 video support    Displayport IN for USB 4 video support2x Thunderbolt 4 Outputs2x Thunderbolt 4     
External Connections
USB 2.02 4 1   221       
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)341  4 4   2 44622
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1)222674 264662     
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C         1        
USB 3.2 Type C13                
USB 4    22    2       
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C111 1   11 1      
PS/2 Keyboard          No       
PS/2 Mouse          No       
Audio OutSurround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Surround Sound (7.1)Stereo StereoStereoSurround Sound (7.1)StereoSurround Sound (7.1)Stereo     
Audio InLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/Microphone Line-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/MicrophoneLine-In/Microphone     
S/PDIF OpticalOptical  Optical OpticalOpticalOptical  Optical     
LAN (RJ45)111222 32222122222
Mgmt LAN (RJ45)         11  11111
Wireless Antenna PortYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesNoNoYes      
Serial (COM) Port                11
Memory Card Reader            No     
Thunderbolt Ports   2   2   22     
Thunderbolt Version   4   4   44     
BIOS FlashbackNoYesYesYesYesYes YesYes Yes       
Internal Connections
USB 2.0222232 2222       
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)111111 21111      
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C 11               
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C1        1        
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C   111 11 11      
SATA III 6.0Gbps444848 84842 142644
M.2 Connector222444 33343322 11
M.2 Support2x 80mm PCIe 4.02x 60-80mm (PCIe 4.0)1x 42-80mm (PCIe 5.0), 1x 42-80mm (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), 1x 42-110mm (PCIe 4.0)1x 80-110mm PCIe 5.0, 2x 80-110mm PCIe 5.0, 1x 80mm PCIe 4.0 1x 30-80mm PCIe 5.0, 3x 60-80mm PCIe 5.02x 42-80mm PCIe 5.0, 1x 80mm PCIe 4.02x 42-110mm PCIe 5.0, 1x 42-110mm PCIe 4.02x 42-110mm PCIe 5.0, 2x 42-80mm PCIE 5.03x 80mm (PCIe Gen4)3x 80mm PCIe 4.02x 80-110mm PCIe 5.0  1x 80-110mm PCIe 3.01x 80-110mm PCIe 3.0
U.2 Connector       1  2  12244  
Serial (Com)       1111       
TPM (module sold separately)   1 1 1111    111
Compatible TPM   Asus TPM-SPI Gigabyte GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0  Asus TPM-SPIAsus TPM-SPIAsus TPM-SPI  Asus TPM-SPIAsus TPM-SPIAsus TPM-SPIAsus TPM-SPIAsus TPM-SPI
Mini-SAS HD                22
SlimSAS         22       
Notes:        1 x SlimSAS slot supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode NVMe deviceSlimSAS Supports PCIe 4.0 x4SlimSAS Supports PCIe 4.0 x4  Support up to 12 NVMe/SAS/SATA24 x 2.5inch Hot-swap Storage Bays2 x 2.5inch & 4 x 3.5inch Hot-swap Storage Bays4x MCIO connectors (x8 link) for NVME backplane4x MCIO connectors (x8 link) for NVME backplane
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1Intel B760 (1-4)6x via AMD B650 Chipset4x via AMD B650 ChipsetIntel Z790AMD X6704x Via CPU Intel W7904x Via TRX50 ChipsetIntel W790AMD WRX90Intel Z690      
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2     4x Via Chipset    Asmedia       
Expansion Slots
Slot 1PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 4.0 x16Slot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this board Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 2Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 3.0 x1PCI Express 4.0 x1PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x16Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16  PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 3PCI Express 4.0 x1PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizeSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this board Slot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16  PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 4PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 size  Slot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this board PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizeSlot not available on this boardPCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16  PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 5   PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16  PCI Express 5.0 x8PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 6   Slot not available on this boardSlot not available on this boardSlot not available on this board PCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 size  OCP 3.0OCP 3.0PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 7   PCI Express 3.0 x4 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x2PCI Express 4.0 x16 PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 4.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16    PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 8               PCI Express 5.0 x8 in a x16 sizePCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x16
Slot 9               PCI Express 5.0 x16PCI Express 5.0 x8PCI Express 5.0 x8
Slot 10               OCP 3.0  
Slot 11               PCI Express 5.0 x8  
Additional Information
SLI CompatibleNo  NoNoNo NoNoNoNoNo NoNoNoNoNo
Crossfire CompatibleNo  No No NoNoNoNoNo NoNoNoNoNo
RAID Support0/1/5/10NVMe RAID 0/1/10 and SATA RAID 0/1/10 via RAIDXpert2NVMe RAID 0/1/10 and SATA RAID 0/1/10 via RAIDXpert20/1/5/100,1,100/1/5/10 0/1/5/100/1/5/100/1/5/100, 1, 100/1/5/10    Optional PIKE II HBA, or Broadcom MegaRAID cardOptional PIKE II HBA, or Broadcom MegaRAID card
Built-in WebcamNo  No        YesNoNoNo  
Built-in MicrophoneNo  No        YesNoNoNo  
BluetoothYes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2) NoYes (5.2)No Yes (5.2)Yes (5.2)NoNoNo  
Dual GPU Slot Spacing    3-Slot3-Slot 4-Slot4-Slot4-Slot     2-Slot  
Integrated IO ShieldYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesYesYesYes YesYesYesYesYes
Remote Management         OnboardOnboard  OnboardOnboardOnboardOnboardOnboard
Includes Rail Kit             NoNoNoNoNo
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOSYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
EZ FlashYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesYesYesYes NoNo YesYes
OC ProfilesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesNoYesNo NoNo NoNo
Puget Measured Battery Life
Dimensions
Height244 mm244 mm244 mm305 mm305 mm305 mm 305 mm310 mm305 mm310 mm318 mm25 mm88.1 mm88.1 mm88.9 mm174.5 mm174.5 mm
Width244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm244 mm264 mm 227 mm330 mm330 mm330 mm129 mm396 mm449 mm449 mm439.5 mm440 mm440 mm
Depth     50 mm  50 mm  337 mm278 mm840 mm840 mm800 mm800 mm800 mm
Net Weight1.33 kg1.434 kg1.434 kg1.538 kg1.579 kg2.132 kg 1.756 kg2.259 kg2.793 kg2.5 kg7.378 kg3.29 kg17.95 kg17.95 kg24 kg27 kg27 kg
Power Supply
Input Voltage            100-240 Vac100-240 Vac100-240 Vac 220-240 Vac220-240 Vac
Wattage at 120V            330 W1600 W1600 W   
Wattage at 240V                3000 W3000 W
Redundancy             1+11+1 2+12+1
AC Adapter Output
DC Voltage            19.5 V     
Amperage            16.92 A