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What is a Motherboard

The motherboard is the center piece of you system it contains all the circuitry and components either directly on the board or via additional components which connect directly to it. The motherboard is also often referred to as the main board.

The motherboards many connectors and slots include a socket for the processor to be installed along with memory slots, a number of expansion slots, connectors to IDE/SATA devices and smaller connectors for USB, serial and printer connectors.

What does a Motherboard do?

  • It organizes the devices-everything is eventually connected to the motherboard
  • It controls the devices-built-in to the motherboard is the chipset and BIOS program, which between them control the majority of data flow throughout the different computer systems.
  • Communication-almost all communication between the PC and other PCs, and the user, goes through the motherboard.
  • Processor Support-The motherboard socket depicts which choice of processor you can use in your system.
  • System Performance-The motherboard is a major factor in your system's performance; it dictates which type of processors, memory, system buses, and hard disk interface speed your system can have via its connectors or BIOS settings.
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