by Charlie Halligan


Motherboards are printed with circuits that are multiple layers thick, and are, therefore, often difficult to see.

Every motherboard is at least two or more layers thick. The printed wires are called traces, and they carry and transmit the data and commands between the CPU, RAM and other hardware devices.

The motherboard also needs to connect to the power supply in order to provide the proper power for the computer. Therefore, the motherboard and power supply must have matching connector slots.


There are numerous types of motherboards. Each one comes with different features and components. There are many popular motherboard manufacturers, and depending on your computing needs, you can have a custom motherboard designed for you.