When it comes to building your own custom gaming PC, staying up-to-date with the latest motherboard technology ensures you’ll be able to run all the newest games, as well as productivity software, downloads, custom applications, and more! Welcome to your new “time on your hands” hobby!
As motherboard technology evolves, so does the need to stay competitive. Gaming evolution, aka gaming technology upgrades, help gamers reach a higher level of skill, improves the respect level received from peers, and maximizes the fun factor.
Let’s face it, the latest video game doesn’t mean anything if you can’t run it at the resolution the game creators designed it for! Building a PC gaming rig with lots of power lets you go above and beyond the minimum requirements, for out of this world cinematics and gameplayWelcome to your new “time on your hands” hobby!
A new motherboard does worlds to maximize performance and eliminate frustration. And more people give up on PC gaming because of slow computing speeds than nearly anything else! Novice PC gamers simply aren’t aware that a new motherboard has a huge impact on “lag”, and preventing it from happening to begin with!
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|1. ASUS Mini ITX DDR3 1600/1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards H97I-PLUS||The ASUS Mini ITX H97I PLUS provides an impressive array of features in a low-power package. The H97I Plus is been proven to be rock solid and reliable, with over 7,000 hours of validation put toward its development. ASUS prides themselves in being a fully supportive electronics company. Their motherboards provide exclusive features and options you won’t find in other brand names.|
2. ASRock FATAL1TY Z270 GAMING-ITX/AC LGA1151/ Intel Z270/ DDR4/ SATA3&USB3.0;/ M.2&SATA; Express/ WiFi/ A&GbE;/ Mini-ITX Motherboard
|ASROCK has been around since 2002, and currently make some of the best gaming motherboards money can buy. In 2010, ASROCK officially became a part of Pegatron to begin mass producing consumer, workstation, server, and Home Theater PC motherboards. They became an instant success, representing the ASUS brand name, and now have distributors in over 90 countries! And as you’ll see below, ASROCK has “turned the tides” of online gaming, proving that it takes a competitive motherboard manufacturer to keep gamers performing at their best.|
3. ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT LGA1151 Mini ITX DDR4 Motherboards
|Another gaming board from ASUS, the ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT provides an entirely different feature set from the ASRock FATAL1TY. Use the advice we listed above. Analyze the feature set of the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS, and compare it to your bandwidth and data requirements. All motherboards come with different feature sets and expansion abilities, so it’s up to you to do your research in making the right board choice.|
The ASUS ROG MAXIMUS gives you the freedom to overclock, participate in online gaming, achieve super high connection speeds, and do it for a price that’s easy to afford! What’s not to like?
4. GIGABYTE GA-H110M-A LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard
|This is by far one of the most affordable motherboards for sale in the Mini-ITX category. Granted, it doesn’t come with all the amazing features of the Fatal1ty or MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT, but it is a surefire winner in just one single respect. It comes with everything you need for a great mid-range experience, with nothing you need to add and plug in manually.|
So if you like gaming, but don’t want to get into seriously competing (overclocking, fine-tuning, and order the very best in video card etc. technology), then this motherboard is a great choice. It’s the perfect board for “Weekend Warrior” gamers! It’s part of the Gigabyte Ultra Durable Motherboard family!
5. MSI AMD FM2+ A68H DDR3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard (A68HM GRENADE)
|This is another award-winning motherboard you can get “on the cheap”. And while it can’t compete with the speed and quality of higher end boards, it does a fine job for gamers in the low-end category. And that’s the great thing about motherboards these days. Since the introduction of mini-atx and micro-atx motherboards, production costs have plummeted! It’s not uncommon to see custom gaming rigs built for less than $300! And that’s with using the best high end graphics cards and lots more!|
AMD’s legendary battle with Intel isn’t going to end anytime soon. They’re in direct competition with each other to provide gamers with more of what they want for the best possible price! Check out the MSI A68HM Grenade feature set below!
6. GIGABYTE GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI (AMD/Ryzen AM4/B350/RGB Fusion/HDMI/DP/M.2/SATA/USB 3.1 Type-A/Wifi/Mini ITX/DDR4 Motherboard)
|Another motherboard featured in the Gigabyte Ultra Durable family is the GA-AB350N. This is no cut-rate motherboard, no uh-uh. This is one of the highest performing mini-ITX motherboards in the industry, jam packed with support for hardware that’s on the cutting edge. This board is in direct competition with the FATAL1TY and ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT for “King Of The Motherboard Jungle” bragging rights!|
Another motherboard featured in the Gigabyte Ultra Durable family is the GA-AB350N. This is no cut-rate motherboard, no uh-uh. This is one of the highest performing mini-ITX motherboards in the industry, jam packed with support for hardware that’s on the cutting edge. This board is in direct competition with the FATAL1TY and ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT for “King Of The Motherboard Jungle” bragging rights!
7. ECS Elitegroup KAM1-I (1.0) Socket AM1 AMD Motherboard
|In terms of performance on a budget, this is the lowest price motherboard in our Best Of Mini-ITX lineup. But it goes without saying that people interested in PC gaming should take a closer look to ensure they won’t be disappointed with the abilities of this one. At only a few dollars cost, you have to consider that you’ll definitely be dealing with a bit of a performance drop when compared to midgrade and high-end boards. Processor limitations, etc. That said, let’s check out the feature set!|
8. ASRock Motherboard Mini D1800B-ITX
|Here’s another great motherboard for gamers that simply want a gaming “rig” for enjoyment, and not professional type competition. As you can see from the price tag, it’s priced far below high end boards, and to tell the truth, not many gamers will actually be able to make use of the super-high output abilities of high end boards ANYWAY. But this board is a Special Buy indeed! It comes with an Intel J1800 processor bundled with it for free! Yes, you heard right, free!|
Basically, along with Mini motherboards rising to PC stardom, the production cost has gone way down. Now PC gaming is a hobby that almost everyone can afford to participate in, and with games that come with silk-like stunning graphics, it’s something to think about. People who have given up on PC gaming in the past know what we mean!
Mini-ITX Motherboards Help You Build A Higher Quality Gaming PC!
Mini-ITX technology has been around since 2001, originally developed and released by VIA Technologies. As far as motherboard popularity goes, Mini-ITX is definitely one of the most popular. There are other form factors of motherboard in the same genre, each with their own hardware position configurations and hardware preferences (to reach max performance).
As an example, a Baby AT motherboard requires you to remove all internal cards before you can “get to” and remove the processor. But with an ATX board, it’s oversized design allows you easy access to all parts of the motherboard, so you can plug and play cards, additional hardware, and processors without having to remove other items first. Some motherboard form factors you can choose from include Baby AT, ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX and more.
The Mini-ITX form factor of motherboard consistently gets high review scores, and is the logical choice for gamers that don’t need a lot of expansion. More and more, we’re seeing micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards being released from popular vendors. Micro-ATX and mini-ITX boards provides all the expansion ability you need for gaming, and use the very latest in compact/modern RAM and video cards. However, they can be a LITTLE difficult to manage if you’re prone to upgrading/replacing your motherboard hardware a lot.
The point being, full ATX boards and other “large-scale” boards are being phased out, and come with expansion ability that even super resource intensive games can’t make use of. The great majority of custom PC “rig” builders are migrating to these new mini and micro boards to stay on the cutting edge, as well as make the best use of current technology that they can.
Mini-ITX Motherboards Explained
Below, we’re going to outline the different parts of a Mini-ITX motherboard, so you can see the purpose each part serves. We don’t want you “flying blind” and wasting money on options you can’t or won’t make use of, that’s for sure!
With a Mini-ITX motherboard, you have your choice of board design. You could choose a motherboard with an onboard CPU, which is usually found in mobile/laptops. Onboard CPU motherboards have a lower TDP (Thermal Design Point) than socketed CPU versions. Meaning, they generate less heat, and can be used in fanless/passively cooled setups. HTPC (Home Theater PC) setups often use fanless cooling because there’s no fan noise to take away from the home theater experience.
A socketed CPU motherboard features the CPU as separate from the motherboard itself, and thusly, requires more power than a socketless design to operate. It also generates more heat. An on-board CPU motherboard design is extremely rare in comparison to industry-standard socketed designs. And as you’ll see below, ALL the Mini-ITX motherboards we have listed are the socketed variety. There’s also SoC (System On Chip) motherboards available for sale that streamline the motherboard design to include all hardware on the board itself.
You’ll find a variety of different socket configuration options according to the brand/model of motherboard you choose, such as LGA 775, LGA 1366, LGA 1151, etc. Both Intel and AMD have different socket designs, and thusly only offer support for their proprietary brand of processor.
The front side BUS speed determines the bandwidth speed (in MHz) that data can travel across the BUS. BUS speed most often refers to the front side bus, which is found in the great majority of motherboards today. The front side BUS connects the CPU to the Northbridge, and has a dramatic effect on performance. A fast FSB speed helps a lot with RAM intensive applications.
Random Access Memory support on a motherboard refers to the speed, technology, and integrity values supported. Your motherboard will also come with a specific number of RAM slots. So, if your motherboard lists support for 2 sticks of DDR3 SDRAM, then DDR3 SDRAM is what you should buy. As far as compatibility goes, there’s various RAM scanners online that can make recommendations. Crucial.com has a great tool you can download for free.
Your mini-ITX motherboard will come with a variety of plug-ins and ports, such as USB, COM, HDMI, VGA, LAN, DC Power, SATA connectors, PCI Express, and more. You should base your purchasing decision on the slots, ports, and peripheral connectors you really need, not “sales gimmick hype” and advertising. Less hardware “bloat” equals a more enjoyable gaming experience with less lag!
There’s No “One-Size-Fits-All” Motherboard Solution That Will Work For Everyone
When building a custom gaming PC, there’s no “One Size Fits All” solution that’s going to work for everyone. If you’re truly serious about building one, you’ve got to understand how your gaming needs relate to the motherboard, as well as how the parts you install boost performance (and to what degree).
For example, an avid PC gamer isn’t going to be satisfied with simple onboard graphics. And similarly, gamers get bored easy with sound that comes from simple on-board hardware. For the best experience, just a few well thought out upgrades that plug into the motherboard, can easily pack the additional gaming power you need.
Take a close look at what your requirements are. For example, documenting the minimum hardware requirements for each game title you own helps a lot. From there, you can form a rough estimate as to the drain that Windows/Linux/Apple OS, along with your game title running with it, will have on your PC resources.
Intermediate and expert PC “rig” builders often develop a sixth sense about how data bandwidth abilities of a motherboard interact with their computing requirements before they boot up. Knowing how each internal feature/component of a motherboard compliments your motherboard as a total package is a valuable skill.
Custom gaming afficianados build their own PC’s, often called “rigs”, and it’s a popular hobby with PC enthusiasts everywhere. Being able to run all the newest games at the highest resolution, and with the least amount of “lag”, is a goal most gamers try and achieve.
Transmeta, PowerPC, And Cadia ARM-Based Mini-ITX Motherboards
There are a few motherboards in production from Transmeta, PowerPC, and Cadia. These motherboards were designed to serve a specific purpose, and are in no means a mainstream motherboard offering. AMD and Intel have the marketshare cornered on mini-ITX in the mainstream marketplace. And these “specialty purpose” motherboards pretty much have NOTHING to offer mainstream gamers. And that’s that.
ASUS Mini ITX H97I-PLUS – Features
ASUS Home Cloud – Store and backup your files with free access to the ASUS Home Cloud. It’s a unique hybrid cloud service with tons of easy to access, convenient features.
3x M.2 Slots Onboard -The M.2 PCI Express mini card slot technology provides 10Gb/s of throughput power! That’s an impressive amount of bandwidth in a compact size, plus support for Intel Rapid Storage Technology built right in!
Professionally Engineered Audio – The audio system on the H97I Plus is designed to go above and beyond outdated audio technologies to deliver an honestly exceptional experience. Comes with audio amplifier, de-pop circuit, Japanese-made capacitors, dedicated PCB layers, and a lot more.
Intel Gigabit Ethernet – With Intel Gigabit Internet, you get less lag, smoother gaming, and higher TCP and UDP throughput. The updated ethernet programming code is much more streamlined, putting far less demand on the processor. DDR3 1600 RAM Support – DDR3 1600 support gives you the very latest in RAM technology. And together with the Enhanced DRAM overcurrent protection, it’s more than just the newest technology. Resettable fuses ensure complete protection against overcurrent and short-circuiting.
PCIe 3.0 (GEN3) – A step up from PCIe 2.0, you now get twice the performance with the new PCIe 3.0 (GEN3). This PCI Express technology promises 32GB/s per x16 links, which is double the 16GB/s previously offered by PCIe 2.0
USB 3.0 – New USB 3.0 technology allows ASUS to feature their new “Boost” technology. You get 170% faster data transfer speeds for the highest level of USB performance yet!
UEFI BIOS – The mouse-controlled graphical BIOS provides detailed readouts on everything connected to your PC. From CPU and fan speed, to SATA and DRAM, the UEFI BIOS puts you in control of fine-tuning adjustments. Competitive PC gaming often requires fine-tuning to keep players at their best.
5x Protection And DIGI+ VRM – The hardware safeguards on this motherboard are nothing short of remarkable. The solid state capacitors are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, and actually last 2.5x longer than traditional capacitors. It gives you honest-to-goodness gaming endurance you can depend on.
The chromium oxide bonded stainless steel backing of this motherboard is part of the 5x protection as well, and when paired with the electrostatic discharge guards, provides unparalleled overload protection. We know gamers get tired of hearing, this is the very best you can get, ever! Bar-none! This is it as far as everything goes! It’s not, of course, but it is the best circuitry protection we know of in production.
Voltage regulator modules deliver precise power to the CPU, and only provide the amount of power needed to match the demand. Voltage regulation technology reduces energy waste for a much more efficient computing experience. Plus, you have a less burdened power supply that can provide “fresh” bursts of power right when you need it.
ASRock FATAL1TY Z270 – Features
ASRock Super Alloy Series – Across this Super Alloy motherboard, you’ll find heat sinks, shields, top quality caps, chokes, MOSFET setups, and more. And they’re all designed to be highly magnetic, heat reducing, discharge resistant, and better performing than standard motherboards by a landslide. If you take a look at the performance statistics of the ASRock FATAL1TY, you’ll see that this board really does outperform the competition.
Multiple Processor Support – Supports 6th And 7th Generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, Celeron Processors (Socket 1151). Meaning, you have your choice in processor speed and variety, so you can choose the one that best meets your needs.
Supports DDR4 4000+(OC) – You get the very latest in RAM technology support for faster response times, less data lag, and better overall performance. DDR 4000+(OC) RAM is able to keep up with high-grade processors so there’s never any break in the action.
1 PCIe 3.0 x16 – The single PCI Express 3.0 slot provides you with 16 lanes of data throughput power! And at a base clock speed of 8 GHz, it sends data faster than your PC processor can compute for zero bottle-necking!
Sound Blaster™ Cinema3 – Sound Blaster knows the importance of keeping gamers happy and satisfied. And the audio development team at Sound Blaster is always hard at work, finding ways to make your audio experience more enjoyable, realistic, and distortion free than ever before!
7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) – Surround sound audio just keeps getting better and better. The 7.1 High Definition Audio by Realtek features the latest in codec and audio processing technology.
HDMI And Display Port – You’ve got your choice of output options : High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) or standard Display Port.
Water Pump Header – The FATAL1TY even supports water cooling for complete temperature control. Fans help a lot, but if you want the very best cooling protection, a water pump is the way to go.
1 X SATA Express, 6 X SATA 3, and 1 X Ultra M.2 Slot – SATA Express allows you to use Serial ATA (SATA) or PCI Express cards in a single slot. And with 6 X SATA 3 slots, you’ve got plenty of room for expansion. And the single Ultra M.2 slot will support your latest M.2 SSD, no problem!
1 X Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) – The new Type C Thunderbolt USB interface is capable of 5 GB/s transfer speed, which is twice the speed of the previously released Thunderbolt 2.
Intel® I-219V Gigabit LAN And 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac + BT 4.0 – The FATAL1TY also gives you the very latest in Internet coding and bandwidth technology. And as most competitive gamers know, any way you can find to reduce data and Internet lag time is crucial.
Intel® Optane Ready – Optane technology revolutionizes memory in a way that reduces load in never before seen ways! 5.8X faster email launch, 5X faster browser launch, and 67% faster game launch. Intel® Optane equals intelligent system acceleration!
Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Clips – Designed to accomodate high grade audio equipment, the Nichicon Fine Gold Audio Clips go further to eliminate distortion and preserve your audio experience than any other brand on the market.
F-Stream And Fatal1ty Mouse Port – The ASROCK FATAL1TY Z270 is chock full of amazing features, including the F-Stream software utility and FATAL1TY Mouse Port. Custom select your own mouse polling rate, anywhere from 125 Hz to 1000 Hz, for the very best in gaming precision.
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT LGA1151 Mini ITX DDR4 Motherboards – Features
6th Generation Intel LGA 1151 Socket – The 6th Generation, first revision, Intel LGA 1151 Socket supports both the SkyLake and Kaby Lake CPU’s. Both have different features that determine how they process data. For example, Kaby Lake CPU’s render 4K video much better, and with much less drain on the battery. Kaby Lake is basically a more optimized version of SkyLake.
Dual DDR 4133(OC) RAM Support – DDR 4133(OC) RAM support gives you the very latest in world-class RAM speed and internal code programming. ASUS understands that gamers need speed advantages to win, so ASUS delivers that, plus the ability to overclock. Overclocking can help, but it can also cause malfunctions, so learning how to overclock correctly is crucial.
5 Way Optimization And Auto Tuning -The ASUS Al suite allows you to turn the 5 Way Optimization system On or Off whenever you choose! 5 Way Optimization + Auto-Tuning features unique hardware setting configurations for a performance increase you can actually feel!
Pro Clock And Impact Power Overclocking – Onboard, you get professional overclocking software to make quick work of tuning adjustments.
SupremeFX Impact III And Intel® Gigabit Ethernet – SupremeFx Impact III comes bundled with Sonic Studio for a fully customizable audio experience. The best-in-class Gigabit Ethernet by Intel guarantees you the fastest upload and download speeds money can buy.
2×2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi – With the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT, you’re getting the very latest in 802.11ac technology, along with MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Game First. Everything included, the advanced Internet hook-ups and software bonuses equal less lag time and better overall gameplay.
NVMe U.2, SATA Express, and USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C – NVMe U.2 allows gamers to make the most efficient use of SSD they can. That means faster access times and data transfer through the use of new, non-volatile memory technology. The SATA ports can transfer 6 Gbit/s per port. You also get the latest USB 3.1 Type A and C. There’s a total of 10 USB ports that support multi-lane data transfer at lightning fast speeds!
Integrated Graphics Option – If you’re saving up for a high-end video card, you’ll be thankful for the integrated graphics option. Integrated graphics come standard with each ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII IMPACT motherboard, so you’re ready to go right out of the box.
Gaming Utility Software Suite – The ASUS line of motherboards makes it their mission to be a better value for the money than competing boards! Each ASUS motherboard comes with a full suite of software utilities to help show you “the ropes”.
GIGABYTE GA-H110M-A LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard – Features
LGA1151 Socket – With support for both 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core processors, you can choose the processor that’s right your gaming needs. Both SkyLake and KabyLake will fit, but be sure to compare the processing power of each. You can find benchmark performance scores for both SkyLake and KabyLake with a simple Google search.
Dual Channel DDR4 (2 DIMM Slots) -DDR4 RAM provides more clock speeds and timings than you could get with DDR3, less power consumption, and less lag! Amazingly, DDR4 operates at clock speeds so high, that not even the manufacturers can reach the limit of their performance abilities!
High Quality Onboard Audio Design – A separate sound card is great, and can provide much better sound than onboard, but you might just find the GIGABYTE GA-H110M-A motherboard actually does a good enough job of delivering audio by itself! The High Quality Onboard Audio Design makes significant improvements over previous releases for less popping, distortion, and errors. Most players agree that the sound quality is respectable, but it might not be enough for professional gamers.
Audio Noise Guard w/High Quality Capacitors – GIGABYTE includes audio noise guards to give you the best chance at onboard audio satisfaction. And while it’s true that onboard audio can’t deliver the power of a professional audio system, it doesn’t hog system resources either.
HDMI 4.1 – Take pleasure in a fully immersive gaming experience in Full HD! HDMI 4.1 provides the very latest in video playback and bandwidth throughput. And if you’ve never experienced video game cinematics on a new release motherboard like this, you’re in for a real treat!
Realtek® GbE LAN – Featuring new cFos Internet Acceleration software, you’ll always have a fine-tuned connection that plugs in the best settings for your specific ethernet connection automatically.
GIGABYTE™ APP Center – Just like most mainstream motherboard producers, each brand name is competing with each other to provide customers with the best bang for the buck! The Gigabyte APP Center gives you free access to a wealth of apps with tools that would cost money separately!
MSI A68HM Grenade – Features
Socket FM2+ – Supports AMD A-Series/ Athlon Series Processors.
AMD A68H Chipset – The MSI A68HM Grenade features the A68H Chipset. This chipset is actually a revamped/updated version of the A58 chipset, which lacked support for USB 3.0 and faster SATA.
Supports 2x DDR3 DIMM Memory – You can from a variety of DDR3 DIMM modules to use, including 2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ and 1333 MHz speeds. In fact, this board supports a whopping 32 gigabytes of unbuffered, NON-ECC memory. That goes above and beyond what most PC games require, and even blows away technology of just a few years ago by a landslide, that’s for sure!
Multiple Ports And Expansion Slots – 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slot, 1x PCI Slot, 4x SATA3 Ports at 6 GB/s, It also comes stock with support for your choice of RAID 0, 1, or 10 configuration types.
RealTek Onboard Sound – Using the latest ALC887 Audio CODEC, continuing where the last CODEC left off, you’re now getting 8 channels (7.1) of 87khz sound quality. 44khz is CD quality, so you’re basically getting twice the quality of what a CD is capable of producing. Truly amazing!
RTL8111G Gigabit Ethernet Controller – The RTL8111G Gigabit Ethernet Controller by Realtek provides you with top of the line Internet connectivity at an affordable price. Higher end motherboards may be able to reach a slightly higher baud rate and achieve a little less lag, but overall, you’re still getting the Lion’s Share of the latest in Internet connection tech.
GIGABYTE GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI – Features
Supports AMD Ryzen & 7th Generation A-series/Athlon Processors – The software used to compliment the newest AMD processors does a great job of making full use of the processing power. And software that can interact with hardwired code formulas used by AMD processors really does make things better! Cinematics flow more smoothly, with very few errors! Processor “helper” software understands how to prevent processing “glitches” to begin with.
2 X DDR4 RAM Support – You’ve got your choice of compatible RAM varieties to choose from : ECC or Non-ECC, Unbuffered, DDR4 DIMMS.
Fast 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A – 10 GB/s transfer speeds, which is 2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1! Plus backwards compatibility! Just like the other data bandwidth abilities of this board, not even the USB ports offer the possibility of data lag!
4 X NVMe PCI Gen3 2280 + M.2 -M.2 outperforms SATA data transfer by a landslide. With traditional SATA, the highest transfer speeds possible was 6 Gb/s. With M.2, you’re getting 32 Gb/s of unbridled speed! It’s totally “bottleneck-proof”!
Dual-Band 802.11ac + WiFi And Bluetooth 4.2 – WiFi and Bluetooth functionality onboard lets you access your wireless network right out of the box. And at speeds of up to 433 Mbps! There’s no hardware to install, so there’s no chance for plug-in lag to slow you down!
RGB Fusion – The 16.8 million color LED light system on the Gigabyte GA-AB350N allows you to get your creative juices flowing! You get 2 different light zones, 7 different effects, 2 RGBW Light Strip pin headers, Accent LED with overlay, and advanced mode for extreme customization!
The LED’s can independently function across multiple zones, so each zone has it’s own customized effect! Also, you can configure the LED’s to react to CPU load, temp, and more. You’ll always have a clear view of your PC’s performance state with just a glance! RGBW strips are supported too!
Smart Fan 5 – So many gamers complained that their fan cooling experience wasn’t good enough, so in response, Gigabyte released their patented Smart Fan cooling system! Smart Fan 5 is a complete motherboard fan suite, featuring both hardware and software! The days of having to tolerate poor gaming performance because of heat issues is over! Hooray!
120 DB SNR High Definition Audio – Smart Headphone Amp, market leading audio capacitors, and full 120 DB of output power! Most PC’s and laptops lack audio superiority to a degree that’s horrific! Let Gigabyte prove to you that there’s still hope for onboard sound quality that’s actually worth it!
Realtek GBE Lan With cFosSpeed – The RealTek GBE Lan comes stock on the Gigabyte GA-AB350N. And as an added bonus, it comes complete with cFosSpeed Internet Acceleration software so you can customize your connection to be faster! It just takes a few tuning adjustments and you’re all set!
Gigabyte APP Center – The APP Center from Gigabyte is becoming more popular every day that goes by! Now included in the APP Center, you’ll find Cloud Station and Easy Tune utilities added to the growing family of apps.
ECS Elitegroup KAM1-I (1.0) Socket AM1 AMD Motherboard – Features
3rd Generation Intel 22nm Multi-Core Processor Support – Supports both Athlon and Sempron CPU’s.
VRD 12 Ready -Voltage Regulator Down Ready right out of the box.
2 X DDR3 DIMM Sockets – Supports DDR3 1600 NON ECC, Unbuffered, SDRAM DIMMS.
Realtek 8111G Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller – The 8111G standard equals super-fast Internet that’s ready and able to handle bandwidth abilities of all the latest cable modems and connections. Featuring Wake-On LAN!
100% Solid Capacitor Design – The ECS KAM1 1.0 solid capacitors are a huge improvement, and offer tons better performance than motherboard designs of years past!
ECS Durathon Technology – The Durathon Technology concept is simple. Make a motherboard that’s worthy of recognition across three different sects : Quality, Stability, And Convenience.
Windows 8 And 8.1 Certified – The ECS KAM1 (1.0) is ready for the newly released Windows 8 and 8.1. So if you want a motherboard that’s ready for the Microsoft new releases, there’s never been a better time!
ESD Protection – Electrostatic discharge protection ensures that you won’t have to experience the horror of a motherboard failure! It’s not impossible to short-circuit the ECS KAM1, don’t get us wrong, but you’d need a pretty hefty jolt of electricity to do it! The ESD Protection is a really valuable bonus in our opinion.
Designed For DirectX 11.1 – The ECS KAM1 has been designed with current AND future gameplay in mind. The motherboard design team at ECS helps you move forward by supporting current and future DirectX version releases!
ECS MIB III – ECS MIB III allows for easy overclocking without the need for additional software.
ECS Intelligent EZ Utility And CyberLink Media Suite – Easily control fan speeds and save on energy costs with the included ECS Intelligent EZ Utility package. CyberLink Media Suite allows you to edit audio, burn discs, watch Blu-Ray content, and lots more.
ASRock Motherboard Mini D1800B-ITX – Features
Intel J1800 Processor (2.41GHz, Dual-Core) Included Free! – The included J1800 processor makes this board purchase a really sweet deal. With just a few outside peripheral purchases, you’ve got a brand new gaming PC “rig” totally built for less than $150. Not too bad at all.
2x DDR3-1333/1066 SODIMM Slot – This motherboard supports dual channel, Non-ECC, Buffered SODIMMS, with a max capacity of 16GB.
Available Ports – 1x PCI-Express 2.0, 2x SATA2 Ports, 1x USB 3.0 Port, 5x USB 2.0 Ports (3 rear, 2 via header), 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x VGA Port, 1x HDMI Port, 2x Serial Ports, 1x Parallel Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks.
Low Power Consumption/ Low Noise – This makes a really great board for people who want to run a fanless setup for a HTPC (Home Theater PC). The price is right and the cost is low. Overall, a great motherboard and CPU combo deal that sports a good feature set for a nice low price!