Hardware Selecting gaming motherboards is not just about the motherboard. A gaming computer is a custom-built machine, with specifically chosen parts that perform better for a specific genre of games. All these parts come together on the motherboard, so the first and most important thing a motherboard needs is compatibility. What gamers really look for is extreme speed and stunning detail. A monitor has the capacity for high resolution display, but it needs a powerful graphics adaptor for this. In turn, a powerful adaptor needs a motherboard which has enough capacity to handle the card and transfer data quickly enough between the display card and other parts. This means the right form factor (size), heavy-duty chipsets and an efficient bus system. The motherboard has to pass the same test for each of the other parts, including the HDD, memory, LAN card, cooling fans and power supply. Unless the board can match the speed and power of each of these parts, the system as a whole and the individual parts will not be able to provide the full power of their capability. Hence, gaming motherboards not only need to be compatible, they need to be compatible in the extreme. Another important difference is the need for built-in cards. Ordinarily, motherboards come with all the cards built-in, such as LAN, display and sound cards. But these cards are mostly useless, as far as gaming is concerned. The point here is that the motherboard would be better off with more space for add-on cards, extra memory and so on, instead of the onboard cards. Even if the board satisfies all the criteria mentioned above, never buy a gaming motherboard unless it has been benchmarked and found to be fit for gaming. Hardware review sites and large gaming portals are given advance access to the motherboard before it hits the market. Professional reviews published on these sites are a good indicator of how the board will perform under stress. After all this has been taken care of, there still remains the question of over clocking and upgrades. Over clocking is where the settings for a part are modified to make it run faster than manufacturer specs. Motherboard over clocking is critical because if it doesn’t work properly, it can fry not only the board, but every other part as well. For those wondering why fiddle with it, it is because gaming needs that edge beyond what a standard machine offers to everyone else. If every gamer has the latest parts and all of the gamers are equally talented, the one who wins is the guy who overclocked the machine. Gamers often use overclocking to push every part to the extreme end of its capacity. This means that gaming motherboards need quite a bit extra performance capability beyond the specs. As for the upgrades, the problem is that the parts are good enough for at most six months or a year. After that, new games and versions are released which need the latest parts and won’t work with old ones. If the motherboard is unable to accept a twice a year upgrade of all the other parts, then it’s not a gaming motherboard. To sum it up, what is required of gaming motherboards is a capacity to match all kinds of high performance parts. It has to be able to get the most out of today’s parts, and have the excess capacity required to keep up with tomorrow’s parts. The best judge of this capacity is the board manufacturer, so make sure the motherboard maker has labeled it as a board fit for gaming. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: