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Brand - Asus, Model - Asus H81M-CS, Chipset Brand - Intel, Chipset - Intel H81, CPU Sockets - LGA1150, Supported CPU - Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron Processors, Generation - 4th Gen, Memory Type - DDR3, Memory MHz - 1600/ 1333/ 1066MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 2, Memory Max. - 16GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphics - Integrated Graphics, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s, LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111GR, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC887, Audio Channel - 8-Channel, USB Port - 2 x USB3.1 Gen 1, 6 x USB2.0, VGA Port - 1, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, BIOS Type - 1 x 64 Mbit Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, BIOS Version - PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Form Factor - uATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1, Special Features - ASUS EPU, ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution, ASUS EZ DIY, ASUS Q-Design, high stability and durability, with easy-to-use UEFI BIOS and ASUS AI Suite 3 tuning utility, Others - 1 x TPM header, 1 x LPT header, 1 x COM port(s) connector(s), 1 x CPU Fan connector(s), 1 x Front panel connector(s), 1 x Internal speaker connector(s), 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s), 3 x Audio jack(s), Warranty - 3 Year Replacement
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.