We recently wrote about the ATX motherboards we’d like to get our hands on.
Now it’s time to talk about the motherboards that have become the standard for the enthusiast crowd.
If you’re one of those enthusiasts, there are some motherboard choices you should consider.
For starters, there’s the ATx motherboards.
This is where the enthusiast community has become the majority, and we’re going to go over which motherboards are available, how to get them, and where to buy them.
As we mentioned, the ATA-9×4 and ATA4x4 are the flagship ATX boards from the AT&T era, with ATX, PCI-E and M.2 slots on the back.
These boards are the most powerful of the AT-series boards, but they don’t have the most impressive specs.
The ATX12V and ATX13x4 motherboards have a dual-core processor with 1MB L3 cache and 2MB L2 cache, and the AT6x4 has a quad-core CPU with 2MB cache and 4MB L1 cache.
ATX 12V, ATX 13×4, ATA6x2, ATa6x1, AT7x1 and AT7a2 are the last three boards listed.
The ATX6x3, AT8x4 & ATX8x3 motherboards come with 2 x DDR3L-1600 and 2 x DIMM slots on their back, and each has 8GB of LPDDR3 memory.
We have a review unit with a pair of the A8x1-8×5 motherboards on hand, and they have a 4GB DDR3 memory kit.
If we had to pick between them, we’d pick the A4x3.
There are some differences between the A2x3 and the A1x3 models.
The A1 is more powerful, and can support DDR4-2400MHz, while the A3 has a DDR3-1600MHz memory chip, but only 8GB.
The motherboard is slightly heavier and slightly thinner than the A6x0, but it’s not as compact.
The A2 and A2X boards are also available with two PCIe slots, and these boards come with a dual M.0 slot on the motherboard, and support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory.
The models also come with one PCI-e slot, and have a pair or four USB 3.0 ports.
If this is your first time buying a motherboard, you might want to look into the ASRock motherboards, which offer two PCIe, two M.1 slots, a M.3 slot and a PCIe-X slot.
We haven’t yet reviewed the ASRyzen AS-8G7E, but you can find a review of that board here.
The ASRyzhen AS-7G4 is the cheapest of the motherboard models, but is also the lightest and the best-performing.
The AS-5G5, AS-6G5 and AS-4G5 all have two PCIe and a pair and four USB 2.0 and 3.1 ports.
We’ve got a review sample of the ASR-8-8 motherboard with these chips, and you can see the differences in the build quality and performance in the video below.
The motherboard also comes with two MPCi3 slots, two SATA 3 ports and two USB 2 to 3.3 ports.
This board has two SATA 6Gbps ports and a MIII 1Gb/s port, while it supports up to 8GB DDR4 RAM.
If these are your first choice, be sure to get the AS-1 and ASR3 models as they have the same number of PCIe and MIIIs, but also have two SATA ports and four ports of M.4 and M2S.
These are the only boards listed above that support DDR3.
The MSI-9X2 is the next most expensive board in the AS platform.
The MSI-10 is the closest thing we’ve seen to a mainstream motherboard in terms of cost, with the MSI-13-8 offering 1.25GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and a full PCIe slot.
The ASUS X79-A1 is a little less expensive, with a single SATA 3 port, a dual PCIe slot and an MII I port.
The Asus X79 A1, ASUS X99A, ASUS ROG X99, ASUS G752-A, ASRock Z87-G, ASR 3D, ASX-98X-A and ASX99-A are the first three boards on this list.
The X79A1 comes with DDR4 at 2400MHz, DDR3 at 2133MHz, and DDR2 at 1266MHz, so