Image Credit: Advantech Co., Ltd. | MSI | Emerson Network Power Embedded Computing   Computer motherboards are printed circuit boards (PCBs) that house basic computer circuitry and vital components. They are devices into which other computer boards or cards are plugged. Computer motherboards manage all of the data transactions between the central processing unit (CPU) and the peripherals. Therefore, the processor or CPU type is an important specification to consider...
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Q & A on Computer Motherboards

We asked our users for their input on Computer Motherboards. Here are the results of 77 users familiar with Computer Motherboards.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing computer motherboard design?
10 answers
Answers:
Chipsets, connecting upgrading new and existing components in addition to future technologies, graphic cards etc.
~Alyson Mucci, Research & Development, Chico, CA
CPU/CHIP SETS/Type of expansion slots, Processors power dissipation
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Durability, ROHS, Asus, and gigabyte and energy saving techs
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
Nanotechnology Games 3D Augmented reality
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain
Semiconductor innovations, memory, speed
~Purshottam Peswani, Purchaser, Pune, India
Optical technology
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Speed and capacity
~Technical Support/Services, Kortrijk, Belgium
Compact
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Setubal, Portugal
Integration
~Research & Development, Ailleurs, France
FPGA
~Engineering, Design, Leopoldsburg, Belgium

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative computer motherboards?
11 answers
Answers:
Intel, Gigabyte, AMD MSI etc.
~Alyson Mucci, Research & Development, Chico, CA
Apple & notional instrument
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Asus and gigabyte
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
SuperMicro, IBM
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Asus Gigabyte
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain
ASUS, MSI Etc,
~Chandrasegar S, Technical Support, Chennai, India
Intel
~Research & Development, Ailleurs, France
Asus
~Builder/Contractor, Taiwan, Taiwan
Asus
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Setubal, Portugal
Asus
~Engineering, Design, Leopoldsburg, Belgium
MSI
~Vitezslav Zihla, Surveying, Frenstat, Czech Republic

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used computer motherboards for?
21 answers
Answers:
Various graphic intensive applications, such as Adobe Photoshops Suites, AutoCAD and Gaming to name a few. In addition to, testing different components, with various motherboards and so on.
~Alyson Mucci, Research & Development, Chico, CA
It's been a very long time ago, but I used them for signal processing. My work is out of date now.
~Student, Abingdon Oxford, Great Britain
ATM diagnosis S/W, & tools and more PC applications, such as Virtual PC, Cloning Etc.
~Chandrasegar S, Technical Support, Chennai, India
Office communications
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
Industrial computing, Storage systems
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
For building pc based applications
~Purshottam Peswani, Purchaser, Pune, India
Mostly trouble shooting & maintenance
~Engineering, Consulting, Baie Mahault, Guadeloupe
To replace bad ones in computers.
~Purchasing, Florence, SC
Dedicated industrial computers
~Research & Development, Ailleurs, France
Boot loader, device drivers
~Engineering, Design, Chennai, India
Mathematics calculations
~Engineering, Design, Leopoldsburg, Belgium
To rebuild another pc
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Setubal, Portugal
Desktops and servers
~Technical Support/Services, Williamsburg, PA
Desktop computers
~Engineering, Consulting, Aalst, Belgium
Data acquisition
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Games, 3D graphs
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain
Boat designing
~Gerry V N, T craft - Aliminium boat building, Port Elizabeth, RSA
Installation
~Technical Support/Services, Kortrijk, Belgium
Internet
~Ivars B, Project Manager, Salaspils, Latvia
Research
~Builder/Contractor, Taiwan, Taiwan
Bios
~Vitezslav Zihla, Surveying, Frenstat, Czech Republic

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that computer motherboards have been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
At the embedded world there is no "standard" application, from digital printing machines, Setup box/video conference systems, TV field/portable broadcast systems....
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Real time digital filters, I expect there are now much better ways of doing things.
~Student, Abingdon Oxford, Great Britain
Hacking and similar
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
Motion control systems
~Purshottam Peswani, Purchaser, Pune, India
Home service
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Decoration
~Research & Development, Ailleurs, France

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of computer motherboards?
8 answers
Answers:
Very slow filters, compared with other methods. My own experience is that using the wrong system or mother board can slow things down by a factor of ten, and use ten times more memory. This has probably been overcome now,; my own experience is pretty limited.
~Student, Abingdon Oxford, Great Britain
The disastrous happened in London airport when they lost the bags of passengers because of errors in the system of bags distribution.
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Please shutdown properly and use a numeric UPS for automatic proper shutdown without human interaction in case of power shutdown.
~Chandrasegar S, Technical Support, Chennai, India
The manufacturers change socket type so frequently... Isn't it a disaster itself?
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain
Bad bios updates and cheap power supplies are mainboards' enemies.
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
Memory type or memory size limitation
~Research & Development, Ailleurs, France
EMC/EMI is an issue
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Screen freeze
~Gerry V N, T craft - Aliminium boat building, Port Elizabeth, RSA

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
Answers:
Low energy consumption Solar energy fed Plug and Play built (take it away and put it into another device in a snap, i.e., ultraportable, if Mr. Gates allows so)
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain
On board wifi N, manual tuning and especially anti hacking hardware integrated on all boards universally.
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
MiniITX with 4 slots of PCI-Ex x8, on board hardware raid controller
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
We have adequate designs for industrial application.
~Purshottam Peswani, Purchaser, Pune, India
Board size, power used.
~Research & Development, Ailleurs, France
Speed of computer
~Gerry V N, T craft - Aliminium boat building, Port Elizabeth, RSA
Processor
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Setubal, Portugal
Aircraft
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
I can think, at present, of no improvements, but that is due to the minimum amount of knowledge I have.
~Student, Abingdon Oxford, Great Britain

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using computer motherboards?
6 answers
Answers:
Learn what is a "Mother board"; what types/form factors exist in the market and what is the latest technology and the benefits it brings with it.
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Look for compatibility support with current & future availability peripherals, Don't invest in much old ones.
~Chandrasegar S, Technical Support, Chennai, India
Do not unnecessarily worry, boards are quite rugged.
~Purshottam Peswani, Purchaser, Pune, India
They must choose the good company.
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Facility for future upgrades
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
Recycle Press the builders so they STOP CHANGING THE DAMNED SOCKET TYPE.
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of computer motherboards?
6 answers
Answers:
If they are built in China, hey, they have to be MUCH CHEAPER. Otherway don't buy them. Beware!!!, some chipsets are optimized for certain software apps.... They launch fake benchmarks.
~Roch F., Project Manager, Barcelona in Spain, Spain
Depending off the user gamers need more gpu chatters USBs and office memory banks etc etc
~Frank G, Administration, Malaga, Spain
Learn what you application needs before you select the solution
~Shahar Meron, Marketing/Sales, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Share pepole for best
~I. Ammo A, Engineer, RAK, UAE
Read user reviews
~Purshottam Peswani, Purchaser, Pune, India
Compatability
~Gerry V N, T craft - Aliminium boat building, Port Elizabeth, RSA


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