The Pentium 4 Motherboard The motherboard is the main circuit board in your PC. Practically all the components at some point are connected and must communicate through the motherboard. Connections to the motherboard are either through one of its many ports or by having them plugged directly into it. Consider it as one big highway that provides the platform for all other components and peripherals to talk to each other. There are however many types of motherboards and the type of motherboard that you buy will depend on the CPU or processor that it was designed to use. Motherboards are categorized by their socket types with the common ones being Socket A and Socket 478. Remember that once you buy a motherboard, it will house the processor type designed for it and will not be interchangeable. Most motherboards will however come labeled with their socket type, so you need not worry. A motherboard Pentium 4 model is currently the motherboard of choice for many. However, before you purchase just about any motherboard Pentium 4 model, consider a number of components that will go along with it. The motherboard will need to have the correct interface for memory, graphics card, hard disks and other items. Make sure that the motherboard has enough slots for the amount of memory you wish to have as well as other components, especially those that will need to be connected through the PCI slots. Another important component to look at is the chipset model. The chipset defines the performance and the different features supported by the motherboard. Motherboard Pentium 4 models come with a quote of their front side bus speed. However, this speed is only achieved when the processor used supports that speed as well. In addition to the processor, the memory that is installed should also support these speeds as well. Therefore, when buying motherboard Pentium 4 models ensure that you buy the different peripherals and components that will allow the motherboard to operate at its maximum efficiency. Generally though, 800 MHz motherboard Pentium 4 models dominate the Pentium 4 market. Other advanced boards include extra features like Game Accelerators ad dynamic overclocking that allows one to increase memory performance and core processor speeds. Other extra features to look out for include Hyper- Threading support, Dual DDR 400 memory support, 8x Accelerated Graphics Port and SATA support. While most of these features have become mainstream, you may come across some dinosaur motherboards and being on the look out will help you to make the right choices.
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