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April 23, 2014 2:53:57 AM

What makes a motherboard good for gaming?

Just the ammount of Pci-e and sli option? or are there more factors?
April 23, 2014 3:04:09 AM

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April 23, 2014 3:04:25 AM

Simply, a motherboard doesn't effect gaming performance, as they all should have a PCI-E X16 2.0/3.0 GPU slot.

Only advantages are, as you listed on is SLI/Xfire.
More you spend, you'll generally get better muti-GPU support, with SLI/Xfire running in X16/X8 or X8/X8 (same as first), with triple SLI/Tri-Fire, X8/X8/X8, X16/X16/X8 or cheaper boards with X16/X16/X4 or X8/X8/X8 and Quad SLI/Quad Fire with; X16/X16/X8/X8, X8/X8/X4/X4 ect..

But with motherboard there are chipsets also, better the chipset the better OC capabilities of your CPU, curruntly with intel 4th gen LGA 1150 CPU's you get this selection of boards; H81/B85/H87/Z87, Z87 is the only one that has a truely 'unlocked' capability for the CPU as if you have a "k" processor in a H87 board, you'll only get a limited OC whereas Z87, you'll get a full 'unlock' on OC.

Also, the more you spend the more features, i.e. USB, SATA (to a certain point), and supplier on-board features.
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April 23, 2014 3:06:34 AM

not only the number of pci ex,
-some gaming boards will have dedicated network cards to offload cpu usage compared to standard realtek network that's usually found on budget/normal boards
-overclocking features, better cooling for components soldered on the motherboard
-positioning components, leaving more space around the cpu, spacing the pci ex slots in such a way to allow you more spacing between 2 graphics, and spacing between the cpu socket and the ram modules
-there's also general build quality to consider. unlike desktop normal boards that sit idle most of the time, the components on a gaming oriented board will work at full or close to full speed for longer periods of time.

edit: some come in various colors to look better in transparent cases
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April 23, 2014 3:10:41 AM

Wow thanks guys!!
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April 23, 2014 3:15:10 AM

Would this budget mobos be ok for a budget gaming rig?
Asus H87M-E
Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3
Gigabyte GA-H81M-D2V
Asus H81M-E
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April 23, 2014 3:17:48 AM

yes, those choices are all fine for a gaming mobo. You can't overclock the CPU but you can get good value.
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April 23, 2014 3:20:17 AM

If you have a "k" CPU get a Z87 motherboard, if you don't get a H87 and this one; Asus H87M-E

Hope this helps.
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April 23, 2014 3:21:47 AM

and beware that only the z87 supports sli.
crossfire is reported as supported on h87 however the second pciex is 4x only and can cause problems sometimes.
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April 23, 2014 3:29:56 AM

Things to consider. H87 supports more SATA 6 gb/s. Which is only important if you want to have more than 2 SSDs.

Also, I believe most H87/H81 support up to 1600MHz RAM.
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April 23, 2014 3:35:33 AM

Thanks! So basically no overclocking or sli, which suits me fine. Are there real differences in Asus H87M-E or h81m? Its close to 50-60$ more in my country, is the any advantages except number of ports?

Oh and are there any limitations as for GPU? e.g Gtx 750, R7 260x, 265, R9270?
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April 23, 2014 3:39:30 AM

not really, for that price difference and you won't need multi-GPU or extra features, the H81M is a better choice for the price difference.
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April 23, 2014 3:41:14 AM

-better voltage regulator on the H87 - more stable
-2 more sata ports (and all 6gbps versus 2+2) and raid support
-2 more ram slots and 32gb max ram versus 16 and faster ram supported

that's about the only differences
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April 23, 2014 3:41:36 AM

Too bad theres no way to pick everyones post as a solution :)  Thank you all!
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