I am looking for some help in selecting the right board for a new PC build. I am looking for the following:
SATA 3 - 2 ports would be sufficient
PCIe 2.0 x16 support - 1 would be sufficient, 2+ would be a bonus in case I decide to ugrade later
I was also planning on building this for a quad-core i5 CPU to keep the price from running away from me but have not completely ruled out an i7 build.
I have also read some feedback on some motherboards (5-series Gigabyte and Asus boards for example) where people have enabled through the BIOS one of the 3 features I mention above only to have the motherboard restrict the usage of the other 2 to slower speeds - e.g. SATA3 is enabled but the PCIe is limited to x8 and the USB is dropped to USB2.0 functionality.
Can anyone here offer any suggestions or experience with a motherboard that meet this set of criteria?
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What socket ? I got to the pointy where I was building so often,m and selecting an Asus board 85% of the time, that I got so familiar with the BIOS, build and TS procedures that it became a hassle to use anything else. Here's my top choices.,
Hrm. A couple of the board suggested don't support SATA3 (6gb/s). Also, feedback on newegg from a couple users on the ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 states the following:
Cons: SATA 6.0, USB 3.0 are mutually exclusive, turning on either drops the video card from x16 to x8. Leaving them disabled still gives plenty of SATA 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and since this PC is mostly for games the SATA 6 and USB 3 are not necessary, but the x16 is, so i leave them disabled.
If i had known the limitations i would have bought a different board since i'll probably never lower the video performance to enable those features, and they do waste energy, possibly reduce board performance since there may be some additional overhead to monitor them, and they are a possible source of hardware problems even when disabled. Granted, these concerns are probably not significant, but just factors to consider.
Other Thoughts: The product description on the website should list the limitation, if someone were buying this that needed SATA 6, USB 3, and X16 they would not be able to use this board, and there is no indication of that on the website.
This is what I am looking to avoid and am still a bit confused if this board is sufficient. Judging from that feedback it would appear that board would not work.
The plan is to use one of the SATA3 ports for a 128GB SSD for the OS drive and a second 7200 RPM drive for data. Aparently, this is not possible to do while using a PCIe 2.0 x16 video on a P55 board. As far as I can tell this is only possible on an X58 chipset.
Also, thanks for the reccommendations. The Asus Sabertooth looks like it is a good board that meets my criteria.