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Z390/Z370/H370/B360/H310 Motherboards (LGA1151v2 for Intel 8th-Gen Coffee Lake) Sortable Comparison Tables

Welcome everyone!

This thread features a comprehensive list of Z390/Z370/H370/B360/H310 motherboards with an LGA1152v2-socket (supporting Intel 8th-Gen Coffee Lake-S CPUs). It is a sortable database aimed at easily comparing detailed specifications of all the different motherboard brands and models. The database can be viewed in the following link (opens to a google spreadsheet):

Link: Z390/Z370/H370/B360/H310 MOTHERBOARDS COMPARISON TABLE (SORTABLE)
(311 MODELS LISTED as of last update)

Note: The table is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer using an FHD (1920x1080), UW-FHD (2560x1080), WQHD (2560x1440), or UW-QHD (3440x1440) screen resolution (sorting/filtering may be disabled and text/table format may appear irregular when viewed on a mobile phone, tablet, or Smart TV).

Each viewer can arrange or hide any data in the table to show only the models being considered through sorting/fitlering the specific features and components one is looking for in a motherboard.

All information found in the table were researched and verified to the best of my ability based on manufacturer's data, user manuals, and reviews. I may update the table from time to time when new information are made available. If there are discrepancies/errors, let me know.

HOW TO SORT & FILTER
(General instructions are included in the table; detailed instructions and examples to be provided here soon).

DEFAULT ARRANGEMENT OF THE DATABASE
When first viewed, the database is arranged in the following order of priority:

  • By Chipset: Z390 ---> Z370 ---> H370 ---> B360 ---> H310
  • By Size / Form Factor: E-ATX ---> ATX ---> mATX ---> ITX ---> Thin ITX
  • By Brand (Alphabetically): Asrock -> Asus -> Biostar -> Colorful -> ECS -> EVGA -> Gigabyte -> Maxsun -> Msi -> NZXT -> Supermicro

The above data can be seen in the left-most columns. Apart from the Brand/Model Name, Chipset, and Size of the motherboard, a few other data are included at the main columns: Photo of the motherboard, the Year (and Quarter) when the motherboard was made available, the Price Range, and a Subjective Tier ("ranking").

PRICE RANGE
This data shows the average approximate retail cost of the motherboard, indicated by a $ symbol. The first $ symbol means the board costs around $80 or lower, while the succeeding $ symbol thereafter is equivalent to an additional $40 each symbol over and above the $80 price tag. So,

  • $ = ~$80 or lower
  • $$ = From ~$80 to ~$120
  • $$$ = From ~$120 to ~$160
  • $$$$ = From ~$160 to ~$200
  • $$$$$ = From ~$240 to ~$280, and so forth...


SUBJECTIVE TIER
This is a personal and subjective assessment on how the motherboard is "ranked" based on its features, specs, and quality compared to the models of the same brand. I have generally categorized motherboards in four (4) tiers, named and color-coded as:

  • ENTHUSIAST Models
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE Models
  • MAINSTREAM Models
  • ENTRY-LEVEL Models


PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Size: Shows the form factor of the motherboard and the dimensions of the PCB
  • I/O & Audio Armor: If the motherboard has an I/O shroud, or an I/O shroud with Audio cover, or none at all. Also shows other special covers such as backplates or front shrouds, if any.
  • PCB/Accent Colors: Pertains to the color of the PCB and other accent colors that can be found in the motherboard such as shrouds, slots, ports, and texts
  • LED Lighting Colors (Location/s): Indicates the color/s of the illuminated portions on the motherboard and where they are located
  • Color Sync: Supported synchronization software for controlling the motherboard lighting, colors and effects


POWER SPECIFICATIONS

  • ATX12V Socket: Source of +12V power dedicated for the CPU, where the cable from of the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is plugged into. This socket can be a standard 4-pin ATX12V (for basic and low-powered motherboards), or an 8-pin EPS12V (for mainstream motherboards), or a combination of 4-pin and 8-pin (for high-end motherboards), or even two (2) sets of 8-pin (for enthusiast motherboards).Motherboards with a 4-pin, an 8-pin, a 4-pin + 8-pin, and an 8-pin + 8-pin ATX12V socket/s.
  • VRM Phases - Total Quantity: Total phases of the main VRM rails, i.e., VCore + VCCGT (excludes VCCSA, VCCIO, and other minor rails).
  • CPU (VCC/VCore): Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage to the CPU (central processing unit).
  • iGPU (VCCGT): Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage solely to the iGPU (integrated graphics processing unit) of the CPU.
  • VCCSA: Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage solely to the SA (system agent), performing functions not by the CPU core.
  • VCCIO: Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage to the IO (input/output) interface of the CPU.
  • MOSFETs - VCC/VCore (per phase): Specifies the brand and model of the MOSFET used for supplying voltage to the CPU.
  • MOSFETs - VCCGT (per phase): Specifies the brand and model of the MOSFET used for supplying voltage to the iGPU.High-side and low-side MOSFETs for VCore and VCCGT on an EVGA motherboard.
  • MOSFET Heatsink: Indicates whether the MOSFETs, or only portions thereof, have heatsinks or not.A heatsink covering the MOSFETs on an EVGA motherboard.
  • Inductors & Capacitors: General notes on the types of inductors (chokes) and capacitors used in the motherboard, specifically for the main VRM components (VCore and VCCGT) only.Inductors or chokes and Capacitors on an EVGA motherboard.


DIAGNOSTICS SPECIFICATIONS

  • 2-Digit Debug Code: Indicates whether the motherboard has a 2-Digit Debug Code LED Display or not. Some motherboards only have On-board LED indicators for P.O.S.T. (power-on self-test)-state (CPU/DRAM/VGA/BOOT), while some have both. Some also have additional specialty LED indicators (XMP, GPU, Hard Disk, etc.). Details of which LED indicators are included can be seen in the pop-up notes (hover the cursor over the data in the cell).A 2-digit hexadecimal Debug Code LED display and several On-Board LED indicators.
  • Buzzer / Speaker: Indicates whether the motherboard has a header, usually 4-pin, that a PC/chassis speaker or buzzer can be attached to which is typically used during P.O.S.T. (power-on self-test) sequence to diagnose errors, by communicating beep codes, during the boot process. Some motherboards have this header included within the Front/System Panel headers. Some motherboards already have a built-in speaker on-board.A 4-pin Speaker header, an external speaker device, and an On-Board Speaker.
  • BIOS (Basic Input/Output System): Indicates the BIOS chip quantity the motherboard has. All motherboards have at least one (1) BIOS chip. Some motherboards have two (2) -- a main BIOS and a backup BIOS (usually termed DualBIOS) -- for recovery purposes if one BIOS becomes corrupted, preventing the motherboard to be bricked.A single BIOS chip and a DualBIOS chip.
  • BIOS Flashback Button: A button used in conjunction with a specific USB port for updating the motherboard BIOS via USB flash drive. Some motherboards have this button located at mid-board and some are located at the rear panel.A BIOS Flashback button located at mid-board and a BIOS Flashback button located at the rear panel.
  • Clear CMOS Button: A button used to revert BIOS settings to default. Some motherboards have this button located on-board while some have this at the rear panel. Those motherboards that does not have this button will have a Clear CMOS jumper instead (though some motherboards both have the button and the jumper).A 3-pin Clear CMOS jumper located at mid-board and a Clear CMOS button located at the rear panel.
  • Power Button: An on-board power button (similar to the front panel power button connectors) that is usually used for bench testing prior to assembly of the components in a chassis.
  • Reset Button: An on-board reset button (similar to the front panel reset button connectors) that is usually used for bench testing prior to assembly of the components in a chassis.
  • OC Button: An on-board OC (overclock) button used to load overclocked configuration settings.The Reset and Power buttons on an EVGA motherboard and the OC and Power buttons on a Gigabyte motherboard.
  • Other Buttons/Jumpers/Switches: Enumerates all other buttons, jumpers, and switches found in the motherboard.


MEMORY SPECIFICATIONS

  • DIMM Slot - Quantity: Shows the total number of slots for the DIMM (Dual In-Line Memory Module) with RAM (Random Access Memory) chips. These slots only support DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) 288-pin DIMMs. All motherboards listed herein are dual-channel.
  • Reinforced: Indicates if the DIMM slots are reinforced with steel shielding armor, which, arguably, provides additional strength and resistance to bending during the installation of RAM modules.Two non-reinforced DIMM slots on an Asus motherboard, four reinforced DIMM slots on an EVGA motherboard, and a typical DDR4 RAM module.


EXPANSION SLOTS SPECIFICATIONS

  • PCI-E 3.0 x16 Slots - Quantity: These are slots with a PCI-e version 3.0 interface and a mechanical/physical slot size of x16. These x16-sized slots may electrically run on x16 (full speed), x8 (half speed), x4, x2, or even x1. Slots use PCIe lanes controlled by either the CPU or the Chipset (or, in rare cases, other separate ICs). PCIe3.0 is backwards-compatible with previous versions of PCIe, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the expansion card plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower. Expansion cards with a smaller x8, x4, or x1 physical interface can be plugged into the much larger x16 slots. This data shows the total number of PCIe3.0 x16 slots in the motherbord, disregarding electrical speeds or controller.A PCIe3.0 x16 slot in an Asus motherboard.
  • Armor: Indicates how many among all the PCIe3.0 x16 slots are reinforced with steel shielding armor, which, arguably, provides additional strength and resistance to bending when plugged with heavier graphics cards.
  • Speeds per PCIe x16 Slot: Indicates the maximum electrical speed a certain PCIe3.0 x16 slot can run, considering shared bandwidth with other connectors in the motherboard. Typical notation of slot speeds are arranged from topmost slot to bottom-most slot, with each slot separated by a slash symbol. For example: The notation " x16/x4 " means there are two (2) PCIe x16 slots (The top slot operates at x16 speed, while the bottom slot only operates at x4 speed). On the other hand, the notation " x16/-/x4 or x8/x8/x4 " means there are three (3) PCIe x16 slots (The top slot operates at x16 speed if the middle slot is unoccupied, but only runs at x8 when the middle slot is populated. The middle slot will always run at x8 speed, and the bottom will always run at x4 speed).
  • Multi-GPU - SLI (Scalable Link Interface): Indicates whether the motherboard supports multi-GPU (multipe Graphics Processing Units) using certain Nvidia GPUs (Nvidia Graphics Cards). Depending on the number of slots and the electrical speed of such slots, SLI can run in 2-way (two Nvidia GPUs), 3-way (three Nvidia GPUs), or 4-way (four Nvidia GPUs) configurations. Note that "Quad-SLI" means two physical Nvidia GPUs each having Dual-GPU/Chips and occupies two slots, similar to a 2-way SLI.Nvidia GPUs installed on the PCIe x16 slots of a motherboard showing a 2-way SLI setup, a 3-way SLI setup, and a 4-way SLI setup.
  • Multi-GPU - CF (CrossFire): Indicates whether the motherboard supports multi-GPU (multipe Graphics Processing Units) using certain AMD GPUs (AMD Graphics Cards). Depending on the number of slots and the electrical speed of such slots, CrossFire can run in 2-way (two AMD GPUs), 3-way (three AMD GPUs), or 4-way (four AMD GPUs) configurations. Note that "Quad-CrossFire" means two physical AMD GPUs each having Dual-GPU/Chips and occupies two slots, similar to a 2-way CrossFire.AMD GPUs installed on the PCIe x16 slots of a motherboard showing a 2-way CrossFire setup, a 3-way CrossFire setup, and a 4-way CrossFire setup.
  • Aux. 12V Power (Auxiliary +12V Power): This is a supplemental connector that can provide additional dedicated power to the PCIe slots, specifically, to the graphics cards in multi-GPU setups.
  • PCI-e 3.0 x4: These are slots with a PCI-e version 3.0 interface and a mechanical/physical slot size of x4, i.e., one-fourth (1/4) the size of a PCIe x16 slot. Expansion cards with a smaller x1 physical interface can be plugged into the much larger x4 slots. PCIe versions are backwards-compatible with other previous versions of PCIe, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the expansion card plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower.A PCIe3.0 x4 slot in an Asus motherboard.
  • PCI-e 3.0 x1: These are slots with a PCI-e version 3.0 interface and a mechanical/physical slot size of x1, the smallest size of a PCI-e slot. PCIe versions are backwards-compatible with other previous versions of PCIe, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the expansion card plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower.A PCIe3.0 x1 slot in an Asus motherboard.
  • PCI: These are legacy (old) expansion slots specific for expansion cards having a PCI interface. This is not compatible with PCI-e devices (though some adapter/converter may be used).A PCI slot in an Asus motherboard.
  • Spacing / Layout of Expansion Slots when MB is Mounted inside Chassis: Shows the actual and physical arrangement of all the expansion slots (including the M.2 ports), from top to bottom, when the motherboard is mounted inside a typical PC chassis. The slot number means the removable expansion slot cover at the back of the case and how it will align with the slots of a certain motherboard. Apart from the physical layout, each PCI-e slots are also color-coded, corresponding to the PCI-e lanes the slot is being controlled from. Slots are also labelled how they appear in the motherboard manual and PCB.


STORAGE SPECIFICATIONS

  • SATA III Ports - Quantity: Shows the total number of SATA III ports in the motherboard. These SATA (Serial AT Attachment) ports are typically used to connect storage devices such as Hard Disk Drives (HDD), Solid State Drives (SSD), or Optical Disk Drives (ODD). Version III (3.0) has a maximum theoretical transfer speed of 6.0Gbps (750MB/s) and a maximum uncoded transfer speed of 4.8Gbps (600MB/s). SATA versions are backwards-compatible with other previous versions of SATA, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the SATA device plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower.
  • In 90°: Indicates how many of the total SATA ports in the motherboard are specially oriented in a 90-degree layout (i.e., parallel to the motherboard) for better cable routing. Traditionally, SATA ports are oriented vertically (i.e., perpendicular to the motherboard).Six SATA ports on an Msi motherboard (2x vertical; 4x in 90°) and two SATA data cables (elbow-type and straight).
  • Not by PCH: Pertains to how many of the total SATA ports in the motherboard have its bandwidth controlled by the CPU or some other ICs. Typically, SATA ports are controlled by the PCH (Chipset).
  • SATAe (SATA Express): SATAe ports are used to connect special storage devices supporting either a SATA-based interface or a PCIe-based interface. The port itself uses two (2) SATA ports and two (2) PCIe lanes. Using two PCIe3.0 lanes has an maximum effective transfer speed of ~1.97GB/s.A SATAe port (to the right of a standard SATA port) and a cable with a SATAe connector.
  • U.2: The U.2 port is used to connect PCIe-based storage devices by using four (4) PCIe lanes (twice the bandwidth of a SATAe port).A U.2 port (to the left of two SATAe ports) and a cable with a U.2 connector.
  • M.2 (Key-M) Slots - Quantity: Shows the total number of M.2 (Key-M) slots in the motherboard which are used to connect storage devices supporting either a PCIe-based or a SATA-based interface, depending on the slot support. Specific slots in a motherboard may be designated to run SATA III M.2 devices only, or PCIe M.2 devices only, or both. Data on the supported modes can be seen in the succeeding columns.A horizontal M.2 (Key-M) slot on an EVGA motherboard, a PCIe-based M.2 (Key-M) SSD module, and a SATA-based M.2 (Key-M + Key-B) SSD module.
  • Cover: Shrouds and/or heatsinks that cover the M.2 (Key-M) Slots.
  • Supported Modes, Bandwidth Shared, and Max. Speeds per M.2 Slot: Including their orientation/layout (traditionally, M.2 slots are parallel to the motherboard, i.e., at 90°, though some are oriented vertically, esp. on some Asus models. Some are also located at the back of the mobo, esp. on ITX boards. Some also feature either a PCIe- or DIMM-based M.2 add-in-card expansion.).


NETWORKING SPECIFICATIONS

  • M.2 (Key-E) Slots - Quantity: Shows the number of M.2 (Key-E) slots in the motherboard which are used for connecting Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules. Note that the M.2 (Key-E) slots have a different connector than the M.2 (Key-M) slots.
  • Layout: Indicates whether the M.2 (Key-E) slot in the motherboard is oriented vertically (i.e., perpendicular to the motherboard) or horizontally (i.e., parallel to the motherboard).A vertical M.2 (Key-E) slot, a horizontal M.2 (Key-E) slot and an M.2 (Key-E) Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module.
  • Modes: Most M.2 (Key-E) slots support PCI-e/USB interface. Newer Intel-chipset models now feature a CNVi (Integrated Connectivity) interface. This data shows whether the M.2 (Key-E) slot of the motherboard supports both interfaces or exclusive to one or the other only.
  • Wireless LAN - WiFi: Indicates if the motherboard has a wireless networking protocol which uses radio waves in provoding cable-less Internet and network connectivity. This data also shows what type of protocol is employed based on the 802.11 IEEE standard.
  • Wireless Module (Streams, Interface, Size): Indicates the pre-installed or bundled wireless module that comes with the motherboard. It includes data on antenna standard (e.g., 1T1R or 2T2R) which indicates the number of transmitting (T) and receiveing (R) streams, the M.2 module interface (e.g., PCIe or CNVi), and the size of the module (e.g., 2230). Some motherboards have a bundled "wireless upgrade kit" that is plugged in an expansion slot, instead of the M.2 (Key-E) slot.A pre-installed/built-in wireless module for a vertical M.2 (Key-E) socket and an optional/upgrade kit wireless module for a PCIe x1 expansion slot.
  • Max. Speed: Indicates the maximum theoretical stream (data rate) the wireless module can attain, considering the antenna standard and the module/slot interface.
  • Antenna: Indicates the number of antenna and antenna slots at the rear panel in the motherboard. Some motherboards only feature antenna slots (marked with a "O O"), for future installation of a wireless module and its antennae at the rear panel.
  • Ethernet LAN - RJ-45 (Registered Jack-45): Standard socket for connecting a network cable with an RJ-45 plug to the motherboard.An Ethernet LAN port and a network cable with an RJ-45 connector.
  • Controller: The NIC (Network Interface Controller) which is used to communicate within the LAN (Local Area Network) or the Internet.An Intel I219V NIC chip and a Rivet Killer E2500 chip.


AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

  • 3.5mm Jack: An analog jack for plugging 3.5mm-sized audio connectors.Six 3.5mm audio ports located at the rear panel and some audio cables with a 3.5mm plug.
  • S/PDIF Jack (Sony/Philips Digital Interface): A digital jack for plugging an optical fiber cable with a TOSLINK (Toshiba Link) connector.An S/PDIF port and an optical fiber cable with a TOSLINK plug.
  • Codec: Device in the motherboard that encodes or decodes audio.A Realtek 8118AS audio codec chip and a Realtek ALC892 audio codec chip.


VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS

  • DP (DisplayPort): A 20-pin digital display port that can transmit both digital video and audio signals, for plugging in a DisplayPort cable. DisplayPort has gone through a couple of versions, each are backwards-compatible with older versions but can only achieve a maximum throughput of the slower version. Versions 1.0 and 1.1a have a maximum bandwidth of 10.8Gbps (or 8.64Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 1.2 and 1.2a have up to 21.6Gbps (or 17.28Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 1.3 and 1.4 have up to 32.4Gbps (or 25.92Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Thus, DP1.0~1.1a can achieve up to 144Hz on a 1920x1080 resolution, 60Hz-75Hz on 2560x1440, but only 30Hz on 3840x2160 (4K). DP1.2~1.2a can achieve up to 240Hz on 1920x1080, up to 165Hz on 2560x1440, up to 75Hz on 4K, and 30Hz on 5K. DP1.3~1.4 can do up to 120Hz on 4K, 60Hz on 5K, and 30Hz on 8K resolutions.A DisplayPort port and a DisplayPort cable.
  • HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface): A 19-pin digital display port that can transmit both digital video and audio signals, used for plugging in an HDMI cable. HDMI has gone through several versions, each are backwards-compatible with older versions but can only achieve a maximum throughput of the slower version. Versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.2a have a maximum bandwidth of 4.95Gbps (or 3.96Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 1.3, 1.3a, 1.4, 1.4a, and 1.4b have up to 10.2Gbps (or 8.16Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 2.0, 2.0a, and 2.0b have up to 18.0Gpbs (or 14.4Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 2.1 has up to 48.0Gbps (or 42.6Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Thus, HDMI1.0~1.2a can only achieve 60Hz up to a 1920x1080 resolution. HDMI1.3~1.4b can achieve 120Hz-144Hz on 1920x1080, 60Hz-75Hz on 2560x1440, and 30Hz on 3840x2160 (4K). HDMI2.0~2.0b can achieve up to 60Hz on 4K, while HDMI2.1 can do up to 60Hz on 5K and 30Hz on 8K resolutions.An HDMI port and an HDMI cable.
  • DVI-I (Digital Visual Interface - Integrated): A 28-pin digital+analog port that can transmit digital or analog video signals (no audio), used for plugging in a DVI-I dual-link, DVI-I single-link, DVI-A (analog only). This port is also compatible with a DVI-D dual-link or a DVI-D single-link cable. Single-link has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 4.95Gbps (or 3.96Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Dual-link has twice the data rate of a single-link. Thus, a single-link DVI can achieve 60Hz on a 1920x1200 resolution, but only 30Hz on a 2560x1600 resolution. On the other hand, a dual-link DVI can achieve 120Hz on 1920x1200, 60Hz on 2560x1600, and 30Hz on 3840x2400 resolutions.A DVI-I port, a DVI-I Single Link cable, DVI-I Dual Link cable, and a DVI-A cable.
  • DVI-D (Digital Visual Interface - Digital): A 24-pin digital display port that can only transmit digital video signals (no audio), used for plugging in a DVI-D dual-link or DVI-D single-link cable. This port is not physically compatible with a DVI-I or DVI-A cable due to the extra pins, unless an adaptor is used. The data rate for DVI-D is the same as that for the DVI-I.A DVI-D port, a DVI-D Single Link cable, and a DVI-D Dual Link cable.
  • VGA (Video Graphics Array): Also known as a "D-Sub" (D-subminiature) port. A 15-pin analog display port that can only transmit analog video signals (no audio), used for plugging in a VGA cable with a DE-15 connector.A VGA or D-Sub port and a VGA or D-Sub cable.


REAR PANEL PORTS SPECIFICATIONS

  • USB Ports - Total (Universal Serial Bus Ports): Used to plug in peripheral devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.) to the motherboard. This data shows the total number of USB ports located at the rear panel of the motherboard.
  • USB3.1 Type-C: A 24-pin Type-C (oval) port that uses USB version 3.1 (note that USB3.1 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen2"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 10Gbps. Plugged in any direction (reversible).
  • USB3.1 Type-A: A 4-pin Type-A (rectangular) port that uses USB version 3.1 (note that USB3.1 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen2"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 10Gbps. Plugged in one direction only.
  • USB3.0 Type-C: A 24-pin Type-C (oval) port that uses USB version 3.0 (note that USB3.0 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen1"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. Plugged in any direction (reversible).
  • USB3.0 Type-A: A 4-pin Type-A (rectangular) port that uses USB version 3.0 (note that USB3.0 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen1"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. Plugged in one direction only.
  • USB2.0: A 4-pin, usually Type-A (rectangular), port that uses USB version 2.0, with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 480Mbps. Plugged in one direction only.USB Type-C and Type-A ports with a USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-A cable.
  • Legacy Ports - PS/2 (IBM Personal System/2): A 6-pin circular port for plugging cables of old mice/keyboards with a Mini-DIN-6 connector.
  • Legacy Ports - COM (Communication or Serial): A 9-pin port which transfers data one bit at a time, used for older devices or POS (point-of-sale) systems.
  • Legacy Ports - LPT (Line Print Terminal or Parallel): A 25-pin port which transfers information multiple bits at a time, most oftenly used for old printers.Two PS/2 ports and its cables, a Serial (COM) port and cable, and a Parallel (LPT) port and cable.


MIDBOARD HEADERS SPECIFICATIONS

  • USB3.1 Header (20-pin): Used to connect one (1) additional USB3.1 Type-C port or such other devices that use the USB3.1 interface (note that USB3.1 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen2"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 10Gbps. USB3.1 is backwards-compatible with USB3.0 and USB2.0, using an adapter. Some motherboards have a similar 20-pin header but can only support speeds of a USB3.0 (equivalent to a "USB3.1 Gen1") or 5Gbps maximum theoretical transfer speed. Cable can be plugged reversibly.A 20-pin Type-C internal header and its corresponding cable.
  • USB3.0 Header (19-pin): Used to connect additional USB3.0 ports or such other devices that use the USB3.0 interface (note that USB3.0 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen1"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. USB3.0 is backwards-compatible with USB2.0, using an adapter. One (1) header with complete usable pins can support up to two (2) ports. Cable can only be plugged in one direction based on the pinout key and notch. The data shows the total number of USB3.0 internal headers -- not the ports.
  • In 90°: Indicates how many of the total USB3.0 (19-pin) headers in the motherboard are specially oriented in a 90-degree layout (i.e., parallel to the motherboard) for better cable routing. Traditionally, USB3.0 (19-pin) headers are oriented vertically (i.e., perpendicular to the motherboard).Two USB3.0 internal headers, one specially oriented in 90 degrees and one oriented vertically, and its corresponding cable.
  • USB2.0 Header (9-pin): Used to connect additional USB2.0 ports or such other devices that use the USB2.0 interface. One (1) header with complete usable pins can support up to two (2) ports. Cable can only be plugged in one direction based on the pinout key. The data shows the total number of USB2.0 internal headers -- not the ports.A full 9-pin USB2.0 header and its cable (supporting 2x USB2.0 ports) and a half 5-1pin USB2.0 header and its cable (supporting 1x USB2.0 port).
  • Fan/Pump (4-pin): Headers used for the connection of a fan or a pump. Motherboards with 4-pin fan headers are usually, but not always, PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) headers. The 4th-pin is used to send a PWM signal to a PWM fan (which has a 4-pin connector) to control the current, thus, changing its fan speed, while providing constant +12VDC on its 2nd pin. Some 4-pin fan headers are not true PWM headers if the 4th pin is either just a dummy pin (no electronic connection) or sends some signal other than a PWM signal. Such types of headers are considered to be DC headers, akin to a 3-pin fan header, that supplies variable voltage in the 2nd pin to control the fan speed of a DC fan (which has a 3-pin connector). Most motherboards nowadays have its 4-pin fan headers configurable in BIOS to work as a "hybrid" PWM or DC header (either through manual selection or automatic detection), so that the pins can send appropriate signals depending on the type of fan connected. Fans with 3-pin connectors are physically compatible with 4-pin fan headers. Cable can only be plugged in one direction by aligning the protruding tab on the header with the groove on the connector. This data shows the total number of 4-pin fan/pump headers, all Hybrid PWM/DC, unless otherwise stated in the notes.A 4-pin fan header, a 4-pin cable from a PWM fan, and a 3-pin cable from a DC fan.
  • Thermal Sensor: Used for connecting a thermistor cable for monitoring temperatures of components in the motherboard.A 2-pin Thermal Sensor header and a thermistor.
  • 12V RGB LED Strip Header: (Most are 4-pin [12V/G/R/B], while some, esp. in Gigabyte models, are 5-pin [12V/G/R/B]+[W]) for std. 5050 RGB strips)
  • 5V RGB LED Strip Header: (Asus uses 4-1pin [5V/D/-/G] for RGB WS2812B strips; Msi uses same 4-1pin but also has another 3-pin [5V/D/G] for Corsair RGB fans; Gigabyte uses 3-pin [V/D/G] which are 5V/12V interchangeable via a voltage selector jumper and supports 5050 strips)
  • Front / System Panel: Contains various pins/headers for connecting the chassis' front panel controls, usually consists of headers for the power button, reset switch, power LED indicator, and hard disk activity LED indicator. Note that some motherboard may have additional pins/headers for other special functions.
  • Chassis Intrusion: Used for attaching a chassis cable to detect and provide warning if the chassis has been opened. Some motherboards have this header included within the Front/System Panel headers.
  • Front Audio (9-pin): For plugging the audio cable from the chassis to enable the chassis's front audio ports. All front-panel audio in today's chassis are standardized to use HD Audio. Older chassis use AC'97 standard. Some of the old chassis have two (2) cables supplied - one for HD Audio and one for AC'97. Both these cables have similar plugs and keys but have different wiring. Motherboards may or may not support both standards. Those that only support HD Audio will have its pins compatible only with the HD Audio cable, even though the AC'97 plug will also fit. Those that can support both need to have the correct standard selected in BIOS before plugging in the appropriate cable.
  • S/PDIF Out (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Output):
  • COM Header (9-pin) (Communication or Serial):
  • LPT Header (25-pin) (Line Print Terminal or Parallel):
  • TPM (Trusted Platform Module):
  • TB (Thunderbolt): (Thunderbolt AIC header 5-pin)
  • Other Headers: Enumerates all other headers found in the motherboard.


Direct links to manufacturer's site, and user manuals, are included for reference (found at the far right end of each table).

For comparison with other motherboard models:
X470/X370/B360/B350/A320-chipset (AM4-socket) motherboards for AMD Ryzen CPUs
X399-chipset (TR4-socket) motherboards for AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs
X299-chipset (LGA2066-socket) motherboards for Intel SkyLake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs
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  1. Update History:

    10 Oct 2018:
    - Added twelve (12) new Z390-chipset motherboards from Asrock (details of each models to follow).
    - Added eighteen (18) new Z390-chipset motherboards from Asus (details of each models to follow).
    - Added ten (10) new Z390-chipset motherboards from Gigabyte (details of each models to follow).
    - Added nine (9) new Z390-chipset motherboards from Msi (details of each models to follow).
    - Total motherboards listed to date = 311

    26 Aug 2018:
    - Added a Fan / Pump Header Rating column detailing the header designation and maximum rated amperes per header, to expound the Fan / Pump Header (4-pin) specifications (which only showed the quantity).

    24 Aug 2018:
    - Created an in-depth explanation and visuals on the Tom's Hardware thread's opening post on the interpretation of the sortable comparison table and each specifications included therein.
    - Additional review sites were added in the References columns.
    - Created a Diagnostics column group, originally part of the Power column group.
    - Moved the Speaker/Buzzer column from the Midboard Headers column group to the Diagnostics column group.

    21 Aug 2018:
    - Separated the columns for MOSFET (with sub-columns for VCC, VCCGT, VCCSA, and VCCIO), and Inductors and Capacitors.
    - Provided numerous details on various motherboard models regarding MOSFET brand, arrangement, and quantities.
    - Added several notes on power phasing (multi-phase schemes) on selected motherboard models based on transistor layouts.
    - Format (font size and table width) editing for easier viewing.

    18 Aug 2018:
    - Added column regarding MOSFET (brand, model, type), Inductors and Capacitors.
    - Added various product review links and updated the columns (formatting).
    - Minimized the header margin so that an additional bottom row can be fully-viewed on the screen (1080p screen).
    - Added a Year (released) and Price Range column.
    - Added fifteen (15) motherboard models from Colorful and Maxsun
    - Total motherboards listed to date = 262

    15 Aug 2018:
    - Expounded the Networking Column to now include detailed information on the Wireless Module (if any), including its interface, form factor, WiFi stream speeds, and location/orientation of slots.
    - Updated the M.2 Key-E Slot Column to reflect supported M.2 interface (CNVi, PCIe), added information on the location and orientation of such Key-E slot, and if such slot is pre-installed with a bundled wireless module.
    - Created a Legacy Sub-column in the Rear Panel Ports to show PS/2, COM, and LPT ports.
    - Added several links to product reviews on various motherboard models.

    14 Aug 2018:
    - Added seven (8) Msi motherboards (H310I Pro AC, H310M Wind, H310M Water, H310M Nano, H310M Fire, B360M Wind, B360M iCafe, and B360M Fire) and one (1) ECS motherboard (B360 Tiger-T9).
    - Added eight (8) Biostar motherboards (TB360-BTC Expert, TB360-BTC+, TB360-BTC PRO, B360MDC, TB360-BTC D+, H310MDC, H310MDC2, and H310TH).
    - Total motherboards listed to date = 247

    13 Aug 2018:
    - Added new column Arrangement of Expansion Slots inside Chassis to show the spacing between the PCIe/PCI slots, how it might affect large GPUs, positioning of add-on cards and M.2 modules, and airflow and aesthetics when the motherboard is mounted inside the case/chassis.
    - Added new column Buzzer/Speaker on Midboard Headers group.
    - When first opened, the default view of the motherboard models in the table is now arranged by Chipset first (Z370 -> H370 -> B360 -> H310), which is then arranged secondly by Size (EATX -> ATX -> mATX -> ITX -> Thin-ITX), and lastly by alphabetical order (Asrock -> Asus -> Biostar -> ECS -> EVGA -> Gigabyte -> Msi -> NZXT -> Supermicro).
    - Provided additional details on forty six (46) motherboard models regarding midboard headers, M.2 slot designations and supported speeds, bandwidth/lanes shared with PCIe/SATA slots and other ports, and provided photos and links of newly-listed models.
    - Added three (3) Gigabyte GSM models (B360M D3H GSM, B360N GSM, and H310M S2H GSM rev.1.1).
    - Total motherboard models listed to date = 230

    12 Aug 2018:
    - Expounded the M.2 (Key-M) SLOTS column to now include detailed data on Slot Designation, Supported Modes/Speeds per slot and the Bandwidth Shared (ports that may be disabled or affected).
    - Provided additional details on one hundred fifty one (151) motherboard models regarding midboard headers, M.2 slot designations and supported speeds, bandwidth/lanes shared with PCIe/SATA slots and other ports, and provided photos and links of newly-listed models.

    11 Aug 2018:
    - Listed and provided complete info of five (5) motherboard models from ECS (B360 Tiger-9 / T9, H310H5-M2, H310H5-M2DV, H310H5-M4, and H310H5-M7).
    - Updated pending information on previously-listed ECS Z370 Lightsaber.
    - Added seventeen (17) motherboard models from MSI and Gigabyte (details to follow).
    - Added twenty-seven (27) motherboard models from Asus and Biostar (details to follow).
    - Total motherboard models listed to date = 227

    10 Aug 2018:
    - Listed and added complete info of two (2) motherboards (Asrock H310CM-DVS and Asrock H310CM-HDV).
    - Updated with complete info, photos, and links seven (7) previously-listed Asrock motherboards (H310M-DGS, H310M-G/M.2, H310M-HDV, H310M-HDV/M.2, H310M-HDVP, B360M-ITX/ac, and H310M-ITX/ac).
    - Updated with complete info, photos, and links five (5) previously-listed H310 and one (1) B360 ATX-sized motherboard models (Asus Prime H310-Plus, Asus TUF H310-Plus Gaming, Gigabyte H310 D3, Msi H310-A Pro, Msi H310-F Pro, and Msi B360-F Pro).

    09 Aug 2018:
    - Added new columns for Midboard Headers (Thermal Sensor, Chassis Intrusion, TPM, COM, LPT, and Others). Data to be provided soon.

    08 Aug 2018
    - All information on the column for 2-Digit Debug Display Code now features detailed notes on specific LED diagnostic indicators (e.g., CPU/DRAM/VGA/BOOT, DIMM, XMP, GPU, Hard Disk, etc.).
    - Provided photos, data, links, and details of six (6) Msi B360-chipset mATX-size motherboard models (B360M Gaming Plus, B360M Mortar, B360M Mortar Titanium, B360M Pro-VD, Pro-VH, and Pro-VDH).

    07 Aug 2018
    - Provided data, links, and details of nine (9) motherboard models of Gigabyte (H370 Aorus Gaming 3, H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi, and H370 HD3), Msi (H370 Gaming Plus, B360 Gaming Plus, H370 Gaming Pro Carbon, and B360 Gaming Pro Carbon), and Asrock (B360 Pro4 and Fatal1ty B360 Gaming K4).
    - Updated data on VRM phases/controller seven (7) motherboard models (Msi Z370 Godlike Gaming, Asus ROG Maximus X Code, Asus ROG Maximus X Formula, Asus ROG Maximus X Hero (WiFi AC) Rev.1.01, NZXT N7 Z370 Matte Black & Matte White, and Asus TUF Z370 Plus Gaming).
    - Provided data, links, and details of all seven (7) Asus B360-chipset ATX-sized motherboard models (Prime B360-Plus, ROG Strix B360-F Gaming, B360-H Gaming and Optane, TUF B360-Plus, TUF B360-Pro and TUF B360-Pro WiFi).
    - Provided data, links, and details of eleven (11) motherboard models: Gigabyte (B360 Aorus Gaming 3, B360 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi, B360 HD3, and B360 HD3P); Msi (B360-A Pro, B360-F Pro, H310-F Pro, B360 Gaming Arctic, H370M Bazooka, B360M Bazooka, and B360M Bazooka Plus).

    05 Aug 2018
    - Updated data, photos, and details of nine (9) B360-chipset mATX-sized Gigabyte motherboard models.
    - Updated data and details of five (5) H370-chipset ATX-sized Asus motherboard models.

    02 Aug 2018
    - Reformatted the look, spacing, and headers of the entire table, same as the AMD AM4-socket Motherboard Comparison Table, for easier reading and comparison.

    30 Jul 2018
    - Added 19 motherboard models to the list (Gigabyte and Msi H370, B360, and H310 ATX-sized models and Asus H310 ATX-sized models), including photo and basic physical specifications. Other details of each motherboard to follow.

    28 Jul 2018
    - Added 17 motherboard models to the list (Asrock and Asus H370 and B360 ATX models), including photo and basic physical specifications. Other details of each motherboard to follow.

    11 May 2018
    - Inserted a new column regarding chipset information (Z370, H370, B360, or H310)
    - Listed numerous H370-, B360-, and H310-chipset mATX and ITX motherboard models (ATX models to follow).
    - Updated information on several Z370 models regarding VRMs
    - Added links of Tom's Hardware reviews for several Z370 models

    10 Jan 2018
    - Added NZXT N7 370 Matte Black and Matte White motherboard models.

    05 Jan 2018
    - Fixed Filter Views. By selecting any pre-set filter views (e.g., by Brand, by Size, by Feature, etc.), you can now sort all other data in other columns based on the same filtered view as selected.

    30 Dec 2017
    - Added Gigabyte Z370 UD3H, Gigabyte Z370P D3, and Gigabyte Z370M DS3H motherboard models, including details and references.

    29 Dec 2017
    - Updated information on EVGA Z370 FTW and EVGA Z370 Micro motherboard models.

    14 Dec 2017
    - Added new product reviews for Asus ROG Apex, Asus TUF Z370 Pro Gaming, MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming, MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC, Gigabyte Z370N WiFi, and Supermicro C7Z370-CG-L
    - Added MSI Z370M Mortar model, including details

    12 Dec 2017
    - Updated data on Power Phases (PWM Controller) for some specific models (Gigabyte and Asrock models)

    22 Nov 2017
    - Added and updated data on LED Lighting Color and Specific Locations, including Sync Technology, if any

    16 Nov 2017
    - Added data on power phases on several models
    - Added latest product review links on several models
  2. Nice tables good job
  3. YoAndy said:
    Nice tables good job


    Thanks YoAndy!
  4. Very nice , thanks!
  5. The Asus TUF B360-PRO GAMING motherboard is not on the list (if anyone cares)
  6. dafko_m said:
    The Asus TUF B360-PRO GAMING motherboard is not on the list (if anyone cares)


    Added the motherboard in question to the list - as well as 16 other H370 and B360 ATX-sized motherboards (from Asrock and Asus). Details to follow when I have enough time to compile all data. Thanks.
  7. dafko_m said:
    The Asus TUF B360-PRO GAMING motherboard is not on the list (if anyone cares)


    Details for the Asus TUF B360-Pro Gaming motherboard is now completely updated as of this date. Kindly check the table, for your information. Thank you.
  8. raisonjohn said:
    Welcome everyone!

    This thread features a comprehensive list of Z390/Z370/H370/B360/H310 motherboards with an LGA1152v2-socket (supporting Intel 8th-Gen Coffee Lake-S CPUs). It is a sortable database aimed at easily comparing detailed specifications of all the different motherboard brands and models. The database can be viewed in the following link (opens to a google spreadsheet):

    Link: Z390/Z370/H370/B360/H310 MOTHERBOARDS COMPARISON TABLE (SORTABLE)
    (311 MODELS LISTED as of last update)

    Note: The table is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer using an FHD (1920x1080), UW-FHD (2560x1080), WQHD (2560x1440), or UW-QHD (3440x1440) screen resolution (sorting/filtering may be disabled and text/table format may appear irregular when viewed on a mobile phone, tablet, or Smart TV).

    Each viewer can arrange or hide any data in the table to show only the models being considered through sorting/fitlering the specific features and components one is looking for in a motherboard.

    All information found in the table were researched and verified to the best of my ability based on manufacturer's data, user manuals, and reviews. I may update the table from time to time when new information are made available. If there are discrepancies/errors, let me know.

    HOW TO SORT & FILTER
    (General instructions are included in the table; detailed instructions and examples to be provided here soon).

    DEFAULT ARRANGEMENT OF THE DATABASE
    When first viewed, the database is arranged in the following order of priority:

    • By Chipset: Z390 ---> Z370 ---> H370 ---> B360 ---> H310
    • By Size / Form Factor: E-ATX ---> ATX ---> mATX ---> ITX ---> Thin ITX
    • By Brand (Alphabetically): Asrock -> Asus -> Biostar -> Colorful -> ECS -> EVGA -> Gigabyte -> Maxsun -> Msi -> NZXT -> Supermicro

    The above data can be seen in the left-most columns. Apart from the Brand/Model Name, Chipset, and Size of the motherboard, a few other data are included at the main columns: Photo of the motherboard, the Year (and Quarter) when the motherboard was made available, the Price Range, and a Subjective Tier ("ranking").

    PRICE RANGE
    This data shows the average approximate retail cost of the motherboard, indicated by a $ symbol. The first $ symbol means the board costs around $80 or lower, while the succeeding $ symbol thereafter is equivalent to an additional $40 each symbol over and above the $80 price tag. So,

    • $ = ~$80 or lower
    • $$ = From ~$80 to ~$120
    • $$$ = From ~$120 to ~$160
    • $$$$ = From ~$160 to ~$200
    • $$$$$ = From ~$240 to ~$280, and so forth...


    SUBJECTIVE TIER
    This is a personal and subjective assessment on how the motherboard is "ranked" based on its features, specs, and quality compared to the models of the same brand. I have generally categorized motherboards in four (4) tiers, named and color-coded as:

    • ENTHUSIAST Models
    • HIGH PERFORMANCE Models
    • MAINSTREAM Models
    • ENTRY-LEVEL Models


    PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    • Size: Shows the form factor of the motherboard and the dimensions of the PCB
    • I/O & Audio Armor: If the motherboard has an I/O shroud, or an I/O shroud with Audio cover, or none at all. Also shows other special covers such as backplates or front shrouds, if any.
    • PCB/Accent Colors: Pertains to the color of the PCB and other accent colors that can be found in the motherboard such as shrouds, slots, ports, and texts
    • LED Lighting Colors (Location/s): Indicates the color/s of the illuminated portions on the motherboard and where they are located
    • Color Sync: Supported synchronization software for controlling the motherboard lighting, colors and effects


    POWER SPECIFICATIONS

    • ATX12V Socket: Source of +12V power dedicated for the CPU, where the cable from of the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is plugged into. This socket can be a standard 4-pin ATX12V (for basic and low-powered motherboards), or an 8-pin EPS12V (for mainstream motherboards), or a combination of 4-pin and 8-pin (for high-end motherboards), or even two (2) sets of 8-pin (for enthusiast motherboards).Motherboards with a 4-pin, an 8-pin, a 4-pin + 8-pin, and an 8-pin + 8-pin ATX12V socket/s.
    • VRM Phases - Total Quantity: Total phases of the main VRM rails, i.e., VCore + VCCGT (excludes VCCSA, VCCIO, and other minor rails).
    • CPU (VCC/VCore): Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage to the CPU (central processing unit).
    • iGPU (VCCGT): Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage solely to the iGPU (integrated graphics processing unit) of the CPU.
    • VCCSA: Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage solely to the SA (system agent), performing functions not by the CPU core.
    • VCCIO: Shows the number of phases used to supply voltage to the IO (input/output) interface of the CPU.
    • MOSFETs - VCC/VCore (per phase): Specifies the brand and model of the MOSFET used for supplying voltage to the CPU.
    • MOSFETs - VCCGT (per phase): Specifies the brand and model of the MOSFET used for supplying voltage to the iGPU.High-side and low-side MOSFETs for VCore and VCCGT on an EVGA motherboard.
    • MOSFET Heatsink: Indicates whether the MOSFETs, or only portions thereof, have heatsinks or not.A heatsink covering the MOSFETs on an EVGA motherboard.
    • Inductors & Capacitors: General notes on the types of inductors (chokes) and capacitors used in the motherboard, specifically for the main VRM components (VCore and VCCGT) only.Inductors or chokes and Capacitors on an EVGA motherboard.


    DIAGNOSTICS SPECIFICATIONS

    • 2-Digit Debug Code: Indicates whether the motherboard has a 2-Digit Debug Code LED Display or not. Some motherboards only have On-board LED indicators for P.O.S.T. (power-on self-test)-state (CPU/DRAM/VGA/BOOT), while some have both. Some also have additional specialty LED indicators (XMP, GPU, Hard Disk, etc.). Details of which LED indicators are included can be seen in the pop-up notes (hover the cursor over the data in the cell).A 2-digit hexadecimal Debug Code LED display and several On-Board LED indicators.
    • Buzzer / Speaker: Indicates whether the motherboard has a header, usually 4-pin, that a PC/chassis speaker or buzzer can be attached to which is typically used during P.O.S.T. (power-on self-test) sequence to diagnose errors, by communicating beep codes, during the boot process. Some motherboards have this header included within the Front/System Panel headers. Some motherboards already have a built-in speaker on-board.A 4-pin Speaker header, an external speaker device, and an On-Board Speaker.
    • BIOS (Basic Input/Output System): Indicates the BIOS chip quantity the motherboard has. All motherboards have at least one (1) BIOS chip. Some motherboards have two (2) -- a main BIOS and a backup BIOS (usually termed DualBIOS) -- for recovery purposes if one BIOS becomes corrupted, preventing the motherboard to be bricked.A single BIOS chip and a DualBIOS chip.
    • BIOS Flashback Button: A button used in conjunction with a specific USB port for updating the motherboard BIOS via USB flash drive. Some motherboards have this button located at mid-board and some are located at the rear panel.A BIOS Flashback button located at mid-board and a BIOS Flashback button located at the rear panel.
    • Clear CMOS Button: A button used to revert BIOS settings to default. Some motherboards have this button located on-board while some have this at the rear panel. Those motherboards that does not have this button will have a Clear CMOS jumper instead (though some motherboards both have the button and the jumper).A 3-pin Clear CMOS jumper located at mid-board and a Clear CMOS button located at the rear panel.
    • Power Button: An on-board power button (similar to the front panel power button connectors) that is usually used for bench testing prior to assembly of the components in a chassis.
    • Reset Button: An on-board reset button (similar to the front panel reset button connectors) that is usually used for bench testing prior to assembly of the components in a chassis.
    • OC Button: An on-board OC (overclock) button used to load overclocked configuration settings.The Reset and Power buttons on an EVGA motherboard and the OC and Power buttons on a Gigabyte motherboard.
    • Other Buttons/Jumpers/Switches: Enumerates all other buttons, jumpers, and switches found in the motherboard.


    MEMORY SPECIFICATIONS

    • DIMM Slot - Quantity: Shows the total number of slots for the DIMM (Dual In-Line Memory Module) with RAM (Random Access Memory) chips. These slots only support DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) 288-pin DIMMs. All motherboards listed herein are dual-channel.
    • Reinforced: Indicates if the DIMM slots are reinforced with steel shielding armor, which, arguably, provides additional strength and resistance to bending during the installation of RAM modules.Two non-reinforced DIMM slots on an Asus motherboard, four reinforced DIMM slots on an EVGA motherboard, and a typical DDR4 RAM module.


    EXPANSION SLOTS SPECIFICATIONS

    • PCI-E 3.0 x16 Slots - Quantity: These are slots with a PCI-e version 3.0 interface and a mechanical/physical slot size of x16. These x16-sized slots may electrically run on x16 (full speed), x8 (half speed), x4, x2, or even x1. Slots use PCIe lanes controlled by either the CPU or the Chipset (or, in rare cases, other separate ICs). PCIe3.0 is backwards-compatible with previous versions of PCIe, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the expansion card plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower. Expansion cards with a smaller x8, x4, or x1 physical interface can be plugged into the much larger x16 slots. This data shows the total number of PCIe3.0 x16 slots in the motherbord, disregarding electrical speeds or controller.A PCIe3.0 x16 slot in an Asus motherboard.
    • Armor: Indicates how many among all the PCIe3.0 x16 slots are reinforced with steel shielding armor, which, arguably, provides additional strength and resistance to bending when plugged with heavier graphics cards.
    • Speeds per PCIe x16 Slot: Indicates the maximum electrical speed a certain PCIe3.0 x16 slot can run, considering shared bandwidth with other connectors in the motherboard. Typical notation of slot speeds are arranged from topmost slot to bottom-most slot, with each slot separated by a slash symbol. For example: The notation " x16/x4 " means there are two (2) PCIe x16 slots (The top slot operates at x16 speed, while the bottom slot only operates at x4 speed). On the other hand, the notation " x16/-/x4 or x8/x8/x4 " means there are three (3) PCIe x16 slots (The top slot operates at x16 speed if the middle slot is unoccupied, but only runs at x8 when the middle slot is populated. The middle slot will always run at x8 speed, and the bottom will always run at x4 speed).
    • Multi-GPU - SLI (Scalable Link Interface): Indicates whether the motherboard supports multi-GPU (multipe Graphics Processing Units) using certain Nvidia GPUs (Nvidia Graphics Cards). Depending on the number of slots and the electrical speed of such slots, SLI can run in 2-way (two Nvidia GPUs), 3-way (three Nvidia GPUs), or 4-way (four Nvidia GPUs) configurations. Note that "Quad-SLI" means two physical Nvidia GPUs each having Dual-GPU/Chips and occupies two slots, similar to a 2-way SLI.Nvidia GPUs installed on the PCIe x16 slots of a motherboard showing a 2-way SLI setup, a 3-way SLI setup, and a 4-way SLI setup.
    • Multi-GPU - CF (CrossFire): Indicates whether the motherboard supports multi-GPU (multipe Graphics Processing Units) using certain AMD GPUs (AMD Graphics Cards). Depending on the number of slots and the electrical speed of such slots, CrossFire can run in 2-way (two AMD GPUs), 3-way (three AMD GPUs), or 4-way (four AMD GPUs) configurations. Note that "Quad-CrossFire" means two physical AMD GPUs each having Dual-GPU/Chips and occupies two slots, similar to a 2-way CrossFire.AMD GPUs installed on the PCIe x16 slots of a motherboard showing a 2-way CrossFire setup, a 3-way CrossFire setup, and a 4-way CrossFire setup.
    • Aux. 12V Power (Auxiliary +12V Power): This is a supplemental connector that can provide additional dedicated power to the PCIe slots, specifically, to the graphics cards in multi-GPU setups.
    • PCI-e 3.0 x4: These are slots with a PCI-e version 3.0 interface and a mechanical/physical slot size of x4, i.e., one-fourth (1/4) the size of a PCIe x16 slot. Expansion cards with a smaller x1 physical interface can be plugged into the much larger x4 slots. PCIe versions are backwards-compatible with other previous versions of PCIe, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the expansion card plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower.A PCIe3.0 x4 slot in an Asus motherboard.
    • PCI-e 3.0 x1: These are slots with a PCI-e version 3.0 interface and a mechanical/physical slot size of x1, the smallest size of a PCI-e slot. PCIe versions are backwards-compatible with other previous versions of PCIe, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the expansion card plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower.A PCIe3.0 x1 slot in an Asus motherboard.
    • PCI: These are legacy (old) expansion slots specific for expansion cards having a PCI interface. This is not compatible with PCI-e devices (though some adapter/converter may be used).A PCI slot in an Asus motherboard.
    • Spacing / Layout of Expansion Slots when MB is Mounted inside Chassis: Shows the actual and physical arrangement of all the expansion slots (including the M.2 ports), from top to bottom, when the motherboard is mounted inside a typical PC chassis. The slot number means the removable expansion slot cover at the back of the case and how it will align with the slots of a certain motherboard. Apart from the physical layout, each PCI-e slots are also color-coded, corresponding to the PCI-e lanes the slot is being controlled from. Slots are also labelled how they appear in the motherboard manual and PCB.


    STORAGE SPECIFICATIONS

    • SATA III Ports - Quantity: Shows the total number of SATA III ports in the motherboard. These SATA (Serial AT Attachment) ports are typically used to connect storage devices such as Hard Disk Drives (HDD), Solid State Drives (SSD), or Optical Disk Drives (ODD). Version III (3.0) has a maximum theoretical transfer speed of 6.0Gbps (750MB/s) and a maximum uncoded transfer speed of 4.8Gbps (600MB/s). SATA versions are backwards-compatible with other previous versions of SATA, but can only run on a certain maximum speed of either the slot or the SATA device plugged in it, whichever version is lower/slower.
    • In 90°: Indicates how many of the total SATA ports in the motherboard are specially oriented in a 90-degree layout (i.e., parallel to the motherboard) for better cable routing. Traditionally, SATA ports are oriented vertically (i.e., perpendicular to the motherboard).Six SATA ports on an Msi motherboard (2x vertical; 4x in 90°) and two SATA data cables (elbow-type and straight).
    • Not by PCH: Pertains to how many of the total SATA ports in the motherboard have its bandwidth controlled by the CPU or some other ICs. Typically, SATA ports are controlled by the PCH (Chipset).
    • SATAe (SATA Express): SATAe ports are used to connect special storage devices supporting either a SATA-based interface or a PCIe-based interface. The port itself uses two (2) SATA ports and two (2) PCIe lanes. Using two PCIe3.0 lanes has an maximum effective transfer speed of ~1.97GB/s.A SATAe port (to the right of a standard SATA port) and a cable with a SATAe connector.
    • U.2: The U.2 port is used to connect PCIe-based storage devices by using four (4) PCIe lanes (twice the bandwidth of a SATAe port).A U.2 port (to the left of two SATAe ports) and a cable with a U.2 connector.
    • M.2 (Key-M) Slots - Quantity: Shows the total number of M.2 (Key-M) slots in the motherboard which are used to connect storage devices supporting either a PCIe-based or a SATA-based interface, depending on the slot support. Specific slots in a motherboard may be designated to run SATA III M.2 devices only, or PCIe M.2 devices only, or both. Data on the supported modes can be seen in the succeeding columns.A horizontal M.2 (Key-M) slot on an EVGA motherboard, a PCIe-based M.2 (Key-M) SSD module, and a SATA-based M.2 (Key-M + Key-B) SSD module.
    • Cover: Shrouds and/or heatsinks that cover the M.2 (Key-M) Slots.
    • Supported Modes, Bandwidth Shared, and Max. Speeds per M.2 Slot: Including their orientation/layout (traditionally, M.2 slots are parallel to the motherboard, i.e., at 90°, though some are oriented vertically, esp. on some Asus models. Some are also located at the back of the mobo, esp. on ITX boards. Some also feature either a PCIe- or DIMM-based M.2 add-in-card expansion.).


    NETWORKING SPECIFICATIONS

    • M.2 (Key-E) Slots - Quantity: Shows the number of M.2 (Key-E) slots in the motherboard which are used for connecting Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules. Note that the M.2 (Key-E) slots have a different connector than the M.2 (Key-M) slots.
    • Layout: Indicates whether the M.2 (Key-E) slot in the motherboard is oriented vertically (i.e., perpendicular to the motherboard) or horizontally (i.e., parallel to the motherboard).A vertical M.2 (Key-E) slot, a horizontal M.2 (Key-E) slot and an M.2 (Key-E) Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module.
    • Modes: Most M.2 (Key-E) slots support PCI-e/USB interface. Newer Intel-chipset models now feature a CNVi (Integrated Connectivity) interface. This data shows whether the M.2 (Key-E) slot of the motherboard supports both interfaces or exclusive to one or the other only.
    • Wireless LAN - WiFi: Indicates if the motherboard has a wireless networking protocol which uses radio waves in provoding cable-less Internet and network connectivity. This data also shows what type of protocol is employed based on the 802.11 IEEE standard.
    • Wireless Module (Streams, Interface, Size): Indicates the pre-installed or bundled wireless module that comes with the motherboard. It includes data on antenna standard (e.g., 1T1R or 2T2R) which indicates the number of transmitting (T) and receiveing (R) streams, the M.2 module interface (e.g., PCIe or CNVi), and the size of the module (e.g., 2230). Some motherboards have a bundled "wireless upgrade kit" that is plugged in an expansion slot, instead of the M.2 (Key-E) slot.A pre-installed/built-in wireless module for a vertical M.2 (Key-E) socket and an optional/upgrade kit wireless module for a PCIe x1 expansion slot.
    • Max. Speed: Indicates the maximum theoretical stream (data rate) the wireless module can attain, considering the antenna standard and the module/slot interface.
    • Antenna: Indicates the number of antenna and antenna slots at the rear panel in the motherboard. Some motherboards only feature antenna slots (marked with a "O O"), for future installation of a wireless module and its antennae at the rear panel.
    • Ethernet LAN - RJ-45 (Registered Jack-45): Standard socket for connecting a network cable with an RJ-45 plug to the motherboard.An Ethernet LAN port and a network cable with an RJ-45 connector.
    • Controller: The NIC (Network Interface Controller) which is used to communicate within the LAN (Local Area Network) or the Internet.An Intel I219V NIC chip and a Rivet Killer E2500 chip.


    AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

    • 3.5mm Jack: An analog jack for plugging 3.5mm-sized audio connectors.Six 3.5mm audio ports located at the rear panel and some audio cables with a 3.5mm plug.
    • S/PDIF Jack (Sony/Philips Digital Interface): A digital jack for plugging an optical fiber cable with a TOSLINK (Toshiba Link) connector.An S/PDIF port and an optical fiber cable with a TOSLINK plug.
    • Codec: Device in the motherboard that encodes or decodes audio.A Realtek 8118AS audio codec chip and a Realtek ALC892 audio codec chip.


    VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS

    • DP (DisplayPort): A 20-pin digital display port that can transmit both digital video and audio signals, for plugging in a DisplayPort cable. DisplayPort has gone through a couple of versions, each are backwards-compatible with older versions but can only achieve a maximum throughput of the slower version. Versions 1.0 and 1.1a have a maximum bandwidth of 10.8Gbps (or 8.64Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 1.2 and 1.2a have up to 21.6Gbps (or 17.28Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 1.3 and 1.4 have up to 32.4Gbps (or 25.92Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Thus, DP1.0~1.1a can achieve up to 144Hz on a 1920x1080 resolution, 60Hz-75Hz on 2560x1440, but only 30Hz on 3840x2160 (4K). DP1.2~1.2a can achieve up to 240Hz on 1920x1080, up to 165Hz on 2560x1440, up to 75Hz on 4K, and 30Hz on 5K. DP1.3~1.4 can do up to 120Hz on 4K, 60Hz on 5K, and 30Hz on 8K resolutions.A DisplayPort port and a DisplayPort cable.
    • HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface): A 19-pin digital display port that can transmit both digital video and audio signals, used for plugging in an HDMI cable. HDMI has gone through several versions, each are backwards-compatible with older versions but can only achieve a maximum throughput of the slower version. Versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.2a have a maximum bandwidth of 4.95Gbps (or 3.96Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 1.3, 1.3a, 1.4, 1.4a, and 1.4b have up to 10.2Gbps (or 8.16Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 2.0, 2.0a, and 2.0b have up to 18.0Gpbs (or 14.4Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Versions 2.1 has up to 48.0Gbps (or 42.6Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Thus, HDMI1.0~1.2a can only achieve 60Hz up to a 1920x1080 resolution. HDMI1.3~1.4b can achieve 120Hz-144Hz on 1920x1080, 60Hz-75Hz on 2560x1440, and 30Hz on 3840x2160 (4K). HDMI2.0~2.0b can achieve up to 60Hz on 4K, while HDMI2.1 can do up to 60Hz on 5K and 30Hz on 8K resolutions.An HDMI port and an HDMI cable.
    • DVI-I (Digital Visual Interface - Integrated): A 28-pin digital+analog port that can transmit digital or analog video signals (no audio), used for plugging in a DVI-I dual-link, DVI-I single-link, DVI-A (analog only). This port is also compatible with a DVI-D dual-link or a DVI-D single-link cable. Single-link has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 4.95Gbps (or 3.96Gbps data rate excluding overhead). Dual-link has twice the data rate of a single-link. Thus, a single-link DVI can achieve 60Hz on a 1920x1200 resolution, but only 30Hz on a 2560x1600 resolution. On the other hand, a dual-link DVI can achieve 120Hz on 1920x1200, 60Hz on 2560x1600, and 30Hz on 3840x2400 resolutions.A DVI-I port, a DVI-I Single Link cable, DVI-I Dual Link cable, and a DVI-A cable.
    • DVI-D (Digital Visual Interface - Digital): A 24-pin digital display port that can only transmit digital video signals (no audio), used for plugging in a DVI-D dual-link or DVI-D single-link cable. This port is not physically compatible with a DVI-I or DVI-A cable due to the extra pins, unless an adaptor is used. The data rate for DVI-D is the same as that for the DVI-I.A DVI-D port, a DVI-D Single Link cable, and a DVI-D Dual Link cable.
    • VGA (Video Graphics Array): Also known as a "D-Sub" (D-subminiature) port. A 15-pin analog display port that can only transmit analog video signals (no audio), used for plugging in a VGA cable with a DE-15 connector.A VGA or D-Sub port and a VGA or D-Sub cable.


    REAR PANEL PORTS SPECIFICATIONS

    • USB Ports - Total (Universal Serial Bus Ports): Used to plug in peripheral devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.) to the motherboard. This data shows the total number of USB ports located at the rear panel of the motherboard.
    • USB3.1 Type-C: A 24-pin Type-C (oval) port that uses USB version 3.1 (note that USB3.1 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen2"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 10Gbps. Plugged in any direction (reversible).
    • USB3.1 Type-A: A 4-pin Type-A (rectangular) port that uses USB version 3.1 (note that USB3.1 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen2"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 10Gbps. Plugged in one direction only.
    • USB3.0 Type-C: A 24-pin Type-C (oval) port that uses USB version 3.0 (note that USB3.0 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen1"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. Plugged in any direction (reversible).
    • USB3.0 Type-A: A 4-pin Type-A (rectangular) port that uses USB version 3.0 (note that USB3.0 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen1"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. Plugged in one direction only.
    • USB2.0: A 4-pin, usually Type-A (rectangular), port that uses USB version 2.0, with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 480Mbps. Plugged in one direction only.USB Type-C and Type-A ports with a USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-A cable.
    • Legacy Ports - PS/2 (IBM Personal System/2): A 6-pin circular port for plugging cables of old mice/keyboards with a Mini-DIN-6 connector.
    • Legacy Ports - COM (Communication or Serial): A 9-pin port which transfers data one bit at a time, used for older devices or POS (point-of-sale) systems.
    • Legacy Ports - LPT (Line Print Terminal or Parallel): A 25-pin port which transfers information multiple bits at a time, most oftenly used for old printers.Two PS/2 ports and its cables, a Serial (COM) port and cable, and a Parallel (LPT) port and cable.


    MIDBOARD HEADERS SPECIFICATIONS

    • USB3.1 Header (20-pin): Used to connect one (1) additional USB3.1 Type-C port or such other devices that use the USB3.1 interface (note that USB3.1 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen2"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 10Gbps. USB3.1 is backwards-compatible with USB3.0 and USB2.0, using an adapter. Some motherboards have a similar 20-pin header but can only support speeds of a USB3.0 (equivalent to a "USB3.1 Gen1") or 5Gbps maximum theoretical transfer speed. Cable can be plugged reversibly.A 20-pin Type-C internal header and its corresponding cable.
    • USB3.0 Header (19-pin): Used to connect additional USB3.0 ports or such other devices that use the USB3.0 interface (note that USB3.0 is equivalent to "USB3.1 Gen1"), with a maximum theoretical transfer rate of 5Gbps. USB3.0 is backwards-compatible with USB2.0, using an adapter. One (1) header with complete usable pins can support up to two (2) ports. Cable can only be plugged in one direction based on the pinout key and notch. The data shows the total number of USB3.0 internal headers -- not the ports.
    • In 90°: Indicates how many of the total USB3.0 (19-pin) headers in the motherboard are specially oriented in a 90-degree layout (i.e., parallel to the motherboard) for better cable routing. Traditionally, USB3.0 (19-pin) headers are oriented vertically (i.e., perpendicular to the motherboard).Two USB3.0 internal headers, one specially oriented in 90 degrees and one oriented vertically, and its corresponding cable.
    • USB2.0 Header (9-pin): Used to connect additional USB2.0 ports or such other devices that use the USB2.0 interface. One (1) header with complete usable pins can support up to two (2) ports. Cable can only be plugged in one direction based on the pinout key. The data shows the total number of USB2.0 internal headers -- not the ports.A full 9-pin USB2.0 header and its cable (supporting 2x USB2.0 ports) and a half 5-1pin USB2.0 header and its cable (supporting 1x USB2.0 port).
    • Fan/Pump (4-pin): Headers used for the connection of a fan or a pump. Motherboards with 4-pin fan headers are usually, but not always, PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) headers. The 4th-pin is used to send a PWM signal to a PWM fan (which has a 4-pin connector) to control the current, thus, changing its fan speed, while providing constant +12VDC on its 2nd pin. Some 4-pin fan headers are not true PWM headers if the 4th pin is either just a dummy pin (no electronic connection) or sends some signal other than a PWM signal. Such types of headers are considered to be DC headers, akin to a 3-pin fan header, that supplies variable voltage in the 2nd pin to control the fan speed of a DC fan (which has a 3-pin connector). Most motherboards nowadays have its 4-pin fan headers configurable in BIOS to work as a "hybrid" PWM or DC header (either through manual selection or automatic detection), so that the pins can send appropriate signals depending on the type of fan connected. Fans with 3-pin connectors are physically compatible with 4-pin fan headers. Cable can only be plugged in one direction by aligning the protruding tab on the header with the groove on the connector. This data shows the total number of 4-pin fan/pump headers, all Hybrid PWM/DC, unless otherwise stated in the notes.A 4-pin fan header, a 4-pin cable from a PWM fan, and a 3-pin cable from a DC fan.
    • Thermal Sensor: Used for connecting a thermistor cable for monitoring temperatures of components in the motherboard.A 2-pin Thermal Sensor header and a thermistor.
    • 12V RGB LED Strip Header: (Most are 4-pin [12V/G/R/B], while some, esp. in Gigabyte models, are 5-pin [12V/G/R/B]+[W]) for std. 5050 RGB strips)
    • 5V RGB LED Strip Header: (Asus uses 4-1pin [5V/D/-/G] for RGB WS2812B strips; Msi uses same 4-1pin but also has another 3-pin [5V/D/G] for Corsair RGB fans; Gigabyte uses 3-pin [V/D/G] which are 5V/12V interchangeable via a voltage selector jumper and supports 5050 strips)
    • Front / System Panel: Contains various pins/headers for connecting the chassis' front panel controls, usually consists of headers for the power button, reset switch, power LED indicator, and hard disk activity LED indicator. Note that some motherboard may have additional pins/headers for other special functions.
    • Chassis Intrusion: Used for attaching a chassis cable to detect and provide warning if the chassis has been opened. Some motherboards have this header included within the Front/System Panel headers.
    • Front Audio (9-pin): For plugging the audio cable from the chassis to enable the chassis's front audio ports. All front-panel audio in today's chassis are standardized to use HD Audio. Older chassis use AC'97 standard. Some of the old chassis have two (2) cables supplied - one for HD Audio and one for AC'97. Both these cables have similar plugs and keys but have different wiring. Motherboards may or may not support both standards. Those that only support HD Audio will have its pins compatible only with the HD Audio cable, even though the AC'97 plug will also fit. Those that can support both need to have the correct standard selected in BIOS before plugging in the appropriate cable.
    • S/PDIF Out (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Output):
    • COM Header (9-pin) (Communication or Serial):
    • LPT Header (25-pin) (Line Print Terminal or Parallel):
    • TPM (Trusted Platform Module):
    • TB (Thunderbolt): (Thunderbolt AIC header 5-pin)
    • Other Headers: Enumerates all other headers found in the motherboard.


    Direct links to manufacturer's site, and user manuals, are included for reference (found at the far right end of each table).

    For comparison with other motherboard models:
    X470/X370/B360/B350/A320-chipset (AM4-socket) motherboards for AMD Ryzen CPUs
    X399-chipset (TR4-socket) motherboards for AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs
    X299-chipset (LGA2066-socket) motherboards for Intel SkyLake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs

    Wow, this is an eye-opener. You have successfully dropped a whole course for me. I will munch this for the rest of the week.
  9. Where do I put gold star sticker because this one deserves it. Amazing work.
  10. Thanks guys. Glad to be of help. Though am very slowly updating information on the new Z390 boards (busy sched nowadays).
  11. raisonjohn said:
    Thanks guys. Glad to be of help. Though am very slowly updating information on the new Z390 boards (busy sched nowadays).


    Looks great , and any update schedule is fine.
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