Best Motherboards for Home Server

Best Motherboards for Home Server – A server motherboard, also known as a system board, main circuit board or main board, is what we at Trenton Systems like to refer to as “home base” for your server. It’s home to all your server’s primary components, from the chipset to the PCIe slots to all those RDIMM sockets, with one of the most important components being the central processing unit, or CPU, often referred to as the brains of your server.

OVERVIEW

The server motherboard provides a platform through which each of the server’s main components can interact, and as such, the motherboard is quite literally the communication facilitator, the technological translator, of your server.

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ROUND UP

We like to think of the server motherboard as a business consultant or a lobbyist, always ensuring that there’s an open line of communication between the key players of an enterprise, or in this case, the motherboard.

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1.ROG Maximus XIII Hero

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2.ROG Strix Z590-E

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3.GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H

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4.GIGABYTE C246-WU4

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5.GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Elite

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6.GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Elite

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7.Supermicro Server

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8.MSI Arsenal

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9.GIGABYTE TRX40

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10.GIGABYTE X299X AORUS

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Best Motherboards for Home Server – BUYER’S GUIDE

Server motherboards typically have two processors, compared to the typical desktop motherboard’s one. As a result, the server motherboard has more cores and more threads with which to process data. In other words, the typical server motherboard can handle a higher computational workload than a desktop motherboard, and for good reason, given that most servers are often powering resource-intensive applications for the military, commercial and industrial sectors, and providing files and resources to many computers at once.

Server-grade CPUs are often from Intel’s Xeon processor family, which is specifically designed for high-performance servers intended to efficiently digest a considerable workload. We’re talking workloads associated with data acquisition, cloud computing, the control of weapons and communications systems, industrial automation and much more. Desktop motherboards, on the other hand, typically incorporate Intel’s less-powerful Core, Pentium or Celeron CPUs. These processors have their purpose, of course, but they’re not designed to handle the heavy-duty workloads tasked to data-driven servers.

You’ll also find error-correcting code (ECC) RAM on server motherboards, which prevents data corruption through automatic detection and correction of memory-related errors. Given that this feature is designed to support enterprise-grade workloads and servers, it’s also supported by Intel’s Xeon processors. ECC is an important feature for military, industrial and commercial applications because it’s a data-protection failsafe. Other processor families do not support ECC.

Server motherboards typically have more PCIe slots than a desktop motherboard as well, or they’re designed to support a compatible PCIe backplane. This allows customers to add high-speed RAID cards, GPUs, additional USB ports, solid-state drives and much more, thereby extending the server’s overall functionality. This is an important feature to have should a customer expect, say, a need for a high-end GPU or additional storage capacity down the line.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a server motherboard?

A server motherboard, also known as a system board, main circuit board or main board, is what we at Trenton Systems like to refer to as “home base” for your server. It’s home to all your server’s primary components, from the chipset to the PCIe slots to all those RDIMM sockets, with one of the most important components being the central processing unit, or CPU, often referred to as the brains of your server.

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WRAP UP

If you plan on building a home server, check out this guide. It lists ten motherboards that are perfect fit for any kind of home server. We got your back no matter if you want to build a simple dedicated server for gaming or cloud storage, a high-end VM machine, a powerful media streaming solution for your household, or a beastly gaming server that will replace multiple gaming PCs.

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