Best 1150, 1155, 2011 Motherboard 2016
1150 Motherboards for Ivy Bridge CPU
In may of 2013 Intel released Haswell, a solid performance upgrade and huge integrated graphics jump from Ivy Bridge. However, if you're looking to upgrade to a Haswell processor, then you'll need to go with a 1150 pin compatible motherboard. In this post we'll take a look at some of the top rated Intel compatible 1150, 1155, and enthusiast level 2011 motherboards.
Ever since Intel's new Sandy Bridge line of processors was released in 2011, LGA 1155 motherboards have occupied the bestselling lists of most major computer retailer and manufacturer websites. This is because as Intel's CEO Paul Otellini said "The Sandy Bridge is a 486 to Pentium kind of jump." Increased performance for both multi-tasking and video performance have led to its extreme popularity. With its release of Ivy Bridge in 2012, the 1155 platform continued its dominance in 2012.
1150, 1155, 1366, 2011, or 1156 socket motherboard?
So which 1155 or 1150 motherboard should you purchase? Should you try to save some money by going with an older processor and a 1156 or perhaps 1366 socket motherboards? How about going with a mid-range enthusiast Sandy Bridge Processor with a LGA 2011 socket motherboard?
The truth is it depends. For the most part I can't see why you would go with a 1366 motherboard at this point. Because of the recent overall decrease in price a 1156 socket board in conjunction with a CPU that supports it could save you additional money elsewhere or be the perfect fit if you are building your own computer on a tight budget, but with inexpensive Sandy Bridge options at this point, that might ultimately be a better route.
In 2012 Intel released the Z77 Chipset. It's the one I'd recommend for those who want to overclock and build a gaming PC. The Z77 brings together the best of the other chipsets by allowing you to overclock your CPU, Ram, and Graphics card. In addition it allows you to use integrated graphics rather than your dedicated graphics card when it's more efficient overall for your machine to do so.Another feature, Intel Smart Response Technology, allows you to dedicate a portion (up to 64GB) of your solid state drive to "Cache" therefore giving your hard drive solid state drive like performance.
In addition you also get native USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 compatibility on all Z77 motherboards.
If you can afford it, then consider the i7 series with a Z77 chipset 1155 socket motherboard. If you haven't built your own custom computer before, then you should know that it's necessary to pick out your CPU before venturing into the realm of motherboards.
Is Intel now a step above AMD for High-End CPU?
It's my opinion that Intel has a strong lead over it's only serious competitor AMD in higher end CPU (Above $300) and while this gap may have closed somewhat with AMD's Piledriver release, I feel like you'll have to wait for Steamroller in 2013 to really see the potential of AMD's Bulldozer style microarchitecture.
In the $200 and under category AMD is making up a lot of ground. Processors like the FX-8350 are a solid choice for those who do a lot of multitasking or need to build a workstation. In addition Trinity APU give builders an less expensive and more graphics-friendly CPU / GPU combo than what you'd get for Intel Integrated Graphics.
How do you think this will this change with Steamroller? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below.
*For AMD fans: There are some incredible AM3 motherboard CPU combos available in the $200 price range.
Sata 6 Gb/s or III vs. 3 Gb/s or II
In general you can expect about twice the speed in bandwidth transfer from a Sata 6Gb/s HDD vs. one that is Sata 3Gb/s. If you are going to purchase an older (Sata III is standard on new motherboards) motherboard, then make sure to get one with Sata 6 GB/s capability. Even if you don't have a hard drive that is compatible with this yet, it's still a good idea. Solid state drives will not fully replace HDD for a long time because as Seagate has mentioned there just isn't enough NAND flash memory in the market. In 2013 and for the next few years, we'll see the SSD market drop in price bit by bit.
*Featured 1155 motherboard:
ASRock Z77 EXTREME4
A few years ago I wouldn't have been so quick to recommend an ASRock board; however, I've been impressed with their strides in both quality and speed. For the money this one gives you some of the best value you'll find. Here's some of its key features:
- CPU: LGA1155; Supports 2nd/3rd Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3 Processor; Supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology; Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
- Chipset: Intel Z77
- Memory: 4X DDR3-2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Dual Channel, Maxi Capacity up to 32GB
- Slots: 2X PCI-Express 3.0 X16 Slots (runs at X8), 2 X PCI Express 2.0 X1 Slots, 2 X PCI Slots
- SATA: 4X SATA3 Ports (one connector is shared with eSATA3 port), Two Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 4X SATA2 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
- Ports: 8X USB 2.0 Ports (2 rear, 6 via header); 6X USB 3.0 Ports (4 rear,?2 via header); 1X PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port; 1X?VGA Port; 1X DVI Port; 1X Optical SPDIF Out Port; 1X HDMI Port; 1X eSATA3 Port; 1X RJ45 LAN Port; Audio I/O Jacks
- Power Connector: 1X 24-Pin ATX Main Power Connector, 1X 8-Pin 12V Power Connector
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1156 Motherboards for P55 Chipset CPU
What's the Difference between the P55 and H55 Chipsets?
H55 processors have integrated video cards so that a separate video card is not necessary. For gaming the P55 is ideal, and for casual use the H55 is the way to go.
1156 motherboards still come in handy when you are on a budget. Finding a value computer is not about purchasing new release items, but finding the sweet spot between the older generation of models and the new ones. Although the 1156 motherboards are slowly becoming outdated, that doesn't mean that you still can't fit some of the newest and best performing CPUs in them. Most of them are ready for DDR3 and use USB 3.0 as well.
Best 1156 i5 Motherboard for Gaming:
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - LGA 1156 Motherboard - This motherboard features Sata 6 and 3 GB/s functionality and has USB 3 and DDR 3 functionality. Although it's a little bit more money, gamer's will be happy that it has extensive BIOS and overclocking options.
- Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!
- USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s RAID Support -Fully unleash USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s bandwidth
- ASUS TurboV EVO - Auto tuning intelligently pushes the system to the fastest clock speeds while maintaining stability.
- Auto Tuning Achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results automatically with Auto Tuning!
- ASUS Hybrid 12+2 Phase Power Design Unprecedented Innovation with the Best Quality Component for Best Performance
What customers are saying: "I decided to build a 'high end' workstation with a board that had features that would allow me to grow into the future. this board had good reviews and i especially liked the packaged software that lets me know what is going on inside the pc. with an i5 processor and 4gb(plan going up 4 more)performance is more than adequate for my needs." Another reviewer said, "this is a super reliable motherboard, I installed two of them, in different builds."
1366 Socket Motherboards
In general, you can expect to pay a little bit more for a 1366 socket motherboard than a 1156. As I mentioned in my hub on building a gaming PC. In comparison to the 1155 socket motherboards the 1366 are similar in price, and a bit less expensive on the CPU side. If you are going to build, then it's probably better that you go with a newer product in the 1155.
To the right I've listed the top rated 1366 motherboards right now.
Featured 1366 Motherboard:
ASUS P6X58D Premium - LGA 1366 - X58 - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
Manufacturer's Product Specs:
- True ASUS 16+2 Phase Power Design Unprecedented Innovation with the Best Quality Component for Best Performance
- USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s RAID Support -Fully unleash USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s bandwidth
- ASUS TurboV New OC Records with Real-Time Super-precise Tunings
- Stack Cool 3+ Effective Fanless Heat Dissipation at 0dB. Up to 20°C(36°F) Cooler!
- ASUS Fanless Design - Heat-pipe solution
About: Best Motherboards for i3, i5, i7 CPU 2013
Hopefully this hub on "The Best Motherboards for 2013" has been helpful. If it has, then please leave a comment below. If you feel I've missed a particular motherboard that you would like to see featured, then leave that in the comment section below as well. Also take a look at the Best 1155 motherboards for 2013 - Z77, H77, and Z75 for an explanation of the differences between these 3 chipsets from Intel or check out this article on the best gaming motherboards of 2013 to see this year's bestselling motherboards.
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