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Answers to 5 Common Questions Regarding Server Motherboards

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Systems responds to five of your most frequently asked questions concerning server motherboards in this special Q&A blog post.

We hope that the answers to the questions we pulled directly from Google’s search results will be helpful to you as you learn more about server motherboards and servers in general.

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Graphic: A server motherboard from Systems with room for two Xeon CPUs and a lot of PCIe slots as well as memory slots.

1. What is a motherboard for a server?

we prefer to think of a server motherboard as the “home base” for your server. It is also referred to as a system board, main circuit board, or main board. It houses all of your server’s essential parts, including the chipset, PCIe slots, and DIMM sockets. The CPU, sometimes known as the server’s central processing unit or “brain,” is one of the most crucial parts.

The motherboard of your server serves as a platform for interaction between all of its major parts, serving as both a communication channel and a translator of various technological languages. We like to imagine the server motherboard as a business advisor or lobbyist who always makes sure that there is a channel of communication open between the important individuals in an organization, or in this example, the motherboard.

A server motherboard can also be compared to a jigsaw puzzle since all of its pieces must fit together perfectly in order to produce a functional, entire image. If a component is missing, the motherboard also lacks a special or essential component. When a component is removed, functionality is also lost, and depending on how crucial the component was, your server may become completely unusable.

2. Which motherboard for a server is the best?

This is a challenging subject because every customer will have a unique set of criteria, whether these are specified by them personally or by a higher. Therefore, even though the following response seems to be an easy one, it actually covers hundreds of possible configurations for server motherboards: The finest server motherboard is one that satisfies your needs or any standards and specifications that you, the buyer, have been provided with.

A server motherboard is made up of many different parts, as was explained in the response to the preceding question, and many of these can be altered to add or remove functionality from your server.

For instance, a workstation application may only need a single fast Intel Core or Xeon processor, while a heavy-duty server will typically need two CPUs because it will be storing and processing data at high speeds for other computers in the network. Similarly, while some clients won’t want a large number of DIMM slots, others will. Why? Because additional RAM would result in smoother application performance, or simply because they would desire the flexibility to add more RAM in the future.

Another factor to take into account is PCIe slots, particularly when talking about expensive servers and workstations. A server motherboard with a tonne of PCIe Gen 3 or Gen 4 slots is essential if you have a tonne of add-on cards that you intend to use to connect extra fast GPUs, hard drives, USB ports, or Ethernet ports, or if you would at least like to have the option to expand the functionality of your server in the future.

Always keep in mind that the finest server motherboard depends largely on the individual user and is influenced by a wide range of factors determined by their personal or professional needs.

But don’t be concerned. You can put the puzzle pieces together with the aid of Trenton Systems. 

3. What distinguishes a desktop motherboard from a server motherboard?

The motherboards used in high-powered servers and those used in conventional desktop computers differ significantly in a few crucial ways.

In contrast to the traditional desktop motherboard’s single processor, server motherboards typically include two processors. As a result, the motherboard of the server has additional cores and threads for processing data. In other words, the typical server motherboard has a higher computational capacity than a desktop motherboard, which makes sense given that the majority of servers are frequently used to power resource-intensive applications for the military, business, and industrial sectors as well as to simultaneously distribute files and resources to numerous computers.

Server-grade CPUs are frequently members of Intel’s Xeon processor family, which is made especially for powerful servers that are intended to handle a heavy workload. Workloads for data collecting, cloud computing, the management of defense and communication systems, industrial automation, and much more are discussed. Conversely, desktop motherboards often use Intel’s less potent Core, Pentium, or Celeron CPUs. Of course, these processors have a purpose, but they are not made to tackle the demanding workloads that data-driven servers are expected to manage.

On server motherboards, you can also find error-correcting code (ECC) RAM, which guards against data corruption by automatically identifying and fixing memory-related mistakes. This functionality is supported by Intel’s Xeon processors as well because it is made to support servers and workloads that are of an enterprise-grade nature. ECC is a crucial component for industrial, commercial, and military applications because it provides foolproof data protection. Not all processor families can use ECC.

In addition to having more PCIe slots than a desktop motherboard, server motherboards frequently offer a PCIe backplane. This enables users to expand the server’s overall capabilities by adding high-speed RAID cards, GPUs, extra USB ports, solid-state drives, and much more. This is a crucial feature to have if a customer anticipates, instance, a future demand for a powerful GPU or more storage space.

4. Can you play video games on a server motherboard?

Yes, technically. Like any other computer, a server can run games if it has the appropriate CPUs, graphics, and memory. The proper peripherals, including a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, are required, and most servers have more than adequate input/output options for this use.

But you’ll probably encounter some obstacles. To support the images and music of your game, you’ll need to buy separate graphics and sound cards since the majority of servers don’t come with them. Additionally, server-grade CPUs, like Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors, lack the ability to overclock and occasionally operate at even lower clock speeds than CPUs made for gaming. Why? Higher clock speeds often result in higher monthly electric bills because they’re typically used to power data centers and mission-critical applications that must operate nonstop around-the-clock.

We suggest watching xfurbish “Should You Game on a Server CPU” video for additional details on this subject. It gives a wonderful summary of the advantages and disadvantages of selecting a server for gaming.

The final commonly asked question, which discusses the various motherboard form factors available, will now be discussed.

5. What shape does a server motherboard have?

Form factors, which are simply requirements regulating a motherboard’s size, shape, mounting holes, power supply, and other features, come in a variety for server motherboards. eATX, ATX, microATX, SSI CEB, SSI EEB, SSI MEB, COM Express, or even a manufacturer’s unique form factor are some examples.

The most popular server motherboard form factor is ATX, which measures 12 inches wide by 9.6 inches deep. However, you’ll also frequently see eATX server motherboards, measuring 12 inches by 13 inches, as eATX is made specifically for rackmount servers, which have more circuitry and components than the ATX form factor can accommodate. There are additional 9.6-by-9.6-inch microATX server motherboards on the market for smaller server systems. Similar to ATX and eATX, SSI form factors can allow motherboards with two or more processors, but they are a bit wider or deeper and have different mounting holes and I/O possibilities.


That’s all, then! We trust that we addressed all of your concerns regarding server motherboards and servers in general.

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