What’s the Difference Between Gaming and PC Motherboards?

In modern times, the primary difference between a gaming computer and a comparable mainstream PC is the inclusion of a performance-oriented video card, which hosts a graphics processor and dedicated memory. These are generally a requirement to play modern games on the market.

I have been building PCs from the ground up for decades, and the motherboard has always been a critical part—especially when it comes to gaming PCs. Gamers demand more performance and often push the limits, whereas a regular PC user could care less. Higher frame rates for first-person shooters can be the difference between a top-notch experience and a bland, jerky, annoying gaming session.

Way back in the old days, the motherboards were pretty similar with gaming platforms, including higher-end graphics cards. Things have changed significantly, such that gaming motherboards are much different than a conventional PC motherboard (although the details can be subtle).

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