The motherboard you choose for a Linux computer determines many aspects of how your system functions. You must match the motherboard with the CPU, and this combination together determines your system's overall computational speed. The motherboard determines how expandable your system is, in terms of the number and type of expansion slots. Integrated features, such as SCSI host adapters or video ports, may make a motherboard more appealing or reduce its cost, but these features can be added to motherboards that lack them by using plugin expansion boards.
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limits on its speed, total memory supported, and so on. Two motherboards based on the same E
chipset are likely to perform similarly, although there may be differences because of divergent O
implementation details (the number of PCI slots, for instance). In some cases, motherboard AR
manufacturers may impose limits more stringent than those of the chipset itself, as when a S
motherboard features only 512KB of cache when the chipset supports 1MB of cache.
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