It is the main circuit board inside your computer. They come in all shapes and sizes as shown above. The Motherboard holds many of the crucial components of the system, such as the processor and memory, while providing connectors for other peripherals. The motherboard is sometimes alternatively known as the Main Board, System Board or on Apple Computers the Logic Board. It is also sometimes casually shortened to "mobo".
A typical desktop computer has its Microprocessor, Main Memory (RAM), and other essential components connected to the motherboard. Other components such as external storage, controllers for video display and sound and other peripheral devices may be attached to the motherboard as plug-in cars or via cables. In some cases, such as with video, it is common to integrate these circuits into the motherboard itself.
An important component of a motherboard is the microprocessor and supporting Chipset, which provides the supporting interfaces between the CPU and the various buses and external components. The Chipset determines the features and capabilities of the motherboard.
Another View showing the connectors
- This page last updated on 2 Sep 2017