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Exercise 3.1 ATX Motherboard Parts Identification Exercise

Objective:

  • To identify various motherboard parts

Parts:

  • None

Procedure:

  • Using Figure 3.42, label each of the ATX motherboard parts.

Figure 3.42

Figure 3.42 Motherboard ports, slots, and parts

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Exercise 3.2 Motherboard Analysis

Objective:

  • To identify various motherboard parts

Parts:

  • None

Procedure:

  • Using the information you learned in this chapter and related to the specifications found in Figure 3.43, answer the questions that follow.

Figure 3.43

Figure 3.43 Motherboard advertisement

  1. If someone you know were buying this motherboard, what type of case would you need to purchase?

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  2. What does LGA1155 tell you about this motherboard?

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  3. Does this motherboard come with a CPU installed?

    [ Yes | No | Cannot tell from the information presented ]

    What motherboard component controls the maximum number of 3.0 USB ports this motherboard could have?

  4. What processor(s) does this motherboard accept?

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  5. What do you think that the letters O.C. after some of the memory chips mean in relationship to this motherboard?

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  6. What is the most significant difference between a version 2.0 PCIe slot and a version 3.0 PCIe expansion slot?

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  7. What does the PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 line that states “2 (single x16 or dual x8)” mean?

    1. The adapter that goes into this slot can use a single lane that goes at x16 speeds or two lanes that go at x8 speeds.

    2. One single x16 adapter and/or one single x8 adapter can go into the expansion slots.

    3. One x16 adapter can go into one of the version 3.0 slots and achieve 3.0 speeds or two x16 adapters can be installed, but they can transfer only eight lanes at a time at 3.0 speeds.

    4. A single x16 adapter can be installed in one of the version 3.0 slots or two x8 adapters can be installed in the two version 3.0 slots.

  8. What device cable can insert into the PS/2 port? (Select the best answer.)

    [ Speaker | Mouse or keyboard | Display | External storage]

    Which type of video port is described as a D-sub in this documentation?

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  9. What is an advantage of having an integrated GPU in the CPU?

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  10. What is the most likely reason this motherboard manufacturer chose to include two PCI expansion slots?

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