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Upgrading and Repairing Servers by Barrie Sosinsky, Mark Edward Soper, Scott Mueller

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Chapter 4 Server Motherboards and BIOS

Without a doubt, the most important component in a PC server is the main board or motherboard. Some companies refer to the motherboard as a system board or planar. (The terms motherboard, main board, system board, and planar are interchangeable.) This chapter examines the various types of motherboards available for servers and those components typically contained on the motherboard and motherboard interface connectors.

Motherboard Types and Form Factors

Several common form factors are used for server motherboards. The form factor refers to the physical dimensions (size and shape) as well as certain connector, screw holes, and other positions that dictate into which type of case the board will fit. Some ...

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