Can be used for dual vid output, if required.
Many video cards are dualhead these days at any rate, but ati are now using new video card technology that can utilise older video cards for physics processing, removing load from the CPU. Why wouldn’t you do this, if it’s not much more expensive.
A dedicated PCI physics processing card comes in at $500US+.
Everything is moving to SATA. It’s not uncommon to find people with 2 HD’s & 2 optical drives.
My old motherboard had it. Boards with 3 or 4 ide ports are a little upscale from the usual run of the mill basic boards.
Software raid is pretty crap, but it’s enough for an consumer user, if they ever want to go that way.
Printer, scanner, joystick, Bluetooth, Mouse, Keyboard.
External HD, usb memory card reader or Digital Camera, usb 2.5" HD (requires 2 ports).
Most motherboards have 4 on the board + 4 on 2 internal headers.
Cheap motherboards have 2 onboard + a few on headers.
At least 6 are required if you want to keep all you stuff plugged in.
I have it, and no I can’t use it atm. But if you are buying new & it is introduced, why would you buy old technology if it isn’t significantly cheaper???
Socket 939 is now obsolete. Socket 939 processors have been superseded by socket AM2, which requires DDR2.
Again, why would you buy a motherboard with an obsolete socket, which you KNOW cannot have a faster CPU put in at a later date?
Besides, these days … DDR2 is 30% cheaper than DDR ram.
- Steals your ram, worse->steals your ram bandwidth. You can’t play any recent games with an onboard video.
- Firmwares often don’t turn these devices off correctly & they cause issues issues. If you have no intention of using it, don’t get it. It’s often slightly more expensive than one without it anyway, thanks to the video headers.
The OP asked what he should look for. The list is the wishlist. Most modern motherboards should meet most of the criteria -> excepting the dual PCI-E 16 requirement, which may nto be relevant if the OP is not a gamer. The average consumer IS a casual gamer.