Desktop Boards
Desktop Boards
Integration Guide: Component Selection

Chassis (for ATX systems)
Chassis for platforms based on the Intel® Processors must have an ATX12V power supply and improved ventilation.

Intel suggests that you use a thermally advantaged chassis (TAC) that maintains an internal ambient temperature below 38 degrees (Celsius) and meets the thermal specifications for boxed Intel® Processors.

The fan heatsink must deliver appropriate airflow for the processor and nearby board components. Boxed Intel Processors ship with a heatsink that supplies appropriate airflow for the processor and nearby board components.

Failure to use a fan heatsink and a chassis with appropriate airflow can result in reduced performance or, in some instances, damage to the motherboard.

Chassis (for BTX systems)
The BTX form factor requires a unique chassis designed specifically for BTX. Selecting a chassis that supports the chosen board size is critical.

A BTX-compatible chassis requires built-in features to attach the support and retention module (SRM--defined below). Also, a thermal module interface might be required. This is a ducting feature connecting the front of the thermal module to a front vent. It is needed to make sure that airflow exiting the thermal module cannot recirculate and reenter the thermal module interface opening.

The SRM is a metal plate that is assembled to the chassis under the motherboard to give structural support for the motherboard and retention for the thermal module. The SRM is expected to be shipped with the BTX-compatible chassis.

Power supply
The power supply design specifications for the Intel® 945 Express Chipset-based (and later) Intel® Desktop Boards include:

  • 2x12 (24-pin) main power connector
  • Serial ATA (SATA) connectors are required
  • Additional and split 12-volt power are required

For more about power supply specifications, check the Form Factors Web site.

Power supply considerations for processors
Failure to use the appropriate power supply (below) and/or not connecting the 12V (2x2) power connector to the desktop board can result in damage to the board or the system might not function properly.

Platform Compatibility Guide Power Supply Requirements
05B 12V2 rating of 16 A continuous and 19 A peak current for 10mS
05A 12V2 rating of 13 A continuous and 16.5 A peak current for 10mS
04B or 04A ATX12V (version 2.0 or greater) compliant power supply

Processor
Boxed Intel® Processors with a heatsink or thermal module that supplies appropriate airflow for the processor and nearby board components.

Select from the links below to view the list of supported processors for your desktop board.

Chipset Desktop Board
H87, Q87, Z87 DH87MC, DH87RL, DQ87PG, DZ87KLT-75K
B85 DB85FL
X79 DX79SI, DX79SR, DX79TO
H77, Q77, Z77 DH77DF, DH77EB, DH77KC, DQ77CP, DQ77KB, DQ77MK, DZ77BH-55K, DZ77GA-70K, DZ77RE-75K, DZ77SL-50K
B75, Z75 DB75EN, DZ75ML-45K
Z68 DZ68BC, DZ68DB, DZ68ZV
Q67, P67, H67 DQ67SW, DQ67OW, DQ67EP, DP67DE, DP67BG, DP67BA, DH67VR, DH67GD, DH67CL, DH67CF, DH67BL
B65 DB65AL
H61 DH61ZE, DH61WW, DH61SA, DH61KVCH, DH61SKCH, DH61HO, DH61DL, DH61CR, DH61BF, DH61BE, DH61AG, DH61AGL
X58 DX58SO2, DX58SO, DX58OG
H57, Q57 DH57JG, DH57DD, DQ57TM, DQ57TML
H55, P55 DH55HC, DH55PJ, DH55TC, DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB
X48 DX48BT2
Q45, P45, G45 DQ45CB, DQ45EK, DP45SG, DG45ID, DG45FC
Q43, P43, G43, B43 DQ43AP, DP43TF, DP43BF, DP43BFL, DG43NB , DB43LD, DG43GT, DG43RK
G41 DG41TY, DG41RQ, DG41MJ, DG41KR, DG41CN, DG41BI, DG41TX, DG41WV, DG41AN
X38 DX38BT
P35, G35, Q35 DP35DP, DG35EC, DQ35JO, DQ35MP
G33 DG33BU, DG33FB, DG33TL
G31 DG31PR, DG31GL
5400XS D5400XS
975 D975XBX, D975XBX2
965 DG965MQ, DG965MS, DG965OT, DG965PZ, DG965RY, DG965SS, DG965WH, DP965LT, DQ965CO, DQ965GF, DQ965WC
963 DQ963FX
955 D955XBK, D955XCS
946 D946GZIS, D946GZTS, D946GZAB
945 D945GBO, D945GCCR, D945GCL, D945GCPE, D945GCZ, D945GNT, D945GPM, D945GRW, D945GTP, D945PAW, D945PDK, D945PLNM, D945PLRN, D945PSN, D945PVS, D945PWM, D945GCLF
925 D925XBC, D925XCV, D925XEBC2, D925XECV2, D925XHY
915 D915GAG, D915GAV, D915GEV, D915GLVG, D915GMH, D915GUX, D915GVWB, D915PBL, D915PCM, D915PCY, D915PDT, D915PGN, D915PLWD, D915PSY
910 D910GLDW
3rd Party D101GGC, D102GGC2

System memory
Select from the links below to view information about system memory for your desktop board.
Chipset Desktop Board
H87, Q87, Z87 DH87MC, DH87RL, DQ87PG, DZ87KLT-75K
B85 DB85FL
X79 DX79SI, DX79SR, DX79TO
H77, Q77, Z77 DH77DF, DH77EB, DH77KC, DQ77CP, DQ77KB, DQ77MK, DZ77BH-55K, DZ77GA-70K, DZ77RE-75K, DZ77SL-50K
B75, Z75 DB75EN, DZ75ML-45K
Z68 DZ68ZV, DZ68DB, DZ68BC
Q67, P67, H67 DQ67SW, DQ67OW, DQ67EP, DP67DE, DP67BG, DP67BA, DH67VR, DH67GD, DH67CL, DH67CF, DH67BL,
B65 DB65AL
H61 DH61ZE, DH61WW, DH61SA, DH61KVCH, DH61SKCH, DH61HO, DH61DL, DH61CR, DH61BF, DH61BE, DH61AG, DH61AGL
X58 DX58SO2, DX58SO, DX58OG
H57, Q57 DH57JG, DH57DD, DQ57TM, DQ57TML
H55, P55 DH55HC, DH55PJ, DH55TC, DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB
NM10 D510MO, D410PT, D425KT, D525MW, DN2800MT, D2700MUD, D2700DC, D2550MUD2, D2550DC2, D2500HN, D2500CC
X48 DX48BT2
Q45, P45, G45 DQ45CB, DQ45EK, DP45SG, DG45ID, DG45FC
Q43, P43, G43, B43 DQ43AP, DP43TF, DP43BF, DP43BFL, DG43NB, DB43LD, DG43GT, DG43RK
G41 DG41TY, DG41RQ, DG41MJ, DG41KR, DG41CN, DG41BI, DG41TX, DG41WV, DG41AN
X38 DX38BT
P35, G35, Q35 DP35DP, DG35EC, DQ35JO, DQ35MP
G33 DG33BU, DG33FB, DG33TL
G31 DG31PR, DG31GL
5400XS D5400XS
975 D975XBX, D975XBX2
965 DG965MQ, DG965MS, DG965OT, DG965PZ, DG965RY, DG965SS, DG965WH, DP965LT, DQ965CO, DQ965GF, DQ965WC
963 DQ963FX
955 D955XBK, D955XCS
946 D946GZIS, D946GZTS, D946GZAB
945 D945GBO, D945GCCR, D945GCL, D945GCLF, D945GCLF2, D945GCNL, D945GCPE, D945GCZ, D945GNT, D945GPM, D945GRW, D945GSEJT, D945GTP, D945PAW, D945PLNM, D945PLRN, D945PSN, D945PVS, D945PWM
925 D925XBC, D925XCV, D925XEBC2, D925XECV2, D925XHY
915 D915GAG, D915GAV, D915GEV, D915GLVG, D915GMH, D915GUX, D915GVWB, D915PBL, D915PCM, D915PCY, D915PDT, D915PGN, D915PLWD, D915PSY
910 D910GLDW
3rd Party D101GGC, D102GGC2, D201GLY, D201GLY2

Graphics adapters
Intel® Desktop Boards based on the Intel® 945 Express Chipset and later, include one, two or three (depending on model) PCI Express* x16 slots for add-in graphics cards. AGP slots are not included.

Boards with multiple PCI Express x16 slots include:

  • Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K
  • Intel® Desktop Board DH87MC
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX79TO
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX79SR
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI
  • Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K
  • Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
  • Intel® Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
  • Intel® Desktop Board DZ68ZV
  • Intel® Desktop Board DZ68BC
  • Intel® Desktop Board DP67BG
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
  • Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS
  • Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG
  • Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB
  • Intel® Desktop Board DP55WG
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX48BT2
  • Intel® Desktop Board DP45SG
  • Intel® Desktop Board DX38BT
  • Intel® Desktop Board D975XBX2
  • Intel® Desktop Board D975XBX
  • Intel® Desktop Board D955XCS
  • Intel® Desktop Board D955XBK

Tips for Intel Desktop Boards with multiple PCI Express x16 slots:

  • When installing a PCI Express x16 graphics card, optimum performance is achieved by using the PCI Express slot closest to the processor socket.
  • These boards offer more PCI Express connections in the form of a physical x16 connector. The electrical routing of the added connectors can be x16, x8 or x4 (see specific boards specification for details).
  • The added connectors allow the use of multiple video adapters, as long as the second adapter will properly auto-negotiate down to x8, x4 or x1 operation supporting the connection of additional monitors.

Hard drive
The included SATA cables (4-conductor) support the Serial ATA protocol and connect one drive to the desktop board. Either end of the cable can be connected to the SATA drive or the connector on the board. Some Serial ATA drives might require a power adapter cable. Contact the manufacturer of the SATA drive to choose the best method for powering the SATA drive.

The ATA-66/100 (40-contact, 80-contact) IDE cable included with Intel® Desktop Boards can connect two drives. The cable supports the ATA-66/100 transfer protocols and is backward compatible with drives using slower IDE transfer protocols.

Intel Desktop Boards based on the Intel 945 Express Chipset and later support native command queuing (NCQ). For more about NCQ, see Native command queuing.

I/O peripherals
Intel® Desktop Boards can include the following I/O support: PS/2, serial, parallel, USB and IEEE 1394. The presence and quantity of these I/O ports depends on the board model. See the documentation that came with your board for specifications.

Boards that do not have built-in legacy ports (parallel, serial, IEEE-1394) can be upgradeable with any of the following:

  • Back panel port brackets that plug into onboard connectors
  • Front panel modules that plug into onboard connectors
  • PCI-based add-in cards

These items are typically available at most computer parts retailers. Onboard connector pin-outs are shown in the Product Guide (on the CD) for the board and on the configuration label included with the board.

Supported operating systems
The list of supported operating systems can vary, depending on which Intel Desktop Board is being used. See the complete list of support operating systems by board detail at supported operating systems for details.

Notes
  • Some desktop boards include features that are only supported under certain operating systems.
  • Windows XP* - If your desktop board includes PCI Express capability, you must use Windows XP with Service Pack 2, which includes support for PCI Express.
  • Windows XP 64-Bit Edition* - Availability of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition drivers might be limited for some Intel Desktop Boards.
Related topics
Tested Thermally Advantaged Chassis
How to recognize a thermally advantaged chassis

This applies to:

Intel® Desktop Board D2500CC
Intel® Desktop Board D2500HN
Intel® Desktop Board D2550DC2
Intel® Desktop Board D2700DC
Intel® Desktop Board D2700MUD
Intel® Desktop Board D410PT
Intel® Desktop Board D425KT
Intel® Desktop Board D510MO
Intel® Desktop Board D525MW
Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS
Intel® Desktop Board D945GSEJT
Intel® Desktop Board DB65AL
Intel® Desktop Board DB75EN
Intel® Desktop Board DB85FL
Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
Intel® Desktop Board DH55PJ
Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
Intel® Desktop Board DH57DD
Intel® Desktop Board DH57JG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BE
Intel® Desktop Board DH61CR
Intel® Desktop Board DH61DL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61HO
Intel® Desktop Board DH61KVCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SA
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SKCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61WW
Intel® Desktop Board DH61ZE
Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CF
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67GD
Intel® Desktop Board DH67VR
Intel® Desktop Board DH77DF
Intel® Desktop Board DH77EB
Intel® Desktop Board DH77KC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87MC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87RL
Intel® Desktop Board DN2800MT
Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG
Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BA
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67DE
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TM
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TML
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67EP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67OW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67SW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77KB
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77MK
Intel® Desktop Board DQ87PG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SR
Intel® Desktop Board DX79TO
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68BC
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68ZV
Intel® Desktop Board DZ75ML-45K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K

Solution ID: CS-020835
Last Modified: 04-Dec-2014
Date Created: 01-May-2005
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