In concluding this segment entry level, we chose the map H77PRO4-MVP in ASRock, designed to accommodate processors Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7. A little more generous on the connections than previous cards, ATX forces, it is equipped with 4-port S-ATA 3Gb / s, 4-port S-ATA 6Gb / s, 2 PCI-Express x16 (one 3.0, operated as so if you have a processor Ivy Bridge), a PCI-Express x1 and three PCI. Note that three of these S-ATA ports have an unfortunate placement, indeed, they may find themselves easily condemned if they put up too large graphics cards.
This card allows the Quad Crossfire and supports dual channel DDR3 1600 MHz only Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge in 1333 Mhz, it is further equipped with two USB 3.0 ports on the back, allowing a header to add two on the case, and different DVI, VGA and HDMI. However, it does not support SLI and to develop a Quad Crossfire you will spend lavishly indeed, since with only two PCI-Express you will have dual GPU graphics cards, including energy-intensive, in addition to being expensive.
It has a module Gigabit Realtek RTL8111E, while the controller is a Realtek ALC892 sound, a strength of this card is its technology Virtu, to use the GPU built into the processor, and even if you add a graphics card. This allows in particular, in theory, to save energy if you do the office such as view, but also to use the integrated GPU performance when encoding video.