The slightly older readers can remember any more of the small boards 386 times, which were equipped in comparison to today rather meager. Even the controllers for disk drives had to be upgraded via ISA card. Often the main processor was soldered at that time, which demanded in the exchange a motherboard change.
The trend in recent years for mainboard sees as clearly different. In addition to the ongoing modernization of newly introduced standards, manufacturers place more and more components that were formerly housed in an expansion slot, directly on the motherboard. To stand out from the competition and meet the diverse needs, the manufacturers now offer a huge amount of features, different cooling solutions, OC options in BIOS and vendor-specific features. The trend of escalating heat pipe designs to be but what most readers would come forward. Finally, the waste heat from current motherboard chips is not as high as for example in older Nforce 680i SLI.
Basically the CPU manufacturers more and more functionality into the processor, which were otherwise housed in the motherboard chip. For example, Sandy Bridge CPUs have a graphics unit, a RAM controller and even a PCI Express controller - classic motherboard chip functions also. With the introduction of Intel's X48 and X58 chipsets, the motherboard prices reach new heights. Today there is no problem spending more for a Main Board and more. For Pentium 4 times you had to invest for a good motherboard, only around and was completely happy. Better it is here at AMD platforms that give themselves a lot more friendly in terms of the purse.
The first flickers result of the U.S. series Dallas over the ground glass and the British throne Prince Charles married Princess Diana. Another event of the year, however, remains largely unnoticed by the public, but later received a milestone in the history of technology: computer manufacturer IBM introduces the "IBM PC". The computer consists of inexpensive components and in less than a year patched up - but he has for those days exceedingly cheap, flexible and expandable also.