While not directly related, here is an interesting topic to consider when looking for motherboard features.
Intel® Active Management Technology
One such motherboard [among many] which has this feature is the ASRock Q87M vPro
My broad goal, in the broadest sense is to ideally have a system where...
My Desktop, my laptop, my tablet [if I had one] had a very basic OS [even Windows, maybe even DOS] and any of them can connect to my LAN. On that LAN they can then connect to any OS of choice on drive #1 residing on the LAN. Sort of like a NAS.
Once up and running on that chosen OS - all compatible programs, program data, user files are accessed from drive #2. Drive #1 has no programs. Years ago of rebuilding/clean builds of Windows OS where all your programs, user files, program data are wiped out cured me of ever doing that again.
On the same network accessible to all machines are to be drives #3, #4 .... to infinity where you not only have precious record files, data files, backups of backups, music, videos, films whatever data you normally love and store. If you have hardware crashes? As I have had [again] many recently
Jump to another device, continue on working as I am now, and maybe repair the broken machine remotely when time permits. As the man once said:
"Given time and money, anything is possible" This is all now being written right now on my dirt cheap Laptop, connected to programs, data etc. living on a 1TB portable USB drive where a copy of all critical programs/browsers/profiles/user data were backed up from drives C, D, E of a now dead Desktop PC which also has similar backups on external drive J.
PC being the one which gave intermittent signs of problems for weeks, yet every known testing tool I had couldn't identify the problem, even using a different mobo. Memory passed all tests, CPU passed every Intel integrity test with their Intel Processor Integrity Tool... There is no known motherboard test as such.
HWiNFO64 and CPUID-HWMonitor PRO both produced lengthy reports over time, constantly monitoring and showing nothing untoward.
Obviously all my procedures from the past have once again paid off - I want a more refined [cheap] system.