Best Gaming Motherboards

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 13, 2018
Do you enjoy putting together the ultimate gaming PC? If you are a hardcore gamer who wants the latest in gaming computer technology, then take a look at our reviews of five of the best gaming motherboards to give your gaming PC the upgrade it deserves. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Chipset
CPU
Memory
Storage
Expansion Slots
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

For solid-state drives there is a separate heat dissipator: it has a large area and provides effective cooling. It also has a stylish appearance and provides excellent interior decoration.

CONS

There are no indicators that report errors (does not have any buttons or LEDs to indicate state / errors).

OUR VERDICT

This motherboard is designed for those people who want to overclock their system to the maximum: it is equipped with a five-way optimization function and is able to automatically select the most optimal profiles for acceleration and cooling.

detailed parameters
Chipset

Intel® Z370

CPU

Intel® Socket 1151 for 8th Generation Core™ Processors

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4

Storage

1 x M.2 Socket 3, (PCIE mode only)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) 

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode) 

4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

Extras

5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 software, ROG Strix's SupremeFX audio technology, M.2 heatsink, Two SafeSlots feature, built-in RGB illumination

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The sound system is equipped with high-quality WIMA™ FKP2 audio capacitors and Nichicon™ Fine Gold capacitors - this allows you to enjoy premium Hi-Fi sound (up to 7.1 channels).

CONS

The BIOS interface is unintuitive and rather confusing.

OUR VERDICT

If you are an avid gamer or plan to build a powerful system unit for mining, we recommend this model: The SmartFan 5 function, 9 temperature sensors and 8 hybrid connectors for coolers exclude the possibility of overheating even under critical loads.

detailed parameters
Chipset

Intel® Z370

CPU

Intel® Socket 1151 for 8th Generation Core™ Processors

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4

Storage

1 x M.2 Socket 3, (PCIE mode only)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)

1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

Extras

Turbo B-Clock Tuning IC for overclocking, Smart Fan 5 Technology, Ultra Durable™ Memory Armor, SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp, Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design, built-in RGB illumination

Warranty

3 years

PROS

With Core Boost technology and an advanced power system, you can fine-tune the CPU voltage to get the most out of it. The built-in overload protection eliminates the risk of breakage in the event of a short circuit.

CONS

It supports memory with a frequency no higher than 2666 MHz.

OUR VERDICT

This motherboard for the LGA 1151 socket is created for those who want to have a productive computer based on the Intel 8th generation processor, while limited by a budget. One of the best boards in this price segment.

detailed parameters
Chipset

Intel® H370 Chipset

CPU

Intel® Socket 1151 for 8th Generation Core™ Processors

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4

Storage

1 x M.2 Socket 3, (PCIE mode only)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

Extras

Gaming heatsinks with Carbon scheme, Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic software, 11 phase power design, built-in RGB illumination

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The memory slots have a unique layout of the PCB tracks with completely isolated electrical circuits. The DDR4 Boost technology and A-XMP function will help to achieve the highest timings (Latency).

CONS

Video outputs will be active only if the processor has a built-in graphics core.

OUR VERDICT

MSI X470 is designed to create a personal computer for games and multimedia tasks: install the AMD® Ryzen™ processor, a high-performance graphics card, and many pre-installed utilities will enable them to achieve their best performance.

detailed parameters
Chipset

AMD® X470

CPU

AM4 Socket for AMD® Ryzen™

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4

Storage

1 x M.2 Socket 3, (PCIE mode only)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

3 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Extras

Gaming heatsinks, Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic software, 11 phase power design, built-in 7-color illumination

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Connectors on both the front and back panels are made of stainless steel - this not only eliminates corrosion and deterioration of contacts over time, but also minimizes the risk of mechanical damage in the event of unintentional pulling out of connectors.

CONS

Only 3 connectors for coolers.

OUR VERDICT

Reliability and wide compatibility are the main advantages of this motherboard: it has been tested for operation with more than 1,000 components of all types, so you can be sure of its performance with components from any manufacturer.

detailed parameters
Chipset

AMD® B350

CPU

AMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4

Storage

1 x M.2 Socket 3 (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

2 x PCIe 2.0

2 x PCI

Extras

5X Protection III, SafeSlot™ Core, Overvoltage Protection, Fan Xpert 2+ software, built-in red illumination

Warranty

3 years

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E

High End Performance

Those who enjoy and prefer building their own gaming computers know how important having the right motherboard is. Ensuring that it can support all of the components that you wish to install in the system, especially in regards to cooling an overclocked processor, is of the utmost importance. That's why those who want to build a high-end gaming computer need a high-end motherboard to build around, especially one from a renowned motherboard manufacturer such as ASUS.

The ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX Motherboard is certainly one that can host even the most high-end components. Featuring the Intel Z370 Chipset with support for Intel® Socket 1151 8th Generation Core™ Processors, this motherboard can host your powerful Intel Core series CPU along with all of the necessary cooling systems and components. The motherboard includes 4 x DIMM slots for a maximum of 64GB DDR4 RAM, you can stuff in almost as much memory as you will ever need with this configuration. Along with a host of PCIe expansion slots, built-in DisplayPort and HDMI output, onboard ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel High Definition audio, and even 802.11ac WiFi, this gaming computer motherboard can power the gaming system of your dreams.

Review of ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 Z370 ATX Motherboard with onboard 802.11ac WiFi and USB 3.1

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Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5

True Hot Rod Motherboard

Gaming PC builders love to not only build a true hot rod of a machine performance-wise, but they also love for their system to look the part as well. Many gaming PC cases nowadays are made to show off the internal components of a system, just like old hot rod cars loved showing off their engines, so it is necessary for such people to build their gaming PC around a motherboard that looks the part. The Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 Motherboard is a high-end system motherboard that definitely fits this description. Featuring the RGB FUSION design with Multi-Zone LED Light Show, this motherboard is sure to look as high end as your system actually is.

This motherboard includes the Intel® Z370 chipset with support for Intel® Socket 1151 8th Generation Core™ Processors. You can put in any Intel 8th Generation Core CPU in it alongside the Smart Fan 5 Cooling system, and load it up with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, along with a high-end graphics card, and your gaming performance will be the envy of your friends and competitors alike. Also included are plenty of PCIe expansion ports, multiple video outputs, and integrated high definition audio and wireless networking, which will all add up to a true hot rod of a gaming system.

Review of Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (Intel LGA1151/Z370/ATX/3xM.2/Onboard AC WIFI/Front USB 3.1/RGB Fusion/Fan Stop/SLI/Motherboard)

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MSI H370 GAMING PRO CARBON

High Performance Budget Board

Not everyone who builds their own gaming PCs has an unlimited budget when it comes to buying the separate system components. One of the most often overlooked expenses is a good motherboard for gaming, with many high-end boards costing almost as much as a high-end CPU. Thankfully, there are still budget boards available that allow for a top-end CPU without breaking the bank.

The MSI H370 GAMING PRO CARBON Performance Gaming ATX Motherboard is a great budget motherboard with support for Intel's 8th Generation Core Pentium Celeron processors. Featuring the Intel® H370 Chipset, this motherboard is perfect for those who want to build a great gaming PC without having to spend a fortune on every component. Of course, that doesn't mean the performance of the system will suffer. Along with the CPU and cooling support, this motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, giving you plenty of RAM expansion options. Also included is a plethora of PCIe expansion ports, allowing you to host dual AMD GPUs supporting the AMD Crossfire technology, high-quality integrated audio, and plenty of decorative lighting options to make your computer look top end. Anyone who wants a great performing gaming motherboard on a budget would do well with this model.

Review of MSI H370 GAMING PRO CARBON Performance Gaming Intel Coffee Lake LGA 1151 DDR4 VR Ready Onboard Graphics CFX ATX Motherboard

 

MSI X470GPLUS

High Quality Ryzen Board

Although Intel has ruled over the gaming scene with an iron fist for a while, AMD has come roaring back with their impressive Ryzen CPUs, putting them back in contention for powering the best gaming systems. However, finding a good quality motherboard for AMD CPUs has often been a problem that has plagued PC builders for a while. Fortunately, the search for a high-quality Ryzen motherboard has become much easier thanks to the MSI X470GPLUS Performance GAMING AMD X470 Ryzen 2 ATX Motherboard.

This inexpensive gaming PC motherboard for Ryzeon processors has a tremendous amount of value built in. Featuring the AMD® X470 chipset, this motherboard contains everything that you would need to build a high-performance gaming system on. This motherboard contains 4 DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of high-performance DDR4-3200+(OC) RAM, giving you plenty of memory expansion. Also included are multiple Steel Armor PCIe expansion slots that are built to withstand multiple upgrades over the lifespan of the motherboard. There is also AMD Crossfire support for installing and linking together multiple AMD GPUs, which can give your system more graphical horsepower than any of your friends. Along with the integrated Gaming LAN Ethernet networking support that reduces latency and optimizes bandwidth, your gaming needs are sure to be exceeded by this excellent motherboard for AMD Ryzen processors.

Review of MSI X470GPLUS Performance GAMING AMD X470 Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 Onboard Graphics CFX ATX Motherboard

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ASUS Prime B350-Plus

Best Ryzen Budget Motherboard

Although AMD's new Ryzen processor architecture gives the latest Intel CPUs a run for their money performance-wise, building a good system around this processor can often be every bit as expensive as the top Intel systems. AMD processors tend to appeal to many of those who are building a system on a budget and need to get the best performance possible for the price. The ASUS Prime B350-Plus AMD Ryzen AM4 ATX B350 Motherboard is one motherboard that definitely provides great quality along with the low price that is perfect for budget gaming PC builders.

Featuring AMD's B350 chipset for Ryzen, Athlon and HD 2000 processors, this budget board packs in a lot of features for the price. The board includes the standard 4 DIMM slots for a maximum of 64GB of RAM, multiple PCIe expansion slots featuring the SafeSlot Core technology for preventing damage from multiple upgrades, and plenty of support for motherboard CPU fan LED lights, giving you the ability to make your budget system look and perform every bit as good as more expensive high-end systems. Any gamer who wants to put together the best AMD-based budget gaming system possible will find this best gaming motherboard to be at the top of its class.

Review of ASUS Prime B350-Plus AMD Ryzen AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI VGA M.2 USB 3.1 ATX B350 Motherboard

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What Is a Gaming Motherboard?

Anyone who is familiar with computer architecture, especially those who work on or build computers either for a living or as a hobby, are quite familiar with what a motherboard is. For those who don't, a motherboard is the central component in a computer where all of the separate internal components of a system connect to. This includes the processor, audio and video adapters, storage devices, expansion cards, and ports, among other things. A motherboard is usually manufactured with a certain chipset that is meant to work with a specific brand or type of processor. Thus, motherboards that are created with chipsets for Intel processors will only work with a specific model of Intel processors, and the same for those designed for AMD processors.

Motherboards that are made specifically for gaming systems usually include a core set of components, or support for such, especially in regards to specific cooling and overclocking components. These motherboards are designed for high-end components that are meant to make a powerful gaming computer, and will often be the central part of a system that pushes its maximum performance to the limits.

If you would rather purchase a pre-built gaming PC instead of building your own, take a look at our reviews of the five best gaming PCs available.

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Publish Date: 2018-08-13 14:54:17