Best Gaming Motherboards
Finding the best motherboard to suit our needs is an obligation that every user must take into account, either when assembling their own PC parts or updating the old one.
Motherboards don't get as much attention as graphics cards or processors, and this is a big mistake. The motherboard is a "printed circuit board to which the components that make up the computer are connected," which functions as the backbone of our PC, helping hardware to reach its maximum potential.
Choosing the motherboard before the processor can be somewhat illogical, this is because each board brings a specific socket, in which only compatible processors can be placed. We know that there are preferences when it comes to choosing processors, so we have developed two motherboard lists, one for AMD processors and one for INTEL processors.
MSI MEG X570 Godlike
It features an impressive design, filled with aluminum to cool the chipset and the triple M.2 slot it has. It includes Mystic Light illumination, characteristic of the brand, in addition to 4 PCIe 4.0 ports with steel reinforcement and 6 STA ports. It has 6 USB ports, 3 of them Gen2, we have the presence of DAC SABRE, which has a particular 6.3mm jack connector for professional audio and dual LAN connectivity of 1 and 2.5 Gbps and of course the new Wi-Fi 6 technology. It has a fan designed with a double ball bearing system to provide better performance to the gamers. Its size format is ATX and supports 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, 4 DIMM DDR4 RAM spaces, which can go up to 128GB at a frequency of 4400 MHz Dual Channel.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi
It is an excellent design that has an am4 socket compatible with AMD Ryzen 3rd and 2nd generation processors and a dissipater integrated into the chipset and M.2. In addition to these two has a double function with Heatpipe in the PowlRstage VRM 16 phase power supply at less than 40°. This board comes to support 4600 MHz of RAM in 128 GB, located near its three slots PCI-e 4.0, could not miss the support for CrossFire 3-way and SLI 2-way. In its back panel, we will find 12 USB ports, 8 of them are GEN2.
As for connectivity, we can say that we will have Wi-Fi 6 through the chip Intel AX200 and adds a port for headphones DAC SABRE ESS9023P.
GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master
It features heatsinks on all M.2 and its 14 phase VRM, which work effortlessly with the Ryzen 3900x; of course, it is compatible with 3rd and 2nd generation Ryzen processors. We have 10 USB ports, although few are GEN2, a dual LAN network connectivity with a link to 2.5 Gbps and another at 1Gbps, is also present Wi-Fi 6 and an audio port DAC SABRE ESS9118 next to the codec Realtek ALC 1220-VB. Its frequency is 4400 MHz Dual Channel with 4 DDR4 DIMM inputs that reach up to 128GB.
ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
Its socket is am4, which is compatible with AMD's top-of-the-line 3rd or 2nd generation processors. Adding to this, the Aura Sync lighting, which includes RGB connectors, we have complete refrigeration, complemented with a connector for water pumps. We will be able to automatically adjust the whole system with several overclocking profiles depending on the task we are going to perform and a high-quality sound with SUPREMEFS S1220A and Sonic Studio to get us fully into the action. Of course, the four 4400 MHz RAM connections of up to 128 GB could not be missing.
MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wi-Fi
We are in the presence of a motherboard full of aluminum dissipaters for the SSD M.2, and the chipset is equipped with a massive turbine fan with Zero FROZR technology. Your 12-phase VRM has a digital PWM controller. This board supports 128 Gb of RAM at a frequency of 4400 MHz Dual Channel and the ability to make CrossFire with its 2 PCI-e 4.0 slots. In the new generation of Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6), its chip is a fundamental part, presents an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, and a single RJ-45 at 1000Mbps. Without being one of the most powerful, we have a motherboard quite economical and can be easily adapted to our tastes.
It should be noted that all the Intel motherboards we present are compatible with Core X i5, i7, i9 processors, and also have 8 DDR4 DIMM slots that support 128 GB of RAM to more than 4000 MHz Quad Channel.
Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega
We are before a real monster, which we only advise to acquire to acquire if you have installed a top of the range Intel processor. The finish of this board is worthy of note, has a configuration of large heatsinks for its VRM 16 phases of MOSFETDIGI + power, and an integral one that reaches the area of the sound card, all these are covered by Heatpipe technology, which dissipates all the heat for maximum performance. In addition to the RGB Aura Sync lighting, already quite familiar in high-end motherboards, we have a LiveDash OLED on the back panel to monitor temperatures, frequencies, and voltage. Connectivity will not be a problem since we will have an Aquantia AQC-107 chip with a speed of 10 Gigabyte Ethernet and another Intel GbE chip.
MSI Meg X299 Creation
You will see components of the first level by any side that you look at it, this board has 14 phases MOSFET fed by the 3 connectors EPS of 8 pins, reason why must obtain at the same time as this board, a sufficiently robust source to be able to give him the energy that it requires. But it doesn't end there; you'll also have to feed its 3 Turbo M.2 slots of 32 Gbps PCI-e 4.0. The connectivity is composed of a 7.1 sound card, with the Realtek ALC1220 chip, two LAN connections, one GbE, and another 2.5 Gigabit, in addition to an Intel Wireless-AC 9260 WLAN card. Of course, we will also have the rest of the ports, which we show you in the following table.
Gigabyte X299 DESIGN ARE EX
One of the main advantages of this motherboard is its full Thunderbolt 3 connectivity of 40 Gbps, with two output Type-C ports and two input DisplayPort, both located on the back panel. Another advantage is that we can select the internal elements that we want to activate or deactivate with X299 PCIe Optimal Performance Tool, where we can disable internal slots to optimize bandwidth. Its advanced design will allow us to connect Nvidia SLI in triple channel and CrossFire; do not miss the rest of the specificities in the properties table.
Asus Prime X299-Deluxe II
This board has one of the most potent VRM on the market, with 14 MOSFET DIGI+ lighting phases and a double 8-pin EPS connection. It has heatsinks finished in brushed aluminum in all its slots and ports, in addition to an RGB Aura Sync lighting. It is compatible with Intel's top-of-the-range processors such as the Core I9-9980XE or I7-7740X. We will be able to make a triple SLI or Crossfire in x16/x16/x8 or double EN x16/x16 mode when the 44 LANs of the CPU allow it. Of course, the chips for the Intel GbE connection for LAM and WLAN 2X2 of AC1730 Mbps cannot be missing.
GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Master
Today AORUS motherboards are being widely recognized as one of the best models on the market, and here is a clear example. This board is capable of supporting 18-core processors as it has a powerful 12-phase VRM and two 8-pin EPS and offers the possibility of stable overclocking. It has aluminum heatsinks and steel-reinforced PCI-e and DIMM slots.
Its 3 Ultra-Fast M.2 PCI-e 4.0 slots have built-in heatsinks; we can make a quadruple SLI or Crossfire, it is one of the very few boards that are able to perform this task. We will have a double Gigabit Ethernet and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection with Realtek RTL8125-CG and a quite demure AC867 Mbps WLAN connection.
It is essential to know what our ideal form factor would be, both in terms of size and performance:
The form factor does not affect performance or quality, but compatibility and connectivity.
ATX: Advance Technology eXtended, is the most popular and commercialized. (305 X 244mm)
micro-ATX: it is based on ATX, but its dimensions are smaller, making it a square motherboard (244 X 244mm)
mini-ITX: created by VIA Technology, but is used by others for small motherboards (170 X 170mm)
Now we will know what they are and what each of these components mentioned above is for.
It is a de facto standard, which defines the firmware interface for computers.
A central component of a motherboard, allows us to recognize and connect the components of a computer, our chipset will determine what type of CPU or RAM we can mount.
An electric socket installed on the motherboard, which is used to fix and connect the processor without the need to solder it, allowing us to remove it quickly. The socket determines which processor can be mounted on a board
It is the increase of frequency that is carried out to any component of our computer.
It is the area of the motherboard that is responsible for delivering the energy needed to the entire CPU
Areas of the motherboard that are responsible for purifying and refining the energy received by MRV
Components that continuously supply the power received from the stages.
Connections provided by your motherboard, either internal or external
The possibility that your motherboard offers to add features in the future
These are the RAM memory modules that are connected directly to the motherboard.
- Refers to the quality and price of a component
- Form factor
They are standards that define some physical characteristics of the motherboards (whether it will be square or rectangular, larger or smaller).
Expansion slots which allow us to add graphics cards, sound cards, TV cards, or other boards with various functions.
Dedicated ports for mechanical hard drives, SSDs and disk drives
It is the connection for mouse and keyboard that comes by default on the motherboard
- USB 2.0, USB3.0, USB 3.1
It is the port par excellence through which we transmit data and power for various components, mice, keyboards, printers, etc. Each higher version achieves higher throughput and transfer speed
- USB Type-C
It is the new version of USB, which allows a transfer speed much higher than USB 3.1, plus it is reversible horizontally, so it does not matter which side you connect your device.
Port for transferring both video and audio signals
Like HDMI, this port transmits audio and video, which can carry them in very high definition.
It's the port where we connect our headphones or speakers.
It's the current slot to connect your hard drives to solid drives, so we get rid of all that mess of cables. M.2 uses SATA3 technology, so the transfer speeds are up to 6 Gbps, its only drawback is that they get hot when used for a long time, so it is advisable to attach dissipaters.
A specification is detailing a secure cryptoprocessor that can store encryption keys to protect information.
It consists of a hardware level protocol for the transmission of PCM modulated digital audio signals between devices and stereo components.
Known as LAN, is the connection to the Internet via cable
It is a colored LED strip that is found around our entire motherboard and that we can use to give millions of color combinations.
Let's hope that our data has been useful to you and that you find the best motherboard for your PC. Just remember that the best plate is not the most expensive or the cheapest but the one that suits our needs.
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