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Best Intel H370 Motherboard

The motherboards are arguably the most important part of your entire PC which definitely needs to be the best to get the maxim of the processor and the graphic card. They principally serve as the backbone of a computer, helping your hardware reach its full potential by pushing it to its limits – utilizing and optimizing every inch of performance. In other words, you can overclock better with a good motherboard.

But, because they’re so important to your PC build up, you should only opt for the best motherboard you can get your hands on. If you try to get a cheap and get a sub-par motherboard, it could die and force you to rebuild your entire computer from scratch – and that’s not a good time, trust us. So, do yourself a favor and pick up the best motherboard today, so you won’t have to replace it tomorrow.

There are dozens of motherboards out there, and the marketplace can get confusing. That’s why we went ahead and created this list of the best motherboards on the market. So, let us help you find the best motherboards that we’ve tested ourselves. Not only will they do everything you need them to and more, the best motherboards are built to last.

ASRock H370M Pro4

ASRock H370M Pro4 come with socket LGA 1151 integrated with Chipset Intel H370

  • Two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and two Gen1 USB 3.1 I/O panel ports
  • Four USB 3.0 front-panel ports
  • H370 features at B360 price
  • Form Factor
  • Micro ATX
  • Voltage Regulator: 10 Phases
  • Video Ports: VGA, DVI-D, HDMI 1.4
  • USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A 5Gb/s: (2) Type A; (2) USB 2.0

Cons

  • No RGB controller
  • No front-panel 3.1 Gen2 header

Buyers who don’t need RGB or a 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen2 front-panel header will be pleased to find that the H370M Pro4 offers more of nearly every other port than its closest competitor, for a lower price.

Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming

  • Includes x16 to x8/x8 lane splitting for SLI and CPU-based PCIe storage
  • 867Mb/s Wi-Fi for remote placement or use as access point
  • Includes bracket for user-chosen 40mm or 50mm cooling fan
  • Good overclocking when adequately cooled
  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • Form Factor:Micro ATX
  • Voltage Regulator:10 Phases
  • Video Ports: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4b
  • USB Ports: 10Gb/s: 2x Type-A 5Gb/s: 4x Type-A, 2x USB 2.0
  • Network Jacks:Gigabit ethernet, (2) Wi-Fi antenna

Cons

  • Voltage regulator requires active cooling fan

The best Z370 board we’ve tested for the Micro-ATX form factor, the ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming has sufficient features and overclocking capabilities to meet our performance and value goals. But the need for additional voltage regulator cooling stops it short of broader recommendation.

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 5

  • Great overclocking
  • Triple M.2 slots
  • Excellent fan header configuration
  • Enhanced on-board lighting plus two D-LED and two RGBW headers
  • Better-value pricing
  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Voltage Regulator: 11 Phases
  • Video Ports: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
  • USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A, 5Gb/s: (4) Type A; (2) USB 2.0
  • Network Jacks: (1) Gigabit Ethernet, (2) Wi-Fi Antenna
  • Audio Jacks:(5) Analog, (1) Digital Out
  • Legacy Ports/Jacks: PS/2
  •  PCIe x16: (3) v3.0 ( x16/x0/x4*, x8/x8/x4*, x8/x8/x2*) (*Two lanes shared w/3rd M.2)

Cons

  • Multiple resource shares reduced SATA availability by up to four ports
  • Using the third M.2 slot drops the bottom PCIe slot to two lanes

Gigabyte’s Z370 Aorus Gaming 5 solves the value concerns of its Gaming 7 sibling through its significantly lower price. Strong overall value becomes a killer buy for customers who love RGB lighting excess.

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7

  • Great overclocking
  • Enhanced-quality audio components
  • Dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 controllers with front-panel header
  • Triple M.2 slots
  • Excellent fan header configuration
  • Enhanced on-board lighting plus two D-LED and two RGBW headers
  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Voltage Regulator: 10 Phases
  • Video Ports: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
  • USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A, 5Gb/s: (5) Type A
  • Network Jacks: Gigabit Ethernet (1x PCIe share), (2) Wi-Fi Antenna
  • Audio Jacks: (5) Analog, (1) Digital Out

Cons

  • Moderately expensive for its feature set
  • Poor efficiency for non-overclockers

The Z370 has the features and overclocking to please most enthusiasts, at a price that will appeal primarily to show-system builders.

Best Intel Z390 Motherboards

ASRock Z390 Extreme4

  • Supports x16/x0 to x8/x8 conversion for SLI
  • Unsurpassed overclocked memory performance
  • Inexpensive
  • Default thermal limits protect undersized voltage regulator

Cons

  • Consumes far too much full-load power
  • Frequent voltage-regulator thermal throttling with Core i9-9900K
  • Gen2-style USB front-panel header runs at Gen1 spec.

Though it technically supports Intel’s Core i9-9900K, frequent throttling ruined enough of our performance measurements that we can only recommend ASRock’s Z390 Extreme4 to users of lesser processors.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme

  • Larger voltage regulator for increased power output
  • Latest Thunderbolt 3 controller with dual Type-C ports
  • 10GbE in addition to GbE and 1.73Gb/s Wi-Fi
  • Aorus RGB Fan Commander with eight RGB/D-LED/Fan ports
  • Handy OC Touch controller with six additional fan ports

Cons

  • OC issues when paired with HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933
  • No mounting provisions for the OC Touch device
  • Expensive

Despite its high price, configuration issues with our overclocked memory were the only issues that prevented us from proclaiming the Z390 Aorus Xtreme the best board for Intel’s mainstream platform.

Best AMD Motherboards

Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • Memory Support: Dual-Channel 4 x DDR4 3,600MHz (up to 64GB)
  • Multi-GPU support: Quad-GPU SLI, CrossFire
  • Features: 2 x M.2 (Key M), Q-Flash, Multi Zone RGB lighting
  • Amazing looking motherboard
  • Great expandability

Cons
Expensive

Verdict: With the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi, Gigabyte further illustrates is mastery of motherboard design. Rocking the new AMD X470 chipset, allowing full support of the new AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation processors, this is the best motherboard if you’re looking to side with Team Red. What’s more, it supports Quad-GPU SLi and extremely fast RAM (up to 3,600 MHz) for peerless expandability, and thanks to its multi-zone RGB lighting, it looks good while kicking butt. 

MSI X470 Gaming Plus

Pros

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Socket: AMD AM4
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • Memory Support: Dual-Channel 4 x DDR4 3,466MHz (up to 64GB)
  • Multi-GPU support: Crossfire
  • Features: 2 x PCIe M.2 (Key M)
  • Great Expansion
  • Great Price

Cons

 Need a larger case

Verdict: For the longest time, AMD has been the reigning champion of budget builds, and in 2018 that doesn’t seem to be changing. Marketed exclusively to gamers, the MSI X470 Gaming Plus is loaded front to back with features like two PCIe M.2 slots and quick performance tweaking buttons to make sure you’re on the top of the leaderboards at all times. And, since it’s a gamer-focused motherboard, it comes with all kinds of flashy RGB lighting that you can even customize it from your smartphone.

ASRock B450M-HDV

  • Form Factor: Micro ITX
  • Socket: AMD AM4
  • Chipset: AMD Promontory B450
  • Memory Support: Dual-Channel 2 x DDR4 3,200MHz (up to 32GB)
  • Multi-GPU support: No
  • Features: ASRock Super Alloy build, 1 x M.2, ASRock Live Update
  • Affordable 
  • Supports 3,200MHz RAM 
Cons:
  • Only two DIMM slots

These days, small form-factor PCs are all the rage and with motherboards like the ASRock B450M-HDV, we think they’re going to stay that way. Now, while this motherboard doesn’t do SLI and supports only up to 32GB of RAM– it is a B450 unit, after all – it is still compelling due to its low price. Outside of these omissions, you still get a slot for a NVMe SSD and four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports around back. If you’re looking to build a solid budget gaming PC, this is going to be the best motherboard for you.  

ASUS ROG Strix X470-I

Small size, huge performance

  • Form Factor: Mini-ITX
  • Socket: AMD AM4
  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • Memory Support: Dual-Channel 2 x DDR4 3,466MHz (up to 32GB)
  • Multi-GPU support: No
  • Features: 1 x PCIe M.2 (Key M)
  • Dual-channel RAM support
  • M.2 compatibility

Cons: RAM tops out at 32GB

Asus aims to prove that big things can come in small packages with the ROG Strix X470-I. Featuring the latest and greatest AMD chipset, everything in this tiny board is designed with performance in mind. Even down to the BIOS, where you can find a stress test for overclocks before you even boot into Windows. This board even elevates beyond the constraints of the Mnii-ITX form factor by including an M.2 Audio Combo riser, so that you can install your M.2 NVMe SSD without getting in the way of other components. 

Best Intel Core X-Series motherboard: ASRock X299 Taichi

This one goes up to 11, but more accurately, 4400MHz memory

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Socket: LGA-2066
  • Chipset: Intel X299
  • Memory Support: Quad-Channel 8 x DDR4 4,400MHz (up to 128GB)
  • Multi-GPU support: Nvidia 3-Way SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
  • Features: 3 x PCIe M.2 (Key M)
  • Gigantic memory support

High price

The X-series processors are here and they’re spectacular, so if you want to take advantage of all they have to offer, you need an X-series motherboard. This ASRock X299 is an excellent choice, with support for overclocked memory speeds up to 4400MHz(!!!) and 8 different slots for memory modules. It also supports up to 128GB of RAM, so with an X-series processor and a good graphics card (or 3…) this thing will absolutely tear apart anything you throw at it.

Best AMD Ryzen Threadripper motherboard: ASRock X399 Professional Gaming sTR4

This is the motherboard AMD dreams are made of

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Socket: sTR4
  • Chipset: AMD X399
  • Memory Support: Dual -Channel 4 x DDR4 3,200MHz (up to 128GB)
  • Multi-GPU support: 4-Way SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • Features: 1 x U.2, 3 x PCIe M.2 (Key M)
  • 4-way SLI or Crossfire support
  • Awesome RGB lighting

 Really expensive

If you’re the type of builder with lots of cash to burn and an ‘everything and the kitchen sink’ build method, the Ryzen Thredripper X399 Professional Gaming board is for you. Not only does it support 4-way SLI or Crossfire configurations, but you can also pack this thing with up to 128GB DDR4 memory. It even features a ton of flashy RGB lighting, so that people can’t help but stare at your rig when they walk in the room. And, if you upgrade to Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation, you can use this board, but keep in mind you may have to update your BIOS. 

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