Best Intel Z590 motherboards Windows Central 2021
Some of the best motherboards can be found with Intel's Z590 chipset, allowing for some seriously powerful Intel-based PC builds. We've rounded up the best of the best right here that'll work with both 10th Gen and 11th Gen Intel processors.
- Best overall: ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming
- Runner-up: Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX
- Best enthusiast: ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard
- Best budget: ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS
- Best ITX: MSI MEG Z590I UNIFY
- Best design: NZXT N7 Z590
Best overall: ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E GamingStaff pick
This is one capable motherboard. Not only do you get Intel's Z590 chipset with PCIe 4.0 support, but also the excellent ASUS UEFI BIOS. Then there's Wi-Fi 6E, 14+2 power stage design for stable overclocking, DDR4-5333+ RAM support, dual Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4, and four M.2 SSD slots.
Runner-up: Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX
You don't have to spend more than a GPU on a motherboard to score a good deal. Gigabyte's Z590 AORUS ELITE AX is a fine example of a high-end motherboard with a 12+1 power phase design, as well as support for PCIe 4.0 and speeds of up to 5400MHz for DDR4 RAM. Finally, there are numerous USB 3.2 ports on the rear for expansive PC builds.
Best enthusiast: ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard
The ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero is a monstrous motherboard. Using the Z590 chipset, this is one solid foundation for a very capable PC build. It uses a 14+2 power stage delivery design with high-quality chokes, capacitors, and other components for stable overclocking. Other highlights include 5Gb LAN, two M.2 slots, Wi-Fi 6, high-quality audio, and plenty of RGB headers.
Best budget: ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS
Supporting 10th and 11th Gen processors from Intel, we're looking at yet another ASUS motherboard. This board comes in at less than $200, which can be considered budget territory for the Z590 chipset. The Z590M-PLUS comes with an 8+1 power phase design, high-quality components, Fan Xpert 4 for a quiet and cool PC, as well as all the rear USB ports you'll need.
Best ITX: MSI MEG Z590I UNIFY
When you want to build small, you'll need a Mini-ITX motherboard. RAM support is up to DDR4-5333, and the PCIe 4.0 support is great for GPUs and storage. There's Thunderbolt 3 here, as well as 2.5Gb LAN or Wi-Fi 6 if you want a truly wireless experience. The power delivery design is good for even Intel Core i9 processors in such a compact chassis.
Best design: NZXT N7 Z590
If you want something a little more unique, NZXT's N7 Z590 is a solid foundation that can be heavily modded. You can install up to DDR4-4600+, and the PCIe 4.0 support is great for GPUs and storage. There's speedy LAN or Wi-Fi 6 if you want a truly wireless experience, excellent power delivery, as well as a fully removable shroud that can be customized to make your PC stand out from the crowd.
Choosing the best Intel Z590 motherboard
Intel added some highlight features to the Z590 chipset, unlocking PCIe 4.0 support with 11th Gen Intel processors. Compared to the Z490 chipset, many motherboards of which didn't include PCIe 4.0 future-proofing, there are numerous improvements including additional high-speed USB ports.
If we were to recommend a single Z590 motherboard for Intel CPUs, it would be the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming. As well as the aforementioned PCIe 4.0 support, there's also Wi-Fi 6E, 14+2 power stage design for stable overclocking, DDR4-5333+ RAM support, dual Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4, and four M.2 SSD slots.
If you want something that allows for a more compact PC build, look no further than MSI's MEG Z590I UNIFY. This motherboard has everything you need for a small PC, including PCIe 4.0 support, 2.5Gb LAN (or Wi-Fi 6) and the capabilities for handling even more powerful processors like a Core i9.
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