Picking the best motherboards for your PC is a sure way to build a capable system that can be tailored to your needs. The Fractal Design Meshify C is a great PC case and one that can hold full-size ATX motherboards. We've rounded up some of the best motherboards for the Fractal Design Meshify C.
The best AMD motherboard for the Fractal Design Meshify C case is the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E, thanks to high-quality components, some serious heatsinks for the VRMs, and the best chipset from AMD. The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is one of the best motherboards available for AMD PCs in terms of value. It doesn't deliver all the features you'd find in enthusiast-grade boards, but this is about as good as you can get for a desktop motherboard. I'm talking 2.5Gb LAN, PCIe 4.0, ASUS AURA RGB support, M.2 heatsinks, 14+2 phase power phase delivery design, and more.
ASRock's Z590 Taichi is a solid foundation for a PC build. We reviewed the ASRock Z490 Taichi and were mightily impressed by its BIOS, power delivery, overclocking support, and feature set. The Z590 takes it all up a notch with 11th Gen Intel and PCIe 4.0 support, as well as a few other revised areas that make it one of the better mid-range options for Intel-based systems. On the board, you'll find a 14 phase DrMOS power design, M.2 slots with heatsinks, Wi-Fi 6E, and other mid-range highlights.
Best budget AMD
The ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS is a solid motherboard at an attractive price. You don't have to spend more than $200 on a board for a quality PC build. You've got a slightly less capable chipset in the B550M, but it is more than good enough for most AMD PC builds. There's even PCIe 4.0 support, should you have a supporting M.2 NVMe drive for ridiculous data transfer speeds. Other highlight features include 2.5Gb LAN, AMD Quad CrossFireX support, and an 8+2 phase VRM power phase design for stable overclocking.
Best budget Intel
Being a Z590 motherboard, the MSI Z590 PRO supports the latest 11th Gen Intel processors, can handle speedy DD4 RAM, has full PCIe 4.0 support, M.2 slots (one with a heatsink), and plenty of USB ports on the rear. There's also Wi-Fi 6E since this is a wireless Intel board and 2.5Gb LAN. If you fancy yourself the next world record-breaking overclocker, this motherboard will be a good place to start honing your skill since the VRMs are cooled with passive heatsinks that actually make contact.
Best enthusiast AMD
If you want the best AMD has to offer for a production machine, your best bet would be TRX40 socket and X399 chipset combo, which unlocks access to the company's range of Threadripper CPUs. Our pick is the impressive Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master. In terms of raw specifications, this X399 chipset-touting motherboard can handle up to 256GB of unbuffered RAM, has huge heatsinks to help keep all the vital components cool, an impressive 16+3 phase VRM design to handle AMD Threadripper processors, and PCIe 4.0.
Best enthusiast Intel
The ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero Z590 is a fantastic platform for 11th Gen Intel processors thanks to the added PCIe 4.0 support. As well as that highlight addition, there's also support for up to 128GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6, 5Gb LAN, ASUS AURA RGB support, 14+2 phase VRM design, and a great BIOS for stable overclocking support. You'll find little to complain about this motherboard aside from the rather high price tag.
Choosing the best motherboard
Picking the best motherboard for your Fractal Design Meshify C PC build largely comes down to what you want to do with it. If you want to go all-out with overclocking and plan to push all components to their design limits, you'll want one of the recommended enthusiast boards. If all you want is a stable gaming PC, our top Intel or AMD picks will be more than good enough.
If we were to make a recommendation, it would be the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming for AMD processors and ASRock Z590 Taichi for Intel processors. These two motherboards are excellent for gaming as well as general productivity. They're not overly expensive and you'll get plenty of features for your buck, including fast networking and PCIe 4.0.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.