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Best motherboards for Intel Core i7-11700K 2021

Intel Core i9-11900K review
Intel Core i9-11900K review (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

Intel's Core i7-11700K is a very good processor for gaming and productivity, but you'll need an equally good enough motherboard for you to take full advantage of what this desktop-class CPU can deliver. We've rounded up the best motherboards for the Intel Core i7-11700K that cover enthusiasts, gamers, and those on a tight budget.

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Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX (opens in new tab)

Runner-up

Coming in as a close second pick is the excellent Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX. This motherboard, like others in our collection, also comes with the Intel Z590 chipset. We're looking at 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. It's a great choice for a Core i7.

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ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS (opens in new tab)

Best budget

There are some Z590 motherboards out there that don't cost a lot and the ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS is a ... prime example. This motherboard comes in at less than $200, which can be considered budget territory for the Z590 chipset. It does, however, come 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.

Choosing the best motherboard

If you needed to pick one best overall motherboard for the Intel Core i7-11700K, we'd recommend going with the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming. It's one of the best Intel Z590 motherboards, but it's also priced competitively, packing plenty of features at a reasonable price.

The mid-tower isn't the only form factor for building capable systems. If you wanted to build a PC that's a little more unique, the MSI MEG Z590I UNIFY will fit inside the more compact PC cases that can also handle the best graphics card. This board rocks the same chipset as our top Intel recommendations but loses a few features because of size restrictions.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

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.