Best motherboards for Intel Core i9-11900K 2022

Intel Core i9-11900K review
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If you want to create the ultimate gaming and productivity PC, you'll want to use the Intel Core i9-11900K. This monstrous processor has more cores than you'll know what to do with, but you'll need a capable motherboard to serve as a solid foundation to get the most out of it. This is where our collection of recommendations for best motherboards for the Intel Core i9-11900K come into play.

Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX

Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX


The Gigabyte Z590 AORUS ELITE AX comes in at a close second. 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 i9.



Best budget

You don't have to pay much for a Z590 motherboard. The ASUS PRIME Z590M-PLUS is a good foundation for a PC build, coming in at less than $200 and 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.

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Intel's Core i9-11900K is a great processor for gaming and productivity. The CPU allows you to get plenty done without experiencing degraded performance. If we were to recommend a single motherboard to be chosen as the foundation for a capable PC build, it would be 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. Then you have the all-out best of the best, which is why the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero costs considerably more.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a 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 on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.