Best Motherboards for Intel CPUs Windows Central 2021
Buying an Intel processor will require you to select from various chipsets that support the different generation of CPUs. The ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E is a great modern motherboard that was designed for the latest generation of processors and will work with 9th Gen Intel processors like the Core i5 9600K out the box.
- Latest Z390 chipset: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E
- Value pick: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC
- Small and mighty: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming LGA1151
- Enthusiast platform: ASUS TUF X299 Mark 2
Latest Z390 chipset: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-EStaff Favorite
The ASUS ROG Strix line of motherboards are known for two things. One is the obscene designs that can be a little too much for even the more hardcore fans, but the other is high-quality components and VRMs. Being able to comfortably overclock a system with excellent performance and stability makes these motherboards a great choice for Intel system builders. This board will work with 8th and 9th Gen Intel CPUs.
Value pick: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC
Not only does this board support 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core processors, but it also comes with some killer features like 4400MHz RAM support, built-in wireless connectivity, and RGB lighting for those who enjoy creating some form of a light show inside their PC case. It's also priced aggressively, making it well-positioned for new budget builds.
Small and mighty: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming LGA1151
When you're tight on space and opt for a small form factor PC build, you'll need a mini-ITX motherboard. The ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming from ASUS is a great example, though it's a little on pricey side. This board supports 8th and 9th-gen Intel Core processors, has dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen 2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and ASUS Opti-MEM II for better DRAM overclocking stability.
Enthusiast platform: ASUS TUF X299 Mark 2
If you need more power than what Intel Core i7 processors offer, you may want to upgrade to the Intel Core X-Series, which offers more beefy versions of Core processors. The only downside is you'll need a different motherboard since these CPUs use a unique socket type and chipset. This ASUS board will allow you to take full advantage of the performance of the Intel processor with additional features like enhanced passive cooling. Got to keep them VRMs cool.
Depending on what processor you have (or are planning to purchase), your choice of motherboard may be determined by compatibility. If you're going for the latest from Intel, we'd recommend the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E from ASUS.
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