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The best motherboards for current Intel processors
In our purchase advice for current Intel motherboards there are tips for ATX, mATX and ITX boards for Intel's two current CPU generations Comet Lake and Rocket Lake.
Intel's 500 series boards: With the current Rocket Lake processors, new mainboards have come onto the market that enable some of the new features such as PCIe 4.0 and, among other things, enable more USB interfaces. You can also use an Intel Core i 11xx0 with a previous board if the PCH H470 or Z490 is installed on it and the manufacturer offers a corresponding BIOS update - cheaper boards with B460 and H410 are not compatible. At the same time, Comet Lake processors of the 10xx0 series also work with the newer mainboards, but you cannot use PCIe 4.0 regardless of the board, as this functionality must also be provided by the CPU.
Advice on buying current mainboards: We present you some of the best boards for the tenth and eleventh Core-i generation - not only cutting-edge high-end boards but also models with a focus on price-performance. We do not lose sight of the availability, if you miss a favored board, it may be that in the current availability chaos it is either not available at all or at disproportionate prices.
Furnishing: The 500 series brings internal improvements over its predecessors, for example native support for USB 3.2 without an additional controller, more internal USB 3.1 interfaces and a higher bandwidth from the chipset to the CPU. PCIe 4.0 already support some 400 boards if a Rocket Lake processor is installed, Thunderbolt 4, 2.5 GBit LAN and WiFi 6, however, still rely on additional chips and are not dependent on the mainboard chipset.
Price advantage for older boards: If you don't need the new functions, it can be worthwhile to use a board with a 400 chip. Then namely, if the price also plays a role for you - Z590 is quite expensive, choosing a Z490 board can save between 50 and 120 euros with comparable equipment.
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Price-performance tip: Gigabyte Z490M
The Gigabyte Z490M offers everything a mainboard has to offer - but not too much more in favor of the price. If you do without WiFi and 2.5 Gigabit LAN, you can save here. *
Price: approx. 140 euros
For purists: If you expect a stable function with sufficient interfaces for everyday use from a mainboard, you should take a look at the Gigabyte Z490M. The micro ATX board also fits in narrow housings and offers four DIMM slots for up to 128 gigabytes of RAM. However, it does without some specialties of more expensive boards, so there is only Gigabit LAN instead of 2.5 GBit LAN. In return, the price is low at around 140 euros for a Z490 board. Gigabyte does not fulfill overclocking dreams, the voltage converters limit clock speed flights. The Z490M is not a board for high-end fans with a Core i9, but it is well suited for a budget system with a Core i3 or Core i5.
Also for 11th gen: With the Bios F20 offered on the Gigabyte site, Intel's current Rocket Lake processors can also be used with the board. Resizable bar for higher GPU performance is also supported with an up-to-date BIOS. Attention: Core-i-11000-CPUs cannot be used without the F20-BIOS, so if you buy both components we would rather recommend a Z590 board, alternatively you can ask the dealer to update the BIOS.
- 2x PCIe 3.0 16x (PCIe 4 with Rocket Lake)
- ideal for Core i3 and Core i5
- Bios F20 for Intel Core i-11000
- not really suitable for overclocking despite the Z490
- Gigabit LAN only
- without current BIOS only Core i-10000
Gigabyte Z490M at Mindfactory *
Entry class: ASRock B560M Pro4
The ASRock B560M-Pro4 is a solid entry-level board for small PCs. The equipment is still not to be despised, but the price is rather low.
Price: approx. 115 euros
Unspectacular, but good: The B560 board in the mATX form factor is also suitable for smaller housings, but does not dispense with the practical assembly with 4X DDR4 slots. PCIe 4.0 for GPU and M.2 SSD is available, the remaining PCIe slots support PCIe 3.0. The main memory can work with up to DDR4-4800.
No multiplier overclocking: Intel prohibits overclocking via a multiplier on all boards that do not have a Z490 chip. This is not necessarily bad: You can save yourself the extra charge for a K-CPU and still get a fast CPU. The B460 DS3H is not intended as a partner for an expensive i9, even if it is possible to use the top models. But don't save money in the wrong place, the mainboard, if you've already invested so much money in the CPU. The DS3H feels much more comfortable with an i3 or i5 and this combination also goes better together in terms of price.
- low price
- solid bread and butter board for i3 or i5
- Also suitable for smaller housings (mATX)
- only gigabit LAN, no WLAN
- little variety of connections
- no OC possible via multiplier
Gigabyte B460 DS3H with Alternate *
Good all-rounder: MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus
Well-equipped boards with Intel Z490 are not exactly cheap. With the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus you still get good equipment for less than 200 euros. *
Price: approx. 160 euros
Price-performance tip from MSI: The well-equipped ATX board requires a larger housing than the narrow micro ATX boards, but it also offers better features and more expansion options. In addition to the obligatory two PCIe 16x slots (one only connected with 4x), there are three 1x slots, two of which can also be used without restrictions with a dual or triple slot graphics card inserted.
There are also two M.2 slots for fast SSDs and 2.5 GBit LAN, the upcoming standard for faster network transmissions - provided you have the right switch or router. Another M.2 slot can optionally accommodate a WLAN module and, thanks to support for Mystic Light, the board also controls the mandatory RGB lighting.
Also suitable for larger CPUs: Thanks to the good cooling of the power supply and double power supply with 8 + 4 pin connector, you can also use the board in conjunction with the power-hungry, larger Comet Lake CPUs.
Bios update for 11th Gen CPU: With the Bios 7c75vA6, MSI has also added support for the latest Rocket Lake CPUs (including PCIe 4.0 support) - make sure that at least this Bios is used when buying or have the dealer install it if you have one want to use the appropriate processor. Resizable bar is also supported from this version.
- good variety of connections
- and still reasonably affordable
- high quality voltage converter and cooling
- 2.5 GBit LAN
- no WLAN
- BIOS update required for Core i-11000
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus on Amazon *
With Thunderbolt 4: Asus TUF Gaming Z590-Plus
The Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus does not belong to the noble ROG Strix series, but still offers almost everything you could want from a mainboard - without a high-end price surcharge.
Price: approx. 225 euros
Good equipment: With PCIe 4.0 for graphics card and M.2 SSD, USB 3.2 (also as Type-C front header) and standard Thunderbolt 4, the Asus board offers exemplary equipment. Especially for the fact that it is in the lower price range for Z590 mainboards. But you have to do without WiFi - suitable USB adapters or PCIe cards are very cheap.
Efficient cooling: Sufficient cooling of the voltage converter is important for overclocking K-CPUs. Asus relies on generous passive cooling elements that can handle the heat even in summer and thus ensure stable operation even at high clock rates and constant load.
Power supply OC-compatible: With 14 + 2 phases and the already mentioned good cooling of the voltage converters, the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite is well suited for overclockers - it works even better with water-cooled mainboards, for example, which eat a much larger hole in your account balance.
- integrated Thunderbolt and USB 3.2
- comparatively cheap
- good sound chip with AI noise reduction
Asus TUF Gaming Z590-PLUS on Amazon *
Small performance: Asus ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming
Small but great: The Asus ROG Z590-I squeezes full Rocket Lake compatibility (also for i9) into a tiny form factor and doesn't forget the good equipment.
Price: approx. 350 euros
Mini ITX: If you don't feel like having large and bulky PCs anymore and have therefore taken a look at narrow ITX cases, you don't have to do without functions and CPU compatibility with the Z590-I Gaming from Asus. However, the form factor costs a certain extra charge, so that the purchase is not worthwhile if you are not planning a mini PC
Good cooling and features: With 8 + 2 phases for the CPU power supply, the Asus ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming is well equipped in view of its size and does not slow down power-hungry CPUs. In addition, there is good cooling of the power supply, which is all the more important in small housings. Asus scores points in terms of equipment with Thunderbolt 4, integrated WLAN + BT 5.2, 2.5 GBit LAN and a good ALC4080 sound chip.
- good power supply
- 2.5 GBit LAN
- good variety of connections
- high quality onboard sound
- therefore only useful for mini PCs
Asus ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming on Amazon *
Luxury board: MSI MEG Z590 ACE
If you are reluctant to compromise on the motherboard, MSI might have something for you: The MSI MEG Z590 Ace is superbly equipped, but it also costs its price.
Price: approx. 460 euros
No compromise: If the mainboard costs more than many processors, it should also offer a lot. And it does: A total of 4x M.2 (including 1x PCIe 4.0), 2x PCIe 4.0 16x for graphics cards (and 1x PCIe 3.0 16x), a 16 + 2 + 1 phase power supply and 2x Thunderbolt 4 leaves little to be desired.
Get more out of the CPU: The high-quality power supply and cooling with VRM heat pipe and an aluminum back plate for heat dissipation from the 8-layer PCB provide good conditions if you want to overclock your new Rocket Lake processor. MSI also supports RAM with up to DDR4-5600.
For fans of lots of SSD storage space: The four M.2 slots on the board provide a lot of freedom when expanding the mass storage device. The slot located directly under the CPU socket also supports PCIe 4.0 models with 4x and thus the currently highest speed. All M.2 slots are provided with an SSD heat sink so that the drive does not deteriorate in performance under heavy loads.
- excellent equipment
- WLAN and 2.5 GBit LAN
- 16 + 2 + 1 phases, good cooling
- PCIe 4.0 for 2x GPU and 1x M.2
- very expensive
- only once M.2 with PCIe 4.0
MSI MEG Z590 ACE at Mediamarkt *
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