Best Mainboard

  • Supports 9th i9-9900K, i7-9700K, i5-9600K and 8th Generation...
  • Supports dual channel DDR4 Memory, up to 4400(OC) MHz; DIMM...
  • 2x TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2;...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core...
  • 5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide...
  • FanXpert 2+ delivers advanced fan control for dynamic...
  • Supports AMD 1st & 2nd Generation Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon...
  • Dual channel non ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI D ports for multiple display
  • Designed for 9th and 8th generation Intel Core processors to...
  • Revamped 5 Way Optimization that has the intelligence to...
  • 5X Protection III Hardware level safeguards with Safe Slot...
  • Enhanced power solution: components provide better power...
  • Industry-leading cooling options: comprehensive controls for...
  • Asus Optic-MEM: careful routing of traces and vias to...
  • Designed for 9th 8th Generation Intel Core processors...
  • Revamped 5 way Optimization over clocks Intelligently based...
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Our Top Mainboard Pick

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) M.2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 DDR4 HDMI DP Wi-Fi SLI CFX ATX Z390 Gaming Motherboard
  • Supports 9th i9-9900K, i7-9700K, i5-9600K and 8th Generation Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports dual channel DDR4 Memory, up to 4400(OC) MHz; DIMM Slots: 4.Operating system: Support for Windows 10 64-bit
  • 2x TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2; USB 2.0 ports (Front): 4
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects. Connect RGB or RAINBOW LED strips with addressable headers and create an RGB gaming PC. Control Mystic Light SYNC enabled products
  • Built for high-performance gaming - Extended heatsink, ATX form factor ready for multi-GPU

Computer, Notebooks & Tablets: Mainboard Video Guide

The mainboard forms the basis of every computer. It mainly provides the slots for the entire hardware in and on a computer and is therefore the framework of the system. But while most users make sure that the computer has enough USB ports and that the other peripherals can be connected as well. On closer inspection, however, it is noticeable that a motherboard has much bigger tasks than just being a board full of slots. The quality of the motherboard has a significant effect on the entire system and contributes greatly to the speed of a computer. Since the differences between the individual manufacturers are very clear and also from a manufacturer many models and model series give, which permit the installation of different components, it is of central importance to know the characteristics of a mainboard and to construct the computer accordingly.

A motherboard is primarily the basis for a computer, as it offers all the slots necessary to set up the system. The mainboard distributes the power that is drawn from the power supply unit and supplies the individual components. Also devices like monitor, mouse and keyboard, as well as printers, loudspeakers and similar parts are connected to the mainboard. However, what is the most important and at the same time the most misunderstood task of the motherboard is its computing power. Computers are always advertised with particularly powerful processors. What only a few know, however, is the fact that the processor only appears as a so-called multiplier. This means that it only multiplies the performance of the motherboard. If the motherboard offers only weak computing power, even the best processor can hardly contribute to a high-quality system. The chipset used is decisive for the performance of the motherboard. This is further developed with each generation of motherboards and makes a significant contribution to the overall computing power of the system. The power of the chipset used is ultimately offset against the power of the processor and results in part of the total power of the system. In addition, the motherboard mediates between the individual hardware components and influences the read and write rates of the RAM and the hard disk, as well as the computing power of the graphics processor of the graphics card. This is why there is also very strong competition between the individual manufacturers here. While a single chipset for each new generation of motherboards is developed by a few specialized companies, each motherboard manufacturer continues to modify the chipset to provide different levels of performance. These are uninteresting for ordinary users, but play a significant role in gaming PCs and other systems designed for maximum performance.

With a motherboard it depends on what you want to use the computer for. Mainboards are more or less strongly tailored to high performance and should be selected accordingly. High-performance computers require the high-end models of well-known manufacturers such as Gigabyte, ASRock or Asus. They should always have the latest chipset, for example (summer 2016) the Intel Z170 chipset. The socket for the processor is then particularly important. It is also state of the art and is only compatible with certain processors. Accordingly, the motherboard must have a socket suitable for the most powerful processors – some models even have sockets for two processors. Currently (summer 2016), a 1151 socket would be the best choice, as it enables the Intel Core i7 6700K processor, which is currently the most powerful model for home use. In addition, the motherboard should be compatible with the latest and most powerful RAM and offer four, possibly eight slots for it. While this is to some extent a question of faith, Intel is increasingly emerging as the leading processor manufacturer for AMD. The Intel 3D XPoint memory technology, which will soon appear, will continue to expand the leadership. Ultimately, however, it must be said that motherboards are no longer recommended for AMD processors.

TOP 5 Mainboard Bestseller

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) M.2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 DDR4 HDMI DP Wi-Fi SLI CFX ATX Z390 Gaming Motherboard
  • Supports 9th i9-9900K, i7-9700K, i5-9600K and 8th Generation Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports dual channel DDR4 Memory, up to 4400(OC) MHz; DIMM Slots: 4.Operating system: Support for Windows 10 64-bit
  • 2x TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2; USB 2.0 ports (Front): 4
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects. Connect RGB or RAINBOW LED strips with addressable headers and create an RGB gaming PC. Control Mystic Light SYNC enabled products
  • Built for high-performance gaming - Extended heatsink, ATX form factor ready for multi-GPU
ASUS LGA1151 (300 Series) DDR4 HDMI DVI VGA M.2 mATX Motherboard (PRIME B360M-A)
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with integrated dual M.2 slots with Intel Optane Memory compatibility and USB 3.1 Gen2
  • 5X Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
  • FanXpert 2+ delivers advanced fan control for dynamic cooling
  • ASUS OptiMem improves memory stability and performance by improving trace isolation between PCB layers to maintain signal integrity even at higher frequencies
  • On-board 8-Channel HD Audio provides warm, immersive crystal-clear surround sound
Asus Intel 8th Gen DDR4 HDMI VGA Micro ATX Motherboards (Prime H310M-E R2.0)
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with an integrated M.2 slot
  • 5x Protection III Hardware-level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
  • Fan pert delivers advanced fan controls for dynamic cooling
  • Asus optimized improves memory stability and performance by improving trace isolation between PCB layers to maintain signal integrity even at higher frequencies
Asus Prime Z390-A Motherboard LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 Gen2 Gigabit LAN
  • Designed for 9th and 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2 and ASUS Optimum II for better DRAM overclocking stability
  • Revamped 5 Way Optimization that has the intelligence to overclock a CPU based on smart prediction and thermal telemetry
  • 5X Protection III Hardware level safeguards with Safe Slot Core, LAN Guard, Over voltage Protection provide longevity, reliability. Fan Xpert 4 delivers advanced fan control for dynamic system cooling
  • Patent pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe slots prevent damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
  • 8 channel HD Gaming Audio featuring Realtek ALC887 high definition audio codec
Asus Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6GB/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard
  • Enhanced power solution: components provide better power efficiency
  • Industry-leading cooling options: comprehensive controls for fans and AIO pump, via fan Xpert 4 or the acclaimed UEFI
  • Asus Optic-MEM: careful routing of traces and vias to preserve signal integrity for improved Memory overclocking
  • Next-gen connectivity: supreme flexibility With PCIe Gen 4 support, Dual M. 2 support, USB 3. 2 Gen 2 ports
  • Aura Sync RGB header: synchronize RGB header with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear, including next-gen addressable RGB strips