Best Motherboards 2022 For Gaming, By Socket And Chipset

Best Motherboards 2022 For Gaming, By Socket And Chipset

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Choosing the best gaming motherboard (or best motherboard for another type of PC) is a key step in yourdesktop build, even though things like CPUs and graphics cards get more attention. Every part of your PC connects to your motherboard. Its form factor will decide the size of your case, and its socket and chipset will limit what type of CPU you Harga Motherboard medan can install.

If you’re not sure which chipset you’re after when choosing the best gaming motherboard, or you have more basic questions, you can visit our motherboard basics and motherboard buying guide features to help narrow down your shopping options.

The picks below will start with recent Intel motherboards (with AMD motherboards further down), including the best gaming motherboards designed for Intel’s latest 12th gen “Alder Lake,” 11th Gen “Rocket Lake” and older “Comet Lake” processors. Below you’ll find our recommendations for the best motherboards for Z690, B660 and Z590, as well as Intel’s Supplier Motherboard medan high-end desktop (HEDT) LGA-2066 socket and Jual Motherboard X299 chipset supporting the X-Series and Extreme line of processors.

The best gaming motherboards for AMD CPUs (including Ryzen and Threadripper) follow our Intel picks below. But you can also head to our dedicated pages for the best X570 motherboards

and best B550 motherboards

for more specific recommendations and more tested picks.

When choosing a motherboard, consider the following:Get the right socket for your CPU: You can find great CPUs from either Intel or AMD. But whatever processor you choose, make sure that your board has the correct socket to support it. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 CPU sockets while  Intel’s 10th Gen and 11th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1200 sockets, while 12th Gen (Alder Lake) uses LGA 1700.Smaller boards = fewer slots and features. Motherboards come in three main sizes–for more info see our diagram and explanation of motherboard parts. From largest to smallest, there’s ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX. (Yes, Mini is smaller than Micro). You can use a smaller chassis with the micro or miniboards, but you’ll have to settle for fewer card expansion slots, sometimes fewer RAM slots, and other connectors.Pay for built-in Wi-Fi and high-end ports only if you need them. Don’t spend extra for wireless if you are using Ethernet. You can future-proof your PC by getting USB 3.2 Gen dua and / or Thunderbolt support. But Thunderbolt is very rare on AMD motherboards.The Best Intel Gaming Motherboards: Z690, Z590, Z490 X299

(Image credit: Gigabyte)1. Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro

Best ATX Z690 MotherboardSpecifications

PCIe Toko Motherboard medan x16: (dua) v5.0, (1) v3.0 USB

USB Ports: (1) USB 3.dua Gen 2×2 Type-C (10 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen dua (10 Gbps), (4) USB Distributor Motherboard medan tiga.2 Gen 1 (lima Gbps), (4) USB 2.0

Warranty: tiga yearsReasons to buy

Reasonable priceReasons to avoid

At around $330, the Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro is a mid-range Alder Lake motherboard that covers all the bases very well, with minimal sacrifices. There are ample storage options, including four M.dua sockets, updated audio, and a new appearance. In our extensive testing, performance, thermals and overclocking were also well within the range of other Z690 boards we’ve tested. 

Between its 13 USB ports on the rear IO, four M.2 sockets and capable power delivery, all at a price that’s well below flagship options, there’s a lot to lovea bout the Z690 Aorus Pro. So long as you don’t require integrated RGB lighting or Wi-Fi 6E out of the box (you still get Wi-Fi 6), the Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro is an excellent Alder Lake motherboard to build your Z690 system around.

Read: Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro review

(Image credit: MSI)

Best Z690 Mini-ITX MotherboardSpecifications

USB Ports: (dua) Thunderbolt 4 Type-C (40/20/10 Gbps), (dua) USB tiga.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps), (4) USB tiga.2 Gen 1 (lima Gbps)

Warranty: 3 yearsReasons to buy

Robust 105A MOSFETsReasons to avoid

 Just six Type-A ports on the RearIO 

MSI’s MEG Z690I Unify comes loaded with features including three M.2 sockets, four SATA ports, the latest-generation flagship audio, Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps Type-C) ports and integrated Wi-Fi 6E in this diminutive package. Its only real downside is that you’ll find just six USB-A ports on the back. You get all of the above for $399.99, or about $30 more than the previous-gen version. The compact black motherboard packs a punch both with the hardware that comes with it. And in our testing, performance easily matched larger ATX boards overall.

There’s lots of competition in the Z690 Mini-ITX space, from all the major motherboard makers. But for its price the MSI MEG Z690I Unify has the most features and connectivity users are likely to look for in a small form-factor board, making it the best option for those looking to build a small but powerful 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake rig.

Read: MSI MEG Z690I Unify review

Best Z690 Overclocking Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Z690 Tachyon (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)3. Gigabyte Aorus Z690 Tachyon

Best Z690 Overclocking MotherboardSpecifications

Voltage Regulator: 18 Phases PCIe x16: (2) v5.0 USB

PCIe x16: (dua) v5.0 (x16, x8/x8)

USB Ports: (1) USB tiga.dua Gen 2×2 Type-C (20 Gbps), (tiga) USB tiga.dua Gen dua Type-A (10 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (lima Gbps)

Warranty: tiga yearsReasons to buy

Four M.2 socketsReasons to avoid

The Z690 Aorus Tachyon comes with robust power delivery that supports sub-ambient overclocking of any compatible Alder Lake CPU. The 105A SPS MOSFETs, large heatsink, and overclocking tools ensure the board doesn’t get in the way of top achievable clock speeds. And in our testing, it performed above average overall, with some of the fastest results in our new Blender benchmark, Cinebench R23 and Procyon Office, with our game tests also showing results slightly higher than average for the Z690 boards we’ve tested. 

The E-ATX Aorus Tachyon has several features that make overclocking easier too, including buttons to raise/lower the CPU ratio, cooldown functionality, limp modes, multiple BIOS capability, Tantalum capacitors around the socket area (better and easier for insulating for sub-zero runs), and more. 

Although this board is made for overclocking, it still does most everything else well too. From the four M.dua sockets and six SATA ports to the last-gen flagship Realtek audio solution, it comes packed with features that are useful for most any type of user. Still, those who need more than 64GB of RAM (professionals, content creators, etc), will have to look elsewhere.

Read: Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Tachyon Review

(Image credit: MSI)4. MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI DDR4

Best B660 MotherboardSpecifications

Voltage Regulator: 14 Phase (12+1+1, 12 60A MOSFETs for Vcore)

PCIe x16: (1) v. 4.0 (x16), (1) v. tiga.0 (x4)

USB Ports: (1) USB tiga.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port (20 Gbps), (3) USB tiga.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), (4) USB 2.0 (480 Mbps)

Warranty: 3 yearsReasons to buy

Minor performance loss with DDR4-

So long as you don’t plan on overclocking your CPU or want to use PCIe lima.0 devices before your next upgrade, the MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI DDR4 and its B660 chipset makes for a great option for those looking to get into Alder Lake without putting a heavy burden on your build budget.

It lacks the fancy looks or RGB lighting of pricier boards, but does come with everything you need to get the most out of a stock-clocked Alder Lake CPU. The Mortar includes two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 sockets, six SATA ports, a premium last-generation audio solution and VRMs that easily manage the flagship Core i9 CPU.

In our testing, performance on our B660M Mortar was similar to those of the Z690-based DDR4 boards we tested previously. In other words, this sub-$200 motherboard was able to utilize our i9-12900K processor to its fullest while costing a third less than most Z690 offerings.

Read: MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI DDR4 review

(Image credit: Asus)5. Asus ROG Maximus XIII Hero

Best ATX Z590 MotherboardSpecifications

USB Ports: (dua) Thunderbolt 4, Type-C , (6) USB tiga.2 Gen 2 Type A, (2) USB dua.0

Warranty: 3 yearsReasons to buy

10 USB ports, incl. 2x Thunderbolt 4+

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