✅ TOP 5: Best Motherboard For Gaming

Looking for the best Motherboard for gaming? In this video we’ll break down the top Motherboards
available whilst comparing them for price versus performance. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best Motherboards for gaming on the market, we have included links in the description
for each product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your
budget range. Starting off at number 1 we have the Gigabyte
Z390 Aorus Ultra. Gigabyte isn’t as flashy as the other top
tier motherboard makers, but it has managed to accumulate plenty of recommendations of
late. Combined with a consistently lower cost, that
makes Gigabyte’s Z390 Aorus Ultra a bit of a winner. We’ve liked the Aorus branded motherboards
starting with Skylake in 2016, and its Ryzen boards have been excellent all-around picks,
but this is the best we’ve tested. The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra competes with
the MSI Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and the Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi), with a better
price and features. It has triple M.2 slots, Intel Wi-Fi Wave2
and Ethernet, a full RGB treatment with multiple headers, and ALC1220 audio. You’d have climb to the top of the product
stack to get the same from MSI and ASUS, both of whom offer more polish but also charge
plenty for the privilege. This is great value. The only real downside for us is that this
mobo is perhaps a bit too flashy, and may not suit more restrained gaming builds. It’s a small criticism of an otherwise top
board, but when you’re using the Z390 as the base for all your other components, it’s worth
considering how they’ll all look together. At number 2 we have the ASUS ROG Maximus XI
Hero Wi-Fi. The Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi AC) is
the latest in a long line of popular boards. While Asus offers the Code, Formula, and Apex
boards a step above the Hero, we found little reason to go with the pricier models. The minor bumps in speed, features, or fashion
that costlier boards provide are difficult to justify. This is a minor update to the previous Maximus
X Hero Wi-Fi, which we also liked. This year’s Hero adds 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO
Wi-Fi to the networking mix (a non-wireless version is available for a few bucks less). Overclocking and performance remains first
in class, in league with boards costing a third more. The board is nearly perfect, with better Wi-Fi
and an extra M.2 slot on our short list of potential improvements. At number 3 we have the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I
Gaming. With the price dropping and the previous Z370-based
model starting to disappear from vendors, ASUS’s Strix Z390-I Gaming moves into the
top spot for the boutique ITX segment. Despite its diminutive size and paucity of
upgrade options, the ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming provides excellent performance and value. Boasting stable 5GHz overclocks using several
memory speeds, including 3600MHz with tweaking, its single PCIe x16 slot pushed top-shelf
graphics cards to speeds that matched or exceeded most Z390 ATX boards during testing. The smallest Strix has a lengthy features
list, with no shortcomings despite the tiny form factor, including dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2
slots, Intel v219 Ethernet, upgraded Intel 9560 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an ALC1220A audio
codec supported by isolated circuitry and headphone amps. Despite the dense set of features, the Strix
Z390-I’s clean design makes for quick system assembly and configuration, although the previous
generation sported a less bulky design, an important consideration for ITX rig building. Just be sure to install that bottom-mounted
M.2 drive beforehand or pick a case with a cut out in the right area, or you’ll be taking
everything apart again. While it’s getting hard to find, the previous
generation ROG Strix Z370-I model, with its slimmer design, remains an excellent alternative,
especially at clearance prices. At number 4 we have the ASUS TUF H370-Pro
Gaming Wi-Fi. ASUS claims a third category for Coffee Lake
builds with its TUF H370 Pro Gaming Wi-Fi and another spot in our mobo buying guides. It sports a bare-it-all retro look that back-to-basics
rig builders will love, with a simple black and silver aesthetic and just a touch of RGB
lighting along the right edge. It looks sharp and supports almost any color
combination you toss at it. If you’re looking for something that won’t
make your rig look like a disco-show, this is a decent option. Under the hood, the TUF Pro Gaming packs dual
M.2 slots, 10Gbs Gen2 USB 3.1, Intel v219 Ethernet, and a robust 2×2 Intel 9560 802.11ac
adaptor that supports MU-MIMO and 160MHz channels, shaming the competition in a price segment
where Wi-Fi is rarely found. Audio is less impressive, opting for the older
ALC887 codec, but you can potentially make up some of this deficit with a decent gaming
headset. Overclocking and higher memory speeds aren’t
supported with the H370 chipset, but that doesn’t hold the TUF Pro Gaming back in real-world
testing. Put your money into a faster GPU if you care
about gaming, and don’t worry as much about the RAM speed. At number 5 we have the MSI Arsenal Z270 Gaming
Plus. You can save a bit of money by opting Intel’s
previous generation Z270 platform, and making for an affordable way to upgrade if you’re
on an even older platform. MSI’s Arsenal Z270 Gaming Plus retails just
a few bucks above the cheapest boards in this category but delivers a credible midrange
set of features and build quality. One drawback worth mentioning is the aging
Realtek ALC892 audio codec, which represent five years of missing advancements. Fortunately, MSI’s codec implementation
is a good one, so this isn’t a deal breaker, but if cutting edge sound is part of your
plan, look elsewhere. Otherwise, MSI’s Z270 Gaming Plus is enough
to handle powerful Kaby Lake systems without compromising performance or features. At number 6 we have the Gigabyte X470 Aorus
Gaming 5 Wi-Fi version. There are more expensive X470 motherboards
out there, including the excellent Asus ROG Crosshair VII, but forking over the extra
cash for higher-end hardware won’t necessarily provide a better building or gaming experience
than Gigabyte’s X470 Aorus Gaming 5 Wi-Fi. This board serves up a full plate of features
along with a side of RGB style for around $100 less than comparable hardware, leaving
your GPU budget some room to grow. Ryzen CPUs aren’t overclock-happy, particularly
the X-models, but the X470 Aorus Gaming 5’s 8+3 phase VRM reliably allows chips like the
2700X to run all cores at full boost speeds alongside 3200MHz memory modules. Dual BIOS, dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slots, and
a healthy stack of both internal and external USB ports are plenty for most gaming builds. Combined with a top-tier audio codec and great
networking hardware, the X470 Aorus Gaming 5 is our best overall pick for Ryzen 7 builds. If, however, you’re looking for more advanced
features and the ability to do serious overclocking, this one won’t satisfy like the Crosshair
VII. At number 7 we have the Gigabyte Aorus AX370
Gaming 5. Gigabyte’s Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 got the nod
early on for showing up on time and being stable from Ryzen’s start, and it remains
an impressive midrange AM4 effort. While others have largely caught up now, Gigabyte
sorted out the platform ahead of the competition, delivering a motherboard that proves an easy
partner during the build process and providing a slick experience comparable to assembling
a Z170 or Z270 system. Overclocking isn’t a top priority for Aorus
gaming motherboards, or Ryzen in general. The Ryzen 7 1700X used in testing could only
manage around 4GHz, but at stock clocks the 1700X’s higher IPC and eight cores pull comfortably
away from Intel’s more expensive 6-core counterparts. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind using
an older platform, the AX370 Gaming 5 is more than sufficient for most AM4 gaming builds. It does lack some of the features that you
get from more premium boards, like WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility, so you should decide
whether or not the saving you make on your mobo would be lost adding in connectivity
with separate components. And for our last pick at number 8 we have
the MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC. What if you want more cores for serious work
or streaming, plus dual graphics cards without CPU bottlenecks, and overclocking potential
as a bonus? If that’s what you’re after, look to Intel’s
HEDT (High-End Desktop) X299 platform and the Core i9 processors. The MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a utility
infielder that offers every feature you’d expect along with impressive performance and
style at a reasonable price, a rarity for the HEDT platform. Performance is strong, and a solid overclocking
experience tops off at 4.6 GHz on a Core i9-7900X (a few ticks shy of the top boards). Memory support is good, running quad-channel
configurations at speeds up to 3600. Dual x4 M.2 slots and a U.2 connector deliver
high-speed drive access, along with eight SATA 6Gbps ports for more traditional storage
media. Intel’s v219 Ethernet and AC-8265 Wi-Fi
handle networking with typical aplomb (with the latter in the third M.2 Key-E slot), and
the rear panel offers four Gen1 USB 3.1 ports and a pair of Gen2 ports, including one with
a Type-C connector. There are faster X299 boards with exotic extras
like 10G Ethernet controllers, 3T3R or 801.11ad Wi-Fi, and a third M.2 slot or bundled expansion
cards. The MSI board omits these and goes with a
price that’s more than fair for the features on tap. So that sums up our top Motherboards for gaming
of 2019. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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