Best Motherboards for Gaming 2019
A vital and often underappreciated component, the right motherboard can elevate your PC from a capable performer to championship contender. It should be seen as the foundation of your PC, so you need to make sure it’s rock-solid. Whether you’re expanding your storage, upgrading your memory, switching out your graphics card or making sure your CPU is stable when overclocked – a quality motherboard is essential to ensuring your PC works as intended. Get it wrong, however, and you could severely hamper your build.
Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some of the meanest motherboards on the market for you to consider. You’re welcome.
MSI Z390-A PRO 1151 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
Incredibly affordable and stacked with fantastic features, the MSI Z390-A PRO 1151 is an ideal entry-level motherboard for the budget-savvy gamer. Supporting 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory (overclockable to a whopping 4400 MHz), and multi-GPU support with 2-Way AMD Crossfire, this motherboard is perfectly suited for future upgrades and expansion.
Even though this particular board isn’t adorned with RGB lighting, the neutral colours of black, grey and silver make it a fitting canvas for any flashing components you may have.
Asus ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING LGA 1151 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
Don’t let its diminutive size fool you – while the Asus ROG STRIX motherboard is ideally suited for small form-factor builds, this flashy board is packed with a host of killer features. With support for a wide range of Intel processors, including the superfast i9 series, the Asus ROG STRIX can cope with 5Ghz overclocks and provides exceptional system performance that’s comparable to more expensive, larger motherboards. There’s also multi-GPU support, room for 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a dual M.2 slot.
If RGB lighting is top of your wish list (and it most definitely should be), this small but mighty motherboard even has you covered in the colours department. With Asus Aura, you can complement your gaming rig with an almost endless spectrum of expressive, beautiful colours. Who says motherboards can’t be gorgeous?
Gigabyte Z390 UD LGA 1151 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
A goldie from the good folks at Gigabyte, the Z390 motherboard boasts a selection of must-have features for gamers. With support for 9th and 8th gen Intel processors, DDR4 memory and four M.2 connectors, enthusiasts will be able to maximise their system’s potential with this brilliant board.
The Gigabyte Z390 is one of the few motherboards with lightning-fast Intel Thunderbolt 3 support, along with being Intel Optane Memory ready. It also includes a light strip which supports RGB, Smart Fan 5 controls to keep things considerably cool, and Gigabyte’s industry leading, ultra durable PCiE armour. Suits us!
MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC AM4 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
Certified and rigorously tested by esports players, the MSI Gaming Pro motherboard is built to win. Designed with the 2nd generation of AMD Ryzen chips in mind, this board is an attractive proposition for anyone who stoically sides with team red (that’s AMD, by the way) with multi-GPU AMD Crossfire support and an AM4 socket.
But that’s not all. This marvellous motherboard includes a pair of onboard Type-A and Type-C USB Gen 3.1 ports, LAN and Wireless support, two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, and MSI exclusive features such as MSI Audio Boost.
Oh, and if you’re craving millions of colours to light up your life there’s no need to fret. The MSI Gaming Pro includes Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync, giving you access to 16.8 million colours and 17 effects in one click. Colour us happy.
Asus AMD PRIME X370-PRO AM4 Socket Motherboard
Another magnificent motherboard aimed firmly at AMD Ryzen users, the Asus AMD PRIME covers almost every use case scenario, and at a lower price point, too. With one-click overclocking and cooling options, you can spend less time tinkering in the settings and more time settling scores on the battlefield. If you’re an audiophile, the PRIME offers outstanding sound with a dedicated audio PCB, premium Japanese audio capacitors, and audio shielding.
The Asus AMD PRIME also supports Asus Aurora, allowing you to combine as many colours as you can possibly think of to create a distinctive, personalised look. It’s time for prime.