Good Gaming Motherboards

Good Gaming Motherboards mean what is the best-suited motherboard for you and your money, for gaming you need a good quality motherboard. Sometimes it is not wise if you spent a lot of money just for buying motherboard instead other peripherals that more important to gain FPS such as GPU and CPU. So I did a little research that I will share about good gaming motherboards.

If you are in a hurry to buy or want to replace your motherboard, here is my Good Gaming Motherboards 2017 list which I compiled and concluded from many sources:

And will be updated soon.

Let’s check new AMD Ryzen motherboards firsts

AMD Ryzen Processors Officially Launching on 2nd March 2017, it has been almost seven years after AMD releasing Bulldozer then Piledriver, Steamroller, and Excavator but seems to be not good as expected and Intel with I series dominated almost all segment.

The launching of Ryzen marks AMD’s strike back in the enthusiast and mainstream chip market after quite a while, But with Ryzen in the equation, AMD has a fantastic opportunity to take back a great chunk of market share from Intel. Chief Executive Lisa Su said: “We wanted to disrupt the PC market, we wanted to bring innovation, choice, and performance to as many people as possible” AMD. AMD, +0.49% stated the first three chips based on its highly anticipated Zen structure: the most effective chip in the lineup priced at half of what Intel INTC, +0.01% prices for a similarly configured processor.

Some benchmark website said Ryzen 7 1800X with eight cores could compete with 16-thread Intel Core i7-6900K which is awesome performances and AMD success to deliver affordable enthusiast processor.

Good Gaming Motherboards 2017: AMD Ryzen

I choose MSI x370 Krait Gaming and ASRock x370 K4 Fatal1ty for good gaming motherboards and best value motherboards.

1. ASRock X370 GAMING K4 FATAL1TY

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It is cheaper than previous ASRock X370 Taichi model with fewer features but if you on budget and looking for a high-quality model for gaming experience and overclocking ASRock X370 Gaming K4 Fatal1ty is the right choice.

Pros:

  • Excellent ASRock ALC1220 7.1 CH HD internal soundcard quality
  • Easy UEFI to use and good overclocking potential
  • Really good overall performances
  • Solid looking board with RGB LED
  • Best Value for money

Cons:

  • Fewer connector and features than x370 Taichi model
  • VRM doesn’t feature as good as Taichi model
  • No Clear CMOS button

 

2. MSI X370 KRAIT GAMING

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Another affordable gaming motherboard but still can push Ryzen to the limit, and yes MSI is well known for best value for money gaming motherboard.

Pros:

  • Best Value for the money
  • internal soundcard quality
  • Good overclocking potential
  • Claimed supports DDR4-3200+(OC) Memory
  • Good overall performance

Cons:

  • Basic VRM compare to more expensive model
  • Bios need to updated
  • No Clear CMOS button

 

MotherboardASRock X370 GAMING K4 FATAL1TY
ChipsetAMD X370
PCI Port2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
Memory Slots4 x DDR4 Slots (64 GB MAX)
Supports DDR4 2933+ (OC)
Audio7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
Supports Creative SoundBlaster Cinema3
VRM8+4 Phases
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MotherboardMSI X370 KRAIT GAMING
ChipsetAMD X370
PCI Port2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
Memory Slots4 x DDR4 Slots (64 GB MAX)
Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
Audio7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2
VRM8+2 Phases
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Good Gaming Motherboards for Intel x299 (LGA 2066)

Good news for the Intel fanboys, just after AMD launching Ryzen, Intel immediately answers it with the release of the processor with the latest technology. They named it with the X-series namely Skylake-X or Kaby Lake-X and using newest socket LGA 2066.

Just like as usual for the new Intel technology which is always pricey, but if you gain information about what you really need and what motherboard is fit for your system, then you can reduce your spend for this part. So here is a list of motherboards do LGA 2066 which has good quality but at a reasonable price.

 

1. Gigabyte x299 UD4

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If you are on the budget and looking for a solid board, Gigabyte x299 is a good choice after all.

Some features may be cut down by Gigabyte to get this low-cost motherboard production but for the quality for motherboards itself still sufficient for gaming even for hardcore overclocking.

Some reviewer said it could push Intel i7-7740X up to 5GHZ at a stable performance. But before buying you should check your own needs, if you don’t need a motherboard with bright and festive RGB LED or ready to lose the features may not necessarily such as i/o shield. I highly recommend it.

Pros:

  • Affordable motherboard from Gigabyte
  • Reliable and stable performance motherboard for it price
  • Value for money
  • Good onboard audio quality.

Cons:

  • Fewer features compare level above it

 

2. MSI Pro Series Intel X299 LGA 2066 (X299 SLI PLUS)

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Some people may doubt with MSI brand, is MSI good for gaming motherboard? Or are MSI reliable motherboards? I have to say yes it is, even if the price tag is far cheaper than Gigabyte or ASUS but definitely yes. MSI made some great value gaming motherboard, and this X299 SLI PLUS is really fantastic,

MSI X299 is entry level from MSI for Intel X-Series, it is already supported top I9 X-Series and get the good result on some benchmark tests too though I won’t recommend if you want to push I9 to the maximum performance with hardcore overclocking because you should get enthusiast level motherboard. This good gaming motherboard is really fit with I5 and i7 X-Series.

Pros:

  • Best Value for Money
  • Great mobo design for entry categories
  • Great overclocking performances and easy setup.
  • PCIe armor ready
  • Dual Lan
  • Good onboard audio
  • Good Gaming Motherboard For I5 and I7 X-Series (Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X)

I recommend X299 SLI PLUS motherboard for best entry level with advanced features, and it is the really good motherboard for gaming.

Cons:

  • Fewer features but not so much if you compare to the higher prices.

 

MotherboardGigabyte x299 UD4
ChipsetINTEL X299
PCI Port5 PCIe 3.0
Memory Slots8 x DDR4 Slots (128 GB MAX)
Supports DDR4 4333+ (OC)
Audio7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) 120dB SNR
Smart Headphone AMP and WIMA audio capacitor
VRM8 Digital Power Design
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MotherboardMSI X299 SLI PLUS
ChipsetINTEL X299
PCI Port4 PCIe 3.0
Memory Slots8 x DDR4 Slots (128 GB MAX)
Support Quad Channel 4133+(OC) or Dual Channel 4500+(OC)
Audio7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) 120dB SNR
Audio Boost 4
VRM8 Digital Power Design
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