10 Best Motherboards
for November 2021

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ASUS ROG Strix B550-E Gaming AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, NVIDIA SLI, WiFi 6, 2.5Gb LAN, 14+2 Power Stages, Front USB 3.2 Type-C, Addressable Gen 2 RGB and Aura Sync)

ASUS ROG Strix B550-E Gaming AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0

NVIDIA SLI, WiFi 6, 2.5Gb LAN, 14+2 Power Stages, Front USB 3.2 Type-C, Addressable Gen 2 RGB and Aura Sync)

by Asus
What We like

Robust Power Design: 14+2 DrMOS power stages with high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors provide reliable power for the latest high-core-count AMD CPUs

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Product Features

  • Unmatched Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and 2x Gen 2 addressable RGB headers for greater customization
  • AMD AM4 Socket and PCIe 4. 0: The perfect pairing for Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio & AI Noise Cancelling Mic Technology: High fidelity audio from a SupremeFX S1220A codec with DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III draws you deeper into the action. Communicate clearly with ASUS AI Noise Cancelling Mic technology.
  • High-performance Gaming Networking: On-board WiFi 6 (802. 11ax), Bluetooth V5. 1 and 2. 5 Gb LAN with ASUS LANGuard
  • Best Gaming Connectivity: Supports HDMI 2. 1 ([email protected]) and DisplayPort 1. 2 output, featuring dual M. 2 slots (NVMe SSD)one with PCIe 4. 0 x4 connectivity, USB 3. 2 Gen 2 front panel Type-C connector, USB 3. 2 Gen 2 Type-C port, USB Audio Type-C bundled with 3. 5mm adapter cable and Thunderbolt 3 header

Amd am4 socket and pcie 4. 0: the perfect pairing for zen 3 ryzen 5000 & 3rd gen amd ryzen cpus Industry-leading gaming audio & ai noise cancelling mic technology: high fidelity audio from a supremefx s1220a codec with dts sound unbound and sonic studio iii draws you deeper into the action. communicate clearly with Asus ai noise cancelling mic technology. High-performance gaming networking: on-board wifi 6 (802. 11ax), bluetooth v5. 1 and 2. 5 gb lan with Asus languard Unmatched personalization: Asus-exclusive aura sync rgb lighting, including rgb headers and 2x gen 2 addressable rgb headers for greater customization Best gaming connectivity: supports hdmi 2. 1 ([email protected]) and displayport 1. 2 output, featuring dual m. 2 slots (nvme ssd)one with pcie 4. 0 x4 connectivity, usb 3. 2 gen 2 front panel type-c connector, usb 3. 2 gen 2 type-c port, usb audio type-c bundled with 3. 5mm adapter cable and thunderbolt 3 header Optimized thermal solution: fanless vrm and chipset heatsinks with Asus stack cool 3+ design keep your system running reliably under heavy load by enhancing passive cooling capacity for critical onboard components.

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GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Ultra (Intel LGA1200/Z490/ATX/Intel 2.5G LAN/3xM.2 Thermal Guard/SATA 6Gb/s/USB 3.2 Gen 2/Intel Wi-Fi 6//Realtek ALC1220-VB/RGB Fusion/Gaming Motherboard)

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Ultra (Intel LGA1200/Z490/ATX/Intel 2.5G LAN/3xM.2 Thermal Guard/SATA 6Gb/s/USB 3.2 Gen 2/Intel Wi-Fi 6//Realtek ALC1220-VB/RGB Fusion/Gaming Motherboard)

by Gigabyte
What We like

Shielded Xtreme Memory Design with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array

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Product Features

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • RGB Fusion 2.0
  • Direct 12 Phases Digital VRM with 50A Smart Power Stage with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • AMP UP Audio ALC1220-VB AUDIO DAC
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 10000 Tb

Rgb fusion 2.0 Amp up audio alc1220-vb audio dac Intel 2.5 gbe lan Intel wifi 6 and bluetooth 5 2x2 with aorus antenna Direct 12 phases digital vrm with 50a smart power stage with tantalum polymer capacitors array Supports 10th gen intel core processors Next generations vrm cooling fins array and direct touch heatpipe with nanocarbon coating 3x m.2 aorus next generation thermal guard Memory storage capacity: 10000 tb Dual channel non-ecc unbuffered ddr4, 4 dimms

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MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi ATX Gaming Motherboard (10th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, CF, Dual M.2 Slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Wi-Fi 6, DP/HDMI, Mystic Light RGB)

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi ATX Gaming Motherboard (10th Gen Intel Core

LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, CF, Dual M.2 Slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Wi-Fi 6, DP/HDMI, Mystic Light RGB)

by MSI COMPUTER
What We like

Pre-installed I/O Shielding for convenience and protection from electrostatic discharge

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Product Features

  • Supports dual channel DDR4 memory up to 128GB (4800MHz)
  • Lightning USB 20G is powered by the ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 controller, offering never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s from the Rear USB Type-C port
  • Supports 10th Generation Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron Processors for LGA 1200 socket
  • On-board 2.5G LAN plus Gigabit LAN with with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Twin Turbo M.2 with M.2 Shield Frozr delivers transfer speeds of up to 32 GB/s for ultra-fast SSDs

Supports dual channel ddr4 memory up to 128gb (4800mhz) Twin turbo m.2 with m.2 shield frozr delivers transfer speeds of up to 32 gb/s for ultra-fast ssds On-board 2.5g lan plus gigabit lan with with wi-fi 6 (802.11ax) Supports 10th generation intel core / pentium gold / celeron processors for lga 1200 socket Lightning usb 20g is powered by the asmedia 3241 usb 3.2 gen 2x2 controller, offering never before seen usb speeds up to 20gb/s from the rear usb type-c port

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ASUS Prime Z490-A LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) ATX Motherboard (14 DrMOS Power Stages,Dual M.2, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Front Panel Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)

ASUS Prime Z490-A LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) ATX Motherboard (14 DrMOS Power Stages

Dual M.2, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Front Panel Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)

by Asus
What We like

Comprehensive Cooling: VRM heatsink, PCH heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4 utility

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Product Features

  • Built for Productivity : Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 header support, Dual M.2 slots
  • Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and Gen 2 addressable headers
  • Intel LGA 1200 Socket: Designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Enhanced Power Solution: 12+2 DrMOS power stages, 6-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery
  • Immersive Gaming Audio: The Realtek S1200A codec offers pristine audio quality to draw you deeper into the game action or to enhance your favorite music tracks or videos.

Intel lga 1200 socket: designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th gen intel core processors Immersive gaming audio: the realtek s1200a codec offers pristine audio quality to draw you deeper into the game action or to enhance your favorite music tracks or videos. Built for productivity : intel 2.5 gb ethernet, front usb 3.2 gen 2 type-c and thunderbolt 3 header support, dual m.2 slots Enhanced power solution: 12+2 drmos power stages, 6-layer pcb, procool sockets, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery Boosted memory performance: careful routing of traces and vias, plus ground layer optimizations to preserve signal integrity for improved memory overclocking with Asus optimem ii Personalization: Asus-exclusive aura sync rgb lighting, including rgb headers and gen 2 addressable headers

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Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) AM4 Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Motherboard With PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, 12+2 With Dr. MOS power stage, USB 3.2 Gen 2 And Aura Sync RGB lighting

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) AM4 Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Motherboard With PCIe 4.0

Dual M.2, 12+2 With Dr. MOS power stage, USB 3.2 Gen 2 And Aura Sync RGB lighting

by Asus
What We like

Comprehensive Cooling: Active PCH heatsink, VRM heatsink, M. 2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert

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Product Features

  • Gaming Networking: Exclusive Realtek L8200A Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 2x2 802. 11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO support, Bluetooth 5. 0, TUF LANGuard and technology
  • Next-gen connectivity: Dual PCIe 4. 0 m. 2 and USB 3. 2 Gen 2 Type-A/Type-C
  • Enhanced power solution: military-grade TUF components, ProCool socket and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability
  • AMD AM4 socket: Ready for 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors to maximize connectivity and speed with up to two M. 2 Drives, USB 3. 2 Gen2 and AMD StoreMI

Enhanced power solution: military-grade tuf components, procool socket and digi+ vrm for maximum durability Next-gen connectivity: dual pcie 4. 0 m. 2 and usb 3. 2 gen 2 type-a/type-c Amd am4 socket: ready for 2nd and 3rd gen amd ryzen processors to maximize connectivity and speed with up to two m. 2 drives, usb 3. 2 gen2 and amd storemi Gaming networking: exclusive realtek l8200a gigabit ethernet, intel 2x2 802. 11ac wi-fi with mu-mimo support, bluetooth 5. 0, tuf languard and technology

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NZXT N7 Z390 - N7-Z39XT-B1 - Intel Z390 chipset (Supports 8th/9th Gen CPUs) - ATX Gaming Motherboard - Integrated I/O Shield - Intel Wireless-AC 9560 - Bluetooth V5 - Two M.2 Connectors - Black

NZXT N7 Z390

N7-Z39XT-B1, Intel Z390 chipset (Supports 8th/9th Gen CPUs), ATX Gaming Motherboard, Integrated I/O Shield, Intel Wireless-AC 9560, Bluetooth V5, Two M.2 Connectors, Black

by NZXT
What We like

INTEGRATED REAR I/O SHIELD: Efficient layout ensures straightforward and optimal setup with easy upgradeability

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Product Features

  • FEATURES: Designed with Intel Z390 Chipset, Two M.2 connectors, 8-channel high definition audio, Intel Optane, Intel Wireless-AC 9560 wireless connectivity, and Bluetooth V5
  • CLEAN CUSTOMIZATION: All-metal cover available in black and white, and heatsink covers available in a glossy blue, red, or purple finish to color coordinate any build
  • COMPATIBILITY: Intel 8th/9th Generation Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 processors
  • HUE 2 DIGITAL RGB LIGHTING CONTROL: Advanced lighting with numerous presets and custom modes
  • GRID+ DIGITAL FAN CONTROL: Convenient fan profiles within CAM for eight independent fan channels

Clean customization: all-metal cover available in black and white, and heatsink covers available in a glossy blue, red, or purple finish to color coordinate any build Features: designed with intel z390 chipset, two m.2 connectors, 8-channel high definition audio, intel optane, intel wireless-ac 9560 wireless connectivity, and bluetooth v5 Compatibility: intel 8th/9th generation core i9, core i7, core i5, and core i3 processors Grid+ digital fan control: convenient fan profiles within cam for eight independent fan channels Hue 2 digital rgb lighting control: advanced lighting with numerous presets and custom modes

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ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gb LAN, BIOS Flashback, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header and Aura Sync)

ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen Micro ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0

2.5Gb LAN, BIOS Flashback, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header and Aura Sync)

by Asus
What We like

Robust Power Design: 8+2 DrMOS power stages with high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors to provide reliable power for the last AMD high-count-core CPUs

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Product Features

  • Optimized Thermal Solution: Fanless VRM and chipset heatsink, multiple hybrid fan headers and fan speed management with Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI Q-Fan Control utility
  • AMD AM4 Socket and PCIe 4. 0: The perfect pairing for Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs
  • Gaming Look and Feel: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and Gen 2 addressable RGB header
  • High-performance Gaming Networking: 2. 5 Gb LAN with ASUS LANGuard
  • Best Gaming Connectivity: Supports HDMI 2. 1( [email protected]) and DisplayPort 1. 2 output, featuring dual M. 2 slots (NVMe SSD)one with PCIe 4. 0 x4 connectivity, front panel USB 3. 2 Gen 1 connector, USB 3. 2 Gen 2 Type-C & Type-A ports

Best gaming connectivity: supports hdmi 2. 1( [email protected]) and displayport 1. 2 output, featuring dual m. 2 slots (nvme ssd)one with pcie 4. 0 x4 connectivity, front panel usb 3. 2 gen 1 connector, usb 3. 2 gen 2 type-c & type-a ports Gaming look and feel: Asus-exclusive aura sync rgb lighting, including rgb headers and gen 2 addressable rgb header High-performance gaming networking: 2. 5 gb lan with Asus languard Industry-leading gaming audio & ai noise cancelling mic technology: high fidelity audio from a supremefx s1220a codec with dts sound unbound and sonic studio iii draws you deeper into the action. communicate clearly with Asus ai noise cancelling mic technology Amd am4 socket and pcie 4. 0: the perfect pairing for zen 3 ryzen 5000 & 3rd gen amd ryzen cpus Optimized thermal solution: fanless vrm and chipset heatsink, multiple hybrid fan headers and fan speed management with fan xpert 4 or the uefi q-fan control utility

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi (AMD Ryzen AM4/ATX/M.2 Thermal Guard with Onboard Wi-Fi/HDMI/DVI/USB 3.1 Gen 2/DDR4/Motherboard)

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi (AMD Ryzen AM4/ATX/M.2 Thermal Guard with Onboard Wi-Fi/HDMI/DVI/USB 3.1 Gen 2/DDR4/Motherboard)

by Gigabyte
What We like

Integrated I/O shield of ultra durable design

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Product Features

  • RGB Fusion with digital LED & RGB LED headers
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB type C & type A
  • Dual channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Supports AMD 1st & 2nd generation Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics processors
  • Dual PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe with dual thermal guards

Dual channel non-ecc unbuffered ddr4, 4 dimms Dual pcie gen3 m.2 nvme with dual thermal guards Rgb fusion with digital led & rgb led headers Usb 3.1 gen 2 with usb type c & type a Smart fan 5 with fan stop Cec 2019 ready Supports amd 1st & 2nd generation ryzen/ ryzen with radeon vega graphics processors Alc1220 vb enhanced audio with wima capacitors. support for 11ac 160mhz wireless standard and up to 1.73 gaps data rate. intel wi-fi driver only support for win10 64bit Intel ethernet lan + dual band 802.11ac wi-fi

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MSI Arsenal Gaming AMD Ryzen 2ND and 3rd Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 DVI HDMI Crossfire ATX Motherboard (B450 TOMAHAWK Max) (B450TOMAMAX)

MSI Arsenal Gaming AMD Ryzen 2ND and 3rd Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 DVI HDMI Crossfire ATX Motherboard (B450 TOMAHAWK Max) (B450TOMAMAX)

by MSI COMPUTER
What We like

Core boost: With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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Product Features

  • Lightning fast game experience: 1x turbo M.2, amd turbo USB 3.2 gen2, store mi technology
  • Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon graphics/ Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics desktop processors for socket AM4
  • Supports DDR4 memory, up to 4133(OC) MHz
  • Extended heatsink design: MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.

Supports ddr4 memory, up to 4133(oc) mhz Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd gen amd ryzen/ ryzen with radeon vega graphics and 2nd gen amd ryzen with radeon graphics/ athlon with radeon vega graphics desktop processors for socket am4 Extended heatsink design: msi extended pwm heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed. Lightning fast game experience: 1x turbo m.2, amd turbo usb 3.2 gen2, store mi technology

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GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO (AM4 AMD/B550/ATX/Dual M.2/ SATA 6Gb/s/USB 3.2 Gen 2/2.5 GbE LAN/ALC1220-VB/RGB Fusion 2.0/PCIe4/DDR4/Gaming Motherboard)

GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO (AM4 AMD/B550/ATX/Dual M.2/ SATA 6Gb/s/USB 3.2 Gen 2/2.5 GbE LAN/ALC1220-VB/RGB Fusion 2.0/PCIe4/DDR4/Gaming Motherboard)

by Gigabyte
What We like

RGB FUSION 2. 0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design

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Product Features

  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
  • True 12+2 Phases Digital VRM Solution with 50A DrMOS
  • AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA Capacitors for Rear 120dB SNR
  • Ultra Durable PCIe 4. 0 Ready x16 Slot
  • USB 3. 2 Gen2 Type-C & HDMI Support

Advanced thermal design with fins-array heatsink and direct touch heatpipe Amp-up audio with alc1220-vb and wima capacitors for rear 120db snr Blazing fast 2. 5gbe lan with bandwidth management Usb 3. 2 gen2 type-c & hdmi support Ultra durable pcie 4. 0 ready x16 slot Dual channel non-ecc unbuffered ddr4, 4 dimms True 12+2 phases digital vrm solution with 50a drmos Dual ultra-fast nvme pcie 4. 0/3. 0 x4 m. 2 with thermal guards Supports 3rd gen amd ryzen processors

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