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Best Motherboards For Intel Core i9-9900K

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Best motherboard core i9-9900K

The motherboard is a printed circuit board and foundation of a computer, it the biggest board in a computer case. The motherboard is responsible for allocating power to the computer components and allows communication between the processor (CPU), RAM, and all of the other computer components.

A computer has to have a motherboard to operate, whereas a motherboard itself is useless. The main job of the motherboard is to hold the processor chip and let everything else connect to it.

Everything that runs the computer or enhances the performance of the computer is either a part of the motherboard or plugs into the motherboard through a port or a slot.

The motherboard is the computer hardware component that provides connectivity between the components of the computer like memory (RAM), processor (CPU), video card (GPU), and hard drive. There are different types of motherboards, which are designed to fit different types and sizes of computer chassis.

Not every motherboard works with every processor and type of memory, each type of motherboard is designed to work with specific type of processors and memory.

Manufacturers optimize chipsets to work with specific processors, which is why chipset selection and CPU selection go hand in hand. Being an integrated part of the motherboard, the chipset cannot be upgraded or removed.

This means that the processor must fit the motherboard’s socket, as well as, the motherboard’s chipset must work optimally with the CPU. The layout and shape of a motherboard is called form factor. On the other hand, hard drives work with majority of motherboards, regardless of the type or brand and are mostly universal.

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ASRock Z390 Phantom

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX AC

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC is a Mini ITX motherboard and it is astonishing that a Mini ITX motherboard has also stepped into the high-end market. Such small form factor motherboards were originally developed to do simpler tasks such as surfing the internet and some fairly advanced routine work.

Nowadays, we even have much smaller computers to do these tasks and a consumer can just slap on a high-end SSD on a Mini-ITX motherboard without any problems.

The first company that managed to provide the proper power and keep the Intel’s Core i9-9900K cool in such a small form factor is ASRock with their Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard. The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard has got so many features at a cheaper price.

Specifications:

Form FactorMini-ITX
ChipsetIntel Z390
SocketLGA 1151
RAM2 x DDR4 (2666 MHz – 4500 MHz) (Maximum 32 GB) Dual-Channel
Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 1 x M.2 Key E (WiFi/BT-Module, incl. 802.11ac)
Internal Connection4 x SATA 6 GB/s 1 x M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x2 & SATA; 2280)
1 x  M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x2 & SATA; 2260 / 2280)
2 x USB 3.0 (Header)
2 x USB 2.0 (Header)
1 x CPU-Fan-Header (4-Pin)
1 x Fan-Header (4-Pin)
1 x Water Pump connection (4-Pin)
1 x Chassis-Intrusion-Connector
1 x RGB-LED-Header (3-Pin)
1 x RGB-LED-Header (4-Pin)
External Connection1 x PS/2
4 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Typ A
2 x USB 3.1 Gen1
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Gigabit-LAN (Intel I219V)
1 x WiFi-/Bluetooth-Module
1 x Clear CMOS-Button
1 x S/PDIF
5 x Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Codec mit SupremeFX)
Power Supply1 x 24-Pin EATX 12V
1 x 8-Pin ATX 12V

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC is a mini-ITX motherboard with a simple design. The heat sinks and the PCB are in black color which provides the consumers with a nice look and it should go well with the other system components having a similar color scheme. A RGB strip is located on the underside of the motherboard.

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC has an oversized voltage regulator heat sink which is designed to support overclocking, a Thunderbolt 3 controller and dual M.2 slots. Having all those features, the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard is still quite value-priced. It has a half-speed (20Gbps) Thunderbolt 3 controller and a single Gigabit Ethernet port.

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard features Intel’s new CNVi PHY with the integrated controller of the Z390 chipset which kicks up the WiFi up to 1.73Gb/s while keeping it under the budget.

The back of the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard has 2 x 3.1 Gen1 ports, a PS/2 port, HDMI 2.0 as well as a DisplayPort 1.2 for integrated graphics.

There’s a Type-C connector between the 4 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports which also support graphics output in addition to data (at 20 Gbps combined). The consumers will get Intel Gigabit Ethernet (I219V), five analog audio jacks from Realtek’s high-end ALC1220 codec and optical digital audio output.

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC motherboard should pair up really well with the Intel’s Core i9-9900K, thanks to the oversized voltage regulator heat sink which will support some real overclocking, especially if you want a small form factor PC.

Pros
  • Significantly improved the Core i9-9900K efficiency
  • Supports good overclocking
  • Performs great
  • 1.73Gb/s WiFi and Thunderbolt 3 at a quite reasonable price
Cons
  • Thunderbolt 3 only has half-speed (20Gbps)
  • There is no USB 3.1 Gen2 header for the front panel
  • DIMM overvoltage

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme has some quite advanced features that the consumers may need. This motherboard features an overclocking-friendly design, but it might have some issues with the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 when overclocking.

If you’re looking to get the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard, then look for the memory kits which other Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme owners have had no issues with before you buy a memory kit.

Specifications:

Form FactorATX
ChipsetIntel Z390
SocketLGA 1151
Voltage Regulator16 Phases
Video OutputDual Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 1.4
USB Ports4 x Type A (10Gbps), 2 x Thunderbolt 3, 2 x Type A (5Gbps), 2 x USB 2.0
Network Ports1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x 10GbE, 2 x WiFi Antenna
Audio Jacks5 x Analog Audio jacks, 1 x Digital out
PCIe x163 x PCIe 3.0
PCIe x12 x PCIe 3.0
Crossfire/SLI3 x / 2 x
DIMM Slots4 x DDR4 slots
M.2 Slots2 x PCIe 3.0, 1 x PCIe 3.0 (Consumes SATA port)
SATA Ports6 x 6Gb/s
Internal Ports8 x 4-pin (Fan Headers) 1 x 10Gb/s Type-C (USB Header) 1 x USB 3.0 (USB Header) 2 x USB 2.0 (USB Header) Integrated (0/1/5/10) SATA controllers AQC107 PCIe, WGI211AT PCIe, WGI219V PHY (Ethernet Controllers)  
HD Audio CodecALC1220

Knowing that the Core i9-9900K needs to be overclocked to get the highest performance, Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard justifies that with the motherboard’s 16 phases voltage regulator.

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme features 10GbE controller by Aquantia for faster networking in addition to the standard Intel Gigabit Ethernet in order to get dual networking.

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard also has an Intel’s 1.73Gb/s WiFi, just in case you set up your PC at a place where you don’t have a handy Ethernet port. This motherboard also has the Intel’s latest four-lane Thunderbolt 3 controller.

Gigabyte added an overclocking module, RGB fan controller hub, fan extensions, adapter cables and large WiFi antennas to the installation kit along with nylon braided SATA cables.

There are six fan headers of the overclocking controller, eight fan headers of the RGB Fan Commander, but the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme also has eight onboard fan headers as well. The motherboard also has two D-LED and two RGB connections.

Each RGB interface and three fan headers are located around the bottom edge along with front panel audio. We also have a couple of dual-port USB 2.0 headers, front panel connectors with additional PC speakers.

Just in front of the CPU socket of the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard, there are four more fan headers, other two RGB and D-LED headers. The motherboard also has USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen2 front panel headers.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard’s all three x16 PCIe slots have metal skins, but only the top two are connected to the CPU in  x16/x0 or x8/x8 mode. Whenever a card is detected in the second PCIe slot, the eight lanes will be taken by it. There are four lanes for the third slot, two of which are disabled when an SSD is put in the third PCIe slot.

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard will pair really nicely with the Intel’s Core i9-9900K since it will provide the high-end consumers with nearly all the features they may need. This motherboard supports overclocking and offers fast networking.

Pros
  • Features larger voltage regulator for increased power output
  • It has the latest Thunderbolt 3 controller with dual Type-C ports
  • In addition to the GbE and 1.73Gb/s, it also has 10GbE
Cons
  • May face problems if paire with the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 when overclocking
  • Expensive

ASRock Z390 Taichi

ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate

Those high-end consumers who need a ten Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connection don’t have a lot of options to choose from, most of those require you to buy a card and then finding a place to put it in.

ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard features an Aquantia controller and costs a little bit lesser than a combination of Z390 Taichi and a separate Aquantia card. Those buyers who get the ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard do not lose the Taichi’s dual-gigabit networking and the WiFi controller has also been upgraded to 1.73Gbps.

Specifications:

Form FactorATX
ChipsetIntel Z390
SocketLGA 1151
Voltage Regulator12 Phases
Video OutputHDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2
USB Ports1 x 10Gbps Type-C 3 x 5Gbps Type-A 4 x Type A
Network Ports2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x 10GbE, 2 x WiFi Antenna
Audio Jacks5 x Analog Audio jacks, 1 x Digital
PCIe x163 x PCIe 3.0
PCIe x12 x PCIe 3.0
Crossfire/SLI3 x / 2 x
DIMM Slots4 x DDR4 slots
M.2 Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 2 x PCIe 3.0 (Consumes SATA port)
SATA Ports8 x 6Gb/s
Internal Ports8 x 4-pin (Fan Headers) 1 x 10Gb/s Type-C (USB Header) 2 x USB 3.0 (USB Header) 1.5 x USB 2.0 (USB Header) Integrated (0/1/5/10) SATA controllers AQC107 PCIe, WGI211AT PCIe, WGI219V PHY (Ethernet Controllers)  
HD Audio CodecALC1220

Adding to the dual Gigabit Ethernet available on the cheaper Z390 Taichi, the ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard adds a 10GbE and upgrades the WiFi to a faster 1.73 Gbps.

The ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard has a chrome colored power and reset buttons now instead of the circular black spots in the older Z390 Taichi motherboard.

The ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard has the Aquantia’s 10GbE port color coded in red which makes it easy to identify. The ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard uses the same PCIe/USB interface as the Z390 Taichi’s module and the WiFi module does not look much different even though it has been upgraded.

The layout that ASRock use is different from the most competing solutions by converting CPU pathways from x16/x0/x0 to x8/x8/x0 and x8/x4/x4, when the second and the third slots are occupied with cards. This does benefit the users who are utilizing the PCIe x4 storage solutions as it does not force them to use a slot which shares bandwidth across the PCH.

The bottom edge of the ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard has the front-panel audio, D-LED and dual RGB LED, fan, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt Upgrade.

The ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate motherboard is a really great choice for you if you want to pair it up with a Core i9-9900K, since the motherboard will provide good overclocking capabilities as well as fast networking.

Pros
  • Features 1.73Gbps Wifi
  • Has 10GbE as well as dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • Has a good value for the features it provides
Cons
  • Mediocre voltage regulator cooling

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard offers good performance with some nice set of features at a quite value price. The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro has four DDR4 DIMM Slots. It also has two M.2 Slots and six SATA III ports. Each M.2 slot has an AORUS M.2 shield which cools it.

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro has a single Gigabit port and does not have WiFi, whereas there is a WiFi model also available which is a little bit more pricey than the motherboard that we are talking about. The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro also features a Realtek 1220.

Specifications:

Form FactorATX
ChipsetIntel Z390
SocketLGA 1151
Voltage Regulator12 Phases
Video Output1 x HDMI
USB Ports4 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A ports 3 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
Network PortsIntel Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Jacks5 x Analog Audio jacks
PCIe x163 x PCIe 3.0
PCIe x13 x PCIe 2.0
Crossfire/SLI1 x / 2 x
DIMM Slots4 x DDR4 slots
M.2 Slots2
SATA Ports6 x 6Gb/s
Internal Ports8 x 4-pin (Fan Headers) 1 x 10Gb/s Type-C (USB Header) 2 x USB 3.0 (USB Header) 1.5 x USB 2.0 (USB Header) Integrated (0/1/5/10) SATA controllers AQC107 PCIe, WGI211AT PCIe, WGI219V PHY (Ethernet Controllers)  
HD Audio CodecRealtek 1220

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard has quite some RGB lighting, clearly Gigabyte taking a different path here. With all those aesthetics, you also get eight 4-pin hybrid fan headers.

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard has two M.2 slots which only differ in the size they support. The one closer to the CPU socket supports 110mm while the one further away from the CPU socket supports 80mm. Both SATA M.2 and PCIe SSDs can be used in bothe of the slots and both of the slots also have heat sinks too.

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard’s onboard audio is the Realtek ALC1220. Gigabyte did not cut the number of audio outputs and give the consumers a full six ports including the optical. The back I/O panel has a total of 9 type-A USB ports from which, two are USB 3.1, three are USB 3.0 and there is a USB 3.1 Type-C port too.

This Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard is such a great choice for the high-end consumers who are looking for a motherboard to pair with Core i9-9900K since it offers good overclocking capabilities. The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard also has to offer a good amount of features too, although it lacks a WiFi module, but it does not cost so much.

Pros
  • Good value for performance
  • Heat sinks for M.2 slots
Cons
  • Does not have a WiFi module

ASUS ROG Maximus XI

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene

In order to help the consumers who want a compact Micro-ATX motherboard, ASUS went all out with their ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene motherboard. This motherboard helps the consumers to not to sacrifice features. This motherboard has 2 DIMM slots in order to get an extra pair of NVMe SSDs.

Specifications:

Form FactorMicro-ATX
ChipsetIntel Z390
SocketLGA 1151
Voltage Regulator12 Phases
Video OutputHDMI 1.4b
USB Ports1 x 10Gbps Type-C 3 x 5Gbps Type-A 4 x Type A: 2 x USB 2.0
Network Ports2 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x WiFi Antenna
Audio Jacks5 x Analog Audio jacks 1 x Digital
PCIe x161 x PCIe 3.0
PCIe x41 x PCIe 3.0 (full bandwidth)
DIMM Slots2 x DDR4 slots (Double-Capacity Capable)
M.2 Slots2 x PCIe 3.0 by PCH 2 x PCIe 3.0 by CPU
SATA Ports4 x 6Gb/s
Internal Ports7 x 4-pin (Fan Headers) 1 x 3-pin Pump (Pump Header) 1 x ASUS NODE 1 x 10Gb/s Type-C (USB Header) 1 x USB 3.0 (USB Header) 2 x USB 2.0 (USB Header) Integrated (0/1/5/10) SATA controllers WGI219V PHY (Ethernet Controller)
HD Audio CodecALC1220

The ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene motherboard has a single PCIe x16 slot and it is now more acceptable for the consumers than it may have been in the past. This motherboard increases the storage support and can support up to five NVMe SSDs

The ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene motherboard has two M.2 slots which are connected with the PCH and are hidden under another aluminum heat spreader just between the DDR4 slots and the DIMM.2 riser interface. The front edge of the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene motherboard has a USB 3.0 and a USB 3.1 Gen2 header a little bit towards the left is one of the two RGB headers.

The motherboard has a special ASIC which allows the firmware to be flashed by using a USB drive and a power supply only. This is quite important for the consumers who got the motherboard and it was manufactured before the launch of the rather new CPU model.

The rear I/O panel of the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene motherboard has two USB 2.0 ports, a couple of USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen1) ports, HDMI 1.4b, two more USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and  four USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, one of which is a Type-C connector.

The ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene also has a WiFi antenna for the Intel’s 1.73 Gb/s module and a digital optical output port along with five analog audio jacks.

This motherboard will pair very nicely with the Core i9-9900K with the set of features that it has to offer as well as the overclocking capability that it has. With more storage in a compact size, it is a great option for you if you want a smaller form factor motherboard.

Pros
  • Has dual M.2 connected to CPU
  • Graphics cooler clearance
  • Double-Capacity DRAM
Cons
  • Does not have a WiFi moduleHas two DIMM slots
  • Do not have support for dual graphics cards

MSI Meg Z390

MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE

Being one of the most expensive Z390 motherboards in the market, the MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard is one of the high-end Z390 motherboards.

Specifications

Form FactorE-ATX
ChipsetIntel Z390
SocketLGA 1151
USB Ports5 x USB 3.1 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
Network Ports2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Jacks5 x Analog Audio jacks 1 x 6.3mm headphone
PCIe x164 x PCIe 3.0
PCIe x11
DIMM Slots4 x DDR4 slots
M.2 Slots2 x PCIe 3.0 by PCH 2 x PCIe 3.0 by CPU
SATA Ports6 x 6Gb/s
M.2 Slots3
U.2 Slots1
HD Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220

The MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard has four memory slots which supports up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. The motherboard also offers the consumers with three M.2 slots and all of them with their own heat sinks and the consumers also get six SATA ports and a single U.2.

The MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard has to offer the consumers with four PCI-E x16 slots. For this motherboard, it is possible have two slots running at 8x speed. MSI does support Nvidia SLI with two GPUs and AMD CrossFire with Quad GPUs.

The MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard also offers the consumers with a single PCIe x1 slot since there are already many PCIe x16 slots and M.2 connectors. This is the kind of compromise that a lot of consumers will probably accept without any problems.

The MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE has a Realtek ALC1220 audio chipset which has 8-channel 32-bit DAC, this is better than the Aorus with the 2-channel.

MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard offers dedicated M.2 bandwidth and the U.2 connector just simply adds a little bit more versatility to the storage.

The MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard offers the enthusiasts with a lot of features which help the users with overclocking and little bit of tweaking here and there. This motherboard has two eight-pin connectors for the CPU which are capable of delivering a huge amount of power to the high-end CPUs.

The MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard is a great choice for the Core i9-9900K with the features and the overclocking capabilities that the motherboard has to offer.

Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Great storage features
Cons
  • Not so much impressive in gaming
  • So expensive

Conclusion

All of the motherboards that are mentioned above will perform really well and will be a great choice to pair the Intel’s Core i9-9900K processor with it. Every motherboard has great features and great performance.

If you’re looking for a motherboard to use it with the Core i9-9900K for a small form factor PC build and you want to get most of the features that the latest motherboards have then you should definitely check out the ASRock Z390 PHANTOM GAMING-ITX/AC motherboard, as it has a near value price as well.

It is a Mini-ITX motherboard, but have most of the features that a high-end user may need. It has great overclocking capability, especially with the Core i9-9900K and has some great set of features.

If you’re looking for a motherboard to put it together with the Core i9-9900K for a normal sized PC build and want great overclocking capability and a great set of features with enough space as well, then you should definitely check out the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme motherboard, however it is a bit expensive.

This motherboard has a large voltage regulator for increased power output, which helps when overclocking your CPU. This motherboard also has great features.

If you’re looking for a motherboard to use with the Core i9-9900K for a normal sized build and want most of the features that the latest motherboards have at a slightly lesser price, then you should definitely check out the ASRock Taichi Ultimate. This motherboard offers good overclocking capability along with great features.

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro is a great choice for a motherboard to pair up with the Core i9-9900K, especially if you want a normal sized build with most of the features that the latest motherboards have to offer as well as good overclocking capability, but at a near value price, then you should definitely check out the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro. This motherboard is a good value for performance, but it does lack a WiFi module.

If you’re looking for a compact sized motherboard to pair up with Core i9-9900K and want to get most of the features that a high-end user wants, then you should check out the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene. It has good overclocking capability with a great set of features which makes it a great choice to pair up with Core i9-9900K, however it does not support dual graphics cards.

If you simply want a high-end system which has everything that a high-end user may need and don’t care much about budget and are looking for a motherboard to pair up with the Core i9-9900K, then you should definitely check out the MSI Meg Z390 GODLIKE motherboard.

It has great overclocking capability, it offers solid performance and it has all the bells and whistles that a high-end enthusiast may need. But, it is really expensive.

If you’re not much into the “gaming” hardware and want a motherboard to pair up with the Core i9-9900K having a simple design with good performance and a good set of features that will perform really good and isn’t much expensive, then you should definitely check out the Gigabyte Z390 UD.

This motherboard offers good performance, it has decent features and is reasonably priced, but it does not have a WiFi module. Yet, it is still a great choice for a motherboard to pair up with the Core i9-9900K.

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Zakriya Amir

Zakriya is right from Pakistan. He was raised with a quest for gaming craze with an organization of specialized folks. This is the place he understood that computer games can grow your creative mind to unlimited universes. Gaming is no longer for him only a method for amusement, yet enthusiasm. From the youthful age of 8, gaming was simply the main method for communicating. At whatever point he got the opportunity to play computer games, he took it with two hands and played for quite a long time. Much to his dismay that gaming would turn into his closest companion. Zakriya consistently appreciates a challenge, and gaming gave him that again and again, and here and there it's difficult to overcome those difficulties, yet you simply continue attempting until you succeed. He trusts he can rouse individuals all around the globe to see and realize what gaming is all about.

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