Our Recommendations For i7 6800K Motherboard

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Top 8 Best Motherboard for i7-6800K

HUANANZHI X99-F8 Gaming

Brand: HUANANZHI | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 256GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2400 MHz

It is true that there are not a lot of manufacturers when it comes to motherboards, but you might get surprised to hear that there are some Chinese manufacturers as well who manufacture cheap motherboards. Huananzhi is one of such brands, and we were quite keen to see the motherboards from this company as they were available at ridiculously low prices. Many other companies got inspired by this act and started manufacturing cheap motherboards. Huananzhi X99-F8 is a good-quality cheap motherboard that tries to keep a well-balanced profile between looks, performance, and price. Since this motherboard was released way after the mainstream X99 motherboards, its design matches today's standards, and that is why it looks much better than most of the X99-chipset motherboards. It uses a black and green color theme in combination with a bit of silver on the PCB. The I/O cover and the chipset heatsink are branded with the motherboard’s name and the company.

Huananzhi X99-F8 is quite a large motherboard, and it comes with eight DIMM slots. You can use up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory with this motherboard, which is fantastic. The memory speeds are natively limited to 2400 MHz, but you can overclock the memory, which mainly depends on the memory kit. You can use ECC memory with this motherboard as well, which is super cheap and easily available, especially the registered ECC RAM kits. The motherboard features five PCI-E slots, and three of them are PCI-E X16 slots, which are reinforced with metal as well and enhance the overall looks of the motherboard. More importantly, there are two M.2 slots on the motherboard as well, which seem adequate even for enthusiasts. The motherboard provides an M.2 WIFI slot that can be used with aftermarket equipment to enable WIFI. Apart from this, there are eight SATA III ports for storage.

Talking about the VRM cooling, it is clearly overpowered in thermal performance, as there are two small fans actively cooling it. It means that you won’t be having any BSODs due to overheating of the VRM. The performance of the VRM is good enough to handle the most powerful LGA-2011-3 processors, and you should easily be able to overclock these processors beyond 4.5 GHz, which seems like an excellent job. At the rear of the motherboard, you get 5 x 3.5 mm audio jacks, an S/PDIF port, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, and two PS/2 ports for the mouse and keyboard.

Conclusion

Huananzhi X99-F8 is one of the finest choices you consider for Intel Core i7-6800K, and it provides all the features that you can expect in a high-end motherboard. The motherboard is not only good-looking but also pretty powerful, and you can easily do high overclocking using this motherboard. The price of the motherboard is pretty reasonable for what it offers, and you won’t get any mainstream X99 motherboard at this price.

The Good

  • Well-balanced performance
  • Great looks for the price
  • It packs a lot of OC potential

The Bad

  • Not as well-known as mainstream vendors

X99-Mini

Brand: Luckyl | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: Micro ATX | Memory: 32 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2666 MHz

X99-Mini is yet another Chinese motherboard like the Huananzhi X99-F8 available at a dirt-cheap price, although this motherboard does not provide as many features as the previous one. The size of this motherboard is much smaller as well since it is an m-ATX motherboard. The overall design of the motherboard is completely different from the previous one. There is no major branding on this motherboard, and the use of orange color in combination with black gives it an aggressive look. There is no I/O cover on the motherboard, and the heatsinks on the motherboard look pretty orthodox.

This motherboard is one of the cheapest X99 motherboards out there, so it provides minimal features. You don’t get lots of DIMM slots here, which is one of the major limitations of this motherboard. There are only two DIMM slots on the motherboard, so this motherboard cannot be used for quad-channel memory. The memory speed is limited to 2666 MHz. Other than that, there are only two PCI-E slots on the motherboard, where one of them is the PCI-E X16 slot, and the other is the PCI-E X1 slot.

Between the PCI-E slots lie a single M.2 slot, which is not too shabby for such a dated chipset. As for the SATA ports, there are four SATA III ports on the motherboard, which, too, seem enough for casual use. The I/O of the motherboard provides three audio ports, a Gigabit LAN port, 4 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and a PS/2 port. The VRM of this motherboard, although not as strong as the previous one, can still easily handle an overclocked i7 6800K. The thermals of the VRM are impressive, as expected from such a classical design, but this does look a bit boring in these times.

Conclusion

X99-Mini is one of the cheapest X99 chipset motherboards that you can readily buy from the market right now. Indeed, it does not provide premium features such as powerful VRM, amazing aesthetics, or high-quality onboard features, but if you want a cheap motherboard that can host a processor like Intel Core i7-6800K then it should be at the top of your list.

The Good

  • One of the cheapest X99 chipset motherboards
  • Small form factor

The Bad

  • Minimal features
  • Low-quality audio chipset

Jilin X99

Brand: Jilin | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: Micro ATX | Memory: 32 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2666 MHz

Jilin X99 is yet another Chinese X99 based motherboard and can be considered as a lower-end variant of the Huananzhi X99-F8 motherboard. There is not much of a difference between both motherboards except that this one costs a little less, and its looks are slightly underwhelming. The design of this motherboard seems somewhat boring, as it lacks the I/O cover, although the heatsinks of the VRM are good-looking. The VRM heatsink is pretty massive as well compared to the previous motherboards. The best thing about this motherboard is that its price is lower than the Huananzhi, but the performance is almost the same. The motherboard uses a black and orange color theme, which has a shocking accent to it.

There are eight DIMM slots on the motherboard, and with 16 GB sticks, you can have a maximum memory of 128 GB. As for the PCI-E slots, there are five PCI-E slots on the motherboard, where three of them are PCI-E X16 slots, and the other two are PCI-E X1 slots. The motherboard does support NVIDIA SLI and AMD CROSSFIRE technologies, which is why you can easily couple two graphics cards if you want to do high-end gaming, although these technologies do not mean much in 2021.

For storage, there is an M.2 slot on the motherboard along with an mSATA slot. Moreover, there are eight SATA III slots, just like other high-end mainstream motherboards. The I/O of the motherboard is almost the same as the Huananzhi X99-F8 motherboard, as it provides 5 x 3.5mm audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF output, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x LAN port, and two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard. The motherboard uses a similar VRM setup used in the X99-F8 motherboard, which means that it packs enough power to overclock a processor like Core i7-6800K. The thermals of the VRM are going to be pretty similar as well, despite the fact that the X99-F8 uses active cooling for the VRM.

Conclusion

Jilin X99 seems like a lower-priced X99-F8 that comes with fewer bells and whistles. The motherboard’s performance is almost the same as the X99-F8, and that is why if you are considering buying a motherboard that is available at a low price, this one surely holds a better value.

The Good

  • Best value among all motherboards on the list
  • Powerful VRM cooling

The Bad

  • Aggressive color theme
  • No I/O cover

Bewinner X99

Brand: Bewinner | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 32 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2400 MHz

Bewinner X99 is a very similar motherboard to the Jilin X99. The price and performance of both of these motherboards are similar, although this motherboard comes with a smaller form factor. Design-wise, this motherboard, too, uses a black and orange color theme. There is no I/O heat-sink on this motherboard, although, like the Jilin X99 motherboard, its VRM heatsink and the chipset heatsink are quite large. The 24-pin power connector is present at the standard position, while the eight-pin power connector is present at the top left side of the motherboard. Apart from that, there is an additional six-pin connector on the left side of the motherboard, which can be used for enthusiast-grade overclocking.

The motherboard comes with four DIMM slots instead of eight, and that is fine for performance since eight DIMM slots can only be used in the quad-channel mode. The natively supported memory speed is 2133 MHz, but the overclocked speeds will be the best since the number of DIMM slots is equal to the number of supported memory channels. There are two PCI-E X16 slots on the motherboard and three PCI-E X1 slots, while for storage, there is an M.2 slot along with an mSATA slot. The number of SATA III ports on the motherboard is the same as the previous one, so it’s going to be overkill even for enthusiasts.

The rear I/O of the motherboard consists of 6 x 3.5mm audio jacks, 1 x Gigabit LAN port, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, and 2 PS/2 ports. The motherboard supports 7.1 channel audio, which can be useful for those with Home Theatres. There are not many fan headers on the motherboard, which is a bit of a bummer since a system with Core i7-6800K is going to be a pretty hot one.

Conclusion

Bewinner X99 is a nice alternative to the Jilin X99 motherboard, and it comes with fewer DIMM slots, which results in a slightly smaller footprint. The performance of this motherboard is pretty close to the Jilin X99, although the VRM heatsink is definitely smaller, which could potentially result in higher VRM temperatures comparatively.

The Good

  • Competitive price
  • 7.1 channel audio support

The Bad

  • Boring color theme
  • Four DIMM slots

HUANANZHI X99-TF

Brand: HUANANZHI | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 128 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2666 MHz

Huananzhi X99-TF is the flagship motherboard by this manufacturer, which seems like a job done well when we compare it with high-end motherboards from manufacturers like ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, etc. This motherboard is like a brother to the X99-F8 from the company and tries to provide everything similar but comes at a higher price due to the rare color theme. First of all, the design of this motherboard is absolutely stunning. In fact, this is probably the most beautiful X99 motherboard in the world. The manufacturer has used a mixture of black, white, and gray color on this motherboard and the overall presentation seems perfect. The I/O cover of the motherboard extends to the bottom and covers the audio chipset, which will improve the SNR of the audio while providing subjectively better looks.

The VRM and chipset heatsinks are white in color, and just like the X99-F8 motherboard, this motherboard uses two small fans for actively cooling the VRM. This is a very nice decision since VRM overheating can significantly reduce the life of a motherboard. The motherboard provides eight DIMM slots, and you might find it a bit surprising, but this motherboard supports both DDR3 and DDR4 memories. This means that you can use any type of memory where the DDR3 speeds are natively limited to 1866 MHz while the DDR4 speeds are limited to 2400 MHz. Do note, however, that you cannot combine these types of memories at a time.

There are five PCI-E slots on the motherboard, with three of them being PCI-E X16 slots and two of them being PCI-E X1 slots. The X16 slots are reinforced with metal, which is great for heavy graphics cards that can potentially weaken the slots. As for storage, there are two M.2 slots for storage and an M.2 WIFI slot for networking. Also, there are eight SATA III ports on the motherboard, just like the X99-F8 motherboard. Now, coming to the VRM of the motherboard, the manufacturer has used the same VRM that is used in the X99-F8 motherboard. Thankfully, this 6-phase VRM is more than enough for a processor like Core i7-6800K, and there is going to be no difficulty in overclocking it. The rear I/O of the motherboard provides 5 x 3.5mm audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF output port, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a Gigabit LAN port, and 2 PS/2 ports.

Conclusion

Huananzhi X99-TF is a great motherboard for those interested in a motherboard with a white color theme and willing to pay extra for it. The features of this motherboard are, although similar to the X99-F8 motherboard except for the DDR3 memory support, the extra price is only justified if you are downright set on buying a white-colored motherboard only.

The Good

  • Amazing color theme and looks
  • Actively cooled VRM
  • Multiple M.2 slots

The Bad

  • Priced much higher than the X99-F8

ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME

Brand: ASUS | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: E-ATX | Memory: 64 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2133 MHz

ASUS needs no introduction, as it is one of the largest manufacturers of motherboards. ASUS RAMPAGE series motherboards are now going on for ages, and the RAMPAGE V series is based on the X99 chipset. The “EXTREME” variant of the RAMPAGE series is the most powerful variant among all motherboards, and it is significantly more expensive as well. First of all, this motherboard is just a monster when it comes to size. It is an E-ATX motherboard that is not going to fit in most of the mid-tower casings. The RAMPAGE series uses the black and red color theme, and it surely attracts a lot of gamers. The designs have been improving over time, but even the RAMPAGE V EXTREME looks like a well-designed motherboard in 2021. The DIMM slots are colored red and black, while the PCI-E X16 slots are mainly colored red except the middle one, which is black in color.

The motherboard comes with eight DIMM slots and uses DDR4 memory with overclock speeds supported up to 3300 MHz. You can use up to 128 GB of memory with this motherboard. The motherboard comes with six PCI-E slots, where five of them are PCI-E X16 slots, and one of them is a PCI-E X1 slot. Unfortunately, this motherboard comes with a single M.2 slot, although you can use PCI-E M.2 adapters if you want to use multiple M.2 SSDs. The motherboard supports 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CROSSFIRE as well, which means that you can use four graphics cards simultaneously for gaming.The storage solution of this motherboard is the best out of all motherboards here since it comes with twelve SATA III ports and two SATA-E ports, although it is probably not going to be an attractive feature for most people.

The best thing about this motherboard is that it is made purely for overclocking, and if there is anything that can maximize the potential of a Core i7-6800K, it is this motherboard. ASUS has used the Extreme Engine Digi+ IV power delivery to stabilize the power delivery, enhancing the overclocking potential. Since the VRM of the motherboard is extremely powerful, it requires a high-end cooling solution as well. That is why ASUS has used two large heatsinks on the VRM connected via a thick heat-pipe. The I/O of the motherboard is better than any other motherboard on the list. It provides 5 x gold-plated 3.5mm audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF output port, 3 x antenna outputs for WIFI, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x RJ45 LANGuard port, a USB BIOS FlashBack button, a Clear CMOS button, and a PS/2 port. The motherboard comes with many accessories, such as a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A add-in PCI-E card, OC panel, etc. The motherboard uses the Realtek ALC1150 audio chipset in combination with SupremeFX 2014, which was considered among the finest onboard audio chipsets of the time.

Conclusion

ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME is not a motherboard for everyone, and it is the priciest X99 chipset motherboard you can buy. It is used by overclocking enthusiasts that want to achieve world records in overclocking. The price of this motherboard makes it out of the commoners’ approach, which is why we have placed this motherboard at a much lower number on the list.

The Good

  • Top of the line overclocking features
  • Lots of premium features
  • Extremely well-built

The Bad

  • Extremely pricey
  • Complex BIOS

MSI X99A Gaming 7

Brand: MSI | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 128 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 3333 Mhz

MSI is a great competitor of ASUS when it comes to motherboards, and its motherboards are undoubtedly one of the best in the world. MSI X99A Gaming 7 is a high-end motherboard based on the X99 chipset, and it provides all the high-end features that you would expect from an X99 motherboard.The motherboard’s design is not as good as the likes of Huananzhi X99-F8 or X99-TF, but it is pretty close. The PCB is black in color, and most of the components are also black with a slight touch of red here and there. There is no I/O cover on this motherboard, which is a bit disappointing considering its price.

The motherboard comes with eight DIMM slots that can utilize up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory sticks, leading to a maximum memory of 128 GB. The maximum memory speeds are advertised to be 3333 MHz with overclocking, one of the highest for the X99 chipset. The motherboard provides six PCI-E slots, and two of them are X1 slots, while four of them are X16 slots. It supports 3-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CROSSFIRE technologies, i.e., using three graphics cards for gaming.

There is a single M.2 slot for storage on the motherboard, while there are ten SATA III ports (2 x ports compatible with 1 x SATA Express port). The I/O of the motherboard is a bit similar to the RAMPAGE V EXTREME, as it provides 5 x gold-plated audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF output port, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, a BIOS button, a PS/2 port, and an RJ45 port. MSI X99A Gaming 7 also uses the Realtek ALC1150 audio chipset in combination with Audio Boost.

Conclusion

MSI X99A Gaming 7 is a high-end X99 chipset motherboard that is priced higher than the Chinese motherboards that we have listed earlier, although it surely provides better I/O features, and it is no doubt a much more reliable product overall.

The Good

  • Better I/O features than other motherboards on the list
  • It uses a strong VRM
  • Lots of SATA III ports

The Bad

  • High price
  • No I/O cover makes it look cheap

ASUS X99-A

Brand: ASUS | Chipset: Intel X99 | Socket: LGA 2011 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 64 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2133 MHz

Here we are with another motherboard from ASUS that is ASUS X99-A. It is a much cheaper motherboard than the likes of ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME, but it is still pricier than the Chinese motherboards listed here. The design of this motherboard is pretty simple. The PCB of the motherboard is black in color, while the VRM and chipset heatsinks are white. Like the previous motherboard, it also uses no I/O cover. The 24-pin power connector is present on the right side of the motherboard, while the 8-pin power connector is present at the top center of the motherboard.

The motherboard comes with eight DIMM slots, and like other motherboards, you can use a maximum of 128 GB of memory with it. The maximum overclocking memory speeds are around 3200 MHz. There is a total of six PCI-E slots on the motherboard. Two of the PCI-E slots are X1 slots, while the rest are PCI-E X16 slots. For storage, there is an M.2 slot on the motherboard and eight SATA III ports.

The VRM heatsinks of the motherboard are not as powerful as the MSI X99A Gaming 7 but should do fine for a hexa-core processor like Core i7-6800K. The motherboard provides 5 x audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF port, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, a USB BIOS FlashBack button, a LAN port, and a PS/2 port. This motherboard also uses the Realtek ALC1150 audio chipset and features Crystal Sound 2.

Conclusion

ASUS X99-A is one of the cheapest mainstream X99 chipset motherboards that you can consider buying in 2021. Even though it is much pricier than the Chinese X99 motherboards, you wouldn’t have much of a choice if your work requires reliability.

The Good

  • Reliable performance
  • Good looking heatsinks
  • Great audio quality

The Bad

  • Pricey
  • Limited features

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