When you start looking to upgrade your gaming computer you may end up deciding on upgrading your CPU for gaming purposes. With that in mind, your focus changes to finding the best motherboard for gaming but what makes a motherboard suitable or best for gaming?! Well, it depends on the type of gamer, computer and of course what CPU you have gone for.
For example, not all motherboard will allow you to overclock and those that do might not come with other important features. As a quick overview, we have listed the top motherboards just below. This list includes both Intel and AMD motherboards for the latest generation of CPUs – AMD Ryzen and Intel I5 & i7 7000 series.
Intel Z270 Motherboards
In January 2017 Intel announced and released their latest generation of i5 and i7 CPUs. This comes in conjunction with the latest set of motherboards that both support the new CPUs but also feature upgrades from the previous z170 motherboards. It is worth keeping in mind that if you are upgrading from something like an i7 6600 or 6700k to the new generation 7600 or 7700k then your Z170 motherboard will support your new CPU. In all honesty, I would suggest you keep the Z170 motherboard and save the money, that would save your budget and gives you the best for your money. Gamers looking to utilise the new upgrades from a Z270 chipset will need to upgrade though, obviously.
If you’re looking at Intel i5 7400, i5 7500, i7 7600k or an i7 7700k then you need to be looking at getting the best z270 motherboard for gaming.
AMD Ryzen Motherboards
Finally, AMD has released their latest CPU lineup – AMD Ryzen 5 and 7. These CPUs us the AM4 socket which is supported by X370, B350, A320, X300 and the A/B300 chipsets. Something to note is all Ryzen CPUs can be overclocked but only motherboards with the X370, B350 and X300 chipsets support overclocking.
Overall if you are looking to utilise Ryzen CPUs for a gaming computer then you should ideally be looking at buying the best X370 or B350 motherboard for Ryzen for gaming purposes and feature sets.
What is a Motherboard?
Let’s assume you have come to this page knowing you need a new motherboard but you don’t really know what it is, or what it does. Simply put a motherboard is the component that connects all of your other components. It can be known as PCB, mainboard or even system board. It allows your processor to interact with your graphics card, RAM, SSD etc. Some of them can also come with built-in features such as audio, wifi and overclock.
Form Factor / Size & Shape
Not all motherboards are the same size and shape. Just think about the different shapes and sizes of computer cases and you will understand! The standard size is ATX (Advanced Technology Extended) but there are also micro-ATX, mini-ATX and extended or XL-ATX. Your decision on the motherboard should be based on what case you want to use, or vice-versa.