[SOLVED] Suggestions and Reviews on Z490 Mainboards

Burigeller

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Hello Everyone, i'm going to buy an i9 10850K to upgrade my Gaming PC and can't really decide on a Mainboard. Since AMD is going through the roof, z490 mainboards got neglected imo and finding reviews on one that doesn't cost more than 350$ seems like an issue. Please feel free to let me know what you think is a great board and what experiences you had with the ones you tested.

Thanks in advance!
 

punkncat

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The important factor to note here is that the 10th and 11th gen Intel CPU, particularly of the K skew, are very power hungry. In order to provide the kind of power these want they have to have beefy VRM and high layer count PCB. It would not be a good idea to consider a "budget" Z chipset motherboard while also considering the 10850K.

My suggestion is to save a bit of cash and go for a Z590, just in case you were to decide you needed PCI 4.0 later (requires 11th gen CPU).

Gigabyte has a Z590 that is considered among the best, MSI has a line out that are very good, and ASUS makes nice motherboards in the high end as well. Just about the only one I have not read great reviews on are the ASRock boards and in particular the Phantom Gaming.

I personally have a Z590I Unify by MSI and it has so far been a really good motherboard. I had a few issues right at first since I picked this and the 11600K up almost right at release. The first round of BIOS updates took care of issues and it's been really good.

TL;DR- don't cheap out on a mobo for an i9.
 

punkncat

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The important factor to note here is that the 10th and 11th gen Intel CPU, particularly of the K skew, are very power hungry. In order to provide the kind of power these want they have to have beefy VRM and high layer count PCB. It would not be a good idea to consider a "budget" Z chipset motherboard while also considering the 10850K.

My suggestion is to save a bit of cash and go for a Z590, just in case you were to decide you needed PCI 4.0 later (requires 11th gen CPU).

Gigabyte has a Z590 that is considered among the best, MSI has a line out that are very good, and ASUS makes nice motherboards in the high end as well. Just about the only one I have not read great reviews on are the ASRock boards and in particular the Phantom Gaming.

I personally have a Z590I Unify by MSI and it has so far been a really good motherboard. I had a few issues right at first since I picked this and the 11600K up almost right at release. The first round of BIOS updates took care of issues and it's been really good.

TL;DR- don't cheap out on a mobo for an i9.
 

Burigeller

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The important factor to note here is that the 10th and 11th gen Intel CPU, particularly of the K skew, are very power hungry. In order to provide the kind of power these want they have to have beefy VRM and high layer count PCB. It would not be a good idea to consider a "budget" Z chipset motherboard while also considering the 10850K.

My suggestion is to save a bit of cash and go for a Z590, just in case you were to decide you needed PCI 4.0 later (requires 11th gen CPU).

Gigabyte has a Z590 that is considered among the best, MSI has a line out that are very good, and ASUS makes nice motherboards in the high end as well. Just about the only one I have not read great reviews on are the ASRock boards and in particular the Phantom Gaming.

I personally have a Z590I Unify by MSI and it has so far been a really good motherboard. I had a few issues right at first since I picked this and the 11600K up almost right at release. The first round of BIOS updates took care of issues and it's been really good.

TL;DR- don't cheap out on a mobo for an i9.
Hey! really appreciate the advice! I was thinking on going Z590 but i don't think i'd go 11th gen. any time since you don't really have a Performance increase and is still more expensive than 10th gen. I've had MSI for a long time on my Z97 and Z270 and really good experience but the software is horrible so i'd like to pass on that for a change. I don't plan on going to cheap on a mainboard i was thinking 200-250$ ish. I'm also looking for a board that doesn't look too horrible. I prefere performance over looks but would still like a PC that looks decent.

Thanks alot, really helped me out!
 

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