When it comes to gaming PCs, the motherboard is an essential part as it houses the CPU, graphics card, processor and other key components. There are many motherboards in the market which cater to the consumer market from the budget-friendly to some expensive ones.
Here are the Best Motherboards for Gaming in 2017
MSI H110M Pro-D
The budget-friendly Skylake gaming motherboard MSI H110M Pro-D suits those who do not want to break the bank for a gaming motherboard. Tagged $60, it also supports Kabylake processors and has a micro ATX board that has a smaller form factor than the standard ATX design. The MSI H110M Proll-D has USB 3.1 and four SATA 6GB/s ports for storage, as well as an EZ Debug LED for easy troubleshooting.
A voltage protection is present so there is no need to worry about overheating the motherboard. This motherboard’s sturdy parts support the most recent MSI Click BIOS 5 and DDR4-2133 memory with a seemingly boring or basic design but many would be drawn by its price.
ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC
The ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC is among the midrange Skylake gaming motherboards priced under $300, and the most inexpensive among ASRock’s Fatal1ty series. It comes with a network controller Killer 2400, an extra SATA-Express connector, four extra phases of the CPU voltage regulator and an enhanced ALC1150 audio controller with DTS Connect; not to mention the Type-C USB connector on its I/O panel. Such is connected to the chipset’s USB 3.0 controller.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1
The Z170x-Gaming G1 motherboard from Gigabyte is one of the best high-end gaming motherboards for people who can spend more. This category has motherboards tagged over $300 but with features that warrant their price and the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 has a performance that does not deserve to be overlooked. It is said to be the most feature rich out of the premium Z170 motherboards.
Gaming motherboards ensure that they offer a top notch audio quality and Gigabyte included on its board a Creative Sound Blaster ZxRi 120dB audio, a sound chip that offers impressive audio normally seen from a separate sound card. Paired with the Creative SBX Pro Studio suite, the user is in for an impressive sound stage. The motherboard also comes with three LAN interfaces – one with the Killer Doubleshot X3 Pro, another with a Killer Ethernet E2400 and one has a wireless antenna or the Killer 1535.
While it is rich with ports, the Gaming G1 board can be overclocked with the App Center. Gigabyte knows the risk of overclocking and includes the Q-Flash Plus feature for flashing a fresh BIOS firmware sans the installation of a RAM or a CPU to prevent the corruption of the BIOS.
Asus ROG Rampage V Edition 10
One of the best X99 gaming motherboards is the Asus ROG Rampage V Edition 10. X99 motherboards support Broadwell-E processors and has lots of features. Since Broadwell-E processors are more expensive than their Skylake and Kabylake counterparts, mainstream consumers usually skip the X99 motherboards, which are the most expensive.
Asus has beautified the 10th anniversary Rampage edition with top notch aesthetics in an amazing Black-colored design with some orange and gray accents. It includes a four-pin Aura RGB strip header that allows the plugging of 12v RGB strips to further enhance its beautiful design. For overclocking, this motherboard won 12 global first places. It has handy buttons and switches for quick troubleshooting.