- Rating of the best gaming motherboards
- ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME OMEGA
- GIGABYTE X399 AORUS XTREME (rev. 1.0)
- ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE
- GIGABYTE X299 AORUS MASTER (rev. 1.0)
- Supermicro X11SPM-TF
*Review of the best according to the editorial board. About the selection criteria. This document is subjective, not an advertisement and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy. Please consult a professional before you buy.
The motherboard – the most important module of any PC, which determines almost everything – what processor can be installed, what memory, what additional features can be used for certain purposes. There is a separate class of motherboards that inherently have a significantly higher life span on any parameters than “motherboards” for ordinary work. We are talking about boards for professional gamers, and today’s Expertoogy review will focus on them.
All top rated gaming motherboardshave a list of common features:
- passive cooling;
- 24-pin main power connector;
- AMI BIOS with disaster recovery tools;
- EFI support;
- No IDE controller is provided;
- Four-channel memory mode;
- 128GB RAM upper limit (except for Supermicro X11SPM-TF);
- 8 memory module slots (except Supermicro X11SPM-TF);
- /CrossFireX (except Supermicro X11SPM-TF).
Rating of the best gaming motherboards
|Best gaming motherboards ranking||1||ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME OMEGA||50 002€|
|2||GIGABYTE X399 AORUS XTREME (rev. 1.0)||30 877€|
|3||ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE||28 811€|
|4||GIGABYTE X299 AORUS MASTER (rev. 1.0)||27 271€|
|5||Supermicro X11SPM-TF||29 625€|
ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME OMEGA
First up, let’s take a look at the most powerful, new, feature-rich motherboard in the ROG RAMPAGE gaming lineup from Taiwanese ASUS. This is one of the most expensive models on the market as of early 2019. The form factor is EATX, which means the board is slightly longer than the most common ATX format.
This gaming motherboard is built on Intel X299 chipset and LGA2066 socket. Supports Intel Core X-Series 79xx/78xx microprocessor systems. Two 8-pin power connectors are used to power the processor. Supports DDR4 RAM at frequencies from 2133 to 4266 MHz.
Drive controllers include: SATA with six 6Gb/s slots; Intel X299-based RAID with support for 0, 1, 5 and 10 array levels; two M.2 types of M key, 2242/2260/2280 one and M key, 2242/2260/2280/22110 the other. Interface Type M.2 – Combined, with SATA 3 support.0 and PCI-E. There is also a U.2 for drive connection for appropriate form factor. Supports PCI Express 3.0. There are three PCI-E expansion slots for 16 lanes and one PCI-E slot for 4 lanes.
On the basis of two integrated networking cards Aquantia AQC-107 and Intel I219V there are two network interfaces with speeds of 10 Gbit/s and 1000 Mbit/s respectively. Wireless connectivity – 802 standard Wi-Fi radio module.11ac and Bluetooth module. Integrated HDA 7 sound subsystem.1CH.
Interface kits for peripherals include 20 USB ports, 16 of which are USB3.1 and 12 of these are located on the rear panel, S output
DIF board, optical output, USB Type-C interface. There are also a jack for RGB tape and two USB 3.1 Gen 2.
Includes four SATA cords, LED ribbon expansion cable, S
IDGE(2-WAY-M), three thermistor cords, dual detachable ASUS 2T2R antenna, extra fan card with accessories, Q-connector, ROG cable tags, ROG sticker, three packs of screws for M.2.
- Two wired network cards;
- integrated 7.1;
- Advanced RAID controller;
- rich set of interfaces.
- no clear disadvantages.
GIGABYTE X399 AORUS XTREME (rev. 1.0)
Another outstanding motherboard for gamers from GIGABYTE AORUS series continues the ranking. The form factor is the same as the previous model – EATX. Dimensions are 305x269mm.
This model is based on a socket
Storage subsystem controllers include: SATA with six 6Gb/s slots; AMD X399-based RAID controller with Layer 0, 1, and 10 support; three slots for connecting non-mechanical M.2 of Socket 3, M key, 2242/2260/2280 and Socket 3, M key, 2260/2280/22110 types. m.2 have a combined format like the previous model with SATA 3 support.0 and PCI-E. Four PCI-E expansion slots for 16 lanes and one PCI-E slot for 1 line. PCI Express 2 standards are supported.0 i 3.0. RGB tape jack.
This gaming motherboard has significantly expanded networking capabilities, which provides three Ethernet RJ-45 network interfaces: two of them Gigabit based on Intel GbE controllers, one – 5 Gb/s (or 10 Gb/s in some other modifications) based on Aquantia GbE. Other network or device connectivity options – 802.1 WiFi.11ac and Bluetooth.
Sound subsystem here is integrated – Realtek ALC1220-VB, works within high standard multi-channel sound 7.1.
Interface set includes 18 USB ports of which 14 are standard 3.1 and 10 of these are on the rear panel. There are also optical output, S
DIF and USB Type-C.
- High-quality cooling;
- Easy-to-replace parts;
- backlighting of components;
- rich set of interfaces.
- inconsistent backlight control software with presets.
ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE
The next ranking entry is a bright product from ASRock, one of the top motherboard companies. The form-factor is slightly different here – ATX, but it differs only in size, not in type of power supply or other important characteristics. Dimensions – 305x244mm.
The gaming motherboard is built based on the LGA2066 socket and Intel X299 chipset, which means it is compatible with Intel Core X-Series chipsets. Two 8-pin connectors supply power to the processor. You can install DDR4 DIMM or RDIMM RAM with frequencies from 2133MHz to 4400MHz.
The drive controllers are organized as follows: SATA with ten 6Gb/s slots; a RAID controller based on Intel X299 with support for levels 0, 1, 5 and 10; three slots for M.2 types
- tra M.2, M Key 2230/2242/2260/2280 and
ASRock S Card
idge_2S, two ASRock WiFi 2 antennas.4/5 GHz, three screws for
- tra M.2, backplane cover.
- three wired network interfaces;
- Extended memory mounting options;
- No disadvantages detected.
- Extended range for RAM;
- Two Gigabit network interfaces;
- minimal heat;
- Some minor limitations on interfaces and extensions.
- microATX form factor (an advantage for those who need it);
- extremely high memory capacity upper limit;
- Two high-speed Ethernet network ports.
- natural limitations due to atypical form factor.
GIGABYTE X299 AORUS MASTER (rev. 1.0)
Next up is another notable motherboard from GIGABYTE, only with a slightly different focus and socket standard. Form Factor – EATX.
Based on Intel X299 chipset and LGA2066 socket, with support for Intel Core X series 44-lane/28-lane microprocessor systems. Two 8-pin connectors are provided for power supply of the processor. Accepts DDR4-type memory with frequencies from 2133MHz to 4000MHz.
The drive controllers are arranged as follows: SATA with eight 6Gb/s slots; an IntelX299-based RAID controller with support for levels 0, 1, 5 and 10; three slots for M SSDs.2 Socket 3, M key, 2242/2260/2280/22110 and Socket 3, M key, 2260/2280/22110 (interface combined, like the above solutions – PCI-E/SATA 3.0). There are four PCI-E expansion slots with 16 lanes each. PCI Express 3 support built in.0.
Sound multimedia subsystem is almost 100% the same as on the previous motherboard – multi-channel 7.1CH, HDA based on Realtek ALC1220-VB.
The wired network connections on this motherboard are represented by two Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 interfaces. Wireless connectivity – 802 wireless Wi-Fi module.11ac, Bluetooth module.
The set of interfaces gaming motherboard includes 13 USB ports, 11 of which are standard 3.1, eight of which are located on the rear panel. There are also S outputs
DIF, optical and USB Type-C interfaces. Interface for RGB tape connection available.
The Expertology rating of the best Expertology gaming motherboards concludes with a model that our reviewers have deliberately included in order to meet the needs of potential customers who, for whatever reason, are limited by the choice of a minimal-sized motherboard. This model is made in microATX form factor.
this board uses socket LGA3647 (Socket P), is built on Intel C622 chipset, supports Intel Xeon Scalable processors. A single 8-pin connector is provided to power the processor. DDR4 DIMM or RDIMM RAM with speeds from 1600MHz to 2666MHz can be installed. Crucially, the gaming motherboard is only compatible with ECC memory. A total of six slots for RAM modules and has an unprecedented maximum capacity of possible memory installation – up to 768GB.
The drive controllers are organized as follows: SATA with 12 6Gb/s slots; Intel C622-based RAID controller with support for levels 0, 1, 5 and 10; one M-slot.2 PCI-E 3.0 x4, 2242, 2280. Two PCI-E expansion slots for 16 lanes and one for 8 lanes. PCI Express 3 is supported.0.
In terms of built-in sound, in this selection is the only model where there is no integrated sound subsystem, and the card must be purchased separately. But there is a built-in graphic adapter Aspeed AST2500, but in the context of a gaming motherboard this is a weak advantage, because most likely to play a full-fledged game you’ll have to buy a discrete and much more powerful video card.
The built-in networking capabilities are pretty impressive: two Intel X722 and Intel X557 controllers provide two 10Gbps Ethernet links each.
USB interface set includes 11 ports, 5 of which are standard 3.1, and 2 of those are on the rear panel. There are also two classic COM-ports, D-Sub.
Included are two SATA cables and a rear chassis plug with ports.
- tra M.2, M Key 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110. As in previous cases, interface M.2 combo, supports SATA 3.0 and PCI-E. There are four PCI-E expansion slots for 16 lines each and one slot for one line. PCI Express version 2 is supported.0 i 3.0.
This motherboard has the same networking capabilities as its predecessor, but only in quantity, not in quality. It means that there are three Ethernet RJ-45 interfaces here too, but with different controllers and speeds – all three gigabit based on AQUANTIA AQC107, Intel I219V and Intel I211AT. Wireless network – Wi-Fi 802 radio module.11ac. There is also a Bluetooth module.
Sound part of the multimedia in this model is also integrated and complies with the multichannel standard 7.1CH, HDA, based on Realtek ALC1220 chip.
Interface suite includes 16 USB ports of which 10 are standard 3.1 and 6 are on the rear panel. There are also a couple of PS/2 interfaces for mouse and keyboard connection, S output
DIF, optical, USB Type-C interface. A dedicated jack for RGB tape connection.
Four SATA cables, 3-Way S card is included