The Best Motherboards by Price (Oct 2018)

Adrian B Updated on Oct 08, 2018

The motherboards are the core element of any computer. For the same price, there are almost no differences among the available models. The most important component of a motherboard is its chipset and its properties/capabilities are defined by the processor’s companies.

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How To Choose The Best Motherboard

Basics

The manufacturers can add additional features like better audio or red chipsets, more or fewer PCIe slots or M.2 slots.

The chipset will define the motherboard connectivity (CPU and RAM compatibility, overclocking) as well as its target use: standard, gaming, overclocking.

The difference between a standard and an overclocking motherboard is in the components quality (better capacitors, interference protection, adapted for liquid refrigeration) so it can handle stable higher CPU and RAM clock speeds. Overclocking motherboards prices start at 80 to 90 dollars.

The Motherboard’s chipset define its compatibility with the different CPUs and RAMs types, brands and/or generation.

Recommendations

The motherboard’s chipset simply determines what processor type accepts, how many USB ports can support, the maximum amount of RAM permitted or the graphics card connections.

So, before losing your mind looking at millions of motherboard models, you should know:

  • What is your CPU’s socket?
  • How many RAM do you want to install?
  • What kind of storage will you use (standard HDD, SSD, M.2, …)?
  • Type and number of graphics cards.
  • Will you overclock the CPU, GPU and/or RAM?
  • What computer case size do you have/want?

Now you have an idea of what you want, but there is still more to talk before choosing your motherboard. Follow the next recommendations in order to get the better while fitting your budget:

  • Do not spend more than 70 – 80 dollars unless you really need the expansion options that that model offers.
  • Above 80 dollars you will find the overclocking models or models with better audio controllers, less network latency…
  • Be sure that your CPU socket is compatible with the motherboard’s chipset.
  • PCIe 2.0 or PCIe 3.0? You will only perceive a difference if you are using a +$400 graphics card, and the performance difference is less than 5%.
  • The motherboard’s power consumption is almost in all cases lower than 10W. So, in this component, the TDP is not a critical feature.
  • ATX, Micro ATX (or uATX), Mini ITX (from largest to smallest size): this defines the motherboard’s size. ATX has more expansion options but it is the most expensive models and you probably won’t need those extra options. Micro ATX is the most used size and Mini ITX is usually used in bare-bones or All-In-One computers.

As a general advice, try to focus on ~$80 Micro ATX motherboards, as these will cover all your needs and will fit in a wide variety of super cool cases.

 

Buying Guide

AMD AM4 – Ryzen, 2017

The AMD socket used on their latest CPUs, the Ryzen family. As you can see in the following table, the maximum performance chipset is the X370. For high-end gaming computers is recommended using the B350. Finally, for the standard consumer there is a third chipset, the A320, which offers all the features the vast majority of the gamers will ever need from a motherboard.

AMD AM4 - Ryzen Chipsets
A320
B350
X370
Max RAM
64 GB
64 GB
64 GB
Overclocking
GPU
CPU + GPU + RAM
CPU + GPU + RAM
SATA3
4
4
6
USB 2.0
6
6
4
USB 3.0
6
6
10
RAID
0, 1, 10
0, 1, 10
0, 1, 10
M.2
2
2
2
SATA Express
2
2
2

Standard – Up to $80

ASRock A320M-DGS

ASRock A320M-DGSlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD A Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 4x SATA3, 3x fan headers
Market Price: $59.78
Available on:
Amazon USA
ASUS Prime A320M-C R2.0

ASUS Prime A320M-C R2.0launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD A Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 4x SATA3, 2x fan headers
Market Price: $115.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
Gigabyte GA-A320M-HD2

Gigabyte GA-A320M-HD2launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD A Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right3x USB 3.1, 6x USB 2.0, 4x SATA3, 3x fan headers
Market Price: $129.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM

ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSMlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 4x SATA3, 2x fan headers
Market Price: $75.75
Available on:
Amazon USA
Gigabyte GA-AB350M-HD3

Gigabyte GA-AB350M-HD3launch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 1x M.2, 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $103.38
Available on:
Amazon USA
ASRock X370 PRO4

ASRock X370 PRO4launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right2x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 8x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 4x fan headers
Market Price: $91.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

One of the best motherboards you can find on the market at the moment for Ryzen-based builds is the ASRock X370 PRO4, a product from the ASRock’s PRO Series.

This ATX board comes with all the features needed for either starter or high-end builds for an unbeatable price and the reliability of a company like ASRock.

This motherboard is fully compatible with latest Ryzen 2 processors. It does NOT need any BIOS update prior to mounting a Ryzen CPU. Note that some of the most recommended AM4 motherboards need a patch to support the latest Ryzen generation.

Presenting a striped white and black design, this board has been designed to get the most out of the latest Ryzen processors:

  • Supports stable CPU Overclocking, thanks to the X370 chipset
  • Supports DDR4 RAM from 1866 to 2400 and overclockable to up to 3200 MHz

It also has others quite remarkable features that are worth mentioning:

  • Tested with the major RAM brands to ensure maximum compatibility
  • ASRock Live Update: forget about navigating through intricate BIOS menus just to update it! With the provided ASRock desktop app you can keep it updated with a couple clicks
  • USB Type-C, M.2 ports for SSDs, premium materials and solid performance!
  • Find out more in the official page

Advanced – From $80 to $120

MSI B350M Gaming Pro

MSI B350M Gaming Prolaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 4x SATA3, 3x fan headers
Market Price: $72.04
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI B350 PC MATE

MSI B350 PC MATElaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 1x M.2, Crossfire
Market Price: $78.67
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI B350 TOMAHAWK

MSI B350 TOMAHAWKlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 1x M.2, Crossfire
Market Price: $72.74
Available on:
Amazon USA
GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming

GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaminglaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 1x M.2
Market Price: $89.52
Available on:
Amazon USA
ASUS Prime B350-Plus

ASUS Prime B350-Pluslaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887-VD2
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 8x SATA3, 1x M.2, 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $84.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

High-end – From $120 to $250

ASUS Prime X370-A

ASUS Prime X370-Alaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887-VD2
chevron_right1x M.2, 6x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 3x fan headers, 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $115.26
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI X370 GAMING PLUS

MSI X370 GAMING PLUSlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right1x M.2, 6x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 5x fan headers, water pump support, NVIDIA 2-Way SLI & AMD 3-Way Crossfire
Market Price: $99.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI X370 SLI Plus

MSI X370 SLI Pluslaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 8x SATA3, 1x M.2, SLI & Crossfire
Market Price: $136.16
Available on:
Amazon USA
ASUS X370 Prime Pro

ASUS X370 Prime Prolaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightSupremeFX S1220
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 8x USB 3.0, 8x SATA3, 1x M.2, SLI & Crossfire
Market Price: $150.13
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI X370 Gaming PRO Carbon

MSI X370 Gaming PRO Carbonlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC1220
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 2x M.2, SLI & tri-Crossfire
Market Price: $146.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

This top-notch motherboard will take yout build to the next level. The MSI X370 Gaming PRO Carbon mounts the most advanced Ryzen chipset: the X370. It has absolutely all every enthusiastic gamer would ever need (hence the high price):

  • Supports DDR4-3200+(OC) Memory
  • GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel: experience the lowest latency while playing online!
  • Multiple GPU support: both NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire
  • 4x USB 3.1, 2x M.2
  • 6x SATA3
Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K7

Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K7launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC1220
chevron_right4x USB 3.1, 6x USB 3.0, 8x SATA3, 1x M.2, 1x U.2, tetra-SLI & tetra-Crossfire
Market Price: $199.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

Master Race – From $250

Asus X370 ROG Crosshair VI Hero

Asus X370 ROG Crosshair VI Herolaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightSupremeFX S1220
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 6x USB 3.0, 8x SATA3, 1x M.2, dual-Crossfire
Market Price: $180.34
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titaniumlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC1220
chevron_right2x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 2x M.2, tri-Crossfire
Market Price: $189.41
Available on:
Amazon USA

Intel LGA 1151 – Coffee Lake, 2017 Q4

Intel LGA 1151 - Coffee Lake Chipsets
H310
H370
B360
Q370
Z370
Max RAM
64 GB
Overclocking
CPU + GPU
CPU + GPU + RAM
SATA3
4
6
USB 3.0
4
10
6
8
10
USB 3.1
-
4
6
RAID
-
0, 1, 5, 10
-
0, 1, 5, 10
Wifi 802.11 ac
Yes
No
PCIe
0
2
1
3
Additional PCIe
6
20
12
-
24

Standard – Up to $80

Gigabyte B360M DS3H

Gigabyte B360M DS3Hlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 2666
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 3x fan headers
Market Price: $67.75
Available on:
Amazon USA

For builds mounting 8th Intel generation (Coffee Lake), the Gigabyte B360M DS3H provides all you need.

This micro ATX board comes with all the features needed for either entry-level or high-end builds for an unbeatable price and the reliability of a big company as Gigabyte!

The main features of this motherboard are:

  • Intel Optane Memory
  • DDR4 2666 RAM support
  • Tested with the major RAM brands to ensure maximum compatibility
  • Supports RGB light strips, which can be customized using the included the RGB Fusion software

It also includes a pretty handy feature called Dual BIOS: the motherboard has two BIOS, main and backup, protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.

And, of course, it also has latest-generation ports for all your needs: 4x USB 3.1 ports and 1x M.2 port to plug in a super fast SSD.

Advanced – From $80 to $120

ASUS TUF H310-PLUS GAMING

ASUS TUF H310-PLUS GAMINGlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel H Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 2666
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 3x fan headers
Market Price: $84.56
Available on:
Amazon USA
GIGABYTE H370M D3H

GIGABYTE H370M D3Hlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel H Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 2666
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right2x M.2, 6x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 4x fan headers, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $84.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
GIGABYTE H370 HD3

GIGABYTE H370 HD3launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel H Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 2666
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right2x M.2, 6x USB 3.1, 6x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 4x fan headers, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $89.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

High-end – From $120 to $250

MSI Z370-A Pro

MSI Z370-A Prolaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel Z Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 4000 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 5x fan headers, water pump support, 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $102.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

The MSI Z370-A PRO is a perfect choice if you want an overclockable system (CPU, GPU, RAM), designed to fully utilize the latest Intel Coffee Lake processors, ready to deliver a world-class gaming experience.

It includes several fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.

The core features of this motherboard are:

  • Supports 8th Generation Intel Core, Pentium, and Celeron Processors for Socket LGA 1151
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4000+(OC) MHz
  • DDR4 Boost: give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • Turbo M.2: NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4
  • X-Boost: A Great tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
  • Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high-quality components for best protection and efficiency
  • Click BIOS 5: A super easy to use and friendly BIOS interface

MSI PRO Series motherboards are optimized for cryptocurrency mining like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and more.

These motherboards come with more PCI expansion slots, perfectly placed so you can install multiple graphics cards simultaneously with ease.

Optimized Power Design and special BIOS options ensure a rock solid system for long mining sessions to maximize efficiency and coin generation.

MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS

MSI Z370 GAMING PLUSlaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel Z Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 4000 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 4x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 5x fan headers, water pump support, 2-Way AMD CrossFire
Market Price: $104.99
Available on:
Amazon USA
MSI Z370 SLI PLUS Pro

MSI Z370 SLI PLUS Prolaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel Z Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 4000 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC1220
chevron_right2x M.2, 6x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 5x fan headers, water pump support, NVIDIA 2-Way SLI & AMD 3-Way Crossfire
Market Price: $139.00
Available on:
Amazon USA

 

Changelog

Added Products

  • July 11, 2018: ASRock X370 PRO4
  • April 17, 2018: GIGABYTE B360M DS3H
  • April 9, 2018: ASUS TUF H310-PLUS, GIGABYTE H370 HD3, GIGABYTE H370M D3H
  • October 11, 2017: MSI Z370 SLI PLUS Pro, MSI Z370-A Pro, MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS
  • October 7, 2017: MSI X370 GAMING PLUS, ASUS Prime X370-A, ASRock A320M-DGS, ASUS Prime A320M-C R2.0, ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM, MSI ProSeries B350M PRO-VDH
  • August 1, 2017: remove all outdated models from previous generations (AM3, Skylake, Haswell)
  • July 9, 2017: MSI Pro Series RAIDER X299, Gigabyte X299 UD4, ASUS PRIME X299-A, MSI X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC, GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9
  • May 9, 2017: Gigabyte GA-A320M-HD2
  • April 23, 2017: first batch of AM4 models, including B350 and X370 chipsets, ranging between $85 and $250+

Removed Products

  • February 5, 2018: Skylake-X products
  • December 15, 2017: Intel 2016 product generation (Skylake and LGA 2011-v3)

 

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