Intel’s recent release of the 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs has cemented its position at the top of the gaming CPU market and has impressively proven itself in workstation tasks up to the new Core-i5. Although they won’t be able to hold out forever as developers learn to create games that use the most cores and threads that Zen 2 (and beyond) has to offer, the single-threaded performance and clock speeds continue to dominate the game. performance. Here we come to Core-i9 10900K, Intel’s latest gaming CPU champ.
If you are looking for the very best in gaming performance, look no further. Not only has Intel been able to provide noticeable improvements over the latest generation Core-i9 9900K, but (even though it has two fewer cores and 4 fewer threads), it trades in throughput benchmarks with the likes of 12 cores. / 24 thread. Ryzen 9 3900X. This excellent performance is mainly due to the new manufacturing technologies of the 14nm (+) process. By reducing silicon height, increasing IHS thickness, and improving material quality overall, Comet Lake K-series CPUs have amazing thermal performance. However, these improvements come at a cost, with the 10900K’s TDP quickly reaching 250W + when unrestricted and overclocked. So if you decide to upgrade to 10900K, you will need to invest in a powerful cooling system; As a minimum, an advanced twin tower air cooler or 240mm + AIO. If you already have a powerful cooling solution, rest assured that the new LGA 1200 socket is compatible with all LGA 115X mounters.
With the introduction of the LGA 1200 socket also comes the new Intel motherboard chipset; Z490. This is what we will see today. Here are the 5 best motherboards you can buy to power your new 10900K!
Best Motherboards for i9 10900K
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge Wi-Fi
MSI MEG Z490 Unify
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus
Asus ROG STRIX Z490-G Gaming (Wi-Fi)
Asus ROG STRIX Z490-I Gaming
If you’ve been spending over $ 500 on CPU, you don’t want to skimp on your device, period. However, this does not necessarily mean that you have to empty your savings. The MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge Wi-Fi delivers an impressive feature set for the price: 14-stage VRM (12 + 1 + 1), Intel AX201 Bluetooth 5.1 + Wi-Fi 6, Realtek 2.5G LAN + ALC 1200-VD1 Audio CODEC, and two M slots .2, 6 SATA 6Gb / s ports, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (1 Type-C), built-in I / O shield, RGB. You can’t ask for much more than a $ 200 motherboard.
With this excellent power delivery, you’ll have no problem overclocking to get the performance you want from 10900K. Probably the weakest aspect of the Z490 Gaming Edge is USB support. Another option to consider, especially if you don’t need or are not interested in the built-in Wi-Fi support, is the Asus Prime Z490-A. At $ 230, you’re trading wirelessly onboard for two additional USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, Intel 2.5G LAN, Realtek ALC S1220A Audio CODEC, and Asus’ UEFI BIOS Premium + proprietary motherboard software. Whichever option you have the budget for, you can’t go wrong by any means.
Here we have the most impressive motherboard – MSI MEG Z490 Unify. MSI offers flagship performance and features for a lot less than you’d expect – $ 300. Best-in-class 17-phase (16 + 1) VRM, 2 8-pin EPS power connections, Intel AX201 Bluetooth 5.1 + Wi-Fi 6, Realtek 2.5G LAN + ALC 1220 Audio CODEC, 3M, 6 SATA ports 6Gb / s, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 Type-C) ports, built-in power, reset and clear CMOS buttons, and built-in I / O cover. Z490 Unify is a fairly impressive genre and arguably the best choice for most people looking to beat the 10900K benchmarks in gaming and productivity.
In addition, we have to complete the general build and design of Unify, where the elegant black aesthetic is sure to look great on any system.
Priced under $ 200, this motherboard means serious business with aesthetics and a robust 14-phase power system. Upon taking a look at their design, the slides were assembled on a matte black PCB, decorated with an aesthetic black carbon heat sinks.
Regardless of the price, we also get a decent and woolly RGB beam under the bottom heatsink. For those who want to take decor a step further, MSI has it all with built-in RGB and addressable RGB headers. MSI has also done a great job within the VRM division, enhancing the 12 + 1 + 1 power phase design. Also, to give the CPU more power, you also get an 8-pin and 4-pin connector option. According to our review, even an 8-pin connector would be sufficient for decent overclocking, but using both headers can help unleash the maximum performance of i9 10900k.
The mATX form factor is better than those looking to build pure gaming consoles. Basically, you’re sacrificing some fan headers and expansion slots for nearly the same general feature set of full-size ATX motherboards, just a little more compact. When it comes to the Z490 chipset, your best bet is the Asus ROG STRIX Z490-G Gaming (Wi-Fi).
Packed in the Z490-G: Integrated Intel AX201 Bluetooth 5.1 + Wi-Fi 6, Intel 2.5G LAN, SupremeFX S1220A Audio CODEC, 2x M.2 slots, 6x SATA 6Gb / s, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port (1 is Type- C), 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, built-in I / O shield and, you guessed it, RGB. When you have the best Intel CPU for gaming, you want the mATX board to go with it.
Now, what if you want to be really small and still have enough power for 10900K? We suggest you choose Asus ROG STRIX Z490-I Gaming. There aren’t many mini-ITX Z490 options to choose from in the first place, but Asus has many of the most powerful features here, as well as the best BIOS from all the major manufacturers.
The power delivery on the STRIX Z490-I comes in the form of 10-stage VRM (4 + 1 x 2) equipment, which is slightly worse in thermal performance compared to something like the direct 9-stage VRM (8 +1) on the Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra. It also seemed to switch to VRM thermostats a little worse.
The VCore was automatically a lot better and had a better internal layout with the addition of a separate PCB to output the second M.2 drive from the back of the board as is the case with most other mini-ITX devices. Included with STRIX Z490-I: Intel AX201 Bluetooth 5.1 + Wi-Fi 6 built-in, Intel 2.5G LAN, SupremeFX S1220A Audio CODEC, 2x M.2 slots, 4x SATA 6Gb / s ports, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (1 it’s Type-C), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, built-in I / O shield, you won’t believe it … RGB.
This little thing is cool. At $300, we have another example of impressive price-performance given how complete the STRIX Z490-I is, especially given the competition in the mini-ITX Z490 market. If you’re planning to build a high-performance SFF gaming PC with the 10900K, you can’t go wrong here.
The Core-i9 10900K may seem out of reach to many users, but those who are lucky enough to pay for it (or those who wish to save money) are looking to the top of the proverbial mountain. 10900K is the ultimate gaming CPU. You might not like it, but that’s what peak FPS performance looks like … although it’s also what productivity performance looks like a little above average.
Best Entry Level: MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge Wi-Fi – A very affordable option to keep pushing overclocking at 10900K. Although it is somewhat lacking in back-end I / O, BIOS, and proprietary software compared to the Asus Prime Z490-A, if you don’t need built-in wireless support, pick it up for an additional $ 30.
Best overall: MSI MEG Z490 Unify – the motherboard with the model name with the fewest words and the best overall feature set of this bunch. Seriously, it’s the most exceptional value here and it’s guaranteed to look great on any platform with its super sleek and dark design.
Best High Performance: MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus – If you want to stay on budget, but don’t want to be left behind in the front line, the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus is definitely a straightforward show.
BEST mATX: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-G Gaming (Wi-Fi): If you’re looking to build a more compact machine specifically for games that still handle the 10900K, look no further. STRIX has excellent power delivery and a comprehensive full feature set.
Best Mini-ITX: Asus ROG STRIX Z490-I Gaming – The ultimate feature power of the mini-ITX platform capable of achieving excellent overclocking results with 10900K over SFF. It’s a tough bunch in the ITX Z490 market, but that would make a nice home for the new i9.
I have liked computer technology for a long time, since childhood, and have always been involved with various hardware and software. With my degree in computer engineering from a university recognized, it was a dream that came true and allowed me to quickly pursue my dreams. Currently, I work on various sites as a device reviewer and content writer.