Designed for Overclocking, but also a well-rounded performer
We put four of the least-expensive B550 motherboards to the test. Are they able to handle our Ryzen 9 3900X and do they have enough features for a discerning user?
The ASRock B550 PG Velocita includes robust VRMs, good performance and overclocking capability at a mid-range price point.
MSI’s B550I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi includes all the expected bells and whistles of the B550 chipset in a Mini-ITX size package, sans RGB.
The $1100 ASRock Z490 Aqua performed well during testing with the monoblock, keeping the VRMs exceptionally cool, even when overclocked. But is it worth the insane price of admission?
We take a close look at four Intel Z490 Mini ITX motherboards. Which one is best for your SFF build?
The Strix Z490-E Gaming performed well at stock speeds and includes features expected of this platform and price point. But is it the best around the $300 mark?
The Z490 Taichi performs well at stock speeds and includes comparable features with other boards around its price point. Styling sets the Taichi apart from the rest.
All three flagship Z490 boards worked well at stock speeds and come packed with features. But are they worth the price of admission?
The ASRock B550 Taichi has B550 internals with X570 looks and price. The board performed well against its peers, has a capable VRM, eight SATA ports and the signature premium Taichi appearance.
The MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk is a reasonably priced motherboard with capable VRMs, good performance and overclocking capability.
The Z490GTA EVO performs fine at stock speeds, with features comparable to other boards around this price. If you are looking to overclock, however, look elsewhere for now.
The Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero performed well against its peers (when unlocked), offering the latest in connectivity and looking good while doing so.
The MSI MEG Z490 Ace brings a slew of modern connectivity, including USB 3.2 Gen2 (20 Gbps), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, robust high-quality power delivery, and good (though not the best) performance.
If you plan to overclock or you just want a quiet system the CPU cooler matters a lot. We'll steer you in the right direction.
The Gigabyte Aorus Z490 Master performed well against its peers in our testing, overclocked our CPU to 5.2 GHz, offers plenty of updated connectivity, plus three M.2 slots with heatsinks.