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.
The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita performed very well against its more-expensive competition, overclocked our CPU to 5.2 GHz, and offers lots of modern connectivity, though we’d like to see more USB.
The Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Super OC includes features like integrated fan and RGB headers and a robust heatsink and power delivery, coupled with a premium price.
Board partners release Intel Z490-chipset motherboards sporting the LGA 1200 socket, robust power delivery, increased base memory speeds, and some are PCIe 4.0 ready.
The ASRock RX 5600 XT has a that massive cooler helps with noise and temperatures, but is it the best 5600 XT option?
The Aorus RX 5700 XT 8G is a great performer at 1440p with ultra settings. And with some tweaking, it’s 4K/60 capable. But this comes at a higher price than similarly performing cards.
MSI’s GTX 1660 Super Gaming X provides top tier 1660 Super performance, but is priced too high since 5600 XT release.