If you are thinking of building a small form factor Mini-ITX Gaming PC or HTPC then you do need a mini-ITX motherboard for it. This is because you can only fit a mini-ITX motherboard in a mini-ITX case, but a mini-ITX motherboard can also fit in mini-tower, mid-tower and most full-tower cases. Due to its small size, mini-ITX motherboards come with fewer expansion slots and ports. You will get only one PCI-E x16 graphics card slot in mini-ITX motherboards and no PCI-E x1 slot (in almost all mini-ITX motherboards). Mini-ITX motherboards may not be that popular but they do have a special place in the PC industry.
Good mini-ITX motherboards are generally hard to find, especially for gaming purpose. This is because these motherboards are not the first choice for gamers and they are more suited for building a HTPC or a SFF PC for work. But nowadays you can find powerful mini-ITX motherboards too that can used for building a powerful SFF Gaming PC using a high-end processor and top of the line graphics cards. Here in this post I am going provide you the best mini-ITX motherboards for building a Compact Gaming PC, HTPC or a powerful small form factor work PC.
Intel Mini-ITX Motherboards
LGA 1151 Socket [for 6th& 7th Generation]
These mini-ITX motherboards support the 6th and 7th Generation Skylake and Kaby Lake processors from Intel. It is to be noted that all Kaby Lake motherboards support Skylake CPUs but it is possible that all Kaby Lake processors might not work with some older Skylake motherboards. To make them work with kaby lake CPUs you have to update their BIOS to the latest.
This is a budget Mini-ITX motherboard from MSI which is based on the Intel H110 chipset which is an entry level chipset. It comes with a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for graphics card and one M.2 Slot (PCI-E) for connecting high speed M.2 SSDs. The motherboard support 6th and 7th generation Intel Processors based on the LGA 1151 Socket and up to 32GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM in dual channel mode.
This is a great motherboard for building a HTPC and a low cost small form factor gaming PC. Other features include onboard 7.1 channel HD audio, Realtek Gigabit LAN, Windows 10 support, USB 3.1 high speed ports and Reinforced PCI-E x16 slot. So, if you in search for a budget Mini-ITX motherboard then this is what you should buy. Recommended for users on tight budget and for HTPC.
|MSI H110I PRO Mini-ITX Motherboard Specifications|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151|
|Processor Support||6th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket|
|RAM Support||DDR4 2133MHz (up to 32GB), Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-EX16 x 1, M.2 2280 x 1 (PCIe Gen2 x 4)|
|Ports||SATA III x 4, USB 3.1 x 4, USB 2.0 x 4, HDMI, DVI|
|Features||Onboard 7.1 Channel HD Audio and Gigabit LAN, Click BIOS, VGA Armor, Overvoltage Protection, Windows 10 Ready|
This is a B250 chipset gaming mini-ITX motherboard for Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs. This is an affordable gaming motherboard that comes with one PCI-E 3.0 x16 Slot, Turbo M.2 Slot (on back side) for NVMe and SATA SSDs and Wi-Fi (M.2 2230 Key E). The motherboard chipset does support quad channel memory but we can only run it in dual channel because it has only two DDR4 memory slots. It can support up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM.
Other important features of this tiny little motherboard include 8 channel onboard audio, Gaming LAN, VR Ready, Intel Optane Memory support, Mystic Light Sync, Click 5 BIOS, USB 3.1 ports and EZ Debug LED for troubleshooting. So,if you are looking for budget gaming mini-ITX motherboard then it will not disappoint you.
|MSI B250I GAMING PRO AC Motherboard Specifications|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151|
|Processor Support||7th / 6th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors|
|RAM Support||DDR4 2400 (up to 32GB), Quad Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-E x16 x 1, M.2 2280 x 1 Key M(PCIe Gen3 x4/SATA) on back side|
|Ports||SATA III x 4, USB 3.1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 4, DVI-D, HDMI|
|Features||VR Ready, Onboard 8 channel audio and Gaming LAN, Click BIOS 5, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Mystic Light Sync, Wi-Fi (M.2 2230 Key E)|
A high-end Mini-ITX gaming motherboard from Asrock that comes with lots of features and ports for such a small motherboard. The motherboard is based on the Intel Z270 Chipset which is a high-end chipset for Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors. The motherboard supports overclocking and comes with one PCI-E 3.0 x16 x 1 slot for graphics card, one Ultra M.2 slot for high-speed NVMe and SATA SSDs, one SATA Express port and support DDR4 4000 (O.C.) memory up to 32GB capacity.
It also comes with onboard dual band Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 3 port having USB Type-C connector. It is a solid motherboard and has got Digi Power 8 power phase design for rock solid stability during overclocking. Other features include 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, PCI-E steel slot and high speed USB 3.1 ports. So, if you are looking for a top gaming motherboard in small size then this will definitely blow up your mind. Highly Recommended by me.
|ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Specifications|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151|
|Processor Support||7th and 6th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron|
|RAM Support||DDR4 4000 (OC), up to 32GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-E x16 x 1, Ultra M.2 ((PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)x 1|
|Ports||SATA3 x 6, SATA Express 10Gb/s connector, USB 3.1 x 8, Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C), HDMI, DisplayPort|
|Features||Intel Optane Memory Ready, Gigabit LAN, Onboard 8 channel HD audio, PCI-E Steel slot, 8 Power Phase Design, Dual Band Wi-Fi (802.11ac), UEFI BIOS, Overlocking support|
Another Mini-ITX high-end gaming motherboard based on the Intel Z270 chipset, but this one is from Gigabyte. Gigabyte GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 mini-ITX motherboard is also rich on features and supports overlocking for unlocked Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs. The motherboard comes with one PCIe 3.0 x 16 graphics card slot, Ultra-Fast M.2 Port for NVMe & SATA Solid State Drives, Dual band Wi-Fi / Bluetooth and supports 32GB DDR4 4266 RAM in Overclock mode using Intel XMP 2.0 profiles.
This is a very tough and good looking motherboard, and has got RGB LED lighting. Other features of this mini-itx motherboard includes onboard 8 channel audio, gigabit LAN, Smart Fan 5, USB 3.1 ports, USB Type-C port, PCIe Armor slot, UEFI BIOS and more. It is a great motherboard for enthusiasts and gamers who does not compromise on performance and features.
|Gigabyte GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 Motherboard Specifications|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151|
|Processor Support||7th/ 6th Generation Intel Core Processors|
|RAM Support||DDR4 4266 (O.C.), up to 32GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-Ex16 x 1, M.2 (PCIe Gen 3) x 1|
|Ports||SATA III x 4, USB 3.1 x 6, USB Type-C, USB 2.0 x 2, HDMI, DisplayPort|
|Features||Onboard Dual Band Wi-Fi& Bluetooth, 8 channel audio and gigabit LAN, Overclocking support, Intel Optane Memory Ready, RGB Fusion LED, Smart Fan 5, PCIe x16 slot bifurcation in 2×8 mode by riser card, Gigabyte UEFI BIOS, PCIe Armor slot|
LGA 1151 Socket [for 8th Generation]
Motherboards for Intel’s latest 8th Generation Coffee Lake Processors based on the newer LGA 1151 Socket.
For new 8th Generation Intel Core series processors, above motherboards will not work even though they have the same LGA 1151 Socket. This is because there are some minor differences in pin layout and electrical compatibility. So, to use an Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake Processor you have to buy 8th Generation Z370 chipset based motherboard having LGA 1151 Socket Type. Here we have ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING motherboard which is a powerful Mini-ITX motherboard and supports the latest Intel Coffee Lake processors.
This is a feature rich gaming motherboard and it comes with one PCI-E 3.0 x16 graphics card slot, two M.2 slots for connecting high speed PCIe NVMe and SATA SSDs, Dual band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, USB 3.1 ports. This motherboard supports overclocking and up to 32GB DDR4 4333 (OC) RAM. Other features include onboard 8 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, Asus SafeSlot, VR Readyand Intel Optane Memory support. So, if you looking to build a small form factor gaming PC using Intel Coffee Lake processors then this is the motherboard that you should get. Highly Recommended by me.
|ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING Motherboard Specifications|
|Socket Type||LGA 1151|
|Processor Support||Intel Socket 1151 for 8th Generation Core Processors|
|RAM Support||DDR4 4333(O.C.), up to 32GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCIe x16 x 1, M.2 Socket 3 Type M x 2|
|Ports||SATAIII x 4, USB 3.1 x 7, USB 2.0 x 6, HDMI, DisplayPort|
|Features||Aura Sync RGB LED lighting, M.2 heatsink, Dual Band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Asus SafeSlot, Onboard 8 channel audio and LAN, VR Ready, Intel Optane Memory Ready|
AMD Mini-ITX Motherboards
Gigabyte GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI is a budget Mini-ITX gaming motherboard based on the AMD B350 chipset and support AM4 Socket processors. This Socket AM4 Mini-ITX motherboard supports overclocking and comes with PCI-Ex16 slot, M.2 slot for NVMe & SATA SSDs and supports dual channel DDR4 3200 (OC) RAM.
This is a VR Ready mini-ITX motherboard and its features include RGB Fusion LED lighting, PCI-E Steel Shield, Onboard 8 channel audio & Gigabit LAN and onboard dual band Wi-Fi / Bluetooth. Overall a very good Mini-ITX motherboard for AM4 Socket Processors and is quite affordable.
|Gigabyte GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI Motherboard Specifications|
|Processor Support||AMD Ryzen & 7th Generation A-series / Athlon Processors|
|RAM Support||DDR4 3200 (O.C.), up to 32GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-Ex16 x 1, M.2 x 1|
|Ports||SATA III x 4, USB 3.1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 2, HDMI, DisplayPort|
|Features||Realtek onboard audio & LAN, Smart Fan 5, Overclocking support, RGB Fusion LED, VR Ready, PCI-E Steel shield, UEFI BIOS|
A Mini-ITX B350 chipset gaming motherboard from Asrock for AM4 Socket AMD processors. ASRock Fatal1ty motherboards are known for their performance, reliability and features. This Mini-ITX motherboard comes with one PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, Ultra M.2 slot for PCI-E NVMe & SATA Solid State Drives and supports DDR4 3466+ (OC) RAM up to 32GB.
The motherboard supports overclocking and comes with additional features like dual band Wi-Fi / bluetooth, RGb LED headers, 7.1 channel HD audio, Gigabit LAN, PCI-E Steel slot and Digi Power 8 Power Phases for extra stability during overclocking. In all, a very good motherboard for enthusiasts and gamers.
|ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Specifications|
|Processor Support||AMD Socket AM4 A-Series APUs (Bristol Ridge) and Ryzen Series CPUs (Summit Ridge)|
|RAM Support||DDR4 3466+(OC), up to 32GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-E x16 x 1, Ultra M.2 x 1|
|Ports||SATA3 x 4, USB 3.1 x 6, USB Type-C, USB 2.0 x 1 (for mouse), HDMI x 2|
|Features||Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth, 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, Digi Power 8 power phase design, PCI-E Steel Slots, RGB LED Headers, PCI-E Steel Slot|
These FM2+/FM2 Mini-ITX motherboards support AMD FM2+/FM2 A-series APU. They are generally used for building a HTPC or entry-level low budget gaming PC for playing less demanding games.
This is a FM2+ Socket mini-ITX motherboard for older generation AMD A-series APU. If you want to build a budget SFF AMD PC or HTPC then you can use this motherboard. The motherboard comes with PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot and supports DDR3 2400 RAM (up to 64GB).
Other features include onboard dual band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth, UEFI Dual BIOS, Onboard 8 channel audio & Gigabit LAN. Unlike other Mini-ITX motherboards in this list, this motherboard includes support for up to Windows 8.1 only. So if you want to build a budget gaming build using AMD A-series APUs (FM2+) then you won’t find anything better than this.
|Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Motherboard Specifications|
|Processor Support||AMD FM2+/FM2 A-series APU|
|RAM Support||DDR3 2400 (OC), up to 64GB, Dual Channel|
|Slots||DIMM x 2, PCI-Express x16 x 1|
|Ports||SATA III x 4, USB 3.0 x 4, USB 2.0 x 6, PS/2, HDMI x 2, DVI|
|Features||8 channel onboard audio, Gigabit LAN, Gigabyte UEFI Dual BIOS, Dual Band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth, IR Digital 4+2 phase APU power design|
Mini-ITX motherboards may not be that much popular compared to Micro-ATX or ATX motherboards but they have a special place in the PC market. Users who want to build a SFF Gaming PC or HTPC have to use mini-ITX motherboards. Also these motherboards do require lesser power and can be as powerful as their bigger brothers. Above, I have listed the best Mini-ITX motherboards for popular Intel and AMD CPU Sockets. If you have got any queries or questions regarding them then you can ask me by leaving a comment below.