Best Z390 Motherboards for Gaming & OC [Budget & High-end]

Intel Z390 is the new chipset for Intel’s 9th generation and 8th generation Coffee Lake and Coffee Lake-S processors having LGA 1151 Socket. It is the successor of the Z370 chipset, which is a high-end chipset for Intel 8th generation processors with LGA 11551 socket. Intel 9th generation processors can also work on Z370 motherboards but you need to update your BIOS for it. So, if you already have a Z370 motherboard then you do not need to upgrade to Z390 motherboard, but if you are building a completely new PC from scratch then getting the latest Z390 motherboard for Intel 9th generation processor is a much better decision. Latest Intel 9th Generation Core series processors include Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K, where Core i9-9900K is the top-end processor having 8 cores and 16 threads, Core i7-9700K is also an 8-core processor but with 8-threads only and Core i5-9600K is a 6-core processor with 6 threads.

The main difference between Z370 and Z390 motherboards is that the Z390 motherboards can include up to six USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports @10Gbps (zero present in Z370), supports integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi, include integrated SDXC (SDA 3.0) support, and a newer Intel Management Engine (IME) firmware version. Other than that, it has the same features as in Z370 motherboards that include Overclocking support, Intel Optane Memory support, up to 64GB memory support in dual channel mode and include 24 PCI-Express 3.0 Lanes. Also, Z390 motherboards may perform better at overclocking compared to Z370 motherboards. To help out users on selecting the right Z390 motherboards, Here I am going to list down the best budget Z390 motherboards, best mid-range Z390 motherboards and top Z390 motherboards for building an Intel 9th Generation gaming PC or workstation PC.

Major Differences between Z370 and Z390 Chipsets

  Z370 Z390
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Ports 0 6
Integrated WiFi 802.11ac No Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version 11 12

Read also: Best Budget H370, B360 & H310 Motherboards

Budget Z390 Motherboards

Here are the best budget Z390 motherboards for users on tight budget. These motherboards are good for building a budget to mid-range gaming PC with Intel 9th generation CPUs, but they are not recommended for high-end overclocking.

Gigabyte Z390 UD Motherboard

If you are on a tight budget and do not want to spend much on a motherboard then Gigabyte Z390 UD is one of the cheapest Z390 ATX motherboards that you can find. It is a basic Z390 motherboard with no frills and thrills but is enough for building a gaming PC and a work PC on a relatively low budget. The motherboard does lack USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and Integrated WiFi which is understandable because of its lower price. However, it comes with all basic features and ports that include three PCI-E x16 slots supporting 2-Way CrossFire, three PCI-E x1 slots for add-on cards, M.2 port for SATA SSD and NVMe SSD, DDR4 RAM 4000 (O.C.) support up to 64GB and has got eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports.

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Other features of this motherboard include onboard 8 channel audio, Gigabit gaming LAN, PCIe Armor Slot, 10+2 Phases Digital VRM, Intel Optane Memory Ready, RGB Pin header, Overclocking support and for display connectivity it has got one HDMI port at the rear. Overall, a decent motherboard for the money and a good choice for budget users.

Gigabyte Z390 UD Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Support for Intel 9000 Processors and 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors/Intel Core i5 processors/Intel Core i3 processors/Intel Pentium processors/Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package
RAM Support DDR4 4000 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual channel
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 1 (PCIe Gen3 X4)
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 8, USB 2.0 x 2
Features UEFI BIOS, 7.1 Channel Audio, Realtek Gaming LAN, AMD 2-Way CrossFire support, PCIe Armor Slot, 10+2 Phases Digital VRM, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support
Display Output HDMI

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ASUS Prime Z390-P Motherboard

ASUS Prime Z390-P is an excellent budget Z390 motherboard that comes with more features and expansion ports compared to the above mentioned Gigabyte Z390 UD, but at a bit extra price. It is an ATX motherboard and comes with two PCI-E x16 slots, four PCI-E x1 slots for add-on cards, dual M.2 slots for NVMe and SATA Solid State Drives and supports DDR4 4266 (O.C.) RAM. The motherboard features two high speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports for ultra fast data transfer. It also supports CrossFireX multi-GPU technology for AMD graphics cards.

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The build quality and performance of this motherboard is good and is also very stable during overclocking. It has got only four SATA ports as opposed to six found in most of the Z390 motherboards and it does not come with integrated WiFi. Features include 8 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, Asus SafeSlot for supporting heavy graphics cards, Intel Optane Memory Ready and for Display connectivity, it has got a HDMI and DisplayPort at back. In my opinion, it is a very good motherboard that contains almost all the goodies of Z390 chipset and is quite affordable too compared to other Z390 motherboards with a gaming tag.

ASUS Prime Z390-P Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel Socket 1151 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
RAM Support DDR4 4266 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 2, PCI-E x1 x 2, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 4, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 8, USB 2.0 x 3
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 8 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, Supports AMD CrossFireX Technology, Asus SafeSlot
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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MSI Z390-A PRO Motherboard

This is a budget Z390 motherboard from MSI which is one of the top manufacturers of motherboards and is mainly known for its gaming motherboards and graphics cards. Here we have MSI Z390-A PRO which is an ATX motherboard and can fit quite easily in mid-tower cases and larger PC cases. It is a basic motherboard that has got two PCI-E x16 slots that supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire, four PCI-E x1 slots for add-on cards, Turbo M.2 slot running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 speed for NVMe SSDs, 64GB DDR4 RAM up to 4400 MHz (OC) and PCI-E Steel Armor for supporting bulky graphics cards.

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The motherboard also comes with one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and one USB Type-C port which is normally not found in a budget segment motherboard. Other features include UEFI BIOS, Audio Boost, DDR4 Boost, Overclocking, Gigabit LAN, Heavy plated heatsinks, 7.1 channel Realtek onboard audio and for display connectivity it includes VGA and DVI-D port at rear. The motherboard supports Windows 10 64-bit operating system. In all, a good ATX motherboard for the price.

MSI Z390-A PRO Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
RAM Support DDR4 4400(OC), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 2, PCI-E x1 x 4, M.2 x 1
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C x 1
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, Audio Boost, Steel armor PCI-E slot, Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire, DDr4 Boost
Display Output VGA, DVI-D

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MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS Motherboard

MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS is gaming grade budget Z390 motherboard for users who are on budget but want a Z390 motherboard with gaming features and performance. This ATX motherboard comes with Red and Black color scheme that gives it a modern and gaming look. Also, it comes with all the essential gaming features that you would expect from a gaming motherboard. It comes with two PCI-E x16 slots (supports AMD CrossFire), four PCI-E x1 slots for expansion cards, Turbo M.2 slots for NVMe PCI-Express Gen3 x4 SSDs, DDR4 RAM up to 4400 in OC mode and supports Intel CNVi Wi-Fi module, IEEE802.11 AC wave2.

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The motherboard features gaming heatsinks for better cooling of the northbridge or chipset, and for protecting graphics cards against bending and EMI it has got PCI-E Steel Armor slot. Other features of this gaming motherboard include Intel Gigabit LAN, Realtek 8 channel audio, UEFI BIOS, Core Boost, Game Boost, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost, Golden Audio Jacks and a HDMI port for display output. So, if you are in search for a cheap gaming motherboard based on Z390 cjipset then this is a great choice.  

MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
RAM Support DDR4 4400 (OC), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 2, PCI-E x1 x 4, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 6, USB Type-C x 1 (Gen 2)
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, Core Boost, Game Boost, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost, PCI-E Steel Armor, Intel CNVi Ready, Gaming heatsinks, AMD CrossFire support
Display Output HDMI

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Budget SLI Z390 Motherboard

Gigabyte Z390 GAMING SLI Motherboard

Most of the budget Z390 motherboards come with AMD CrossFire support only but if you want an affordable Z390 motherboard that supports Nvidia SLI along with AMD CrossFire then your option is Gigabyte Z390 GAMING SLI. It is a gaming grade motherboard from Gigabyte and is one of the best budget Z390 motherboards in the market. It comes with three PCI-E x16 slots that supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire multi-GPU technologies. It has got dual M.2 slots that supports SATA 6Gb/s and PCI-Express NVMe SSDs, and 64GB DDR4 RAM up to 4000MHz in OC mode.

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Other features of this ATX motherboard include Dual UEFI BIOS, Onboard 8 Channel Audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, , 10+2 Phases Digital VRM, Thermal Armor with Built-in RGB LED, Integrated I/O Shield, RGB Pin Header, Audio Noise Guard, RGB header, PCIe Armor to support heavy graphics cards, MOSFET / VRM heatsinks, chipset heatsinks, Integrated I/O Shield for protecting I/O connectors, Hybrid Fan Headers, M.2 Heatsinks for better cooling of M.2 SSDs and Memory Armor to prevent against PCB distortion/twisting and plate bending, and thus any possible ESD interference. This is a VR ready motherboard and is no that costly considering the features it offers. Highly Recommended by me.

P.S. – This motherboard is also available with AMD CrossFire support only while others features remain the same. It is considerably cheaper than the SLI variant and its model number is Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X.

Gigabyte Z390 GAMING SLI Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel 9000 Processors and 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors/Intel Core i5 processors/Intel Core i3 processors/Intel Pentium processors/Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package
RAM Support DDR4 4000 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2 (SATA / NVMe)
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 8, USB 2.0 x 2
Features Dual UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, RGB LED strip header, 2-Way SLI / 2-Way CrossFire Support, M.2 Thermal Guard, Ultra Durable Memory Armor, 10+2 Phases Digital VRM, Thermal Armor with Built-in RGB LED, Integrated I/O Shield, RGB Pin Header, Audio Noise Guard, Hybrid Fan headers, VR Ready
Display Output HDMI

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Other Good Budget Z390 Motherboards

Best Mid-range Z390 Motherboards

Here are the mid-range Z390 mothebrbards for building a mid-range to high-end gaming PC or work PC using a powerful Intel 9th generation processor.

ASUS TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)

Asus TUF series motherboards are made from highest quality components and they offer great durability compared to others. They are designed to withstand toughest of conditions and are built like a tank. Here we have ASUS TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING (WI-FI) which is a micro-ATX motherboard with Intel Z390 chipset and is loaded with features. It comes with two PCI-E x16 slots (with SLI & CrossFire support), one PCI-E x1 slot and dual M.2 slots for connecting high speed NVMe and SATA SSDs. The motherboard support 64GB DDR4 RAM up to 4266 MHz in OC mode.

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ASUS TUF PROTECTION features include ASUS SafeSlot, ASUS ESD Guard, ASUS Overvoltage Protection, ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O Shield, ASUS LANGuard. Other features of this motherboard include UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, M.2 heatsink, Overclocking support and ASUS Exclusive MemOK for testing & fixing DRAM related boot issues. There is also a ATX model ASUS TUF Z390M-PLUS GAMING (WI-FI) available that costs a little more. You can check out both these models from the links given below.   

ASUS TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING (WI-FI) Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor Micro-ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel Socket 1151 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
RAM Support DDR4 4266 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 2, PCI-E x1 x 1, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 4, USB Type-C (Gen 1)
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, ASUS SafeSlot, RGB Strip Header x 2, Support AIO PUMP Fan, Intel WI-FI & BT 5.0, TUF GAMING Armor (I/O Shield), DIGI+VRM & EPU, Asus Aura RGB Sync support, ASUS Exclusive MemOK, Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX Technology
Display Output HDMI

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MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC

MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC is a powerful and feature rich gaming motherboard from MSI. However, it does lack some features such as I/O shield and M.2 heatsink which I think is not that of a big deal for most of the users. This is a gaming certified motherboard that comes with three PCI-E x16 slots (SLI & CrossFire support), three PCI-E x1 slots, twin M.2 slots for SATA and NVMe SSDs and supports DDR4 RAM up to 64GB capacity and up to 4400 MHz speed in OC mode. It also come with Intel Integrated Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Type A ports and MSI RGB Mystic Lighting support. You can check the complete specifications and features of this motherboard from the table given below.    

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MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
RAM Support DDR4 4400(OC), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 4, USB Type-C x 2 (Gen.2)
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 8 Channel Audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, Gaming Heatsinks, Audio Boost 4 with amplifier, PCI-E Steel Armor, DDR4 Boost, Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology, MSI Mystic Light RGB support, S/PDIF output
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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Asus PRIME Z390-A Motherboard

If you are looking for a Z390 motherboard for gaming and work then Asus PRIME Z390-A is such motherboard. This ATX motherboard is high on performance as well as on features. It looks very elegant and classy, and has all the functionality that you get in any high-end motherboard. The motherboard comes with three PCIe x16 slots with SLI & CrossFire support, three PCIe x1 slots for expansion cards, dual M.2 slots for NVMe and SATA SSDs and supports DDR4 4266(O.C.) RAM up to 64 RGB.

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The motherboard features AI Overclocking that automatically overlocks your CPU depending on the cooling and supports Asus Aura Sync RGB lighting. It also has one of the best audio ever with its Crystal Sound 3 technology. Overall, it is a high quality motherboard for work and can be used for gaming as well. You can check the specifications and other features below.

Asus PRIME Z390-A Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel Socket 1151 for 8th / 9th Generation Core Pentium/Celeron Processors
RAM Support DDR4 4266(O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 4, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 4, USB 2.0 x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Intel I219V Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, AI Overclocking, NVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX support, Asus SafeSlot, M.2 heatsink, Asus Aura Sync RGB support, Optical S/PDIF out, Dr. MOS, MEMOK! II, Thunderbolt header, RGB LED
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING

Here we have another Asus motherboard but this one is from the ASUS ROG STRIX gaming series and is designed for gaming needs. ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING is a ATX motherboard that comes in Red and black color scheme which gives it a very futuristic and modern gaming look. The motherboard comes with three PCI-E x16 slots with SLI and CrossFire support, three PCI-E x1 slots, two M.2 slots for your NVMe and SATA SSD storage and supports DDR4 4266 MHz RAM up to 64GB capacity.

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The motherboard comes with ROG Exclusive Features that are geared towards gaming and performance. For protection it comes with Asus SafeSlot and I/O shied at the rear. This motherboard does lack USB Type-C connector but has got four USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports for super-fast data transfer between high-speed USB devices. Also, there is no Integrated Wi-Fi in this motherboard but you can add a Wi-Fi card to enjoy wireless connectivity. You can check other features and specifications below.  

ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel Socket 1151 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
RAM Support DDR4 4266 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 4, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 6, USB 2.0 x 4
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, ROG Exclusive Software, Asus Aura Sync RGB support, ROG Logo Red LED, Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology, ROG Patented Pre-mounted I/O Shield, AURA RGB header, Twin 8-phase power design, Gaming heatsinks, Asus SafeSlot, Optical S/PDIF out
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI

This is one of the best gaming motherboards that you can get for building a gaming PC using Intel 8th / 9th generation processors. Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI is an ATX motherboard that comes with almost all gaming features, and has got all the expansion ports and slots. It has got three PCI-Express x16 slots (SLI & CrossFire support), three PCI-E x1 slots, two M.2 slots for SATA and NVMe solid state drives and supports 64GB DDR4 memory up to 4133 MHz in OC mode. 

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It also comes with M.2 heatsinks for M.2 SSDs, heatsinks for chipset and VRMs and 12+1 Power Phases for providing rock solid stability during overclocking and intensive gaming. It includes Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to make your gaming system wireless and two USB Type-C ports for connecting modern day devices directly. You can check out other features and specifications below.

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core i9 processors/ Intel Core i7 processors/ Intel Core i5 processors/ Intel Core i3 processors/ Intel Pentium processors/ Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package
RAM Support DDR4 4133 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 5, USB 2.0 x 8, USB Type-C x 2 (Gen 1 + Gen 2)
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, SPDIF Out, Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 12+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS, Thunderbolt connector, M.2 Thermal Guard, Smart Fan 5, NVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX support, RGB Fusion support, VR Ready
Display Output HDMI

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ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Motherboard

[Best Budget Z390 Motherboard for Money]

ASRock Z390 Extreme4 is unarguably the best mid-range Z390 motherboard for the money. This is a high-performance board that comes with great features and is very much affordable compared to other mid-range and high-end Z390 motherboards. It is a ATX motherboard that comes with three PCI-E x16 slots with NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX support, three PCI-E x1 slots for expansion cards and can supports overclocked DDR4 RAM (4300+) to up to 64GB capacity.

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For storage, it comes with 8 SATAIII ports and two Ultra M.2 slots for supports high-speed NVMe SSDs in PCIe Gen3 x4 mode. It also comes with high speed USB 3.1 Gen2 ports with both USB Type-C and Type-A connectors. The build quality of the motherboard is very good and it has got heatsinks over VRMs, motherboard chipset and M.2 slot. The motherboard is also good for overclocking has it has 12-Power Phase design that provides it rock solid stability even during high overclocking. It has got in-built RGB lighting and also has RGB LED + Addressable RGB LED Headers. Other features include UEFI BIOS, 7.1 channel audio, PCI-E Steel Slots, Front USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C header, Purity Sound 4 & DTS Connect, Free Bundled SLI HB Bridge, M.2 (KEY E) For WiFi, Water Pump Header. Display connectivity options at the rear include VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort. Highly Recommended by me for powerful budget gaming build.

ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
RAM Support DDR4 4300+ (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual channel
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2 (PCIe Gen3 X4)
Ports SATAIII x 8, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 9 (Type-C + Type-A), USB 3.1 Gen2 x 2, (Type-C + Type-A), USB 2.0 x 2
Features UEFI BIOS, 7.1 Channel Audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, NVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX support, M.2 Heatsink, DIGI Power Design 12 Power Phase, PCI-E Steel Slots, RGB LED + Addressable RGB LED Headers, In-built RGB LED Lighting, Purity Sound 4 & DTS Connect, M.2 (Key E) For WiFi, ASRock Polychrome Sync RGB support, Intel Optane Memory Ready, SLI HB Bridge Free Bundled, Water Pump Header
Display Output DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA

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Best Mini-ITX Z390 Motherboards

Here are the best mini-ITX Z390 motherboards for mini-ITX cases. These Mini-ITX motherboards are very powerful and you can build a mid-range to high-end SFF gaming PC or work PC using them.

MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC

If you are building a small form factor (SFF) gaming PC using Mini-ITX case and Intel 8th / 9th generation processor then MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC is one of the best Mini-ITX motherboards that you can get for it. This Z390 Mini-ITX gaming certified motherboard is small but it packs all the features and essential expansion ports for your high-end gaming needs. It is a gaming certified mini-ITX motherboard and comes with one PCI-E X16 slot for graphics card (PCI-E Steel Armor) and two M.2 slots (front and back) for connecting high speed NVMe and SATA SSDs. Being small in size, it has got only two RAM slots and supports 32GB DDR4 RAM up to 4600 MHz (OC).

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Other features include Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Gaming heatsinks, DDR4 Boost, Integrated Intel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Game Modes, Game Boost, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost, onboard 8 channel audio, VR Ready, Intel Gigabit LAN and more. Display output at the rear includes HDMI and DisplayPort. You can find out more features and specs for this ITX motherboard below.

MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor Mini-ITX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
RAM Support DDR4 4600 (OC), up to 32GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 2, PCI-E x16 x 1, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 4, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 4, USB 2.0 x 4
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, VR Ready, PCI-E Steel Armor, Gaming heatsinks, DDR4 Boost, Integrated Intel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Game Modes, Game Boost, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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Other Budget Mini-ITX Z390 Motherboards

ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING is another Mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel Z390 chipset, but it is a bit expensive compared to above mentioned MSI MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC motherboard. The motherboard does come with some extra features that include I/O shield & VRAM heatsink, MemOK! II switch, extra USB ports, Dual Band Wi-Fi and RGB support (Asus Aura Sync) through AURA Addressable header and AURA RGB header. 

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The motherboard comes with PCI-E x16 slot, two M.2 slots for NVMe and SATA SSDs and supports DDR4 4600 MHz RAM up to 64GB capacity. This is the best Z390 motherboard that you can get for building a powerful SFF gaming PC with a good Mini-ITX case. You can check more specs and features below.  

ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor Mini-ITX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel Socket 1151 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
RAM Support DDR4 4600+ MHz (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 1, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 4, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 3, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 5, USB 2.0 x 4, USB Type-C
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, ROG Exclusive Software, Intel 2×2 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, SupremeFX S1220A CODEC, MemOK! II switch, Asus SafeSlot, Asus Aura Sync RGB support, M.2 heatsink, I/O Shield and VRM heatsink, ESD Guards and DRAM Overcurrent Protection, Twin 8-phase power design
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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Best High-end Z390 Motherboards

Here are some of the best high-end Z390 motherboards that you can get for building a high-end gaming PC or enthusiast PC for Overclocking. These motherboards are best suited for high-end Intel 9th generation Core series processors.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) Z390

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) is one of the most powerful gaming motherboards with Intel Z390 Chipset. This is also a great looking  motherboard and is packed with tons of features. It comes with three PCI-E x16 slot with NVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX support, three PCI-E x1 slots for add-on cards, dual M.2 slots for NVMe and SATA SSDs, Integrated dual-band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, and supports high-speed DDR4 4400MHz RAM up to 64GB capacity.

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The motherboard is packed with lot of features and some of them include Asus SafeSlot, Gaming Audio, Gaming LAN, Aura Sync RGB support, Clear CMOS / BIOS Flashback Button, M.2 heatsinks, I/O shield etc. You can check out more about its features and specs from the table given below. The motherboard is also pretty affordable for a high-end motherboard and is one of the best Z390 motherboards that you can get for building a high-end gaming PC.

Update: This motherboard comes with 4-Phase VRM only and not the 8-Phase VRM which was previously advertised by Asus. So, be careful when choosing this. However, the board is pretty good for gaming, stable and works quite good.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Intel Socket 1151 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
RAM Support DDR4 4400 (O.C), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 2
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 5, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 2, USB 2.0 x 6, USB Type-C (Gen2)
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Gaming Audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, ROG LOGO RGB LED, Asus Aura Sync RGB support, 2 x 2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Asus SafeSlot, dedicated water header zones, M.2 heatsinks, I/O shield, Clr CMOS / BIOS Flashback Button, ESD Guards, Gaming heatsinks, Q-Code, AURA RGB headers & Addressable headers, Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology, VR ready
Display Output HDMI, DisplayPort

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA

[Best for Overclocking & Gaming]

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA is a high-end Z390 motherboard for gaming. The motherboard gets all the frills and is packed with all the advanced features and expansion slots/ports that you need to connect all of your high-end gaming hardware. It is also a great motherboard for overclocking and remains very stable because of its 12+1 Power Phases design. This ATX Z390 motherboard comes with three PCI-E x16 slots for graphics cards (SLI + CrossFire support), three PCI-E x1 slots, Triple M.2 slots with heatsinks for NVMe and SATA SSDs, Integrated dual-band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth and supports high-speed DDR4 4266 MHz (OC) memory up to 64GB capacity.

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The build quality of motherboard is excellent and also the performance. This motherboard is best suited for building a high-end gaming PC or enthusiast PC for overclocking. It also offers much better cooling because it has heatsinks for all high-end components and VRMs that can get very hot during overclocking, gaming or during high workloads. You can check more about specifications and features of this motherboard below. 

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Support for 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core i9 processors/ Intel Core i7 processors/ Intel Core i5 processors/ Intel Core i3 processors/ Intel Pentium processors/ Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package
RAM Support DDR4 4266 (O.C.), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 3
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 3, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 4, USB 2.0 x 8, USB Type-C x 2
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, PCIe Armor, RGB LED, Gigabyte Fusion RGB support, Integrated I/O Shield, Intel dual-band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0, M.2 thermal guards, Dual BIOS, Addressable LED Header and RGB LED Header, 12+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS, Smart Fan 5, Hybrid Fan headers, SLI and CrossFire support, VR ready
Display Output HDMI

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MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard

Here in high-end Z390 motherboards category, we have MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard from MSI. This is one of the top Z390 motherboards from MSI and is built for high-end gaming and packs all advanced features and ports that you need to build high performance gaming PC using top-end Intel 9th generation processors. This motherboard does lack display output port but you really don’t need it as you are going to use a high-end graphics card with it. The motherboard comes with extra USB 3.1 Gen2 ports compared to other motherboards in this segment. Build quality as usual is remarkable and it offers great performance, both in gaming as well during overclocking.

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It comes with three PCI-E x16 slots for graphics card (SLI & CrossFire support), three PCI-E x1 slots, Triple M.2 slots for NVMe and SATA M.2 Solid State Drives, RGB LED lighting, Integrated Intel Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C reversible connectors and supports DDR4 4500MHz RAM (OC) up to 64GB capacity. You can check out more about its features and specifications below.

MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 1151
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z390
Processor Support Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
RAM Support DDR4 4500 (OC), up to 64GB, Dual Channel Mode
Slots DIMM x 4, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 3, M.2 x 3
Ports SATAIII x 6, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 5, USB 3.1 Gen 1 x 3, USB 2.0 x 8, USB Type-C x 3 (Gen2)
Features UEFI BIOS, Onboard 7.1 Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory Ready, Overclocking support, I/O Shield, Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMD CrossFire, Clear CMOS & BIOS FlashBack+, Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN, Golden audio jacks with S/PDIF, MSI Mystic Light RGB support, Heatsinks, DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor, Triple Turbo M.2 with Shield FROZR, Game Boost Button, Audio Boost HD, PCI-E Steel Armor, Dual Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, Intel Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0, Optical S/PDIF-Out
Display Output NA

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Final Words

At the end I would like to say that If you are going to build an Intel 9th generation PC for gaming or work then you should get a Z390 motherboard. Above, I have listed the best Z390 motherboards for every budget and use case scenario, so that you can make a well informed decision on which motherboard to get. If you have got any doubts or queries regarding these motherboards, processors, graphics cards or about other hardware then you can ask me your queries by leaving a comment below.

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