The Best Socket LGA 1150 Motherboards for Gaming

Motherboards with an LGA 1150 socket, also known as socket H3, were released in 2013 as a replacement for LGA 1155 socket motherboards. Socket 1150, also known as socket H3, was designed for Intel's fourth generation Haswell processors, such as the Core i7 4790K. Fifth generation Broadwell processors are also compatible with socket 1150, although the newer Z97 and H97 chipsets are required for Broadwell CPUs. Read on as we examine what we believe are some of the best socket LGA 1150 motherboards for gaming.


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There are 8 chipsets that are compatible with motherboards with an LGA 1150 socket, H81, Q85, B85, Q87, H87, and Z87 are referred to as Lynx Point chipsets. These chipsets are compatible with Haswell CPUs, but will usually require a BIOS update to work with Haswell Refresh CPUs. Broadwell processors are not compatible with 8-series Lynx Point chipsets, and the newer Z97 and H97 chipsets, referred to as Wildcat Point, are required for Broadwell processors.

Motherboards with socket 1150 have support for dual channel DDR3 RAM, newer DDR4 memory is not compatible with these boards.

LGA 1150 is succeeded by socket LGA 1151 which is the socket for Intel's newest CPU architectures, Skylake and Kaby Lake.

We have done all the hard work for you and have narrowed it down to these motherboards, which we believe are some of the best socket LGA 1150 motherboards for gaming on the market today.


MSI Z97 PC Mate

MSI Z97 PC Mate Motherboard
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC Mate
Socket Type Intel LGA 1150
Chipset Z97
Form Factor ATX
Year Released 2014
Expansion Slots 6 x PCI Express
2 x PCI
Onboard Graphics No
RAM Slots 4 x DDR3
Maximum RAM 32GB
Pros Cons
Support for 2-way Crossfire technology No SLI support
Fast Boot technology to boot your PC in seconds No integrated WiFi or Bluetooth
GO2BIOS button to instantly go to the UEFI BIOS No SATA Express or M.2 connector
2 PCIe x16 connections
6 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
4 X USB 3.0 and 8 X USB 2.0 slots
 

Asus Maximus VII Gene

Asus Maximus VII Gene Motherboard
Motherboard Asus Maximus VII Gene
Socket Type Intel LGA 1150
Chipset Z97
Form Factor Micro ATX
Year Released 2014
Expansion Slots 5 x PCI Express
Onboard Graphics Yes
RAM Slots 4 x DDR3
Maximum RAM 32GB
Pros Cons
Quad SLI and Quad CrossFire support No SATA Express
SupremeFX Impact II audio module One of the most expensive micro ATX Z97 motherboards
Gigabit Ethernet port powered by Intel I218-v NIC No integrated WiFi or Bluetooth
8 + 2 phase power with digital VRM control  
2 PCIe x16 connections
1 X M.2 PCIe Socket 3 connector
8 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
4 X USB 3.0 and 3 X USB 2.0 slots
 

Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5

Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 Motherboard
Motherboard Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
Socket Type Intel LGA 1150
Chipset Z97
Form Factor ATX
Year Released 2014
Expansion Slots 7 x PCI Express
Onboard Graphics Yes
RAM Slots 4 x DDR3
Maximum RAM 32GB
Pros Cons
Supports 3-way CrossFire or 2-way SLI No integrated WiFi or Bluetooth
Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 Ethernet port  
High-end Realtek ALC1150 sound chip  
3 PCIe x16 connections
1 X SATA Express 10Gb/s
1 X M.2 PCIe Socket 3 connector
6 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
4 X USB 3.0 and 8 X USB 2.0 slots