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Best Socket LGA 1150 Motherboards for Gaming 2019

By September 25, 2018 No Comments

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 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 eight chipsets that are compatible with motherboards with a Socket LGA 1150; 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, also referred to as Wildcat Point, are required for Broadwell processors.

Motherboards with Socket 1150 have support for dual-channel DDR3 RAM, but 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 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

MotherboardMSI Z97 PC Mate
Socket TypeIntel LGA 1150
ChipsetZ97
Form FactorATX
Year Released2014
Expansion Slots6 x PCI Express
2 x PCI
Onboard GraphicsNo
RAM Slots4 x DDR3
Maximum RAM32GB

 

ProsCons
Support for 2-way Crossfire technologyNo SLI support
Fast Boot technology to boot your PC in secondsNo integrated WiFi or Bluetooth
GO2BIOS button to instantly go to the UEFI BIOSGO2BIOS button to instantly go to the UEFI BIOS
2 PCIe x16 connections
6 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
4 X USB 3.0 and 8 X USB 2.0 slots

 


 

MotherboardAsus Maximus VII Gene
Socket TypeIntel LGA 1150
ChipsetZ97
Form FactorMicro ATX
Year Released2014
Expansion Slots5 x PCI Express
Onboard GraphicsYes
RAM Slots4 x DDR3
Maximum RAM32GB
ProsCons
Quad SLI and Quad CrossFire supportNo SATA Express
SupremeFX Impact II audio moduleOne of the most expensive micro ATX Z97 motherboards
Gigabit Ethernet port powered by Intel I218-v NICNo 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

MotherboardGigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
Socket TypeIntel LGA 1150
ChipsetZ97
Form FactorATX
Year Released2014
Expansion Slots7 x PCI Express
Onboard GraphicsYes
RAM Slots4 x DDR3
Maximum RAM32GB
ProsCons
Supports 3-way CrossFire or 2-way SLINo 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

 

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