You’re going to need the best Z490 motherboards to take advantage of Intel’s new 10th generation Comet Lake processors but with the flood of new hardware currently hitting the market, it can be hard to decide which one to buy. You’re already making an investment in a new processor so adding a new motherboard to the shopping cart as well is going to be a strain on anyone’s budget.

Fortunately, we’re here to help. We haven’t had a chance to test the boards ourselves, but we can help narrow down your search to the best Z490 motherboards for gaming, enterprise, or whatever your particular need may be.

Best Z490 motherboards at a glance

  1. MSI MEG Z490 Godlike
  2. Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master
  3. Asus Maximus XII Hero
  4. MSI MEG Z490 Ace
  5. Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite

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1. MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

For when you have more money than God

Form Factor: EATX | Memory support: 4 x 288 pin slots (Up to 128GB 2933/2666/2133 MHz DDR4) | PCI slots: 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 | SATA connections: 6 | M.2: 3 | WiFi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes

Max memory overclock of 5,000 MHz

Built for overclocking

Very pricey

All that hardware can run hot

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