Best High-end Gaming Motherboards of 2017 reviewed and compared.

LAST UPDATED: 09/15/2017

These are the best ATX gaming Motherboards available for 2017, using the Z270 chipset and Socket 1151

 

ASUS

ASUS

ASUS

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

Gigabyte

MSI

MSI

MSI

MSI

MSI

MSI

  SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON SEE ON AMAZON
  Strix Z270E Gaming Strix Z270F Gaming Strix Z270H Gaming Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8 Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 Aorus Z270X-Gaming 5 Aorus Z270X Gaming K5 Z270X-Ultra Gaming Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Z270 Gaming M7 Z270 Gaming M5 Z270 Gaming M3 Z270 Krait Gaming Z270 Gaming Pro
Image














Price (09/15/2017)
Title
ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 ATX Motherboard with onboard AC Wifi and USB 3.1 ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 ATX Motherboard with USB 3.1 ASUS ROG STRIX Z270H GAMING LGA1151 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 ATX Motherboard with USB 3.1 GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151 Intel Z270 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151 Intel Z270 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151 Intel Z270 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming K5 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151 Intel Z270 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Intel 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 ATX Motherboard (Z270 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM) MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 ATX Motherboard (Z270 GAMING M7) MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 ATX Motherboard (Z270 GAMING M5) MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 ATX Motherboard (Z270 GAMING M3) MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 KRAIT GAMING) MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 GAMING PRO)
Features
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers and a 3D-printing friendly mount
  • Maximize your connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A
    • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
    • Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers and a 3D-printing friendly mount
    • Maximize your connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and USB 3.1 Type-A/Type-C
    • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
    • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A driven by Japanese capacitors
      • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
      • Maximize your connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and USB 3.1 Type-A
      • Patent-pending Safe Slot features an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
      • On-board 3D-printing mounts for creating unique designs in your customized build
      • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A driven by Japanese capacitors
        • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
        • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs, DDR4 4133+(OC)
        • Intel USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
        • 3-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
        • Bits power G-Chill Hybrid Water Block
          • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
          • Intel USB3.1 Gen2 with USB Type-C
          • Creative Sound Core 3D with SBX Pro Studio Audio Suite
          • Killer E2500 Gaming Network + Intel Gigabit LAN
          • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design - 3 Zones & 4 Sections
            • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
            • Intel USB3.1 Gen2 with USB Type-C
            • Sound Blaster-FI MB5+ALC1220 1200b SNR HD Audio
            • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED light Show Design- 2 Zones
            • Smart Fan 5 features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers
              • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
              • Intel USB3.1 Gen2 with USB Type-C
              • Killer E2500 Gaming Network
              • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED light Show Design- 2 Zones
              • Smart Fan 5 features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers
                • Supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors
                • Intel USB3.1 Gen2 with USB Type-C
                • Relate ALC1120 codec
                • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage.RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED light Show Design
                • 2 x KillerTM E2500 LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
                  • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                  • Supports DDR4-4133+(OC) Memory
                  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
                  • VR Ready and VR Boost
                  • Triple Turbo M.2, Steel Armor
                    • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                    • Supports DDR4-4133+(OC) Memory
                    • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
                    • VR Ready and VR Boost
                    • Triple Turbo M.2, Steel Armor
                    • Refer user manual below.
                      • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                      • Supports DDR4-4133+(OC) Memory
                      • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
                      • VR Ready and VR Boost
                      • Triple Turbo M.2, Steel Armor
                        • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                        • Supports DDR4-4133+(OC) Memory
                        • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
                        • VR Ready and VR Boost
                        • Triple Turbo M.2, Steel Armor
                          • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                          • Supports DDR4-3866+(OC) Memory
                          • VR Ready and VR Boost
                          • Lightning Fast Game experience
                          • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2
                            • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
                            • Supports DDR4-3866+(OC) Memory
                            • VR Ready and VR Boost
                            • Lightning Fast Game experience
                            • Multiple GPU Support
                              Model Number
                              ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING STRIX Z270F GAMING ROG STRIX Z270H GAMING GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 GA-Z270X-Gaming K5 GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming Z270 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM Z270 GAMING M7 Z270 GAMING M5 Z270 GAMING M3 Z270 KRAIT GAMING Z270 GAMING PRO
                              Reviews
                              See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews See Amazon Reviews
                              Form factor
                              ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
                              CPU socket
                              Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151 Socket 1151
                              Chipset
                              Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270 Intel Z270
                              Memory type
                              DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4 DDR4
                              Memory slots
                              4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
                              Maximum internal memory
                              64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
                              D-Sub (VGA) output
                              No No No No No No No No No No No No
                              DVI connector
                              Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
                              HDMI output
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              DisplayPort output
                              Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
                              PCI Express x16 slots
                              3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 3
                              PCI-Express x8 slots
                              0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                              PCI Express x4 slots
                              0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                              PCI Express x1 slots
                              4 4 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 4 3 3
                              Available lanes for all PCI-Express x16 slots
                              20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
                              Nvidia SLI compatible
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
                              ATI Crossfire compatible
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              USB 2.0 - Total
                              6 6 6 4 8 6 6 7 7 6 6
                              USB 3.0 - Total
                              6 8 8 9 6 7 8 8 6 8 8
                              USB 3.1 - Total
                              4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2
                              USB 3.1 (USB 3.1 Gen 2) - Type-C connectors
                              1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
                              Bluetooth
                              Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
                              Serial ATA connectors (total)
                              6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 6 6 6
                              Serial ATA III connectors
                              6 6 6 8 6 6 6 6 8 6 6 6 6 6
                              eSATA connectors
                              0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                              mSATA connectors
                              0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                              M.2 connectors
                              2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 3 2 2 2 2
                              M.2 slot type
                              PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s) PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)
                              RAID 0 support
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              RAID 1 support
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              RAID 5 support
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              RAID 10 support
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              On-board audio - Channels
                              7.1 7.1 7.1 5.1 5.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1
                              On-board audio - Codec chip
                              Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Creative Sound Core3D (CA0132-4AN) Creative Sound Core3D (CA0132-4AN) Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220 Realtek ALC1220
                              S/PDIF out
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
                              Number of network connections
                              1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
                              LAN - Chip
                              Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Killer E2500 Killer E2500 Killer E2500 Killer E2500 Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V Killer E2500 Killer E2500 Killer E2500 Intel WG-I219V Intel WG-I219V
                              LAN - Speed
                              1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s 1,000 Mbit/s
                              Fan connectors (total)
                              7 6 5 Yes 8 5 5 5 6 6 Yes 6 6
                              Temperature controlled fan speed
                              Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              100% Solid Capacitors
                              Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
                              BIOS type
                              EFI EFI EFI 6.20 m (at ISO 100) EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI EFI 5.00 m (ISO 100) EFI EFI
                              Dual BIOS
                              No No No Yes (via hot shoe) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes (via hot shoe or wireless) No No
                              
                              Certain content that appears on GistGear.com comes from Amazon services llc. This content is provided 'as is' and is subject to change or removal at any time.
                              Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
                              Amazon product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change.