Top 4 Best Z490 Motherboard For 10600k

This guide will give tell you which is the best Z490 motherboard for 10600K by showing you 4 good motherboards that are compatible with your CPU & fit all budgets.

When shopping for a new motherboard, the issue is as follows:

  • Which brands are good
  • Which motherboards are compatible with my CPU
  • Which models to pick and why
  • When and why you should pick a cheaper or a more expensive motherboard

Which brands are best?

In our opinion you should always go for one of the following brands as they are well known in the market, use quality materials & provide long term warranty for their motherboards.

  • MSI
  • ASUS
  • GIGABYTE

There are other decent brands like ASROCK and EVGA but we prefer the 3 we told you above.

When to pick an expensive motherboard & when to pick a cheaper one?

This depends on a few factors, your budget being one of them obviously. If you cant afford the very best motherboards you should always go for one that fits your budget as long as it’s still a decent motherboard (like the ones we suggest in this article). Going too cheap on motherboards is a big NO NO.

Cheap ones are built with lower quality materials, often can’t support 2900Mhz+ RAM, can’t overclock, lacks a lot of important features, sound card isn’t as good and many other things. There’s also the chance for it going bad and affecting the other computer components as I’m sure you’ve heard of similar issues happening before.

Essentially, if your budget allows you to, always go for the best one you can buy even depending on if you want to overclock or not. (if you intend to overclock then the best z490, if you don’t intend to overclock then a B460 is fine, although for unlocked CPUs you should always consider overclocking since it improves its performance quite a bit which can make it last a few more years before needing to upgrade.)

We’ll now show you the top 4 motherboards that we tested and found to have the best results when coupled with the I5 10600K.

Top 4 Best Z490 Motherboard For 10600K

MotherboardOur OpinionCheck Price
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula Z490No doubt the best z490 motherboard, however, also quite expensive.
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge The motherboard we suggest you to get if the budget allows it.
MSI Z490-A PROCheapest Z490 that we would recommend, do not go any cheaper than this.
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming PlusDowngrade version of the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge, slightly better than the Z490-A PRO

Our list gives you 4 different options that will work for all kinds of people regardless of your budget.

ASUS ROG Maximus XII Z490

No doubt the best option in this list, however, also quite expensive.

Features:

  • Intel LGA 1200 socket: Designed to maximize the performance of Intel Core processors from the 10th generation (such as the I5 10600K).
  • Extreme Power Solution: includes 16 Infineon power levels, each rated at 70 amps, high-quality alloy chokes, and long-lasting capacitors to provide dependable power even while pushing CPU output to the max.
  • CrossChill EK III VRM block and Extra-large heatsinks for VRM, chipset, and M. 2 slots, solid steel backplate allow you to cool for both air and water.
  • The most rapid gaming connectivity: Dual Ethernet with Marvell AQtion 10Gb and Intel 2.
  • 5Gb Ethernet with LANGaurd technology, Triple M. 2 ports, USB 3. 2 Gen 2×2 front panel connectors
  • Unrivaled Customization: 2″ Livedash OLED, ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including 2X 4-pin RGB headers and 2x Gen 2 addressable RGB headers
  • Gaming audio that is unrivaled in the industry: High-fidelity audio from the SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound, and Sonic Studio III immerses you in the action.

The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Z490 is a motherboard made for the highest performance. The Intel LGA 1200 socket and CrossChill EK III VRM block are designed to maximize the power of your newly acquired 10th Generation CPU. This will keep you running at full speed with continuous memory support, speedy data transfer rates through dual Ethernet with Marvell AQtion 10Gb and Intel 2, as well as rapid gaming connectivity from twin USB 3 ports that can be easily overclocked with its built-in ASUS Probe II system.

There’s also RGB lighting on certain logos that add an elegant touch to whatever case this board goes to.

Asus Z490-A PRO

Cheapest Z490 that we would recommend, do not go any cheaper than this.

Features:

  • Supports Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors from the 10th generation for the LGA 1200 socket.(I5 10600K)
  • Supports up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory (4800MHz)
  • M.2 Dual Turbo Shield M.2 Shield M.2 Shield M.2 Shield M.2 Shield M. Frozr provides ultra-fast SSDs with transmission rates of up to 32 GB/s.
  • Core Boost technology incorporates streamlined power circuit configurations, dual CPU power connectors, and a digital power design to provide precise and consistent current to the CPU.
  • On-board 2.5G LAN as well as Gigabit LAN with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Introducing the next generation of power with the latest Intel technologies. This powerful board supports a range of 10th generation processors ensuring unmatched performance and robust functionality while supporting up to 128GB DDR memory whilst Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) ensures that you’ll be connected so quickly it’s like throughput into an Ethernet port from your old modem!

Engineered for exceptional linear power, this top-notch motherboard has been constructed from only premium parts providing unrivaled stability and durability for a system you can count on lasting years.

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge

The motherboard we suggest you to get if the budget allows it.

Features:

  • Supports Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors from the 10th generation for the LGA 1200 socket.(I5 10600K)
  • Supports up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory (4800MHz)
  • The ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 controller powers the Lightning USB 20G, which offers never-before-seen USB speeds of up to 20Gb/s from the Rear USB Type-C port Dual Turbo
  • M.2 with M.2 Shield. Frozr provides ultra-fast SSDs with transmission rates of up to 32 GB/s.
  • On-board 2.5G LAN as well as Gigabit LAN with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • I/O Shielding is pre-installed for simplicity and safety from electrostatic discharge.

The Gaming Edge is an easy-to-use and efficient gaming board which offers support for Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors. The ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 controller will power the Lightning Fast Type-C port that can transfer data at speeds up to 20Gb/s for lightning fast performance when using external storage devices or even transferring large files from a NAS system.

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus

Downgrade version of the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge, slightly better than the Z490-A PRO.

Features:

  • Supports Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors from the 10th generation for the LGA 1200 socket.(I5 10600K)
  • Supports up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory (4800MHz)
  • M.2 Dual Turbo Shield M.2 Shield M.2 Shield M.2 Shield M.2 Shield M. Frozr provides ultra-fast SSDs with transmission rates of up to 32 GB/s.
  • Core Boost technology incorporates streamlined power circuit configurations, dual CPU power connectors, and a digital power design to provide precise and consistent current to the CPU.
  • On-board 2.5G LAN as well as Gigabit LAN with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • I/O Shielding is pre-installed for simplicity and safety from electrostatic discharge.

The Gaming Plus is the best choice for a gaming machine. With support for the latest Intel Core (and Pentium Gold and Celeron) processors, 128GB of RAM, M.2 drives running at up to 32 GB/sec speeds with Turbo Shield M.2 thermal design, and USB 3.1 support including Type C available on both motherboard ports all supporting Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), this system provides gamers with everything they need to take their games to the next level without breaking an arm or draining their bank account.

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