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.
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
|Motherboard||Our Opinion||Check Price|
|ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula Z490||No 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 PRO||Cheapest Z490 that we would recommend, do not go any cheaper than this.|
|MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus||Downgrade 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John has been a gamer since the early age of 7, playing a huge variety of single-player games, and MMOs, and even participating in LAN Tournaments for FPS games such as Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Ever since he found his passion in gaming & in technology in general, he has continuously increased his knowledge in software, programming & hardware and is now working at TechReviewTeam helping readers, answering questions, writing articles & reviews for the team.