The Best Intel LGA 1150 socket Motherboards for gaming

Fourth generation Intel processors have proved themselves to be the best among all the gaming processors when they were released. For a intel 4th generation processor you need a LGA 1150 socket motherboard. Fortunately there are a lot of good motherboards present at every budget for your processor. Although it’s not the time for going with a LGA 1150 motherboard except that you just want for your 4th gen intel processor.

Even if you have a good processor like Core i5 4690k you can either use a $50 motherboard or a $200 motherboard. It all depends on your choice. I am going to list down the best motherboards that provide the best features at their price range and are best for overclocking as well.

But before going further you need to know that not all lga 1150 motherboards are good for gaming. Suppose if you buy a B85M motherboard for your core i5 4690k, then I am sorry to say, you can not overclock your processor as this motherboard is not meant for overclocking. Always strive to get an overclockable motherboard if you have an unlocked processor.

In case you are using an i3 then the case is different. But the best choices are motherboards with H and Z chipset motherboards like H81 or Z97 etc. as they provide you different capabilities for overclocking and better features. Chipsets like B and Q should be avoided because they are not meant for gaming.

MSI LGA 1150 H81M-P33

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MSI H81M-P33

The cheapest gaming motherboard is from MSI and it is a very basic motherboard for basic works. It only costs 50 dollars but provides room for overclocking. It’s best for budget gaming computers that cost $300$400. If you own a pentium g3258, then this is the best choice as it will allow you to overclock your cpu with a custom cooler with stability but your overclocking will have limit as it is not totally unlocked.

It has 2 Dimm slots which support upto 16gb of ddr3 memory clocked upto 1600Mhz. Now 1600Mhz memory is fast enough to play all the games without any bottleneck and if you use a single 8gb memory you will be able to upgrade it to 16gb in future.

Even if you want to spend money on good processor like a core i5 4690k, you can still overclock it with this motherboard and it will not hinder the potential of any i5’s or i7’s. Therefore the main advantage of this motherboard is that even if you want to build a high end rig with this, you will be able to do that and if you are using a cheap intel pentium or i3 processor with this motherboard you will always be able to upgrade to better processor without changing your motherboard.

Features:-

  • CPU: LGA1150 Supports 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors/FSB 100MHz
  • Chipset: Intel H81M Express
  • Memory: 2x DDR3-1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 16GB
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express x1 Slot
  • SATA: 2x SATA3 Ports, 2x SATA2 Ports
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear,4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x VGA Port, 1xDVI-D Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks

 


MSI ATX 2400 LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE

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MSI ATX 2400 LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE

At 100 dollar price tag, you can either get a motherboard with B85M chipset or highly overclockable motherboard with Z97 chipset. Now this is one of the cheapest Z97 chipset motherboard and is full unlocked and best suited for mid end as well as high end rigs.

If you want to overclock your cpu you will be able to overclock it upto 4.7Ghz stably if you own a i5 4690k, i7 4790k or pentium g3258 with a custom cooler. This motherboard also allows you to add multi Amd graphics cards and can support two way CrossfireX which is also a good features especially if you use two graphics cards like RX 470 or RX 480.

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All other ports like SATA 3 and USB 3.0 are available more than you can get with H81M p33 motherboard. So it also allows you to upgrade your system for more storage with faster technology. This motherboard is best suited for builds above 500 dollars.

Features:-

  • CPU: LGA1150 Supports 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors/FSB 100MHz
  • Chipset: Intel H81?Express
  • Memory: 2x DDR3-1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 16GB
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express x1 Slot
  • SATA: 2x SATA3 Ports, 2x SATA2 Ports
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear,4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x VGA Port, 1xDVI-D Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks

 


MSI ATX 2600 LGA 1150 Z97 GAMING 5

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MSI ATX 2600 LGA 1150 Z97 GAMING 5

This motherboard is the most selling at this price range. I have seen people loving this motherboard unlike any other. It has a neat black and red looks and has heat sink for cooling. The design is very simple and easy to manage. It has 4 Dimm slots that support upto 32gb of highly overclocked memory.

You will also get tons of USB,PCI and SATA 3 ports as well as KILLER E2200 GAME networking feature which enables you to play online games lag free. The best feature of this motherboard is that along with CrossifireX it also supports two way nvidia SLI which means you can SLI two gtx 1070’s or even 1080’s easily and it will handle them with no problem.

There are a lot of Sata 3.0 ports as well as M.2 slot for NVME SSD which is insanely fast. The sata ports are made 90 degrees to the motherboard pcb in order to make the connectivity through cables easy. Make sure you use a big atx case to take advantage of this feature.

There are some good options for cooling as well. You can easily do water cooling or install a lot of custom fans to the case powering through the motherboard. Not only this, the motherboard also has ON board Power, reset and overclocking button which uses OC genie technology to overclock the processor to required frequency.

Features:-

  • Socket LGA 1150, Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory, M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality, Serve Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
  • 3 PCI-E x16 3.0 (16x single card, 8x+8x dual card or 8x+4x+4x triple card) and 4 PCI-E x1
  • VGA, DVI and HDMI, Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support

 


Gigabyte ATX LGA 1150 GA-Z97X-UD3H

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Gigabyte ATX LGA 1150 GA-Z97X-UD3H

This is a pretty much fast motherboard which supports upto 10Gb/s of speed transfer through Sata ports. It is ultra durable and has 2x copper in PCB. The capacitors are also quality made and combining all these factors, this motherboard is much reliable than the other ones.

It has Z97 chipset which is totally unlocked for overclocking processors and supports memories overclocked upto 3100Mhz. The 4 Dimm slots support maximum of 32gb of ram and therefore you have already a lot of space to upgrade your system.

Other features like USB and Sata ports are available and unlike the previous motherboard, it also supports two way Nvidia SLI and Three way AMD CrossfireX which allows you to make your system 4k ready if you use three decent amd or two high end nvidia graphics cards.

Features:-

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Intel GbE LAN with CFOS internet accelerator software
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with built-in rear audio amplifier
  • 2x copper PCB design
  • Highly efficient MOSFET design
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

 


ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1 LGA 1150 Z97

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ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1 LGA1150 Z97

This is an awesome high end motherboards which is highly overclockable and has the latest USB 3.1 technology for even faster transfers. This motherboard also supports upto 32gb of highly overclockable memories and has two heat sinks. One is at the right side of PCI slots and one above them which is removable.

A good feature of this motherboard is that it supports Quad SLI and Quad CrossfireX which means you can use 2 dual graphics cards from either Nvidia or Amd and get the power of four graphics cards with two dual graphics cards. But this feature is outdated today and you won’t find any dual gpu for SLI/CrossfireX.

Other features are as listed below.

Features:-

  • USB 3.1 On-board
  • LGA1150 Socket for the 5th, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
  • TUF ICe – Your Total Cooling Commander
  • 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
  • Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (Single at x16, dual at x8/x8) ,1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode, black),
    3 x PCIe x1
  • Thermal Armor with Flow Valve – Total Airflow-boosting Heat Dissipation
  • TUF Fortifier – Damage Protection and Improved Cooling
  • Dust Defenders – Repel the Dust, Expand the Lifespan
  • Thermal Radar 2 – Customized Fan Tuning, Complete System Cooling
  • TUF Components [TUF 10K It-Caps, TUF New Alloy Choke & MOSFETs; Certified by Military-standard] – Certified for Tough Duty

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