Best Mini ITX motherboards

If you ever wanted a compact build in a compact case then you must be looking and searching for the Best Mini ITX motherboard. Mini-ITX motherboards are not as popular as ATX motherboards because of the limited features due to the small form factor. Also, they cost more while sharing the same features as that of an ATX motherboard. But again, you want a compact PC, right? Then, of course, you have to compromise in one way or another. Although the compromise is merely in the title, the boards I have brought on this list are totally worth your money and shouldn’t be taken as a compromise at all.

These are the TOP 5 Mini ITX motherboards right now I recommend from Intel and AMD with the latest chipsets. Be sure to read the reviews carefully or you might miss something important and do not forget to ask any question if you are confused. I will try my best to help you according to my knowledge.

MSI Pro Series B250I PRO

Specs:-

Socket LGA 1151
Chipset B250
Memory Support 32GB, 2400Mhz/2133Mhz
PCI slots 1x PCI-Ex16
Storage 4x SATA 3, 1x M.2
Fan headers 1
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Compatibility

It’s an LGA 1151 socket motherboard with a B250 chipset which is above the H110 chipset and comes with better features. The motherboard can support all the Skylake as well as Kabylake processors from Celeron up to Intel core i7s. However, it’s locked and cannot be used for overclocking processors. So, do not buy an unlocked processor for this motherboard. Better to stick with a locked processor. As for memory support, these two DIMM slots can support up to 32GB of memory that can be overclocked up to 2400Mhz only. It’s not insane but better than an H110 chipset motherboard.

For cooling, it has 1x CPU fan and 1x Chassis fan header. This is in my view a disadvantage because 1x Fan header is just too basic for a B250 motherboard and you have to use a fan splitter or a Fan hub to use multiple fans for cooling your chassis. As for its main feature which is wifi, it comes with an M.2 slot which you can either use for an M.2 wifi card or an M.2 NVME SSD or Intel Optane memory for increasing your hard drive speed. It also comes with Bluetooth which is a very handy feature and is needed in an ITX motherboard.

For storage, it has 4x SATA 3 ports and 1x M.2 slot and you can install up to 4 HDD’s or 4 SSD’s. The location of two of the SATA ports are above the PCI-Ex 16 slot and two are at the extreme right end near to the bottom.

Design and Features

MSI B250I pro motherboard is the best Mini-ITX motherboard under $100 and it’s more than a basic PCB. The design is simple but PCB is of good quality. The ports and slots are adequate for installing components in a compact case. There are a total of 6x USB ports at the rear including USB 2.0 and 3.1. The front header USB is also 3.1 which will allow you to use a USB 3.1 port at the front of the case if your case has it. As usual, it has one PCI-Ex 16 slot for installing a graphics card that runs at x16 and that is steel-armored. The special features on this board are the onboard Debug LED’s that are present on the right middle side of the board that has a total of 4 LED’s mentioned for different sections. This feature is hardly seen on budget motherboards and the separate Audio section is also making this board good for audio quality.

For output, it has 1x DVI and 1x HDMI ports which are fair enough on a board like this and 3 audio jacks for the mic, stereo/headphone, and additional components. There is one combo PS/2 port for using a PS/2 keyboard or mouse one at a time and one RJ-45 Jack for using the internet through an ethernet cable.

There are two softwares you can use with this motherboard that are X-Boost and MSI Command center. Both of them are good for controlling the Fan speeds and for boosting the USB speeds. Though the MSI command center is specially used for overclocking and you won’t be able to use that feature.

MSI Pro Series B250I PRO
7.7 / 10 XG Rating
Compatibility8
Upgradability8
Features7
Summary
A basic board with good amount of features for the most basic purpose. It features an M.2 slot for fast speed storage devices and comes with onboard debugging LEDs. The board supports every Intel 6th and 7th gen processor and has all the basic ports for connectivity. However, the lack of enough fan headers makes it not a good option for cooling.

MSI Gaming Intel H270I GAMING PRO AC

Specs:-

Socket LGA 1151
Chipset H270
Memory Support 32GB, 2400Mhz/2133Mhz
PCI slots 1x PCI-Ex16
Storage 4x SATA 3, 1x M.2
Fan headers 1
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Compatibility

This motherboard is 90% identical to the previous one and has nearly same compatibility with the components. It shares the same LGA 1151 socket that can support up to Core i7’s. It’s locked and cannot be overclocked. It has two DIMM slots, 1x PCI-Ex 16 slot, the same amount of USB ports, 4x SATA 3 ports, and 1x chassis fan header. So, nothing quite spectacular here to specify.

The memory support is also up to 2400Mhz and 32GB max. The location of the SATA ports and fan headers are exactly similar as well as the location of all the rear ports are exactly same. However, there is one additional RGB 4 pin port at the top which is not a big upgrade.

Design and Features

There is a little difference in design. It features red accents but features the same steel armor on the PCI-Ex 16 slot. There are 4 Debug LEDs for troubleshooting and a USB 3.1 front header. Although the chipset is totally different but due to the same form factor more could not be added. But this motherboard costs $20 more than the B250I Pro because it has pre-installed M.2 Wifi card and comes with 2 Antennas in the box which you have to buy separately with the previous motherboard.

MSI has listed a lot of features on its official page, like VR gaming, Gaming this and Gaming that but all those things are useless. Though it’s a good motherboard but all that unnecessary stuff is not what you are looking for.

MSI Gaming Intel H270I GAMING PRO AC
8 / 10 XG Rating
Compatibility8
Upgradability8
Features8
Summary
If you want pre-installed wifi card on a motherboard to avoid the hassle of searching for a good M.2 wifi card, then this motherboard is a good alternative to the MSI B250I Pro motherboard. It has same features as the latter and has nothing special. But the value for money is still fine.

ASUS ROG Strix H270I Gaming

Specs:-

Socket LGA 1151
Chipset H270
Memory Support 32GB, 2400Mhz/2133Mhz
PCI slots 1x PCI-Ex16
Storage 4x SATA 3, 2x M.2
Fan headers 2
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Compatibility

This motherboard is different from the previous one though it also has H270 chipset. This one comes in a higher end H270 chipset category because of the many additional features and compatibility. It has two PWM fan headers instead of one as seen in the previous motherboards. One is located beside the CPU fan header and can be used for AIO coolers and the other one is near to the M.2 Slot. There is one PCI-E x 16 slot, as usual, 2 x DIMM slots for memory that support up to 32GB of Ram clocked at 2133/2400Mhz. This again is something which is not increased due to the chipset.

Taking a look at the back, we find 6x USB 3.0 ports which is astonishingly very good and there are two ports for display. One is HDMI and one is DP which is better than a DVI in picture quality and supports high resolutions. The board has 4x SATA 3 ports and 1x M.2 Slot for installing NVME SSD. That slot is covered with a heatsink for taking the heat out of the SSD for better temperatures.

As for Bluetooth and Wifi, it has an inbuilt feature at the rear and you just need to connect the antennas that come along with the motherboard. And at the bottom, it has 2 additional jacks for audio. Not only that, it has an additional RJ-45 Jack for wired connectivity.

Design and Features

Features and design are something this motherboard beats it’s all H270 competitors. It has heatsinks at the rear and at the M.2 slot for better cooling. It has an RGB section at the right bottom side that will glow up your rig when you switch On your computer and an additional 4 pin RGB header for connecting an LED RGB strip. If you have different Asus products in your PC like an ASUS GTX 1080 or something similar, you can use the SYNC feature of the Asus AI Suite 3 software for syncing the LED lights of the motherboard, LED strip and the graphics card. As always, Asus is the best motherboard producer and I have used its motherboard and found out the ease with the software, I definitely recommend this one.

ASUS ROG Strix H270I Gaming
8.5 / 10 XG Rating
Compatibility8.5
Upgradability8.5
Features8.5
Summary
A perfect H270 chipset motherboard that doesn't break the bank and has all the basic and advanced features you would want. It has a different RGB section for lighting up your RIG and has 6x USB 3.0 ports that are not common in budget motherboards. The dual M.2 slots also make it highly upgradable and perfect for fast storage devices.

ASUS ROG Strix Z270I Gaming

Specs:-

Socket LGA 1151
Chipset Z270
Memory Support 32GB, 4266Mhz(OC)
PCI slots 1x PCI-Ex16
Storage 4x SATA 3, 2x M.2
Fan headers 3
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Compatibility

This motherboard has Z270 chipset and this is one of the best you can get for any price. It’s a high-end motherboard that has almost every feature you would want to make your PC run as fast as possible. The motherboard has great aesthetics and is completely identical to the H270I motherboard in looks. It has an RGB section, heatsinks, and an extra 4 pin RGB header. However, it has different I/O ports. There is only one RJ-45 jack and instead of 6x USB 3.0, it has 4x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 3.0 Type C ports. So, it has its own disadvantages and advantages. It would have been better if it had all the ports USB 3.0 but 4x USB 3.0 ports are enough on an ITX board.

The memory compatibility is where it shows its true colours. It supports 32GB of Max memory overclocked up to 4266Mhz which is the highest right now you can get. So, you can get a very high-end memory like G.Skill Ripjaws V series 3200Mhz for it. As it’s also overclockable, there is 8 Pin CPU power port for supplying enough power to your CPU.

There are a total of 3 Fan headers along with one CPU fan header for great compatibility with the AIO coolers and chassis fans. All of them you can control from the BIOS or from the AI suite software. It seriously has no flaws when it comes to cooling.

For this motherboard, I suggest you buy unlocked processors only. An Intel Core i5 7600K or Core i7 7700K is the best matches and you shouldn’t use any locked processor on it as it will be of no benefit.

Design and Features

Design and features are up to the expectation. As it costs over $150, why shouldn’t it? It has Aura SYNC feature, heat sinks, dual M.2 slots and has an unlocked capability of overclocking processors. You can use the BIOS or the AI suite software to overclock your CPU in just one click. I have used this software for overclocking my i5 6600K to 4.2Ghz without increasing the voltage. But make sure you provide proper cooling for your CPU if you want to overclock. And who is gonna use a stock heatsink after spending this much money on processor and motherboard? So, at least a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO should be used with it or a Corsair H100i V2 for best performance.

It comes with inbuilt wi-fi and Bluetooth and you will be provided with an ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas for better range and faster speeds. It also comes one RGB cable extension for connecting RGB LED strip.

I find no CON on this board except the presence of USB 2.0 ports. Other than that it has no major flaws at all and provides the best value for money.

ASUS ROG Strix Z270I Gaming
9.5 / 10 XG Rating
Compatibility10
Upgradability9.5
Features9
Summary
A perfect motherboard for compact builds that doesn't compromise with anything even after having its form factor as ITX. With the support of highly overclocked memories and overclockable feature for overclocking processors, it can unlock the full potential of all the components with just one click. The cooling, on the other hand, is great with heatsinks and 3x fan headers for chassis fans and AIO coolers.

GIGABYTE GA-AB350N-Gaming

Specs:-

Socket AM4
Chipset B350
Memory Support 32GB, 3200Mhz
PCI slots 1x PCI-Ex16
Storage 4x SATA 3, 1x M.2
Fan headers 1
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Compatibility

This list cannot be completed without an AMD motherboard. I am not including any AM3 or FM2 motherboards because I feel for the same price now the Ryzen platform is available which is much faster and upgradable. It provides compatibility to all the Ryzen 3/5 and 7 processors as well as the coming generation of Ryzen processors. The chipset of this board is B350 which is almost in between a B250 and Z270 from Intel. Although it seems like it has features similar to the Intel’s B350 motherboards but that’s not true. Some of the features are that of Z270 which I will talk about later.

This motherboard can support all the Ryzen processors. The memory support is 32GB max with the 3200Mhz frequency which is huge as compared to the normal B250 motherboard at the same price. Surely AMD surpassed Intel in that aspect. As for the storage, it has 4 x SATA 3 ports and 1 x M.2 slot at the back of the motherboard. Make sure you buy a case with a large cutout to install an M.2 SSD if you are planning to buy one later.

The rear I/O ports are really good with 8x USB ports including 4x USB 3.1 ports Gen 1, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and 2x USB 2.0 ports that give a tough competition to the Z270 chipset motherboards from Intel.

Cooling, on the other hand, is very basic. You won’t find any good amount of big heatsinks for different sections and there is only 1x fan header for chassis fan which makes it very basic for cooling.

Design and Features

The design is a lot different than other mini ITX motherboards. All the ports are in different areas when compared to a regular mini ITX motherboard. Even the M.2 slot is at the back of the PCB and it’s because of the fact that the AM4 socket is big and it takes a lot of space as compared to Intel. The SATA and ATX power ports are at the top. It’s not an ideal location and will pose difficulty in easy cable management in many chassis. So, make sure you buy a good chassis that has at least two big routeing holes at the top.

The back of the motherboard at the right side has 6 LEDs for making your motherboard glow into the case. The LEDs are RGB and you can configure it with the Gigabyte’s APP center. The DIMM slots and PCI-E x 16 slots have red accents and PCI-E x 16 slot has a steel armor for more reliability just like in some of the motherboards above.

The board is provided with an 8 pin power CPU port for supplying enough wattage to overclock your CPU. As I said earlier, why this is closer to a Z270 chipset motherboard is because of this overclocking feature. It’s not limited and you can overclock your CPU up to its full extent if you have a good CPU cooler. Make sure you buy a compatible AM4 cooler because not all coolers come with AM4 brackets.

GIGABYTE GA-AB350N-Gaming
9 / 10 XG Rating
Compatibility9
Upgradability9
Features9
Summary
When you are going to build an AMD based ITX system, you cannot find a better motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-AB350N-Gaming because it's highly competitive to the Intel's Z270 chipset motherboards yet costs much less. The upgradability is also easy and it has several USB ports. An ideal board for AMD system.

Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)