It should be mentioned that there are so many high end Z490 motherboards out there and sometimes it becomes difficult to make a decision. So, in this article, we are going to tell you which is the best option offered by each of the major manufacturers, so that at least you can be clear about the best option that can be purchased from each of them. That said, let’s go with the list.
ASUS ROG Maximux XII Extreme
ASUS is a manufacturer who, both in quality and price, has always tried to stand out from the crowd by offering products of the highest end, and it is one of the most expensive motherboards on the market but it is designed to have absolutely everything. This is an LGA1200 socket motherboard compatible with Intel Rocket Lake processors (like all here) that supports extreme overclocking and, in fact, features various cooling and overclocking profiles optimized for the IA, according to the manufacturer.
Obviously it has the latest connectivity including USB-C, it has four M.2 sockets, Marvel AQtion 10Gb connectivity for the best network speed (Intel 2.5GbE), WiFi 6 and in general everything you might need now or in the future.
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS Xtreme
This motherboard has a much more expensive version which comes with a liquid cooling block already prepared for the motherboard, but we decided to include the normal version in this list because not many people have custom liquid cooling. In any case, like the previous one, this motherboard is designed for Intel 10th generation processors and has all kinds of thermal protections to provide the best cooling possible, and you have proof of that in the image above since it looks like almost the whole board is covered.
DDR4 DIMM sockets are hardened to support memory with heavy heatsinks, as well as the three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 sockets. It also has three M.2 Socket 3 2242 sockets in all cases covered with its own heat sink, but can be removed if the SSD already comes with its own heat sink. It has USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity, 2.5 GbE LAN, Intel WiFi 6 and of course RGB Fusion 2.0.
MSI MEG Z490 Divine
The best MSI motherboards still have the nickname of God, and this Z490 has all the technology that the manufacturer is capable of putting into a product like a motherboard. It has reinforced sockets, full cooling, 3 M.2 and 3 PCIe 3.0 x16 sockets, WiFi 6, USB 3.1 Type-C, INTERSIL 16 + 1 + 1 phase digital PWM design to allow extreme overclocking and as a curiosity, includes a PCIe expansion card with active cooling to install two additional M.2 SSDs.
ASRock Z490 Taichi
In fact, ASRock’s Z490 high-end motherboard is the Aqua version, but like the one be fore AORUS, it is very specific for those with custom liquid cooling systems and that is why we prefer to recommend this other one. version. It has all the features of the previous ones in terms of overclocking potential, beefed up sockets, M.2 compatibility, and connectivity, so it really doesn’t have much to envy the others despite being well priced. inferior.
BIOSTAR Z490 GTA
The top-of-the-line model with BIOSTAR’s Z490 chipset is much more humble than the previous ones, but unless you intend to overclock significantly, you won’t miss out on any features. It has two reinforced PCIe 3.0 x16 sockets, two M.2 sockets with integrated heatsink, WiFi 6, USB 3.1 Type-C and in general everything you could need in any PC top of the line.
Z490 Vulcan X colored
This colorful motherboard is much more basic than the previous ones but it’s the best the manufacturer has in this chipset. It has three ruggedized PCIe 3.0 x165 sockets, two M.2 with integrated heatsink, and a “shield” they called Silver Shark 2.0 which ensures that all components on the motherboard will be at the best temperature of. possible operation.