Best Motherboards

This page contains our recommendations for motherboards with Intel's "mainstream" LGA-1151 and LGA-1150 sockets. These include the Skylake (1151), Haswell, and Broadwell (1150) family of processors and the Z170, H170 (1151), Z97, H97, and H81 chipsets (1150). For recommendations for motherboards supporting Intel's high-end LGA-2011v3 socket and X99 chipset, see out recommendations on the next page. Skip to the lat page for all AMD-based boards.

June 2016 Updates

Builders with high enthusiasm, but far less money, may enjoy Joe's previous take on ASRock's H170M Pro4S and H170M-ITX/ac.

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  • If you are in the UK, and are interested in the Gigabyte Z170-HD3 board, then be aware that link from Tom's guide to Amazon takes you to the DDR3 version, although the review is of the DDR4 version. I have emailed them about this, some time ago, but they have done nothing. If you click on 'contact us' in the footer, you get a load of corporate branding nonsense, with no idea if your message will get to the right person. I'm assuming not, in my case.
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