Top 5 Best Motherboards for i7 9700k in 2020

What are the best Motherboards that are compatible with the Intel Core i7 9700k?

A great CPU for gaming, the i7 9700k comes with 8 cores, a lot of power and needs a board that can support overclocking to unleash this beast. The best boards for the Intel Core i7 9700k are the Z390 chipsets.

This article will dive into the best budget, mid-tier, premium or small factor motherboards for an i7 9700k CPU. We’ve also gone ahead and added a few alternatives, because we get that it’s difficult to decide on one single motherboard within a certain price range when there are at least 2-3 boards out there that offer great value.

So, let’s get into it and check out the top 5 motherboards for i7 9700k. We’ll be taking a take a look at the specs, features and price-per-performance ratio.

Gigabyte Z390 UD

The Best Budget Motherboard for i7-9700K

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This motherboard only cuts a few corners in terms of extra features, but for a $110 motherboard, it offers great VRM and can not only support Core i7-9700K but also i9-9900K.

Gigabyte Z390 UD – Specs

  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
  • Storage: 1 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
  • Multi-GPU Support: AMD 2-Way CrossFire
  • Expansion Slots: 2 × PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 × PCIe 3.0 x1
  • USB Ports: 8 × USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 × USB 2.0/1.1
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Features: GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming LAN, Support RGB Light Strip in Full Colors, CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power With a Simple Click, Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP, Lightning-Fast Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 AIC Support, Real-Time Network Monitoring, LAN Static-Electricity & Surge Protection, NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 22110 M.2 Connector (Up to 32 Gb/s), 10+2 Phases Digital VRM Design with Low RDS(on) MOSFET, XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster, and more.

This budget-friendly motherboard comes with great specs and features for its price. It’s easy to install, comes with Smart Fan 5, which helps keep your PC cool and lets you choose what modes you want to use. The Gigabyte Z390 UD has a great layout and it comes with all the essentials that you need. There’s even support for RGB light strips if you want to add some flavor to this board.

Alternatives: Some good alternatives are the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus (which is a bit more expensive – $150, but has an extra M.2 slot), or the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X ($110).

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

The Best Mid-Range Motherboard for i7-9700K

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Being a great all-rounder, the mid-range Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro has a price tag of around $190, and it’s one of the best boards under $200. It runs overclocked Core i7-9700K without an issue and it has exceptional VRM thermal performance, beating even boards that go well over $300.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro – Specs

  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4 x DIMM, DDR4, max. 128 GB
  • Storage: 2 x M.2, 6 x SATA
  • Multi-GPU Support: 2-Way SLI, 3-Way/2-Way CrossFire
  • Expansion Slots: 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 8 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Features: Support for APP Center, Support for Q-Flash, Support for Xpress Install, Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards, Advanced Thermal Design with Multi-cuts Heatsinks and Heatpipe, 12+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS, RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips, Smart Fan 5, Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ Header, and more.

Aside from the specs mentioned above, the board also comes with a full 7.1 surround audio. Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro also comes with the same Smart Fan 5 feature to allow for the best cooling possible. There’s lots of RBG lights and support for RGB LED Strips and LED. The M.2 slots come with thermal guards, PCIe armor on both slots and an USB type-C on the back panel.

Alternatives: MSI Z390 Tomahawk, MSI Z390 Gaming PRO Carbon (both under $230), Asrock Z390 Extreme4 (reaching the $300 mark).

MSI MEG Z390 Godlike

The Best Ultimate Motherboard for i7-9700K

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With a name like that, you just know that this motherboard is the best of the best. It comes in at just under $750, so if you’ve got the money, this is definitely the board for you. Actually, for the i7-9700K it may even be an overkill, so you can easily place a Core i7-9900K on it.

MSI MEG Z390 Godlike – Specs

  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4 x DIMM, DDR4, max. 128 GB
  • Storage: 3 x M.2, 1 x U.2, 6 x SATA
  • Multi-GPU Support: 2-Way SLI, 4-Way CrossFire
  • Expansion Slots: 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Features: Solid heatsink with RGB LED, DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor, Game Boost Button, Mystic Light Infinity, Dynamic Dashboard, 1x Turbo U.2, 3x Turbo M.2 with Shield Frozr, Dual Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, Xtreme Audio DAC, Pre-installed I/O Shielding, and more.

Packed with features, the MSI MEG Z390 Godlike has VRMs fit for a 32-core Threadripper CPU, it lets you install RGB LED strips, it comes with MSI’s Mystic Light RGP tech, one M.2 slot is armored and has OC support. This board also lets you access every slot with ease.

Alternatives: A good alternative would have been the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme ($870) – but the board is packed with a lot of issues reported by users, and the extra $120 would be better spent towards upgrading to a more expensive GPU.

Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming

The Best Micro ATX Motherboard for i7-9700K

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This Micro ATX Z390 board is the best mid-range mobo that comes with a great 10+2 phase VRM. Packed with all the necessary features, a USB Type-C port, two M.2 slots, the Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming is the smaller twin of the Z390 Gaming X, which retail for almost the same price ($140).

Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming – Specs

  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4 x DIMM, DDR4, max. 128 GB
  • Storage: 2 x M.2, 6 x SATA
  • Multi-GPU Support: 2-Way CrossFire
  • Expansion Slots: 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Features: 10+2 Phases Digital VRM Design with Low RDS(on) MOSFET, Thick Thermal Pad, Pre-installed I/O Shield, VR Ready, Support RGB Lighting Effect in Full Color, Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Networking, LAN Static-Electricity & Surge Protection, Smart Fan 5 – FAN STOP, Hybrid FAN Header, Smart Fan 5 Software, Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor and Memory Armor, XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster, and more.

If you’re looking to build an mATX gaming system, this is the board you’re going to need. However, even though the Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming supports 2-Way CrossFire, we do not recommend it because of the bandwidth constraints (x4) on the second full-length PCIe 3.0 slot.

Alternatives: Another great alternative in the same small form factor would be the Asus ROG Maximus XI Gene which actually has great cooling and the best VRM possible for this category – but at a very expensive price tag ($950).

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC

The Best Mini ITX Motherboard for i7-9700K

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For your super-compact setup, a small form factor PC will need the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC as its mainboard. In the $450 range, the board offers great VRM (5 phases VRM with 60 Amp power stages), great performance and good overclocking.

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC – Specs

  • Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 2 x DIMM, DDR4, max. 64 GB
  • Storage: 2 x M.2, 4 x SATA
  • Multi-GPU Support: None
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Features: ASRock Polychrome SYNC RGB, Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Type-C, Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink, 2T2R Intel® 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi (supports up to 1.73Gbps wireless network) and BT 5.0, SOUND BLASTER™ CINEMA5 – 5.1/7.1 surround sound, Premium 60A Power Choke, Water Pump Header, Full Spike Protection, Live Update & APP Shop, and more.

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AC comes with a large heatsink that will help keep it cool. This is what you want from a Mini ITX board after all. Other great features are the 2 M.2 slots, a full 7.1 channel support, and Wi-Fi and full Bluetooth 5.0 support. The price may be high, but this is the best Mini ITX board you could ever wish for your Core i7-9700K. One thing you should consider is to get a higher profile CPU cooler because the heatsink is a bit tall for low-profile coolers.

Final Thoughts

The difference between Z390 motherboards can vary – from the build quality, to the number of M.2 slots, expansion slots, a richer I/O panel, to RGB capabilities, different VRM capabilities and so on.

Whether you want to buy a Z390 motherboard for your Core i7-9700K (or even Core i7-9900K), these boards should handle all the loads and help unleash the power of these CPUs. They all offer great VRM, no matter what form factor you choose.

Of course, the top pick would have to be one of the most expensive, MSI MEG Z390 Godlike, but if you find that this is a little out of your price range, there are many other options that are perfectly reasonable, such as the Gigabyte Z390 UD or the mini-ATX board – Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming. These may be a couple of the cheaper mobos on our list, however these boards carry exceptional value for their price-points. Gaming is decent on the Gigabyte Z390 UD or the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro if you want the extra M.2 slot, and more USB ports. When it comes down to it, there are plenty of good choices in our list, but in the end, it’s up to you to decide which board comes with the features you need and falls within your budget.


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