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Z490 motherboard roundup: 50+ models

Intel’s 10th Gen desktop processors have been launched.
Intel’s 10th Gen desktop processors have been launched.
Intel’s 10th Generation desktop processors will soon be available on the streets and a new wave of high-end motherboards based on the LGA1200 socket are coming as well. As you might know, the flagship chipset is the Intel Z490 which packs, as tradition, a good amount of features and connections. With the following, you can find what’s coming from ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI and many others.

Intel Comet Lake processors and motherboards have been introduced, and they’ll be available by the end of May. The new CPUs support up to 10 cores and require a new socket that goes by the name LGA1200, which is cooler-compatible with the older LGA115x socket. This means that any CPU cooler that works on the LGA115x socket won't require any mounting updates. The new flagship chipset is the Intel Z490, and it will be followed with mainstream and budget-oriented models.

What’s the main difference between the upcoming Intel Z490 chipset and the current Z390 chipset?

First things first: With Comet Lake-S CPUs you will need a new motherboard that is compatible with the LGA1200 socket. If you want to upgrade your main rig and you have a Coffee Lake Refresh CPU with an Intel 300 motherboard (e.g. Core i9-9900K with Intel Z390 main board) you’ll have to buy a new combo compatible with Comet Lake.

The difference betweens Intel Z490 and Z390 are minimal; not much has changed since both CPU and chipset main specifications are more or less the same. For example, both chipsets continue to use the outperformed PCI Express 3.0 interface for connecting peripherals, cards and storage devices. Although a few OEM vendors have made the Z490 models compatible with the upcoming PCI Express 4.0 interface, a functionality available on AMD X570 and TRX40 motherboards, Intel hasn’t officially reported this support. Furthermore, Intel has improved the wired and not-wired network interface, introducing a new Intel 2.5G Gigabit chip (rev b2, without any bugs) and sixth-generation Wi-Fi like its mobile namesake. 

One of the major differences of these new motherboards is the integration of a beefier power design that can handle the upcoming flagship CPUs with a thermal design power (TDP) up to 125 Watts. As you might know, the TDP listed from Intel guarantees the power consumption of a specific model at standard clocks. In other words, a powerful Core i9-10900K with a base clock of 3.70 GHz and a max frequency of 5.30 GHz can easily burn more than 125 Watts. Although this isn’t a rule for each model around, most of them come with a solid power design.

Like the previous chipset, the Intel Z490 supports overclocking with Intel’s unlocked CPUs (-K and -KS) and this isn’t a big surprise. Although Intel has not recommended overclocking the BLCK since it is linked to the other main areas that could be unstable, the company has enabled support for PEG and DMI buses overclocking that won’t affect SATA ports and peripherals anymore. Last but not least, you can have a better control of the voltage-frequency curve and change frequency of the Hyper-Threading per core.

Alongside the high-end Z390 chipset, Intel has also introduced mainstream and budget-oriented chipsets like the H470, B460 and H410 variants. While the mainstream chipset appears to be very close to the previous one (Intel H370), there are several differences between the B460 and B360 chips. The new generation features up to 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, which is 30% more over the previous model (12). This improvement was obtained by changing the lanes route and reducing the amount of USB 3.2 Gen2 ports available. Intel H410 is the successor of H310 and at the moment there is no datasheet about this chipset; we’ll update the article once Intel releases more information.

At the time of writing, you can choose from motherboards based on the Intel Z390 chipset only and you can find a wide list of models ranging from the tiny mini-ITX size up to the large E-ATX.

Z490 Z390 Z370 H470 H370 B460 B360
Socket LGA1200 LGA1155 LGA1155 LGA1200 LGA1155 LGA1200 LGA1155
PCIe 3.0 (CPU) 1x16x or 2x8
1x8 + 2x4
1x16x or 2x8
1x8 + 2x4
1x16x or 2x8
1x8 + 2x4
1x16x 1x16x 1x16x 1x16x
PCIe 3.0 (chipset) 24x1 24x1 24x1 20x1 20x1 16x1 12x1
USB (USB 3.2 Gen1) 14 (10) 14 (10) 14 (10) 14 (8) 14 (8) 12 (8) 12 (6)
USB (USB 3.2 Gen2) 6 6 No 4 6 No 4
SATA 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Intel RST Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel RST (PCIe 3.0) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel RST PCIe (max 4 SSD M.2) ? 3 3 ? 2 ? 1
Intel Memory Optane Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel Gigabit LAN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel 2.5G LAN Yes No No Yes No Yes No
Wi-Fi (CNVio) Wi-Fi 6 (ax) Wi-Fi 5 (ac) Wi-Fi 5 (ac) Wi-Fi 6 (ax) Wi-Fi 5 (ac) Wi-Fi 6 (ax) Wi-Fi 5 (ac)
Overclock Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Memory DDR4-2933 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666

E-ATX

The E-ATX (Extended ATX) form factor is the largest format available for PC gamers, measuring at 305 x 330 mm. The only thing you have to worry about is if your case is large enough to fit one of these motherboards. While the ATX is usually the most used, the E-ATX might be supported but at the same time it might cover some rubber grommets for cable management. We suggest checking the datasheet of your case before buying anything. 

Since the motherboards of this range are rather big, you can expect a good amount of memory slots as well as PCIe connectors: E-ATX motherboards definitely have the lead in this department. Extra PCIe slots can be quite useful if you are considering adding a second graphics card, an additional audio card or even a capture card (if you are a streamer). Furthermore, most of the premium models fall in this category since OEMs have more space for adding extra features for overclockers or PC enthusiasts. 

Model PCIe Storage USB header PWM RGB USB Type-A USB Type-C TB 3 Video Networking Audio
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
8x SATA6
4x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
14 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
6x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 1 No Aquantia 10GbE
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASRock Z490 Aqua 3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe 3.0 x2
8x SATA6
3x M.2
1x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
2x 3.2 Gen2 2 2x MiniDP
1x HDMI
Aquantia 10GbE
Dragon 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
EVGA Z490 Dark 3x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
8x SATA6
3x M.2
6x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 No 1x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x MiniDP Intel 2.5GbE
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS XTREME
WATERFORCE
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x8
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
10 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
4x 3.2 Gen2
2x 3.2 Gen2 2 1x HDMI Aquantia 10GbE
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS XTREME 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x8
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
4x 3.2 Gen2
2x 3.2 Gen2 2 1x HDMI Aquantia 10GbE
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x8
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
3x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
10 2x RGB 2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
2x 3.2 Gen2 2 No Aquantia 10GbE
Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out

ATX

Introduced in the mid to late 90s, this form factor is the most common motherboard design, and it can be installed in almost any mid-tower PC cases. This model measures 305 x 244 mm and can accommodate at least a pair of graphics cards, up to four memory sticks and a solid amount of storage devices. While the E-ATX form factor is usually quite a niche product, the ATX is widely used by most OEMs and you can find several models with different price tags covering a wide price range. Consumer and enthusiast models fall in this category.

Model PCIe Storage USB header PWM RGB USB Type-A USB Type-C TB 3 Video Networking Audio
ASUS ROG Maximus XII
Formula
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
6x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No No Aquantia 10GbE
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG Maximus XII
Apex
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
1x PCIe x1
8x SATA6
3x M.2
5x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
9 2x ARGB
1x RGB
5x 3.2 Gen1
4x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No No Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG Maximus XII
Hero Wi-Fi
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Marvell 5GbE
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E
Gaming
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
7 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-F
Gaming
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
7 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-A
Gaming
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x2
1x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
6 1x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-H
Gaming
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x2
1x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
6 1x ARGB
2x RGB
1x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS TUF Gaming
Z490-Plus Wi-Fi
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
3x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
6 1x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS TUF Gaming
Z490-Plus
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
3x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
6 1x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ProArt
Z490-Creator 10G
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
3x 3.2 Gen1
6 1x ARGB
2x RGB
3x 3.2 Gen1
4x 3.2 Gen2
2x 3.2 Gen2 2 1x DP
1x HDMI
Hyper 10G
Intel 2.5GbE
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS Prime
Z490-A
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
7 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS Prime
Z490-P
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
4x PCIe x1
4x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
5 1x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Realtek 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASRock Z490 Taichi 3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
8x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
5x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Dragon 2.5GbE
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASRock Z490
Steel Legend
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
7 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Dragon 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASRock Z490 Extreme4 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
7 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Dragon 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASRock Z490 Pro4 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x D-Sub
1x HDMI
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
ASRock Z490 PG Velocita 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
8x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
7 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Dragon 2.5GbE
Intel 1GbE
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASRock Z490
Phantom Gaming 4
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
ASRock Z490
Phantom Gaming 4/ax
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 802.11ax
7.1 channel
ASRock Z490
Phantom Gaming 4/ac
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 802.11ac
7.1 channel
ASRock Z490
Phantom Gaming 4/2.5G
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Dragon 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
ASRock Z490
Phantom Gaming 4SR
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
4x SATA6
1x M.2
3x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
Biostar Z490GTA EVO 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
1x RGB
8x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Biostar Z490GTA 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
4 2x ARGB
1x RGB
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
No No 1x DP
1x HDMI
1x VGA
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
EVGA Z490 FTW WiFi 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
7 No 1x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
4x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS MASTER
3x PCIe 3.0 x16 6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x USB 2.0
3x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS ULTRA G2
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS ULTRA
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS PRO AX
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x USB 2.0
3x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS ELITE AC
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
No No 1x HDMI Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 9462
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS ELITE
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
No No 1x HDMI Realtek 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS VISION G
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS VISION D
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
2x 3.2 Gen2 2 1x DP
1x HDMI
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490
AORUS GAMING X
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
1x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
5x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
No No 1x HDMI Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
Gigabyte Z490 UD AC 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
5x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
No No 1x HDMI Realtek 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 9462
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Gigabyte Z490 UD 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
5x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
No No 1x HDMI Realtek 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MEG Z490 ACE 3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 1x ARGB
3x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No No Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MEG Z490 Unify 3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
3x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 1x ARGB
3x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No No Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MPG Z490
Gaming Carbon WiFi
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 1x ARGB
3x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MPG Z490
Gaming Edge WiFi
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
3x RGB
2x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MPG Z490
Gaming Plus
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
8 1x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Realtek 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MAG Tomahawk 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
2x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
8 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Realtek 2.5GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI Z490-A Pro 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
3x PCIe x1
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
8 1x ARGB
2x RGB
2x USB 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x DP
1x HDMI
Realtek 2.5GbE 7.1 channel

mATX

The micro-ATX form factor has been around for a long time, and it was developed by Intel in the mid to late 90s. This form factor (which measures 244 x 244 mm) is a small step-down from ATX. As you might notice from the pictures, one of the first differences between ATX and mATX motherboards is the amount of memory and PCIe slots available. While the amount of PCIe slots might not affect your final decision, the DDR4 slots are much more important since this could limit your future upgrade decisions and make you spend more money in quite expensive high-density memory kits. At the moment there are mATX motherboards with four or two DIMM slots and we recommend choosing a motherboard with four memory slots in order to save money in case of future upgrades.  

Compared to the ATX motherboards, there are much fewer models available and the price of the Intel Z490 can be a bit steep. While with mainstream and budget-oriented chipsets you could save some money by buying a micro-ATX model, in regard to the high-end chipset you won't find any cheap motherboards.

Model PCIe Storage USB header PWM RGB USB Type-A USB Type-C TB 3 Video Networking Audio
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-G
Gaming
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-G Wi-Fi
Gaming
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
6x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 1GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
5x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
5 1x RGB 2x 2.0
6x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI-D
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
ASRock Z490M Pro4 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe 3.0 x1
4x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
6 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI-D
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
Gigabyte Z490M 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
1x PCIe 3.0 x1
6x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
4 1x RGB 4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI-D
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
Gigabyte Z490M Gaming X 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
1x PCIe 3.0 x1
6x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
4 2x ARGB
2x RGB
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
MSI MPG Z490M Gaming
Edge Wi-Fi
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe 3.0 x1
4x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen1
5 2x RGB 2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out

mini-ITX

Last but not least, there's the mini-ITX form factor, which is the smallest type on the list, and it measures 170 x 170 millimeters. This form factor is another step-down and can currently accommodate just a pair of memory modules (max 2x 32 GB) and up to one PCI-Express card. These kinds of motherboards are stuck with only a single PCIe slot and a fewer amount of storage options and internal connectors. Furthermore, in regard to aftermarket CPU coolers, you’ll have to check the size of the heat sink since it could block the memory slots and make future upgrades quite annoying to carry out. Since the components are very close to each other, any kind of task or even building the PC itself might need a bit more time than a more standard ATX system.

Since the mini ITX motherboards are quite small, you could think that they would also be quite cheap but the truth might surprise you. These motherboards are quite expensive since they contain a huge concentration of features, and there are high-end models with daughter PCBs that can cost even more than a regular ATX motherboard.

Model PCIe Storage USB header PWM RGB USB Type-A USB Type-C TB 3 Video Networking Audio
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-I
Gaming
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 4x SATA6
2x M.2
4x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
2x 3.2 Gen2
3 1x ARGB
1x RGB
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 4x SATA6
1x M.2
1x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
3 1x ARGB
1x RGB
2x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
4x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 1GbE
Dragon 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
ASRock Z490 Phantom
Gaming-ITX TB3
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 4x SATA6
2x M.2
1x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
3 1x ARGB
1x RGB
2x 3.2 Gen1
3x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 1 1x HDMI
1x DP
Dragon 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
Biostar Z490GTN 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 4x SATA6
1x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3 1x ARGB
1x RGB
2x USB 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
No No 1x HDMI
1x VGA
Intel 1GbE 7.1 channel
Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 4x SATA6
2x M.2
1x 2.0
1x 3.2 Gen1
4 1x ARGB
1x RGB
2x 2.0
4x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 No 1x HDMI
1x DP
Intel 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
MSI MEG Z490I Unify 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 4x SATA6
2x M.2
2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
3 3x RGB 2x 2.0
2x 3.2 Gen1
1x 3.2 Gen2
1x 3.2 Gen2 1 1x HDMI
1x DP
Realtek 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
7.1 channel
S/PDIF Out
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Luca Rocchi, 2020-05-15 (Update: 2020-05-15)