AnandTech’s Best Intel Motherboards: September ’20

As we move into the final period of Q3 2020, there is a wide variety of Intel-based motherboards on the market, spearheaded by LGA1200 models for the current 10th generation Comet Lake processors. The latest LGA1200 socket has the usual variety of Intel chipsets, such as premium Z490 models with official support for the overclocking, down to the more mainstream chipsets such as H460 and B460.

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COLORFUL CVN Z490 GAMING PRO V20

In this review, we will review one of the new Colorful panels, which is the Colorful CVN Z490 Gaming Pro, which comes at a price of $ 180. Simply the board is in a medium price range for the Z490 chipset, and it is the only chip that provides overclocking support with K processors and overclocking memory as well, so it is one of your options if you are going overclocking for sure.

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ASUS PRIME Z490-A

The recommended $ 230 is more, and decent, than the average “ward temperature” of the Z490 motherboard market. And this is immediately a strong ideological blow to Prime. Yes, there are still little things to throw, finishing up to $ 240, and there are several ASUS ROG models at once, not to mention powerful offers in the assortment of MSI, Gigabyte and ASRock, and more exotic motherboard manufacturers.

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GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER

In this review I’ll be going over the Z490 Aorus Master motherboard for the latest generation of Comet Lake processors.  For those who do not know, Aorus is the gaming brand under Gigabyte that combines features from many of the previous product lines together to create a super motherboard for the aspiring gamer, weekend overclocker and system builder looking for a universal platform to handle it all.

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ASRock Z490 AQUA

The AQUA line from ASRock is the brand’s “halo” product. Featuring everything except the kitchen sink, including a full-coverage mono block for custom water cooling and even a limited run serial number. This limited production board was first introduced for X570, with a run of 999 motherboards. Now, ASRock is back at it with another 999 board run on Z490 with the ASRock Z490 AQUA.

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ASRock Z490 Steel Legend

The Z490 Steel Legend motherboard comes all of ASRock’s renowned featured such as SuperAlloy, Dr.MOS,10 Phase Power Design, PCIE steel slots, 6 x SATA ports, 2 x Ultra M.2 slots for SSDs (with 2 full coverage M.2 heatsink). There’s also 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C), 7 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4Front, 2 Rear, 1 Front Type-C), 7.1 HD audio, and of course the Polychrome RGB, and well as Dragon 2.5 GB/s LAN.

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GIGABYTE Z490 VISION G

So what is Z490 offering right now? For starters, there has been a large focus on VRM and VRM cooling design. With the top-level Intel Core i9-10900K featuring 10 cores along with HyperThreading, the ability to deliver clean, continuous power is going to be one of the primary factors that separates a good Z490 board from the competition. With the introduction of HyperThreading on Intel’s mid-range line-up, power delivery is going to be vital in all segments.

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