Best Motherboards for Kaby Lake

Best Motherboards for Kaby Lake – So if you are thinking of getting an Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor for your gaming PC then these affordable and powerful Kaby Lake motherboards should be a great companion to it. These Kaby Lake Motherboards can also be used with the Intel Skylake processors

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With a processor like the 7th gen i7, it becomes essential to pick a high-quality motherboard; otherwise, it might bottleneck the overall performance, and you will experience throttling and heating issues.

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1.ASUS LGA1151

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2.ASUS H110M-E

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3.Asus Prime Z390-A

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4.ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E

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5.ASUS ROG Strix B450-F

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6.MSI H310 LGA 1151

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7.MSI Z390-A

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8.MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen

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9.GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS

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10.GIGABYTE Z390

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Best Motherboards for Kaby Lake – BUYER’S GUIDE

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1. Form Factor

Some people that have space might opt for a full-sized ATX or even E-ATX mobo, while those having smaller space might opt for a micro-ATX or even mini-ITX mobo. You won’t lose much using a smaller size except for PCIe slots and a few USB ports primarily. For mini-ITX however, you will most likely lose 2 DIMM slots and only get 2 and will only have 1 PCIe x16 slot. Also, the more compact the board is, the lesser room it has for overclocking and cooling it becomes harder. You can check our guide on EATX vs ATX vs Micro ATX vs Mini ITX to get better understanding.

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2. Cooling Mechanism

With such a powerful performance, a lot of heat is generated by the different parts. Make sure your motherboard has enough fan headers for the number of fans in your case. If it doesn’t, you can buy a PWM splitter which comes relatively cheap, but sometimes you can upgrade the motherboard for a similar price and get the bonus of whatever other features that upgraded board has.

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3. Memory

Most ATX boards come with 4 DIMM slots with capacity ranging from 32GB to 128GB. It’s advisable to get at least 64GB of support. Some high-end motherboards go up to 4400+ MHz, but the cheapest might only get 2400MHz. For Intel, it should be fine to get a slower memory clock as it’s not as heavily impacted as Ryzen, but obviously, the more you can get, the better performance you’ll get, and we suggest you shoot for at least 3000MHz OC speeds.

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4. PCIe Slots

Apart from having multiple PCIe slots look for the ones where it is having some metal reinforcement, as it will improve the long term durability of the slot. You need to look for the distribution of lanes as well as CrossFireX/SLI support if you need multi-graphics setup.

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5. RGB

Those who want customised RGB in their setup need to consider whether the motherboard has RGB headers. Some motherboards also have onboard RGB LEDs, while some cases come with an RGB controller, eliminating the need for a motherboard to have RGB headers.

The controllers can connect to the case’s reset button or dedicated RGB buttons which enables you to control their color pattern. They mainly come in two varieties: 5V headers for fancier addressable RGB that can do the swirling rainbow effects and 12V headers which can only be one color at a time. RGB is something you could save some cost on if you don’t care about the extra bling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Which Motherboard is Right for You?

While your motherboard isn’t going to have any kind of direct impact on your in-game experience, it will play a large role in determining what components you can put into your build. The cheaper the motherboard you choose, the more limited you will be.

However, if you are working with a tight budget, you can definitely choose a less-expensive motherboard. And, if all you are planning on doing is building a single video card setup then you don’t necessarily have to spend hundreds of dollars on an extreme motherboard.

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WRAP UP

With the launch of Intel’s Seventh Generation Core series processors codenamed Kaby Lake, Intel has also introduced some new motherboard chipsets for them. These new chipsets come with some improvements, extra features and offer better performance over the older chipsets in skylake motherboards having LGA 1151 socket.

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