Among your gaming peripherals, which do you think has the most bearing when it comes to helping you win? Well, all of them can potentially give you a score, but a gaming mouse is certainly the most important.
You see, the mouse can help you point at a target in your favorite games, but it can also be used for productivity tasks as well. Without a mouse, you pretty much cannot do anything with your gaming setup.
If you are looking for the best, do read further to find out our recommendations for the best gaming mice in 2020.
Best Gaming Mice in 2020
1.Razer Deathadder V2
If you have a winning product, you need not change a lot of things. If anything, you just improve upon the original design and that is what Razer did with their award-winning mouse.
The Razer Deathadder, now with ‘V2’ on its moniker, is the latest iteration of the mouse, and let me tell you, it is the best one yet.
It is armed with the company’s latest sensor that is able to reach up to 20,000 DPI. But more importantly, it is rated to reach 650 IPS which is pretty insane.
What made people fall in love with this particular mouse is its ergonomics. It is quite comfortable to hold which is something that you have to consider when you are playing for hours and hours.
It can suit all grip styles from palm to fingertip users, though it is most suited for palm and claw style grips.
The Razer Deathadder V2 is also the lightest version of the mouse that the company has ever created. At only 82 grams, it can definitely be used in first-person shooters like Apex Legends or CS:GO without a problem.
It might be the most expensive Deathadder you can buy from Razer’s product stack, but with all of the upgrades it has received, it is definitely worth the purchase.
2.Steelseries Rival 710
A lot of people say that this mouse is gimmicky, but the SteelSeries Rival 710 actually has some practical uses.
Its main feature is its included OLED display. By using the company’s own software, you can have it display important statistics and critical information about the games that you play. You can also use it for productivity tasks if that is what you want.
The included sensor is a bit dated but it is still quite accurate nevertheless. Its maximum DPI is only up to 12,000, but who goes higher than 3,000 DPI anyway?
This mouse is incredibly comfortable to wield. Its design allows you to play for extended periods of time and you will not have any problems at all.
What is interesting about this gaming peripheral is that it is fully modular. That means that you can change some of its parts to suit the new technology.
For example, if you want to change its dated mouse sensor, you can remove its panel and replace it with a newer, compatible one.
You can also choose to change its side grips, overall weight, and some buttons as well. You could say that for all of the things that you are getting with this mouse, the price is justified.
The only problem with this mouse that you have to be aware of is that because of its modular nature, the rubber side grips could potentially not stick the way it used to.
Other than that, this is one of the most interesting gaming peripherals you can find on the market.
3.Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless
If Razer has its Deathadder, Logitech has its G502. The design of the G502 is considered by most gamers as one of the most comfortable out there. That is so much so that even Razer and Corsair have copied its design and applied it to some of their mice as well.
Aside from its aesthetics, Logitech prides itself as a company that innovates on the mouse sensor front. True enough, this peripheral comes with the company’s own HERO sensor that is quite accurate and can go as high as 16,000 DPI.
In addition to its accuracy, the said HERO sensor is also quite energy-efficient as well. And, since this is the wireless version of the mouse, you want that efficiency here.
The company’s Lightspeed technology is basically its fancy term for wireless connectivity and to be honest, it is so fast and accurate that it even rivals its wired counterparts.
With an additional 11 programmable buttons, you can put any macro or program that you want using the Logitech G Hub software.
Even though this is marketed as a wireless mouse, you can actually play with it while it is plugged in. In fact, plugging it in is the only way you can charge this mouse right out of the box.
If you want more convenience when it comes to charging the mouse, you can spend some more money and get the Logitech Powerplay which is the company’s charging mouse mat.
All in all, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless deserves to be on this list because it is simply the best, especially among wireless gaming mice.
4.Razer Viper Ultimate
Some people shy away from getting wireless mice because they are quite heavy. And, with gamers flocking to play first-person shooters, they want a mouse that they can easily hold and use.
If you want a wireless mouse that is pretty light, there is no question that you should get the Razer Viper Ultimate. It is, at least at the time of writing, the lightest wireless gaming mouse on the market.
At only 74 grams, this is truly something that is worth considering even if you are a professional gamer.
It uses the same Focus+ sensor as the Deathadder V2 and the mouse is rated to last a full 70 hours on a single charge which is pretty insane.
And unlike the Logitech Mouse above, you can charge this device by putting it on its charging dock for ease of use (though, you can also play with it wired and charge it that way).
The Razer Viper Ultimate also has an ambidextrous design which can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a right-handed user, its ergonomics might not be as comfortable as the Deathadder. However, if you are a left-handed gamer, you will be happy that you can also wield a very competitive gaming mouse.
Aside from the fact that it is quite expensive, the other downside to this mouse is its buttons. Sure, it comes with optical switches which are rated to last up to 70 million clicks, but every time you do press upon its switches, it is not as stable as the Deathadder.
Still, having a competitive wireless gaming mouse in this day and age is worth it thanks to products such as this.
5.Razer Basilisk V2
As mentioned earlier, Razer has copied the design of the Logitech G502 because it is one of the best mice out there in terms of ergonomics. Well, this next recommendation is a result of that.
The Razer Basilisk V2 may have copied the design of the G502, but it certainly has the features that make it a unique mouse nonetheless.
Its special feature is its 3 swappable paddles located on the left side of the mouse. The special paddle is known as the ‘Sniper’ button which, when pressed, effectively reduces the DPI to a preset value that is lower than the one you’re currently using. This should improve accuracy when you’re aiming down sights.
Another nifty feature of the Basilisk V2 is that it has a scroll wheel resistance setting that you can adjust by flicking a switch near the mouse’s sensor.
No, it doesn’t give you the same hyper scroll functionality that is found on the Logitech G502, but it certainly allows you to change the resistance of the scroll wheel. You can either have it smooth or you can also give it a lot more resistance if you want more accurate steps.
It goes without saying that this mouse also comes with the same sensor as the aforementioned Razer gaming mice and it is a pretty accurate one.
The only downside I can think of is that this mouse, while it does have onboard memory, can only store a couple of profiles and that’s it.
6.Logitech G Pro Wireless
If you ask any FPS eSports player out there what their favorite gaming mouse is, I am pretty sure that a considerable number of them would say the Logitech G Pro Wireless.
This is one of the first gaming mice out there that has a competitive wireless sensor and you can probably guess that it is using Logitech’s 16K HERO sensor. It is not only an accurate and amazing performer, but its high efficiency makes the mouse last long before needing a charge.
At 81 grams, it is not as light as the Viper Ultimate above, but it was certainly the mouse that started the entire wireless gaming mouse revolution.
It has an ambidextrous design and the mouse is relatively small which means that it is ideal for claw and fingertip users (palm grip users might have to look somewhere else).
The battery life of this device is only 40 hours but the good thing is that you can play with it while its on the Logitech charging mouse mat mentioned earlier for uninterrupted and continuous gaming.
Aside from its amazing performance, another thing that impressed a lot of people the most is the fact that this mouse can take a beating. Even when you go on a full rage mode, this mouse can still perform perfectly well despite taking a beating.
With what you are getting, you might think that $150 is a steep price but let me remind you that this is the one that started the entire wireless gaming mouse revolution. So if anything, the price is warranted.
7.Corsair Nightsword RGB
Now, upon reaching this part of the article, you might be saddened by the fact that there is no gaming mouse on the list that is perfectly suited for palm grip users, until now.
The Corsair Nightsword RGB is what I would consider the perfect gaming mouse for people with large hands. I can attest to this since I have pretty big hands myself.
Despite its bigger stature, the Nightsword RGB uses the PMW3391 Sensor from Pixart that can go as high as 18,000 DPI.
It comes with 10 fully programmable buttons and it also has 4 different RGB lighting zones which you can configure using the Corsair iCUE software.
By default, the mouse weighs 115 grams but it comes with removable weights that you can install that will increase its heft to 137 grams. Of course, the weight of the mouse is still a welcome choice considering that the increased heft leads to better accuracy and stability.
The mouse is perfectly suited for palm grip and claw grip users, so for people that use the fingertip grip, there are other options found in this article that is best suited for you.
While its performance across the board is pretty good, using the iCUE software can be pretty intimidating for first-time users. However, once you get the hang of it, you will find that it is one of the most robust gaming peripherals software out there.
8.Logitech G604 Lightspeed
Do you play Dota 2, League of Legends, or Heroes of the Storm? These are MOBA games that would require you to press a couple of buttons to activate certain abilities.
While any mouse can be used to play them, it would be ideal if you have a set of extra buttons that you can press on the fly. Fortunately, there are a lot of mice out there and one that I can recommend in 2020 is the Logitech G604 Lightspeed.
As you can tell by the product’s name, this is another amazing wireless gaming mouse from Logitech. Its standout feature is the 6 programmable buttons that you can find on the left side of the peripheral where your thumb usually rests.
The G604 is not only great from a gaming standpoint as this mouse is also fitted with the company’s infinite scroll wheel as well. That means that you can sift through your documents with ease without having to tire your index finger out.
If you are wondering what sensor it uses, it is using the same HERO 16K sensor as the aforementioned Logitech mice, so you know how well this performs.
Although this mouse doesn’t have any downsides from a technical and performance standpoint, it doesn’t come with RGB lighting. That is understandable considering that this mouse is a wireless one anyway and lighting systems can just eat away the device’s battery life.
It is also worth mentioning that the mouse itself uses AA batteries to operate. Do not worry as you can use the gaming peripheral for months before changing them anyway.
9.Corsair Scimitar Elite
What if you do not play MOBA or FPS but instead, you are playing World of Warcraft or any other MMOs? If you are part of the latter, then this next recommendation is for you.
The Corsair Scimitar Elite is what I would consider the best gaming mouse for MMO players. For those of you who do not know, MMO is an acronym that stands for Massively Multiplayer Online games. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV are just some prime examples of this.
Anyway, the Corsair Scimitar Elite is huge but it is without any reason. It has a large form factor to accommodate the 12 programmable buttons on the left side of it.
These buttons can be mapped to any skill, macro, or even some programs that you use while you are playing games. The possibilities are endless, especially if you have mastered the company’s iCUE software.
Now, its closest competitor is the Razer Naga Trinity but the said mouse hasn’t been updated for quite some time now. The Scimitar Elite comes with much-improved internals; more specifically, its use of the PMW-3391 sensor from Pixart that is also the same one that is used on the Nightsword above.
So, you not only have precise pixel-per-pixel tracking but you also get a lot of programmable buttons that you can use in your favorite MMO RPG as well.
What is interesting is that you can also move the 12-button panel up or down depending on your preference. This ensures that you can configure the layout to your liking which is a nice touch.
Do keep in mind that with such a massive gaming mouse, you can expect it to be heavy. True enough, the mouse weighs 122 grams, so it is only fit for palm and claw grip users.
Still, if you want the best MMO mouse on the market today, the Corsair Scimitar Elite takes the cake.
10.SteelSeries Rival 600
The last gaming mouse on this list is no slouch at all. The Steelseries Rival 600 has both the ergonomics, as well as the features that warrant its high price tag.
Let me first talk about its standout features. For one, the mouse actually uses two sensors. Dubbed as the company’s ‘TrueMove 3’, one sensor is used to detect side-to-side movement and the other sensor is responsible for gauging the lift-off distance.
The sensors basically work in tandem to provide you with accurate mouse movements even if you are the type of gamer that continuously lifts off their mouse during intense games.
Aside from its impressive tracking performance, the mouse also has a custom weight system that allows you to include weights in 4-gram increments to suit your preference. If you want a lighter mouse, remove the weights. If you want more stability, then adding some heft to it can help improve your aim at the cost of faster movements.
RGB aficionados will certainly love the 8-zone lighting that this mouse has. You can, of course, tweak its colors, as well as the other buttons found on this mouse using the company’s SteelSeries Engine.
Although there is a lot to love about the mouse, there have been user reports that the rubber side grips can peel off at any time. There’s probably some issue with the sticking material that was used, but the company has since resolved the problem by releasing a new batch. If you are going to buy the mouse now, you shouldn’t run into any problems at all.
Logitech G305 Lightspeed Review- The $75 ‘G Pro’ Lite
The Logitech G Pro is highly praised by the gaming community, especially those that are playing first-person shooters. It is lightweight and it is wireless which is something that was unprecedented before its release.
There is only one issue: That mouse was expensive. Fortunately, you can get the Logitech G305 Lightspeed for a much cheaper price.
Read further to find out why I think the G305 is what I would consider as the ‘G Pro’ lite.
The Logitech G305 Lightspeed looks quite similar to the Logitech G Pro mentioned above. At first glance, you might think that this peripheral is an ambidextrous mouse, but that is actually not the case.
You see, while it has an ambidextrous design, the side buttons are actually located only on the left side of the peripheral. This is an odd choice considering that this can be construed as a mouse that can also be used left-handed, but this is something that you need to know if you are a left-handed gamer.
Its dimensions are 4.59 x 2.45 x 1.50 inches and it weighs 98 grams with the AA battery on. That’s right, you will need a single AA battery for this thing to operate, but the good thing is that a single AA battery can last up to three months with consistent use.
Much of the power-saving features come from the company’s own HERO sensor which doesn’t require a lot of battery to operate while still providing you with a competitive performance in games. More on this later.
This mouse is a bit on the smaller side and is perfectly suited for people who use the fingertip or claw grip styles. This could also work for a hybrid claw/finger grip style as well.
Because of its smaller dimensions, it should go without saying that people with larger hands might have a hard time grasping this mouse, so I wouldn’t recommend this for people that have bigger hands than others.
Despite its much cheaper price, I am glad that the Logitech G305 Lightspeed still feels premium. It is predominantly made with plastic and it has a matte finish so that it won’t easily get out of your grasps when you are playing even with sweaty hands.
On the underside, you will find four mouse feet for easier glide and you can also find the on/off switch as well. I love the fact that you can tell if it is turned on or off based on the color that you see depending on the switch’s orientation.
If you see the switch’s color turn blue, that means that the mouse is turned on. If it is on orange, then the peripheral is turned off.
I should also mention that there is no RGB lighting on this mouse at all and that is okay considering that you are running this thing with non-rechargeable batteries.
The Logitech G305 Lightspeed doesn’t have rechargeable batteries, but you might wonder why there is an included cable in the box. Well, that actually acts as an extender for the wireless USB dongle. This is used for better wireless coverage to ensure that the peripheral’s performance remains consistent across the board.
As mentioned earlier, the Logitech G305 Lightspeed comes equipped with the company’s HERO sensor which is derived from the popular Pixart 3366 sensor. For the people who are familiar with the latter, you know that this thing can perform admirably even in competitive situations.
The good thing about Logitech’s implementation is that the HERO sensor eats so little energy that a single AA battery can last up to 3-4 months with consistent use. That is truly impressive since you do not have to worry about losing battery life while you are using it.
The HERO sensor here is a cut-down version of what you can see in Logitech’s other gaming mice as it can only reach a maximum of 12,000 DPI (compared to the 16,000 DPI in others). This is still okay because, in more practical uses, I don’t think that people would go as high as that number anyway.
I am blown away by how smooth the mouse glides on my mouse mat. The sensor provides consistent performance and I am glad that this thing won’t spin out in games.
I’ve tried this in FPS games like Valorant and I’ve had no problems with aiming at all. This experience is coming from a person who uses a gaming mouse using a palm grip by the way. My aim would have been better if I used the fingertip or claw grip styles.
I’ve also tested this on some MOBA games as well and I never experienced any dropouts or performance issues at all.
This mouse has 6 programmable buttons and if you want to configure them, you will need to download the company’s G Hub software.
You can download and use it for free and is available for both Windows and Mac. I love the aesthetic of the software as it is intuitive to use and the menus are easy to understand.
I am just surprised by one thing, however. You see, the button that is directly below the scroll wheel is supposed to be the DPI switch button which means that pressing it would cycle through the different DPI profiles that you’ve set in the G Hub software. Or at least, that is how it should work in theory.
However, even though you can change the DPI to whatever value you want so long as it is within its range (up to 12,000), you cannot set more than one DPI setting which virtually renders the DPI cycle button useless, at least, in this regard.
You could set the button to do an entirely different thing like you can set it to a particular key on the keyboard so every time you press on the button, it does that. But, it is just interesting to me that its original purpose is not actually implemented in reality.
Normally, a wireless gaming mouse would typically cost more than $100 because of the use of wireless technology, along with the usual goodies that you can find in such a device. But, I am pleased that the Logitech G305 Lightspeed costs $75.
For its price, you are getting a very competitive gaming mouse that can last a couple of months using just a single AA battery. Of course, this changes depending on the battery that is used (brand and capacity), but for the most part, it should remain fairly consistent in terms of battery life.
The HERO sensor has also given me an amazing experience. I never would have thought that a wireless mouse can provide a similar experience to that of its wired counterparts.
All in all, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Logitech G305 Lightspeed unless of course if you are a palm-grip user.
The Best MOBA Games on PC in 2020- Team Up with Your Friends and Beat the Competition
When you ask people what the best MOBA game is, they will usually only give you two answers: Dota 2 or League of Legends.
While both of those titles have amassed huge followings, this is not to say that there aren’t any new and enticing contenders.
What is MOBA?
Before I begin, I assume that most people who are reading this article might already have an idea what a MOBA game is, but for those people that still do not have an inkling what this means, then read ahead.
MOBA is just an acronym that stands for ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arena’. As the name implies, you are teamed up with 4 or 5 other players and you need to battle it out against the opposing team.
The premise of this genre is simple: Get your characters strong enough to go to the enemy’s base and destroy a certain structure.
In Dota 2, for example, you start out as a level 1 character and once you start leveling up, some skills will be made available to you.
Each time you kill an enemy- may it be some ‘creeps’ (regular enemies) or heroes (player character), you will gain both experience and money- the latter of which you can use to buy items that can help boost stats and improve your character’s potential.
Depending on the game, there is usually a boss character that is situated somewhere in the middle of the battlefield. This boss character will drop some loot that you can use to your team’s advantage. This also means that you have to make sure that the enemy team doesn’t get to it first, otherwise they will have the upper hand.
While Dota 2 is quite enjoyable, it is not for everyone since a typical match would last at least 45 minutes (some can go for 2 hours or more).
Now that you now have a basic idea of what a MOBA game is, I will now talk about the best ones that you can find on the PC.
Best MOBA Games on PC
I think it should go without saying that Dota 2 is still the best MOBA game on PC in 2020. This game’s origins are actually pretty incredible.
Dota is just an acronym that stands for ‘Defense of the Ancients’ and by ‘Ancients’, the term is used to refer to the specific structures that are placed inside your base and the enemy’s base and the team that destroys the opposing group’s ancient structure first wins the entire game.
This whole thing started back when Warcraft III began. You see, the said game has a custom map editor that you can use to create a map of your own. That means that you not only have control over the terrain but you also have control over the things that are going to be utilized on your own map.
IceFrog, the original creator of the Dota custom map in the Warcraft 3 era, started with a couple of heroes and a rather basic map. The premise is simple: Get your team’s characters strong enough to invade the enemy base and destroy its ancient structure.
The idea at that time was novel but it has certainly won the hearts of many people. Since then, Valve (Steam) bought the rights to the said custom map from IceFrog, and then Dota 2 was born.
At the time of writing this article, Dota 2 now has 111 heroes to choose from, so you basically have the option to choose which one you really like to learn the most.
There are microtransactions available in the game, but you do not have to worry about it since real money can be used only to buy cosmetic items (or things that can help change the look of your chosen avatar).
One of its main advantages is, sadly, one of this game’s disadvantages as well. You see, you have plenty of characters to choose from, which means that if you are going to master a lot of them, you will need to be ready to spend hours and hours learning each avatar’s nuances so that you could be of great help to your team.
You also have to get acquainted with different roles. Of course, you should set that before you try to learn a new hero so that you will understand how you should operate within a team setup.
Some roles that you need to think about are the carry, support, mid, and so much more. Because there are certain spells that need to be available at a moment’s notice, you should get a competitive gaming mouse for that purpose.
2.League of Legends
While Dota 2 has set the stage for other game developers to follow, it was the League of Legends who took the formula and improved upon it.
Also known simply as ‘LoL’, this game has amassed a loyal following that, to this day, are still diehard fans.
You get a whopping 141 character roster which means that the learning curve is indeed quite steep. However, because of the unique battle style and strategies that you can employ, learning the characters that you want to use is much easier, at least, when compared to its main rival.
Although there are some game modes to choose from, the 5v5 Summoner’s Rift game mode is the most popular. Like Dota 2, expect to spend at least 30-50 minutes on a single league match.
There is a lot of learning to do when it comes to choosing a character and setting up an item list for which you should follow, but you will have a really fun time doing so.
While the community has some toxic players here and there, for the most part, the League of Legends player base is one of the best out there.
3.Heroes of the Storm
Also known as ‘HotS’, Heroes of the Storm was made by Blizzard, which is also the company that was responsible for the creation of Dota (albeit indirectly).
Although Blizzard was late to the party, this doesn’t mean that Heroes of the Storm doesn’t deserve a shoutout in this article.
If you do not want to spend an hour on a single game, then HotS is for you. Unlike the previous games that I’ve just mentioned, you do not have to worry about what items to purchase here simply because you only get to worry about the skills that you are going to get.
You see, at certain levels, your character will unlock new abilities and you will be the one to choose the right fit for the game and what your team needs the most.
The company used to host a lot of events that showcase the simplicity and prowess of this game, but Blizzard has its eyes focused more on mobile games in the near future.
It is sad that this game is now on ‘maintenance’ mode in that new features and game improvements will not be released as readily as it did before.
However, the game still has a solid player base and if you want a more polished MOBA game that doesn’t take too long to complete, then Heroes of the Storm is for you.
While the previous games allow you to control your characters by giving you an overhead view of the entire map, this next game takes things to a whole new level.
Smite is a rather new MOBA game but it is certainly gaining steady traction amongst fans of the genre because of its unique feature.
Instead of an overhead view of the entire map, you are going to control your avatar from a 3rd-person perspective. This not only makes things more immersive but it is an entirely new experience that is definitely more fun than the previously-mentioned titles.
Because of how the game is played, more and more people have gained an interest in playing Smite. This game allows you to control different gods but the premise remains largely the same, albeit played from a different perspective.
I am quite surprised by how the game has built a solid fan base. The community is quite large now that there are multiple online tournaments being played on a monthly basis with cash prizes amounting to millions of dollars.
Though it might not have the clout or the popularity of Dota 2 and League of Legends, Smite is slowly shaping up to be one of the best out there.
Unlike single-player games where all you have to worry about is yourself, MOBA games require you to be one with your team- both in strategy and coordination.
With that being said, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your playing experience:
It goes without saying that you should always communicate with your teammates as a more cohesive group has a higher chance of winning than one that is discombobulated.
Most games have in-game chats, so you can use your gaming headset to communicate with your mates in the game.
An alternative solution would be to download a chat software like Discord and talk to your team there. Discord is lightweight and doesn’t take a lot of resources to run, making it ideal in this situation.
2.Invest in Good Gaming Gear
Aside from getting a gaming headset, you also need to invest in good gaming gear as well. Not only will you need a gaming mouse but getting a competitive gaming keyboard can also improve your chances of winning as well.
3.Learn One Character at a Time
The thing about MOBA games is that you have plenty of characters to choose from. If you are still starting out, I suggest that you stick to one character until you learn everything there is to know about them before you go ahead and choose another avatar.
The problem with most beginners is that they try to master a lot of things all at once and this is not a good approach if you want to be good at this genre.
You can be well-rounded after sinking so many hours into the game that you want to play- not by magically choosing any character that you please without enough time to practice them.
4.Search for Strategies
The good thing about this day and age is that you can look at different community forums and guides online to help you improve your overall game.
Search for specific character guides or even just general game strategies to help you become an asset to your team.
The entire objective of playing a team game is to play it and enjoy it with your friends. Have fun!
The Best Intel Z490 Motherboards to Help Unleash Your Comet Lake Processor’s Full Potential
Everyone knows that whenever Intel releases a new processor that you will need a new motherboard for that. And, that is true for the new comet lake or 10th generation Intel processors.
If you are looking for the right one, read this article to find out the best Intel Z490 motherboards that will help unleash your comet lake processor’s full potential.
Keep in mind that not all Intel processors are overclockable. Only the Intel i5-10600K, Intel i7-10700K, and the Intel i9-10900K can be overclocked so you will need a fitting board that can handle the said CPUs.
You might be wondering what new features the Z490 motherboards have in store for you. Well, to be honest, not a lot, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy them.
The LGA-1200 chipset adds support for WiFi 6 and 2.5Gbps Ethernet connections, so mostly all of the notable features are in the networking front.
You could say that without the said additions that the Z490 boards are quite similar to the Z390 motherboards that were released a few years ago.
Still, getting a comet lake processor is quite enticing because it is now packed with more cores and threads, which means even more ample gaming performance than previous generations.
Best Intel Z490 Motherboards
1.MSI MEG Z490 Godlike
If money is not an issue at all and you want to get what I would consider to be the best Z490 motherboard on the market, then the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike is for you.
It has an EATX form factor which means that you need a relatively large PC case in order to fit this behemoth.
What makes this quite appealing for regular consumers and hardcore overclockers alike is that it not only supports memory speeds of up to DDR4-5000, but it can also unlock the comet lake processors’ full potential as well.
Its BIOS is one of the simplest to navigate and there are also advanced options for people that truly want to tinker with all of the settings.
There are plenty of M.2 slots for your fast SSDs and it has WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support via a detachable antenna.
If you are a fan of RGB lighting, this board comes with all of the necessary ports to plug in as many of those things as possible.
Really, the only issue here is that it is priced way higher than others, but again, if money is not an issue, then this warrants a purchase.
2.Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra
Not a lot of people can afford a motherboard with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are competitive mid-range models that you can choose from- one of which is the Gigabyte Aorus Ultra.
This unit is a tier below the higher-priced ‘Master’ model, but people will find its feature set to be more than sufficient enough for most use-cases.
It’s got plenty of USB ports on its I/O panel and you get WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support as well.
You also get plenty of M.2 slots with included heatsinks so that you do not have to buy them separately. The heatsinks can help cool down those fast drives without any issues.l
Its aesthetic is pretty simple but I think that most people will really love the design. It does have some RGB implementations, though it is quite subtle when you compare it to others.
Overclockers will love the fact that this thing comes with POST codes that will help you know exactly what the issue is whenever you want to overclock the RAM or the CPU.
I am pretty impressed with the things that Gigabyte has crammed into a mid-range board. My only gripe with this otherwise stellar product is that its BIOS needs more simplicity as there are some redundant or even questionable options that are in there.
But other than that, the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra is a pretty competitive motherboard that is priced just right.
3.Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme
An article that talks about the ‘best’ products out there will not be complete without a mention of Asus. The company prides itself on creating some stellar products, including smartphones, routers, etc.
That being said, the Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme is quite an expensive motherboard, but that is actually warranted given its specs.
It’s got two PCI-E x16 sockets, reinforced DIMM slots, a whopping 8 SATA ports, four M.2 slots, eight USB 3.2 ports, and two USB Type-C ports- one of which is a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port which provides unparalleled transfer speeds.
Aside from that, you get plenty of fan headers and connectors so you can equip this thing with the best CPU coolers to help tame Intel’s 10th generation chips.
It’s got 16-phase power delivery and pretty good VRMs that ensures your system will get good and clean power during its operation. Plus, the heatsinks themselves have full RGB lighting support to make your rig look even cooler.
It is also worth noting that you also get the ESS ES9023P DAC along with the SupremeFX S1220 chipset to provide you with amazing audio quality, especially if you are going to insert your favorite gaming headsets.
You might wonder why this doesn’t sit at the top spot of this list and that is because I’ve run into some issues where its benchmark results are slightly lower than what MSI has to offer.
But, the Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme is a full-featured motherboard with all of the bells and whistles that you could ask for from a company.
4.MSI Z490-A Pro
If all you want is an inexpensive motherboard that can still overclock a comet lake chip, then the MSI Z490-A Pro is an enticing choice.
Although this thing can be considered a ‘budget’ board, it is definitely not a cheap one as it comes loaded with features that people will surely love.
Aside from the fact that you can overclock your Intel CPU with this thing, it also comes with Realtek’s 2.5Gb LAN implementation which is quite unheard of in the realm of budget products.
It is also worth mentioning that this board also has a steady 12-phase power delivery which, to the uninitiated, means that it can provide a steady amount of power during its operation- whether you overclock your chip or not.
I also love the fact that it has a pretty considerable audio solution in the form of the Realtek ALC1200 audio codec. Although it is not as good as the more premium boards out there, it is definitely respectable enough for most users.
Aside from the things that were mentioned, you also get two PCIe 3.0 x 4 M.2 slots, a USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-C port, five USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, and an additional two USB 2.0 ports for your chosen peripherals.
The downside here is that its design is what you would expect in an inexpensive product- tame and subtle.
But, if looks are not an issue and you just want a competitive motherboard that is priced just right, the MSI Z490-A Pro is a worthy purchase.
5.Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra
People that want to create a relatively compact system would have to buy an ITX motherboard. That being said, one of the best out there is the Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra.
Before I begin, when you are buying the Aorus Ultra, make sure that you look for the ‘I’ the product name. Otherwise, you would be getting the standard ATX variant that was mentioned earlier in the article.
Anyway, this thing has an 8-phase VRM design with 90-amp Smart power stages. This is a bit technical to explain, but in simpler terms, you can do a slight overclock on your chosen chip without running into any issues. You might not be getting astronomical numbers here, but at least the option is available if you want to eke out more performance from your Intel CPU.
The design is rather simple with mostly a black aesthetic with some metallic gray accents scattered throughout the motherboard.
Despite this board having an ITX form factor, it does come with two M.2 slots- one of which has a thermal guard to help it keep cool during normal operation.
It should also go without mentioning that this IXTX motherboard also comes with Intel’s 2.5GbE LAN solution as well, so for people that are not okay with a Realtek LAN implementation, this is the board to get.
6.ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX
You normally wouldn’t get so much performance of your CPU when you are going to get an ITX motherboard, but the last entry on this list will prove to you otherwise.
The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX, as the name suggests, is an ITX motherboard that is unlike any other.
I normally wouldn’t expect specific features for overclocking on a relatively small board, but this thing actually comes with some nifty additions.
Aside from the fact that it has an 8+2 power delivery system, you also get a clear CMOS button on the back I/O. This is great if you are running into any problems overclocking your CPU and you want the board to go back to its default settings.
In terms of networking, you’ve got two options here. First are the Realtek 2.5GbE LAN and the Intel AX201 WiFi 6 module. Both are great additions to any system.
At the back I/O panel, you get a plethora of USB ports plus a USB-C port that also acts as a Thunderbolt 3.0 port as well. The said port can be used to plug in a display of your choosing, which is really nice.
This motherboard looks a bit nicer than the Gigabyte board mentioned above, so if you want a flashier setup, this might be more appealing.
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