8 best motherboards for compact PC

Small motherboards at the best price!

Now reduced popularity of computer cases are becoming more popular. They simply do not fit the standard motherboard belonging to the ATX form factor. In this regard, many companies produce their smaller versions (microATX, mini-DTX and mini-ITX). The best representatives of this form factor will be discussed in this article.

CategoryA placeNameRatingPrice
Best ASUS Motherboards1ASUS A88XM-PLUS9.9 / 104 650
2ASUS B85M-G9.6 / 104 950
3ASUS J1800I-C9.5 / 105 076
Best MSI Motherboards1MSI B85M-G4310 / 105 076
2MSI B75MA-E339.5 / 105 185
3MSI H97M-E359.4 / 105 076
Best ASRock Motherboard1ASRock 960GM-VGS3 FX9.5 / 106 250
Best Gigabyte Motherboard1GIGABYTE GA-G41M-Combo (rev. 2.0)9.4 / 105 585

Best ASUS Motherboards

ASUS A88XM-PLUS
4 650
This motherboard takes full advantage of the microATX form factor. The device is not only that has four slots for RAM, you can also find eight SATA 6Gb / s connectors on it! This is due to the high cost of this model. But not only ASUS ASUS A88XM-PLUS is surprised by this. It supports the installation of two ATI video cards, as evidenced by support for CrossFireX technology. It is extremely surprising to see such an opportunity in such a small motherboard. FM2 + is used as a socket here. Everything is in order with USB ports - there are six such connectors on the back panel, two of them belong to the USB 3.0 standard. Eight more ports can be brought to the front panel of the computer case.
Main advantages:
  • Sound 7.1
  • A decent number of USB ports
  • Four slots for RAM
  • High reliability
  • HDMI connector
  • CrossFireX technology support
  • Eight SATA 6Gb / s connectors
Minuses:
  • High enough cost
9.9 / 10
Rating
ASUS B85M-G
4 950
Even a very small case can accommodate a video card, so that the user has the opportunity to play serious projects. This proves the existence of a motherboard ASUS B85M-G, made in the microATX form factor. It has four slots for RAM, due to which its volume can be increased to 32 GB. This will allow you to take up video editing or work in a graphic editor. Well, to install the video card is a standard slot PCI-E x16. To connect USB devices, there are six ports on the rear panel. Two of them belong to the high-speed standard 3.0. Another six USB connectors are displayed on the front panel. In short, for such a form factor, the capabilities of the motherboard are impressive. It remains to add that it received at its disposal a socket LGA1150, designed to connect an Intel processor.
Main advantages:
  • Sound 7.1
  • A decent number of USB ports
  • Four slots for RAM
  • High reliability
  • HDMI connector
Minuses:
  • A small number of SATA connectors
  • Not very low cost
9.6 / 10
Rating
ASUS J1800I-C
5 076
This is one of the smallest motherboards on the market today. This is evidenced by belonging to the mini-ITX form factor. The chipset used here is a low-power Intel Celeron J1800. Its main feature is low power consumption and minimal heat dissipation. As a result, the ASUS J1800I-C motherboard does not require a cooler - it lacks its own passive cooling system. It is clear that the massive and high-speed connectors had no place on such a baby. But the available slots are enough to install decent components and build a good office machine.
Main advantages:
  • Low power consumption
  • Good performance
  • Two SATA 3Gb / s connectors
  • Passive cooling
  • Sound 7.1
  • A decent number of USB ports
Minuses:
  • The need to use low-voltage RAM
9.5 / 10
Rating

Best MSI Motherboards

MSI B85M-G43
5 076
MSI has used all the know-how available at its production. She tried to place the maximum number of slots on the device. She did not succeed (competitors showed it on the example of their products), but the result deserves praise. Four slots for RAM allow you to bring its volume up to 32 GB. Six SATA connectors help connect multiple hard drives and SSDs. It is a pity that only four of them can boast a speed of 6 Gb / s, but this will be enough for most users. But most of all MSI B85M-G43 is surprised by the support of CrossFire, thanks to which two video cards from the ATI Radeon series can fit inside the computer case. Built on the basis of socket socket LGA1150.
Main advantages:
  • A decent amount of SATA connectors
  • CrossFire technology support
  • Four slots for RAM
  • Sound 7.1
  • A decent number of USB ports
  • HDMI connector
Minuses:
  • Absent
10 / 10
Rating
MSI B75MA-E33
5 185
This model has a reasonable price. A rare office PC assembler will want to spend more. However, the cost indicates certain limitations. The board received at its disposal only four SATA connectors to which the drives are connected, and only one of them is capable of processing information at a speed of 6 Gb / s. Also, there was a place on the board for only two slots for RAM (the maximum frequency is 2400 MHz). MSI did not try to squeeze the maximum out of the microATX form factor. But they offered the user the opportunity to build a budget system. However, they did not forget about a pair of USB 3.0 ports and four USB.2.0, which can be found on the rear panel. Of course, there is also support for installing a video card. Built on the basis of socket LGA1155.
Main advantages:
  • HDMI connector
  • A good number of USB ports
  • Sound 7.1
  • Adequate cost
Minuses:
  • Not the largest number of SATA 6Gb / s connectors
  • Two slots for RAM
9.5 / 10
Rating
MSI H97M-E35
5 076
A very powerful processor can be connected to this motherboard. That is why it does not have the lowest cost. Unfortunately, the MSI H97M-E35 was a bit too clever when designing. The creators placed on board six SATA 6Gb / s connectors, but only two slots for RAM (the frequency is also limited to 1600 MHz). It would be better if a pair of connectors turned out to be less speedy, but there would be two additional slots for RAM - after all, not every computer owner uses five or six drives. The device has a LGA1150 socket and is made in the microATX form factor. On this basis, you can build a small office computer and use it as a server for a small company. The board is also suitable for creating a home system - in this case, four USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0, located on the rear panel, are very useful.
Main advantages:
  • Six SATA 6Gb / s connectors
  • A large number of USB ports
  • Sound 7.1
  • HDMI connector
Minuses:
  • Two slots for RAM
  • High enough cost
9.4 / 10
Rating

Best ASRock Motherboard

ASRock 960GM-VGS3 FX
6 250
This board is an excellent option to build the most budget computer. For very little money, the customer receives a motherboard with a pair of slots for me RAM (the frequency should not exceed 1866 MHz), a built-in video adapter and four SATA 3Gb / s connectors. Such capacity is enough for office computer use. However, the AM3 + socket will also contribute to the assembly of a home PC. A powerful processor paired with a good graphics card will help you enjoy movies and games. But in this case, it may seem strange to you that there is no USB 3.0 and the minimum number of less high-speed ports (on the rear panel they are placed in an amount of four, as many more can be brought to the front wall of the case).
Main advantages:
  • Low cost
  • High reliability
  • Sound 5.1
Minuses:
  • Not the fastest SATA connectors
  • Two slots for RAM
  • No USB 3.0 ports
9.5 / 10
Rating

Best Gigabyte Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-G41M-Combo (rev. 2.0)
5 585
This is not the budget option, but this motherboard is primarily intended for the assembly of an office PC. GIGABYTE GA-G41M-Combo (rev. 2.0) is reliable - you can disable it only by installing a faulty power supply. LGA775 is used as a socket, under which not the most powerful processors are sharpened. But the system will delight with its energy efficiency! Theoretically, you can even build a silent computer - in this case, you need the appropriate chip and passive cooling system.
Main advantages:
  • Sound 5.1
  • Work with DDR2 and DDR3 RAM
  • High reliability
Minuses:
  • Not the fastest SATA connectors
  • No USB 3.0 ports
  • Strict limit on the frequency of memory and processor
9.4 / 10
Rating

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