How We Choose and Test our Motherboards
There’s a lot of different factors that can make a motherboard the right, or wrong, choice for a gaming PC build.
From the most expensive, fully-featured cards on the market to the basic stuff that’ll just get your new machine up and running, we’ve looked into every single factor that might affect how well a new mobo is going to perform. We also try our best to provide you with every possible choice no matter what your needs are, or what budget you happen to be working with.
We ensure that every board we choose will serve you well by testing them all ourselves. Not only do we put these parts through rigorous benchmarking, but we also use them in our own machines on a day-to-day basis. You can be sure that every part we recommend is high-quality and highly reliable.
Our AM4 Socket White Motherboard Top Picks
If you’re looking for a mobo that both looks great and manages to deliver some truly top-tier gaming performance, then you should think about the ASUS Prime X570-PRO. Not only does this board offer some truly great premium features, but all of the key visual elements on the board are as white as snow, so it won’t look out of place along with the rest of the white components that you’re presumably collecting for your build.
First things first, this board features 3 PCIe x16 4.0 expansion slots and there’s SLI for Nvidia cards and CrossFireX support for AMD, but bear in mind that the SLI connection is limited to two GPUs, while those running AMD cards will be able to link up 3 cards at once, which is damn impressive stuff. There are also two super fast M.2 slots, one of which comes with a white heatsink to match the aesthetics of the rest of the board.
Speaking of cooling, while the lack of a second heatsink to back up your second M.2 port is annoying, the rest of the board is pretty well covered. You’ve got the I/O shroud which is protected by a sizable heatsink itself, as well as the combined heatsink and fan on the other corner of the board that keeps your board-mounted components much cooler. You also get 6 headers for fans on the board, as well as headers for an AOI pump in case you’re aiming for liquid cooling.
Overall, this is a great card for any purpose. While ASUS has tried to sell it as a business first board, it’s more than capable of handling even high-end gaming with those expansion slots, and the 4 DDR4 memory slots will work with RAM that has clock speeds up to 5100Mhz when overclocked. Not to mention the fact that using the X570 chipset, this board can do some amazing things with overclocking in general. Definitely worth considering.
If you’re aiming more at the mid-range gaming motherboards, then the ASRock has got you covered. The ASRock B550M Steel Legend is a great motherboard if you’re trying to save yourself a little money over the premium options. It should be noted that this board contains both white and silver visual elements, but once you’ve put the rest of your white components in most of the non-white areas will be covered, and those silver parts will fit right in.
First up you get 2 M.2 slots, one supporting PCIe 4.0 while the other supports 3.0 and SATA3 at the same time. Both of these slots are completely covered by the long and thing heatsink that stretches over the bottom right of the board and end in a larger heatsink that glows with RGB lighting, which is a nice aesthetic touch. Similarly, the large heatsink covered the I/O shield also features RGB lighting, and along with the 4 different RGB headers you should be able to get a great light show going on.
Back to usability, you get 2 PCIe x16 slots, one 4.0 and one 3.0 so you’ll have plenty of room for adding cards and whatnot to your build, as long as you can find white ones. You also get 8 USB ports on the back panel, and 4 headers on the board to feed through your case. Finally, there are 4 slots for RAM sticks that take DDR4 RAM with a maximum clock speed of 3466+ Mhz when overclocked.
Another important feature to bear in mind here is the fact that this mobo happens to be a Micro ATX board, so if you’re hoping that your new white gaming PC will fit into a smaller profile then you shouldn’t have much of an issue.
Yes, that’s right, ASRock is taking both of the two lower slots on this list, but they just make some pretty great boards when it comes to lower-end and cheaper boards. The ASRock A520M Pro4 runs on AMD’s more budget-friendly A520 chipset, so while it lacks a little in power compared to its cousins, it can still run more modern Ryzen CPUs without bottleneck terribly as long as you have the right components installed.
The most easily noticeable thing about this board is that while it does certainly have some lighter components, a lot of this board isn’t actually white. The problem is that beggars can’t be choosers, and it really tough to find a budget board that has lots of white splashed all over it. Luckily, there’s enough white, or pale silver at least, on this board that we think it technically counts, just about. Once you’ve got everything else done in white no one will notice.
More importantly, you get 2 M.2 slots for SSDs with a third reserved for adding a WiFi card if you so choose. Only one of the SSD slots comes with a heatsink, but as long as you install a decent cooling solution then you should be fine. Also bear in mind that none of the PCIe slots on this card support 4.0, due to the budget nature of the board and the lack of support from the chipset too. That goes for your 2 PCIe x16 slots for expansion cards and the like too.
In terms of memory, the board has 4 DDR4 memory slots and can handle clock speeds of up to 4533+ Mhz if you overclock your memory. Your maximum memory capacity clocks in at 128GB if you go for four sticks of 32GB, but bear in mind that if you want white memory things are probably going to start getting expensive as all hell. It’s also mATX which means you’ll be able to make a more compact build with this thing, so bear that in mind.
Our LGA 1200 Socket White Motherboard Top Picks
When you’re talking about high-end motherboards, it’s not a shock to see ASUS hogging the top spot, and they’ve managed to do it once again. The ASUS Prime Z590-A is easily one of the best high-end motherboards going that offers a version with white components. While it’s probably not going to be the whitest thing in your build, it’ll certainly do the job when it comes time to add a bunch of other white components.
The Prime Z590-A features stylish heatsinks in both the top-left and bottom-right corners that have a pearlescent, rainbow finish to them. With RGB dancing around inside this case, it really does sparkle like flashing lights hitting the snow. Either way, you’ll also find a number of other white heatsinks dotted around the board in strategic places, such as over two of the board’s three M.2 slots.
Moving on to what’s actually on the board, you get 3 PCIe x16 expansion slots and thankfully they all support PCIe 4.0 so you’re protected against the need for future upgrades. That’s also true for one of the board’s M.2 slots, though the other two are PCIe 3.0 only which is a shame. It’s also a bit of a shame that only 2 of the M.2’s have heatsinks, but despite these shortcomings, the board still has top-notch parts in the right places.
There’s also 4 slots for DDR4 RAM running at a maximum clock speed of 5333Mhz once overclocked, and a decent amount of ports on the back of the I/O shield. Unfortunately in terms of RGB there only seems to be a single header, so you’ll have to rely on RGB coming from some of your other components if you want a lot of it on your board. At least you still get Aura Sync 2.0 to work with so that’s nice.
The eternal debate about which processors are better, Intel or AMD, may never be solved, but at least we seem to have solved the problem of the best mid-range white mobo for Intel CPUs on the market. The Gigabyte Z490 Vision G is a gaming mobo that manages to offer the premium look that you’re searching for in a white motherboard, without letting the aesthetics get in the way of some very nice hardware and a decent price.
It should go without saying that this thing looks absolutely stunning. There are two heatsinks on the board, one by the I/O shield and another in the opposite corner, both featuring hard lines, slight rises in the surface, and glass windows showing the insides of each. There are also heatsinks that run the length of the mobo to provide some cooling for the M.2 slots, topped off by some nice and shiny aluminum pieces running along the top and side.
Enough drooling over the looks, this Z490 Vision G features 3 PCIe x16 3.0 expansion slots for your graphics card or whatever else you want to put inside the build, as well as 2 super fast M.2 slots for adding speedy SSDs too. As we said above, both of these slots are covered by heatsinks too, so you can limit thermal throttling with ease. One final note on the board’s pieces is the RAM slots. You get 4 DDR4 slots supporting up to 128GB of 5000Mhz memory after you’re done overclocking.
Another great note here is that this mobo is perfect if you’re a lazy overclocker. The system comes with GIGABYTE’s Easy Tune software, which allows you to optimize your system with just a single click of a button. While that’s handy, you will be happy to know that if you want to do things the old-fashioned way, this board will handle overclocking with gusto as long as you know how to set it all up properly.
It almost feels like deja vu, once again ASRock has swooped in to provide the budget entry on our list. It’s not hard to see why though. After all, they’re clearly pretty great at building budget-friendly cards that don’t fall apart when you get them out of the box. The B460 Steel Legend has enough features to get your new gaming build up and running but has cut some corners here or there to keep things a little cheaper.
To get this out of the way quickly. None of the slots on the board support PCIe 4.0, mostly because the chipset doesn’t support it. You do at least get 2 M.2 ports for installing your boot SSD onto and they’re both covered by a heatsink to keep them cool. There’s also 2 PCIe x16 3.0 slots for installing graphics cards and whatever else you want to add onto your board once it’s all put together. One of these ports even has the added benefit of added armor to prevent it from bending straight off the board if you’re using a heavy graphics card.
Memory-wise, you get 4 slots for RAM sticks that will accept DDR4 RAM of speeds up to 2933. While the RAM speed is a little low, it’s probably a worthy concession if the white visuals are more important to you than having the most power you can get out of your build. Another minor drawback is the lack of a WiFi card on the board by default. You do get an E key M.2 slot for adding your own WiFi card, but it’s definitely something you need to take into account when tallying up your budget.
Turning to RGB, you do get an RGB element along the right edge of the board which adds a nice visual touch to the overall look of the mobo. You do also get 4 different RGB headers that you can use to add even more flair, just in case you want your white PC build to shine brighter than the sun. Overall, not a bad board for the price, but of course the lower cost means you lose out on certain features. Also, be aware that this board is
Things to Think About
When it comes to building a PC with the aesthetic presentation in mind, there are some specific considerations that you may need to keep in mind, especially when you’re buying a mobo. We’ve tried to make things a little easier for you by listing some of the stuff that you need to think about when purchasing your mobo and related parts for your white PC build.
There are some minor aesthetic considerations that you might forget about when it comes to picking our mobo. First of all, don’t get too hung up on every inch of your board being completely white. Honestly, most of the white PC builds out there still have some hints of black here and there to make the white stand out even more. The main thing to remember is that you’ll be covering up a lot of the motherboard space with other white components anyway, so as long as the key parts are white or silver, then you should be pretty safe.
Another small thing to remember is that motherboards tend to come with cables, and you may want to buy some third-party cables. Having all of those black wires sprawling across your build, even with good cable management, can completely kill the vibe. Of course, this also means making sure you have either a case with a white PSU shroud or a white modular PSU.
As with any mobo purchase, the form factor is a big part of your decision-making process. ATX boards are liable to be more expensive, but will also feature more ports for expansion cards, making upgrading in the future a fair bit easier. On the other end of the spectrum, ITX boards are usually a little cheaper and can fit inside compact builds, but will be a bit of a nightmare when building or upgrading your rig.
Most of the boards we feature here are ATX, but there is at least one mATX if you’re looking for a smaller build.
Even more important than the form factor of your board is the type of socket it has. The socket will affect what CPU you can fit inside it, so you need to make sure you’re looking at the right boards, especially if you’ve already chosen your dream CPU for the build. Obviously, we’ve separated the boards on this list into the sockets they have, so as long as you’re looking to use a current-generation CPU you’ll find what you need here.
The RAM sockets on your board will play a big part in well your rig performs memory-intensive tasks. This is because your ports will change what sort of RAM sticks you can fit inside, as well as your maximum amount of RAM overall. DDR4 is the latest standard for RAM, and around 2400-2666Mhz is a decent speed for mid-range gaming needs. Make sure to step that speed up if you want faster speeds.
NVMe and SATA
NVMe and SATA ports are most important when it comes to your storage capacity and transfer speeds. While SATA ports can take both SSDs and HDDs, the SSDs you install through SATA ports will have much lower transfer rates than those installed in a high-speed NVMe port. Also, SATA ports are what you’ll need if you plan on having a disk drive for physical media reasons.
That’s All There Is To It
There you go. With this guide, you should now have a solid basis for building the white gaming PC of your dreams. Whether you’re an Intel or AMD fan or are looking for high-end or budget parts, you’ll find the information on this list to tell you exactly what you needed to buy.
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