If you’re planning on building a mini PC, the first thing you’ll need is a small motherboard. In this guide, we’ve rated and reviewed seven of the best mini-ITX motherboard options for Intel or AMD-based builds.
In the modern world of PC hardware and system-building, many tech enthusiasts are dropping the “bigger is better” adage for smaller systems and more compact hardware. Rather than trying to build the biggest and baddest system around, many have instead opted to see how powerful of a system they could put inside of a small form-factor case. And, of course, with the rise in popularity of these smaller systems, more and more compact hardware options are arising.
However, the first two components you’ll need to choose (aside from your processor) if you are building a small form-factor PC, is your case, and your motherboard. You can check out our picks for the top mini-ITX cases here, but after you choose your case, you’ll want to start looking for a mini-ITX motherboard to go along with it. So, in this guide, we’re going to list some of the best mini-ITX motherboards currently available for both Intel and AMD-based systems at various price points and chipsets.
While we’ve listed seven of the top mini-ITX motherboard options in this guide, we’ve picked out four of them as the best options in four different categories. Below is a quick-look table that showcases our four selections for the best Z370 mini-ITX motherboard, the best X470 mini-ITX motherboard, the best affordable mini-ITX motherboard for Intel-based systems, and the best affordable mini-ITX motherboard for AMD-based systems.
ASUS ROG Z370-I
ASUS ROG X470-I
MSI H310I PRO
*If you click on the “Read Review »” you’ll be take to our overview on each of the mini-ITX motherboards listed above. We’ve also chosen three motherboards as Honorable Mentions and you can scroll down this post to read their overviews, too.
Building A Mini PC? These Mini-ITX Motherboards Should Help
If you are planning on building a mini-ITX computer and you’re looking for a solid mini-ITX motherboard to pair it with, one of the options listed above should work for you. After that, you’ll just need a mini-ITX case, a low-profile cooler (or an AIO cooler), and a low-profile graphics card, and you should be set on the small-form-factor components you’ll need in order to build a mini PC.