• By: Mohamed Waly
  • Posted on Monday 12th Oct, 2020
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MicroATX B460 motherboards buying guide for a mid-sized gaming device

Intel has launched its latest 10th generation desktop processors and is introducing Hyper-Threading technology for all devices. This means that even the entry-level 10th-generation Core i3 processors support Hyper-Threading technology and will have better performance than 9th generation processors and even better prices.

Among the ninth generation processors, the Core i5-9600 is perhaps the best gaming PC processor, and it is perfectly balanced between price and performance. If overclocking is not a focus among 10th generation processors, the best gaming option is the Core i5-10600 i5 series or even other options like Core i5-10400, i5-10500, and Core i7-10700 which are also good options depending on On your budget.

The Core i5-9600 and Core i5-10400 / 10600 each have 6 cores, but the 10th generation processors support Hyper-Threading It is not surprising that the Core i5-10400 / 10600 outperforms the previous Core i5-9600 in CPU intensive applications, Thanks to Hyper-Threading that I only fell into the upper tiers of i7 and i9 of previous generations.

If you plan to go with a non-K 10th generation processor, the B460 motherboard is a big bargain. You can spend less on motherboards and invest more on CPU and graphics cards. A microATX motherboard is a great choice because it has nearly all the features you need at an affordable price point Z490 motherboards add size factor is also the best choice for those who don't want a bulky PC so here we'll focus on some attractive microATX B460 motherboards and try to discover the best ones.

Core i5-10400 / 10600 / Core i7-10700 is a worthwhile upgrade

Here we'll look at the CPU and gaming performance of the Core i5-9600, Core i5-10400, Core i5-10600, and Core i7-10700.

As for the Cinebench R20, the Core i5-10600 is 34% faster than the Core i5-9600 and even the Core i5-10400 is 22% faster. For Handbrake, Core i5-10600 is 19% faster than Core i5-9600 and Core i5-10400 is 9% faster. PCMark 10 test shows that the Core i5-10400 and Core i5-10600 are faster in overall system performance as well.

When it comes to FPS games, we tried 4 different test games and the Core i5-10600 is faster than the Core i5-9600 as well. So it appears that the tenth-generation Core i5 is faster than the ninth-generation Core i5 in both CPU performance and game performance. The 10th Generation Core i5 seems to offer a good choice for modern gaming machines

Best choice for microATX B460 motherboards $100-140

B460 motherboards are priced starting at $80 ~ $170 and in the price range from $100 to $140 you can get nearly every feature you want at an affordable price Every motherboard manufacturer offers microATX options at this price range with all of the aesthetics and features it might need. User-friendly power circuit heat dissipaters are good looking and effective in most motherboards. You can also find powerful VRM that can compete with some entry-level Z490 motherboards also meet user needs of storage solutions and the latest networking solutions such as 2.5GbE LAN and Wi-Fi 6

Powerful CPU power circuit

Many would think that since B460 motherboards are not built for overclocking why might VRM be a concern? If you're stuck with Core i3 processors, VRM might not be what you need to focus on. If you are planning to buy a Core i7-10700 or even a Core i9-10900 then you should consider this VRM because when you are running a Core i7-10700 or Core i9-10900 with a heavy workload, you may need a strong or at least sufficient VRM to keep it from overheating Excess

To avoid overheating of VRM, most motherboards apply an Intel power limit but this may limit the performance of the Core i7-10700 or Core i9-10900 during heavy operation and work such as rendering and editing videos.

This is why you can see ASUS marketing APE to improve ASRock performance and marketing BFB features to boost base frequency as APE and BFB both increase the power limit on motherboards and make the CPU run at a higher frequency.

ASUS has increased the power limit to 210W on ROG STRIX B460F-GAMING and 125W on some B460 and H470 motherboards according to this article on the MSI website, MSI has a power limit of 255W, which is higher than what Asus and AsRock offer.
MSI also shows on its website, with a power limit of 255 watts on the B460M MORTAR and B460 Tomahawk, the performance of the Core i9-10900K Cinebench is much better than the Intel 65W power limit.

For microATX motherboards in this price range, the MSI B460M MORTAR stands out with an impressive 12-stage VRM. Its VRM circuit is stronger than some Z490 motherboards it's great that this board works great with Core i9-10900K and i7-10700K

If you will be using a motherboard with a Core i5 CPU or higher, choose at least a 6-stage motherboard with the "boost" feature. On the other hand, if you are planning to go with a Core i7 processor or even an i9 processor, it is suggested to choose a motherboard with strong VRM and CPU performance, such as the MSI B460M MORTAR

Available 2.5GbE LAN and Wi-Fi 6 on B460 motherboards

Other features to consider are storage and connectivity. Here's a comparison of microATX B460 motherboards, including VRM, storage, and connectivity. It's always nice to have more USB ports, more M.2 slots, and higher network speeds. Motherboards in this segment offer very similar storage and connectivity. All boards listed here offer a minimum of 6 GEN 1 USB 3.2 ports/headers and 6 USB 2.0 ports/headers.

ASRock B460M Steel Legend, MSI B460M MORTAR, MSI B460M MORTAR WIFI are 3 panels providing 7 USB 3.2 GEN1 ports ASRock and Gigabyte offer Type-C rear port, MSI provides more with Type-C rear port and front connector than Type-C ASUS does not have any Type-C ports All motherboards have two M.2 slots and one M.2 slot with a heat sink.

MSI B460M MORTAR / B460M MORTAR WIFI Motherboards Best Buy

MSI B460M MORTAR / B460M MORTAR WIFI motherboards are competitively priced in class microATX motherboards with the strongest VRM, highest power out of the box, most USB Type-C ports, and 2.5GbE LAN / Wi-Fi 6

If you are looking for a microATX B460 motherboard to use with a Core i5 CPU or above, go to the B460M MORTAR or B460M MORTAR WIFI if you need a Wi-Fi connection if you are planning to buy a Core i3, any motherboard listed there can fulfill your request. However, since the money they spent is roughly the same, why not go with the ones with the strongest specs?
 

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