The Best microATX (mATX) Motherboards for Gaming

[unable to retrieve full-text content]From budget to bonkers, Intel and AMD, we’ve rounded up the best mATX motherboards for your next PC building project.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 High Airflow Microatx/mini-itx Pc Case (white)A compact PC case made for maximum cooling. Meet the Carbide Series Air 240 – an extraordinary small form factor PC case for Mini-ITX and MicroATX computers. The eye-catching cube design -- complete with a full side window -- hosts an internal layout optimized for maximum airflow or advanced water-cooling configurations (including a 240mm radiator or two). Don’t let the compact size full you – this little one handles full size components while still offering roomy installation space. Direct Airflow path cooling The unusual interior design is optimized to allow the intake fans to deliver cool air directly to your components that generate the most heat. Mini-ITX and MicroATX support in a compact size Although it’s the same size as many Mini-ITX cases, the Air 240 supports MicroATX motherboards. This gives you the option of installing dual GPUs. Easy installation and upgrades Tool-free 3.5” drive, 2.5” drive, and side panel removal means that builds and upgrades can be performed without reaching for a screwdriver. The CPU backplate cutout allows you to upgrade your CPU cooler without taking out the motherboard. Outstanding liquid cooling radiator support The Air 240 has pre-spaced holes for 240mm radiators on the top, bottom, and front. If you’re using a Mini-ITX motherboard, you can add both front and bottom 240mm radiators. If you’re using a MicroATX motherboard with dual GPUs, you can install a front 240mm radiator. Flexible installation The flexibility goes beyond dual Mini-ITX and MicroATX compatibility. The included rubber feet can be placed on any of three surfaces, so you can customize the orientation of the chassis: as a standard tower, an inverted tower, or as a desktop. Full side panel window The panoramic window allows you to admire your work. Build a clean, uncluttered system The Air 240 has cable routing holes with grommets and tie-downs, with dedicated cable housing space behind the motherboard tray. It’s easy to move your cables out of the way and out of the airflow path. Front panel USB 3.0 ports Up-front connectors make it easy to attach USB flash drives, portable hard drives, and USB headsets. Specifications   Maximum GPU Length: 290mm   Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 120mm   Maximum PSU Length: 225mm   Radiator Mount Locations:   Front: 240mm   Bottom: 240mm (mITX only)   Fan Mount Locations:   Front: 2 x 120mm   Top: 2 x 120mm   Bottom: 2 x 120mm   Rear: 2 x 80mm   Side: 1 x 120mm - More Info

Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 High Airflow Microatx/mini-itx Pc Case (black)A compact PC case made for maximum cooling. Meet the Carbide Series Air 240 – an extraordinary small form factor PC case for Mini-ITX and MicroATX computers. The eye-catching cube design -- complete with a full side window -- hosts an internal layout optimized for maximum airflow or advanced water-cooling configurations (including a 240mm radiator or two). Don’t let the compact size full you – this little one handles full size components while still offering roomy installation space. Direct Airflow path cooling The unusual interior design is optimized to allow the intake fans to deliver cool air directly to your components that generate the most heat. Mini-ITX and MicroATX support in a compact size Although it’s the same size as many Mini-ITX cases, the Air 240 supports MicroATX motherboards. This gives you the option of installing dual GPUs. Easy installation and upgrades Tool-free 3.5” drive, 2.5” drive, and side panel removal means that builds and upgrades can be performed without reaching for a screwdriver. The CPU backplate cutout allows you to upgrade your CPU cooler without taking out the motherboard. Outstanding liquid cooling radiator support The Air 240 has pre-spaced holes for 240mm radiators on the top, bottom, and front. If you’re using a Mini-ITX motherboard, you can add both front and bottom 240mm radiators. If you’re using a MicroATX motherboard with dual GPUs, you can install a front 240mm radiator. Flexible installation The flexibility goes beyond dual Mini-ITX and MicroATX compatibility. The included rubber feet can be placed on any of three surfaces, so you can customize the orientation of the chassis: as a standard tower, an inverted tower, or as a desktop. Full side panel window The panoramic window allows you to admire your work. Build a clean, uncluttered system The Air 240 has cable routing holes with grommets and tie-downs, with dedicated cable housing space behind the motherboard tray. It’s easy to move your cables out of the way and out of the airflow path. Front panel USB 3.0 ports Up-front connectors make it easy to attach USB flash drives, portable hard drives, and USB headsets. Specifications   Maximum GPU Length: 290mm   Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 120mm   Maximum PSU Length: 225mm   Radiator Mount Locations:   Front: 240mm   Bottom: 240mm (mITX only)   Fan Mount Locations:   Front: 2 x 120mm   Top: 2 x 120mm   Bottom: 2 x 120mm   Rear: 2 x 80mm   Side: 1 x 120mm - More Info

Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid-Tower CaseCorsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid-Tower Case The Carbide Series 88R microATX mid tower has all the modern features you need, with SSD compatibility, USB 3.0, and room for full sized graphics cards and power supplies. Room for five 120mm fans offers you excellent cooling potential and the clean, modern design and large window make the case as beautiful as it is functional. The 88R also fits up to a 240mm front panel radiator if you're upgrading to liquid cooling, and the various tool free drive and cable routing options means your build will be fast and easy. Elegant, modern design The 88R is both professional enough for the office, and customizable enough for any home PC build. Front support for 240mm radiators The front-mounted 240mm dual radiator mount makes it easier to upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling. USB 3.0 front panel port It's easy to connect modern high-speed peripherals. Tool-free 3.5" and 5.25" drive installation with easy SSD support Installing or upgrading your storage no longer has to start with finding your screwdriver. And since the 88R has built-in mounts for high-performance 2.5" SSD drives, no separate adapter is necessary. Direct airflow to the top GPU The smart design channels air directly to your graphics card to provide it with the cooling it needs for intense gaming. Up To five fan mounts, and one included 120mm fan A 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide added expandability. Thumbscrew side panels Access your system's components with the twist of your fingers. Flush-mounted side panel window If you take pride in your work, you can show it off. Cable routing channels and holes Builds are further simplified and aesthetics improved with easy cable organization. Modern internal layout The modernized interior makes building your dream PC easier while improving overall performance. Technical specifications Front support for 240mm radiators: Upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling with support for a 240mm front radiator USB 3.0 Compatible: USB 3.0 front panel port for modern high-speed peripherals SSD Support: Built-in mounts for high-performance 2.5" SSD drives Direct Airflow to Top GPU: Direct airflow gives your GPU added cooling for intense gaming sessions Up To Five Fan Mounts and One Included 120mm Fan: A 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide added expandability Tool-free 3.5" and 5.25" Drive Installation: Builds are made easier with tool-free drive installation Thumbscrew Side Panels: No tools are needed to easily access the inside of your case Flush-Mounted Side Panel Window: The side panel window showcases your PC's components Cable Routing Channels and Holes: Builds are further simplified and aesthetics improved with easy cable organization Modern Internal Layout: The interior makes building your dream PC easier and improves overall performance Warranty Two years Weight 4.8kg Form Factor Mid-Tower Dimensions 448mm x 198mm x 378mm Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX Maximum GPU Length 383mm Maximum CPU Cooler Height 150mm Maximum PSU Length 160mm Expansion Slots 4 Drive Bays (x1) 5.25in (x2) 3.5in  (x2) 2.5in Material Steel Power Supply ATX (not included) External Connections (x1) USB 3.0  (x1) USB 2.0  (x1) Headphone Port  (x1) Microphone Port Fan Mount Locations Front: (x2) 120mm  Top: (x2) 120mm  Rear: (x1) 120mm Fans Included Rear: (x1) 120mm Radiator Mount Locations Front: 120/240mm Rear: 120mm Compatible Corsair Liquid Coolers H55, H60, H75, H80i, H100i, H105 - More Info

Antec NSK 3480  Micro ATX Case With 380W EarthWatts PSUThe tiny eco-friendly wonder - Antec NSK 3480 Case Quiet, understated and very practical, the Antec NSK 3480 microATX Tower maintains the innovative standards of Antec new Solution Series (NSK) enclosures. Including an 80PLUS Certified EarthWatts 380W ATX12V v2.2 power supply with universal input and active PFC, the Antec NSK 3480 also utilizes Quiet Computing technologies, making it an ideal choice for corporate or home environments. The Antec  NSK 3480: small, quiet and highly efficient. # Quiet and highly efficient 80 PLUS® Certified EarthWatts 380W power supply - Universal input - Active PFC and high efficiency design for superior environmentally-friendly operation - 80 PLUS® Certification means you’ll save money on your power bills # Dual-chamber structure separates power supply heat and noise for cooler & quieter operation # Advanced cooling system : - 1 Rear 120mm TriCool™ 3-speed fan - 2 optional (not included) Front mounts for optional 92mm fans # 4 Drive Bays - Front Accessible: 2 x 5.25" (with one removable HDD bracket), 1 x 3.5" - Internal: 1 x 3.5" (or 2 x 3.5" with one in 5.25" bay) with silicone grommets to isolate drive vibrations # 4 Expansion Slots # Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections - 2 x USB 2.0 - 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire®, i.Link®) - Audio In and Out # 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction # Accommodates up to MicroATX motherboards (9.6" x 9.6") # Dimensions: - 13.75" (H) x 7.75" (W) x 14" (D) - 35cm (H) x 20cm (W) x 36cm (D) - More Info

CIT Black Case with 500W PSU - 20+4pin 1x SATAGreat value black mid tower ATX case including 500W Power Supply Features:     * Black Mid Tower Case     * Compatible with ATX and MicroATX motherboards     * 1x 80mm case fan included     * 4x External 5.25 inch bays     * 1x External 3.5 inch bay     * 2x Internal 3.5 inch hard drive bays     * 6x rear expansion ports     * Case dimensions: 180mm (W) x 420mm (H) x 410mm (L)     * 2x USB2.0 and Audio input/output on front panel     * 500W PSU included - 20+4pin power, 3x Molex, 1x SATA - More Info

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