Motherboards with type C are the “new” type of connector, that are becoming the new standard for USB connection. It has 24 pins builtin, than it’s predecessors and it is symmetrical so it can be plugged regardless of the direction.
The primary purpose of getting rid of all previous USB forms is to avoid any interconnection problems. This means when you connect to a device with your computer, type-c connector at both ends of the cable. USB C will make a connection between different devices and cable replacements easier.
However, you should know that the type-c ports have technically nothing to do with the protocol and high speed. That’s quite a typical mistake, so make a wise decision.
As about the protocols, keep in mind that USB 3.0 also called USB 3.1 Gen1 and gets up at 5Gbps (625 MB/s); on the other hand, “new” USB 3.1 Gen2 can give 10Gbps (1250 MB/s).
As we have observed, that most of the new motherboards offer USB 3.1 Gen2, with Type-A and Type-C connectors on the back.
But you should not get away with this, take a close look at the connector, and always check the full specs of the product to make sure that you will get the desired speed.
Apple Macbook (non-pro version), for an example, comes with a Type-C connector only capable of USB 3.1 Gen 1. 5Gbps.
Best USB-C Motherboards
Below is list of best usb c motherboards reviews and buying guide in 2021.
- MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon Wi-Fi
- MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Gaming Motherboard
- Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme
- GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master (ATX)
- MSI MAG B460M Mortar WiFi Gaming Motherboard (mATX)
- ASROCK B460 Steel Legend Motherboard
1. MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon Wi-Fi
MPG X570 tops the list of best USB-C motherboard featuring a 12+2 VRM solution, three M.2 slots, and a front panel USB-C header.
MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon is built for gamers looking for a high-performance AM4 motherboard with usb type c and an intense high-speed look. Tune advanced gaming system configurations with Core Boost, DDR4 Boost, Twin Lightning M.2 with M.2 Shield Frozr, and WIFI 6 and dazzle onlookers with a slick carbon finish and Mystic Light RGB.
Feel the thrilling speed with MSI Lightning Gen 4 PCI-E. Bundled with ultra-fast PCI-E 4.0 devices, so you can enjoy up to 64GB/s unidirectional data transfer.
MPG X570 is the motherboard with wifi 6 support, with builtin Intel Wi-Fi 6. OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technology helps in optimizing the data transmission and at the speed of 2.4Gbps.
Being a pro gamer, everybody loves colorful lighting effects, so with this good usb c motherboard you can personalize from 16.8 million colors and 29 effects through the Mystic Light APP.
When we talk about high end usb type c motherboard, controlling heat is necessry. The X570 chipset, with its PCI-E Gen4 capabilities, always stay cool to sustain massive data bandwidth.
Its proven that even world’s fastest SSDs slows down the processing when they get too hot. But M.2 SHIELD FROZR eliminates this factor with motherboard’s heatsink over M.2 SSDs, which prevents thermal throttling and keep enhance performance.
2. MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Gaming Motherboard
An affordable Z490 with competitive performance a quality motherboard with usb-c type support. I’ll admit, even the significant savings of the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi still put it some ways off slipping in under the guise of an actual budget-friendly board. Still, what this Z490 motherboard offers in return for your moderate investment is few frills and top-of-the-line performance.
There’s little in the way of added extras with the Gaming Carbon—but what it does, it does very well. There’s practically nothing between most of the major brand Z490s we’ve tested, yet what sliver of performance there is to gain from a gaming motherboard nowadays, the Gaming Carbon secures during out of the box operation.
You may want to look elsewhere if overclocking is your forte. The Gaming Carbon is not quite up there as a motherboard suited to breaking barriers, and could not maintain the 10-core Core i9 10900K at near the same speeds as the Asus Maximus XII Extreme. Yet for just about every other potential use case it will certainly see you through.
3. Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme
Best Z490 motherboard, for the price of a gaming PC. The Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme doesn’t make any sense from a performance per dollar standpoint, but it is the best. Beset with increasingly diminishing returns as it may be, this $750 motherboard is the definition of overkill PC gaming components—and it’s excellent.
Packed with extra goodies, the Maximus XII Extreme leaves no stone unturned in order to achieve gaming greatness. Do you require Thunderbolt connectivity? There’s an add-in card included in the box. Need more NVMe storage drives? Asus has seen fit to add a bonus ‘DIMM.2’ slot that allows for an extra two to be installed right next to your system memory.
If you want to maximize your processor’s clock speed, while maintaining a modicum of reasonable thermal and power efficiency, the Maximum XII Extreme has you covered there too. In testing, it dealt with an all-core 5.3GHz overclock on an Intel Core i9 10900K processor with relative ease. It really can do it all—for a price.
4. GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master (ATX)
The Z490 Aorus Master (ATX), as its name suggests, is fully kitted out for a high-end gaming PC build. If the name alone doesn’t convince you, the sheer mass of this motherboard will. From its weight alone, it’s clear that Gigabyte has stuffed a lot onto this board—including 10 USB ports on the rear I/O panel and support for DDR4 speeds up to a whopping 5,000MHz (effective).
Past its surprisingly understated styling—by Aorus standards, at least—the Gigabyte offers decent performance only a touch behind those leading the pack. That’s not too bad considering we’re still talking about marginal gains at best across the entire spectrum of Z490 boards, and its reasonable price tag has it sitting pretty as a decent alternative to the pricey ROG and MSI boards.
If you really must have the best performance then you may want to look further afield. For everyone else, especially those who value ports and features above pure performance, there’s the Aorus Master.
5. MSI MAG B460M Mortar WiFi Gaming Motherboard (mATX)
Cheaper than the best, performs like the rest. The MSI MAG B460M Mortar WiFi makes for an affordable gaming PC alongside one of Intel’s mid-range CPUs. And don’t for a second think that means sacrificing quality or performance. MSI has trimmed down the B460 Mortar with a deft hand, and you’ll find a handful of ports, decent VRM, and many connectivity options.
The MSI Mortar is also slightly smaller than your usual run-of-the-mill motherboard. It’s built to fit the Micro-ATX specification, which is a little shorter than the ATX specification endemic in modern PCs today. While the smaller motherboard will fit in most larger ATX cases, the benefit of mATX is that you can opt for a smaller PC case. Not only will this help you save space, they’re also infinitely cuter too.
So if you want to load your new gaming PC onto your desk alongside your peripherals, or just save a little cash for the rest of your components, the MSI MAG B460M Mortar WiFi offers everything you need in a compact and affordable package.
6. ASROCK B460 Steel Legend Motherboard
An affordable ATX motherboard for Intel’s 10th Gen. If you find yourself diametrically opposed to the lofty price of a Z490 then the soothing price tag and amenable feature set of the B460 Steel Legend is likely more your speed. It’s a motherboard entirely fitting of its exceptionally gamer title: Steel Legend. A name with all the hallmarks of a failed 1980s war drama, probably starring Michael Biehn.
You will have to sacrifice some of the rear ports and WiFi connectivity in order to slide in at this lower price tag. The rear I/O is a little barren and might leave you settling for a USB hub instead. However, ASRock has cleverly placed a spare M.2 (Key E) port on the front of the board for those of you who wish to upgrade to a compact WiFi card.
With some of the best performance going in the B460 category, and despite some memory speed limitations that we were initially worried would hold it back somewhat, the Steel Legend just goes to show you don’t need to spend an absolute fortune to get the most out of your CPU.