Intel’s newest i5 offering, the i5-9600K, is a very popular option for mid-range builds and offers impressive performance for a respectable price tag – looking to top the Ryzen 5 2600X as the king of value chipsets in 2019. Many new builders often decide between a previous generation i7-8700K or the current generation i5-9600K – and despite not having the higher core and thread-count of the i7-9700K – it still provides a serious punch of performance and is certainly worth considering.
If you have decided on a i5-9600K for your next build, then it’s important you pick a suitable motherboard to house the processor, and pick one depending on what you will use it for – whether it be hard overclocking (sufficient VRM cooling), feature rich (USB type C, number of ports) or perhaps for a small form factor build (mini ITX).
To start off, you will want to narrow down your motherboard selection to just Z370 or Z390 chipsets (make sure you update your bios first), with the main difference of the two being the Z390 is basically an updated version of the Z370 chipset, with the addition of USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and VNVi support. We go into more detail about Z370 and Z390 compatibility here.
With that said,
Best motherboard for overclocking the i5-9600K
When it comes to Z390 motherboards, Gigabyte
The best bang for your buck motherboard for OC’ing the i5-9600K is the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro, which has decent VRM quality and
Best budget motherboard for i5-9600K
The best budget motherboard for the i5-9600K also comes from Gigabyte with the Z390 Gaming X – they have really nailed it with their Z390 lineup this year in terms of offering fantastic performance for such a respectable price. We
The Z390 Gaming X features a 10+2 phase design, and supports Thunderbolt 3, RGB lighting as well as dual M.2. – as well as the usual features you see on Z390 boards (USB 3.1 Gen 2 headers).
This is by far the best budget motherboard for the i5-9600K that still remains highly capable despite its low end price.
Best value (feature-rich) motherboard for i5-9600K
The winner of the OC’ing the 9500K award also wins the best value motherboard for the i5-9600K – and this is the Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Pro WiFi. For most chipsets, the ASRock Taichi series has nailed it in terms of features but for the Z390 generation, Gigabyte is just doing a superior job in terms of VRM quality and features. The AORUS Z390 Pro offers a plethora of features for a great price including the following:
- Stellar VRM, M.2 heatsinks and cooling
- More headers and connectors than other Z390 brands
- RGB header
- Dual M.2
- USB Type C
- PWM/Smart Fan cooling
In builtGbE WiFi
Best micro-ATX (mATX) motherboard for i5-9600K
For the Z390 generation of motherboards, there aren’t really actually a large amount of Micro-ATX motherboards for the i5-9600K that provide decent performance for a reasonable price. With that said, one of the few mATX motherboards for the i5-9600K that does have a decent VRM build and cooling again comes from the impressive Gigabyte range of Z390 motherboards, and this is the Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming.
This micro-ATX motherboard is built on a 10+2 phase VRM design and provides sufficient VRM cooling to allow for i5-9600K overclocks with ease – as well as plenty of features you would expect to see on high-end boards in 2019. USB Type C, Dual M.2, 4 fan headers are featured on this motherboard – and many builders even use this motherboard to house the i9-9900K – so that really is a testament to the quality of this motherboard.
If you’re yet to do a mATX build – why not check out our guide on our top micro ATX cases in 2019.
Best mini ITX (mITX) motherboard for i5-9600K
There is one ITX motherboard that really stands out in the Z390 chipset range, and that is the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac – a remarkable and capable motherboard at a seriously competitive price point.
The ASRock beats the competition in the mini ITX form factor with better VRM quality and cooling with functional VRM heatsinks, allowing for superior power delivery to the i5-9600K and components. Feature wise the ASRock really goes to town with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, Dual M.2. slots, Wireless GbE, as well as
For those looking to build a SFF build with the i5-9600K, here are some great ITX case options.