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The 6 Best Motherboards With 8 RAM Slots in 2021

Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots

The 6 Best Motherboards With 8 RAM Slots in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Mar 23, 2021

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If you told us there would be motherboards with 256GB RAM support 20 years ago, we would have laughed at your funny joke.

And yet, here we are!

AMD and Intel’s motherboard innovations have come so far that there are now premium offerings that boast 8 DIMM slots capable of up to 32GB each.

While the average user does not need this amount of RAM, if you’re building a serious setup for production, hosting, or the most powerful PC you possibly can, then this capability could really take you to the next level.

Today’s feature is here to guide you through the best motherboards with 8 RAM slots. These are premium offerings with lots more going for them than just the RAM, too.

Top Picks

Best AMD Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots: MSI Creator TRX40

We’re starting with AMD in no particular order (both leading manufacturers are kings in the high-end desktop space, though AMD is a great choice for those after a CPU with the most cores).

The MSI Creator TRX40 is a fantastic offering. While no mobo with 8 ram slots is cheap, this option achieves a great sweet spot; balancing most of the features you expect in a premium motherboard, while not carrying the 4-figure price tag some HEDT hardware can creep up to.

This Threadripper motherboard doesn’t just boast 8 RAM slots but also supports up to 256GB DDR4 RAM.

Don’t assume this is the case for all 8-sotted offerings, many only go up to 128GB/even 64GB in some budget cases.

What’s more, its JEDEC RAM capacity allows you to achieve 256GB RAM @ 3200MHz, this is an insane speed for this quantity of JEDEC which we would often expect to be bottlenecked further at these amounts.

This is an E-ATX motherboard, with an incredible level of power draw across the board. With a Threadripper CPU and powerful GPU/s, we can’t imagine any builder, be it for rendering, gaming, or other high-end needs, would be left wanting more power than a build on this motherboard could offer.

Speaking of GPUs; with 4x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and compatibility for 3-way Nvidia SLI or 3-way AMD Crossfire GPU setups, the amount of graphical capability here is insane, and we’re really impressed by MSI’s ability to balance the power draw between the RAM, CPU, GPU, and other onboard features.

The motherboard excels storage-wise too, with 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports & up to 3 M.2 storage slots, it’s just another example of the board’s ability to tick all the boxes and we expect this to be a decent capability (alongside a premium PC case) for those after a server motherboard or one for virtual hosting.

On the notion of overclocking your key specs,  the Creator TRX40 also lives up to its HEDT name, with plenty of heatsinks operating through the board to maintain appropriate thermal control.

You might not have the bells and whistles of our premium picks below, but relative to many other options on the market, you can get expect to achieve some impressive speed increases.

It’s also worth touching on the I/O panel port and Wi-Fi/audio availability here too; with a whopping 9 x USB 3.2 type-A outputs (some equipped for Flash BIOS use also), a 20G USB type-C port, in-built Intel Wi-Fi 6/bluetooth, Realtek ALC1220 Codec/outputs for high-quality 7.1 audio & 10G Super LAN. 

The inner connectivity is equally impressive, with tonnes of 4-pin fan connectors, ARGB/RGB headers, and all the other ports you’d expect.

What else is there to say? Not only is this the best motherboard with 8 DIMM slots for AMD builders, but it’s an offering that excels in all the categories HEDT users demand.

If you’re looking for the most power possible without getting into nearly 4 figures for your motherboard alone, this is an incredible choice.

Best Intel Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots: ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II

If you are instead, after an Intel LGA 2066 motherboard with 8 DIMM slot capability, our top pick comfortably goes to this ASUS offering.

Coming in at a very impressive price-point for the features, it’s a worthy rival to our top AMD choice.

With its 8 RAM slots also supporting up to 256GB RAM at impressive speeds (or lower quantities at up to 4266MHz). Whether it’s quantity, speed, or a mix of both, you won’t find better RAM capability at this price-point.

With a very impressive set of PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, you will have the option to install up to 3-way GPU builds with SLI or Crossfire.

ASUS is also a great reliable brand as far as decent BIOs and onboard overclocking software go; often ranking very favorably in benchmarks if you’re after a fantastic OC motherboard.

Another offering with 3 x M.2 slots, the E Gaming II isn’t just great for storage, but also slightly trumps our top AMD pick with an extra 2 SATA ports totaling 8 (6 was already impressive!).

Port-wise, there’s a lot on offer here. With 9 x USB 3.2 Type-A & 1 x Type-C ports, as well as a SupremeFX CODEC S1220A leading its audio ports perfect for high-quality speakers or headphones, there is little left to desire network connectivity-wise (the LAN port is 2.5G vs our top AMD pick’s 10G, but we don’t expect many users will mind).

Also for those aesthetic focussed users, ASUS is a great brand for offering onboard ARGB lighting with the fantastic ASUS ARGB software/onboard headers to create a beautifully illuminated build alongside an RGB PC case (or simply one focussed on looking great).

Alongside one of the Core-i9 10000X series CPUs in its X299 socket, it’s hard to imagine any type of user wanting more from a high-end build.

At an incredible price for the offering, this is comfortably our top pick for the best Intel mobo with 8 RAM slots.

Best Budget AMD Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots: Asus Prime TRX40-PRO

Looking for a cheap motherboard with 8 RAM slots feels like a bit of an oxymoron; you’re not going to find the budget options of the mainstream market here.

But with that said, there’s still a huge difference in the price range between the top 8 DIMM options and the cheapest, and we’re pleased to recommend this AMD offering as a very decent choice for those after the best budget way to run such a high RAM build.

One of the cheapest Threadripper motherboards available today, we’re impressed that the TRX40-PRO still boats 256GB memory support across its 8 DIMM outputs; we expect with the onboard specs, you may not get quite the same speeds as that of our top AMD pick @ 256GB, but the board will still be capable of a very impressive speed/GB balance when compared to a huge majority of other market offerings.

One of the biggest changes to our more expensive offerings is slightly reduced power draw to PCIe, with 3 4.0 slots, it’s still a fantastic capability for a budget, but supports a max of 2-way SLI/CLX instead of our main choice’s triple-GPU capability (it’s really up to your if this matters, dual GPUs will still offer incredible utility for most HEDT builds).

The unit still boasts plenty of onboard M.2, VRM, and active chipset thermal protection with its heatsink arrays (alongside the great ASUS UEFI BIOs, you’ll have plenty of customization available).

For storage, we’re pleased to see the TRX40-PRO boasts 3 x M.2 slots and 8 x SATA ports at 6Gb/s; if your prime needs are storage, this may even be a better choice for you than our overall best AMD pick!

Port-wise, you still have a great array of connectivity, with 9 x USB-Type A, 1 x USB Type-C, and decent onboard audio. Compared to our more expensive picks, it’s worth noting the outputs are slightly less capable, with only 3 of the Type-A USB ports being 3.2 Gen 2 (we expect most users will be fine balancing their needs here though).

There is no included Wi-Fi or Bluetooth onboard. We expect this has been done to achieve both the fantastic price and also minimize the power draw. If you do need these, a good Wi-Fi card and Bluetooth adapter will do the job just fine.

The budget hasn’t compromised on headers either, with this ASUS motherboard still full of decent fan, RGB & ARGB connectivity.

If the reduced ports, no Bluetooth/Wi-FI, missing third GPU capability and slightly lower expected RAM speeds don’t bother you much, know we very nearly made this our top overall AMD pick.

It is, without doubt, the best cheap Threadripper motherboard with 8 RAM slots and an incredibly capable HEDT base for its price.

Best Budget Intel Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots: GIGABYTE X299X AORUS Master

Although our top pick is already a very cheap 8 DIMM motherboard offering, there’s another compelling option in the AORUS Master.

Previously highlighted on our E-ATX motherboard feature, this pick is known for being one of the best value HEDT choices on the market, and is deceptively powerful in many ways.

Let’s start with one of the most impressive capabilities of the X299X, its PCIe bandwidth is capable of 4-way GPU builds (with a 48-lane CPU).

You’d be forgiven for thinking this means it’s better than many of our pricier offerings, and for those focussed on graphical capability, it’s a very compelling choice!

RAM-wise, the system still boasts the ability to support 256GB RAM (we expect slightly lower speeds than the top overall/high-end Intel choices, but not significant in the grand scheme of things). Bear in mind that if your CPU is <48 lanes, the maximum support will be 128GB RAM (still a fantastic amount even for a production machine).

Port-wise, the motherboard is still plenty equipped with 9 x USB 3.2 Type-A and 1 x Type-C. The audio codec is a little more basic than our higher ends choices but still capable of great sound output to the average listener (especially with a good pair of headphones). We’re happy to see the board still includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth too.

The inner connectivity is still good, with plentiful fan headers and outputs for the front I/O panel.

The only thing to reiterate is that to access its 4-way GPU capability, and many other features (including 256GB RAM instead of 128GB max) the motherboard requires a 48-lane CPU to draw from.

That’s the secret to the X299X, part of its lower price tag is achieved by utilizing more capability from the onboard CPU.

While more expensive offerings definitely still require high-lane CPUs for their capability, they can get more done with less. With this dependence, you can also expect to be a little more limited speed-wise if you choose to use all of the Master’s functionality (e.g. quad GPU, 256GB RAM, max storage).

So if you’re a top-end user, you may desire one of the other picks, but as far as the best cheap Intel motherboard with 8 RAM slots goes, there is no contender more worthy than the Aorus Master.

Best High-End AMD Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots: ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha

Now, we will say that we think the mid-range or budget AMD board picks will satisfy many users, even those after a HEDT setup with 256GB RAM.

That said, if you want the best sTRX4 motherboard possible in the premium price range, this is our choice for you.

With its E-ATX form factor, the Zenith II Extreme Alpha has a feature list as long as its name and is an incredible solution for balancing high-end RAM, CPU, GPU, and storage combinations.

With its 8 DIMM slots, this ASUS offering doesn’t just support 256GB RAM, but according to user reports, can handle that quantity at 3600MHz.

This is an incredible achievement on modern hardware, if your needs are of a serious production/rendering persuasian, this RAM capability could be a game-changer for high-end productivity.

The PCI-express 4.0 x16 capability is what you would hope for in a top-end choice, with excellent bandwidths capable of 3-way SLI/Crossfire and unrivaled overclocking capability.

Now, onto storage…

The Extreme Alpha boasts, wait for it…5 PCIe 4.0 bandwidth M.2 drive & 8 x SATA ports!

We are floored by how ASUS has managed to utilize the power draw to incorporate this on top of all of the other specs throughout the motherboard and we can’t imagine anybody needing more storage capability.

There is no compromise on ports either, with 2 x USB Type-C, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 & 4 x USB3.2 Gen 1 outputs, we haven’t come across a motherboard with more USB connectivity. These are accompanied by a 10Gbps ethernet port, AX200/Wi-fi 6, and a fantastic codec for high-quality audio output.

Internal headers are what you would expect in a premium ASUS mobo too, with plenty of connectivity for ARGB/RGB lighting and 4-pin fans.

As you’d expect at this high-end price, it’s also one of the most beautiful motherboards we’ve come across.

Not only does it have some gorgeous ARGB lighting surrounding the top and bottom, but its various heatsinks are designed in a way that has clearly put aesthetics in the equation (without compromise on thermal control capability, something the Extreme Alpha is unrivaled for).

Speaking of thermal control, with all of its onboard heatsinks, intelligent layout, various buttons to test/switch during failed OCs, and fantastic BIOs, the Extreme Alpha is one of the best overclocking motherboards available for Threadripper (or any socket, for that matter).

There is even a customizable OLED screen to display either key thermals or other overclocking stats you’re focussed on at a given time.

Do you need everything the Extreme Alpha offers to enjoy the benefits of 8 RAM slots? No, our above choices are very respectable offerings.

But if you want to build on the most powerful AMD motherboard possible in nearly every sense of the word, then this is the choice for you.

Best High-End Intel Motherboard With 8 RAM Slots: ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore

Last but most certainly not least is our premium 8 DIMM Intel motherboard option.

The Extreme Encore is made for the top echelon of HEDT and overclocking with its 16 70 amp power stages giving an incredible capability across the board.

Its 8 RAM slots are capable of 256GB with decent speeds, its PCIe capable can support up to 3-way Crossfire/SLI & with 3 x m.2 outputs and 8 x SATA ports, it’s got fantastic storage allotment.

Similar to our top AMD pick, the overclocking capability is top class. Working alongside the fantastic AI overclocking/UEFI BIOs is an active VRM heatsink & onboard M.2 heatsinks (not to mention an incredible array of fan headers).

It’s one of the best-looking motherboards, with its metal heatsinks sharply covering many of the more traditional “ugly” board components, with ASUS design lighting on the front and further illumination on the bottom; this would look gorgeous in a clear PC case.

One thing we will say; if you are trying to support the best of the best as we expect for this price range, we think that AMD may be the better choice for you.

That’s not to say the Extreme Encore isn’t capable of an immensely powerful build for rendering, production, server-building, or more.

We just recognize that our AMD premium pick above offers unparalleled connectivity with PCIe 4.0 and its 5 M.2 slots amongst all the other incredible features.

That said, if your heart is set on an Intel HEDT, this is comfortably our choice for the best 8 RAM slot motherboard for LGA 2066 and still packs an incredible punch.

LGA 1200 or AM4 Motherboards with 8 RAM Slots

We appreciate some users may be looking for significant RAM on mainstream, non-HEDT motherboards.

However, for 8 RAM slots, you need to be looking at LGA 2011 and sTRX4 motherboards.

Not only are these the only type with support for 8 slots, but also the only sockets that can accommodate up to 256GB of RAM.

On top of this, if you are building a production/hosting machine that requires 8 RAM slots, we expect you’ll probably want a HEDT motherboard to match anyway. These machines give you CPUs with insane amounts of cores, the power to draw lots of PCIe slots (for multi-GPU builds), and much more.

If however, you want to build a setup with mainstream GPUs, then check our best E-ATX motherboard picks, which include premium AM4/LGA1200 mobos (some of which can accommodate a hefty 128GB RAM).

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The 10 Best 144hz Curved Monitors of 2021

144hz Curved Monitor

The 10 Best 144Hz Curved Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Mar 21, 2021

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Monitor curvature is a feature you have to experience for yourself to appreciate what a difference it can make for your setup.

Even the more modest curves are better suited to the human eye’s radius compared to a flat screen, not to mention the additional immersion such a display can provide while gaming.

The best monitor brands are picking up on this, and introducing some really compelling options.

But which one is right for you?

Today’s feature is here to guide you through the best 144hz curved monitors available; this category is perfect for a mid-range gamer looking for something special for their next setup.

Top Picks

Quick-Fire Picks

Best 144Hz Curved Monitor (27″): ASUS TUF VG27VH1B

What a fantastic offering this is.

What we consider to be ASUS’s best monitor, the VG27VH1B represents an unmatched sweet-spot between size, refresh rate, picture quality, curvature and build, all wrapped into a fantastic lower mid-range price.

To start with, this is one of the cheapest Freesync premium monitors available (also G-sync compatible) which is integral to a high refresh rate display to avoid ghosting, screen tearing, and other unpleasant visual discrepancies.

Speaking of refresh rate; while this is by default, a 144hz monitor, it can be overclocked up to 165hz. Both of these rates will offer a silky smooth performance. These high Hz ratings work alongside a very fast 1ms MRPT response time.

This is is a great latency/refresh rate combo for the price, and we expect this pairing to fully satisfy mid-range immersive and competitive gamers alike.

Picture quality is another stand-out for the VG27VH1B.

The monitor is based on a VA panel; while we know some users prefer IPS, this ASUS offering boasts excellent contrast, a 120% sRGB color gamut, and of course, hasn’t compromised on the 1ms response time (which is often where cheaper VA panels fall down).

All of these great specs are tied together in its 27-inch screen, which we think is a sweet spot size for most users (but have larger/smaller options below if preferred).

The curvature used is 1500R, which is essentially a “medium intensity curve” (lower is more curved, the most common range is 1200R – 1800R).

Don’t assume that a more intense curve is better though, it’s a personal taste. In our experience, 1500R is a great middle-ground; notably more immersive without alienating people used to flat screens too much.

Its build quality is sturdy and bezels are close to frameless, so would work perfectly in a multi-monitor setup if desired.

The ports are quite basic, with D-SUB and HDMI as your display options (i.e. no DisplayPort); however, we expect 99% of users will be OK will have HDMI connectivity available.

What else is there to say? We are simply floored by this offering; it seems like a steal for the price, but also doesn’t cut any corners.

If you’re after the best 144hz curved monitor around the mid-range mark, we think you’ll really love this pick.

Best Cheap 144Hz Curved Monitor (24″): AOC C24G1

AOC often positions itself in the market as the best budget gaming monitor brand, and the AOC C24G1 is one of the shining examples of its capability.

Despite coming in at around a 20% lower price point, this AOC gaming monitor is very similar to our top pick. The significant reduction here is the screen size (from 27″ to 24″, which can be notable for some gamers’ tastes).

If you’re looking for a 24-inch gaming monitor, however, then you’ll still be getting a wonderful 144Hz (with an overclocked 165Hz option available), 1ms MPRT response time, good picture quality, full HD VA panel and Freesync enabled (while not officially G-sync compatible, plenty of users have reported it working once setup).

The build quality of the C24G1 is similarly great, with an excellent small-bezel design. We appreciate that despite its budget market placement, it still boasts great height adjustability in its stand.

It would have been easy for AOC to go for a 1800R curve as a budget option, so we love that they have still managed to install a 1500R VA panel here to match the ASUS offering.

There’s also a DisplayPort output available too (alongside 2 x HDMI 1.4 & 1 x VGA), offering unrivaled connectivity at its price-point.

We’re really impressed with this AOC offering; while the ASUS screen boasts better value for 27″ users, if you are ok with a smaller display or simply on a tight wallet, then know this is easily the best budget 144hz curved monitor today and still powerful enough to provide a great gaming experience.

Best 1440p 144hz Curved Monitor: MSI Optix MAG27CQ

MSI is a gaming brand that needs no introduction. In the monitor space, we rate them highly for this offering alone.

Striking an incredible price balance for those after a QHD 144hz curved monitor, this is one of the premium offerings on the list, but still carries a deceptively low price tag for what you’re getting.

To start; if you’re using a mid to high-range CPU/PC setup, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display is really something you should be considering. Playing games at 2K is a sight to behold, and many setups are now able to run this monitor spec comfortably. 

For 27 inch displays+, this resolution is also a great addition for general use, as this is about the size where pixels begin to become apparent on a 1080p screen.

But we love the MAG27CQ for a lot more than just 1440p; still boasting the 1ms MPRT rate of our FHD options, as well as an impressive color gamut and contrast for its VA panel & Freesync compatibility.

To get a monitor similar in quality to our top pick with an improved resolution for only a 10-20% increase in price is absolutely worth it if you have the extra budget.

As you would expect from a brand like MSI, the monitor is also beautiful.

With a sturdy build quality and 2 subtle red lights running down the back, we appreciate how the MAG27CQ looks and feels like a premium monitor, even for its mid-range price.

It’s worth pointing out that the MAG27CQ has a 1800R curve which is slightly less than the picks above; this spec still offers great immersion and will be nice for newcomers to curved monitors. But if you’re looking for something more intense, then we would recommend going with the AOC CQ27G2 (which is a 2k 27″ version of our budget pick, an excellent screen).

With all that said, this MSI offering is not just the best QHD 144hz curved monitor, but also one of the top choices for someone in the mid-range; forking out that little more for the upgraded resolution in this fantastic package is really worth it.

Best 144Hz Curved Monitor (32″): AOC C32G1

We are back to AOC for those after a large 144hz curved monitor.

The C32G1 is, in many ways other than its 32-inch size, similar to our previous AOC pick.

And we mean this in a good way; boasting the same 144hz (or 165hz option), ultra-fast 1ms MPRT latency, Free-sync compatibility, and gorgeous colors/contrast for its VA panel.

You are, of course, paying more for the screen size increase, but that is to be expected. It’s worth it if your setup space demands it (or you’re simply the type of user that likes to be engulfed by a larger screen).

Note that this monitor comes with 1800R curvature instead of the budget choice’s more intense 1500R rating. While this might sound surprising, some larger screens tend to offer a more modest curve because higher curves (for some users) can become more jarring on larger screens. It really is all personal preference though, and 1800R is still enough to provide a much improved immersive experience other than a traditional flat LED.

Boasting a bigger version of the excellent build quality seen in our first AOC pick, we appreciate that the unit feels sturdy enough for its larger screen (note that there is no height adjustment, which is often to be expected on 32-inch+, there is still, however, tilt adjustability).

If you do want a larger screen with more curvature and a 1440p resolution (which would be excellent for 32-inch users), then we would recommend the Samsung Odyssey G5 as a more premium option.

But for mid-range users who are after the big screen, without compromising on high refresh rate, low latency, and price, then the C32G1 is the best 32-inch 144hz curved gaming monitor for you.

Highest Refresh Rate & Most Curvature: Spectre C248B-1858RN

The last of our main highlights is for those mid-range users who are willing to go with a slightly budget brand for higher Hz and a significant curvature increase.

While not as big as say, ASUS or MSI, Spectre is by no means an unknown manufacturer and we consider them one of the best companies for cheap gaming monitors.

For a very reasonable price, the C248B comes with a 165Hz screen capable of outputting up to 180Hz with DisplayPort. This is a fantastic achievement and begins to rival the smoothness of the next step up; 240hz.

Now, onto curvature: with a 1200R rating, the C248B has one of the strongest curves in the 144hz curved gaming display market (remember, it’s a matter of taste, but we know some users after the most absorbing gameplay will appreciate 1200R).

Despite these two impressive features and the price, the C248B still boasts a 1ms MPRT response time (3ms GTG, which is slightly slower than some of our other top picks but still very fast overall), a VA panel equipped with a decent 95% sRGB color gamut and 3000:1 contrast ratio (these specs are also a little lower than others, but still capable of providing an excellent picture for the price).

On top of that, the monitor has support for G-sync and AMD Freesync premium, both nice to see, but the latter in particular is not often found at this price.

Spectre hasn’t compromised on the design either; with a beautiful “frameless” thin-bezel front frame, sturdy build with VESA mount option, and even a tasteful red light ring around the back, you would be forgiven for thinking this wasn’t a more expensive offering!

The unit even still comes with built-in speakers (though we would never recommend onboard audio for gaming, with much better headphones solutions available).

If 24 inches is too small for you, you’ll notice that there is a 27-inch listing associated with the Amazon listing. While the C275B-1858RN is a great gaming monitor in its own right and similar in a lot of ways, it carries a 3ms MPRT response time. If you’re just into single-player/immersive titles, this is fine, but if you’re a competitive gamer you’ll want the luxury of lower latency. The Samsung Odyssey G5 is the best choice if you’re focused on the high curvature alone. But if you also want the highest framerate possible, check out the curved picks on our 1440p 240hz feature.

The C248B really is an impressive feat from Spectre; combining a very high refresh rate and curvature at an impressive price, while we think the average gamer might prefer the slightly superior picture quality of the other top picks if you’re most interested in Hz and curve, this is an excellent choice for you.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

While the top 5 are our main picks for the average mid-range gaming user, we’ve included a couple of other quick-fire considerations for those after something very premium, cheap as possible, or simply fulfilling a more niche category that we expect will be preferred by the occasional user with specific requirements

Best 144Hz Curved Ultrawide Monitor: Acer Nitro XZ342CK

If you want to take your immersive gaming experience to another level, there is nothing quite like an ultrawide screen.

Boasting UWQHD and lots more, we’ve already gushed about this display in our 1440p 144hz ultrawide feature.