When Intel announced its 9th generation Core processors earlier this month, there was only one thought on everyone’s mind: will I need a new motherboard? That might be a bit of a generalization, but not a total stretch. The company's new Z390 chipset means a deluge of flashy new motherboards, which in turn means discounts on the older models—just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And let’s not forget that AMD released its 2nd gen Ryzen processors earlier this year, so expect to have your pick of the lot this holiday season.
What to expect from motherboard deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Z390 boards are already stocked at online-retailers. They're not a total overhaul of the Z370s, but they've added a few extra features. Many Z370s also have updated BIOSes to accommodate the new 9th gen Cores. If you are thinking on splurging on one of Intel's new CPUs, but need a new motherboard to go with it, you don't need to rush to get the newest one. Expect to see some of the same discounts again as last year.
As for motherboards with AMD chipsets, there were a few deals last year on motherboards that supported both first gen and second gen Ryzen processors, like the ASUS ROG Strix X370-F, so it seems likely we'll see those deals again. A lot of AMD motherboards are currently $10 less than their usual price, so expect those savings to increase once Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around.
Of course, if you aren't sure what to put on your shopping list when the time comes, you can always take a look at our recommendations for the best gaming motherboards.
Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday motherboard deals from last year
Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 | $180.00 ($70 off)
This ATX Coffee Lake motherboard was $70 off the retail price on Newegg.
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F AMD Ryzen | $130.00 ($60 off)
Featuring 5-Way Optimization, this AMD motherboard saved last year's shoppers $60.
ASUS Prime Z270-A LGA ATX | $100.00 ($60 off)
This was one of a few discounted motherboards from last year that supports 7th/6th Generation Core i7/i5/i3 Processors.