The non-K Intel 12th Generation Alder Lake CPUs are here now and you can pair them with the cheaper B660 motherboards. In this article, we go over some of the best B660 motherboards that you can buy right now for Intel 12th Generation CPUs.
B660 is the mid-level option that has a narrow chipset bus and most of the I/O from the Z690 chipset. Memory overclocking is supported as long as the CPU supports it as well. The H670 chipset comes with 2x 20Gbps USB3 ports, 4x 10Gbps USB3 ports, 6x 5Gbps USB3 ports, 12x USB2 ports, and 4x SATA 6 Gbps ports. You can learn more in our article; Z690 Vs H670 Vs B660 Vs H610 Chipsets: What Is The Difference?
Best B660 Motherboards For Intel 12th Generation CPUs
The following are some of the best B660 motherboards that you can buy for non-K Intel 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs:
The ASUS ROG Strix B660-A Gaming WiFi D4 comes in white armor which is great if you are interested in building a white gaming PC. It features 12+1 power stages with ProCool power connectors and plenty of cooling for the VRMs and chipset.
The motherboard features an Integrated I/O shield for easy installation and comes with 3 M.2 slots that have integrated heatsinks. It also has M.2 Q-Latch support for easy M.2 SSD installation. It supports PCI 5.0 and comes with Wi-Fi 6 out of the box. There are 4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 RAM, which can be overclocked up to 5333 MHz.
The top PCIe slot is reinforced for better GPU support and this is the one that you should use for gaming. The motherboard has a BIOS FlashBack button and Q-LED. For display output, you get HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4. Furthermore, you also have a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port.
As this is an Asus motherboard, you still get RGB lighting and all those customization options that gamers love. Furthermore, the motherboard has one RGB header and three addressable Gen 2 headers.
Asus markets this motherboard as one designed with creators in mind. The motherboard has a nice sleek design and theme and it should blend in well with the rest of your parts. There are 4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 RAM. You also get support for PCI 5.0.
The top PCIe slot is reinforced for better GPU support. The motherboard comes with 3x M.2 slots and an additional M.2 slot which you can use to install a Wi-Fi card. The motherboard has M.2 Q-Latch support for easy M.2 SSD installation. Do note that out of the box, you only get heatsinks for two of those slots. It is also worth mentioning that two of the M2 slots support PCIe Gen4 while the third is only PCIe Gen3.
Connectivity options include 2.5Gb, 1Gb onboard Ethernet, and front-panel USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports with 60W fast charging support. For display output, you get HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4. The ASUS ProArt B660-Creator D4 also features a Q-LED for troubleshooting.
The GIGABYTE B660 AORUS MASTER DDR4 is another mid-range motherboard that looks great. It has plenty of armor that covers the VRMs and chipset. The motherboard has a 16+1+1 Twin Hybrid Digital VRM Design. The VRM heatsinks extend into the integrated I/O shield and the M.2 heatsinks blend in with the chipset heatsink, giving the motherboard a nice cohesive look.
You do find some RGB lighting on the motherboard but it is not too blingy. The motherboard supports PCI 4.0 and comes with 3 PCIe Gen4 M.2 slots for your high-speed storage. You also get 4 SATA ports for your HDDs and 2.5-inch SSDs.
For connectivity and networking, you get USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, Intel 2.5GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, and BT5. For display output, you get HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4. The motherboard also has a Q-Flash Plus port that allows you to update the BIOS without having to install a CPU.
The MSI MAG B660 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 is a stealthy motherboard that comes in all black. It is a great option if you want a B660 motherboard that is under $200. The motherboard comes with plenty of armor and cooling for the VRMs and heatsink. It uses 8+8-pin power connectors to provide power to the CPU and other parts of the board.
The motherboard supports Gen4 PCI-E and M.2. There are three M.2 slots and all of them come with heatsinks, which is nice. Out of the box, you get EZ M.2 clips for easy storage installation. The top PCIe slot is reinforced for better GPU support. There is an integrated I/O shield for easy installation and the motherboard comes with Wi-Fi 6 out of the box. Other features include 2.5G LAN, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port, DP, and HDMI.
The ASUS Prime B660-PLUS D4 is a more budget-friendly B660 motherboard as compared to the motherboards above. That is pretty obvious seeing the lack of armor and integrated I/O shield. It does give you the basic features that you need such as PCIe 4.0 support and three gen4 M.2 slots. There is another M.2 slot that you can use to install a Wi-Fi card. Furthermore, you get 4 SATA ports for HDDs and 2.5-inch SATA SSDs.
The top PCIe slot is reinforced for better GPU support and there are heatsinks on the chipset and around the CPU socket. There is no RGB lighting on the motherboard as this is a budget option. This is a prime motherboard to consider if you are looking for one under $150.
The B660M DS3H AX DDR4 is a budget-friendly option from Gigabyte. This is an mATX motherboard, so it is smaller than a regular ATX motherboard. This means that there are some features missing compared to the ATX options that we have on this list.
As this is a budget motherboard, the armor and cooling is limited but there are heatsinks around the CPU socket and on the chipset. The motherboard comes with a pair of Gen4 M.2 slots and the motherboard support PCI Gen4, not Gen5. There are 4 DIMM slots that can support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory.
Do note that only one of the M.2 slots has a heatsink and that there is a single PCIe slot due to the smaller form factor of the motherboard. There is no integrated I/O shield but you do get Wi-Fi out of the box. Furthermore, there are 4 SATA ports for your HDDs and SATA SSDs.
For video output, you get DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.0. The motherboard also has USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 2.5GbE LAN, and Q-Flash Plus. If you are looking for a budget B660 motherboard that has Wi-Fi out of the box then this is one of the cheapest options right now.
The B660M-HDV is a pretty barebones motherboard and it costs less than $100. The motherboard comes with two M.2 slots and there is an additional M.2 slot for Wi-Fi. Do note that one of the M.2 slots is Gen4 while the other is Gen3.
The motherboard has a single PCIe 4.0 x16 slot which you are going to use to install your graphics card. You do get all the basic features such as USB 3.2 Gen1, USB 2.0, Intel Gigabit LAN, HDMI, DisplayPort, and D-Sub.
These are some of the best B660 motherboards that you can buy right now. If you are interested in upgrading then also check out our recommended PCIe Gen 4.0 SSDs. You can also check out our article on where you can order Intel 12th generation Alder Lake non-K CPUs.