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Continuing our holiday buyer’s guides, hardcore overclocker Buildzoid has joined us to analyze the best AMD motherboards currently on the market, looking at X370 and B350 for overclocking. The boards scale from $75 to $350 as we step through nearly every single AM4 motherboard out there, with clear guidance as to which boards are most suitable for different tasks. This was primarily done as a video, but the written section below will recap the highlights. Timestamps are also provided, if the video is preferred.

For this AMD motherboard buyer’s guide, we’re primarily highlighting boards in the $120 to $200 price range, but do talk about some of the budget Ryzen motherboards. VRM capabilities and heatsinks, BIOS menus, and memory overclocking compatibility all factor into our choices.

Before starting, our previous buyer’s guides are here:

The article continues below the video:

Important notes about this guide

First off, this is primarily a video guide; we expect you watch the video, as that's where the in-depth information is contained. Think of the text version as a briefing or show notes. The depth is above, as it's done by Buildzoid, who works with us in a video-only format.

Second, note that this is strictly from the perspective of someone doing actual, real overclocks on their Ryzen CPUs. If you're just a daily user or don't know how to do much more than change a multiplier, different rules apply. Please keep the scope of the content in mind when determining if it is right for your needs.

($250-$350) The Best AM4 Motherboards for Overclocking

ASUS Crosshair VI Extreme (~$350 MSRP)

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  • A ton of extra fan headers, slightly wider than Hero
  • Extra switches and jumpers for extreme overclocking
  • 8+4-phase VRM with 60A IR power stages
  • One of the strongest AM4 VRMs


  • Hero is much cheaper and has most the same features
  • Lots of features that “normal” users would never use, but still pay for

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero (~$250 MSRP)

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  • 40A Dual N-FET VRM
  • AM3 cooler mounting for older coolers
  • Strong VRM (more than enough for Ryzen)
  • Good IO options


  • Cheaper boards can accomplish much of the same work
  • VRM heatsinks need work

($190-$210) The Best Balanced AM4 Motherboards for Overclocking

Gigabyte X370 Gaming K7 (~$210 MSRP)

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  • Our top-choice motherboard for affordable, high-end Ryzen overclocking
  • The best balance of features, VRM, OC support, and price
  • Clock gen goes to 1/100th MHz accuracy
  • Dual BIOS for redundancy and recovery


  • POST code is in a bad location
  • Not a particularly strong VRM (6+4 phase, IR3553 40A power stages); not bad, but not the best

ASUS Strix X370-F Gaming (~$190 MSRP)

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  • 60A IR power stages
  • 6-phase VCore
  • Second highest motherboard for peak VRM current capability
  • Great VRM
  • Best overclocking motherboard for memory on AM4


($120-$170) The Best Budget AM4 Overclocking Motherboards

ASUS X370-Pro ($130 at time of publication)

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  • Much cheaper than the above options
  • 40A Dual N-FETs, just like on the C6H, except 6-phases instead of 8
  • Roughly on-par with the K7 in terms of VRM potential
  • Strong VRM at a very low cost


  • No dual-BIOS
  • No POST code
  • No buttons
  • No clock gen

Gigabyte X370 Gaming K5 (~$135 at time of publication)

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  • Honorable mention: Keeps the K7 clock gen
  • Trouble-shooting LEDs
  • Dual-BIOS


  • No POST code
  • No buttons
  • Anemic VRM

($75-$100) The Least Terrible Low-End AM4 Motherboards

ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4

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  • The least terrible low-end VRM
  • 3-phase with a lot of MOSFETs
  • Half-decent heatsink, still needs airflow


  • Needs more airflow than normally, potentially
  • Missing most features

For more technical analysis of each of these, watch our above video (featuring Buildzoid). We have timestamps in the video feed, so you can jump around as needed.

- Steve Burke & “Buildzoid”
- Timestamps by Andrew Coleman


Best AMD Motherboards: September 2021

Here’s the latest update to our list of recommended AMD motherboards in our series of motherboard buyers guides. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of writing.

Best AMD Motherboards: September 2021

When it comes to building a new system or upgrading an existing one, the AM4 socket has numerous options at various price points for users to select from. We are now seeing CPU prices come back down to earth - the flagship AMD Ryzen 9 5950X desktop processor is available for $749 at both Amazon and Newegg currently, and despite the obvious pitfalls in graphics card pricing, it's a better time to build a new PC right now than it has been during most months during 2021. There has also been a number of new 'X570S' models making its way into retail channels from all of the major vendors, with upgraded features such as Wi-Fi 6E and passively cooled chipsets. It's time to give our picks for September 2021 in our latest AMD motherboard buyers guide.  

Looking for our best Intel motherboard choices? Head on over to our Intel Motherboard Buyers Guide instead!

AMD Motherboards Recommendations
 September 2021
Sweet SpotASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi$195$202$210
Value ChoiceASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC$115$110$125
Mini-ITXGIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX$208$238$200
Money No ObjectGIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme$693$693$700

Our recommendations for motherboards are based entirely on my personal and professional opinion. 

For our September 2021 picks, we've considered updated pricing as well as availability in the US. Some of these models are slightly adjusting in stock levels and price, and so we've adjusted our guide to accommodate for this. It's also worth noting that B550 is generally considered the budget AM4 platform, but competitively it often has the more attractive pricing when compared to X570. Another element is many vendors have released new 'X570S' motherboards onto the market, with new features, and with passively cooled chipsets. These new models have been factored into the decision, but the benefits of X570S, especially compared to the much lower pricing of B550, doesn't always equate to better value.

For users looking for other options, we've also gone over multiple chipset families as well in the links below.

Best Sweet Spot

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi ($195 at Amazon/$202 at Newegg)

In our Best Sweet Spot, we've opted for a board with plenty of functionality and features while also enabling a PCIe 4.0 experience from the CPU. Boards based on the B550 chipset offer PCIe 4.0 support, with a single full-length PCIe x16 slot and a PCIe x4 M.2 slot at PCIe 4.0 speeds. One of the best B550 boards we have reviewed to date is the ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming WIFI, a higher-end B550 board that received our Recommended by AnandTech award.

You can read our full review here:

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi Motherboard Review: Premium Value

What makes it our pick over the other 500-series is the level of solid quality and great performance offered at a very competitive price point. It includes two PCIe M.2 slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 and the second slot at PCIe 3.0 x4. The ASUS model also has a stacked rear panel with two USB 3.2 G2 ports (Type A+C), DisplayPort, and HDMI video outputs (for use with APUs) and the capability to install up to six fans.

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi includes an Intel-based networking pairing, with a premium 2.5 Gb Ethernet controller and a Wi-Fi 6 interface. The onboard audio is also premium, with ASUS's tweaked SupremeFX S1200A HD audio codec taking care of business. There are also four memory slots with support for up to DDR4-5100 with a maximum capacity of 128 GB. For a mid-range model, this is a stack of features, and considering similarly priced X570 models (sub-$250) that include a similar controller set are non-existent, it puts the ASUS model in good standing. 

The ASUS B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi is currently available to buy for $195 at Amazon and $202 at Newegg, so we recommend users purchase this model at Amazon. The ASUS Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi looks to be the best ATX sized AM4 option in the sub $200 price range. The MSI B550 Gaming Carbon is more expensive with a similar feature set at $220, while the GIGABYTE B550 Aorus Pro AC can be had for around $190 to $210, but this model is slightly lighter on features. There is also the ASUS X570 TUF Gaming, which is around a $220 price point. When we had the ASUS B550-F model on our test bench, we saw good performance in out-of-the-box DPC latency, competitive CPU, and gaming performance. Looking at Zen 3, we tested the thermals of its efficiently designed power delivery, which sets the ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi as our mid-range pick.

The Value Option

ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC ($115 at Amazon/$110 at Newegg)

In previous guides, the value options have mostly been B450 models, due to B550 being more expensive, and sometimes a bit too much for true 'value.' However, the B450 range seems to be reducing in stock, causing prices to increase. So we've chosen ASRock's B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC, which represents AM4's entry-level gaming series as well as PCIe 4.0. 

Even though it is one of the cheapest B550 boards, ASRock's B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC is a competitive entry-level offering. The board comes with a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot and augments that with four SATA ports, which is plenty of capacity for game storage. The top full-length PCIe 4.0 slot operates at x16, while the bottom slot is locked to PCIe 3.0 x4, which is controlled by the chipset, along with two additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For networking it is using a standard Realtek based Gigabit Ethernet controller, along with an Intel Wi-Fi 5 interface. This is pretty standard for an entry-level model that focuses more on overall support than adding extra cost at the expense of premium controllers. The B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC is also using a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec but with just three 3.5 mm audio jacks on the rear panel and a basic 8-phase power delivery.

The ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC is currently available for $110 at Newegg and at a slightly more expensive price of $115 at Amazon. Looking at the bigger picture, most of the PG4/AC's competition comes from the cheaper selection of A520 boards with the majority of these based on the smaller micro-ATX form factor, with limited expansion options. Meanwhile, the biggest competition from the X570 product stack is arguably ASRock's own X570 Phantom Gaming 4S model, which is currently available at Newegg for $140. This offers better future-proofing and eight SATA ports, but it also includes only a single M.2 slot and doesn't have any wireless capabilities, so the B550 version gets our vote on price alone. The pricing on this model at both Newegg and Amazon is fluctuating month by month, and although slightly more expensive over last month's price, it's still a solid buy.

Mini-ITX Choice To Consider

GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX ($208 at Amazon/$238 at Newegg)

There are an impressive array of Mini-ITX AMD boards to choose from. Our pick for the best mini-ITX motherboard at present remains unchanged, and that is GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX. The Aorus Pro AX represents a solid premium offering, with official PCIe 4.0 support, two M.2 slots, a Realtek 2.5 Gb Ethernet controller, and an Intel Wi-Fi 6 interface, all at a solid price point. 

You can read our full review here: 

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX Motherboard Review: All The Small Things

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX has four perpendicular SATA ports, one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, and an additional PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot with a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. In terms of power, the GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX has a direct 8-phase power delivery with eight premium Intersil ISL99390 90 A power stages and is controlled by an ISL229004 PWM controller. This is impressive not only for a mini-ITX motherboard but one designed for the 'budget' B550 chipset. 

Focusing on connectivity, this board has dual HDMI 2.0 outputs as well as DisplayPort 1.4, a single Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 Gb Ethernet port, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 interface. There are also plenty of USB ports of which to make use, with one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports, as well as a handily located Q-Flash firmware update button. In an upgrade to supported memory for B550, the B550I Aorus Pro AX also supports up to DDR4-5300 memory.

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX has an MSRP of $180, but Newegg and Amazon are currently listing it at a higher price. Although the pricing on this model fluctuates week by week, Amazon currently has it for $208 and Newegg for $238. We consider this board to represent good value for money between the $190 and $225 price mark, with stern competition from ASRock's $200 premium B550 ITX board or ASUS's also-$200 B550 mini-ITX offering. Out of all of the AM4 mini-ITX models on the market, some X570 models include Thunderbolt 3 – notably the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 – but it does cost more with an MSRP of $240. Overall the GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX is our top mini-ITX pick out of all the AMD AM4 models when taking quality, feature set, and pricing into consideration.

It's also worth noting that users can purchase a refurbished version for the lower price of $165 from Newegg.

Money Is No Object

GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme ($693 at Amazon/$693 at Newegg)

The flagship AM4 market has been turbulent over the last half a year, to say the least. While there is better value to be had by some of the more mid-range X570 and even B550 models, flagships are all about features, performance, and flashy aesthetics. Now back in stock at Newegg, the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme is perhaps the best air-cooled motherboard on the AM4 platform, even with new X570S boards coming into view. It has a large 16-phase power delivery more than capable of pushing any Ryzen 5000 processor. It also includes 10 Gb Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, and an impressive array of rear panel connectivity making the most of the X570 chipset.

Looking at the design, upon release, the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme was unique in that it was the only X570 model that relied on passive chipset cooling. it uses a very clean all-black aesthetic including plenty of PCIe slot armor, with three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots with heatsinks that fit into the overall design. Other storage options include six SATA ports, with support with RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. Towards the lower portion of the board are three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots that can operate at x16/x0/+x4, or x8/x8/+x4, with four memory slots capable of support up to 128 GB of DDR4-4400. Onboard audio is spearheaded by a Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, with an assisting ESS Sabre 9128 DAC, and uses a mixture of Nichicon Gold and WIMA audio capacitors. 

On the rear panel is an impressive selection of input and outputs, which includes one USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, five USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Networking capability consists of an Aquantia AQC107 10 GbE controller, an Intel I211-AT Gigabit controller, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 interface offering both wireless and BT 5.1 connectivity (Rev 1.2 offers the AX210 Wi-Fi 6E, so check that if you can). We've previously reviewed the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme and in our testing, it blitzed through our test suite with good results in our system, compute, and gaming tests. Perhaps the best aspect of performance in our review came when overclocking, as well as in our power delivery thermal testing, which puts the Xtreme as one of the most efficient X570 models when pushed beyond Ryzen's default specifications.

As previously mentioned, stock on AMD's desktop flagship models is hit and miss, and when looking to purchase one, it's a case of grab the one that's available at the time. The GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme has been a previous pick of ours when the cost isn't factored in, and now that it's back in stock at Newegg and Amazon for $693, it's hard not to recommend the Xtreme over other brands flagship models. Some of the competition includes the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme which we are testing in the very near future For such an expensive outlay, the X570 Aorus Xtreme displayed phenomenal all-round performance in our testing and as such, it remains our money no object pick for September 2021.

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The 9 Best Motherboard For Overclocking In 2021

Nothing but the best motherboard for overclocking will do if you’re serious about building a gaming machine that will last you a while.

Not only will high-quality gaming motherboards last longer due to having a better build quality, but they also look better. More importantly, they’ll allow your hardware to perform to its absolute best. This includes helping you squeeze out every inch of performance from your processor by overclocking it.

Admittedly, choosing a motherboard doesn’t sound as sexy and definitely sounds far more complicated than choosing a graphics card or processor.

With that said, that’s no reason to cheap out on a motherboard.

Besides, you won’t need to worry too much about your unfamiliarity with what the best motherboard for overclocking is, because that’s exactly what we’re here to help with.

What are the Best Motherboards For Overclocking?

1. ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme

The Maximus line of motherboards from ASUS has been consistently ranked as one of the best motherboards for gaming for the better part of the past two decades.

Hence, it should come off as to no surprise that one of its latest iterations, the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme, makes it on our list.

The most feature-packed Intel Comet Lake motherboard out there, this Z490 motherboard might be expensive, but ASUS made sure that it’s worth every penny.

As a matter of fact, ASUS even threw in a screwdriver with interchangeable heads with every purchase, which is actually a pretty nice bonus, all things considered.

The perfect motherboard to marry with a K-series Core i9 processor, this Z490 motherboard was built for overclocking. The Maximus XII Extreme will help you transform the monster of a gaming processor that is the 10900K into a beast whose clock speeds will be the envy of every other enthusiast in your circle.

Obviously, as mentioned earlier, high performance comes at a price.

With a price tag that’s even higher than the processor that it’s built to be paired with, this isn’t for everybody. However, make no mistake, if you can afford it, then there’s no reason not to buy what is easily the best Z490 motherboard for overclocking.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Z490
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 128GB
  • Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16(or x8/x8), 1x PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Video ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports on an extension card (DP1.4)
  • USB ports: 12x rear I/O, 10x internal
  • Storage: 2x M.2, 2x M.2 (DIMM.2 board), 8x SATA 6GBps
  • Network: 1x 10Gb Marvell ethernet, 1x Intel ethernet, Intel WiFi 6 wireless


  • Amazing bundle
  • Outstanding build quality
  • AI suite makes overclocking easy


2. Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra

Normally, the best motherboard is the one that’s the most expensive, or at least, right up there among the priciest.

The inclusion of the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra is, therefore, an exception.

One of the more reasonably priced gaming motherboards on our list, the Z390 Aorus Ultra makes a strong case as the best z390 motherboard for overclocking. This is due to a combination of a number of factors.

This includes the ability to overclock Intel’s last-generation processors just as well as motherboards that cost almost twice as it does, while also being equipped with a number of top-end features.

For example, the motherboard comes with Intel Wi-Fi Wave2 and Ethernet, as well as three M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs. Not to mention, it comes with a surprisingly comprehensive set of features, and that’s on top of having a stacked-fin heat sink designed to increase the cooling surface area of the motherboard over its 12-phase voltage regulator.

TLDR; this motherboard will keep your previous-generation Intel processors running fast and cool.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 64GB
  • Expansion slots: PCIe x16, PCIe x16 (x8), PCIe x16 (x4), 3x PCIe x1
  • Video ports: HDMI
  • USB ports: 10x rear I/O, 7x internal
  • Storage: 3x M.2, 6x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet, 1.73Gbps 802.11ac wireless


  • Excellent for overclocking CPUs
  • The software suite has everything
  • Reasonably priced


  • Too much lighting
  • Memory overclocking could be better

3. ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X

The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X is a favourite among numerous overclocking enthusiasts, and after taking a look at the spec sheet, it’s easy to see why.

The large heat sink works beautifully with the highly-effective X570 chipset fan, along with numerous settings and features, to allow this gaming motherboard to help users make the most out of their Ryzen processors. Not only that but after numerous revisions, the BIOS stability of this motherboard is rock solid, to say the least.

The X570 Phantom Gaming X also comes with support for Wi-Fi 6 and RGB lighting that can be configured from the BIOS.

Of course, this motherboard isn’t perfect. It’s definitely not the motherboard you’ll want if you switch in and out internals a lot. In particular, upgrading the storage can get quite tricky, especially if you’re new to this.

But, to say that those issues are anywhere close to being a deal-breaker is an exaggeration.

Beautiful, easy to install, and with some of the best cooling capabilities in and above its class, the only real fault that we see the X570 Phantom Gaming X having is how you’ll have to update the BIOS to its latest version for optimal performance.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: AMD X570
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 128GB
  • Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 4.0 (x16), 2x PCIe 4.0 (x1)
  • Video ports: HDMI 2.0
  • USB ports: 4x rear I/O, 7x internal
  • Storage: 3x M.2, 8x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet, Intel® 802.11ax WiFi Module


  • Easy installation
  • Top-notch cooling capabilities
  • Sleek and stylish design


  • BIOS stability out of the box is not good

4. ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi)

ASUS ROG motherboards usually empty bank accounts.

This one doesn’t.

The ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) isn’t cheap by any means. However, when you consider that this high-end AM4 motherboard could very well be the best AM4 motherboard for overclocking for roughly about half the price that most motherboards who claim they are the best for clocking do, then it kind of makes sense why this is a value-filled purchase.

The X570 chipset gives this motherboard excellent compatibility with DDR4 memory sticks, PCIe 4.0 SSDs, as well as GPUs.

As an added bonus, this motherboard comes with RGB lighting. Yet, at the same time, it’s not too flashy to cause a distraction. Instead, it’s just flashy and customizable enough to let you enjoy lighting up your gaming PC as you overclock your Ryzen processor to as high as it could reasonably reach.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: AMD X570
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 128GB
  • Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 4.0 (x16), 1x PCIe 4.0 (x1), 1 x PCie 4.0 x1
  • Video ports: HDMI 2.0
  • USB ports: 8x rear I/O, 7x internal
  • Storage: 2x M.2, 8x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200


  • Power and reset buttons are found onboard
  • Useful Q-Code LED display
  • M.2 slots come with a heatsink


  • Weird design with chipset fan sitting directly under graphics card

5. Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming

Building an ITX gaming PC means compromising.

Even if that’s true though, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to give up a lot to enjoy a smaller gaming build.

The ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming is proof of that.

If you’re looking for the best z390 motherboard for overclocking in ITX form, the Z390-I makes for a strong case, starting with how it’s able to support 64GB of memory, which is a lot for its form factor, and the fact that that it has the same “Twin phase” CPU VRM that’s found in ASUS’ much larger offerings.

The latter translates to giving this motherboard quite the overclocking capability.

Of course, such lack of compromise comes at a high cost, making this motherboard one of the more expensive ones out there. But, then again, what else did you expect from the best of the smallest on the market today?

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Z390
  • Memory: 2x DIMM, up-to 64GB
  • Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 3.0 (x16)
  • Video ports: HDMI 2.0
  • USB ports: 7x rear I/O, 5x internal
  • Storage: 2x PCIe M.2, 4x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet, Intel® Wireless-AC 9560


  • Large memory capacity
  • Superb overclocking performance
  • Tons of RGB lighting


6. ASUS Prime B350 Plus

Are you looking to enjoy gaming and overclocking without spending too much money?

Well, if you have a Ryzen chip, you have a good shot at making your Ryzen CPU better with the ASUS Prime B350 Plus.

Compatible with both older and newer Ryzen CPUs, the B350 Plus’ overclocking potential isn’t off the charts, but it’s definitely much more than you’d expect from a motherboard that costs substantially less than the others on our list.

For arguably the same price as a competent aftermarket CPU cooler, it lets you push your Ryzen CPU hard. Sure, you won’t be breaking any records with the B350 Plus anytime soon.

But, you won’t be shortchanged either, as you’ll notice a significant boost in improvement after achieving stable clocks with this motherboard.

To put simply, the B350 Plus is what you get to get the job done.

That is, as long as you’re okay having a reliable, albeit vanilla, motherboard for overclocking.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 64GB
  • Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 3.0 (x16), 1 x PCIe 2.0 (x16)
  • Video ports: HDMI, DVI, RGB
  • USB ports: 8x rear I/O, 3x internal
  • Storage: 1x M.2, 6x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet


  • Affordable
  • Excellent overclocking potential
  • Support for AMD Crossfire


7. MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Who makes the best B450 motherboard for overclocking? Why, of course, the answer is MSI.

For half the price of most capable X470 gaming motherboards, MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC gets most of what its older brother, the X470 Pro Carbon has, while compromising only on phase VRM (only 4+2 phase VRM vs 5+2 phase VRM), two SATA ports, and a third PCIe x16 slot.

Considering you’re not spending that much on your motherboard, we highly doubt that you’ll be missing the latter two.

Sure, you could argue that the 5+2 phase VRM should perform better, making the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon a better buy, but we highly doubt the difference is worth the price premium.

Besides, the B450 motherboard has a larger heatsink.

That has to account for something.

The only issue we see with this motherboard is its lack of “voltage offset” in the BIOS, but then again, you’d have to consider that even the more expensive motherboards don’t have this feature as well.

With that said, if you’re looking for the best B450 motherboard, especially for overclocking, this is it.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 64GB
  • Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 3.0 (x16), 1 x PCIe 2.0 (x16), 3x PCIe 2.0 (x1)
  • Video ports: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • USB ports: 6x rear I/O, 6x internal
  • Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260


  • X470 overclocking without the price
  • Well-designed layout
  • Commendable UEFI experience
  • Excellent cooling performance


  • Memory overclocks could be better

8. Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi

Powerful, fast, and flashy, the Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi is the best x470 motherboard for overclocking that money can buy without punching a hole on your wallet.

This isn’t to say that this motherboard is cheap, because, it isn’t.

In fact, among its competition, this motherboard ranks up there as one of the more expensive ones. But, at the same time, it’s not unreasonably priced either. This is especially when you consider how large those heatsinks are, and how beautiful it looks when all those RGB LEDs are lit.

Aesthetics aside, this motherboard was built for high-performance.

Case in point, it comes with numerous features designed to make overclocking easier. This includes switching between saved BIOS files, a POST display, as well as overclocking buttons.

It even has wireless capabilities, plenty of rear ports, above-average audio codecs, and most important of all, it doesn’t fall too far behind the “faster” competition while being significantly cheaper.

If you’re looking to build a high-end gaming rig and want to overclock it, this is as great of an X470 board as you can get.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: AMD X470
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 64GB
  • Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 (x16), 1 x PCIe 3.0 (x16)
  • Video ports: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • USB ports: 4x rear I/O, 9x internal
  • Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet


  • Comes with numerous overclocking-oriented features
  • Large heatsinks for optimal cooling
  • Solid build quality
  • Generous RGB lighting


9. MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

If you’re looking for a big motherboard to match your top-notch gaming rig, the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike has very few rivals on the market.

The only E-ATX motherboard on our list, the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike isn’t just the best motherboard for overclocking for the latest-generation Intel processors. It’s also the easiest motherboard to use for overclocking.

The combination of best-in-class thermal performance and solution, as well as overclocking performance that puts other motherboards to shame, and numerous diagnostic solutions to make your life easier, make the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike pretty much a no-brainer for those who can afford it.

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Z490
  • Memory: 4x DIMM, up-to 128GB
  • Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 (x16)
  • Video ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)
  • USB ports: 10x rear I/O, 9x internal
  • Storage: 3x M.2, 6x SATA
  • Network: Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi 6


  • Unrivalled thermal solution
  • Easy overclocking
  • Useful diagnostic solutions
  • Support for Thunderbolt


  • Large and expensive
  • Requires two 8-pin CPU connectors

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve come to the end of our list of the best motherboard for overclocking today, we’d like to remind you of a couple of things.

First, make sure that you get the right socket for your CPU. Intel and AMD motherboards are not interchangeable. Don’t forget this.

Second, ATX motherboards are the standard for overclocking because they’re larger and have more room for features meant to help with overclocking. This means that, if you go with the smaller Micro-ATX and the even-smaller Mini-ITX, expect to give up on a number of features, including overclocking capabilities.

Lastly, high-end ports and Wi-Fi aren’t always worth the price.

Remember, while some of the best overclocking motherboards do come with top-of-the-line features, not all do, and those features aren’t always worth the price.

Hopefully, you’ll remember all of what we just said and our recommendations.

Because, even if you don’t end up buying the motherboards that we recommended, at the very least, you’ll have a better idea of what makes a motherboard good for overclocking, and come to a much better purchasing decision than if you didn’t know the difference.

The Best AM4 Motherboards for Overclocking (X370 \u0026 B350)

Best AMD motherboards in 2021

The best AMD motherboard should be the first thing on your shopping list when putting together your big red machine. Whether it's being used to house the impressive Ryzen 9 5900X CPU or if you just plan on putting together a pretty decent budget PC, these motherboards will do the trick. 

Before you add any of these motherboards to your shopping cart, you have to decide on the right chipset that best suits your needs. AMD has stuck with the AM4 socket for a bit now, so you've got plenty of choices like X570, X470, and B450 motherboards

When searching for the right AMD motherboard, more expensive doesn't always mean better. It comes down to the features you want and need against your budget. Do you need a lot of ports? Wi-fi 6 support? Are you upgrading to NVMe SSDs? Ask yourself, what do you want your new system to do? While the boards themselves don't offer a performance boost per se, the story is different regarding CPU overclocking if you're looking to squeeze as much performance out of your AMD system.

We've tested dozens and dozens of AMD motherboards over this year on our test rigs and found the best AMD motherboards that offer both price and performance.  

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1. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero

The best X570 ever created, and the last AM4 board you'll ever need


CPU support: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series / 4000 G-Series / 3000 Series/ 3000 G-Series / 2000 Series / 2000 G-Series

Socket: AM4

Size: ATX

Memory: 4x DIMM, Up to 128GB, DDR4-4866 (OC)

Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x1

Video ports: N/A

Rear USB: 4x USB 3.2 Gen1, 8x USB 3.2 Gen2 (1x USB Type-C)

Storage: 3x M.2; 8x SATA

Networking: 802.11ax 2.4Gbps Wi-Fi; Intel I211-AT 1G & Realtek RTL8125 2.5G LAN

Reasons to buy

+Clean design+Great performance+No chipset fan

Reasons to avoid


Asus' ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero wants to be the last AM4 motherboard you'll ever need. But what is it that makes a great motherboard? Features are important, as is a stable and refined BIOS, value for money, a good design, but intangible. Sometimes it's that the damn thing works. 

Motherboard testing is often one of the most painful things a tech journalist has to do. With some boards, you have to fight it to get it to do what you want, or expect it to, or have to or crank up some voltage setting to a level you don't want to, but the Dark Hero boots the first time, even as we played with the memory clocks and timings and the Infinity Fabric. 

The Crosshair VIII Dark Hero might not be the best AM4 motherboard ever made, we'd have to review a few hundred others to make that claim, but it's an easy claim to make that the Dark Hero is undoubtedly one of the best AM4 motherboards we've ever used. Time and months of user feedback will determine if the Dark Hero assumes a position as one of the truly legendary ROG motherboards, but we wouldn't bet against that happening.

Read the full Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero review.

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2. MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI

The best gaming motherboard for AMD Ryzen 3000 builds


Chipset: X570

Memory: 4x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-4400

Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x8), 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 2x PCIe 4.0 x1

Video ports: HDMI

USB ports: 8x rear IO, 4x internal

Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA

Network: 1GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6

Lighting: Three zone RGB, 3x RGB header

Reasons to buy

+Twin PCIe 4.0 M.2 Slots+Wi-Fi 6 Compatible

Reasons to avoid

-M.2 heat shields and fans make replacing them fiddly

The MSI MPG X570 represents an amalgamation of bleeding-edge motherboard tech, built to help you get the most out of AMD's high-end Ryzen 5000 processors, such as the Ryzen 9 5900X or Ryzen 9 5950X. It has four DIMM slots that can handle speeds up to 4,400MHz (although there's not much point going beyond DDR4-4000) and two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots—MSI's MPG X570 is all about getting the most out of the best components.

The rear I/O panel features seven USB Type-A ports for peripherals, as well as a single USB Type-C port for connectivity and high-speed data transfer. So you won't go without precious ports for at least, er, a week. 

The MPG X570 supports Wi-Fi 6, and while that does necessitate a Wi-Fi 6 compatible router for the fastest speeds, it will also work with existing Wi-Fi 4/5 routers (formerly 802.11n and 802.11ac). Also of note is the HDMI port, which many X570 boards omit (not that we'd recommend using an AMD APU with integrated graphics in a high-end board like this).

The pair of M.2 slots each have dedicated heat shields and fans, and while this does help prevent potential thermal throttling, it makes installing or replacing them a more delicate process than with their more-exposed counterparts. 

The MPG X570 features enough compatibility to get the most out of your hardware now and in the future, provided you're willing to pay a premium for it. While it's an excellent motherboard, if you aren't already committed to a shopping list of top-of-the-line components, you may want to consider a slightly less expensive board for your needs. The MSI X570-A Pro omits some extras like Wi-Fi and the M.2 shields, but it still runs fine and costs nearly $100 less.

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3. ASRock X570S PG Riptide

The best budget X570 motherboard


Chipset: X570S

Memory: 4x DIMM, up to DDR4-4733, up to 128GB

Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, 2x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 4.0 x1

Video ports: HDMI

USB ports: Up to 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 8x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 6x USB 2.0

Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA

Network: Killer E3100G 2.5G LAN

Lighting: One RGB logo, ARGB headers

Reasons to buy

+A great value X570 board+Strong gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks Wi-Fi-Ageing ALC897 audio codec

If you're looking for a sub $200 AMD motherboard, the typical advice would be to look at one of the many quality B550 offerings. It's important not to overlook the new X570 versions, though. The basic chipset is a few years old, but with the newly released X570S models, maybe it's time to take a more serious look at AMD's top boards. 

Notably, the 'S' in the new X570S nomenclature denotes silence. Early generation X570 boards, with only a few exceptions, all came with pesky, whiny chipset fans. As well as passive chipset cooling, the new X570S boards enable upgraded connectivity options, including faster than Gigabit LAN or WiFi 6E. Sadly the ASRock X570S Riptide doesn't have WiFi 6E, but it does have an excellent price for a top chipset board.

The X570S Riptide is a solid budget offering that will happily occur at the heart of a top-spec PCIe 4.0 system. It won't win the feature showdown battle with more expensive boards. Still, suppose you're looking for an affordable motherboard for a fast gaming system. In that case, it's a great shout, especially if you value one that's silent and well built but free of superfluous extras that do nothing for performance. The ASRock X570S PG Riptide, then, is a strong budget contender for the best AMD motherboard.

Read our full ASRock X570S PG Riptide review.

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4. Gigabyte X570S Aorus Master

The best AMD motherboard with a million USB ports


Chipset: X570S

Memory: 4x DIMM, up to DDR4-5100, up to 128GB

Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, 2x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 4.0 x1

Video ports: None

USB ports: Up to 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 8x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 6x USB 2.0

Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA

Network: Killer E3100G 2.5G LAN

Lighting: One RGB logo, ARGB headers

Reasons to buy

+Strong VRM and cooling+Loads of USB+Four M.2 slots

Reasons to avoid

-Single 2.5G LAN only-5G would be nice

The X570 chipset might be a couple of years old, but that doesn't mean it's time to put it out to pasture just yet. With PCIe 4.0 lanes, it's possible to add the year 2021 features quite easily. That's precisely what Gigabyte has done with the X570S Aorus Master. It shares a lot in common with its already highly regarded 2019 predecessor. With the inclusion of some critical feature updates and design tweaks, the X570S Aorus Master should remain a best-in-class contender for AMD motherboards. 

When we first saw X570 boards en masse at Computex in 2019, one of the things that concerned us was the almost universal presence of chipset fans. A 15w TDP combined with the heat of several PCIe 4.0 drives meant that active cooling was required in many cases, though thankfully not all the time. The S in X570S denotes silence. The base chipset design hasn't changed, but Gigabyte has added a lot of surface area to the cooling assembly, with almost the entire bottom half of the board now covered with heatsinks.

Gigabyte deserves credit for continuing to use finned VRM heatsinks, which add a lot of surface area. They're proof that it's possible to blend function with form. A 14 phase VRM with 70a MOSFETS is enough to power a 5950X cooled by LN2 with headroom to spare, which means users of ambient cooling won't face any issue.

The rear I/O is fully featured, particularly when it comes to USB connectivity. Twelve ports consist of four USB 2.0, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, five USB 3.2 Gen 2, and a single Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port. Something has to be done about that ridiculous USB naming scheme, but that's a story for another day. You get clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback buttons, antenna connectors, the standard audio ports with S/PDIF, and finally, a single Intel i225-V 2.5G LAN port. 

The Aorus Master is packed with features that keep AM4 and X570 relevant and up to date. It's got loads of USB ports and storage options. It looks good too. A board around the $400 mark can't ever be considered affordable, but we feel it offers a good feature set at this price.

Read the full Gigabyte X570S Aorus Master review.

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5. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi)

The best high-end AMD motherboard


Chipset: X570

Memory: 4x DIMM, 128 GB, DDR4-4800

Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x8), 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 1x PCIe 4.0 x1

Video ports: HDMI and DVI-D

USB ports: 10x rear IO, 7x internal

Storage: 2x M.2, 8x SATA

Network: 1GbE LAN, 2.5GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6

Lighting: Aura Lighting

Reasons to buy

+Clean Aesthetics+Feature-rich+Tons of USB ports

Reasons to avoid

-M.2 heat shields a bit awkward

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) is another excellent, if opulent, board for Ryzen 5000 processors. This AMD motherboard comes packed with all the trappings you'd expect, including an onboard thermal sensor, onboard power and reset buttons, and a BIOS flashback option on the rear IO panel. The board has its I/O shield pre-mounted to avoid any embarrassing mishaps during your build.

This standard ATX board can support a pair of GPUs in its PCIe ports and up to 128GB of RAM with its four DIMM slots. You also get a couple of M.2 SSDs slots. These specs are generally par for the course, however. An array of 10 USB Type-A ports, as well as a USB Type-C connector for front panel IO, provide ample support for any number of peripherals, which all help put this board a cut above its peers. 

Sleek matte black and chrome finish and subdued RGB lend an air of subtlety to this particular board, and while the seamless M.2 heat shields make the Crosshair one of the cleanest looking boards on this list, it does make swapping out SSDs a bit of a pain. This isn't a glaring issue but does add an extra step whenever you're trying to upgrade your storage. 

Overall, this board has many attractive features, but its comparatively steep price tag may draw your eye to more affordable offerings.

6. ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3

The best compact AMD board around


Chipset: X570

Memory: 2x DIMM, 64 GB, DDR4-4533+

Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16

Video ports: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4

USB ports: 2x USB 3.2 Gen2, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Thunderbolt 3

Storage: 1x M.2 Socket Gen4, 4x SATA

Network: 1GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6

Lighting: Polychrome RGB Sync

Reasons to buy

+Tiny, but powerful+Thunderbolt 3 connection+Integrated backpanel

Reasons to avoid

-Requires an Intel-based CPU cooling bracket

ASRock has made some great AMD Ryzen motherboards over the years, and this one packs in the latest high-end X570 chipset, forward-looking features, and serious performance. The $200+ price point might be a bit tough to swallow, but plenty of X570 motherboards sit at around that sort of level. The fact there's almost no Mini-ITX premium attached makes the Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 even more tempting.

It also means you can potentially create a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X or AMD Ryzen 9 5950X machine that looks about the same sort of size as an Xbox Series X.

The PCIe 4.0 support isn't the only advanced connection on offer with this wee ASRock AMD motherboard either; there's also Thunderbolt 3 connectivity from the integrated I/O shield of the back panel. That's an impressive little added extra from what is an already special board.

It is worth noting that it will require an Intel-based CPU cooling bracket. To fit all the features into the mini-ITX form factor, ASRock didn't have space for the bulky AMD fitting. That's only an issue if you want to use the stock AMD coolers, but otherwise, any third-party cooler will come with Intel brackets.

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7. MSI MAG B550M Mortar

The best B550 motherboard for pure gaming performance


Form factor: Micro-ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128 GB, up to DDR4-4400

Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4

Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Networking: 2.5GbE LAN

Rear USB: 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2x USB 2.0

Reasons to buy

+Great stock-clock performance and efficiency+Slick BIOS+Competitive pricing

Reasons to avoid

-Poor overclocking-Light on features

When it comes to gaming performance above all else, MSI's micro-ATX MAG B550M Mortar is your best bet for an affordable next-gen Ryzen machine. It comes in around the $160 mark, making it cheaper than a great many X570 and other B550 motherboards on the market right now. 

The gaming frame rates of the MSI B550 Mortar put it above the rest of the B550 crew we've tested so far, and indeed its straight CPU performance puts it up there with some of the best X570s. That bodes well if you're looking for an affordable home for your AMD Zen 3 CPU; this B550 has a great chance to ensure it performs to its fullest stock-clocked potential without breaking the bank.

But you will be missing out on extra PCIe 4.0 M.2 and x16 graphics slots if those extras mean a lot to you. You can also opt to ditch wireless networking, depending on whether you pick the straight Mortar or the more expensive Mortar Wi-Fi 6 version. The 8+2+1 power phase design is arguably a more unwelcome miss, however, as that results in a board that isn't going to spark any overclocking joy in your heart. But, as an affordable gaming board without OC pretensions, it's a great shout.

Read our full MSI MAG B550M Mortar review.

8. ASRock A520M ITX/ac

One for AMD's mini-ITX fans on a mini budget


Socket: AM4

Size: Mini ITX

Memory support: 2x DIMM, up to 64 GB, up to DDR4-4600 (OC)

Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16

Video ports: 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x DVI-D

Storage: 1x M.2, 4x SATA 6Gbps

Networking: 1GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 5

Rear USB: 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 (1x Type-C), 2x USB 2.0

Reasons to buy

+Good value for money+Wi-Fi included+Ryzen 5000 support

Reasons to avoid

-Weak audio

AMD's budget Ryzen motherboard chipset, the A520, has largely slipped under the radar. While B350 and B450 motherboards were mainly regarded as entry-level, A320 was strictly seen as resolutely low-end. 

The introduction of B550 motherboards, and their associated move upward in price, left a big hole in the sub-$100 market. Enter the A520. If you're on a tighter budget and don't care about PCIe 4.0 or the overclocking support offered by B550, then the A520 motherboards might be exactly what you need. There's cheap, and there's cheap, but a decent A520 board can more or less do everything aboard at double the price can. 

Then there's the cherry on top, which supports AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and Ryzen 4000 and 5000 APUs. Combine a Zen 3 CPU with a motherboard such as this ASRock A520M ITX/ac, and you'll be able to build an affordable and compact system that can beat a comparable Intel in any workload.

The ASRock A520M's audio is a bit of a letdown, but that's something that budget boards often compromise on. A gamer listening to compressed audio assets in-game probably won't be any less immersed, but you can opt for an external DAC if you desire one later in life, anyways. 

The little ASRock A520M ITX/ac has it where it counts and will serve you well at the heart of a budget gaming system. It benefits from the strengths of the Ryzen platform and adds some future-proofing into the mix. ITX fans looking for a capable budget AMD Ryzen option should have this one on their shortlist.

Read our full ASRock A520M ITX/ac review.

Best AMD motherboard FAQ

What should I consider when buying a motherboard?

Aside from the type of chip you're getting—be that Intel or AMD—figure out how many M.2 slots and PCIe slots you need, as well as the number of USB ports that are acceptable to you. 

Of course, keep in mind the scale of your build. Is space no object? Then go with an ATX board. But if you're looking to create a mini PC, you'll need a good mini-ITX motherboard. Thankfully there are some great options, and not only at the high end.

Here are some other options for the best gaming motherboards to check over.

What is the best AMD motherboard chipset?

The AMD X570 is the latest motherboard chipset for Ryzen 5000-series processors and has the most up-to-date features. It offers PCIe 4.0 support, dual-GPU configurations, and a wealth of tweaking and compatibility options. A newer version of this chipset is starting to appear, called the X570S, which removes the need for active fan cooling on the chipset itself, but is otherwise pretty much identical.

Which socket is compatible with AMD Ryzen CPUs?

There's a simple answer for this: AM4. One socket for every AMD Ryzen processor to date. That is due to change with the release of Zen 4, but we've still got a year before that's expected to drop. AMD has only guaranteed a continued use of that socket until 2020, which means we're in uncharted territory today.

AMD says it will only change the socket when such a change is required, at least. It says that's primarily tied to the schedule of industry I/O technologies, many of which will be out of AMD's hands directly. Whether it builds out a new pin configuration and socket will depend on the features available on said platform and chip, which is how it's supposed to work.

A single socket does not necessarily mean broad compatibility backward and forwards between Ryzen CPU generations, though. That's down to the chipset.

Which motherboard chipset do I need for my AMD Ryzen CPU?

Today's most relevant motherboards for a new CPU buyer are those equipped with the following chipsets: X570, B550, X470, and B450. The 'X' prefix denotes the high-end motherboards, while the 'B' indicates the close-run mid-range models. There's also the 'A' prefix for the entry-level, but these come usually strapped for features and are not that much cheaper than entry-level B450 boards—plenty of options.

The 500-series chipsets are the latest to arrive, while the 400-series is generally a little older—not always, however, as Asus is still pumping out new B450 motherboards even today. Both technically support the latest Ryzen 5000-series and Ryzen 3000-series processors, but with some features missing within those packing older parts. The most notable of these omissions is PCIe 4.0 support for increased platform bandwidth—despite rumors, only 500-series motherboards are PCIe 4.0 ready.


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Best Motherboards 2021 for Gaming, by Socket and Chipset

AMD's current flagship X570/X570S chipset brings with it full support for PCIe 4.0, including devices connected to both its CPU-integrated and chipset-based PCIe controllers, and the transfer rate between the CPU and chipset is likewise doubled. We've tested several X570 boards, including many models refreshed for AMD's Ryzen 5000 CPUs, as well as a few with the updated X570S chipset that does away with the fan. The price premium for X570 models is still a serious consideration, as its X470 predecessors do not support the PCIe 4.0 integrated into the new CPUs. 

If you want to save some money, consider a B550 motherboard, which has PCIe 4.0 support, but generally only enough lanes for one fast SSD and graphics card. Note, though, that many higher-end B550 boards approach or exceed the price of X570 alternatives. So shop carefully based on the features you need or are likely to use in the future.

If you’re not sure which chipset you’re after or have more basic questions, you can visit our motherboard basics and motherboard buying guide stories to help narrow down your board buying options.

Best AMD Motherboards: X570(S), B550, TRX40, X570, X470, B450 and X399

1. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

Best X570 Motherboard (if Price Is No Object)


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD X570S

Form Factor: EATX

Voltage Regulator: 18+2 phases

PCIe x16: (2) v4.0

USB Ports: 40 Gbps: (2) Type-C (via Thunderbolt 4); 10 Gbps: (8) Type-A

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Robust power delivery+Five M.2 slots+Thunderbolt 4+Comprehensive watercooling abilities+10 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E

Reasons to avoid

-Flagship pricing-Little room to unlatch top PCIe slot

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is the first AMD Extreme board since the X370 days, and it doesn't disappoint. In addition to its premium appearance, the board comes with one of the most capable VRMs we’ve seen. So its overclocking ability is only limited to your cooling capability and the limitations of your silicon. Other features are also top-notch, including the latest Realtek/Supreme FX audio codec, 10 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E.

The Thunderbolt 4 ports and front-panel USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports give you plenty of fast connectivity as well. And if you need a lot of fast storage, you’re well taken care of with up to five M.2 modules that can work simultaneously. If you’ve got $800 to spend on an X570 motherboard, the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme should be at the top of your list.

Read: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme review 

2. Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi

Best B550 Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD B550

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases

PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 (x16), (1) v3.0 (x4)

USB Ports: (2) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), (2) USB 2.0

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Capable 14-Phase Power Delivery+2.5 GbE LAN and Wi-Fi 6 AX200+Premium Audio

Reasons to avoid

-More than $200 still seems expensive for B550

Asus’ ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi delivers premium features including SupremeFX Audio, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, solid power delivery and more. It’s a good option around the $200 mark, though there are similarly specced boards that cost less. If you don’t need Wi-Fi capability, the non-Wi-Fi version of the same board costs $30 less with the same specifications, making it easy to recommend if you plan on using Ethernet or have your own wireless card.

Read: Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi Review

3. NZXT N7 B550

Best B550 Motherboard (Alternate)


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD B550

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 12+2+2 phases

PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 (x16), (1) v3.0 (x4)

USB Ports: (1) USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps), (3) USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (5 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps), (2) USB 2.0

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Capable Power Delivery+Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5 GbE+10 USB ports

Reasons to avoid

-Lack of integrated RGBs may be a turnoff-No USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 Gbps) ports

NZXT’s first foray into AMD motherboards is a success. Coming in late to the game allowed the company to implement feedback from its Intel boards, adding more USB ports to the rear IO. The additional time also allowed NZXT to implement cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6E as well, alongside 2.5GbE. Outside of that, the appearance changed significantly from the company’s previous boards, with shrouds dominating the surface and an absence of on-board RGBs.

With an MSRP of $229, the NZXT N7 B550 costs about $15 more than our primary pick, but delivers a newer Wi-Fi chip, more and faster USB ports, and solid performance in a package that's visually distinct from all other B550 competition. If you can spend this much and don't need the extra PCI 4.0 bandwidth that comes with similarly priced older X570 motherboards, the NZXT N7 B550 is well worth considering.

Read: NZXT N7 B550 review 

4. Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi

Best High-End X570 Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD X570

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases

PCIe x16: (3) v3.0

USB Ports: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps): 7x Type-A, 1x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps): 4x Type-A

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Onboard power/reset buttons+Q-code LED display+All M.2 slots include a heatsink+12 USB ports on the rear IO

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive-Chipset fan sits directly under the GPU

Packed with 12 USB ports (eight of which are USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds), a 2.5G LAN port, eight SATA ports, and integrated Wi-Fi 6, he Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi is a good base for a high-end build.

Read: Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi Review

5. Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD X570

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases

PCIe x16: (3) v4.0

USB Ports: 10 Gbps: 2x Type-A, 1x Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 1; 5 Gbps: 3x Type-A, USB 2.0: 4x Type-A

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Three high speed M.2 slots, all w/heatsinks+Debug LEDs+Front and Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port/header

Reasons to avoid

-On/off button is a small PCB that plugs into USB header

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra focuses on doing basic things very well, such as its twelve 40A core voltage MOSFETs and triple PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 storage slots. With nothing more than a 2.4Gb/s Wi-Fi 6 module to add to its basic Gigabit Ethernet, the paucity of premium add-in features helps Gigabyte to maintain a sub $300 price despite the cost of PCIe 4.0 compliance.

Read: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra Review

6. MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus

Best Budget X570 ATX Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD X570

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 10 phases

PCIe x16: (2) v4.0

USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A, 5Gb/s: (4) Type A,(2) USB2.0

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Adequate voltage regulator for Ryzen 3000 range+Good overclocking on mid-budget Ryzen 7 3700X

Reasons to avoid

-Some software and BIOS features didn’t work for us

The MPG X570 Gaming Plus is unmistakably cheap, yet it's eight 46A core voltage regulators still provide enough CPU power to cover the full range of AMD's recent AM4 processors. Fixed PCIe pathways follow a simplified rout to eliminate the need for costly re-drivers, and the board has only one pathway switch that enables its second x1 slot by disabling the first. Its included software couldn't even monitor our hardware, and the firmware menu that's supposed to display connected devices disabled our keyboard and mouse, but buyers who are satisfied by mere adequacy should be pleased by its exceptionally low price.

Read:MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus Review

Alternative Budget X570:ASRock X570 Steel Legend WiFi ax

7. Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best Mini ITX X570 Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD X570

Form Factor: ITX

Voltage Regulator: 6+2 phases

PCIe x16: (1) v4.0

USB Ports: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps): 1x Type-A (red) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps): 4x Type-A

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Low price for the feature set+USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on rear IO+Two M.2 slots+Q-Flash Plus for easy BIOS updates

Reasons to avoid

-3-plug audio stack-Only two fan headers

The Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro WiFi performed well at stock and when overclocking. Dual M.2 slots on the ITX form factor is its claim to fame, and it also includes two USB3 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C, the other Type-A) and four USB3 Gen1 ports on the rear IO. This tiny board offers users a great assortment of features and is a well-rounded solution for its small form factor, and comes at moderate price that undercuts the competition.

Read: Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi Review

8. ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

Best B450 Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: AMD B450

Form Factor: Mini-ITX

Voltage Regulator: 8 phases

PCIe x16: (1) V3.0 (x16, Raven Ridge at x8)

USB Ports: 10Gbps

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Excellent CPU overclocking+Competitive DRAM overclocking+Low price

Reasons to avoid

-Not enough USB ports to satisfy some power users-B450 limit of two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports-Single M.2 storage interface

Motherboard makers love to load up tiny boards with high-end chipsets, but those boards often lack the bonus features that would have made the flagship chipset worthwhile. The Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac takes the opposite approach, offering most of the features of AMD’s lower-cost B450 chipset while retaining the overclockability associated with high-end motherboard models. That makes it a great option for Mini-ITX overclocking enthusiasts on a tight budget--or those who would just rather spend more on a better CPU or roomier, speedier storage.

Read: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Review

9. ASRock TRX40 Taichi

Best TRX40 Motherboard


Socket: sTRX4

Chipset: AMD TRX40

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 16 phases

PCIe x16: (3) v4.0 (x16/x16/x16)

USB Ports: 20 Gbps: (2) Type-A ; 5Gbps: (4) Type A

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Supports up to six NVMe M.2 drives+Superior overclocking+High-capacity voltage regulator and cooler+Includes 2.5GbE, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6

Reasons to avoid

-Four-drive expansion card eats one (of three) x16 slots-Spacing conflicts when using two three-slot graphics cards-Minor (less than 1%) performance deficit

Sixteen 90A power phases under an enormous dual-fan heat sink prove that the TRX40 Taichi was built with 64-core CPU overclocking in mind, regardless of whether the forthcoming Threadripper 3990X even turns out to be overclockable. Additional features such as dual networking that includes 2.5GbE, a 20Gb/s USB3 2x2 header, 2.4Gb/s Wi-Fi, and an included four-drive M.2 expansion card push overall value up to its $500 price.

Read: ASRock TRX40 Taichi Review

10. Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399

Best X399 Motherboard


Socket: AM4

Chipset: X399

Form Factor: ATX

Voltage Regulator: 16+4 phases

PCIe x16: () v3.0 (x16/x8/x16/x8)

USB Ports: 10Gbps

Warranty: 3 years

Reasons to buy

+Overclocking headroom to spare+Fully kitted ensemble+Aggressive aesthetic

Reasons to avoid

-E-ATX is big-DIMM removal is a hassle- Extreme alpha pricing

Power users will want to pick up the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Xtreme because of its impressive ability to manage higher-wattage workloads and parts when combined with custom loops and ample radiator space. The voltage regulator cooler alone eliminates the need for a monoblock, and could tip the high-wattage value proposition back in Gigabyte’s favor for a fully equipped motherboard.

If 10Gb Ethernet is not needed, we still recommend the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7 for full-sized builds. And the ASRock X399M Taichi still opens the door for HEDT builders on the value front. Still, if overclocking high-end processors is your thing, it’s hard to look past the heatsinks on the Aorus Xtreme.

Read: Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Review

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