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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)

Specifications

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

Specifications

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)

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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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Best Budget B450 / B350 AM4 Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3, 5, 7 Processors 2021

AMD does a great job of keeping their chipsets current and compatible. Both B350 and B450 chipsets are compatible with Ryzen 3rd Gen Processors with a BIOS update. And whether you're building with one of these or getting incredible value out of a previous-gen processor like the Ryzen 5 2600, B series motherboards get you there for cheap.

Overclocking a Ryzen CPU is not only possible on the more expensive AM4 X570 and B550 motherboards, but also on its inexpensive B350 and B450 chipsets as well as small form-factor motherboards. This makes a budget build with a lot of cores easier to stomach. The appeal is there for gamers, editors, graphic designers, and just about anyone who can take advantage of the extra cores and budget pricing.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F

For much cheaper than an equivalent B550 motherboard, the Asus ROG Strix B450-F motherboard provides a lot of enthusiast features including; Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Aura Sync RGB, SupremeFX S1220A with Sonic Studio III audio, and Dual M.2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.

I was able to overclock my Ryzen 5 2600X at 4.2GHz. But with the price of the 3600 being just about the same today as the 2600X, I definitely recommend you go that route instead.

Does it Need a BIOS Update?

While this board technically comes with compatibility only for 2nd and 1st generation Ryzen processors, it also has been coming out of the box more often than not 3rd Gen compatible. Look for the orange sticker on the box that says AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready. If it doesn't have it you'll likely need a 2nd Gen CPU for updating the BIOS first.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, you get an amazing board here for the price. AI Suite 3 makes it easy to push performance, the audio codec it comes with is great, and the board looks amazing too. The downside here is if you go with a Ryzen 5 3600 there's a chance it may not come compatible, but from what I've seen this isn't the case very often in 2021.

Consider MSI's MAX motherboard Line for GEN 3 Compatibility

If you're looking for a motherboard that is compatible with Ryzen 2nd GEN and 3rd GEN consider MSI's MAX motherboards. These come with the BIOS updated and can offer you considerable money savings compared with more recent motherboards. The Goal with going with any B450 motherboard is to get the same features as comparable B550 motherboards for cheap.

Alternatively, many other great motherboards are likely to come with 3rd GEN compatible BIOS if they have the "Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready" sticker on the box. If you're using a 2nd GEN Ryzen CPU you're already good to go. However, ordering these online can be a bit of a roll of the dice.

MSI B450M Pro-VDH MAX

I recently used the MSI B450M PRO-VDH-MAX in a build with the Ryzen 5 3600. I was able to get both of them for under $300. For me personally, I used it as a computer for photo and video editing as well as some light gaming.

Easy Install

Installing the Ryzen 5 3600 it was compatible out of the box without a problem. Even better, I was able to click the Enable XMP button out of the gate for tuning my RAM. I could probably have tweaked it better myself and may in the future, but this worked great as a simple solution.

For specs, it had everything I needed with up to 64GB Dual channel memory support, a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, A slot for my M.2 drive, and 4 SATA 6 GB/s which is plenty for all of my hard drives.

Overall, you'll want to compare this board with more recent B550 Motherboards. For the cost, it's a fantastic option. And out of the gate, it works very well.

B350 vs B450 Motherboards

As B450 motherboards are about the same price as B350 motherboards I'd recommend you go with B450 if it's available.

While there aren't many differences between B350 and B450 motherboards, B450 motherboards come out of the box compatible with at least *2nd generation Ryzen processors. While many of today's B350 motherboards already have their BIOS' updated, it may be something you'd rather not have to worry about.

So, if possible, you'll want to go with the newer technology. If you've got something like a Ryzen 5 1600, you may be able to save some money going with the previous generation.

*B450 motherboards are also compatible with 3rd GEN Ryzen with a BIOS update.

A Cheap but Powerful B450M and Ryzen 5 2600 Gaming Combo for Under $200

AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 processor is known to be one of the best gaming processors for the money. So, if you're looking to combine that power with a B450 motherboard which should you choose? We like Gigabyte's B450M DS3H. It gives you a lot of value for the money you spend.

That being said it doesn't give you a lot of bells and whistles. The Realtek ALC887 audio codec is a budget but decent performing option for the onboard audio and the Lan controller, the Realtek GbE LAN, also does a very good job.

Ultimately you get the B450M DS3H for around $70 and don't miss out on that many features. You can still overclock while having a decent amount of expansion options. If there's a downfall, it does only have one CPU fan header and case header. So, keep that in mind.

The Ryzen 5 2600 was recently featured in my post on the best CPU GPU combos. Be sure to check that out if you're building a PC that includes a dedicated graphics card.

A Budget B350 Ryzen 5 1600X and R7 1700X Motherboard CPU Combo

For us, the most appealing combination that AMD’s Ryzen has to offer right now are its R5 1600 and R7 1700 processors. With an overclock these can meet the performance level of the more expensive “X” models in the R5 1600X, R7 1700X, and R7 1800X. If you’re all about getting the most value out of the money you spend, you’ll likely agree with us. We’re pointing this out because a majority of reviewers out there used expensive X370 motherboards, like the Crosshair VI Hero, to do their Ryzen benchmarks. That being said, the difference in the overclock you can achieve with these boards when compared to a good B350 AM4 motherboard is minimal.

Those who don’t care to overclock may find value in the more expensive models that run at higher clock speeds.

So, what are the differences between the X370 and B350 chipsets?

Both chipsets have support for multi-GPU setups. They both feature 2 PCI-e x 16 slots that run as x 8 whenever you’re using a dual GPU configuration. However, X370 supports SLI and Crossfire where B350 only supports Crossfire. For those of you who only want to use a single GPU, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Other than graphics card support, X370 offers 4 more Gen 1 USB 3.1 ports, 2 more SATA ports, and, of course, whatever differences the manufacturer has added.

5 Good B350 Am4 Motherboards to Consider for your AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 System

Looking for the right AM4 B350 motherboard for your Ryzen system? Here are a few of our favorites for budgets of $150, $100, and micro ATX systems. Prefer a SFF build? Here’s a review of our top rated Intel ITX motherboards. You can also take a look at our new list of Intel Z370 boards here.

Top B350 Motherboards Under $100

Have about $100 to spend on your B350 chipset motherboard? Here’s a couple that should be at the top of your list.

Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3

If you want a no-frills motherboard that should allow you to get a solid overclock and post 3200MHz memory speeds, the Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3 first board I’d recommend. As Ryzen performance seems to really like faster Ram speeds, this should be a priority for just about everyone.

Some patience is required, on the whole, simply because various kits haven’t been working correctly on various boards. However, this one seems to be one of the better options we’ve used so far. If you’re buying it soon, we won’t guarantee that you won’t have any hiccups with it. Be sure to continue installing updates for the best support. If you’re looking for a kit we recommend, the G. Skill TridentZ series has worked great.

In terms of support, you get pretty much everything the typical consumer needs including M.2 support, Crossfire support, up to 64GB of memory up to 3200MHz, and a good audio chipset in the Realtek ALC1220.

In addition, we feel like the Gaming 3 offers solid support for DDR4 3200 memory. Check out our list for confirmed B-die options.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this is a great board for a great price. We’ve seen it as low as $100 and as high as $125 so be sure to look around.

Asus Prime B350-Plus

At a price of just under $100, the Prime B350-Plus from Asus comes in at just below the retail mark of the Gigabyte Gaming 3.

When I think of the tradeoffs between similar boards in this price range and the Asus Prime B350-Plus, I can’t help but to want to recommend it. First of all, Asus has been fantastic about putting out new updates on this board. Many AM4 motherboards had small issues from the start but for the most part, these have been resolved.

It’s also a good overclocker and should allow you to overclock your Ryzen CPU as far as the processor itself will allow. Of course, this depends on your CPU cooler as well.

The B350-Plus has 2 PCIE e 3.0 x16 that revert back to x8 when used in Crossfire, M.2 support, 6 SATA options, and a total of 10 USB ports on the rear panel. These include 2 USB 3.1, 4 USB 3.0, and 2 USB 2.0 options. For Audio, the B350-Plus Prime uses the Realtek ALC887-D2 chipset which is a solid option at this price range.

In terms of design, it’s fairly basic with a red and black color scheme and no oversized or gaudy parts. We’re fine with that as it keeps the price down.

In summary, the Asus Prime B350-Plus is a fantastic option for the budget-minded consumer albeit secondary to the Gigabyte board we mentioned above.

MSI B350 Tomahawk AM4 Ryzen Motherboard

While this board isn’t our budget winner, we felt it should be talked about here because of its popularity right now. It is a good and cheap B350 motherboard that will allow you to get your 3200MHz speeds and solid Ryzen OC.

Current Issues

However, some have had an issue with the BIOS making the boot time longer. We did have this same issue in our Ryzen 5 1600x build. This should be something that gets worked out shortly, but knowing that you may have a similar issue is something we thought was worth mentioning before you go out and buy it.

That being said, MSI has released a ton of BIOS’ on it at this point in time. Each one of these has had a particular issue with it; however, it’s clear that MSI is committed to getting the kinks worked out. If you do go with it, be sure to update it to the most current BIOS out of the gate.

Positives

It’s possible that by the time you actually see our review, MSI has worked out all the kinks we’ve mentioned above. As we have confidence in MSI, we’ve still mentioned it here because of the value specs you get for the $110 to $125 price tag.

Pros include support for up to 64GB DDR4 memory at 3200MHz OC, Realtek 8111H LAN chipset, Turbo M.2, Realtek ALC892 audio chipset, and more included in our specifications above.

A Top mATX B350 Ryzen 5 and 7 Board Under $100

Looking for a B350 motherboard for your mATX gaming PC? Here’s the one we’d recommend.

Gigabyte GA-AB350M-D3H AM4 Motherboard

Gigabyte has done a fantastic job with the AM4 platform thus far, and the GA-B350M-D3H is a fantastic option for those of you building a mATX system. With HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D, and D-sub outputs you have just about every option you need to connect your PC to the TV or monitor of your choosing. In addition, this board has a plethora of rear ports including 4 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x Gen 2 Type-A, and 2 x USB 2.0. M.2 and 6 SATA options also mean you have plenty of option for all of your storage.

It uses the same Realtek GbE LAN used on all but Gigabyte’s X370 boards and even has the Realtek ALC887 chipset that is found on many good X370 motherboards.

Overall, this is a good mATX board if you’re looking in the under $100 price range. There is some work that needs to be done in terms of BIOS updates; however, this is the still the case with most boards on the platform right now. So, be careful about what types of RAM you purchase and know what you’re getting into before you start. Overclocking your Ryzen processor should be fairly straightforward.

MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen B350

Last but not least, take a look at the MSI Gaming Ryzen B350 Gaming PRO.

It's inexpensive, has a great red and black color scheme, LED lights, and has an audio boost that works great with my headphones.

The Gaming PRO is great for overclocking memory. And since Ryzen loves fast memory, use this to overclock your memory.

ModelGeneral SpecsRear Panel

Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3

64 GB DDR4 up to 3200 OC, Crossfire Support, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, 2 x M.2, Realtek ALC1220 Audio, Realtek GbE LAN

1 x PS/2, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Optical, 5 Audio jacks

Asus Prime B350-Plus

64GB DDR4 Dual Channel support, Crossfire Support, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, Multiple M.2 support, Realtek ALC8870VD2 audio, Realtek 8111H Lan

1 x PS/2, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x D-Sub, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45, 2 x USB 3.1, 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 3 audio jacks

MSI B350 Tomahawk

Up to 64GB 3200 OC, Crossfire Support, 4 x SATA 6Gb/s, 1 x M.2 port, Realtek ALC892 Audio, Realtek 8111H Audio

1 x PS/2, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A, 6 x OFC audio jacks

Gigabyte GA-AB350M-D3H mATX

64GB DDR4 3200 OC, Crossfire, Support, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, 1 x M.2, Realtek ALC887 audio, Realtek GbE Lan

1 PS/2, 1 x D-Sub, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45, 1 x DisplayPort, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0, 3 x Audio jacks

MSI B350M Gaming Pro mATX

32GB DDR4 2667, Crossfire Support, 4 x SATA 6Gb/s, 1 x M.2, Realtek ALC887, Realtek 8111H

1 x DVI-D, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 PS/2, 3 audio jacks

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Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600

Ryzen 5 3600 is amongst the topmost bought processor on Amazon. There is a big reason for that, as many people have extensively tested the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 with modern AAA titles and competitive game conditions. Ryzen 5 3600 has always stood its ground and didn’t bottleneck the GPU during games under stressed conditions. Even though it does not have an “X” written at the end of its name, the performance is almost identical to Ryzen 5 3600X. To cut short, it’s the best buy for the price. It can deliver 60+fps at 1440p resolution and still avoid bottlenecking the GPU. However, a mobo could potentially bottleneck your performance. For high-tier performance, you will need the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

We have always been fans of Ryzen 5 3600. Just because of its feasibility for a large segment of gamers that lay between mid-range and high-range spectrum. Its ability to support the latest high-end hardware is something all gamers desire. A motherboard that houses the Ryzen 5 3600 needs to run PCIe 4.0 on x16 slots and the M.2 slots. It should have the capability to overclock RAM clock speeds to a decent degree. The BIOS should also be easy to understand, and the motherboard should come with sufficient software support to improve the overall user experience. The number of VRMs, quality of heatsinks, M.2 drive slots, and PCB quality could become the decisive factors between two motherboards. First, let’s get into some shopping tips to make the decision-making process more manageable:

Quick Shopping Tips:

Socket Form: AMD announced its AM4 socket in 2016 and committed to stick to the AM4 socket. All the motherboards from 2016 supported AM4 chipset to the full potential, but on the 7th of May, 2020, AMD announced Zen 3/Ryzen 5000 processors wouldn’t be compatible with the older motherboard. However, to date, X470 and B450 support the Ryzen 5000 series processors, and running Ryzen 5 3600 won’t be a problem on any motherboard.

VRM: Overclocking has found its way to the mid-range gaming community. The popularity and advantages are attractive for any new buyer. VRMs, bring down the voltages for the CPU by converting the power from the 12V PSU to 1.3V - 1.5V required by the processor. The higher number of VRM phases means that the heat produced from voltage conversion divides among the power phases efficiently; this ensures better overclocking and stability.

Memory Speed: In gaming, memory speed can make a difference needed for that 144Hz supporting monitor. If you manage to get extra fps with the help of overclocked RAM, you would want your mobo to be capable of reaching those top frequencies. Manufacturers mention each motherboard’s limitation to overclocking RAMs, VRM available for RAM, and their quantity. So be sure to check them before purchasing if you want the extra bit of fps.

Warranty: Loads of people face component failure problems after purchase. Motherboards are a complex assembly of small electronic parts put together to make computational power possible. To ensure that each component keeps working to its full potential, you will need the manufacturer to back you up with a solid plan; this shows their manufacturing quality and confidence in the device. It’s better to go for a more extended warranty period for the sense of security.

Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600 at a glance:

  1. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
  2. ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
  3. MSI MEG X570 ACE
  4. MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
  5. MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
  6. ASRock B450 Pro4
  7. ASRock B450M Pro4
  8. MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

The Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600 You Can Buy Today

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula

Best Premium Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 14+2 | PCIe x16: 2 | USB Ports: 25 (max) | Warranty: 1 Year

REASONS TO BUY

✓Liquid-cooled VRM and heatsinked M.2 slots

✓5G LAN, WiFI-6, BT 5.0, and 25 USB ports

✓Onboard Power/Reset buttons with Q-Code LED display

REASONS TO AVOID

✗No video card

✗Not the highest RAM overclocking

✗Active Chipset cooling under GPU

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Suppose you are not looking to compromise on even the smallest of specifications. All you need is an absolute powerhouse motherboard that takes nothing for granted, then Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is the best mobo in our list of ultimate motherboards. We will start from its aesthetics. It has a clean and bold-looking statement. The ABS top cover hides up all the clutter with stylish ROG streaks and cutouts for the active chipset cooling system. The excellent solid steel backplate protects your investment from the back end.

This motherboard has a robust and easy-to-use BIOS with a dedicated button on the IO shield. The WiFi-6 and BT provide wireless connectivity for the latest Gen peripherals. It includes the blazing speed Aquantia AQC-111 LAN that can transfer files at 5Gbps and stream UHD videos. With such high-end features, we should be expecting a high price which is the case for this motherboard. There’s almost nothing wrong with this motherboard, but some people might find the active chipset cooling directly under the GPU a bit annoying. Some mobos in the market can take RAM clock speeds higher than this motherboard.

We believe that it deserves to be called the best premium motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600. The latest generation 5000 series of Ryzen processors are also compatible with this board out of the box. EK Water Blocks being on top of the liquid cooling business, has partnered with ROG to build the motherboard’s VRM cooling block. Overclockers love this feature as it can keep the incredible 14+2 VRM cool under high clock frequencies. It is something that all test benches require. It’s a motherboard with increased connectivity, capability, and quality.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Best Flagship Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+4 | PCIe x16: 3 | USB Ports: 15 | Warranty: 3 Years

REASONS TO BUY

✓AM4 socket compatible

✓Numeric diagnostic panel

✓PCIe 4.0 Multi-GPU support

REASONS TO AVOID

✗Only two M.2 slots

✗No USB Controllers

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The Republic of gamers is a group joined by the elite gaming class. ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is for users with a nick for overclocking and high-end gaming. The stunning RGB lighting penetrates through the streaks and ROG logo on the Pro Cool II heat sink. It’s visually stunning and operationally indefatigable with superb built quality. A decent price tag is all a gamer needs. It can support the latest RTX 3090 with the PCIe 4.0 x16 slots. The ability to house two M.2 drives with a heat sink will prevent any potential bottlenecking. It’s the best flagship motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600, without a doubt.

It is a perfect choice for gamers who will strictly use it for gaming. However, hardcore overclockers might need something from this motherboard. There are no voltage monitoring displays on the board, and power/reset buttons are also missing. It might be overkill for a processor like the Ryzen 5 3600 due to the 12+4 VRM features. If you are looking to upgrade your processor to the latest Ryzen 5000 series in the future, then this is a viable solution for you. As a flagship processor, we expected it to have three M.2 slots like its competition, but if you are not planning to install that many M.2 drives, it doesn’t matter.

Being the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600, it includes onboard postcodes for diagnostic purposes. It has SupremeFX S1220A, a high-end audio chipset for clear audio and pinpoints in-game position precision. The wireless connectivity with the latest AX type WiFi and BT 5.0 makes it an excellent choice for people with Bluetooth peripherals and audio devices. The onboard WiFi and BT devices are almost always more stable than external adapters. The capability to connect USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C USB and 18 more USB connectivity are more than enough for modern-day applications.

MSI MEG X570 ACE

MSI MEG X570 ACE

Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+2+1 | PCIe x16: 3 | USB Ports: 13 | Warranty: 1 Year

REASONS TO BUY

✓Onboard 2.5G plus Gigabit LAN

✓Three PCIe 4.0 M.2 Slots with heatsinks

✓Excellent OC capability with efficient component cooling

REASONS TO AVOID

✗No U.2 Ports

✗Limited SATA ports

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If you are looking for the best bang for the buck but still willing to spend premium dollars, then MSI MEG X570 ACE is the best overall motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600. It is future compatible with the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series. The three M.2 slots are all heatsinked with vicious-looking material, and the active chipset cooling keeps the motherboard running at its best possible performance. Under IDLE working conditions, the active fan cooling stops spinning to keep the noise level low. Memory overclocking is top-notch with 5000+ MHz.

People have reported issues with the RGB strips and ARGB headers mainly due to no upgradation of BIOS. Almost all the users ended up fixing issues after a BIOS update, so upgrade before using the mobo out of the box. The ability to have Dual BIOS is not a part of this motherboard, and the ability to monitor voltage on the motherboard is also not a part of its manufacturing. The mobo’s heat sinking property is top-notch; it takes the heat pipes from the VRM cooling to chipset cooling.

It has two LAN chipsets for building a small home network. In most parts of the world, these features are a part of local gaming networks during competitive environments. The subtle RGB lighting under the mirror on the heat sink will make your rig stand out in the crowd. It supports dual GPU SLI and CrossFire, which is a must for high-end gaming PCs. The wireless connectivity with WiFi-6 and BT 5.0 can make all your peripherals connect, transfer data, and sync important data across platforms. All these specs and features make it the best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 4+2 | PCIe x16: 2 | USB Ports: 11 | Warranty: 1 Year

REASONS TO BUY

✓Heavy Plated Gaming Heatsinks

✓MSI Mystic Light supported RGB headers

✓VGA cards protection for PCI-E Steel Armor

REASONS TO AVOID

✗No wireless connectivity

✗Missing dual M.2 slots

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Building an affordable gaming PC is the most challenging task. Deciding between valuable and useless features in a motherboard is difficult. You have to look at your scope of work and the available hardware that you need to connect. MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX makes the whole process easy. It’s the best budget motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600. All the essential connectivity required for an above mid-range gaming PC is a part of this motherboard. The 11 USB port, including a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port and multi GPU support for AMD products, makes it an excellent choice for competitive gamers.

The B450 chipset is just enough for the Ryzen 5 3600. However, there are few drawbacks that you might need to consider. The lack of PCIe 4.0 might be a problem for users owning the latest RTX 3000 series. The lack of bandwidth due to the PCIe 3.0 may bottleneck your GPU but not as much as a slow CPU will slow it down. Some users might find it problematic to have only one M.2 slot on the motherboard. Lack of dual M.2 slots might restrict your available fast data access.

As far as Ryzen 5 3600 is concerned, the CPU poses no latest generation GPUs’ problem. MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX allows your RAM to reach high speeds up to 4133MHz using the 4+2 VRM set that comes with it. This motherboard gives a decent heat space for overclocking. However, users should avoid hardcore overclocking as 4 VRMs are just enough to take Ryzen 5 3600 to its max clock speed, as stated by the manufacturer. It comes with a flash BIOS button on the back panel and a PS/2 port for old window users.

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS

Best Enthusiast Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD 570X | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 8+2 | PCIe x16: 2 | USB Ports: 16 | Warranty: 2 Years

REASONS TO BUY

✓Extended Heatsink Design

✓Onboard diagnostic LEDs with clean BIOS

✓Supports DDR4 Memory with up to 4400+(OC) MHz

REASONS TO AVOID

✗No SLI support

✗SATA connection needs GPU removal

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If we talk about value for money, then MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS quickly takes the top spot. It has just the right amount of VRM from decent overclocking of Ryzen 5 3600. The memory clock speeds can also reach up to 4266MHz with this motherboard. The aesthetics are clean with a red and black combination leaving enough room for a high-end air-fin cooler to cope with the 65W TDP. There are two M.2 slots available for fast data transfer. A single heat sink for the M.2 slot is enough to avoid throttling right out of the box.

It has a user-friendly easy to use BIOS for people new to overclocking and tweaking hardware. Although not liked by many, active cooling still has a higher potential of keeping your hardware away from failure. The fan adjusts speed according to load and temperatures. MSI has strategically offset the active cooling system away from the PCIe x16 slot to keep GPU cool. However, the motherboard required GPU removal for connecting SATA devices. 

It features connections for the pump and reservoir. Hardcore overclockers and noiseless PC lovers need liquid cooling for a bottleneck-free performance. The motherboard comes with a guaranteed component working of 2 years. BIOS flash button is provided on the back panel to take back the BIOS to the initial condition in case some setting changes causing BSOD or some bootup problems. It is compatible with the topmost RAMs from the market.  The powerful heatsinks on the VRM allow enough cooling to support high frequency overclocking of the Ryzen 5 3600.

ASRock B450 Pro4

ASRock B450 Pro4

Best ATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 6+3 | PCIe x16: 1 | USB Ports: 13 | Warranty: 1 Year

REASONS TO BUY

✓Triple Monitor support

✓128GB RAM OC to 3200+MHz

✓Quad GPU support for Radeon

REASONS TO AVOID

✗No USB 3.2 Gen2

✗Audio quality is not the good

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People who wouldn’t want to spend a penny above their required specification might need to consider ASRock B450 Pro4. The incredible price for the features is something nobody would mind. It comes with an 8+1 power phase VRM that can overclock Ryzen 5 3600 to its full potential and provide just enough potential to increase the clock speed of 128GB RAM to 3200+ MHz. Users that do not own a GPU at the start can go for this motherboard as it has 4K capable HDMI and DP 1.2 ports. The multi GPU support for the Radeon GFX card is top of its class. It hands down the best ATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

The perfect match of motherboard specification and processor is hardly available, but this motherboard suits the Ryzen 5 3600. There are few things you might need to consider before buying this motherboard. If you are looking to buy an RTX 2000 series GPU, look nowhere else; buy this motherboard. However, RTX 3000 series might bottleneck due to the lack of PCIe 4.0. The audio chipset on this motherboard is not the most widely used or appreciated. It’s just enough to keep the gaming performance accurate.

At this price, you get USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, two PCIe 3.0 x16, and two M.2 drive slots. High-speed charging with 3.0A power out of Type-C connection is high enough to support most peripherals in the market. The ability to transfer 10Gbps The M.2 drive is fast enough to support both the SATA3 interface and the high-speed PCIe Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 interface for 32Gb/s data transfer speeds. The thicker copper layer for this price point ensures efficient, long-lasting power performance. It is the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

ASRock B450M Pro4

ASRock B450M Pro4

Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Form Factor: Micro ATX | Voltage Regulator: 6+3 | PCIe x16: 2 | USB Ports: 8 | Warranty: 3 Years

REASONS TO BUY

✓Dual M.2 slots on a Micro-ATX

✓Quad GPU support for Radeon

✓High-Density Glass Fabric PCB

REASONS TO AVOID

✗No onboard RGB

✗No PCIe 4.0 not support

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As a gamer, you might want to go for a small rig in size and has all the necessary power to boost the gaming performance to its maximum. ASRock has the most economically feasible solutions for gaming PCs. If a mid-range PC with powerful performance is your thing, then ASRock B450M Pro4 should be your top choice. It goes directly to business with support for 3200+ RAM overclocking, and support for three monitor setup out of the box is rare at this price. The black and white theme goes with all the latest chassis designs/colors.

At this micro-ATX form factor, ASRock manages to fit dual M.2 slots with 32Gbps data transfer rates. The AMD store MI also makes files access as rapid as storing essential files on SSD instead of HDD. It lacks bling, and by bling, we mean RGB lightning on board, but it has an ARGB header and RGB header on board. Low memory overclock speed might be a concern for some users, but benchmarks suggest that RAM overclocking only provides a margin of performance improvement. In terms of output, just a few FPS not as big of an impact as using a lower power CPU or GPU.

However, if you are a frequent overclocker, overclocking won’t be required on the Ryzen 5 3600 for all the latest AAA titles or competitive games. Enthusiast overclockers that require the PS/2 port for running older window versions might want to consider this motherboard. It’s cheap and has all the necessary hardware for decent overclocking. The support for multi GPU on such a small motherboard is also incredible. It supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and CrossFireX. With the latest generation of Radeon GPU support. It’s the best mATX motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

Best mITX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Socket: AMD AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Voltage Regulator: 6+2 | PCIe x16: 1 | USB Ports: 13 | Warranty: 1 Year

REASONS TO BUY

✓One-click VR ready

✓Made for 24hr operation

✓Audio Boost for proper DE-POP protection

REASONS TO AVOID

✗Single M.2 Slot

✗No Type-C USB connectivity

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If you are looking for the best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600, MSI has provided one of the most feasible solutions for a mini-ITX motherboard at a reasonable price. SFF chassis need a motherboard that can handle powerful performance in a small space. The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC gives precisely that. The support for wireless connectivity with WiFi-5 and BT 4.2 will keep you connected. The good overclocking capability with 6+2 VRM can make the Ryzen 5 3600 run at its max frequency and take DDR4 RAM to 3466(OC) MHz. 

It has all the essentials for a gamer. However, there are few drawbacks. It cannot take RAM capacity above 64GB due to only two RAM slots. There is one M.2 drive slot. All of these are mainly due to the small size of the motherboard. It’s hard for any manufacturer to fit all ATX motherboard features into such a minor factor. It depends on the user. Mini-ITX users expect these things. However, WiFi-6 is also another thing that’s missing due to the B450 chipset. Overall it’s a good package, and we can easily name it the best mITX motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

The motherboard comes with diagnostic LEDs to troubleshoot a breeze. As MSI claims it to be capable of 24Hr online or offline gaming, its components are high-quality material to make long-lasting performance possible. The software that comes with MSI is always on point and capable of improving performance. X-Boost and Command Center are the two leading software. The Xboost can improve data transfer speeds from USB or M.2 drives, and the command center makes overclocking a breeze. It can control fan speed, clock frequencies, and much more.

Conclusion

We are considering that you are going to buy the Ryzen 5 3600 or already own one. You might be a user that prefers stability, performance, and budget-friendly products. Considering these things in mind, we included future compatible and each best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600, like the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, and the ultimate budget options like the ASRock B450 Pro4.

We wanted our readers to get a depth analysis of each motherboard to make the best decision for themselves. Ryzen 5 3600 has enough power to support the latest gaming titles and maintain the support for a couple of more years. Considering the fact if you are an RTX 3000 series owner, we recommend you go for the x570 chipset as it is future compatible and has all the connectivity support for the latest tech.

We included MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS to give an economical solution with the latest PCIe 4.0 support. We also had some motherboards for HTPC lovers with enough power to act as a primary gaming PC. In the end, it’s the user’s choice to find the best fit for their requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which motherboard is best for Ryzen 5 3600?

We suggest the MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus as the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600 processor. It will not bottleneck the performance of the latest generation of GPU and SSDs. The price will also not break the bank. It has balanced features along with enough connectivity for any modern-day usage.

Does B450 Tomahawk Max support Ryzen 5 3600?

As long as your processor has the AM4 socket, B450 Tomahawk Max can support it. Ryzen 5 3600 works perfectly with motherboards like the ASRock B450M Pro4. We recommend that you go for a budget-friendly option for this processor. Buying the top-performing motherboard will make it future compatible but will be overkill for Ryzen 5 3600.

Is Ryzen 3600 compatible with B450?

Initially, AMD stated that B450 would not be supporting the Ryzen 3000 series, but AMD took back its statement and enrolled support with older chipsets using a simple BIOS update. MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX is a good recommendation with the B450 chipset.

What is the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600?

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is undoubtedly the best motherboard for the Ryzen 5 3600, but this doesn’t mean that it’s economically feasible. The high speed and top-class features come with a price tag. Buy this mobo if you are looking to upgrade your processor or GPU in the future.

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Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 2600

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Assembling the best gaming PC is easy; get the most significant budget and buy the top-priced products. However, producing the best budget gaming PC requires knowledge. To make the process easy, we recommend you go for the budget king processor Ryzen 5 2600, and to utilize its capability fully, you will need the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600.

At A Glance:

Best pick

Best Premium Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

✓Latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.1ax)

✓Wide overclocking range

✓Good heat sinks for Chipset and M.2

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Staff Pick

Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK

✓Easy to assemble

✓BIOS Flash Button

✓Customizable RGB Lightning on-board

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Budget Pick

Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600

ASRock B450 Pro4

ASRock B450 Pro4

✓Supports RGB Lightning Control

✓VGA, HDMI, and D-port connections

✓Can stably overclock Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.2 GHz

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Getting the right motherboard is essential as it ensures reliability, affordability, and efficiency. Ryzen 5 2600 easily exceeds its competition in price to performance ratio and lands in the high-end pc range. It provides stable 100+ fps and runs cooler than its Intel competition. Getting the right motherboard for it will be the best thing you can do. It’s imperative to invest smartly in motherboards as they are more vulnerable to downtime than the processor.

Motherboards vary with features; some offer better durability, while others are made for boosting performance via overclocking features. You must first decide your requirements, as they can be the decisive factor in selecting one out of the eight motherboards we feature here for Ryzen 5 2600. So let’s get right into the list:

Our Recommendations For Ryzen 5 2600 Motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Best pick ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming View on amazon

Brand: ASUS | Processor: AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD X570 | Memory: 128GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 2133 MHz to 4400MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 12 Inch x 9.6 Inch | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming has been reported that the AMD 5000 series is 100% compatible with this motherboard with a simple BIOS update. Although most sellers already sell pre updated BIOS. This motherboard can comfortably handle AMD Ryzen 5 2600 as all the specs can handle a broader range of Ryzen processor overclocking capabilities. For a USB 3.2 Gen2, a module needs to be bought and installed separately.

Why it stands out to us?

You can easily overclock your RAM to the max supported RAM speed for the processor, i.e, 2933 MHz. The M.2 SSD does not affect the bandwidth of PCIe slots.It features the latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) technology to ensure high speed with low latency. It also comes with the latest Bluetooth, 5.0.

Who will use it most?

It is for gamers and content creators who are looking to upgrade their processors shortly. Also, mobile gamers who own high-speed routers can go for this motherboard to feature good wireless connectivity. This motherboard gives the highest fps but at the cost of the energy bill.

Bottom Line

Asus ROG Strix X570-E is an overkill for a processor like the Ryzen 5 2600 as it offers capability far above the reach of this processor. However, if you are looking to upgrade in the future and fully utilize this motherboard’s ability, this motherboard is the best future proof you can get with the capacity to run the latest AMD 5000 series.

The Pros

✓Latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.1ax)

✓Wide overclocking range

✓Good heat sinks for Chipset and M.2

The Cons

✗Missing a "Q" Connector

✗High Power Consumption

✗Voltage monitoring display not on board

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MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS View on amazon

Brand: MSI | Processor: AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD X570 | Memory: 128GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 1866 MHz to 4400MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 12.00 x 9.60 x 2.50 inch | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

This board has a lot of room for storage expansion, both SATA and M.2. Download the newest BIOS from the MSI official website, and you can get your Ryzen processor up and running in no time. The 8 pin connector featured on this board allows enough power to feed your power-hungry components. Sufficient RAM can also be installed on this board.

Why it stands out to us?

MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus is a board that comes under the lower price range in the X570 chipset. This chipset offers the best performance in gaming and content creation. This motherboard can run the latest Ryzen processors and supports the Ryzen 5 2600 range of operation altogether.

Who will use it most?

The gamers would love to buy it most who are not looking to use a wired connection for internet connectivity and are enthusiast gamers who focus mainly on performance rather than irrelevant options. The 8 Channel HD Audio chipset on-board performs well under tests and gives low noise for its power. It can help you pinpoint the location of your enemy in a competitive environment.

Bottom Line

MSI X570 Gaming Plus motherboard for a Ryzen 5 2600 is again an overkill, as the range of overclocking potential and supported RAMs are beyond utilization of the processor. The support for PCIe 4.0 is a plus as it makes your rig future proof. The AMD Ryzen supporting motherboards do have a history of maintaining compatibility with upcoming chipsets. Sticking with this motherboard for long won’t be a bad idea.

The Pros

✓Clean BIOS

✓Best price/performance for X570 chipset

✓M.2 SSDs with heat-dissipating sinks

The Cons

✗Lacks wireless connectivity

✗Offers lower Overclocking potential

✗GPU removal required for SATA connection

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MSI B450 TOMAHAWK

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Brand: MSI | Processor: AMD 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD B450 | Memory: DDR4 128GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 1866 MHz to 3466 MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 1.05 x 4.55 x 4.57 inch | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

You might be under the impression that this motherboard needs a BIOS update to run a Ryzen 3000 series AMD processor. This motherboard comes with pre-installed and updated BIOS to ensure compatibility out of the box; this helps people looking to upgrade in the future. The BIOS is also easy to understand and manipulate.

Why it stands out to us?

MSI is known to build durable PC components. Now they have started focusing on the look element, as more and more users are now going for a glass side chassis. It comes with a pre-installed RGB that you can change using the ML software. You can set it with music, CPU temp, flashing, breathing, etc. It comes with Neutral gunmetal sinks to make it look wicked.

Who will use it most?

People looking to build a PC on a budget will be happy with what MSI offers with their MSI B450 Tomahawk motherboard. Gamers and content creators who want their PC to be overclocking, capable and BIOS friendly, and aesthetically pleasing will go for this motherboard.

Bottom Line

Even though this motherboard features all the necessary features, people have reported compatibility issues with the Ryzen 3000 series. Overclocking capability is good as the motherboard comes with substantial heat sinks to transfer all the heat into the air. It’s suitable for people who will be working in a hot environment on base clock speeds. It has relatively low power consumption, therefore reducing running costs. It also doesn’t come with mounting screws.

The Pros

✓Easy to assemble

✓BIOS Flash Button

✓Customizable RGB Lightning on-board

The Cons

✗Glitchy overclocking

✗Doesn’t come with mounting screws

✗Disables 2 SATA ports when 2 M.2’s are in use

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ASRock B450 Pro4

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Brand: ASRock | Processor: AMD 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD Promontory B450 | Memory: 64GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 2133 MHz to 3200 MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 12.01 x 8.82 x 1.57 inch | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: ELNA 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

This board features a D-Port with an HDMI port, which is nice to see as an option. Two USB 3.1 connections in the form of USB Type A and Type C. This is a big plus as manufacturers are pushing towards this new tech. 5 Fan ports make cable management easy.

Why it stands out to us?

ASRock B450 Pro4 allows you room for overclocking and supports power for your cooler pump. It makes it the right choice for overclockers looking to spend some bucks to get better results. It has a 9 phase VRM 6+3 setup, a nice feature to have stable voltage while overclocking your CPU. The on-board heatsinks can keep your motherboard cool.

Who will use it most?

It is most suitable for people who want a standard functional motherboard and has sufficient features to experiment with boosting performance. Subtle colors make it look professional. It is ideal for people who are targeting to play games and create content with good performance. Users who need vast amounts of storage space are not recommended to buy this board.

Bottom Line

ASRock B450 Pro4 can easily give the best mid-range Ryzen 5 2600 motherboard, as it’s neither high end or in the budget category. It does not look too flashy as the other motherboards; it’s pretty professional looking but does feature the ability to support RGB lighting. You can run a crossfire or SLI on this PC. Connectivity on this board gets a setback when it does not feature Bluetooth and WiFi, making it a good choice for people who rely on a wired connection.

The Pros

✓Supports RGB Lightning Control

✓VGA, HDMI, and D-port connections

✓Can stably overclock Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.2 GHz

The Cons

✗No Bluetooth and WiFi

✗3200 MHz Max Memory O.C

✗Maximum Memory Limited to 64GB

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Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

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Brand: Gigabyte | Processor: AMD 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD B450 | Memory: 128GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 1866 MHz to 3600 MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 15.00 x 12.25 x 4.22 Inches | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: Realtek 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI provides display output for a CPU with a GPU built-in, so you don’t need a dedicated graphics card specifically to boot your computer system. Buyers like the RGB control and aesthetics of this compared to the previous generation motherboards. You cannot push the voltage too high on this motherboard; it goes to a max of +0.204V.

Why it stands out to us?

The feature this motherboard offers in its price range is high end. You can overclock your Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.3 GHz, which is impressive. It consumes less power under idle and loaded conditions. It features 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 and 2 USB 3.1 Gen1, and 5 USB 2.0 to ensure diverse connectivity.

Who will use it most?

It’s for users who are not looking to push their processor and RAM capability to the limits but want to have the option of overclocking so they can have decent clocks. It has 5 fan headers to keep your system running cool while playing games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Overwatch, and PUBG. It is the right choice for content creators.

Bottom Line

This motherboard’s prime feature is connectivity, which is a feature that most content creators use. Latency caused by the Wi-Fi is usually not a concerning issue for them. Content creators target a single GPU and faster encoding speeds, which are provided by the processor. It features dual BIOS features for peace of mind, as this motherboard bio is easily upgradable to support future processors.

The Pros

✓Store MI Technology

✓Efficient H/W monitoring

✓Strong WIFI with wired antenna

The Cons

✗Memory Speed O.C limited

✗No SLI or Crossfire Capability

✗Doesn’t support the latest WiFi-6

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MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC

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Brand: MSI | Processor: AMD 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD B450 Chipset | Memory: 64GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 1866 MHz to 3466MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 12.00 x 9.60 x 2.00 inches | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC makes a pleasant code in the consumer market to support M.2 NVME Gen2 and is also backward compatible with Gen 1. It will ensure that you can avail of blazing transfer speeds of newer SSDs and still be able to put your Gen 1 drive into use. It has out of the box support for the Ryzen 5 2600 and supports its built-in GPU.

Why it stands out to us?

It comes with two antennas for WiFi-6 to ensure proper connection to your router. The heatsinks for VRMs extend to become a part of the IO shield at the back. It gives off a sleek yet aggressive look overall good for hardcore gamers. M.2 drives come with a heat sink that MSI calls as M.2 Shields is a plus point.

Who will use it most?

Gamers aiming for a high-end durable gaming PC with good connectivity and aesthetics will prefer this motherboard. The easy to use BIOS lets users overclock their processor and RAMs with charm. If you don’t require too much storage space, then the unusable SATA port 5 and 6, when M.2 is connected, won’t be of any concern.

Bottom Line

This motherboard features all significant components for a high-end gaming PC. It gives decent data transfer rates to ensure that your game loads without any delays. It easily achieves 100+ FPS on all major competitive gaming platforms. We wouldn’t recommend this for users who are concerned about their energy bills.

The Pros

✓Quality build product

✓Good performance/price ratio

✓High potential for overclocking

The Cons

✗Idle power draw high

✗The compact design not good for SLI

✗Limited SATA connection when M.2 connected

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ASRock B450M Pro4

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Brand: ASRock | Processor: AMD 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD Promontory B450 | Memory: 64GB, 4 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 2133 MHz to 3200 MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 9.61 x 9.61 x 1.57 inch | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Audio: Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

Buyers seem to have gotten better than expected performance from this motherboard. They were all happy with the smooth overclocking capability and claimed ASRock B450M Pro4 choose budget PC gamers. Most users tend to complain about the IO shield as it looks substandard.

Why it stands out to us?

The 9 Power Phase design can provide stable voltages to the processor under idle or overclocking conditions. It comes with surge protection in audio and LAN interfaces. The motherboard is a solid built with 36watt LED Header support, the board auto-detects if 3 pins or 4 pins fan is used.

Who will use it most?

Ryzen 5 2600 supports high-speed RAMs up to 2933 MHz, and this motherboard easily allows clocking RAM speeds to match the processor’s max support. It makes it a good option for people who are looking for a budget PC with an excellent overclocking option and a durable motherboard.

Bottom Line

This motherboard takes out the non-essential features to give you a clean and functional motherboard. It is designed to work with Ryzen 2nd Generation processors. It’s not the kind of board you want to buy for looks only; it is relatively plain-looking. You can compensate for the look by installing RGB coolers and strips.

The Pros

✓Budget Motherboard

✓Suitable for Ryzen 5 2600 O.C

✓Supports high wattage water pump

The Cons

✗It's tricky to install

✗IO Shield substandard

✗Limited RAM Capacity support

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MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

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Brand: MSI | Processor: AMD 1st/2nd/3rd Gen Ryzen | Chipset: AMD B450 Chipset | Memory: 64GB, 2 x DIMM | Memory Speed: 1866 MHz to 3466MHz (O.C) | Dimensions: 12.01 x 9.61 x 1.18 inches | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Audio: Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio

What recent buyers report?

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC can be overclocking the Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.35 GHz on all 6 cores with 1.425 core. It comes with a 4+2 phase VRM, but Ryzen 5 2600, due to its 12nm lithography, cannot fully utilize this motherboard’s potential. It is excellent if you are looking to upgrade in the future to 7nm AMD processors.

Why it stands out to us?

It features an M.2 slot, 4 SATA connectors, 4 USB 3.1 Gen1, a standard for a full-size gaming PC but impressive for a small form factor motherboard. The diagnostic LEDS are a plus to ensure your PC’s health quickly. It gives decent performance when running the hardware under loaded gaming conditions. It is the right choice for 1080p gamers with small monitors.

Who will use it most?

Gamers looking to get a functional high-end PC in a small form should be your go-to motherboard. It is a minimalist design with all the power you need to run all the AAA titles and competitive esports games at 100+ fps. MSI boldly claims that it is capable of 24-hour gaming online or offline.

Bottom Line

As a reviewer, we can declare this one as the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600 available in the market in 2021. It ensures enough support for new Ryzen processors and provides enough connectivity through WiFi, Bluetooth, and IO interface. It will only bother you during overclocking due to the compact size CMOS resetting jumper not reachable with IO Shield installed.

The Pros

✓Wifi & Bluetooth on board

✓BIOS Flashing without CPU

✓Stable and comprehensive performance

The Cons

✗M.2 connects on the sensual place

✗compatibility issues with some CPUs

✗No surge protection on Audio and LAN

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Summary For Ryzen 5 2600 Motherboard

Conclusion

All the above-stated motherboards are meant for different users. For a person looking for an enthusiast PC, we recommend you go for the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming. It contains all the features you can need to overtime the processor to ensure fast and diverse connectivity. A person who wants to buy a PC on a budget and still wants to land on the high-end range with an excellent overclocking capable motherboard can go for ASRock B450 Pro4. Then there will be minimalist design lovers who can go for MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC Mini-ITX, which has no match in its category for the features offered. However, you can pick a motherboard of your priorities. All of the motherboards mentioned above are most reliable for gaming and multi-tasks. Each of the products can be labeled as the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600 CPUs as it has excellent compatibility with the mentioned processor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What chipset does Ryzen 5 2600 use?

X570, B550, A520, X470, B450, X370, B350, A320, and A300 all support the Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 socket. After upgrading the BIOS, it can easily run the Ryzen 5 2600. The performance of chipsets, however, varies, with X570 leading the benchmarks. ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming takes the lead in performance with its high FPS delivered but at some power cost.

Do I need to update BIOS for Ryzen 5 2600?

Most of the motherboards in 2021 come with upgraded BIOS supporting AMD Ryzen 2000 series processors. However, it Is good to flash the BIOS without the CPU, similar to the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC motherboard. For future processors, you can upgrade without the fear of bricking your motherboard during a power surge.

How good is a Ryzen 5 2600?

Ryzen 5 2600 is easily the budget king. It delivers one of the best prices to performance in its category. You don’t need an enthusiast-level processor when you can have a good enough gaming experience at high refresh rates with 1080p resolution. However, for a budget processor, a budget motherboard like the ASRock B450M Pro4 matches the processor's capability perfectly.

Does Ryzen 5 2600 need a GPU?

Yes you will need a dedicated graphics card to boot your PC. MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS does not have display ports, which do not affect the capability of Ryzen 5 2600. The motherboard is good enough to boost the processor's performance and slightly lowers the price by not including the display ports.

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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

Specifications

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

-Expensive

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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

Specifications

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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B550 or B450 Motherboards for Budget Gaming PCs?

Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

AMD has released the Ryzen 5000 series of processors, which is the first generation by the company that has defeated Intel counterparts in both single-core and multi-core performance. However, the price of AMD 5th-generation Ryzen processors is higher than previous generations, which makes them out of reach of budget users. AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is a great processor from the previous generation that serves as a great rival of Intel Core i5-10600K.

The price of AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has decreased a lot over the last year, and now it is available at the lowest prices ever. This makes it a great processor, as it is a high-end hexa-core processor capable of running every game at 100+ FPS. Ryzen 5 3600 was released in combination with AMD B450 and X470 motherboards, but it is supported by older and newer motherboards as well. The latest AMD chipsets are B550 and X570, the successor of B450 and X470, respectively. In this article, we will check some of the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

Quick Buying Tips!

AMD Ryzen processors have excellent compatibility with motherboards, and almost every AM4 motherboard supports Ryzen 5 3600. That is why we have written this buying guide to help you with your purchase.

Chipset: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is supported by A320, B350, X370, B450, X470, B550, and X570 chipsets. There is a slight difference in each generation of chipsets where the latest generation 500-series chipset comes with PCI-E 4.0. The X-series chipset motherboards usually come with better VRM and other features, although the latest B550 and B450 chipset motherboards are not too shabby in terms of features as well.

Power Delivery:  AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is an unlocked processor, which means it can be easily overclocked as long as the motherboard is capable enough. That is why it is necessary to choose a motherboard capable of providing enough juice to the processor that it can run at high clocks. The power delivery of X-series chipsets is usually better than B-series chipsets, but they are more expensive too.

Aesthetics: The design and looks of a motherboard create a lasting impact on the viewer, which is why companies are paying more and more attention to it. The RGB lighting of modern motherboards indeed has revolutionized the whole idea of aesthetics, and most high-end motherboards come with impressive RGB lighting nowadays. The X570 and X470 motherboards come with unique I/O covers and heatsinks, although some B550 motherboards have come with similar designs too.

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Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite WIFI

Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite WIFI

Best Mid-Range X570 Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

SPECIFICATIONS

Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite WIFI | Form Factor: ATX | Black, Grey, Orange Led | Maximum Memory: 128GB 4400MHz DDR4 | RAM DIMMs: 4x | USB Ports: USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 4x USB 2.0 | SATA Ports: 6x 6GBPS | M.2 Slots: 2x | PCIE Slots & Crossfire: 4x, Yes

REASONS TO BUY

✓Offers great value for its price.

✓Have I/O cover for rear panel.

✓14 Phase Power Design VRM.

✓4400Mhz Memory modules support.

KNOW BEFORE BUYING

✗This board lacks USB Type-C port.

✗A price cut down would be appreciable.

✗No Debug LED which makes pre-boot errors difficult to solve.

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There was a couple of options in the mid-range series of X570 motherboards, but I’ve picked the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite because of its great price and features. The company had a similar model with the B450 chipset that I’ve listed before in this list but removed after the release of B550 chipset motherboards as they offer better-overclocking power and features.

Considering that motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600 would not be the best because B450 motherboards lack many things, including overclocking and PCIe Gen4 slots. Investing a little more can get you multiple M.2 slots, better-overclocking power for Zen2 processors, and the SLI support, which B40 lacks due to a limited number of PCI lanes, though all AMD X570 motherboards have an advantage.

Aesthetically, this motherboard is no different from the B450 variant, but both give straightforward looks, and there are no RGB lights or premium stuff installed. The PCB of this motherboard is colored in black while it has a grey circuit running through the motherboard, and additionally, the orange lights over the IO cover and beneath the heatsink make it look better.

The controllers on this motherboard are not that expensive but the best in their class and get their job done without any problem. This motherboard also forgets many things like a USB Type-C port on their rear IO panel, many RGB lights, and debug LEDs. This motherboard’s good side is its affordable price, M.2 heatsink available, and integrated Wi-Fi and IO cover.

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite allows you to install 128 GB of memory across four slots, and it also supports some highly overclocked modules up to 4400 MHz. There are six SATA3 slots, and for high-speed storage, it has two M.2 slots, and as mentioned earlier, it also has an M.2 heat spreader on the primary slot for the better cooling of the drive.

There are plenty of USB3 ports on the rear panel, and for peripheral devices, you are also getting USB 2.0 slots making this motherboard the best in connectivity. One thing that might disappoint some users is the missing USB Type-C port, which you commonly know in most motherboards. Other than that, if you are investing this amount in the motherboard, I would suggest you get the Wi-Fi module.

This motherboard’s overclocking potential is exceptional as it can overclock any Zen3 processor, and it offers 12+2 phase VRM with extended heatsinks hidden under Aorus branding covers. The seven phases on this motherboard use doublers to give the best current to the components. Overall this motherboard is good enough, but a price cut would be much better for it.

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MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Wi-Fi

MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Wi-Fi

Best Premium Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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We are bringing something more premium in the X570 chipset, but of course, as things go premium, the product’s price automatically increases. There are two variants of this motherboard where one supports integrated Wi-Fi while the other lacks it, and you can select between them as they have a noticeable price difference between them, and you can save money with that.

This top-tier motherboard is equipped with some of the most premium controllers, which are the best in their class as the networking demand is fulfilled by Intel Gigabit 2.5G and Wi-Fi 6. This motherboard’s looks are much identical to the older Gaming Pro Carbon series motherboards, where it has a black-colored base with a grey accent on it, and the RGB lights make it more appealing.

This motherboard’s four memory slots allow you to install up to 128 GB of RAM, where you can install memory with frequency up to 4400 MHz, which is exceptional. The connectivity options on this motherboard are also great enough as it has several USB 10GBPS ports on the rear side, including both Type-A and Type-C, and it features USB 2.0 ports.

With this greatness, some somethings make users confused about this motherboard. Firstly the CMOS clearing is not that easy on this motherboard, and the BIOS manual contains the basic guides and is not guiding the users properly. This motherboard is not compatible with the Ryzen 1000 series processors, while some motherboards also support them.

There are six SATA3 slots on this motherboard for storage, and for high-speed storage, there are two M.2 slots, and luckily both of them had heat spreaders on them; as you might know, mostly motherboards lack it. This motherboard had two PCIe x16 slots and supported multiple graphics cards, but in that case, the chipset fan would be under the secondary GPU and take the heat inside.

The MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon Wi-Fi is a great option for Ryzen 5 5600X as this motherboard has everything you need for a gaming build. Though the features of this motherboard on one side, its price is not for budget or mid-range users. If you are looking for a features-enriched motherboard, this one is a great option ignoring the price.

If you are still confused about the motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600, don’t worry because we’ve also some cheap B550 chipset options too below. They are slightly cheaper than X570 motherboards while offering the same features.

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Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

Best Mid-Range Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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We are already done with some cheap and mid-range motherboards, so it’s time to bring something more premium to the list. The features of this motherboard are not bad, but the hefty price makes the users think about some budget of entry-level X570 or B550 chipset board. The reason behind that is their overclocking performance and high-speed ports and slots.

When it comes to the compatibility of the motherboards, you don’t need to worry about that because Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro comes compatible with most of the latest Ryzen processors. The networking side of this motherboard is controlled by an Intel I211-AT Gigabit networking chip, while the audio side uses the Realtek ALC1220-VB controllers, and both of them are good but not the best in their class.

The looks of this motherboard are very appealing as it comes in a black-colored base with some grey heatsinks and RGB lights on them. The chipset heatsink has, and the PCB has Aorus Eagle branding on them, which heatsink has orange light too, while the IO cover has Aorus logo on it. The voltage regulators on this motherboard have extended heatsinks over them which goes way under the IO cover and maintains the aesthetics.

There are two M.2 slots for high-speed NVMe drives, and amazingly both of them has heat spreader on them while for further storage expansion, it has four right-angled SATA slots and two straight angled slots. There are four DIMMs on this motherboard that allows you to install 64 GB of memory that is enough for any modern build, and you can overclock the memory up to 4600 MHz with built-in XMP profiles.

The rear side of this motherboard has many ports, including USB 3.1 Gen1, both Type-A, Type-C ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. In addition to this, there is HDMI, DVI Ethernet, and some audio ports too. I would recommend you to get the Wi-Fi version of this motherboard which is slightly expensive than the other one but worth considering for a few more bucks as you don’t have to go with some third-party Wi-Fi card.

Gigabyte motherboards were always my favorite because of their features and price, but when it comes to their premium options, they go slightly higher than their competitors in price. The B450 Auros Pro is a great option to consider, but because of its overclocking limits for Zen2 processors, most users go with other better options. However, if you are looking for a features enriched best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600, this one is a great option to consider.

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MSI B450 Tomahawk Max

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max

Best B450 Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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Another great B450 motherboard, but the reason to consider this one over the others is its great overclocking support for Ryzen 3000 processors. I’ve personally used this motherboard for one of my Ryzen builds, and the results were outstanding. As we’ve previously mentioned, two B450 chipset motherboards, but this one would be the best option over them if you can pay a little more.

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is the redesigned variant of B350 but with a better chipset and is slightly better in terms of features over the predecessor. This motherboard’s most notable features are the customizable RGB lights integrated on the board and a pair of USB 3.1 Gen1 ports with a transfer rate of 5GBPS. It’s an arsenal range board packed with features that we mostly see in premium motherboards.

Most of the budget and mid-range B450 chipset motherboard comes with 64 GB memory support, while this one has 128 GB RAM support across four slots and at the frequency of 3600 MHz. When you compare this motherboard with X470, you will see that it lacks some features, but you also need to know that X470 and X570 cost the same these days.

The rear of this motherboard has several USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, including Type-A and Type-C, and some USB 2.0 ports, giving great connectivity options. It has six SATA3 slots and one M.2 slot for storage devices, which may disappoint some users, but most of the B450 motherboards offering a single M.2 slot, and you have to compromise on it.

One issue that users report is the RGB controller of this motherboard is not independently controllable, and you may need to get the support of some third-party software. Despite these things, I’m sure this motherboard will not disappoint you with features for this price.

The B450 Tomahawk comes with a 3+2 phase design VRM and extended heatsink over it, which gives excellent power delivery. It is compatible with AMD Crossfire technology, and you can install multiple graphics cards on this motherboard. The top PCI slot comes with MSI Steel Armor, which supports the graphics card to hold on the slot, especially large GPUs like RTX 3080, etc while the bottom slot lacks it.

This motherboard has many pros while some cons too, and if you can compromise on them, it would be a perfect choice for you under budget. In our case, the major thing you will miss with this motherboard is the support for overclocking but except that it is the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600 without spending a lot of money.

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Asus Prime X570-Pro

Asus Prime X570-Pro

Best Budget X570 Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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We’ve just skimped an X470 motherboard that was previously added to this list because their price is as same as X570 motherboards but offering fewer features and value over X570. One of the major advantages that the X570 and B550 motherboard offers is PCI Gen4 ports and better VRM cooling solutions. Also, you will have a better number of ports and slots than other chipsets.

The Asus Prime X570-Pro is an entry-level motherboard from an x570 chipset packed with amazing features and great voltage regulators. This motherboard’s PCB is wholly colored in black, while it has a white-colored heatsink and IO cover and diagonal lines on PCB which makes it best mobo for white builds. This motherboard has a pair of Realtek controllers for audio and network, which are budget-friendly and the best in their class.

This motherboard has an advantage over the aforementioned because it supports 128 GB of RAM across four slots and clocked at 2666 MHz also OC modules up to 4400 MHz. The six SATA3 slots are enough for storage devices, but for further storage expansion and high-speed storage devices, it also offers two M.2 slots.

This motherboard’s connectivity options are great as it has two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen1, and five USB 2.0 ports. It also features plenty of fan headers and other headers for the front panel. The VRM of this motherboard is 14 Phase which is configured in 12+2 mode, and all 7 Phases are doublers and had extended heatsink over them.

This motherboard is a great product for budget and entry-level builds, but there are some cons you must need to know. Firstly this motherboard lacks onboard Wi-Fi and some other features too. Also, there is no premium stuff on this motherboard which we see on other X570 boards. This motherboard’s software package is bland and needs to be refreshed as beginners can’t use it that easily.

This motherboard’s decency starts from its PCB, where you will get five expansion slots on the top and two PCIe x16 for a graphics card with Steel Armour. You can install multiple AMD graphics cards on it while it also supports 2-Way SLI. This motherboard’s CPU support is excellent as it comes compatible with the Ryzen 5000 series out of the box.

The memory overclocking can be done unparalleled, and you can OC every single module individually. The Asus Prime X570-Pro is targeted for professional use more than gaming, but if you are low on budget, you can consider it for gaming, and with-in our build, it will be the best budget X570 motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

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MSI B550-A ProSeries

MSI B550-A ProSeries

Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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Overall, when we look at B550 motherboards, they cost more than the X570 alternatives, but some options offer better features for a slightly low price. There we have the MSI B550-A ProSeries motherboard, which might be the cheapest and the best value board for budget gamers. Also, this motherboard is a great option over the X470 and B450 chipset alternatives because of the price.

Before going ahead, let me clear you first about the B550 chipset that supports PCI 4.0 but only for primary PCIe and M.2 slot. Meaning that if you are installing a secondary slot, it will be run at PCI 3.0, while with X570 motherboards, the case is slightly different. So if you are buying any B550 chipset motherboard and have more than one PCIe or M.2 slot, then all the secondary slots will be PCIe 3.0.

This motherboard’s looks are straightforward as it has a black-colored base with some white and grey accents on it. The heatsinks on this motherboard are also black, and instead of adding the rear IO cover, the manufacturer extended the VRM heatsink over the backports. This maintains the motherboard’s aesthetics, gives decent cooling to the voltage regulars, and allows better overclocking.

The audio on this motherboard is powered by the Realtek ALC892, which you might already know too common in the latest motherboards. The connectivity options include a Gigabit LAN, but this might disappoint some users because most motherboards offer 2.5G NIC these days. You can install up to 128 GB of memory on this motherboard, allowing overclocking of modules up to 4400 MHz.

This motherboard allows you to install multiple graphics cards while fully compatible with AMD Crossfire and Nvidia SLI. As mentioned earlier, the top slot on this motherboard runs at x16 Gen4 while the bottom one at x4 Gen3. For storage, it has six SATA3 right-angled slots and two M.2 slots where the primary slot has M.2 heat spreader while the bottom one lacks it.

This motherboard’s rear has much to offer as it features two USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 GBPS) slots where one is Type-A, and the other is Type-C. It also has two USB 3.1 Gen2 (5 GBPS) and four USB 2.0 slots. The BIOS flashback button allows you to rest the BIOS to the default if you corrupt that while updating or messing up with its settings.

There is nothing bad I found in it for this price, and of course, it’s not going to feature integrated Wi-Fi and such other features, but if you are looking at that, we have a great option below. Also if you owns this motherboard you will have future upgrade options too as it supports Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X and gives great overclocking potential for them.

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ASRock B450M PRO4

ASRock B450M PRO4

Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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As no m-ATX motherboard comes with an X470 chipset, so we filled this gap with another B450 motherboard better than the aforementioned. The ASRock B450M PRO4 is undoubtedly a reasonable consideration for budget builds even in 2021 because of the great set of features it offers for a low price.

However, you might not be able to overclock the processor with this board for stock clocks; it’s perfect. The core features are identical to the predecessor (B350M Pro4). However, as it has a B450 chipset, featuring more USB and SATA ports, and don’t forget about other features. Aesthetically, this board is straightforward and has a black colored PCB with grey heatsink and circuit printed. It lacks RGB lights and an integrated IO cover but still looks good.

This motherboard’s overall specifications are not much different from any other B450 motherboard as it offers the same 64GB memory support across four slots. Also, it allows you to install overclocked DIMMs up to 3200 MHz. You will miss the Nvidia SLI technology in this board due to limited PCIe lanes, but Crossfire is still available, allowing users to install multiple graphics cards.

The USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C and other Type-A ports give this motherboard an advantage over others as they don’t have such connectivity options. As it’s a budget or entry-level motherboard, you will not see Wi-Fi in it; in fact, no other mid-range board is offering that for the same price.

Some users have reported that the BIOS of this board lacks some features, but mostly we even don’t need them, and also we can have them with third-party software’s. Aesthetically this motherboard is not so pleasing, and if you are looking for an RGB motherboard, I would suggest you ASRock Steel Legend B450. I appreciate that this board has a pair of M.2 slots, while most of the other B450 boards offer only a single slot.

This motherboard’s overclocking power is not so great as it can only boost clocks of Zen+ processors, while if you try this on Zen2 CPUs, it will be unstable. So if you are a serious overclocker, I would not recommend this motherboard for your build, but you can try MSI B450 Tomahawk.

ASRock motherboards' build quality is way better than most competitors as they claim that they are using high-density fiber for PCB, which don’t have empty spaces in PCB layers and prevent humidity. All in one, this motherboard is a great option when you are saving money but looking for great features.

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Gigabyte B450M DS3H

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

Best Entry-Level Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600

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Gigabyte B450M DS3H is an all-in-one cheap motherboard that will make a solid base for your gaming build without even breaking the bank. This motherboard comes compatible with Zen2 processors out of the box, but you might not be able to overclock with it because of weak components.

If I’ve to pick this motherboard for a build, I would probably get it for AMD APUs because of its price, but still, if you are building some low-budget build, this one is a reasonable option. Getting this will help you in saving the money for other components in the build. The only bad side of this motherboard is little to no overclocking support for Zen2 processors.

As it’s a cheap or entry-level motherboard, don’t expect lights or premium components; instead, this motherboard is colored in black with a grey circuit coming from the edges and going towards the main socket. This motherboard’s looks are not actually bad, but of course, the missing RGB lights will disappoint the users, especially those who are building aesthetically pleasing builds.

When you compare this motherboard with other cheap options in the market, you will like its price and features. There are four memory slots on this motherboard which accepts 64 GB of DDR4 memory clocked at 3200 MHz. The rear side of this motherboard dahs a couple of ports, including high-speed USB ports, and for display, it features an HDMI and DVI port.

You can install multiple graphics cards on this motherboard. Still, it’s only compatible with AMD Crossfire as SLI is not available to the B450 chipset motherboard due to a limited number of PCI lanes. The VRM of this motherboard is not powerful enough to overclock the Ryzen 5 3600 like the B550 or X570 motherboards do, but that’s the only thing you are skimping in this motherboard.

There is only one M.2 slot on this motherboard, while for further storage devices, it has got four SATA 3 GBPS slots. The storage connectivity options on this motherboard are good as most of the B450 motherboards these days are offering only one slot, while ASRock has some budget options giving two slots.

Lastly, I’m not confirmed about this motherboard’s voltage regulators that either they are 5+2 or 3+2 as the two ICs on the top side look slightly different from others. Long story short, this motherboard is a great option for budget users if they build a Ryzen 5 3600 gaming build but don’t want to overclock the processor and not invest much on the motherboard.

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Conclusion

The consumer-friendly practices of AMD strike a lasting effect on users, and we personally feel inclined towards AMD for this very reason. You just don’t get such compatibility in the Intel platform. AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is a fantastic processor, and it should be able to run every application smoothly for at least two more years. The motherboard choices in the AMD platform are exceptional, and you can choose between tons of products, each having its pros and cons. 

For AMD Ryzen 5 3600, the most prominent chipsets are B450, B550, and X570. For those looking to get a mid-range motherboard, they should get a B450 motherboard. For those who don’t want to break the bank but still want the latest features, B550 chipset motherboards should serve them greatly, while enthusiasts should pick an X570 motherboard, which is the best of all motherboards chipsets for the AMD platform as of now.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the primary difference between X-series and B-series chipsets?

The primary difference between the X-series and B-series chipset is that the X-series chipset supports SLI and CrossFire technology, which enables the user to use multiple graphics cards in real-time. The X-series chipsets come with a higher number of PCI-E lanes, and these motherboards are actively cooled compared to B-series chipset motherboards that are passively cooled.

Can we do overclocking on B-series motherboards?

Unlike Intel, AMD allows overclocking through any motherboard, and that is the beauty of it. You won’t have to purchase an X-series motherboard just for overclocking, and many B550 motherboards are great overclockers. You just have to ensure that the motherboard comes with a high-end VRM if you plan to do serious overclocking.

Is there a significant advantage of PCI-E 4.0 compared to PCI-E 3.0?

There is no doubt that PCI-E 4.0 is much faster than PCI-E 3.0, but the question is whether we need such high speed or not. To be honest, there are not many devices that can take advantage of PCI-E 4.0 speeds, which makes it a bit of a gimmick for the time being; however, it is undoubtedly future-proof.

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Computer Enthusiast & Gamer

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13 Best AM4 Motherboards: The Top AMD Ryzen Motherboards

Best AM4 MotherboardsWe’ve rated, reviewed, & compared 13 of the best AM4 motherboards for 2019. These AMD Ryzen motherboards are perfect for gaming or multi-purpose PC builds.

Now that AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are in their 3rd generation, we have a much better idea of what the best AM4 motherboard is at various price points. In this guide, we’ve taken a look at 13 different AM4 motherboards at various price ranges to give you an idea of what options are the best for your situation.

We’ve rated each motherboard based on the performance and features it offers, as well as written an overview of each one.

So, if you’re looking to build an AMD Ryzen-based gaming PC and you’re looking for the best X570 motherboard, X470 motherboard, B450 motherboard, motherboard, or A320 chipset motherboards to pair with it, this guide will help you find the right choice for you.

Quick-Look: Our Top Picks for the Best AM4 Motherboards

If you’re looking for a quick selection of the top AM4 motherboards currently available, the table below represents our choices for the top AM4 motherboard (overall), the best value X570 motherboard, the best value B450 motherboard, and the best budget-friendly AM4 motherboard.

*To read more about our picks for the best AM4 motherboards listed above, just click the “Read Review »” button to jump to our write-up on that motherboard. You can also keep scrolling to find more AM4 motherboard options, including X570, X470, B450, and A320 chipset options.

Best AM4 Motherboard Under $300

ASUS ROG Strix X470-F

The AM4 motherboards at this price point have lots of the bells and whistles that tick off many of the boxes on a gamer’s wish list. Some of these features are overkill, to be sure. What is evident with picks in this category is the thought that has gone into the design of each model. You’ll find lots of extras like better audio and more expansion slots or USB ports.

Aesthetics are part of the package with well-built sleek designs and eye-catching themes that scream a high-quality build. Audio gets a facelift with the boards in this price range, too, with newer technology that delivers amazing sound. And if you like flash, there’s plenty of that as well with more onboard RGB LEDs and strip headers. Lighting control often includes presets for lighting effects and the ability to save your favorite settings.

Many manufacturers ramp up the customization options with proprietary software that puts the user in control of performance. And even the programs look stunning with easy-to-navigate menus and pleasing color schemes. You’ll find plenty of support for other technologies which adds to the gaming experience.

Ultimately, if you’re building a gaming PC with a new 3rd generation Ryzen CPU, you’ll probably want to choose an X570 chipset board. And, with that in mind, the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E could be considered the best AM4 motherboard currently on the market. If you’re looking to go with one of the 2nd generation Ryzen processors, or just a more affordable option to pair with your new AMD CPU, you might want to check out the X470 or B450 motherboard options in the sections below.

Comparison of AM4 Motherboards Under $300

ASUS ROG Strix X570-EASUS X570-E
  • Ryzen 3
  • X570
  • 128GB Max
  • Standard
9.3/10

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ASUS ROG Strix X570-E

Recommendation

If you’re looking for a high-end X570 motherboard for your 3rd generation Ryzen build, the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E has all of the features you’re probably looking for. It has multiple M.2 slots, can hold up to 128GB of RAM, and has the ability to accommodate multiple GPU setups.
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CHIPSETX570
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Overview

The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E is one of the best X570 motherboards currently available. It comes with multiple M.2 ports so that you can utilize an NVME SSD.

It also has four DIMM slots and the ability to hold up to 128GB of RAM. It comes with USB 3.2 Gen 2 and it also has ASUS’ Aura Sync lighting.

If you’re looking to overclock your new 3rd generation Ryzen processor, the ROG Strix X570-E has 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and Fan Xpert 4 to help you create easy overclocking profiles.

Ultimately, while the X%70-E is one of the more expensive X570 motherboards, its design and feature-set make it a good value for the price.

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUSGIGABYTE X570 AORUS
  • Ryzen 3
  • X570
  • 128GB Max
  • Standard
9.3/10

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GIGABYTE X570 AORUS

Recommendation

While we do think the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E is the more extreme option, the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS PRO might also be worth considering if you are looking for a high-end X570 motherboard. It comes in at nearly ~$50 cheaper, so if you want to save a bit of money without sacrificing too much, it is a worthy option.
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CHIPSETX570
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Overview

The GIGABYTE X570 AORUS motherboard is another high-end X570 option if you are looking to overclock your 3rd generation Ryzen processor. The motherboard has plenty of features including dual M.2 sockets with a full heatsinks, USB 3.2 Gen2, multiple RGB headers, steel-covered PCIe slots, 12-phase VRM, and a matte black PCB.

The board is also backwards compatible with 2nd generation Ryzen processors, so if you’re looking to upgrade just your motherboard on your older system, you can definitely do so with this board.

Overall, if you’ve got about ~$250 to spend and you are looking for a high-end AM4 motherboard that looks good, will allow you to overclock your Ryzen processor to high levels, and that will give you plenty of options for expanding your system in the future, then the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS is a worthy option.

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ASRock X570 TaichiASRock X570 Taichi
  • Ryzen 3
  • X570
  • 128GB Max
  • Standard
9.3/10

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ASRock X570 Taichi

Recommendation

The ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard combines a sleek look with high-performance, impressive features, and nice UEFI. The Taichi does cost a bit more than the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS, though, and there isn’t a whole lot of differences between the two boards except for aesthetics.
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CHIPSETX570
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

ASRock X570 Taichi Overview

Though it’s pricey, the ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard is a slick-looking option that comes with an all-black PCB and three metal PCIe covers. And for the cost, you get a lot of other features that make it worth paying the premium.

It has fourDDR4 memoryslots supporting up to 128GB at 4666 MHz, two Hyper M.2 ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, eight USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and eight SATA 3 ports.

If you’re into multi-GPU setups, this motherboard can hold up to three graphics cards at the same time in SLI (NVIDIA) or CrossFireX (AMD) configuration.

All-in-all, if you have the money to spend on an extreme X570 chipset motherboard, along with the two options listed above, the ASRock Taichi is a third option that you’ll want to consider.

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MSI MPG X570 Gaming EdgeMSI MPG X570
  • Ryzen 3
  • X570
  • 128GB Max
  • Standard
9.1/10

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MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge

Recommendation

If the above three options are a bit out of your price range, but you’re still looking for a high-end X570 AM4 motherboard, then the MSI MPG X570 might be better suited to your budget and needs. At just a little over $200, it brings a ton of performance and features for a fraction of the price..
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CHIPSETX570
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

MSI MPG X570 Overview

The MSI MPG X570 is the least expensive option in this price range. However, its lower pricetag doesn’t come with very many sacrifices. The MPG X570 comes with a nice-looking black and silver design, multiple heatsinks, and an on-board fan.

The board can handle up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM with clock speeds up to 4400 MHz, it comes with two M.2 slots, has five USB 3.2 ports (4xGen1, 1xGen2),  six USB 2.0 ports, and it is compatible with MSI’s Mystic Light RGB software.

If you’re looking to run more than two graphics cards, though, unfortunately, the MSI MPG X570 won’t cut it. It only comes with two PCI-e slots. However, that should accommodate the majority of users who will only run a single GPU.

So, the bottom line is that, as long as you don’t need to run more than two graphics cards, you can choose the MSI MPG X570, save some money, and still get most of the features found on the more expensive boards listed above.

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Best AM4 Motherboard Under $200

GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X

Now that we’ve spoiled you with the leaders of the pack, we’ll move on to more affordable motherboards that bring down the cost with fewer perks. Much of the downgrades you’ll see will come at the expense of components and newer technologies.

For the majority of users, these sub-$200 AM4 motherboards will work just fine. Most of the options in the ~$100-$200 category listed below are overclocking friendly and will accommodate higher-end AMD PC builds.

They may not offer as many PCIe lanes, as much overclocking potential, or as nice of aesthetics as the options listed above, but if you are budget conscious and are looking to get the most performance for your buck, then the options listed below should do the trick for you.

Comparison of AM4 Motherboards Under $200

GIGABYTE X570 Gaming XGIGABYTE X570 Gaming X
  • Ryzen 3
  • X570
  • 128GB Max
  • Standard
9.0/10

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GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X

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There aren’t a ton of X570 motherboards on the market that come in under $200, but the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is one of them. If you’re looking for solid overclocking potential and you don’t necessarily need all of the high-end features found on the more expensive X570 boards, then the Gaming X is worth checking out.
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CHIPSETX570
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X Overview

If you have a more moderate budget and you’re looking for a solid AM4 X570 motherboard for under $200, the Gigabyte X570 Gaming X is worth considering. While the X570 motherboards listed above all come in at well over $200, the Gaming X comes in at under $170.

And, despite the large difference in price, there really aren’t a whole lot of sacrifices made on the board—or, at least, not the kinds of sacrifices that most gamers/system builders will care about. It doesn’t have the flashiest aesthetics, or a bunch of M.2 heatsinks, or three or more PCIe lanes.

However, it does come with the specs and features you’d expect on a mid-range motherboard. It has dual PCIe lanes (CrossFire), two M.2 ports, the ability to hold up 128GB of memory that can be clocked as high as 4000 MHz, and plenty of USB 3.2 and USB 2.0 ports.

So, if you just need an affordable motherboard that will allow you to overclock your 3rd generation Ryzen processor as well as give you plenty of options for adding hardware now and in the future, then the GIGABYTE X570 Gaming X is a motherboard you’ll want to take a look at.

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MSI X570-A PRO MotherboardMSI X570-A PRO
  • Ryzen 3
  • X570
  • 128GB Max
  • Standard
9.0/10

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MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

Recommendation

Right now, the MSI X570-A PRO is one of the least expensive X570 chipset boards currently available. It doesn’t offer an extreme feature set and it doesn’t have flashy aesthetics. However, if you’re looking for an affordable X570 motherboard, it would be hard to find an option that costs less than the X570-A PRO.
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CHIPSETX570
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

MSI X570-A PRO Overview

The MSI X570-A PRO comes in at just under ~$160 and is easily one of the cheaper X570 boards on the market. And, while it doesn’t have the high-end features that come on some of the extreme X570 motherboards listed above, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a use-case that fits the X570-A PRO.

In fact, the MSI X570-A PRO will be very appealing to users who are working with a moderate budget and aren’t looking to spend thousands on their PC build. The X570-A PRO will work well for users who are planning on building single-GPU systems and who want to reach mild (and beyond) overclocks.

The X570-A PRO can hold up to 128GB of DDR4 memory with clock speeds as high as 4400 MHz. It can also house dual GPU setups, has six SATA 3 ports, two M.2 slots, and eight USB 3.2 ports.

Ultimately, if you’re looking to build a PC with a new 3rd generation Ryzen processor, but you’re not working with an unlimited budget, the MSI X570-A PRO will provide you with an affordable X570 chipset motherboard to help you keep your costs down without sacrificing your system’s potential.

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GIGABYTE X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMINGGIGABYTE X470 AORUS
  • Ryzen 2
  • X470
  • 64GB Max
  • Standard
9.2/10

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GIGABYTE X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING

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If you don’t have the need for all of the extra features that the ASUS ROG Strix X470-F and ASUS PRIME X470 have, the Gigabyte X470 is a solid alternative for quite a bit less. It will allow you to overclock your 2nd  or 3rd generation Ryzen CPU, as well as give you all of the features you need to build a high-end gaming computer.
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CHIPSETX470
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Overview

The Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING motherboard is a nice budget-friendly X470 chipset board.

It has four DIMM slots and the ability to hold up to 64GB of RAM. It also comes with an M.2 port so that you can install a fast NVME SSD for your storage device.

The X470 AORUS can also accommodate a dual graphics card configuration and it has an 8+3 phase PWM design for enhanced overclocking.

Finally, if you’re looking for an RGB-friendly motherboard, the AORUS X470 has built-in LED lights, as well as multiple RGB headers.

Overall, for just a little under $150, the Gigabyte X470 AORUS strikes the perfect balance between price and performance. If you’re building a gaming computer in the ~$1,000+ price range and you want a solid motherboard that won’t break the bank, the X470 AORUS is definitely worth considering.

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MSI X470GPLUSMSI X470GPLUS
  • Ryzen 2
  • X470
  • 64GB Max
  • Standard
9.1/10

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MSI X470GPLUS

Recommendation

If you need a fairly affordable X470 chipset motherboard, the MSI X470 Gaming Plus or the Gaming Pro would be excellent options. They both come in at right around ~$140 and have all of the features and overclocking potential that you’d expect to find on a more expensive option.
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CHIPSETX470
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

MSI X470GPLUS Overview

There really aren’t any X470 motherboards in the low ~$100s and so, at right about ~$140, the MSI X470 Gaming Plus is one of the more affordable AM4 X470 motherboards out there. It has a red and black design, which will make it perfect for anyone who is looking to replicate that color scheme throughout their build. Though, if you want a neutral color scheme instead, the X470 Gaming Pro comes in all black.

The X470 Gaming Plus has plenty of features, including, support for three-way CrossFire configurations, dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, support for both 2nd and 3rd generation Ryzen processors, and plenty of RGB and LED options as well.

In the end, the X470 Gaming Plus probably isn’t as polished as some of the options listed above. However, for just about ~$150, it will serve anyone who is looking for a decent overclocking motherboard that will give them the features they need to build a high-end gaming computer.

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MSI B450 TomahawkMSI B450 Tomahawk
  • Ryzen 2
  • B450
  • 64GB Max
  • Standard
8.9/10

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MSI B450 Tomahawk

Recommendation

If you’re looking for a high-end and feature-packed B450 AM4 motherboard, then perhaps none are better than MSI’s B450 Tomahawk. The B450 Tomahawk is a really nice looking board that will allow you to build a high-end system and hit mild overclocks with your 2nd generation Ryzen processor.
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CHIPSETB450
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

MSI B450 Tomahawk Overview

The AM4 socket’s B450 chipset motherboards serve as a less expensive alternative to the X470 and X570 chipsets listed above. Perhaps one of the best B450 motherboards currently available is MSI’s B450 Tomahawk.

The B450 Tomahawk supports 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, 2-way AMD CrossFire graphics card configurations, and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory running at as high as 3466Mhz. It also comes with plenty of MSI-specific features like Game Boost (auto OCing), GAMING Hotkey, and X-Boost (advanced storage settings), too.

The downside of the B450 Tomahawk, though, is that it is pretty expensive for a B450 motherboard. In fact, it only comes in at ~$15 less expensive than MSI’s X470 Gaming Plus. And, so if you are looking for a better overclocking board with more features, it would probably be worth it to spend a little extra to get that board.

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Best AM4 Motherboard Under $100

ASUS TUF B450

If you’re working with a tighter budget for your upcoming build, there are still plenty of affordable AM4 motherboards that will get the job done. In this section, we’ve taken a look at a handful of the best AM4 motherboards under $100.

In this price range, you won’t find any of ther higher-end overclocking chipsets (X570 or X470), but there are a few B450 chipsets that can be had for under $100 that will allow you to hit mild overclocks with either your 2nd or 3rd generation Ryzen processor.

So, if you don’t quite have the budget to get one of the fancier X570 or X470 chipset motherboards listed above, any of the four options listed below should work for you.

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ASUS TUF B450ASUS TUF B450
  • Ryzen 2
  • B450
  • 64GB Max
  • Micro-ATX
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ASUS TUF B450

Recommendation

If you don’t want to spend over $100 on an AM4 motherboard, ASUS’ TUF B450 gaming motherboard would be worth considering. It has all of the features you’d expect out of a higher-end motherboard for a fraction of the cost.
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CHIPSETB450
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMMicro-ATX
OC?Yes

ASUS TUF B450 Overview

The ASUS TUF B450 Gaming Motherboard is a much more budget-friendly B450 option than the MSI B450 Tomahawk. It comes with the patented TUF color scheme (black and yellow) and features support for ASUS’s Aura Sync RGB lighting software. It has multiple RGB headers as well, so if you want to use this motherboard to drive a bunch of RGB lights, you can definitely do so.

The motherboard comes with an M.2 port that you can install an NVME SSD in, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, military-grade components and features (TUG Chokes, TUF Capacitors, TUF MOSFETs, etc.), and a 3-year warranty. While it won’t offer the potential for high-end overclocking, if you are looking to get mild overclocks, this board will allow you to do so.

Overall, if you’re looking for a high-quality B450 motherboard and you don’t want to pay over $100 to get one, the ASUS TUF B450 would be a worthy option for you to consider.

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ASUS B450M-A-CSMASUS B450M-A/CSM
  • Ryzen 2
  • B450
  • 64GB Max
  • Micro-ATX
8.7/10

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ASUS B450M-A-CSM

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If you need a smaller form-factor motherboard, or just a much more affordable B450 option, then the ASUS B450M-A/CSM is probably your best bet. At just under $90 it is one of the more affordable B450 motherboards currently available and it has enough features to allow you to build a solid gaming computer with it.
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CHIPSETB450
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMMicro-ATX
OC?Yes

ASUS B450M-A/CSM Overview

If you don’t have a ton of money to spend on a newer AM4 motherboard, the ASUS B450M-A/CSM might be worth considering. It’s a micro-ATX form-factor motherboard, too, so if you’re building a small form-factor computer, it will work well in certain smaller cases.

In terms of features, the B450M-A/CSM comes with an M.2 port, USB 3.1 Gen2, support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and ASUS’s Aura Sync RGB software (and headers).

One of the nice features of the B450M-A/CSM is that, even though it is a micro-ATX motherboard, it comes with four DIMM slots, so you can run quad-channel memory configurations on this motherboard.

Ultimately, at just a little under $90, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more affordable B450 motherboard option right now. And, with most B350 motherboards still needed BIOS updates before they can support 2nd generation Ryzen processors, this motherboard is probably your safest bet for getting a cheap motherboard that will support 2nd gen Ryzen CPUs out of the box.

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MSI B450M PRO-M2 AM4MSI B450M PRO-M2
  • Ryzen 2
  • B450
  • 32GB Max
  • Standard
8.7/10

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MSI B450M PRO-M2 AM4

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For a budget buy, the MSI B450M PRO-M2 motherboard takes care of the basics and adds some perks with proprietary software and technologies that make up for some of its shortcomings. It’s a good value for the casual gamer who doesn’t need over-the-top power.
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CHIPSETB450
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMStandard ATX
OC?Yes

MSI B450M PRO-M2 Overview

The MSI B450M PRO-M2 motherboard is a basic motherboard with some give and take on the features. It has an AMD B450 chipset and an ATX form factor. The layout includes a single PCI Express x16, and two PCI slots. There are two DDR4 slots with support up to 32GB of memory that can be run at clock speeds up to 3466 MHz.

This micro-ATX board also comes with an M.2 slot, six USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and six USB 2.0 ports.

While those specs and features might not blow you away, the board does come in at just under ~$70. So, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly motherboard to pair with a Ryzen 5 2600, an option like the MSI B450M PRO-M2 will serve you well.

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ASUS PRIME A320M-KASUS PRIME A320M-K
  • Ryzen
  • A320
  • 64GB Max
  • Standard
8.4/10

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ASUS PRIME A320M-K

Recommendation

There’s nothing pretentious about the ASUS PRIME A320M-K. It’s a basic motherboard with no flash or pizazz. You’ll still get the support of the excellent suite of software that ASUS offers with its high-end models with a board that gets the job done at a budget price.
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CHIPSETA320
SOCKETAMD AM4
DDRDDR4
FORMMicro-ATX
OC?No

ASUS PRIME A320M-K Overview

The ASUS PRIME A320M-K is about as bare-bones as you can get in a motherboard. The cost-cutting measures even go down to style. It’s not the most attractive model out there. ASUS left out all the perks but kept its stellar proprietary features intact with the budget product. It has an AMD A320 chipset and a Micro ATX form factor which you’d expect at this price point.

It has two DDR4 memory slots with support up to 32 GB. The expansion slots include one PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode), PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode), and two PCIe 2.0 x1. There are four SATA 6Gb/s ports and surprisingly two M.2 slots. The board itself has none of the pop that higher priced products have. And there are no onboard LEDs to jazz things up.

There is a small selection of ports on the rear IO panel that include one RJ45 LAN, one D-Sub, one HDMI, four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, one PS/2 keyboard, one PS/2 mouse and three audio ports. It has 8-channel HD audio based on Realtek ALC887.

Now for the good news. It has the ASUS 5X Protection III with the Overvoltage Protection and the SafeSlot Core to keep your PCIe safe. You have plenty of control over performance with ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode and ASUS EZ Flash 3. And your cooling system will keep things running smoothly with the ASUS Fan Xpert.

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Which is the Best AM4 Motherboard for Your Needs?

You’ll find many choices for the best AM4 motherboards at every price point. The highest priced models will offer the best speed and connectivity along with all the flash you’d want for the optimal gaming experience. The top tier products add the extra bells and whistles like RGB LEDs with software control to match the display with the action.

Like with any product, you’ll see downsizing with features as you move down the scale. For motherboards, that comes at the cost of ports, slots and style elements. You’ll see the concessions in performance first in chipsets and memory downgrades. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for an inferior product.

Make the most of your limited budget by focusing on the features that are most important and in the quantity that you need. Doing without an extra expansion slot or fewer USB ports can make all the difference between a motherboard that will complement your gaming PC build and one that will drag it down.

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