MSI B450 GAMING PLUS MAX
If you are looking for a cheap motherboard for a Ryzen 3000 CPU, this is the best choice. Compared to the similarly inexpensive Tomahawk Max * I save around 30 euros and only have a small downgrade for the VRMs. Otherwise, in our opinion, you get better price performance, as well as better (more useful) connections on the back of the I / O panel.
The ATX mainboard offers you the Gaming Plus Max “ex works” support for Ryzen processors of the third generation, as well as space for 128GB DDR4 RAM with up to 4133 MHz in OC mode. There are also 6x SATA and USB ports, but only one M.2 slot and a slimmed-down audio chip, and the LAN module is not the fastest either.
Nevertheless, you can’t complain about the price, and you have to compromise somewhere. Nevertheless, the mainboard is more than good for moderate overclocking and offers you enough leeway.
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- Attractively priced
- Get started straight away without a BIOS update
- Solid over-taking possible
- Slightly worse VRMs than the MSI Tomahawk
- Only 1 M.2 slot
- Limited Features
Asus Prime X570-P
If you just want to pop a Ryzen 3000 processor into a compatible motherboard and get started, this is exactly your thing. But in contrast to our savings tip, you still get more for an extra charge of around 70-80 euros. The fact is: For the price, the Asus Prime X570-P offers you the best VRMs you can get for the money.
Accordingly, the board is ideal for overclocking. There are also 2x M.2 slots, PCIe 4.0, 6x SATA, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1, 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 and support for RAM clocked at up to 4400 MHz.
If you are thinking of getting one of the cheaper X370 or X470 boards, you better get this one. In terms of quality, you will not find a better AM4 motherboard for your Ryzen 3000 in this price range.
- Best build quality & VRM at this price
- Top alternative to the cheap X370 or X470
- Slimmed down audio
- Realtek LAN only
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite
If you’re looking for a small upgrade to the Prime X570-P, check out the Aorus Elite. Here you get even higher quality voltage converters for stable overclocking, as well as definitely a better audio solution. And all of this for only a small surcharge.
In addition to the two M.2 slots, one of them is additionally cooled with a heat shield. Also, there is a USB Type-C port on the front panel, an integrated I / O panel (no fiddling with it), 1 GB Intel LAN (preferred by many over Realtek chips) a high-quality ALC1200 audio chip. We might have wished for a WiFi module and debugging LEDs for the price, but you can’t have everything.
Here you get a clear upgrade compared to the Asus board just mentioned, both in terms of features and voltage converters. If you don’t mind the gigabyte optics, the Ryzen 3000 ATX motherboard is your choice.
- Very good 12 + 2 phase VRM
- Good audio chip
- Very good value for money
- No debugging LEDs
- No WLAN module
ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate
From here, it gets expensive, but the ASRock Taichi Ultimate offers you a lot of features and is above all the cheapest Ryzen 3000 motherboard with 10GB LAN. The latter feature can only be found in much more expensive models.
Apart from the necessary BIOS update, there are no disadvantages here. Like almost all X470 boards, the Taichi supports two M.2 NVMe SSD slots, USB 3.1 as well, like SLI and CrossFireX configurations. There are also 8x SATA3, great optics, RGB elements, triple x16 PCIe slots, and a premium audio solution.
All in all, the ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate with its 10G LAN connection and a 16-phase power supply offers a unique combination in this price segment, which will especially satisfy the overclockers among you. Enthusiasts will also appreciate the integrated “OC area” in the lower right corner. Here you’ll find a reset switch, power button, and a second CMOS button, including an LED POST indicator that can be very helpful in troubleshooting potential issues.
- Very good 16 phase VRM
- Premium audio chip
- Aquantia 10GB LAN + 1 GB Intel LAN
- BIOS update required
- A bit expensive
Asus ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
If you want to build a compact m-ITX system based on AM4, then the Asus Strix X570-I Gaming is perfect for you. Here you get the best voltage converters on an ITX board that are available for the AM4 platform. There are also features such as HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2, two M.2 slots, Intel LAN, and even a WiFi module.
Of course, the whole thing has its price, but you also get something for your money. Bit-Tech colleagues even ran a Ryzen 3900X at 4.3 GHz in their stress test and were enthusiastic about the board’s performance. There is no real alternative for mini-ITX boards with X570 unless you can make friends with the slightly cheaper and worse board from Gigabyte *. You may still be able to take a look at the predecessor *, but this is only rarely available (still a very good mainboard).
So if you are looking for an extremely high-quality ITX board, you will definitely be happy with the X570-I Gaming from Asus.
- Compact and perfect for small gaming PCs
- Best VRM on a mini-ITX for AM4
- Lots of features
- Hardly any OC features
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
The Ultra from the Aorus series is an X570 ATX motherboard, which offers you a few useful upgrades to the elite model from above for a little more money. On the one hand, you get three (cooled) instead of just two M.2 slots, plus the Wifi 6 board offers you more OC potential up to 4400 MHz and a higher quality audio chip.
Also, there is a slightly improved cooling and a slightly different setup of the voltage converter. There are also 3x PCIe x16 instead of the two slots in the Elite.
Although the mainboard is not in first place in the Tomshardware benchmarks, it offers an all-around good overall package better than comparable models in this price range. It is also a bit more energy-efficient and offers you a stable platform for overclocking.
- Very good 14 phase VRM
- 3x M.2 slots
- High quality audio chip
- Only 1GB LAN
MSI X570 UNIFY
If you are looking for the best Ryzen 3000 motherboard for overclocking, then the MSI X570 Unify is probably your model. There are really all the OC features you could want here: BIOS flashback, clear CMOS, postcode, reset button – everything is included. 128GB DDR4 RAM with a clock rate of up to 5000 MHz are supported, so you have plenty of scope for tinkering here. However, keep in mind that you really only have one advantage with this mainboard when it comes to overclocking if you install a high-end processor from the Ryzen 3000 series.
There are 3 M.2 slots, WiFi 6, and even a 2.5GB LAN module with Bluetooth 5.1 support included for the price. Ultimately, the MSI MEG X570 Unify is a perfect mid-range model, which is perfect for you if you are looking for a high-performance mainboard without RGB lighting and a subtle black design.
It is also excellent value for money as it offers the best VRM you can get in this price range. The processing quality is extremely high, and the range of functions is fantastic (apart from the Realtek network card).
- Extremely high-quality VRMs for overclocking
- 2.5 GB LAN
- Top BIOS
- 4x SATA only
- Very expensive
- No RGB
ASRock X570 Creator
The ASRock X570 Creator is even more expensive. But what do you get for the proud surcharge of around 180 euros compared to the MSI Unify? On the one hand, you get a 10GB LAN Aquantia controller and a second Intel 1GB connection. Then there are 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports that are rarely found.
More SATA ports, a whopping 10 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and a Type-C are also included. The Realtek ALC1220 audio is self-evident, as is the Wifi 6 module. You also have OC features comparable to Unify, but this board is more of an “all-rounder” with all the additional connections. You have to decide whether this is worth the high surcharge.
- 2x Thunderbolt 3
- 10 GB Aquantia LAN + 1GB Intel LAN
- 8x SATA
- Only 2x M.2
- Extremely expensive
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
The Creator from ASRock is a bit out of line. The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme is only trimmed for one thing: performance. And that without restriction and unconditional. It is definitely the best X570 motherboard on the market and, therefore, currently the best Ryzen 3000 motherboard.
The fact is: This part can do EVERYTHING except Thunderbolt 3. But for the steep price, you can expect that too. In addition, there is the ingenious look and the extremely high-quality workmanship. If you are looking for a Ryzen 3000 motherboard that can do everything (and is whisper-quiet) and only wants the highest quality components, you will be happy with this.
Nevertheless, the passive cooling (without fan) and the unique 16 phase VRM are the “only” two features that really set this mainboard apart from its competition. Because other features such as 10GB LAN, WiFi, OC functions (CMOS, power, reset button, postcode, etc.) or three M.2 slots are available for far less money. So think about it carefully because, for most, this monster will be total overkill.
- The only passively cooled X570 on the market
- Best VRM on the market for AM4
- Extremely many high-end features
- Absolutely overpriced
- No Thunderbolt 3