You'll want to get one of the best AMD motherboards possible if you're considering a Ryzen CPU for your new PC build. We're sure you don't need us to tell you that the motherboard is the vital glue that houses your components and allows you to take advantage of the impressive specs found in the best CPUs, as well as the best graphics cards. And with the appearance of AMD's 3rd generation Ryzen 3000 CPUs, selecting the best motherboard for your AMD build is something that you really don't want to overlook.
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Choosing the right motherboard for your needs is far more than just powering your shiny new components. You'll have to figure out how many PCIe and M.2 slots you'll need to work with during the build and picking the right motherboard will also impact the number of USB and other ports you'll have to work with once you've finished.
It's tempting to buy used or dated because, let's face it, the disparity between a couple of chipset generations is typically negligible. Having said that, investing in the most recent models gives you a far greater chance of keeping up when it's time to upgrade. Unfortunately, replacing a motherboard and CPU is no small undertaking so if you can afford it, it's well worth future-proofing as much as you can when making your decision.
There are several things you should be aware of when choosing the best AMD motherboard, whether that's from our list or elsewhere. You'll need to decide on the type of processor you're planning to pick up before choosing your motherboard as the socket type and CPU generation will dictate which motherboards will work. There's also the form factor to consider, whether that's ATX, micro ATX or mini ATX. If you're buying the motherboard and CPU together, compatibility shouldn't be an issue as AMD's current-gen Ryzen CPUs (not including Threadripper) use AMD's AM4 socket. But if you already own an AMD CPU and are just looking to replace or upgrade your mobo, be aware that 1st generation Ryzen CPUs aren't compatible with the new X570 motherboards.
And finally, not all motherboards support using two GPUs or processor overclocking (not that we recommend SLI or CrossFire for gaming purposes these days). If that's a big part of your plan, you'll need to make sure the motherboard supports those features. For multi-GPU use, you'll be best off with an X-series chipset, while overclocking should be fine on any X-series (X370/X470/X570) or B-series (B350/B450) chipset.
1. MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI
The best AMD Motherboard
Chipset: X570 | Memory: (4) DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-4400 | PCIe slots: x16, x16 (x8), x16 (x4), (2) x1 | Video ports: HDMI | USB ports: (8) rear IO, (4) internal | Storage: (2) M.2, (6) SATA | Network: Ethernet, 2.4Gbps 802.11ac | Lighting: Three zone RGB (3) RGB header
The MSI MPG X570 represents an amalgamation of bleeding-edge motherboard tech, built to help you get the most out of AMD's 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs. It has four DIMM slots that can handle speeds up to 4400MHz (there's not much point going beyond DDR4-3800) and two M.2 slots sporting PCIe 4.0. MSI's MPG X570 is all about getting the most out of the best components.
The rear I/O panel features 7 USB-A ports for peripherals, as well as a single USB-C port for connectivity and high-speed data transfer. There are headers for the included wireless antenna to help with wireless connectivity, as well as a gigabit Ethernet port. The MPG X570 does support 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 really recommend using an AMD APU with integrated graphics in a high-end board like this).
The pair of M.2 slots each have a dedicated heat shield and fan, and while this does help prevent potential thermal throttling, it makes installing or replacing them a more delicate process than with their exposed counterparts. Frequent part swappers are better off without the heat shield.
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 certainly an excellent mobo, if you aren't already committed to a shopping list of top-of-the-line components now or in the near future, you may want to consider a slightly less expensive board for your needs. The MSI X570-A Pro omits some of the extras like Wi-Fi and the M.2 shields, but it still runs fine and costs nearly $100 less.
2. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi)
The best high-end AMD motherboard
Chipset: X570 | Memory: (4) DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-4800 | PCIe slots: (2) x16, (1) x8 | Video ports: HDMI and DVI-D | USB ports: (10) rear IO, (7) internal | Storage: (2) M.2, (8) SATA | Network: 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Wi-Fi | Lighting: Aura Lighting
The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) is another excellent if opulent board for 3rd gen Ryzen processors. This gaming motherboard comes packed with all of the trappings you'd expect, including an on-board thermal sensor, onboard power and reset buttons, and a BIOS flashback option on the rear IO panel. The board even has it's I/O shield pre-mounted to avoid any embarrassing mishaps after you've screwed in all of the stand-offs.
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 along with a pair of M.2 SSDs. These specs are generally par for the course, however, an array of 10 USB-A ports as well as USB-C support for a front panel connection provide ample support for any number of peripherals, which helps 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 problematic. This isn't a glaring issue but does add an extra step whenever you're trying to upgrade your storage. Overall, this board has tons of attractive features, but its comparatively steep price tag may draw your eye to more affordable offerings.
3. ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac
The best mini-ITX board
Chipset: B450 | Memory: (2) DIMM, 32GB, DDR4-3466 | PCIe slots: x16 | Video ports: HDMI and DisplayPort | USB ports: (6) rear IO | Storage: (1) M.2, (4) SATA | Network: 1x Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, | Lighting: None
Packing even a mainstream chipset into a mini-ITX board usually means deep cuts, the inevitable sacrifice of a number of features in favor of that smaller form factor. ASRock's Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac stands out from and increasingly crowded mini-ITX crowd by fielding a petite board without slicing off any of the most important selling points.
For less than $120, you get excellent performance-per-dollar with excellent overclocking support for both the CPU and memory. It's competitive in performance terms with most X470 boards at a significant price discount, really only losing a handful of USB ports in the move to mini-ITX. If you're looking for a small but highly capable mobo at an excellent price, look no further.
4. Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5
The best X370 motherboard
Chipset: X370 | Memory: (4) DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-3200 | PCIe slots: x16, x16 (x8), x16 (x4), (2) x1 | Video ports: HDMI | USB ports: (10) rear IO, (9) internal | Storage: (2) M.2, (6) SATA | Network: Ethernet, 1.73Gbps 802.11ac | Lighting: Three zone RGB, (2) RGB header
Unsurprisingly, the X370 version in the Auros stable is also an excellent board, a fantastic, inexpensive mobo that will still satisfy the majority of gaming builds. While it's not really optimized for overclocking (our testing with a Ryzen 7 1700X chip peaked at 4GHz), it's an excellent option for anyone looking to shave a few dollars off their motherboard cost to tuck into other more vital components.
It does lack Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so if you're not parking it next to a handy Ethernet connection you may want to reconsider (you'd be better spending the few extra dollars a Wi-Fi card would cost you upgrading to a board that natively supports it), but is otherwise a fully featured, highly capable motherboard that can be had at a very reasonable price.
5. Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3
The best budget AMD board
Chipset: B350 | Memory: (4) DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-3200 | PCIe slots: x16, x16 (x4), x16 (x1), (2) x1 | Video ports: HDMI and DVI-D | USB ports: (7) rear IO, (6) internal | Storage: (1) M.2, (6) SATA | Network: 1x Gigabit Ethernet | Lighting: 2, 1x 4-pin RGB & 1x 5-pin RGBW
If you're in the market for a B350 board at a great price that's still loaded up with features, Gigabyte's AB350-Gaming 3 is an excellent choice, and can often be had for right around the $80 mark. It packs 4 DIMMs with support for up to 64 GB of RAM and a full three PCIe slots (though only the top lane gets a full serving of bandwidth). There's a raft of USB ports, including speedy 10Gbps USB 3.1 2nd gen, and robust support for RGB lighting effects, if you've got a tempered glass window on your case and want to showcase your internals.
The AB350 is a perfect example of trimming away fat to provide an excellent board at the lowest possible price, something Gigabyte excels at (as the rest of this roundup has proven in spades). For an AMD build with a responsible budget, it's one of the best options available.