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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.

Sours: https://www.pcgamer.com/best-AMD-motherboards/

Socket AM4

CPU socket for AMD processors with Zen and Excavator architectures

Socket AM4 is a PGAmicroprocessor socket used by AMD's central processing units (CPUs) built on the Zen (including Zen+, Zen 2 and Zen 3) and Excavator microarchitectures.[1][2]

AM4 was launched in September 2016 and was designed to replace the sockets AM3+, FM2+ and FS1b as a single platform. It has 1331 pin slots and is the first from AMD to support DDR4 memory as well as achieve unified compatibility between high-end CPUs (previously using Socket AM3+) and AMD's lower-end APUs (on various other sockets).[3][4] In 2017, AMD made a commitment to using the AM4 platform with socket 1331 until 2020.[5][6][7]

Features[edit]

The X370 chipset supports multiple graphics cards. But the number of available PCIe lanes depends on the CPU/APU.

Heatsink[edit]

The AM4 socket specifies the 4 holes for fastening the heatsink to the motherboard to be placed in the corners of a rectangle with a lateral length of 54×90 mm. Previous sockets have 48×96 mm.

Some heat sinks for older sockets are not compatible.[10][11] Some cooler manufacturers, however, are reported to be offering brackets allowing previously manufactured coolers to work with AM4,[12] while other coolers will be redesigned.[13][14] Alternatively, some motherboard makers are including both AM3 and AM4 cooler mounting holes, allowing previous generation coolers to be used.[15] AM4 coolers that use a two-pronged bracket approach (such as the AMD Wraith Prism) to mount the cooler will work with AM4 and all the way back to Socket 754/939.

Chipsets[edit]

Main article: List of AMD chipsets § AM4 chipsets

Socket AM4 is currently a base for 8 chipset models. While the processors for this socket have been designed as systems on a chip (SoC), with the traditional northbridge and southbridge on board the processor, the motherboard chipset will increase the number of PCI Express lanes and other connectivity options. These connectivity options include: NVMe, SATA, and USB 3.2 Gen 2.[2][14][16] There also exists chipset-less variations of A320 and X370, called A300 and X300 respectively, that rely solely on the SoC integrated into the CPU; these chips are designed solely for small form factor (SFF) systems where there is a possibility that there is not enough space on the board to fit an actual chipset; these 'chipsets' are also solely available for OEM use only and are not available for purchase with SFF boards.[2][14][17]

Chipset Release date PCI Express, PCIeUSB: 3.2 Gen 2,
3.2 Gen 1, 2.0
Storage features Processor
overclocking
TDPCPU support[18]Architecture
PCIe lanes[a]CrossFireSLISATA ports RAIDAMD StoreMIExcavatorZenZen+Zen 2Zen 3
Knoll Not a real chipset, but a simple activator chip which signals the processor to use its own integrated IO die [b]
A320 February 2017[19]PCIe 2.0 ×4 No No 1, 2, 6 4 0,
1,
10
No No ~5 W[20]Yes Yes Yes Varies[c]Promontory
B350 February 2017[19]PCIe 2.0 ×6 Yes 2, 2, 6 Yes
X370 February 2017[19]PCIe 2.0 ×8 Yes 2, 6, 6 8
B450 March 2018[21]PCIe 2.0 ×6 No 2, 2, 6 4 Yes Yes,
with PBO
Varies[d]Yes Varies[d][22]
X470 March 2018[21]PCIe 2.0 ×8 Yes 2, 6, 6 8
A520 August 2020[23]PCIe 3.0 ×6 No No 1, 2, 6 4 No No No No Yes
B550 [e]June 2020[24]PCIe 3.0 ×10[25]Yes No 2, 2, 6 6 Yes,
with PBO
X570 July 2019[26]PCIe 4.0 ×16 Yes 8, 0, 4 12 ~15 W[27][28][f]Yes Matisse or Vermeer
AMD Pro 500 Not a real chipset, but a simple activator chip which signals the processor to use its own integrated IO die
  1. ^PCIe lanes provided by the chipset. The CPU provides other PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 lanes.
  2. ^Two settings of Knoll activator exist: A300 platform, overclock disabled; and X300 platform, overclock enabled
  3. ^BIOS update needed. Availability may depend on manufacturer.
  4. ^ abBeta BIOS updates may be made available by motherboard manufacturers.
  5. ^OEM-only variants B550A with and two more USB ports and two more PCIe lanes added; and Pro 560, and Pro 565 with overclock disabled, also exist.
  6. ^7W on passive cooling (termed X570s).

Compatibility[edit]

In 2020, AMD faced some criticism when it was announced on 7 May that the Zen 3/Ryzen 5000 microprocessors would only be compatible with newer 500-series AM4 motherboards.[29][30][31] This was explained as motherboard BIOS's sizes not being large enough to support the full range of AM4 socket processors.[29][31] This had upset some of the user base as, described by Anandtech, they "...had assumed that this meant any AM4 platform based motherboard would be able to accept all processor made from 2016 to 2020, including the new Zen 3...".[31] After the announcement some motherboard manufacturers announced they were planning to add in support for Zen 3 processors via BIOS updates.[29][32]

On 19 May 2020, however, AMD changed its position and stated that Zen 3 would be coming to selected older X470 and B450 motherboards via a BIOS update.[33] This would be achieved by disabling support for some older AM4 processors in the BIOS ROM in order to allocate space to support the newer processors.[33][34][31]

See also[edit]

Weblinks[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Socket AM4.

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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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