26 AMD socket AM4 motherboards review: the best boards for Ryzen

Which manufacturer offers the best base for your Ryzen build?

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Connectivity: Audio and video

The majority of the socket AM4 motherboards feature the high-end Realtek ALC1220 codec. This is a good sign, since it's generally a solid base for good audio features. Unfortunately a number of cheaper boards and a surprisingly large amount of MSI boards feature worse DACs.

DTS Connect, a feature that sends surround sound through S/PDIF, is only present on a single board: the X370 Taichi. If you require that functionality, you won't have to think long about your choice. Digital stereo sound is present on practically every board however: only very affordable options do not feature an optical output.

Some more expensive ASRock and ASUS boards feature extra amplifiers, which allows you to connect a high-impedance headphone directly to your motherboard.

  Codec S/PDIF DTS Connect Amplifier
ASRock AB350M Pro4 Realtek ALC892 Nee Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming ITX/ac Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Ti Ne5532
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Ti Ne5532
ASRock X370 Killer SLI Realtek ALC892 Ja Nee Nee
ASRock X370 Taichi Realtek ALC1220 Ja Ja Ti Ne5532
ASUS Prime X370-Pro Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix B350-F Gaming  Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Ti RC4580
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee ESS ES9023P
Biostar X370GT3 Realtek ALC887 Nee Nee Nee
Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 Realtek ALC887 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFI Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7 Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
MSI B350M Mortar Realtek ALC892 Ja Nee Nee
MSI B350 Tomahawk Realtek ALC892 Nee Nee Nee
MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
MSI X370 SLI Plus Realtek ALC892 Nee Nee Nee
MSI X370 Krait Gaming Realtek ALC892 Nee Nee Nee
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Realtek ALC1220 Ja Nee Nee

In terms of monitor outputs HDMI is clearly the most popular one. DisplayPort is only found on a couple of expensive boards, while VGA is only found on budget options. Some high-end boards don't feature any monitor outputs, however they're clearly not meant for usage with an APU. Let it be clear: if you're using a Ryzen CPU without an integrated graphics chip, you won't be able to use the monitor outputs anyway.

  VGA DVI HDMI DisplayPort
ASRock AB350M Pro4 Ja Ja Ja Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac Nee Nee Ja Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming ITX/ac Nee Nee Ja Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 Nee Nee Ja Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASRock X370 Killer SLI Nee Nee Ja Nee
ASRock X370 Taichi Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASUS Prime X370-Pro Nee Nee Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Strix B350-F Gaming  Nee Nee Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming Nee Nee Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme Nee Nee Nee Nee
Biostar X370GT3 Nee Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 Ja Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 Nee Ja Ja Nee
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFI Nee Nee Ja Ja
Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 Nee Nee Ja Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 Nee Nee Ja Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7 Nee Nee Ja Nee
MSI B350M Mortar Nee Ja Ja Ja
MSI B350 Tomahawk Ja Ja Ja Nee
MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon Nee Ja Ja Nee
MSI X370 SLI Plus Nee Ja Ja Nee
MSI X370 Krait Gaming Nee Ja Ja Nee
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Nee Ja Ja Nee
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Nee Nee Ja Ja

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