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

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Overclocking features

We're also including all secondary features that could be important for overclockers in this segment. It's worth noting that with Ryzen the bClk is not overclockable by default, unless the motherboard manufacturer has placed an extra baseclock generator. The average overclocker won't need it, however it's a required component for serious overclockers.

The amount of fan headers is generally in order. We only feel that the Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi is lacking in fan headers, since it only has two. Also, most 4-pin headers support PWM, and if they don't, there's generally a good reason, for example it could be a special header for connecting a water cooling pump.


On-board buttons for power and reset are useful for overclockers.

Serious overclockers require on-board problem diagnosis and on-board power and reset buttons. The ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professionsl Gaming, ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero & Extreme, Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 & K7 and MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium offer all these features and distinguish themselves positively for this target audience. Extreme overclockers will probably ignore the Aorus Gaming 5 and MSI Xpower due to their lack of a baseclock generator.

  Fan headers (of which PWM) bClk adjustable Voltage measure points Probleem diagnosis On-board buttons
ASRock AB350M Pro4 3 (2) Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac 3 (3) Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming ITX/ac 3 (3) Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 5 (4) Nee Nee Ja Nee
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming 5 (5) Ja Nee Ja Ja
ASRock X370 Killer SLI 5 (5) Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASRock X370 Taichi 5 (5) Ja Nee Ja Nee
ASUS Prime X370-Pro 6 (6) Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix B350-F Gaming  6 (6) Nee Nee Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming 7 (7) Ja Nee Nee Nee
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero 8 (7) Ja Ja Ja Ja
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme 12 (11) Ja Ja Ja Ja
Biostar X370GT3 3 (3) Ja Nee Nee Nee
Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 3 (3) Nee Nee Nee Nee
Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 5 (5) Nee Nee Nee Nee
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFI 2 (2) Nee Nee Nee Nee
Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 5 (5) Ja Nee Nee Nee
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 8 (8) Nee Nee Ja Ja
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7 8 (8) Ja Nee Ja Ja
MSI B350M Mortar 4 (4) Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI B350 Tomahawk 6 (5) Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon 6 (6) Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI X370 SLI Plus 6 (6) Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI X370 Krait Gaming 6 (6) Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon 6 (6) Nee Nee Nee Nee
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium 6 (6) Nee Ja Ja Ja

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