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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Conclusion

It's probably a change of pace for the motherboard manufacturers to design modern, well-equipped AMD products. However nearly every participating manufacturer has succeeded in releasing one or more products on the market that we'd recommend. We're taking a look at all our recommendations from entry-level to high-end.

Affordable recommendations

 

Are you planning on building a Ryzen system that is as cheap as possible? Then the ASRock AB350M Pro4 is an excellent base for that system: it has no special features, however it is very solid. We're giving this board with our Great Value Award.

In the segment above that the MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon is our favourite. It's an affordable socket AM4 motherboard that has nearly all features that you'd want: USB 3.1, M.2, Intel network and good audio. Thanks to its relatively hefty power supply you can also get a nice 24/7-overclock without any issues. You should really only spend more than this if you want to use multiple graphics cards, or if you want to do some serious overclocking.

According to us the ASUS Prime X370-Pro is the best middle-class board. The X370 chipset supports SLI and it also offers more than MSI in the form of a better power supply. Furthermore the Prime X370-Pro features an RGB header and more USB and SATA connections. You pay a bit more, but it's well worth your money. ASUS has some homework to do in the area of USB 3.1 speeds however, but in the grand scheme of things this is only a small downside.

The golden mean

If you want to get the most out of your Ryzen, you should look out for a baseclock generator. This component is what allows you to adjust the baseclock of the AM4 CPUs. The Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 is the cheapest board with this chip, however the power supply is too mediocre for us to recommend it to overclockers.

The ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming combines such a bClk generator with a very good power supply and an extensive feature set, which means that this board is eligible for an Excellent Choice Award. The equally-priced Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 does not feature a bClk generator, however it comes with more USB 3.1 ports, in addition to an extra LAN port and on-board buttons. The non-extreme overclockers are possibly presented with an even more interesting option by Gigabyte, which means that they also go home with an Excellent Choice Award.

The ASRock X370 Taichi is a bit more expensive and stands out due to its very complete power supply. It also is the only board to support DTS Connect. Unfortunately, the slow WiFi chip and the relatively low amount of fan headers keep the board from receiving any awards. The same goes for the Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming from the same company - what's more, these choices are quite remarkable considering the price of these boards.

Crème de la crème

In the high-end segment Gigabyte combines all advantages of the cheaper models in one product. The Aorus AX370 Gaming K7 features no less than four USB 3.1 ports, dual ethernet, a bClk generator and a bunch of RGB lighting. The first Ultimate Product Award goes to Gigabyte for these reasons.

ASUS also bags the highest award with its Crosshair VI Hero. The number of USB ports of the Hero goes through the roof, while we are also very pleased with the excellent power supply and sublime audio quality. The Crosshair VI Extreme does not really distinguish itself and in our opinion it's not worth its extra cost; you could say that ASUS has made the Hero 'too good'.

Special: Mini-ITX

Last but not least, we have to talk about the Mini-ITX boards. In our opinion the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac is the most interesting option, due to its relatively good power supply and the good Intel NIC. The two fan headers of the Gigabyte competitor are a serious downside - they're really not enough.


ASRock AB350M Pro4


MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac
ASUS Prime X370-Pro
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming


Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero


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