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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AM4-lineups of Gigabyte & MSI

For now, Gigabyte is the only manufacturer that sent us an A320 motherboard. The A320MA-M.2 only costs about 60 pounds and is by far the cheapest board of this test, however it's really designed for a relatively power-efficient APU. Gigabyte also offers an affordable board for those looking to use a Ryzen CPU, namely the AB350 Gaming 3 for 110 pounds.

Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3
The Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 and AB350 Gaming 3.

A remarkable option is the AB350N-Gaming WiFi, an ITX board based on the B350 chipset. This board is priced similarly to the AB350 Gaming 3 and therefore it can also not be called expensive. There's also one more model from the Ultra Durable series, namely the AX370 Gaming K3, an entry-level X370 board with a fairly robust feature set.

We also tested the AX370 Gaming 5 and the AX370 Gaming K7 from the Aorus series, which features more expensive gaming boards. The boards are high-end and feature among other things dual ethernet and a bunch of RGB lighting.

Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7
The Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7.

MSI

Let's be honest here: MSI has had a rough start with their AM4 motherboards. At most price points the competition simply offered more bang for the buck and their high-end overclocking board, the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium, lacked a bClk generator which meant that it was not possible to overclock it. The SLI Plus of the Z270 platform is known as a solid option with good network and audio chips, however the AM4 variant had low-end specifications in those areas.

MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium
The MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium.

They've fully recovered now however. Recently we were very pleased with the B350 Gaming Pro Carbon, a very complete socket AM4 motherboard for a very attractive price. Even after price reductions from various other models MSI offers attractively-priced options, so we're interested to see how they compare to the rest of the market.

MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon
We're very enthusiastic about the MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon.


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