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.
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.
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.
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.