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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Internal: Power supply

Compared to what we're used to seeing from Intel boards, the socket AM4 boards all feature a fairly robust power supply. Running a Ryzen 3 or Ryzen 5 processor at standard speeds should not be a problem at all for every board. Even though the number of phases does not tell the whole story, it's a good indication of whether a board is capable of overclocking. Our rule of thumb is that you should get a board with no less than six phases for the CPU itself (VCore) if you're planning to do some overclocking. Some boards look really impressive on paper due to their total amount of phases, however many of those phases are used for the SoC part of the processor or for the integrated GPU (in the case of an APU).


The ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming features a very extensive power supply.

We're most impressed with the components that ASRock has chosen for their more expensive boards. The X370 Professional Gaming and Taichi feature twelve phases that are used for the CPU. The ROG Crosshair VI boards from ASUS are also excellent choices for die-hard overclockers. If you're fine with a simple 24/7-overclock, for example to 4 GHz, we'd highly recommend the ASUS Prime X370-Pro, ROG Strix X370-F Gaming, Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 and K7.

The MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon is a relatively affordable model, despite its very decent power supply. Even an overclocked Ryzen 7 1800X runs without any issues on that board, according to our tests. At this point we'd prefer the ASRock boards if we were buying an ITX board.

  # power phases PWM controller VCore/VSoc
ASRock AB350M Pro4 9 Intersil ISL95712 6+3
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac 8 Intersil ISL95712 6+2
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming ITX/ac 8 Intersil ISL95712 6+2
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 12 IR35201 10+2
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming 16 IR35201 12+4
ASRock X370 Killer SLI 12 IR35201 10+2
ASRock X370 Taichi 16 IR35201 12+4
ASUS Prime X370-Pro 10 Digi+ ASP1405I 6+4
ASUS ROG Strix B350-F Gaming  8 Digi+ ASP1106 4+4
ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming 10 Digi+ ASP1405I 6+4
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero 12 Digi+ ASP1405I 8+4
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Extreme 12 Digi+ ASP1405I 8+4
Biostar X370GT3 7 Intersil ISL95712 4+3
Gigabyte A320MA-M.2 7 Intersil ISL95712 4+3
Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 7 Intersil ISL95712 4+3
Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFI 6 IR35201 4+2
Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 7 Intersil ISL95712 4+3
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 10 IR35201 6+4
Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming K7 10 IR35201 6+4
MSI B350M Mortar 6 Richtek RT8894A 4+2
MSI B350 Tomahawk 6 Richtek RT8894A 4+2
MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon 10 Richtek RT8894A 8+2
MSI X370 SLI Plus 10 Richtek RT8894A 8+2
MSI X370 Krait Gaming 10 Richtek RT8894A 8+2
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon 10 Richtek RT8894A 8+2
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium 10 IR35201 6+4

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