With the launch of so many new products in the PC world over the last few months, a lot of you might be in the market to build a new computer. The motherboard can be a tricky component to choose though but is also an important one. With this article, we aim to help you choose the best motherboard based on your needs. With the recent release of the Zen 2 processors, going with AMD makes the most sense for the majority of buyers at the moment, and thus we will be focusing on AM4 motherboards in this one.
The B450M Pro4 by AsRock is an extremely affordable motherboard which does a good job of not skimping out on the basics. It offers all basic features in a motherboard and has solid VRMs. At the time of writing, you can buy this from ITDepot for under ₹6,000. Keep in mind that a BIOS update is required to make this board work with the Zen 2 processors, and since this board doesn’t have a USB flashback feature, you will need access to either an older processor or a shop willing to do it for you.
I’d recommend this motherboard to people building a PC for office tasks and gaming. If you plan on gaming, I’d encourage you to grab an older processor like the Ryzen 5 1600 and then upgrading to the Ryzen 3600 in the future. On the other hand, if you are going to use this for office tasks, I’d buy one of the processors with integrated graphics like the Ryzen 3 3200G and 3400G.
The Tomahawk MAX is a B450 board specifically made for the third generation of Ryzen processors, and thus not only works right out of the box with them but is guaranteed to work with them unlike the regular Tomahawk, which is a great board but had some issues with the Zen 2 processors. Available for under ₹11,000 on ITDepot at the time of writing, it is a no-brainer.
The TUF X570 by ASUS hits a sweet spot in terms of performance and price. It comes in at about ₹17,000 on ITDepot at the time of writing, it is one of the most affordable x570 boards all while making as few compromises as possible to reach that price. It has the best thermals among boards priced similarly from other vendors and is overall a very solid option.
I would recommend this motherboard to people building a PC with productivity in mind, and that need to move large files regularly. Pair this with a PCIe 4.0 SSD and a Ryzen 9 3900x.
Some of the more expensive motherboard options definitely do things better than the three I’ve mentioned in this article, but are, in my opinion, mostly meaningless unless the person is into hardcore overclocking, but this article isn’t meant for them. These three motherboards should suffice the needs of the majority of people, at a reasonable price point.