With the launch of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors, the Navi cards and the RTX Super line-up, you might be looking to build a new PC. Choosing the right motherboard for your shiny new AMD powered build is the first important step. For this, start out by outlining your budget. In general, go for a B450 board for budget builds, X470 for mid-range builds and X570 for an enthusiast build. Keep in mind that PCIe 4.0 is only supported for X570 boards and for an SLI set-up go for one with an X470 chipset. Here are some of our recommendations:
Also, note that due to recent complaints regarding poor BIOS integration of the MSI Tomahawk B450, it has been neglected from our picks.
- Price: ₹9,300
- Recommended CPUs: Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 3700X
- B450 Chipset
MSI’s B450 Gaming Plus is an ITX board that offers essential specs without breaking the bank. It offers 4 DDR4 slots that can hold up to 64GB of dual-channel RAM at speeds of up to 3466 MHz when overclocked with A-XMP OC Mode. It lacks VRM cooling but makes up for that deficit with almost similar specs to the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon. For the microATX version, you can go for this board (₹6,985), which is capped at only 2 DIMM slots. While the resolution is capped at 4096×2160 @ 30Hz or 2560×1600 @ 60Hz, both the boards make up for great budget picks
- Price: ₹16,050
- Recommended CPUs: Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 7 3800X, Ryzen 9 3900X
- X470 Chipset
The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon by MSI features top of the line components with few compromises compared to more expensive boards and packs an excellent VRM. It’s good enough to handle even a 3900X! It, however, doesn’t support BIOS flashback; so you will require an older Ryzen CPU to update the BIOS. It also comes with 4 DDR4 slots that can hold up to 64GB of dual-channel RAM at speeds of up to 3466 MHz when overclocked. For storage, it contains 8 SATA III ports and two M.2 NVMe slots, one of which can operate at speeds of up to 32 Gb/s.
- Price: ₹16,900
- Recommended CPUs: Ryzen 9 3900X
- X570 Chipset
The ASUS TUF Gaming X570 plus is one of the more affordable X570 boards which supports the Ryzen 3000 series of processors and offers PCIe 4.0 at a budget. It consists of 4 DDR4 slots with support for ECC and non-ECC memory with a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. It also comes with a VRM Heatsink and Thermal Pad, along with an active chipset heatsink and an M.2 heatsink as well to ensure optimal performance under all conditions. Moreover, a CUSTOM DELTA SUPERFLO FAN is also included which is rated for up to 60,000 hours.
- Price: ₹33,271
- Recommended CPUs: Ryzen 9 3900X
The ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero comes with LN2 support, a Safe Boot which preserves your OC settings and top-of-the-line VRM and error codes, making it the go-to board for enthusiast PC builds. While the MSI X570 Ace and the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master are valid alternatives to it, ASUS has a long history of making reliable mainboards with excellent BIOS compatibility. It comes integrated with 2.5 Gbps Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet and ASUS LANGuard protection. It also comes with an Active PCH heatsink, M.2 aluminum heatsink, and ROG Cooling Zone to ensure optimal performance under heavy loads.
- Gigabyte Aorus Extreme (X570, ₹58,659)
- Asrock Taichi (X570, $279.99/ ₹22,000)
- Asus Prime Pro (X470, ₹14,100)
Conclusion: Best Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs:
AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 CPUs have revolutionized the CPU market, shaking Intel’s very foundations and setting the stage for a much more consumer
- For Budget Builds: MSI B450 Gaming Plus
- For Mid-Range Builds:
- ASUS TUF Gaming X570 Plus: X570 At a Budget
- For Enthusiast Builds: ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero