The Best AM4 Motherboards of 2020 | Our Top 6 AMD Ryzen Motherboards

Best AM4 Motherboard

AMD's line of Ryzen CPUs are now into their 3rd generation and have done something no-one would have expected just 6 months ago. That's right, for the first in - well forever - AMD has actually surpassed Intel in the battle for CPU hierarchy. Their incredibly powerful Ryzen 5 3950X CPU currently sits at the top of the CPU list thanks to an abundance of power across both single and multi-core processes.

It isn't just the 3950X that impressed us though; the entire lineup of 3rd Gen CPU's from AMD hit shelves showcasing fantastic performance that either exceeded or equaled that of their Intel counterpart. Furthermore, AMD has stuck to their word by designing all the latest chips with AM4 compatibility.

That means whether you're looking for the best X570 or a budget B450, you'll be able to find a motherboard within your price range that can house one of these great chips.

The two main chipsets that sit at the heart of this article are the X570 and X470. Having said that, we'll also be showcasing B450 motherboards as they offer a price point that is unrivaled by the more expensive chipsets.

It's a great way of looking at the diversity that AMD consumers have to play with and also helps cover not only premium motherboards but budget boards as well.

Hopefully, after reading this article you will have a thorough understanding of what differences you are likely to find between various boards and which ones best suit your specific needs. Similar to our best Z390 article, we have tried to separate the boards into individual categories to showcase their specific pro's.

So, with all being said, let's not waste any more time and dive straight into what we have rated as the best AM4 motherboards available.

Our Best AM4 Pick
MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE

MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE

Best motherboard for high-end gaming builds

MSI's X570 Godlike is, without doubt, the best motherboard in this guide. It comes to shelves offering everything you'd need to build a high-end PC of the highest standard.

The MSI MEG X570 Godlike is by far the most expensive AM4 socket in this best of guide but we feel it justifies its price tag. It comes to the table with cutting edge performance levels, newly enhanced build quality, and a bucket load of features that have been custom designed for high-end builds.

If what you're looking for is brilliant performance wrapped inside a gnarly, RGB riddled package then look no further, the MSI X570 Godlike ticks all those boxes and then some.

Mid-range X570
ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)

ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)

Runner up AM4 motherboard for gaming builds

The ASUS X570 TUF Gaming is our favoured mid-range motherboard recommendation and for good reason. It comes to the table offering extremely good value for money. This is the perfect board for PC builders who prioritize future expansion and build quality.

The first thing that struck me when viewing the ASUS TUF X570-PLUS was it's striking looks. Most (sensible) people probably make features and performance their number one priorities, however, we simply couldn't ignore how well this thing looks at the heart of an AMD build.

Looks aside though, the performance levels of this board are extremely high thanks to its 12 + 2 Phase IR Digital PWM design. Overclocking was clearly high on ASUS's agenda when developing this product as the potential is pretty impressive.

This board has a whole bunch of cool features that we explore in more detail further down, but ultimately, it's our runner up and is another superb product from ASUS.

Low/mid range X570
MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

Best Budget X570

The MSI X570-A is truly the best of both worlds, great performance levels and features at an affordable price tag. It's what every consumer wants. It comes equipped with MSI's signature build quality and overclocking potential.

This is MSI's second entry into our best of guide and it's hard to argue against its position in this guide. It comes to shelves at sub $200- a price tag we feel is incredibly good value for money. The X570 range doesn't characteristically have many budget boards amongst its ranks. Having said that, this one certainly showcases excellent value for money at a reasonable price.

If you're looking for a powerful motherboard that comes to shelves equipped with good features, great build quality, and is affordable, then look no further.

The best Value X470
MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

The best all round X470

The MSI X470 Pro carbon has been geared towards gaming and does not disappoint in our performance tests. Quality features such as 64GB of 3,466Mhz RAM support, Extended Heatsink Design, and Mystic Light RGB are just some of the features you find with this board.

This is by far the most reasonably priced X470 motherboard we've looked at in this guide, don't be put off by its low price tag though. This board comes to the table with a fantastic array of features that cater towards gamers and enthusiasts alike.

MSI's signature Mystic Light has been utilized in this board and when paired with it's exciting new design creates a really attractive aesthetic that would make a great base for any gaming rig.

Best B450 motherboard
MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

Best motherboard for budget builds

The B450 Gaming Plus Max is by far the cheapest board in our list and comes to shelves boasting excellent value for money.

It offers up features you'd expect from more expensive boards whilst solving that tricky BIOS update issue for Ryzen 3000 CPUs.

The great thing about the B450 Gaming Plus max has to be its ability to pair with any of the Ryzen CPUs. A lot of B450/X470 motherboards don't have that facility and will require a BIOs update if you plan on pairing with a 3rd Gen CPU.

It also comes equipped with a nice design and a build quality that will last longer than its price tag would suggest.

Best Mini-ITX AM4 Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming

ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming

Best Motherboard for small form builds

The only motherboard in our list which caters towards the consumer looking to buy and build small. The mini-ITX from ASUS is super powerful for it's size and price. It also comes with some great features which are geared towards gamers making it a perfect fit for a LAN build.

If what you're looking to build is a small form factor PC that has a very small footprint then you must go with Mini-ITX for the form. The ASUS ROG STRIX X470-I gaming is the perfect starter point if this is your main agenda.

It comes with a bunch of cool features and benefits such as 32GB of RAM capacity, more than enough to perform most AAA game titles, and built in WIFI which you normally don't get with Mini-ITX.

How We Choose

How we choose our product recommendations is a question we get asked all the time here at WePC. The answer, ultimately, boils down to our dedicated team of PC enthusiasts. They spend hours researching and debating the newest technologies currently available so that when a list like this is compiled, they are bang up-to-date with what's best.

The following list is criteria that we implement into each product to make sure it's suitable for our audience. The categories are as follows:

  1. Staying up to date. No one wants to receive outdated information, so we do our due diligence to ensure we’re always on top of industry trends!
  2. Research is key. Tech is complicated and can be multifaceted, so we scoured the internet to find the motherboards everyone is using, what components are working best with those boards, and several other key factors.
  3. Narrowing down. Once we have a pool of candidates, we start narrowing down based on things such as: features, reviews, personal experience, etc. The final candidates are the ones that made the biggest impact.
  4. Performance Levels.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Gaming Motherboard

So above is stripped back, sneak peak at our list of best AM4 Socket motherboards. Now, you might be asking yourself, that's brilliant but what actually separates these boards from one another? What should I be looking for when deciding which to choose?

They're great questions and ones people ask regularly. We've decided to to break down the most important aspects of the motherboard and explain what they do and why they're important. We do this to educate you as an informed consumer is much more likely to make the correct component choice.

The following are some of the aspects of a motherboard you should be taking into consideration when researching which one to purchase.

Form Factor

Form factor, for lack of a better word, is the physical size of the board. In this article we cover a broad range of mother board forms so it's a great point to discuss the features and benefits of the main types. The most popular forms range from E-ATX (designed for PC enthusiasts looking to build the best of the best) right down to the Mini-ITX (for consumers who want a build with an extremely low footprint).

The footprint is something you need to figure out at the start of the build process. If you start a build not knowing the form factor of your board you might find at the end of the build certain components just won't fit. Which is going to be annoying, time consuming and potentially costly.

Below we have put the different forms into a chart so you can compare:

Form Factor
Form FactorSize (in inches)
Mini-ITX6.7 x 6.7
Mini-ATX5.9 x 5.9
microATX9.6 x 9.6
ATX12 x 9.6
eATX12 x 13

There you have the 5 most popular motherboard form factors and their corresponding dimensions. This should clear up any confusion you may have on form factor going forward. It's not just size that separates each of the forms though, let's waste no time getting into the socket and chipsets.

Socket

There are 2 main types of motherboard socket, the LGA 1151 and AMD's AM4. In this article we're concentrating on the AM4 socket, obviously.

The socket is the physical slot on the motherboard that holds your CPU in place. Intel has the LGA1151 and AMD have their AM4. This means AMD's latest 2700x processor WILL NOT be compatible with any of the LGA1151 boards and vice versa.

Please never try to force the wrong processor into the incorrect socket type as it can cause fatal damage to your newly purchased components. If you're ever unsure when putting components together always check our how to build a gaming PC article.

The great thing about AMD chips is they're only in their second generation so pretty much all the last couple of generation motherboards will support both 1st and 2nd gen chips.

Why not check out our hardware compatibility article to fully understand what components pair best with each other. 

Socket
MotherboardGigabyte Z390 Aorus XtremeMSI MEG X570 Godlike
ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900KAMD Ryzen 3900X
SocketLGA 1151AM4

Chipsets

Probably the most important factor when choosing which motherboard to start with is the chipset. The chipset, for those that are unaware, is the key factor in determining which features your motherboard comes with. The features range from PCIe lanes and SATA ports right through to overclocking support and the USB generation.

You really need to make sure you know your motherboards chipset before your start buying the other components or you might find yourself in a position where you've bought a piece of hardware that has nowhere to live.

Also, with technology advancements moving quicker than ever, always check to see if your specs are up-to-date. There are a number of older and cheaper boards that don't have M.2 support or DDR4 RAM for example.

Below is a rough chart of varied motherboards and what their chipsets have to offer:

Intel

Intel
ChipsetPCI Express LanesSATA PortsM.2 PortsUSB 3.1 Gen 1USB 3.1 Gen 2Overclocking Supported
H3106 PCIe 2.04NoneUp to 4NoneNo
B36012 PCIe 3.06Up to 2Up to 6Up to 4No
H37020 PCIe 3.06Up to 2Up to 8Up to 4No
Z37024 PCIe 3.06Up to 3Up to 10NoneYes

AMD

AMD
ChipsetPCI Express LanesSATA PortsM.2 PortsUSB 3.1 Gen 1USB 3.1 Gen 2Overclocking
Supported
A3201 PCIe 3.04216No
4 PCIe 2.0
B3501 PCIe 3.04226Yes
6 PCIe 2.0
X4702 PCIe 3.062210Yes
6 PCIe 2.0

Memory

Memory is one of the most important hardware components you can buy when you're putting an AMD build together. Due to the nature and build features of the Ryzen chips, the best way to maximize performance power is by equipping your build with rapid RAM.

Therefore you need to make sure your motherboard can accommodate the RAM you are wanting to pair it against. Things to be mindful of are: Max supported memory, memory speed, multi-channel support, and how many memory slots are on the board.

The easiest way to check whether your motherboard is compatible with the RAM you currently own or want to buy is in the motherboard spec's. It will tell you straight away how much and what speed RAM it can accommodate.

Alternatively you can have a look at your hardware compatibility page which should answer most of your questions.

Memory Location

Particularly important when purchasing a smaller form board is the location of the memory. You're probably asking yourself now, why would that be a problem, as long as it fits? Well strictly speaking, the memory location is rarely going to be an issue. However, if you're mad into overclocking you may have purchased a large, aftermarket custom CPU cooler.

In some cases, the larger than normal heat sink can become a real problem. Just make sure if you are choosing a larger cooler that the RAM is located far enough away to accommodate for both.

PCI slots

Peripheral Component Interconnect, or PCI, is the physical slot in which you can expand the capabilities of your basic system.

This includes, but not limited to things like:

  • Wifi card
  • Video card
  • Extra USB ports
  • NVMe expansion cards

There are two types of PCI slots: PCI and PCI Express (PCIe). The PCIe slot is a larger, faster version of the PCI slot and usually houses your graphics card. 

If you plan on having dual GPU's running then it's always important to make sure you have enough PCI slots. A lot of the time, manufacturers will compromise slot's to reduce the price, so making sure all your cards and expansion packs are catered for should be highly prioritized.

The other thing to look for is plenty of spacing. If you’re planning on running multiple GPUs that are large, you may need PCIe slots that are further apart to allow for adequate space.

Fan Headers

And finally we come to PWM headers, probably more popularly know as fan headers, which are the connector's between board and CPU fans. They're important because overclocking is becoming more and more popular, meaning demand for cooling has in turn become much greater.

What does that have to do with PWM headers you ask? Well, case manufacturers are implementing more and more fans in their cases, so to make use of them all you need a certain number of PWM headers.

It's not a massive deal in all honesty but something you should consider when buy a case with a lot of fans because a cheap board might not have the compatibility to accommodate all of them,

If you’re interested in learning more about motherboards, then you can read all about how motherboards are made, as well as what all of the main components do.

The 6 Best AM4 Motherboards

Product Details
MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE

MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE

  • intended build: AMD - High-end
  • form factor: E-ATX
  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X570
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ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)

ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)

  • intended build: Mid/High Builds
  • form factor: ATX
  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X570
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MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

  • intended build: Low/Mid range
  • form factor: ATX
  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X570
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MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

  • intended build: AMD Mid-range
  • form factor: ATX
  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X470
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MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

  • intended build: Budget build
  • form factor: ATX
  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: B450
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ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming

ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming

  • intended build: Mid/High end AMD builds
  • form factor: Mini-ITX
  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X470
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#1

MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE

Specs

  • Memory slots: 4 X DDR4
  • Max memory: 128GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 4,600+ MHz
  • 4 x PCIe x 16 slots
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 3

The MSI x570 Godlike is regarded as one of the best boards you can buy with a huge amount of features to go along with its rather large price tag. This motherboard is by no means a budget option as it comes with a high quality 14+4+1 digital power phase design, which requires the large thermal heat sink.

Design-wise it's hard to beat the MSI Godlike. The motherboard features Mystic Light RGB with an "infinity" RGB window in the corner. The board also has a small OLED display that will show you any debug codes when things go wrong or it can display temps for hardware monitoring.

Other more functional features include the Frozr heatsink design, M.2 expansion card, and 10g ethernet card. To the back of the board, we see a clear-CMOS button which is very handy for the overclocker. This Clear-CMOS function will allow you to push your RAM to the limits without having to go into your system and try to get the CMOS battery out. Next to the SMOS button sits a BIOS flash button so you can update your BIOS without breaking a sweat.

Overall this is a superb motherboard and its onboard WIFI capability is fantastic. MSI is not messing around with the Godlike, as you can probably tell from the Gigabit jack, 2.5 Gigabit jack, and the 10g ethernet card. This board can only enhance your build!

 

#2

ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)

Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: X570
  • Memory Slots: 4 X 288pin
  • Max Memory: 128GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 4,133MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 4.0/3.0
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 3.0/2.0
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 4.0
    • 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 3
  • USB Ports:
    • 2 x USB Type-C
    • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
    • 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
    • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1

ASUS TUF X570-Plus is one of their premium offerings which has been aimed primarily towards gamers, giving consumers a wide variety of popular features such as their signature RGB backlighting, a powerful delivery heatsink and support for upto DDR4-4,133Mhz RAM when overclocking.

Some people may be questioning whether or not it's worth upgrading their old X470 which has served them so effectively? Well, the biggest refinement which ASUS has made to the new X570 is in the souped up power delivery heatsink, something we have seen in ASUS products in recent history.

Another of the big differences we have seen from the last generation of boards is the increased RAM speed capacity which now sits at 4,133Mhz when overclocked. As many will know the perfect partnering RAM for any AMD chip will have speeds that are north of 2,600Mhz. Meaning this motherboard is perfectly assembled to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the components that it will inevitably be paired with.

#3

MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard

Specs

  • Memory slots: 4 X DDR4
  • Max memory: 128GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 4,600+ MHz
  • 4 x PCIe x 16 slots
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 3

The MSI x570 Godlike is regarded as one of the best boards you can buy with a huge amount of features to go along with its rather large price tag. This motherboard is by no means a budget option as it comes with a high quality 14+4+1 digital power phase design, which requires the large thermal heat sink.

Design-wise it's hard to beat the MSI Godlike. The motherboard features Mystic Light RGB with an "infinity" RGB window in the corner. The board also has a small OLED display that will show you any debug codes when things go wrong or it can display temps for hardware monitoring.

Other more functional features include the Frozr heatsink design, M.2 expansion card, and 10g ethernet card. To the back of the board, we see a clear-CMOS button which is very handy for the overclocker. This Clear-CMOS function will allow you to push your RAM to the limits without having to go into your system and try to get the CMOS battery out. Next to the SMOS button sits a BIOS flash button so you can update your BIOS without breaking a sweat.

Overall this is a superb motherboard and its onboard WIFI capability is fantastic. MSI is not messing around with the Godlike, as you can probably tell from the Gigabit jack, 2.5 Gigabit jack, and the 10g ethernet card. This board can only enhance your build!

 

#4

MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: X470
  • Memory Slots: 4 X 288pin
  • Max Memory: 64GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3,466 (OC) MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
    • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
    • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 1
  • USB Ports:
    • 1 x USB C
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1
    • 6 x USB 2.0

The X470 Pro Carbon from MSI is officially the best value X470 board on our list, however, don't be totally fooled with the price tag. MSI has equipped this motherboard with all the punch power you could need for a mid/high-end PC build.

64GB of 3,466Mhz is the maximum this board can handle but I think we're all in agreement when we say that for now, that is more than enough for your AAA game titles and multi-tasking purposes. MSI has also equipped the X470 with an extended heatsink which ensures high-end CPUs will run efficiently and at their maximum potential.

Unfortunately, if you do plan to pair this board with one of AMD's latest CPUs, you are going to have to go through a BIOS update process. Even though this is an inconvenience, it's actually a fair easy task to complete and will ensure you get the most out of this great board.

#5

MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: B450
  • Memory Slots: 4 X 288pin
  • Max Memory: 64GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3,466 (OC) MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
    • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
    • 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 1
  • USB Ports:
    • 1 x USB C
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1
    • 6 x USB 2.0

The Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk from MSI is officially the cheapest budget range board on our list, however, don't be totally fooled with the price tag. MSI has had to make some compromises to achieve the low price range but they have kept the core features gamers are most concerned about.

With 64GB of 3,466MHz RAM to play with, this board is perfect for an APU build. Having said that, you can still make use of the excellent features to pair this board with any of the Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs. You won't even have to update the BIOS either. MAX means this board is already updated to the latest BIOS so you can simply pop your new chip into this motherboard without the fear of a none boot.

Unfortunately, the Tomahawk only comes with 1 M.2 slot meaning future expansion is going to be fairly difficult if you're looking at using multiple M.2's. It's easy to let the tomahawk off though seeing as though it comes to shelves just over the $100 mark.

One of our favourite boards here at WePC that's great for anyone looking to build a decent first time gaming rig.

#5

ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming

Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: X470 Mini-ITX
  • Memory Slots: 2 X 288pin
  • Max Memory: 32GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3,600 MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode)
    • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
  • SATA ports: 4
  • M.2 Ports: 1
  • USB Ports:
    • 1 x Type-C port
    • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s)
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s)
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s)(2 at mid-board)
    • 2 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at mid-board)

Finally we come to our last entry from ASUS and it comes in the shape of their incredibly potent X470-I Gaming motherboard which is in the form factor of Mini-ITX. We always like to add a Mini-ITX addition to our list because we understand there is a real market for small builds are people are usually fairly interested in discovering what this form has to offer.

As with all Mini-ITX boards, compromises have been made to accommodate such small physical dimensions. The first noticeable change is how this board only comes with 2 DDR4 RAM slots, however, they have managed to get 3,600Mhz support out of this little board and a maximum capacity of 32GB which is impressive.

It comes with 1 M.2 slot which has it's own private heatsink to help dissipate heat creating a better environment for the SSD to operate in. 1 PCIe slot and a bunch of SATA ports basically finish off the motherboard.

One thing we really enjoyed seeing on this was the onboard WiFi adapter that you don't usually get with Mini-ITX boards so that was certainly refreshing.

Overall a great little motherboard which is highly recommended by the whole team.

Which gaming motherboard is best for you?

So, there you have it, our best AM4 motherboards of 2020, the question now is which one is most suited to your needs? Well hopefully the little category headers have helps you establish that. But if not, our in-depth reviews will have done!

We tried to cater to all needs here by offering a couple of high-end options, mid-range options, and a budget option. There is even a mini-ITX board in amongst the action for anyone potentially thinking about going down the small form factor route.

For me, the 2 stand-out boards in the list have to be the X570 GODLIKE from MSI and the MSI Arsenal Gaming board, respectively for very different reasons. The GODLIKE shows off raw performance in a superb looking RGB riddled package, whereas the Arsenal Gaming has the charm of a cheap board but packs solid price/performance value.

 

Conclusion

We come to the end of our best AM4 motherboard guide and hopefully, we have covered all the bases when recommending the top boards in today's market. Whether you're looking to build a gaming rig that is going to really show off the performance of your hardware components or you're on a budget and just need something to glue everything together, we feel our list caters for all needs.

Which board was most suited to your needs? Leave us a comment below letting us know what your thought and which board you decided to go for!

1 Comment

  1. Avatar GrimUK says:

    It should be noted, and sorry for not pointing this out in my original comment:

    The new GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 WiFi-50 comes in a specially designed box with the Aorus logo embossed in gold to signify AMDs 50 year anniversary. In order to show the motherboard is a special edition, the board comes supplied with a custom interchangeable LED accent overlay. This overlay sits just below the single 24-pin ATX 12 V motherboard power input and users can change the color via the GIGABYTE Fusion RGB software supplied with the board. Aside from these two aesthetical differences, the GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 WiFi-50 is exactly the same as the standard GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi model.

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