Best X470 & B450 Motherboards For Ryzen 3000 / 3rd Gen CPUs

Best non X570 motherboards for Ryzen 3000

If you like to keep abreast of the latest PC hardware news, like me, then you'll be fully aware of the massively anticipated release of AMD's latest 3rd Gen CPUs that hit shelves on the 7th of July.

The new processors are set to eclipse the performance power of Intel's flagship CPUs in both multi-tasking and gaming scenarios thanks to several technological improvements AMD has made. Crazy, I know!

But what if you want to purchase one of these fancy new chips but don't have the budget to afford a  new X570? Well, don't worry, AMD has stuck to their promise and has built the new chips using the AM4 socket. This means consumers can purchase one of the cheaper 300/400 series motherboards instead of an expensive newer x570.

But which 300/400 series board is the best for my specific needs? Well, this is where we lend a helping hand. Doing the research to find the best motherboard for your needs can be an extremely long process that requires extensive research. With this in mind, we've decided to make a list of the best (non-x570) motherboards available in today's market.

Our team has put in the hours to make sure we recommend the best boards for your builds. We've tried to separate each motherboard into its own category to make life even easier.

Let's have a little look at what that list looks like.

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Best Motherboards For Ryzen 3000 CPU A.K.A 3rd Gen (Not X570)

Product Details
ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero

ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero

  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X470
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GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WIFI

GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WIFI

  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X470
  • overclock support: Yes
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MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: X470
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MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk Max

MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk Max

  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: B450
  • overclock support: Yes
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MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

  • socket: AM4
  • chipset: AMD B450
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How We Choose

Choosing great hardware options is something we do here on a day to day basis. The team is continuously working with the best components available to make sure the advice we provide is both up-to-date and accurate. Whether it's a budget motherboard or a flagship GPU, you can rest assured that we have used and tested the product at length.

In this specific guide, we've decided to break the 'best' motherboards into their own categories, performance, budget, overall, and so on. This will determine what motherboard to go for a much easier process at the end of things.

We usually decide which products to recommend based on key criteria such as; performance, TDP, overclocking ability, price, and more. This gives a much better overall perspective of what each board can offer and why it is the best in its specific field.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Ryzen 3rd Gen Motherboard

There several different areas that we feel are critical when it comes to buying a new motherboard. We've taken each area into consideration when picking this "best of" guide, but we're going to give you that list so that if you don't see something you fancy, you have the information needed to make your own informed decision.

The following is a short list of areas to consider when buying a motherboard:

  • Does it have a compatible socket?
  • Does it need a BIOS update? (Pretty specific to Ryzen 3000 chips at the minute)
  • How much does it cost?
  • Do the VRM's allow for overclocking?
  • Does it have built-in Wi-Fi?
  • What form factor board am I looking for?

We're going to stop there as the list can go on for quite a while, however, be aware that the above are the MAIN areas to consider when looking to purchase a new motherboard.

BIOS Update

As we mentioned above, if you do decide to go down the route of getting an older 300/400 series board, then you are going to have to perform a BIOS update. For now, anyway.

Fear not though, we've made a full article on how to update your BIOS in this article here. 

Chipsets

A chipset, for those wondering, is a set of electronic components on an integrated circuit that helps the data flow between key hardware components such as CPU, RAM, GPU, and so on. Motherboards are usually paired into specific chipsets and loosely reference the board's general makeup.

For example, a B450 & X470 differ in the number of available ports they have and PCIe SLI support.

There are loads of different chipsets; however, the ones that are backward compatible with Ryzen 3000, and the only ones relevant to this "best of" guide are as follows:

  • X370
  • X470
  • B350
  • B450

These are all compatible with Ryzen's latest lineup. However, they will require a BIOS update. The only boards that DO NOT require a BIOS update are the latest X570.

#1

ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero

Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: X470
  • Memory Slots: 4 x 288-pin DIMM
  • Max Memory: 64GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3466 MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
    • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
    • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 2
  • USB Ports:
    • One USB Type C
    • One USB 3.1 Gen 2
    • Four USB 3.0 Gen 1
    • Two USB 2.0

If what you're looking for is a high-end 400 series motherboard for your new AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen build, then look no further, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero is easily one of the best last gen motherboards money can buy and with a simple BIOS update, will serve your new Ryzen chip extremely well. The VII Hero has everything a PC enthusiast would want from their motherboard; powerful overclocking ability, solid compatibility and lots of added extras such as Wi-FI and RGB. 

But let’s talk specifics: The Hero has plenty of PCIe bandwidth meaning you can run those beefy GPU's with confidence. 

Second, this board supports up to 64GB of 3,466MHz RAM, the perfect partnership for your new Ryzen chip. 

Third, it comes with built-in Wi-Fi. A lot of the higher end boards have built-in Wi-FI and it allows users to utilize their PCIe slots for other necessities. 

#2

GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WIFI

Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: X470
  • Memory Slots: 4X288pin
  • Max Memory: 64GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3600(OC) MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • One PCIe 3.0 x16
    • One PCIe 3.0 x 8
    • One PCIe 3.0 x 4
    • Two PCIe 3.0 x1
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 2
  • USB Ports:
    • One USB Type-C
    • One USB 3.1 Gen 2
    • Four USB 3.1 Gen 1
    • Eight USB 2.0

The AORUS Gaming 7 WIFI is our runner up for best non x570 motherboard for the new Ryzen CPU lineup and for good reason. Even though it didn't get the top spot, it's still considered to be one of the best X470 boards available in today's market. With Gigabyte you know you're getting both quality and performance when you purchase one of their hardware offerings. The AORUS Gaming is no different.

Ryzen's new chips are renowned for being extremely overclockable, just check out the new world record they set a few weeks ago. The AORUS gaming 7 is the perfect pairing if this is your sole agenda. It not only has great overclocking potential, it also has superb aesthetics to boot.

#3

MSI Gaming Pro Carbon X470

Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: X470
  • Memory Slots: 4X288pin
  • Max Memory: 64GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3466 MHz
  • PCIe slots:
    • Two PCIe 3.0 x16
    • One PCIe 2.0 x16
    • Two PCIe 2.0 x1
  • SATA ports: 8
  • M.2 Ports: 2
  • USB Ports:
    • One USB C
    • One USB 3.1 Gen 2
    • Four USB 3.1 Gen 1
    • Two USB 2.0

Expensive boards are great, but what if you simply don't have the budget to afford one? What if you want decent performance at a more reasonable price? Well, if that's the case, let me introduce the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon. This board comes to the table with many of the features you'd expect from a high-end board, however, it's at a fraction of the price.

The Gaming pro carbon is built using, what MSI like to describe as, 'Military grade' materials, so you know this thing is going to stand the test of time. It features a core boost which is a power design specifically engineered for Ryzen chips meaning you can squeeze maximum levels of overclocking out of your chip.

The board has several heatsinks which make sure everything stays cool at all times. It has also been equipped with RGB to make aesthetics that much more attractive.

#4

MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk Max

Specs

    • Socket: AM4
    • Chipset: B450
    • Memory Slots: 4X288pin
    • Max Memory: 64GB Dual Channel
    • Max memory frequency: 3,466 MHz
    • PCIe slots:
      • One PCIe 3.0 x16
      • One PCIe 2.0 x16
      • Three PCIe 2.0 x1
      • Two PCI slots
    • SATA ports: 6
    • M.2 Ports: 1
    • USB Ports:
      • One USB C
      • Six USB 3.1 Gen 1
      • 6 USB 2.0

So you don’t need anything fancy, and you just need the basic features to help get you up and running. Or maybe you’re just in the market for a budget AMD board for a Ryzen APU build? Either way, the MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk MAX has everything you need and more.

Over the years AMD has always offered good quality budget range hardware. Intel had the higher end market, AMD had the lower end. This means the quality of the budget range AM4 motherboards is of the highest standard... as far as budget offerings go.

Anyway, the b450 Tomahawk is one of the most popular motherboards available and for good reason. It has some great features such as a core boost that offers more power to your components, especially advantageous when using Ryzen chips.

The thick plated heatsinks scattered across this board ensure that temperatures are always to a minimum, especially good when you're trying to squeeze the maximum potential out of these chips.

#5

MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX

Specs

  • Memory slots: 4 X DDR4
  • Max memory: 64GB Dual Channel
  • Max memory frequency: 3,466 MHz
  • 2 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
  • 4 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • SATA ports: 6
  • M.2 Ports: 1

The MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX is a full-sized ATX motherboard and offers fantastic value for money. This motherboard is available in many different form factors but doesn't feature any flashy RGB lighting like some of the more expensive options.

The design on this MSI board is red and black to match the manufacturer's branding, which has been on their products since around 2013. The heatsinks have a nice red, and black metallic look to them and overall this board looks like its ready for gaming. Aside from the attractive design, there isn't really much else going on with this board design-wise, aside from the steel armored PCI-e lanes.

Despite this motherboard's low price, it is water cooling ready and features enough fan headers/ fan controls to keep things cool. There is m.2 support, but it is only one port. You get a flash BIOS button on the I/O for anyone looking to speed up the BIOS update, Although the MAX version has eliminated the need to this with the new Ryzen 3000 chips. MSI's DDR4 boost brings faster speeds for your RAM with increased stability for the enthusiasts out there.

While this board may be a more affordable option, it won't let you down when it comes to performance.

Which gaming motherboard is best for you?

So, now that you know the motherboards we've recommended, which one is right for you? Well, let's first break them down into price ranges. 

High-end - $200+

The higher end motherboards in this list, Hero & AORUS, are obviously more suited towards the likes of the 3800x and 3900x, respectively. There are loads of reasons why, but below are the fundamentals.

The benefits of a high-end build include:

  • More PCIe lane bandwidth, allowing for faster gaming and processing
  • More expansion ports
  • Better quality components to handle the increased usage
  • Better overclocking capabilities

Mid-range $120-$190

The mid range boards are the Pro Carbon & x470-f Gaming, they both offer excellent performance at a more reasonable price tag. The ideal pairing for a board of this quality would be anything from a 3600 right up to the 3900x.

Some of the benefits of these boards include:

  • Better price point
  • Good quality components for longevity
  • Enough bandwidth for performance
  • A well-rounded component

Budget - $100 and under

I think we can only say one of the boards on this list is of the budget price range, and that would be the B450 Tomahawk. I'm sure most of you reading this will of heard of the Tomahawk, or some variation of this board, for both good and bad reasons.

However, we feel the good reasons massively outweigh the bad. The board would be ideally paired with one of Ryzen's latest APUs or potentially a 3600.

Conclusion

So which motherboard will you choose? I've actually had the pleasure of using both of these and if truth be told, deciding between the mid-range and high-end boards is a challenging task. 

It all comes down to what functionality you require, i.e., Wi-Fi, and what budget you have to work with.

This being said, I hope this guide has helped you make the right choice for your new AMD build!

Let us know which one you decided to go for in the comments section below.

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