Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM

Factor Factor Micro ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 3200 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 64 GB
SATA III Ports 6
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Slots 3

Asus Prime B450M-A provides good value, and it does come with BIOS 1201. This updated BIOS will let you boot up a Ryzen 3 or 5 3200G. You can actually update the motherboard without any hard drive installed.

The Prime B450M-A features a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot with two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. The board has the support of DDR4-3200 with memory support of up to 32 GB of system memory over the two slots. The Prime B450M-K was one of the most basic and advanced B450 motherboards at the launch.

This ASUS Prime B450 uses the same components as the ATX sized Prime B450-Plus, such as Realtek's ALC887-VD2 audio codec RTL8111H Gigabit networking chip, and has the same level of memory compatibility with DDR4-3200.

The tuned enthusiast system comes with a matching aesthetic. ASUS Prime comes with Aura Sync, which offers lighting connected via the motherboard's RGB, with various presets for external LED strips.

The ASUS Primes comes with a VR Ready tag, which specifically means that the Prime B450 series has been checked with plenty of components to ensure optimum efficiency in terms of productivity, gaming and entertainment needs.

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The AMD B450 chipset delivers high performance with the latest AMD AM4 socket. It also provides two 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, and four 6Gbps SATA ports for faster data transferring.

Conclusion

Easy BIOS setup, you can update it via the internet. The nice feature set, though a second M.2 slot would have been excellent. Running rock-solid stable and has good support for overclocking of the CPU and RAM. It has no obnoxious RGB LEDs but has a header for them if it matters to you.

Pros
  • Quiet cooling without noise
  • Reliable and easy to install
  • Better overclocking feature
Cons
  • The motherboard doesn't have integrated Wi-Fi.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F

Form Factor ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 3200 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 128GB
SATA III Ports 8
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Slots 3

The ASUS Rog B450-F Gaming is labeled as a mid-range board and is part of the Gamers lineup, emphasizing premium features. This ASUS Rog supports Crossfire and SLI configurations, has a 6+2 phase VRM, and owns the SupremeFX S1220A audio while keeping the full range of Ryzen processors, up to the flagship processor in the Ryzen 7 2700X.

With a price of $120 and support for both AMD- and NVIDIA-based multi-GPU builds, it's a solid mid-range board; ASUS Rog is a fully-featured board and based on its big brother from the X470 chipset. This gaming board includes six SATA ports, two M.2 slots, and an M.2 Key E slot for a Wi-Fi module, premium audio, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports, as well as RGB LEDs.

The ASUS Rog comes with matte black and shiny black stenciling, with ROG-related slogans, like Republic of Gamer, Hybrid, and some characters from languages other than English. The design is also on the back of the board in grey, but unless you buy a case with a see-through motherboard tray, this is not something you're going to see once the board is installed.

The right side is the 24-pin ATX connector and a front-panel USB 3.1 Gen1 header. Moving right a bit more, we can see the chipset heatsink, as well as the six SATA ports.

The board also includes a DisplayPort as well as a single HDMI port, along with five 5-plug audio jacks. Legacy support at the back, which seemingly will never die.

Conclusion

Suppose you've been looking with envious eyes at the 2nd Generation of AMD products. In that case, the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming manages to combine the performance and feature set that we desire with great looks and all wrapped up in an affordable package.

Pros
  • Good at overclocking 2200G
  • Integrated Rear IO panel
  • Has stable performance
  • Customization-friendly ROG UEFI
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi

Gigabyte B450 AORUS M

Form Factor Micro- ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 3200 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 64 GB
SATA III Ports 6
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Slots 3

The M in the name already told its story; the B450 AORUS M is a micro-ATX motherboard with much defined aesthetics. While you may see an 8+3 phase design and don't get fooled by the chokes count. It reveals that the VRM design is 4+3 phase instead of 8+3 phase when we see it with a sharper look. It certainly explains why Gigabyte marketed it as 'AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU Hybrid Digital' instead.

Overall being a mid-end motherboard, you will find the 8-pin 12V CPU power socket, which is meant for sufficient power, is supplied to the CPU for better performance, especially when it comes to overclocking. There is hardly any RGB lighting available on the B450 AORUS M, except for the LED trace, an excellent element for users who don't need any RGB for their system.

This board supports dual-channel DDR4 memory up to 64GB and 3200MHz via overclocking, having 4 DIMM slots. The AMD claimed to have better DDR4 memory support for its newer chipset; it's still best for you to look up for DDR4 memory. Hence, seeing USB 2.0 headers on the board is not a surprise for us, but the PC chassis nowadays no longer comes with front USB 2.0 ports.

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You'll have an M.2 slot, NVMe SSD, 2 x SATA III port plus 4 x SATA III port in the storage section.

Conclusion

The motherboard will work well with most of the addressable RGB fans popular now; each individual LED can be manipulated. Next to the bottom 5V is a 5pin RGBW header for strips with an additional warm white LED. Also, there is a 12V 4pin RGB header for standard 12V light strips and fans.

Pros
  • Support the latest AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU
  • Support AMD Crossfire
  • M.2 SSD heatsink included
  • Cheaper motherboard option
Cons
  • It doesn't support NVIDIA SLI

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max

Form Factor ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 3466 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 64GB
SATA III Ports 6
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Slots 3

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is the competitor to the popular B350 Tomahawk and offers more reliability and a better feature set to the users.MSI B450 comes with a pair of USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, as well as customizable RGB LED lighting on the board.

The B450 Tomahawk is a gaming-themed motherboard and comes from MSI's 'Arsenal' range of motherboards designed to offer users an affordable option with many of the features found on the more expensive models, but with some differentials to keep the cost down. This includes the pairing of decent quality and cost-effective Realtek controllers on the audio side.

One of the most beneficial performance aspects of this model over the previous Tomahawk board is the increased memory support. The board comes with DDR4-3466MHz with a capacity of up to 64 GB having four available memory slots. The storage capability is better than expected from a B450 motherboard, with a total of six SATA ports capable of supporting RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays.

The board comes with a single PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA capable M.2 slot with a maximum of up to M.2 22110 drives being supported. The single M.2 slot doesn't share bandwidth with any other PCIe slot, but populating the slot with a drive will disable two of the six available SATA ports, the two right-angled ports closest to the 24-pin motherboard ATX power input.

MSI has included a BIOS Flashback+ button on the rear panel for a quick and easy experience updating the board's firmware.

Conclusion

Mystic Light is lovely! Using ML software, you CAN change the built-in board LEDs to different colors.

However, individually addressable LEDs, Board LEDs, and both top and bottom RGB headers work in unison. Overall, this is just the best bang for the right now for Ryzen 3rd gen. If you do your homework and read about the different vendors' motherboards in tech sites, you will see no other b450 motherboard (besides MSIs own Mortar, Bazooka, and Carbon Pro) with the quality VRMs to support the new AMD CPUs.

Pros
  • Six fan headers
  • Decent VRM
  • Affordable price point
  • Value for money
Cons
  • RGB headers not independently controllable

MSI ProSeries B450-A PRO

Form Factor ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 3466 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 64 GB
SATA III Ports 6
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Slots 3

The MSI Pro motherboards series are designed with professionalism, especially trying to improve performance, quality, and a blend of classic aesthetics. At the time of launch, MSI announced three Pro series boards for the AMD B450 chipset launch, the ATX sized B450-A Pro, and a pair of micro-ATX options, the B450M Pro-M2 and B450M Pro-VDH.

Hence the design of MSI B450-A Pro is simplistic with PCIe connectivity available. MSI declared this model as optimized and has a full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, and four PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. DDR4 supports up to 3466 MHz memory; a maximum of up to 64 GB can be installed in the four RAM slots. Hence, non-ECC and ECC memory are permitted, although installed ECC memory will operate in non-ECC mode.

The board comes with six SATA 6 Gbps, which support 0, 1, and 10 arrays. An M.2 slot is present with support for drives up to M.2 22110 and has support for both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA devices, but using this slot will disable two SATA ports.

The MSI B450-A Pro has a black PCB with dark grey metallic heatsinks across the power delivery and chipset. This board runs a 6-phase power delivery running in a 4+2 configuration. A single 8-pin ATX 12 V CPU input and 24-pin ATX motherboard input are there to provide power to the board.

MSI focuses on aesthetics and good quality; there aren't many bells and whistles compared to the Gaming Series models, but what is on offer is more than enough for professional users. The MSI B450-A Pro is available at a low price, making this one of the most cost-effective full-sized ATX models.

Conclusion

A full-size ATX form factor with all the ports and features you need, and for an excellent price too! Board looks great and has easy to use bios to help get everything set up. It works with Ryzen 5 out of the box without a bios update; however, I recommend updating anyway. Very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good-looking board with all of the necessary features.

Pros
  • Cheapest guaranteed Ryzen ready ATX board.
  • More USB ports
  • Affordable price point
  • Value for money
Cons
  • The NVMe screw wasn't included.

ASRock B450M PRO4

Form Factor Micro ATX
Maximum Memory Speed 3200 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 64GB
SATA III Ports 4
M.2 Slots 4
Total PCIe Slots 3

ASRock has a new value mATX board with the latest B450 chipset from AMD; it's got everything you need and nothing you don't.

The ASRock B450M Pro4 Micro ATX motherboard comes with all the essentials. Ports are on the back, and a PS/2 port for those with old peripherals. You will find 4 SATA ports and 2 M.2 slots for the storage section, RGB headers for aesthetics, and G- Ethernet for connectivity. The audio is the Realtek ALC892 codec and not the ALC1220 we see on 'gaming' products; it's still going to be good enough for all, and it fits the price point well.

The VRM heatsink section of the motherboard looks large enough to be effective, and you will not notice any issue or excessive heat when overclocking. It's good to see two M.2 slots on the board; one is NVME/SATA, and the other is pure SATA M.2 and shares lanes with the SATA 3 port.

You will see a USB 3.1 Gen 1 front-panel header, two USB 2.0 headers, along four SATA 3 connectors. If you want to pair this board with a Ryzen 2200G, you will be able to use the VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports on the back. I have seen that those APUs are sufficient for entry-level gaming, which is an upper entry-level board.

From the second full-length PCI-E slot being 4X. Hence this offer from ASRock effectively allows gamers to focus their budget on a decent CPU and graphics card by shaving some cost off the motherboard.

Conclusion

This motherboard blows my mind for its price and size. It offers so much. This is a MicroATX board but has way more expandability than I would have expected. It has 2 M.2 SSD slots (one of which is for NVME), 4 RAM slots (up to 64GB), and 2 PCI-E slots. The back IO also has many connections, including micro-USB, 5 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, and DVI. It is incredibly versatile!

Pros
  • Comes with all essentials
  • 2x RGB headers and 1 addressable
  • Impressive practical layout
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • 4 SATA ports are not enough for future expansions

GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H

Form factor Micro-ATX
Maximum memory speed 3200MHz
DIMM Slots 2
Max Memory 32 GB
SATA III Ports 4
M.2 Slots 2
Total PCIe Slots 3

Gigabyte is a very popular and a budget motherboard. It supports NVME hard drives. Inexpensive that players can easily buy. The motherboard supports BIOS version F51, which makes it RYZEN 3rd generation ready right out the box. Moreover, it supports AMD Ryzen & 7th generation A-series/Athlon processors.

It includes Dual channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 2 DIMMs with chipset AMD A320. Its Operating System support Windows 10 64-bit and Support for Windows 7 64-bit. And to support Windows 7 64-bit, you have to install an AMD Pinnacle Ridge, Summit Ridge, and Bristol Ridge CPU.

Also, it includes a high-quality audio capacitor and an audio noise guard and has 3200MHZ memory speed. This motherboard is easy to install and fired up on the first try. It also has functions of H/W monitoring such as Voltage detection, Temperature detection, Fan speed detection, overheating warning, Fan fails warning and Fan speed control.

Additionally, other unique features are, it supports for App center such as @BIOS, EasyTune, Fast Boot, Game Boost, ON/OFF Charge, Smart Backup, System Information Viewer. It consists of smart Fan 5 features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers. Its M.2 Gigabyte solution offers considerably faster storage performance and support for PCIe and SATA interfaces for M.2 SSD devices.

Conclusion

Are you looking for a motherboard under your budget with high quality, we highly recommend this motherboard. Gamers always like Gigabyte because this motherboard is easy to install. Stock bios are F40, and it looks crisp and sharp. This motherboard owns 3.1 USB ports, which are swift and speedy GUI BIOS.

Pros
  • Quiet working motherboard
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN
  • Budget-friendly motherboard
Cons
  • Overall performance is average

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero

Foam Factor ATX
Max Memory Speed 4800 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 128 GB
SATA III Ports 8
M.2 Slots 2
Total PCIe Ports 4

This best budget X570 motherboard has a Comprehensive thermal design, active PCH heatsink, M. 2 aluminum heatsink, and ROG cooling zone. It has the abili9ty to provide high-performance networking: integrated 2. This impressively featured motherboard has 5-Way Optimization, including automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.

It has a friendly design, remounted I/O shield, ASUS safe slot, BIOS Flashback, and premium components for maximum endurance. My recommendation about using this board is to ensure your BIOS is up to date if installing a compatible Ryzen 5000 series CPU. You can visit the ASUS site anytime; just search by motherboard model name, click on the "Support" tab, Drivers and Tools, then BIOS & Firmware to download the latest BIOS.

As for functionality, it is a product of very high quality and great functionality. The update was straightforward, but it took a few minutes to finish. The card's configuration options are quite comprehensive, which will take a while to investigate each of them.

The RAM speed was necessary to modify the Bios' profile since it came in stock and only recognized 2333mhz when activating the profile, were already recognized the 36mhz of the model. The number of fan connections is wide, allowing you to set up for all needs and tastes.

Conclusion

The motherboard is an absolute beast when it comes to power delivery, number of features, number of ports, and slots.

Pros
  • Heaps of USB 3.1G2
  • Stylish build
  • Impressive RGB lighting
  • Chipset fan sits directly under the GPU
Cons
  • Pricier itme on the list

GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3

Foam Factor ATX
Max Memory Speed 3200 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 64 GB
SATA III Ports 6
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Ports 4

This excellent Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 is our current pick as the best motherboard you can use with your Ryzen CPU. At least it is until the AMD Ryzen 2 chips that come with their new series boards.

Gigabyte priced B350 board only around $119/ £87, and at stock settings, it's one of the most capable of any of the AM4 boards.

It is the highest multithreaded Cinebench R15 figures, though the delta between the top and bottom of that benchmark list. That may be its only win, but the Gigabyte board is easy as capable as the rest.

More concerning, though, is the power side. It is the toughest board, running hotter at both peak and idle temperatures, and that's borne. It does not have the friendly BIOS nor the most effective overclocking performance. It needed a chunk more voltage to overlock 4.05 GHz.

But overclocking on the initial Ryzen processors is tricky – and weighted on the 'miss' side, if we're honest. That's where the advent of the X470 motherboards is supposed. It also made some difference to the second generation of Ryzen CPUs.

If you are going to build a multi-GPU setup, this probably isn't the board for you. Gigabyte claims CrossFire support, but there is only one full x16 PCIe 3.0 socket – the second one only runs at x4 bandwidth.

Conclusion

This motherboard is attractive, sturdy, and has a wide array of features for those who like overlocking. LED lighting is excellent; the layout is good, Fan control works great.

Pros
  • Cheaper yet powerful mobo
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Beautiful design and layout
  • Value for money
Cons
  • Poor application performance

Gigabyte X570 UD

Foam Factor ATX
Max Memory Speed 4000 MHz
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory 128 GB
SATA III Ports 6
M.2 Slots 1
Total PCIe Ports 4

The most reliable budget option at the moment is the Gigabyte X570 UD. It will be attractive to those who do not need additional illumination and additional expansion devices for transmitting video and sound.

Look at the device from the side. You will find several USB ports, a universal mouse and keyboard connector, a local area network, HDMI output, a Q-Flash button, and three analog audio interfaces. A distinctive feature of this motherboard is a fan's presence for cooling the "hot" chipset to provide support for 16-cores AMD Ryzen processors. The Gigabyte X570 UD platform is designed for RAM modules with a frequency of up to 4000 MHz in OS mode.

In the Video cards section, now we have large dimensions, so you need to approach installing them carefully. There are enough PCI slots for other expansion cards, such as sound or Wi-Fi. They are desirable since this configuration does not include the most efficient Realtek ALC887 audio codec, and there are no wireless interfaces at all.

Conclusion:

The most important bit for me was running a virtual machine with GPU passthrough using Windows Hyper-V (Discrete Device Assignment - DDA) and Ubuntu Linux.

Pros
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Enlarge Heatsink
  • GIGABYTE Gaming GbE LAN
  • Ultra Durable PCIe Armor
  • Value for money
Cons
  • No SLI Support