MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II

CPU Socket Socket AM4
Form Factor ATX
Chipset B450
RAM Memory Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 2133 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 64 GB

The number one motherboard on our list is MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II. The motherboard supports AMD's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations of processors and would the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3500x.

It also comes with DDR4 memory support and attains a frequency of up to 4133 MHz when overclocked. So it can be an ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts looking for a decent motherboard. The BIOS version is fully supported by the Ryzen 3500x so you won't need to update it.

The motherboard also features MSI's extended PWM heatsink to keep your processor cool even during high-end usage at full pace. The board also comes with RGB lighting for gaming geeks The Mystic Light would add further charm to your build as you can customize the built-in board LEDs to different colors.

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The board has all the green lights for any enthusiast but one thing which might not be a big consideration is the memory is limited to 64 GB only. Besides that, no apparent drawback has been observed or recorded by its users.

Pros
  • Out of box ready BIOS
  • Extended PWM heatsink
  • Mystic Lighting
  • Affordable price range
Cons
  • Memory support limited to 64 GB

ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor ATX
Chipset X570
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 4400 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 128 GB

Carrying the tag of the least expensive board having the X570 platform, ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming is our 2nd best recommendation. However, you would see that the lower price point does not mean lower performance or least features in this motherboard.

It has the pro features of a USB Type-C port as well as Wi-Fi for enhanced connectivity. The motherboard also features RGB light for the lighting crowd and offers beautiful aesthetics.

ASUS is normally producing premium quality and high priced items but this motherboard is a unique exception. They have reduced the price tag dramatically yet offering optimal performance for enthusiasts.

The board also comes with a comprehensive cooling solution as it has an Active PCH heatsink, VRM heatsink, M.2 heatsink, Fan Xpert, and hybrid fan headers. So you can enjoy high-speed gaming without your system burning with overheating.

For some users, the BIOS setup might be troublesome. So make sure you are familiar with what are you doing when installing the motherboard. Finally, if you are searching for an AM4 motherboard having an X570 chipset without compromising your budget, ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus is recommended.

Pros
  • Budget price range
  • Debug LEDs
  • Comes with Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
Cons
  • BIOS setup/update might be problematic for some users

MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK Gaming

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor ATX
Chipset B550
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 4866 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 128 GB

As the name suggests, MSI has done an effort to bring the right gaming motherboard having the latest B550 chipset for enthusiasts. Having all the necessary green lights, you can pick this motherboard for your next gaming rig. Let's see what it has in terms of features and check its performance benchmarks.

The motherboard supports the latest Ryzen 5 3500x processor and can also support the latest processors after the BIOS update.

If we talk about the features, there is sad news for some users as the motherboard does not have any Wi-Fi and comes with only 6 USB ports on the rear I/O section. Besides that, this motherboard is packed with all the necessary features.

The B550 TOMAHAWK board has a black and gray PCB and offers a decent look. You would also get a decent amount of RGB lights around the chipset heatsink to add some color to your build.

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Due to its range under $200, you might consider it as a mid-range motherboard, not a high-end one. So if you are looking for a high-end motherboard that can be overclocked at the maximum speed of your RAM, you might consider MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II.

Pros
  • Price is reasonable
  • Dual Ethernet (1/2.5 GbE)
  • High-end fan/pump headers
  • RGB lighting for the crowd
Cons
  • No integrated Wi-Fi

ASRock B450M PRO4

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor Micro-ATX
Chipset B450
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 2400 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 64 GB

What if you are on a tight budget and looking for a motherboard under the $100 budget line? Well, the ASRock B450M PRO4 is the best option for you. It is a compact yet decent micro ATX motherboard by ASRock.

If we talk about the features, the motherboard is loaded with all the essential features that a budget motherboard should have. The motherboard comes with 2 M.2 ports and RGB headers to add further to its aesthetics. It also features gigabit Ethernet for better connectivity.

You would also get four DIMM slots with maximum memory support of 64 GB and a maximum speed of up to 3200 MHz. It might not sound ideal for some people but the price justifies these features.

Finally, the ASRock B450M PRO4 comes with all essential features but lacks the extra fancy stuff. So if you are on a budget and want to run your system efficiently, ASRock B450M PRO4 is the right choice.

Pros
  • Loaded with all essentials
  • Cheapest on the list
  • Has a decent layout
  • 2x RGB headers and 1 addressable
Cons
  • Only 4 SATA ports

GIGABYTE B550M DS3H

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor Micro-ATX
Chipset B550
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 3600 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 128 GB

A micro ATX form factor motherboard that has all the essential features for budget gamers is the GIGABYTE B550M DS3H. The motherboard comes with support for 3rd generation of Ryzen processors and the latest ones after the BIOS update.

What made this motherboard attractive to me is that it can support PCIe 4.0 specifications and can be overclocked. You would agree that these are not common cheaper options and are only found in some pricier motherboard options on the market.

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The B550 chipsets are also known to be cooler options when it comes to high-end usage. So you won't need any extra fan on the chipset for some extra cooling.

The motherboard comes with 4 DIMM slots and maximum memory support for 128 GB and supports a maximum speed of 4733 MHz. So if you are looking for a budget-friendly decent motherboard, this might be the one you were searching for.

Pros
  • Budget-friendly motherboard
  • Decent PCB
  • Ultra Durable Option
  • Value for money
Cons
  • No RGB for the crowd

MSI B550-A PRO

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor ATX
Chipset B550
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 4400 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 128 GB

Another best mid-range motherboard for Ryzen 5 3500x on our list is the MSI B550-A PRO. The motherboard features MSI's all-black design including all the essential features for the end-user.

The motherboard supports the 3rd Generation of Ryzen processors and the latest generations after the BIOS update. It is a decent motherboard having the necessary green lights on for budget gamers.

The motherboard also comes with core boost technology to maintain a steady current delivery to the CPU. So the motherboard is stable and would last longer than expected. It also features an audio boost you so will enjoy studio-quality sounds while gaming.

Finally, if you were looking for a mid-range budget-friendly motherboard, the MSI B550-A PRO will be a home run for you.

Pros
  • Studio Quality Audio Boost
  • Premium Thermal Solution
  • Lightning Fast Game experience
  • Affordable price range
Cons
  • Has no RGBs for the crowd

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor ATX
Chipset B450
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 3200 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 64 GB

If you were searching for a budget-friendly motherboard with decent features and premium looks, ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is the ultimate recommendation. As the name suggests, the board is fairly suitable for budget gamers and PC enthusiasts. If Wi-Fi is not your top consideration, this board has all other green lights on for you.

The B450-F Gaming comes from the Republic of Gamers lineup and is built keeping the gaming geeks in mind.

The board features support for the StoreMI software storage acceleration technology by AMD and also supports Crossfire and SLI multi-GPU configurations. The motherboard supports the 3rd generation of Ryzen processors and other modern processors with a BIOS update.

Finally, if you are looking for a solid AM4 mid-range motherboard with all the essential features, ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is our ultimate recommendation.

Pros
  • Optimal performance with StoreMI support
  • Improved overall layout
  • High-quality audio
  • Debug Panel LEDs
Cons
  • No M.2 heatsinks

ASRock B450 Steel Legend

CPU Socket AM4
Form Factor ATX
RAM Technology DDR4
Memory Speed 3200 MHz
Memory Storage Capacity 64 GB

Coming with a unique design feature and keeping the budget gaming crowd, ASRock has loaded all the essentials in the B450 Steel Legend. You will get all the decent features at a decent price range.

The motherboard is a beautiful addition to the ASRock B450 lineup and has RGB lighting for the gaming crowd. The superior aesthetics make it our ultimate recommendation for those seeking some colors in their gaming rig.

Although you won't find all the bells and whistles in this motherboard it offers some decent features compared to its rival X470 boards. So if you are on a budget and looking for a decent mobo, the ASRock B450 Steel Legend is the one for you.

Pros
  • Beautiful aesthetics
  • RGB lighting for its fans
  • Affordable price range
Cons
  • Limited memory support of 64 GB