Best Motherboards for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs 3950X, 3900X, 3700X, 3600X

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Best Motherboards for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs 3950X, 3900X, 3700X, 3600X

On the lookout for a motherboard that pairs well with a 3rd Generation Ryzen CPU?

AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen processors have changed the game when it comes to mainstream desktop computing.

They offer an unparalleled mix of multi-core and single-core performance – making the 3000-series of Ryzen CPUs an ideal choice for those who need to build a PC for 3D Rendering, Workstations for Adobe After Effects, a Video Editing PC or run as dedicated render nodes.

Navigating the crowd of motherboards out there and picking the perfect one is another story.

Technically, older AM4 motherboards (X470, B450, X370, B350, A320) do support all the 3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs, including the Ryzen 9 3900X. However, this might mean leaving performance on the table depending upon your choice of CPU and motherboard.

Granted, some X470 motherboards will handle high-end CPUs like the 3900X just fine. But I think there are better options available in the X570 product stack.

Note – I’m assuming that you plan to buy a new motherboard for Ryzen’s 3000-series processors. Also, if your main use case is Gaming, do check out our Article on the best Motherboards for Gaming.

Here’s a quick overview:

Price-TierBest X570 Motherboard for Ryzen 3rd GenLink
under 500$MSI Prestige X570 CREATION (E-ATX)Info / Buy
under 400$ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero (ATX)Info / Buy
under 300$ASRock X570 Taichi (ATX)Info / Buy
under 200$Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite (ATX)
ASUS X570 TUF Gaming (ATX)
Info / Buy
100$MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX (ATX)Info / Buy

Factors to Consider

Memory Overclocking Support

Ryzen processors have relied on Infinity Fabric from the start, which relies on memory speed to reduce latency – making this an important factor when considering any motherboard for AMD Ryzen CPUs.

An extensive QVL (Qualified Vendor List) is a sign of a good memory layout for any motherboard – improving the chances of getting your RAM to much higher clocks.

However, if you plan to run memory rated at and around 3200 MHz or lower, this factor isn’t vital. Pretty much all newer boards should support those speeds.

AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen RAM Speed

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VRM Quality

Powering a 12-core CPU isn’t easy, and your motherboard shouldn’t limit its capabilities when tackling heavy workloads.

However, this factor does become far less critical when considering motherboards for 8 and 6-core 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

Expandability

It’s awful when you run out of memory or storage and realize that you’ve already maxed out all available slots on your motherboard. Make sure you consider the number of M.2 slots, PCI-E slots, SATA ports, and RAM slots available on the motherboard.

Chipset

The chipset dictates a lot of the features that you can or cannot use with your CPU. Pick carefully. For Ryzen 9 and 7, I think the X570 chipset is the way to go for professionals. The extra PCI-E 4.0 bandwidth will come in handy to add ultra-high-speed NVMe storage to your system when you want.

On the other hand, for Ryzen 5 processors (3600 and 3600X), a B450 motherboard will suffice. The new B550 Motherboards (Article) are worth checking out too.

I/O Ports

The number of USB and other back-panel ports on a motherboard is yet another critical factor for those who often find themselves hunting for free ports.

Although board manufacturers love marketing audio capabilities of various motherboards, I’ve found that you should ignore this factor almost entirely when deciding on a board.

I also haven’t considered early BIOS issues a critical factor. The 7nm Zen 2 architecture is relatively new; there are bound to be some teething issues.

A bad BIOS implementation can be fixed with an update, but a lousy motherboard can’t be fixed.

Nonetheless, I’ll be mentioning such issues, if any, along with the recommendations below.

What are you willing to spend on a good Motherboard?

Best 3rd Gen Ryzen Motherboard under $500

There’s a reason why I haven’t included a pricing tier to accommodate $500+ motherboards; they simply don’t bring much to the table and aren’t worth the premium in my honest opinion.

MSI Prestige X570 CREATION (E-ATX)

MSI Prestige X570 CREATION

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If you want an excellent motherboard that can easily handle 12 and even 16-core Ryzen CPUs with ease without compromising on any features, the MSI Prestige X570 CREATION hits the sweet spot.

However, this motherboard has an E-ATX form factor. Make sure that your PC cabinet supports it before going ahead with the purchase. Check the case’s technical specifications page to be sure.

Although the X570 CREATION has an extremely robust VRM design, it’s overkill unless you plan to do some extreme overclocking.

Nonetheless, I consider this a bonus, if anything, considering the extensive features of this motherboard.

MSI Prestige X570 CREATION

Image-Source: MSI

Dual 8-pin CPU power delivery sockets, beefy VRMs, an ample number of SATA, and M.2 slots.

An included M.2 Xpander Card for additional M.2 slots, server-grade PCB for better heat resistance, extensive QVL, numerous back-panel ports.

Built-in 10 GbE LAN, and Wi-Fi 6. These are the most prominent features on this board.

The CREATION’s QVL is astonishing. You should hit the 3600 MHz mark with a decent RAM kit, no problem – even when running quad-memory configurations.

You can find the QVL for the X570 CREATION here.

MSI Prestige X570 CREATION

Image-Source: MSI

The back panel is heaven for those who love their USB ports. I sure do! With a whopping 14 USB ports, dual LAN ports, a clear CMOS button, and multiple audio ports, the CREATION knocks it out of the park when it comes to back-panel connectivity.

To be honest, at this price range, you can’t go wrong with any of the options available. However, the M.2 Xpander Card sets the CREATION apart from competing Gigabyte and ASUS products.

It allows you to make use of all the extra bandwidth that comes with PCI-E 4.0 without spending a penny more.

If you use a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device to transfer files in and out of workstation PCs for render tasks, the built-in 10 GbE LAN is a Godsend. Combining it with a 10 GbE network switch and a NAS device will reduce transfer times by up to 90% (compared to traditional 1 GbE LAN).

On the other hand, if you don’t need additional M.2 slots, access to built-in 10 GbE LAN, and the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, you should consider shopping at the sub-$400 pricing tier.

Note – If you only need additional M.2 slots, skip down a price tier and get a separate add-in card. You can save right around $100-140 (USD) this way.

Recommended for: Ryzen 9 only (3950X & 3900X). Unless you’re after one of the features unique to this motherboard, there’s no reason to grab the MSI Prestige X570 CREATION for Ryzen 7 CPUs.

Best 3rd Gen Ryzen Motherboard under $400

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero (ATX)

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Image-Source: ASUS

If you’re going for an ATX form factor motherboard with a budget below $400, you can’t go wrong with the ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Hero.

Note – There’s absolutely no reason to consider the pricier Crosshair VIII Formula, a motherboard that’s priced at a whopping $700 with little-to-no benefit for real users.

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Image-Source: ASUS

Similar to other options in these relatively higher price tiers, the Hero’s VRMs are pretty overkill and robust. Not only can it handle the top-end parts from the 3rd Generation Ryzen like the 3900X, but it is also reliable enough to handle the upcoming 16-core monster (Ryzen 9 3950X) as well.

The dual LAN (Realtek and Intel) gives you the much-needed flexibility to go with the brand you prefer.

Some swear by Intel LAN and will scoff at anything or anyone that says Realtek, mostly due to experience. There’s a built-in Wi-Fi 6 version of this board as well – for those who need the latest standard in wireless connectivity.

The ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero comes equipped with a whopping 8 SATA ports and dual M.2 slots – giving most users ample peripheral connectivity options.

It also features 3 full-size PCI-E slots (x16/x8) that could be used to add functionality like M.2 Expander cards or run 3-way SLI or Crossfire configurations.

Memory support is first-rate on ASUS motherboards like the X570 Hero. You can find the QVL list here. The list of RAM sticks running successfully on 3600 MHz and above is pretty impressive.

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Image-Source: ASUS

In addition to being very internal peripheral-friendly, the Hero has extensive back-panel connectivity with 12 USB ports, gold-plated audio jacks, and dual-LAN ports.

The back panel also features a Clear CMOS button as well as a BIOS flashback button for flashing your BIOS even if you don’t have a CPU installed.

Recommended for Ryzen 9 only (3900X). If you can’t fit an E-ATX motherboard into your case, the Crosshair VIII Hero is a great choice that doesn’t compromise on much.

ASUS Pro WS X570 Ace (ATX) – An excellent alternative to the Crosshair Hero

ASUS’ Pro WS lineup is well-known for delivering workstation-class motherboards even on mainstream platforms. That hasn’t changed with their X570 variant for Ryzen processors. The ASUS Pro WS X570 Ace’s VRMs are robust, offering a 12+2 phase power delivery – ensuring that it can easily handle even the Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core CPU.

ASUS Pro WS X570 Ace

Image-Source: ASUS

Another unique aspect is the availability of triple full-size PCI-E slots (running at x8/x8/x8). Although other X570 motherboards do have three slots, this is one of the few that gives you three that run using 8 PCI-E 4.0 lanes.

The motherboard also has a decent QVL, so memory clocks and tuning shouldn’t be an issue with most memory kits in the market.

Pro WS X570 Ace Back panel

Image-Source: ASUS

The motherboard’s back panel is decent, offering 7 USB ports (1x Type-C and 6x Type-A). What’s more, 5 out of those 7 USB ports support the latest USB standard – granting access to 10 Gbps data transfer capabilities. It does come with dual LAN: 2.5 GbE Intel and 1 GbE Realtek. However, if you’re looking for 10G LAN or Wi-Fi 6, this isn’t the right motherboard.

Pro WS X570 Ace Flat Perspective

Image-Source: ASUS

NVMe support is excellent as well, and the Pro WS X570 offers 2x M.2 slots (PCI-E 3.0 x4 and PCI-E 4.0 x2). You might run into issues when populating both M.2 slots in some cases. If you’re using professional-grade PCI-E 3.0 NVMe drives, you’d be only able to use x2 PCI-E 3.0 lanes on the second M.2 slot – leaving you shortchanged for speed. Do remember, this only applies if you’re doing a lot of sequential read/writes on that second drive. Also, you do have the option of a U.2 SSD that runs at PCI-E 3.0 x4.

Recommended for: Ryzen 9 (3900X and 3950X) and Ryzen 7 (if you don’t need a lot of CPU power and require additional GPU horsepower).

Best 3rd Gen Ryzen Motherboard around $300

ASRock X570 Taichi (ATX) – Overall Great Value!

 

ASRock X570 Taichi

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The value offered by the ASRock X570 Taichi is undeniable. It is considered one of the best motherboards out there for both Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 processors, with good reason.

Even though it’s priced much lower, it comes with many of the bells and whistles that you usually see on high-end motherboards. Granted, we ARE still talking about a $300 motherboard here.

The lower price does come with some caveats, though.

Not only do you lose access to 2.5 GbE LAN and dual LAN, but you also lose a good bit of memory support, especially for quad-memory configurations. Compared to other motherboards in its weight class, the Taichi’s QVL is quite sparse.

~~ Edit (Thanks David): Nonetheless, for most users who aren’t planning on overclocking memory past 3733 MHz, it should be just fine!

For everything else, the Taichi offers immense value at its price point.

ASRock X570 Taichi

Image-Source: ASRock

The ASRock X570 Taichi comes equipped with a beefy VRM, one that goes toe-to-toe with even its pricier X570 counterparts.

Hence, it is capable of handling the most powerful processors that AMD has to offer – the 3900X, 3800X, and 3700X. It should be enough to take on the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X when it launches as well.

Although the Taichi doesn’t come with dual LAN capabilities, it features the preferred Intel Gigabit LAN instead of Realtek.

Funnily, it also comes equipped with 2.4 Gbps Intel Wi-Fi 6, making the wireless adapter much faster (2.4 times) than the Ethernet LAN on this motherboard.

Now, when it comes to peripheral connectivity, this motherboard doesn’t compromise. It comes with 8 SATA ports, 3 M.2 ports, 2 PCI-E x1 slots, and 3 full-size PCI-E slots (x16/8).

ASRock X570 Taichi

Image-Source: ASRock

It doesn’t skimp out too much when considering back-panel connectivity, either. It features an array of audio ports, 7 USB ports, Gigabit LAN port, a clear BIOS button, and two wireless antennae.

Recommended for: 3rd Generation Ryzen 9 and 7 (3950X, 3900X, 3800X, and 3700X).

Priced at just under $300, the Taichi offers fantastic value. If you don’t see anything specific in higher-priced motherboards that you really must have, go for the Taichi.

Best 3rd Gen Ryzen Motherboard under $200

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite (ATX)

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

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Gigabyte’s $200 offering features PCI-E 4 capabilities at a much lower price point while retaining quality VRMs.

So, it’s a splendid option for those on a budget. The X570 Aorus Elite packs enough power to run the 3900X, 3800X, and the 3700X easily – allowing them to boost as high as they possibly can.

The Aorus Elite also features Intel Gigabit LAN, much like its pricier X570 counterparts.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

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Expansion presents the first real limitation of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra when compared to other motherboards. It features 2 full-size (x8/16) PCI-E slots, 2 PCI-E x1 slots, 2 M.2 slots, and 6 SATA ports.

Memory support is pretty terrific on all Gigabyte motherboards, and the Aorus Elite is no exception. Whether you’re running dual or quad-memory configurations, you should be able to get to 3600 MHz and above.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

Image-Source: Gigabyte

The back panel of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite is pretty great as well.

It comes with an array of 10 USB ports, audio ports, Ethernet port, and an HDMI port for AMD APUs (I don’t recommend pairing one with this board though). The absence of a ‘clear CMOS’ button is pretty conspicuous, though. Oh well.

Recommended for: Ryzen 9, 7, and 5 (3900X and all the way down to the 3600).

Perfect for those who want the most on a budget, especially if you’re going with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. Only Ryzen 5 owners who need PCI-E 4.0 bandwidth should opt for this motherboard.

Alternative to Aorus Elite: Asus TUF X570 Gaming

In case the Gigabyte Aorus Elite is out of stock, has an inflated price, or is just not available in your country, you should consider the Asus X570 TUF Gaming as an excellent alternative.

Best Value B450 Motherboards for Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5

If you’re on a relatively tight budget or don’t plan to upgrade past an 8-core Ryzen processor in the near future, B450 motherboards offer insane value.

Since 3rd Generation Ryzen launched quite a while ago, most BIOS issues have been ironed out, and what’s more, almost all motherboards will support 3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs out of the box.

When shopping in this price tier, VRM thermals do become a problem when you’re building a PC for extended render workloads.

A few B450 boards will outright fail when running render tasks, so make sure that you’re not compromising on performance and quality for looks and marketing.

We found the following B450 Motherboards, though, to be excellent picks:

MSI B450 Tomahawk

The Tomahawk was one of the most popular motherboards for 2nd Generation Ryzen, with good reason.

The Tomahawk MAX retains the same designs and specs and bumps the BIOS chip to accommodate support for AMD’s full CPU lineup without sacrificing MSI’s Click BIOS. Even now, this is the Best B450 Motherboard for Ryzen processors by a healthy margin.

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Image-Source: MSI

VRM Quality – Extended Render Performance

The MSI Tomahawk MAX continues to offer high-quality hardware at an attractive price point, along with premium features like BIOS Flashback.

MSI’s use of surprisingly sturdy VRMs that can handle even a 12-core Ryzen without holding it back at all is quite impressive indeed. However, I’d still recommend limiting the use of this motherboard to an 8-core Ryzen when we’re talking about extended workloads like rendering.

B450 VRM Thermals

Testing by Hardware Unboxed

Memory – QVL and Overclocking

Moreover, MSI’s excellent memory support does carry over to their B450 motherboards too.

The QVL for the Tomahawk is nothing short of impressive, featuring a good number of memory modules running in even quad-channel configurations at speeds well above the standard 3200 MHz mark.

You can find the QVL here.

Slot Layout – PCI-E and Storage

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Image-Source: MSI

The B450 Tomahawk comes equipped with 2 full-length PCI-E (x16 and x4) slots, 3 PCI-E x1 slots, 6 SATA ports, and a single M.2 slot. The single M.2 might be a bummer, but you can get around the limitation with a PCI-E add-in card.

Rear-Panel I/O

MSI B450 Tomahawk

Image-Source: MSI

When it comes to back-panel connectivity, the Tomahawk isn’t trailing too far behind its bigger, pricier brethren. It features 6 USB ports (5 Type-A and 1 Type-C), a DVI port and an HDMI port for AMD APUs with integrated graphics, an Ethernet port, and audio ports.

Recommended for: Ryzen 7 and 5. A great motherboard overall, considering the value it brings.

ASRock B450 Gaming K4 (ATX)

Although MSI’s B450 Tomahawk Max is the best B450 motherboard by a good margin, ASRock’s Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 is an excellent alternative if you’re unable to find the former in your region.

Asrock Fatal1ty B450 K4 Hero

Image-Source: ASRock

VRM Quality – Extended Render Performance

With even minimal airflow, the Gaming K4’s VRMs hold up pretty well with an 8-core Ryzen. Even in stress tests and extended render workloads, the motherboard never even came close to failing, and its VRM temperatures remained well within safe limits.

Memory – Overclocking and QVL

As we’ve come to expect, ASRock’s QVL for the Gaming K4 is relatively sparse. In my testing, though, most memory kits do work at their rated speeds as long as you’re going with something within 3600 MHz paired with a 3rd Generation Ryzen processor.

Nonetheless, I still recommend checking for memory kits that are listed on the QVL.

Asrock Fatal1ty B450 K4 single

Image-Source: ASRock

Slot Layout

The Gaming K4’s slot layout is quite similar to other B450 motherboards, and there’s nothing out of the ordinary here. There are two full-length PCI-E 3.0 slots (running at x16 and x4, respectively). There are 4 PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots for various expansion cards.

Unlike a few other B450 boards, including the B450 Tomahawk, ASRock has equipped the Gaming K4 with two M.2 slots. However, keep in mind that populating the M.2 slots will disable the second full-length PCI-E slot as well as 2 out of 6 SATA connectors on the motherboard.

Rear-Panel I/O: Lots of USB Ports

Asrock Fatal1ty B450 K4 io

Image-Source: ASRock

The Gaming K4 has an impressive rear-panel I/O port selection, rivaling even some X570 motherboards. If you’re on the lookout for a lot of USB ports, including a Type-C USB, this is a great choice.

Recommended for: Ryzen 7 and 5 only.

Note: This is one of the few motherboards that supports a triple monitor setup when using an AMD APU with an iGPU like the 3200G.

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming ITX/ac (ITX)

If you’re going for a compact build, the ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/ac is one of the best motherboards that can handle even 8-core processors without affecting performance, even with extended workloads like rendering.

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming ITX-ac Hero

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VRM Quality – Extended Render Performance

Even with minimal airflow, the Gaming ITX/ac’s VRMs don’t overheat in the slightest. Most compact ITX PC builds will have airflow issues, which makes this an especially important factor for those who want to go with a relatively smaller form-factor workstation PC.

Memory – QVL and Overclocking

For some reason, the 3rd Generation Ryzen’s QVL for this motherboard is missing on ASRock’s official website. However, even if we assume it’s similar to the B450 Gaming K4, it won’t be overly promising. Official memory support pegs the memory to work at “DDR4 3466+”.

Personally, I’d just avoid any higher clocked memory kits (3200+) unless you can find it on the general QVL.

Slot Layout – Extensibility and Convenience

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming ITX-ac single

Image-Source: ASRock

As with many ITX motherboards, the ASRock Gaming ITX/ac has a standard slot layout. It features a single full-length PCI-E slot (x16) and does support riser cards if you’d like to extend that slot to 2 PCI-E slots (x8 and x8).

The Gaming ITX/ac motherboard has a single vertical M.2 slot. Moreover, it also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Rear-Panel I/O – USB, Wi-Fi Antenna, Audio, LAN

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming ITX-ac io

Image-Source: ASRock

When you’re opting for a smaller form factor like ITX, you do give up some port selection on the back. However, the Gaming ITX/ac motherboard doesn’t give up too much with respect to the back-panel ports. There are 5 USB Type-A ports and even a single Type-C port.

Recommended for: Ryzen 7 and 5 only.

Addressing Some Common Concerns

Q: I’m already on an X470/B450/X370/B350/A320 motherboard, and I don’t need PCI-E 4.0. Should I still switch to a new motherboard?

A: It depends. If you’re upgrading to the 3700X, 3800X, 3600X, or the 3600, you can stick to X470/B450/X370 safely.

However, if you’re upgrading to a Ryzen 9 CPU like the 3900X and you’re not on an X470 or a high-end X370 motherboard, then I recommend upgrading to get the most performance out of it.

For those wanting to upgrade to 3rd Generation Ryzen 5 CPUs on a budget, even older B350/A320 motherboards should be enough.

Q: Will I need a BIOS update if I want to pair an older motherboard with 3rd Gen Ryzen processors?

A: Yes. You’ll need an older Ryzen CPU to update BIOS once if you don’t grab a motherboard with features like BIOS Flashback – allowing you to update firmware without installing a CPU. If you don’t have access to either of those things, don’t worry.

AMD’s running a boot kit program for those with this exact issue. You can find out more about this program here: https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/pa-100#faq-Short-Term-Processor-Loan-Boot-Kit

Q: I’m buying a new motherboard and a 3rd Generation Ryzen 9/7 CPU. Should I buy an X470 motherboard if I don’t need PCI-E 4.0?

A: You could, but I don’t recommend it. The prices of any good X470 motherboards come pretty close to or even exceed some X570 motherboards available right now. For a Ryzen 7 CPU, you could stick to a good B450 motherboard like the MSI B450 Tomahawk.

Q: I see fans on the new X570 motherboards. Will they be noisy? Can I get an X570 motherboard with passive cooling instead of active cooling?

A: No, they are surprisingly silent most of the time. In fact, during most of my tests, the fans barely even spun up. Unless you’re stretching the limits of the board by beginning to saturate all that PCI-E 4.0 bandwidth, I don’t expect the fans to spin much at all.

Yes, there is precisely one X570 motherboard with passive cooling – the $700 Gigabyte X570 Aorus Extreme.

That’s a steep price just to get rid of fans. If you’re still opposed to the fans, and you’re grabbing either an AMD Ryzen 3800X, 3700X, 3600, or 3600X, you could make do with an older B450 motherboard.

Q: I see some manufacturers like Biostar enabled PCI-E 4.0 on older motherboards. Can I get those older motherboards to get PCI-E 4.0 on the cheap?

A: Although Biostar did enable PCI-E 4.0 with a BIOS update, it might be short-lived.

Firstly, I didn’t find any data about whether those motherboards can indeed handle full PCI-E 4.0 bandwidth without compromising stability.

Secondly, AMD might disable it with the next AGESA update, like they did when ASUS enabled PCI-E 4.0 support on older motherboards.

Of course, you could choose to stay on present firmware forever, but you’ll probably miss out on future efficiency improvements and other security updates.

Q: Why exactly shouldn’t I consider the quality of built-in audio on motherboards?

A: Well, there are a few reasons for this. The onboard audio capabilities of modern motherboards have come a long way.

So, for most users, every modern motherboard will offer an almost indistinguishable audio experience.

If audio is a significant factor for you, and the onboard option just isn’t cutting it, getting a separate add-in sound card is a much better option.

What’s more, it’ll work out cheaper and give you more flexibility with your purchase to boot. Here’s a Creative Sound Blaster sound card that should power even studio-grade, high-impedance headphones just fine.

Q: Will these motherboards work with the Ryzen 9 3950X as well/ Best motherboards for Ryzen 9 3950X CPUs?

A: All the listed boards CAN run the Ryzen 9 3950X, no problem. However, for extended render loads, I’d recommend shopping in and around the $300 price region. My value recommendations for professionals are the ASUS Pro WS X570 Ace and the MSI X570 Unify.

Q: Will these motherboards work with future Ryzen processor releases on the AM4 (Zen 3 and onwards)? / Will B450 motherboards support Ryzen 4000 CPUs?

A: While AMD has confirmed that the X570 motherboard lineup (and B550 when it finally launches) will support the Ryzen 4000 series desktop CPUs, the motherboards with B450 chipsets seem to have been left hung out to dry. Now, this can change, and AMD might backtrack on this plan. However, if you do plan on upgrading to the next generation of Ryzen processors, I recommend grabbing an X570 motherboard or wait for the B550 motherboards to launch.

You can find the full announcement here on AMD’s community website.

Update: AMD has backtracked on this announcement and left it to the motherboard manufacturers to decide whether to support Ryzen 4000 processors or not. 

 

Want to compare AMD’s Platform offerings with Intel’s? Check our Motherboard Article for Intel 9th Gen CPUs here and 10th Gen CPUs here.

 

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Alex

Hey there! Thanks a lot for the article!
I’m building a system around Ryzen 3900x and would consider mobos under $350. I was initially thinking of getting an MSI mobo (because they had nice cashback options in my local vendor) and looked at the following options:
1. MSI MEG X570 Unify
2. MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI

Wanted to ask for your opinion on those. Or should I go for a ASRock X570 Taichi instead?

Oh yeah, regarding other components – I’m looking at either Geforce 1660 TI or 2060 series + 64 GB of 3200 RAM + 1 or 2 TB on M.2

Primary use of the PC – 3D modeling and rendering with Corona. Some occasional gaming and no overclocking.

Thank you!

Funkyman

Thanks for the article!
But would like to hear your thoughts.
Looking motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700X + RTX2060 Super with a future update.
Choosing between those:
1. MSI B550M PRO-VDH WiFi ProSeries Motherboard
2. MSI MAG B550M Bazooka
3. GIGABYTE B550M AORUS PRO
I would like to hear some recommendations.

DanF

Hi,
This is such a great info-packed article! Thank you!

This will be my first time building a PC, and it will be for my little sister in animation, hoping it will be around CAD $1000-1500 and future proofing and I am considering the following:
-Ryzen 5 2700x ( which has the best performance/dollar from another great article by CGDirector)
-NVidia 2060

Do you think the x570 Tachi is still a good option for future proofing? Or do you have other option in mind.

Thank you again!

DanF

Hi, after rereading and considering your useful insights, the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX sounds like a good alternative due to its low price(The MSI B450 Tomahawk costs about 2x as much here from Newsegg and the ASRock B450 Gaming K4 isn’t really available here). The only concern I have is that it probably has not much upgradability due to its limited PCI-E slots, which looks like it could only fit a GPP, and it has a maximum of 32GB memory. I am wondering if there is another motherboard with a better upgradability you have in mind? Thank you again for your insights!

Christiyan

Hi, I am planning on building my first PC ever for animation. This is how it looks so far:
CPU- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
GPU- GeForce GTX 2060 or 2080(if I find it on a discount)
RAM- Corsair VENGEANCE LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200MHz
HDD of 4T
SSD with NVMe

I’m struggling with the motherboard, concidered around 200 euro. By reading this article it seems like GIGABYTE X570 AORUS ELITE is the motherboard I’m looking for, but I’d like to know If you have any other recomendations and also is it a good enough PC for a newbie to start with. Also I’m honestly waiting right now to see how the prices will shift with the new gens of NVDIA and Ryzen coming live and maybe put them into consideration as well.

Miska

Hi, first off I just want to say THANK YOU so much for all the incredibly useful information you present on the site, it really is a godsend!

I’m a longtime mac based AE animator, now getting into C4D and aiming to do my first PC build in 12 years. My current thinking is to build something around 3rd gen Ryzen 3700X or 3900X for a mix of viewport speed and cores as I’m not sure yet how much I will focus on CPU vs GPU rendering and also want to wait for the 4000 series to come out before investing more heavily in a CPU.

For motherboards, I think I’ve narrowed it down to the ASRock X570 CREATOR which has a great feature set for me with 10Gb LAN and Thunderbolt 3. One downside though appears to be it will only do two GPUs? I find PCI specs are tough to decipher on boards, but if I’m reading it right, it looks like it will only do a x/8/x8 or x8/x8/x4 mode neither of which will run 3x GPU’s? I’d consider the Asus Pro WS X570 ACE which looks like it will definitely run up to 3 GPUs, but no 10Gb LAN or Thunderbolt gives me pause that it may be tough to get data out of the machine quickly if I eventually need to in a production environment. Is there any way to add a 10Gb LAN card to the Asus Pro WS X570 ACE and still run 3x GPU’s? Any other X570 boards that could do 3x GPU’s I should be looking at? Alternately if I just settled on a 2x GPU setup with a more affordable board like the MSI X570 Tomahawk, would this board, or any other boards, allow me to eventually run 2x RTX 3080’s and a 10Gb LAN card all at the same time? Thunderbolt 3 I can probably live without, 10Gb LAN seems like it will more helpful.

With the RTX 3080’s just announced but will probably be hard to get at first, my strategy for GPUs is to get something decent but affordable for now like a 1660 Ti or 2060 Super while I’m still learning C4D anyways, and then in 6 months upgrade to two 3080’s and ideally still be able to keep my starter GPU in play as a third GPU in the system. I’m not sure how much I will get into GPU rendering, but it would be great to have the flexibility to run 3 instead of 2 GPU’s if I found the need. Eventually I’ll possibly build a 2nd system, something like a 3970X Threadripper 2-4x GPU render node for C4D, AE, etc., but for now prefer to start with something more modest which can serve as my modeling and design active viewport machine, yet with a motherboard that will allow for good upgrade potential to max out with 2-3 RTX 3080’s and Ryzen 4000 when it comes out. Open to any build suggestions you may have for how to approach all this. Thanks!

Winathane

Hi Jerry,

Thanks a lot for all the great content you put in here, I found this very instructive.

I am building a mini ITX pc with:
CPU ryzen 9 3900x
ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32Go

I do architectural modeling and rendering
And thought a good cpu will do the job,
I am looking for the right GPU for my build up. Do I need a very perfomant one which comes at a cost or it’s enough to get just a decent one but still good quality for display, as I am not inteding to render on it.
What would be your recomandation on this please ?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Winathane,
If you don’t plan on rendering on it, then a mid-tier gpu will do just fine. I wouldn’t get a low-tier one though, as it still has to display wireframes and other stuff in your viewport and GUI. Maybe look into a GTX 1660Ti to go with your build, that should be at a good sweet spot.

Cheers,
Alex

Chris

Thanks. Very useful article. Just one aspect missing for me – Thunderbolt. I think that is becoming an important general requirement, but essential if you are looking at Audio Interfaces as well. (Like Firewire used to be some generations back). So far I find for X570 that only high-end ASRock have built-in Thunderbolt, and that ASRock and Gigabyte provide add-in cards that are compatible to a limited number of motherboards.

Chris

Ps I found a discussion about Thunderbolt from 8 months ago after writing the above. Apart from the ASRock add-in card mentioned there, there is also this one from GigaByte. I dunno when it came out. I started looking yesterday after I killed my ASRock X99 by upgrading the CPU.

https://www.gigabyte.com/ph/Motherboard/GC-TITAN-RIDGE-rev-10#kf

https://www.asrock.com/mb/spec/product.asp?Model=Thunderbolt%203%20AIC%20R2.0

The other thing to consider is that ThunderBolt 4 has been announced, as well as USB 4. This is where an add-in card could be an advantage against on-board, if you need to upgrade to version 4 I guess.

Mixvot

Thank you very much for the invitation :). Best wishes.
PS: How are you? I am from France 🙂

Bellouza Abdelkader

Hello,

First, I wanted to thank you for this amazing guide for those who want to build a Pc with one of the 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs.

Even though you have recommended The ASUS Tuf x570 motherboard as an alternative for the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite which is a great affordable motherboard, it would be better if you gave more details about the Asus Tuf so people can understand why it’s a great option for those who are in a limited budget.

I’ve recently published a post which is a bit similar to yours in terms of the motherboard recommendation which is: ~~

I would say, for those who have a limited budget, it would be better to go with a B450 motherboard since there are many great affordable B450 MOBOs that supports the high-end latest 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs such as Ryzen 7 & 9 without any issues.

I wish you an amazing day and good luck with your next guides

Constantine

Dear Jerry, the sincerity and insight of your articles provide some really needed clarifiction in the vastness of information on specs, and I thank you for that!
I would like to ask you a couple of things:
1) for a build centered around the 3950x, between the MSi x570 Creation and MSi x570 Godlike, would you definitely recommend one of the two for fully utilizing the capabilities of the CPU, while keeping future proofness in mind (e.g. the Ryzen 4000 and RDNA 2 series expected near holiday 2020)? Do these motherboards have significant differencies to justify the price gap?
2) if you added a potential double GPU setup to the above build (e.g. 2 RX 5700 XTs with Crossfire), would you reckon that a 1000W PSU with 80 Plus Titanium is enough?

And as far as your insticts go, do you believe that it would be for the better to wait for the new CPU/GPU series at this time, instead of going for a high-end build with current offerings?

Thank you kindly for your help, wishing you well!

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