Best Motherboard for AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT in 2020
The Radeon RX 6900 XT is the best graphics card to come out of AMD so far, going up against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080. To get the most from your new graphic card, you'll want to have a solid foundation, so we've rounded up the best motherboards to use with this GPU.
Premium X570 AMD
The best motherboard for AMD systems would be the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E, which will also work wonders with the Radeon RX 6800 XT. The board not only comes rocking PCIe 4.0 support but also Wi-Fi 6 and plenty of other premium features. There are also a few Gen 4 M.2 slots for speedy storage, some excellent power phase delivery design, and even RGB for improved in-game performance.
If you've got an Intel processor or are looking to purchase one, the ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E is the way to go. It supports 10th Gen Intel CPUs, comes with all the high-quality components required for some stable overclocking, as well as a rock-solid BIOS. There's even built-in Wi-Fi 6, just in case you need it.
ASRock's B550M Steel Legend is a brilliant motherboard that strikes a solid balance between X570 and A520 chipsets from AMD. It has PCIe 4.0 and some other notable features but still doesn't have everything you'd find on a premium motherboard. You will be able to install a Ryzen 3000 or 5000 processor, however.
It'll be difficult to hunt down a budget-friendly X570 motherboard since that's precisely what the B550 motherboard range is supposed to be, but the Prime X570-P from ASUS is a fine example of a well-priced motherboard. It has all the X570 chipset features without some of the additional extras other boards come rocking. There are still high-quality components and even metal heatsinks for the VRMs.
The A520 chipset is for those on a strict budget. It doesn't come with PCIe 4.0 support, unlike B550 and X570 motherboards. Still, this is a solid option for a starter PC build or one where you don't require a Ryzen 9 processor. Pairing this up with a Ryzen 5 and the Radeon RX 6900 XT will create quite the gaming rig.
ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
This motherboard is only really for those who can afford it. It's a monster of a PC foundation, coming with absolutely everything you'd ever ask from a motherboard. The Radeon RX 6900 XT would work so well on this board with a Ryzen 9 processor. The VRMs are top-class, so too is the cooling, which can even be connected to your custom water-cooling loop.
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The majority of our recommended motherboards for this GPU are from AMD, and there's a good reason for that. AMD made it, so its CPUs and GPUs work a little faster together now, thanks to the shared memory access. While the performance improvement is minimal at best, it's still worth bearing in mind if you really want the very best from your gaming PC.
If you're looking for the best motherboard for an AMD build with the Radeon RX 6900 XT, you're going to want to give the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E a looking as it's an excellent choice for most consumers, even providing room for stable overclocking.
For Intel fans, your choice is the ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming, which comes rocking pretty much everything you need to build a capable Intel gaming rig. Just try not to worry too much about the lack of any PCIe 4.0. It's an excellent motherboard with support for 10th Gen processors.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.