Best Motherboard for AMD Ryzen 5 Windows Central 2021
Before using your new AMD Ryzen 2600 processor, you'll need a supported AM4 motherboard. I've rounded up some of the best motherboards to get the most out of the processor, regardless as to whether or not you desire to overclock.
- Amazing Performance: ASUS ROG Strix X570-E
- For Gamers: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
- Budget-friendly: ASRock B450 PRO4
- Small & Mighty: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
Amazing Performance: ASUS ROG Strix X570-EEditor's pick
The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E comes with plenty of bells and whistles. You've got full support for PCIe 4.0 (though the Ryzen 5 2600 doesn't support it), an actively cooled chipset, onboard Gigabit LAN with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Gen 4 M.2 slots capable of unidirectional transfer speeds up to 64 GB/s, and plenty of RGB lighting options to boot. It's a stunning motherboard and one that commands quite the price tag.
For Gamers: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
The MSI X570 GAMING PLUS is a reliable secondary option, supporting up to 128GB RAM, the latest Ryzen processors, and coming with the range-topping X570 chipset. This board supports fast networking, armored PCIe slots, and MSI's RGB lighting system. Not bad for the price.
Budget-friendly: ASRock B450 PRO4
This B450 motherboard from ASRock is more affordable than our other two picks because it comes with fewer advanced features. What you get is a budget-friendly board with everything you need to get the system up and running. Just don't expect to heavy overclock or to push the system past its limits and enjoy a stable experience.
Small & Mighty: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
The B450 AORUS PRO WIFI from Gigabyte has everything you need to create an efficient yet powerful Mini-ITX PC in a small form factor chassis. It's surprising just how much performance you can get out of this motherboard, though you will be restricted to just a single PCIe slot for a GPU.
Choosing the best motherboard for the Ryzen 5 2600
Most of these boards are stable enough for some overclocking and will perform well enough under load in games or intense applications. Should you need a great X570 motherboard, you'll want to give the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E some serious consideration because of how much you get for the price.
X570 is the future for AMD processors, and if you want to future-proof your PC build, this will be the chipset for you. We've included a mini-ITX B450 with a better chipset for smaller PC builds, the ASUS Prime X570-P. Though if you plan to upgrade the CPU later, you'll likely need an X570 motherboard.
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