Best Mother-boards for AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Windows Central 2020

To use your new AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor, you'll need a supported AM4 motherboard. It's possible to use motherboards with older chipsets, so you can be sure we've only included boards that have been confirmed to work with the new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.

Compatible X470: ASUS ROG Strix X470-F

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ASUS makes some killer motherboards with some great UEFI BIOS experiences, and the Strix X470-F is one of my favorite examples. Not only does it come rocking some high-quality components, but there's RGB lighting, which is scientifically proven to improve frames-per-second figures. It's not a budget motherboard, but you do get a lot for the money here. Because it's not X570, you'll miss out on PCIe 4.0 but avoid having to pay a premium.

Premium X570: ASUS ROG Strix X570-E

The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E comes with plenty of bells and whistles. You've got full support for PCIe 4.0, 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.

Budget Ryzen 3000: ASRock B450M Steel Legend

This may be a B450 motherboard, which was released with full support form Ryzen 1st and 2nd Gen CPUs, but ASRock made it so this board can take even the third-gen Ryzen 3000 processors. You'll be able to throw a Ryzen 9 3900X into this thing and call it a day, so long as the BIOS is up-to-date. Because this is a budget motherboard, you will miss out on numerous features.

Budget X570: ASUS Prime X570-P

This X570 is on the opposite end of the scale compared to our other two X570 recommendations, but ASUS doesn't sacrifice much in terms of quality here. You get metal heatsinks for VRMs and other essential components, active cooling for the chipset, PCIe 4.0, Gigabit LAN, and everything else you'd expect from a mid-range motherboard.

Enthusiast X570: ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula

When only the very best will do, there's the Crosshair VIII Formula from ASUS, which is a ridiculous board reflected in the price. The heatsink for the VRMs and other essential components up top can be hooked up to your custom water cooling loop. There's also five Gigabit LAN, onboard Wi-Fi 6 (802. 11Ax), and active cooling for the chipset. It's a more PC build-friendly board with the water-cooling support, but the price is fairly astronomical.

Choosing the best X470 or X570 motherboard

Most of these boards are stable enough for some overclocking and will perform well enough under load in games or intensive applications. Should you desire one of the best X470 chipset motherboards out there right now, you'll want to give the ASUS Strix X470-F 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 few X570 examples here, but our top recommendation with the new chipset would be the ASUS Prime X570-P. This Prime board comes with PCIe 4.0 and high-quality components for stable performance.

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