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

To use your new AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor, you'll need one of the best motherboards. We rounded up a few that work really well with the Ryzen 5 3600X, ranging from the better value offerings to one that is best suited to enthusiasts.

Premium X570: ASUS ROG Strix X570-E

Staff pick

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.

Entry X570: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS

This X570 is on the opposite end of the scale compared to our other X570 recommendations, but MSI doesn't sacrifice much in terms of quality here. You get 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.

$170 at Newegg

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 a great X570 chipset-touting 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 best platform for AMD Ryzen processors right now, and indeed it's among the best motherboards, but if you want to save a little, the MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS. This Prime board comes with PCIe 4.0 and high-quality components for stable performance.

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