The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16-core processor running on the AM4+ platform. When coupled with a solid motherboard, you've got quite the setup with an immense amount of power available. We've rounded up some of the best AMD Ryzen 3950X motherboards here, and you can also check out a list of some of our other best motherboards.
To get the most out of your Ryzen 3000 series CPU, you'll need to go with the X570, and this motherboard from ASUS is a great option. Not only do you get benefits like PCIe 4.0 support, high-quality components, and Wi-Fi 6, but also Gen 4 M.2 slots capable of unidirectional transfer speeds up to 64 GB/s, rapid LAN ports, and plenty of RGB lighting options to boot.
This B450 motherboard may not be as advanced as our other recommendations, but it's worth considering for a new build. It supports Ryzen 3000 CPUs, and has more than enough features for the 3950X, but don't go expecting to push the system as far as more premium motherboards.
Mini-ITX boards are a whole different breed, thanks to vendors having to cram as much tech on larger motherboards onto a smaller PCB. Still, it's possible to create a capable, stable platform like this excellent example from ASUS. You've got 8+2 phase delivery with active VRM cooling alongside active chipset cooling. An excellent foundation for smaller builds.
While it's challenging to locate any budget-friendly X570 motherboards, this ASUS board is one that would suit someone who wants the latest chipset features on a more basic platform. It's got a lot going for it, too, with metal heatsinks for the VRMs and other high-quality components.
This is when things start to get a little more severe with the Crosshair VIII Formula from ASUS. It comes with plenty of features, including high-quality components for stable overclocking, as well as a heatsink block that can be connected to your custom water-cooling loop. It's quite literally insane.
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Choosing a motherboard for your PC is a crucial decision you shouldn't make on a whim. Our top recommendation is the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E, which comes with super-fast LAN ports and PCIe 4.0, thanks to the X570 chipset from AMD. It's not the most affordable, but will easily handle even the most powerful Ryzen 9 processor.
X570 is the latest chipset from AMD to support Ryzen 3000 series processors, and there are numerous options available already. While some are pretty pricey, like our top recommendation, it's still possible to score a bargain. The ASUS Prime X570-P comes rocking PCIe 4.0 support, high-quality components, and a great BIOS at a more affordable price.
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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.