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Best Motherboards 2021 for Gaming, by Socket and Chipset

AMD's current flagship X570 chipset brings with it full support for PCIe 4.0, including devices connected to both its CPU-integrated and chipset-based PCIe controllers, and the transfer rate between the CPU and chipset is likewise doubled. We've tested several X570 boards, including some models refreshed for AMD's new Ryzen 5000 CPUs, from the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI, but only a handful of models stand out. The price premium for X570 models is a concern, as its X470 predecessors will not support the PCIe 4.0 integrated into the new CPUs

If you want to save some money, consider a B550 motherboard, wich has PCIe 4.0 support, but generally only enough lanes for one fast SSD and graphics card. Note, though, that many higher-end B550 boards approach or exceed the price of X570 alternatives. So shop carefully based on the features you need or are likely to use in the future.

If you’re not sure which chipset you’re after or have more basic questions, you can visit our motherboard basics and motherboard buying guide stories to help narrow down your board buying options.

Best AMD Motherboards: B550, TRX40, X570, X470, B450 and X399

ASRock X570 Aqua (Image credit: ASRock)

1. ASRock X570 Aqua

Best X570 Motherboard (if Price Is No Object)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: EATX | Voltage Regulator: 14 phases | PCIe x16: (3) v4.0 (x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/x4) | USB Ports: 10 Gbps: (2) Type-C (via Thunderbolt 3); 5Gbps: (6) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Excellent cooling of voltage regulator and PCH
All aluminum-finished parts are actually aluminum
Integrated Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort passthrough
10GbE plus Gigabit Ethernet plus Wi-Fi 6
Excellent Overclocking at moderate voltage levels
Class-leading performance for overclocked memory
Half of the SATA ports connect to PCIe 2.0 controllers
All three PCIe x1 slots are 2.0 version
All PCIe 2.0 devices share bandwidth on single-lane hub
RGB software needs an update
Not much RGB for Monoblock windows

We don't get a chance to review many "mainstream" boards that cost over $500, so the X570 Aqua stands by itself. This limited-edition (999 retail units) product includes everything from Intel's top Thunderbolt 3 controller to 10GbE and, of course, the included liquid-cooling monoblock for which it's named. Labeled EATX for being slightly larger than standard ATX, its 10.5" depth is still short enough to fit many enthusiast-oriented ATX gaming cases. Our only reservation is a price that's over $200 beyond its specs: Such is the price for exclusivity.

Read: ASRock X570 Aqua Review

Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi (Image credit: Asus)

2. Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi

Best B550 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD B550 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 (x16), (1) v3.0 (x4) | USB Ports: (2) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), (2) USB 2.0 | Warranty: 3 years

Capable 14-Phase Power Delivery
2.5 GbE LAN and Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Premium Audio
More than $200 still seems expensive for B550

Asus’ ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi delivers premium features including SupremeFX Audio, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, solid power delivery and more. It’s a good option around the $200 mark, though there are similarly specced boards that cost less. If you don’t need Wi-Fi capability, the non-Wi-Fi version of the same board costs $30 less with the same specifications, making it easy to recommend if you plan on using Ethernet or have your own wireless card.

Read: Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi Review

NZXT N7 B550 (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

3. NZXT N7 B550

Best B550 Motherboard (Alternate)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD B550 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+2+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 (x16), (1) v3.0 (x4) | USB Ports: (1) USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps), (3) USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (5 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps), (2) USB 2.0 | Warranty: 3 years

Capable Power Delivery
Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5 GbE
10 USB ports
Lack of integrated RGBs may be a turnoff
No USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 Gbps) ports

NZXT’s first foray into AMD motherboards is a success. Coming in late to the game allowed the company to implement feedback from its Intel boards, adding more USB ports to the rear IO. The additional time also allowed NZXT to implement cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6E as well, alongside 2.5GbE. Outside of that, the appearance changed significantly from the company’s previous boards, with shrouds dominating the surface and an absence of on-board RGBs.

With an MSRP of $229, the NZXT N7 B550 costs about $15 more than our primary pick, but delivers a newer Wi-Fi chip, more and faster USB ports, and solid performance in a package that's visually distinct from all other B550 competition. If you can spend this much and don't need the extra PCI 4.0 bandwidth that comes with similarly priced older X570 motherboards, the NZXT N7 B550 is well worth considering.

Read: NZXT N7 B550 review 

Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi

4. Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi

Best High-End X570 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases | PCIe x16: (3) v3.0 | USB Ports: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps): 7x Type-A, 1x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps): 4x Type-A | Warranty: 3 years

Onboard power/reset buttons
Q-code LED display
All M.2 slots include a heatsink
12 USB ports on the rear IO
Chipset fan sits directly under the GPU

Packed with 12 USB ports (eight of which are USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds), a 2.5G LAN port, eight SATA ports, and integrated Wi-Fi 6, he Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi is a good base for a high-end build.

Read: Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi Review

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra (Image credit: Amazon)

5. Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases | PCIe x16: (3) v4.0 | USB Ports: 10 Gbps: 2x Type-A, 1x Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 1; 5 Gbps: 3x Type-A, USB 2.0: 4x Type-A | Warranty: 3 years

Three high speed M.2 slots, all w/heatsinks
Debug LEDs
Front and Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port/header
On/off button is a small PCB that plugs into USB header

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra focuses on doing basic things very well, such as its twelve 40A core voltage MOSFETs and triple PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 storage slots. With nothing more than a 2.4Gb/s Wi-Fi 6 module to add to its basic Gigabit Ethernet, the paucity of premium add-in features helps Gigabyte to maintain a sub $300 price despite the cost of PCIe 4.0 compliance.

Read: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra Review

MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

6. MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus

Best Budget X570 ATX Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 10 phases | PCIe x16: (2) v4.0 | USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A, 5Gb/s: (4) Type A,(2) USB2.0 | Warranty: 3 years

Adequate voltage regulator for Ryzen 3000 range
Good overclocking on mid-budget Ryzen 7 3700X
Some software and BIOS features didn’t work for us

The MPG X570 Gaming Plus is unmistakably cheap, yet it's eight 46A core voltage regulators still provide enough CPU power to cover the full range of AMD's recent AM4 processors. Fixed PCIe pathways follow a simplified rout to eliminate the need for costly re-drivers, and the board has only one pathway switch that enables its second x1 slot by disabling the first. Its included software couldn't even monitor our hardware, and the firmware menu that's supposed to display connected devices disabled our keyboard and mouse, but buyers who are satisfied by mere adequacy should be pleased by its exceptionally low price.

Read: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus Review

Alternative Budget X570: ASRock X570 Steel Legend WiFi ax

Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

7. Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best Mini ITX X570 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ITX | Voltage Regulator: 6+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 | USB Ports: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps): 1x Type-A (red) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps): 4x Type-A | Warranty: 3 years

Low price for the feature set
USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on rear IO
Two M.2 slots
Q-Flash Plus for easy BIOS updates
3-plug audio stack
Only two fan headers

The Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro WiFi performed well at stock and when overclocking. Dual M.2 slots on the ITX form factor is its claim to fame, and it also includes two USB3 Gen 2 ports (one Type-C, the other Type-A) and four USB3 Gen1 ports on the rear IO. This tiny board offers users a great assortment of features and is a well-rounded solution for its small form factor, and comes at moderate price that undercuts the competition.

Read: Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi Review

Biostar Racing X470GT8

8. Biostar Racing X470GT8

Best X470 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X470 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12 phases | PCIe x16: (2) v3.0 (x16/x0, x8/x8, Raven Ridge at x8/x0) (1) v2.0 (x4) | USB Ports: 10Gbps | Warranty: 3 years

Great CPU overclocking
Great price for features
Excellent baseline performance
Poor DRAM overclocking
Not SLI compatible

The Racing X470GT8 makes an excellent case for Biostar’s claim of performance and overclocking value supremacy. The company understands that some enthusiasts just want performance, and that the key to performance often lies with overclocking. Buyers with those goals don’t tend an overloaded features set. Their money is better spent instead on a higher-end CPU and a big cooler to help push clock speeds to their limits. The Racing X470GT8 gets AMD fanatics there, without the increasingly niche Nvidia SLI support, which they might also find anathema as they shop for an AMD-based card to complete their build.

Read: Biostar Racing X470GT8 Review

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

9. ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

Best B450 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Voltage Regulator: 8 phases | PCIe x16: (1) V3.0 (x16, Raven Ridge at x8) | USB Ports: 10Gbps | Warranty: 3 years

Excellent CPU overclocking
Competitive DRAM overclocking
Low price
Not enough USB ports to satisfy some power users
B450 limit of two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports
Single M.2 storage interface

Motherboard makers love to load up tiny boards with high-end chipsets, but those boards often lack the bonus features that would have made the flagship chipset worthwhile. The Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac takes the opposite approach, offering most of the features of AMD’s lower-cost B450 chipset while retaining the overclockability associated with high-end motherboard models. That makes it a great option for Mini-ITX overclocking enthusiasts on a tight budget--or those who would just rather spend more on a better CPU or roomier, speedier storage.

Read: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Review

ASRock TRX40 Taichi (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

10. ASRock TRX40 Taichi

Best TRX40 Motherboard

Socket: sTRX4 | Chipset: AMD TRX40 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 16 phases | PCIe x16: (3) v4.0 (x16/x16/x16) | USB Ports: 20 Gbps: (2) Type-A ; 5Gbps: (4) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Supports up to six NVMe M.2 drives
Superior overclocking
High-capacity voltage regulator and cooler
Includes 2.5GbE, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6
Four-drive expansion card eats one (of three) x16 slots
Spacing conflicts when using two three-slot graphics cards
Minor (less than 1%) performance deficit

Sixteen 90A power phases under an enormous dual-fan heat sink prove that the TRX40 Taichi was built with 64-core CPU overclocking in mind, regardless of whether the forthcoming Threadripper 3990X even turns out to be overclockable. Additional features such as dual networking that includes 2.5GbE, a 20Gb/s USB3 2x2 header, 2.4Gb/s Wi-Fi, and an included four-drive M.2 expansion card push overall value up to its $500 price.

Read: ASRock TRX40 Taichi Review

Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399

11. Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399

Best X399 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: X399 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 16+4 phases | PCIe x16: () v3.0 (x16/x8/x16/x8) | USB Ports: 10Gbps | Warranty: 3 years

Overclocking headroom to spare
Fully kitted ensemble
Aggressive aesthetic
E-ATX is big
DIMM removal is a hassle
Extreme alpha pricing

Power users will want to pick up the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Xtreme because of its impressive ability to manage higher-wattage workloads and parts when combined with custom loops and ample radiator space. The voltage regulator cooler alone eliminates the need for a monoblock, and could tip the high-wattage value proposition back in Gigabyte’s favor for a fully equipped motherboard.

If 10Gb Ethernet is not needed, we still recommend the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7 for full-sized builds. And the ASRock X399M Taichi still opens the door for HEDT builders on the value front. Still, if overclocking high-end processors is your thing, it’s hard to look past the heatsinks on the Aorus Xtreme.

Read: Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha Review

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Matt Safford
Matt began piling up computer experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius. He built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last decade covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper and Digital Trends. When not writing about tech, he’s often walking—through the streets of New York, over the sheep-dotted hills of Scotland, or just at his treadmill desk at home in front of the 50-inch 4K HDR TV that serves as his PC monitor.
  • abryant
    Archived comments are found here:
  • tomasf
    Is there any mobo with Thunderbolt 3 that you can recommend?
  • roy.a.dejesus
    What's considered the best/smallest mini-itx mb and case combo for the Ryzen5 2400G? No discrete vc will be used. I want this to be as transportable as possible.
  • rettinger
    The Biostar X370 newegg link says that it's out of stock and may not be restocked. So, I'm not sure that's a helpful suggestion.
  • Soaptrail
    Are AMD 470 motherboards not mass produced yet? Not one is on this list.
  • tyrii
    Hi Thomas,
    There seems to be mistake on the pricing of the Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming or the $80 price tag is for another motherboard.
  • thalian
    1. The above comment is correct. I only WISH the Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming mobo was available for $80!!! That link actually goes to Amazon's listing for the previous board: ASRock H370M PRO4 .
    2. Why no other boards priced under $200? And why only 6 Intel mainstream LGA-1151 boards? There's a ton of them out there and there have to be more than 6 that are good to use.
  • tazmo8448
    Yeah I'd like to see the AMD X470 boards reviewed per Soaptrails post.
  • dahenger
    AMD X470 please.
  • Jungstar
    No full size b450 of b350 nor micro atx boards???