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Best X570 Motherboards 2021: ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX Tested

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The best X570 motherboard will of course bring the chipset’s primary features, like PCIe 4.0 support (which doubles the bandwidth over previous-gen PCIe 3.0), more and faster USB ports, along with a higher power draw than previous-generation X470 boards. It takes more juice to power those faster PCIe lanes.

The latter means almost all the best X570 motherboards will have built-in fans to cool the chipset, unless you opt for one of the new X570S chipset models, which do away with the fan. All that said, after some initial worries about fan noise on early boards, companies have tweaked their BIOS settings. At this point even if you opt for an X570 board, you won’t likely notice the noise of these small fans over other components in your case, unless perhaps you opt for something extremely quiet, like Noctua's Colossal NH-P1 passive cooler and a zero-RPM graphics card.

Higher prices are still the real sticking point with the best X570 motherboards, although Intel's Z590 motherboards are also pricier than their predecessors as well. If you don’t need lots of speedy lanes for multi-GPU setups or several of the best SSDs, you may want to consider one of the best B550 motherboards instead. 

If you don’t plan on adding a super-speedy SSD or a high-end next-gen graphics card (which you still can't really find at prices anywhere close to reasonable now anyway), in most cases you can certainly get by with an older X470 motherboard. But as AM4 CPUs have accumulated, we’ve seen plenty of compatibility issues between CPU and motherboard generations. So be sure to double-check CPU compatibility closely with whatever board you’re considering before buying.

We noted in our Ryzen 5000 RAM Guide that the sweet spot for memory performance on X570 is DDR 3600. So you’ll also want to pair one of the best X570 motherboards with some of the best RAM you can buy. And with PCIe 4.0 support, the best SSD for X570 is undoubtedly a PCIe 4.0 drive. But for gaming and many other common tasks, you won’t likely notice the speed difference between a faster drive and a good PCIe 3.0 NVMe model. So choose wisely based on your storage speed needs--or desires.

For more on the X570 chipset, see our X570 explainer from back when the chipset launched in 2019. And for more general tips about what to look for when buying a motherboard, check out our motherboard buying guide, as well as the eight motherboard features you probably don’t need

The Best X570 Motherboards of 2021

Best X570 Motherboard (if Price Is No Object):  Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme (Image credit: Asus)

1. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

Best X570 Motherboard (if Price Is No Object)

Specifications
Socket: AM4
Chipset: AMD X570S
Form Factor: EATX
Voltage Regulator: 18+2 phases
PCIe x16: (2) v4.0
USB Ports: 40 Gbps: (2) Type-C (via Thunderbolt 4); 10 Gbps: (8) Type-A
Warranty: 3 years
Reasons to buy
+Robust power delivery+Five M.2 slots+Thunderbolt 4+Comprehensive watercooling abilities+10 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E
Reasons to avoid
-Flagship pricing-Little room to unlatch top PCIe slot

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is the first AMD Extreme board since the X370 days, and it doesn't disappoint. In addition to its premium appearance, the board comes with one of the most capable VRMs we’ve seen. So its overclocking ability is only limited to your cooling capability and the limitations of your silicon. Other features are also top-notch, including the latest Realtek/Supreme FX audio codec, 10 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E.

The Thunderbolt 4 ports and front-panel USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports give you plenty of fast connectivity as well. And if you need a lot of fast storage, you’re well taken care of with up to five M.2 modules that can work simultaneously. If you’ve got $800 to spend on an X570 motherboard, the ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme should be at the top of your list.

Read: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme review 

Best High-End X570 Motherboard: Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi (Image credit: Asus)

2. Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi

Best High-End X570 Motherboard

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Onboard power/reset buttons+Q-code LED display+All M.2 slots include a heatsink+12 USB ports on the rear IO
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-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

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra (Image credit: Gigabyte)

3. Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Three high speed M.2 slots, all w/heatsinks+Debug LEDs+Front and Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port/header
Reasons to avoid
-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

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard Alternative: ASRock X570 Steel Legend WiFi ax (Image credit: ASRock)

4. ASRock X570 Steel Legend WiFi ax

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard Alternative

Specifications
Socket: AM4
Chipset: AMD X570
Form Factor: ATX
Voltage Regulator: 10 phases
PCIe x16: (2) v4.0 (x16/x4)
USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A, 5Gb/s: (6) Type A
Warranty: 3 years
Reasons to buy
+Mid-sized voltage regulator on a value-priced board+Good overall performance+Excellent efficiency
Reasons to avoid
-Fixed x16/x4 pathways on the two long PCIe slots-One-piece M.2/PCH cover

Though it’s not ideal for some of the fancier graphics and storage options of the high-end market, the X570 Steel Legend offers Ryzen 3000 buyers great stability and efficiency at a reasonable price. The primary added features it delivers beyond what’s offered by the X570 chipset are the 2.4Gb/s Wi-Fi controller, some onboard lighting, and some extra RGB headers. The rest of this $200 board includes solid basics such as its 10x50A CPU voltage regulator. And if you don’t want to pay for the WiFi, ASRock offers an otherwise-identical X570 Steel Legend without that controller for $10 less.

The primary sacrifice compared to pricier boards is that the second x16-length slot has only four lanes, because the top x16 slot can’t share its lanes. Both viewpoints describe a basic design that eliminates a few pathway switches to save money: Anyone who didn’t need those pathways to be flexible will surely be fine with this. And keep in mind that these are PCIe 4.0 lanes, so even at x4, there’s still quite a bit of bandwidth available to that second slot.

The lesser sacrifice of this board’s design is that its two M.2 covers are built as a single unit that’s integrated with the PCH fan shroud. This means if you want to have a fan shroud, you won’t be able to install any M.2 SSD that has a heat spreader of its own. Uncovering a single M.2 slot while leaving the over covered is likewise not an option.

Read: ASRock X570 Steel Legend WiFi ax review 

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5. ASRock X570S Riptide

Best Budget X570S Motherboard

Specifications
Socket: AM4
Chipset: AMD Z570S
Form Factor: ATX
Voltage Regulator: 10 phases
PCIe x16: (3) v4.0 (x16, x4, x2)
USB Ports: (2) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-A and Type-C (10 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps), (2) USB 2.0, Type-A
Warranty: 3 years
Reasons to buy
+$185 price+Fanless chipset cooler+Killer 2.5 GbE
Reasons to avoid
-No USB 3.2 20 Gbps ports-Mediocre ALC897 audio codec-Basic styling may not be for everyone

The recent release of the X570S chipset update (nixing the need for a chipset fan) allowed motherboard partners to update their product stacks and get something new out for AMD builders before the arrival of Zen 4 sometime next year. ASRock was the first company to get an X570S board to us for testing, and it's still our favorite in the sub-$200 price range.

The Riptide offers a better design aesthetic than most similarly priced X570 options, and improves upon the power delivery, utilizing 10-phases at 50A versus others running 6-phase at 50A. The Riptide also includes Killer-based 2.5 GbE, where the original X570 boards at this price included a 1GbE port. In the end, the Riptide offers more capable power delivery, a faster integrated NIC, and of course, the silence that some want. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and silent X570S motherboard, the X570S Riptide makes for a solid budget option to build your AMD Ryzen based system around.

Read: ASRock X570S Riptide review

Best Budget X570 ATX Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus (Image credit: MSI)

6. MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus

Best Budget X570 ATX Motherboard

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Adequate voltage regulator for Ryzen 3000 range+Good overclocking on mid-budget Ryzen 7 3700X
Reasons to avoid
-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

Best Mini ITX X570 Motherboard: Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi (Image credit: Gigabyte)

7. Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best Mini ITX X570 Motherboard

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+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
Reasons to avoid
-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

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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.
  • dalauder
    It seems odd to go with the Gigabyte Aorus over the MSI Tomahawk. As far as I know, the Tomahawk keeps it's chipset MUCH cooler, on par with the high end boards.
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  • MASOUTH
    The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra pricing links are for the incorrect product and prices. All 3 links go to Gigabyte X570 Pro WiFi (1 for the mini ITX, 1 to the ATX, and Best buy who shows the ITX but specifies the ATX) listings which tend to be $40-$70 cheaper than the Ultra board (or in Best Buy's case, they don't even carry the Ultra). The previous Best X570 motherboards story had the exact same issue but I thought it might get sorted out with next update. I guess not...
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  • cgigoux
    Just a minor nit to pick. If you're going to have "Best ... Micro ATX ..." in the title, you might want to actually include a Micro ATX motherboard in the list. I realize that there's basically only one contender (AS Rock Pro4M) that you've not tested and its VRM section isn't up to snuff compared to just about everyone else, so you might just want to edit the title a tad.

    Cheers.
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  • godparticle
    I bought the gigabyte x570 i aorus pro wifi partially on the recommendation here. I'm having a bluetooth issue which it seems many on reddit are experiencing as well. I also don't like that the NVME slot is directly above the heatsink. Even worse is that gigabyte includes a heatsync/fan for the chipset which means if you purchase an NVME drive with a heatsync you will have to remove it. I'm sending it back and getting a different board. Just thought I would post this to hopefully save someone else the pain of an RMA.
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  • Xereoth
    godparticle said:
    I bought the gigabyte x570 i aorus pro wifi partially on the recommendation here. I'm having a bluetooth issue which it seems many on reddit are experiencing as well. I also don't like that the NVME slot is directly above the heatsink. Even worse is that gigabyte includes a heatsync/fan for the chipset which means if you purchase an NVME drive with a heatsync you will have to remove it. I'm sending it back and getting a different board. Just thought I would post this to hopefully save someone else the pain of an RMA.
    Doesn't the mobo have 2 heatsinks for the NVME, and thus couldn't you get the NVME drive without heatsink?

    Or am I misunderstanding or missing something?
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  • godparticle
    Xereoth said:
    Doesn't the mobo have 2 heatsinks for the NVME, and thus couldn't you get the NVME drive without heatsink?

    Or am I misunderstanding or missing something?
    It has a chipset fan and some thermal tape that you put on your SSD to conduct the heat. I was hoping I could get away with just using the built in heatsink on my ssd but then the chipset got too hot without the little fan connected. If you're willing to deal with it I'm sure you could make it work but I wasn't impressed.
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  • Xereoth
    godparticle said:
    It has a chipset fan and some thermal tape that you put on your SSD to conduct the heat. I was hoping I could get away with just using the built in heatsink on my ssd but then the chipset got too hot without the little fan connected. If you're willing to deal with it I'm sure you could make it work but I wasn't impressed.
    Hmm that does sound sucky. Was planning on building a new PC for the second time ever, after using my first build for way too long.
    Waiting on the Zen 3 to release and was looking into a fitting mobo around 250euro's.
    The aorus x570 pro seemed like a nice one but after reading your comment I'm doubting about it and possible other things I might have overlooked.

    thanks for responding though.
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  • godparticle
    Xereoth said:
    Hmm that does sound sucky. Was planning on building a new PC for the second time ever, after using my first build for way too long.
    Waiting on the Zen 3 to release and was looking into a fitting mobo around 250euro's.
    The aorus x570 pro seemed like a nice one but after reading your comment I'm doubting about it and possible other things I might have overlooked.

    thanks for responding though.
    My pleasure! I'm always thrilled when my warning posts get a hit. Makes me feel like there was some purpose to me pulling my hair out in frustration. I hope you fare better than I did no matter what you choose to do. That bluetooth issue was annoying. (devices kept dropping every 30 seconds or so). Honestly the bluetooth was a bigger deal than the chipset. I probably could have lived with the noisy little fan but I'm a gamer so I want bluetooth controllers and headsets to be rock solid.
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  • Xereoth
    godparticle said:
    My pleasure! I'm always thrilled when my warning posts get a hit. Makes me feel like there was some purpose to me pulling my hair out in frustration. I hope you fare better than I did no matter what you choose to do. That Bluetooth issue was annoying. (devices kept dropping every 30 seconds or so). Honestly the Bluetooth was a bigger deal than the chipset. I probably could have lived with the noisy little fan but I'm a gamer so I want Bluetooth controllers and headsets to be rock solid.
    Yeah, your hair loss was not in vain haha. I don't use Bluetooth and my headphone has a separate receiver so that should be fine. I'm just worried about the chipset fan but after some more research I've concluded that the chipset fan can be turned off in idle. So it will only run while gaming. At which point my GPU and CPU fans will be running also and they should be louder than the chipset fan. And the mobo has two onboard heatsinks for the m.2 slots which should suffice (i'm new to those SSD's so still have no clue) and the 970 evo's don't really need a heatsink anyway they say. So I don't think I'll need a a separate heatsink on top of the m.2 (again, unless i'm misunderstanding something)

    Thanks for your time and explanation!
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  • SnowAndHale
    cgigoux said:
    Just a minor nit to pick. If you're going to have "Best ... Micro ATX ..." in the title, you might want to actually include a Micro ATX motherboard in the list. I realize that there's basically only one contender (AS Rock Pro4M) that you've not tested and its VRM section isn't up to snuff compared to just about everyone else, so you might just want to edit the title a tad.

    Cheers.

    So, the ASRock X570M PRO4 AMD AM4 microATX is not a good motherboard?
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