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Best Motherboards 2019: For Gaming, by Socket and Chipset

Best AMD Motherboards: X570, X470, B450, X370 and X399

While the boards below are recommended for current AMD CPUs and APUs, big news from Computex has us looking forward to replacing at least all of our Socket AM4 recommendations: X570 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 saw a flurry of potential new stars from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI, before being disheartened by the news that their X470 predecessors will not support the PCIe 4.0 integrated into the new CPUs. If you’re getting a CPU and GPU, you’ll want the new board too.

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 X570 Motherboard

Best High-End X570 Motherboard

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: 10Gbps | 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
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 Review: Asus X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard

Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ITX | Voltage Regulator: 6+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 | USB Ports: 10Gbps | 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 Review: Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best AMD X470 Motherboard

Best X470 Motherboard

Biostar Racing X470GT8

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 Review: Biostar Racing X470GT8

Best AMD B450 Motherboard

Best B450 Motherboard

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

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 Review: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

Best AMD X370 Motherboard

Best X370 Motherboard

Asus ROG Strix X370-I Gaming

Asus ROG Strix X370-I Gaming

Best X370 Motherboard

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X370 | Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Voltage Regulator: 6+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v3.0 (x16);(1) v2.0 (x4) | USB Ports: 10Gbps | Warranty: 3 years

Above-average overclocking
Smartly balanced feature set
Expensive
No video output

Asus knocks it out of the park with the ROG Strix X370-I Gaming when it comes to Mini-ITX form factor motherboards. If money is no concern and building a water-cooled compact PC box is your goal, this board is the best we’ve seen by far. Asus’ clever M.2 housing for the primary NVMe drive gives users the option of deploying additional snappy storage without sacrificing important connectors, cabling, or cooling, which is critical for this type of product. Tie that in with Asus’ excellent feature set, overclocking success, and performance, and we’ve got ourselves a clear winner.

Read Review: Asus ROG Strix X370-I Gaming

Best AMD X399 Motherboard

Best X399 Motherboard

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 Review: Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha

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