Best Zen 3 Motherboard

Maria Garcia
• Wednesday, 25 November, 2020
• 7 min read

These CPUs are going to offer significant IPC gains as compared to the previous ones and if you are interested in getting one of these then you are going to need a supporting motherboard. Note that AMD has confirmed that older AM4 motherboards such as the B450 series and the X470 will work with these CPUs.

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The Asus DOG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula is a top of the line variant that is made for enthusiasts that want the best performance possible without compromise. There are 4 DIMM slots for your RAM and next to those you have the start and reset buttons on the motherboard itself.

Next to the 24-pin power connector, you have LEDs that indicate the different boot stages so that you know where the issue is if you encounter any. There is a fan on the chipset and a vent on the armor of the motherboard, so that heat can be dissipated.

The Asus DOG Strip X570-E is a premium motherboard, but it is not priced as high as the Crosshair VIII Formula. There is not integrated water cooling support, and you do not get all the water cooling support that you get on the Crosshair VIII Formula, but you do still get plenty of bells and whistles that you expect from premium Asus motherboards.

Next to the 24-pin power connector, you have LEDs that indicate the different boot stages so that you know where the issue is if you encounter any. Which should come in handy if you have plenty of HDDs that you want to use alongside your faster SSDs.

The fan is pretty small and does not make a lot of noise. Once you have case fans installed and a graphics card in the build you will not be able to hear it.

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The motherboard has plenty of headers for case fans and RGB. There are three PCIe slots and two of them are reinforced for better graphics card support.

The Gigabyte X570 HORUS Elite is a relatively affordable X570 motherboard that you can buy right now. There is only a single 8-pin power connector so overclocking potential can be a bit limited.

The motherboard does have QFlash, so you can update the BIOS without even having a CPU installed. There are two PCIe slots and the top one is reinforced for better graphics card support.

The motherboard has a 12+2 phase power design which is pretty standard and should work fine as long as you are not heavily overclocking your CPU. The design of the motherboard is pretty subtle and RGB lighting is limited, so it should blend in well with the rest of your setup.

The B550 chipset is not as expensive as the X570, but it still gives you PCIe Gen4 support which is important if you are interested in future-proofing your system and using the latest graphics cards and SSDs. The motherboard has a subtle black design with some RGB lighting but nothing too fancy.

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Good value for money Subtle design Both M.2 slots have heat sinks Great RGB support The MSI B550-A PRO has a very subtle design and does not come with flashy RGB lighting.

The MATE form factor means that the board is shorter, so the options are a bit fewer than well. Despite the smaller size you still get two M.2 slots which is great keeping in mind that you get support for PCIe Gen4 and that you can use supporting SSDs for superfast loading times and transfer speeds.

Good value for money Solid build quality Decent BIOS Next up we have the MSI MAG B550M Mortar which is another mate motherboard that we recommend for the AMD Ry zen 5000 series CPUs.

The motherboard features plenty of armor and an integrated I/O shield for easy installation. The motherboard is pretty solid and comes with 2.5G Ethernet and even a USB Type-C port.

This is a pretty bare bones motherboard and there is nothing fancy like RGB or armor. Other features include AMD Turbo USB 3 .2 GEN 2.

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ASUS DOG Strip B550-I Gaming is an IT motherboard, and it looks wonderful. This is a smaller motherboard, so you only get two RAM slots but that is not going to be a limiting factor if you are interested in gaming and content creation.

If the Asus model does not float your boat then you can check out the HORUS PRO AX. The motherboard also comes with 4 SATA6 ports and a single PCIe slot which is reinforced.

The design is nice and subtle and should blend in well with the rest of your build. Considering these new developments, we’re going to reexamine our in-depth speculative analysis and comparison of the X570 chipset to offer you the best motherboard picks suited for any current or future Zen3 Ry zen CPUs.

Considering recent global trade and health events, in addition to the announcement of the Zen 2 Ry zen 5600X, 5800X, and 5900X processors, availability and pricing, especially for AMD components, is a little out of control. However, we’d strongly recommend holding off on new builds or upgrades until things normalize and demand for AMD hardware dies down a bit.

Across the board (pun intended ), the Asus TTURFGaming X570-Plus is one of the most highly recommended and well-featured “budget” X570 motherboards on the market, coming in around $180. While we recommend opting for the standard variant, Asus also offers a Wi-Fi version for an additional $20 that otherwise has all the same features and is on par with the best motherboards from other manufacturers at this price.

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If you’re really looking to save a buck, then the Asus Prime X570-P is the best, cheapest, X570 board for properly driving even a Ry zen 9 3950X thanks to its ARM design, which it shares with the beefy Maximus XI Hero. If you don’t need troubleshooting features or cutting-edge connectivity, and you just want support for a 3950X in a barebones' production workstation, at the X570-P’s regular price point around $150, you cannot find anything better.

MSI is regularly Asus’s best competition in the motherboard space, and its Unify series offers extensive feature-sets, fantastic performance, and beautiful blacked-out aesthetics for both Intel and AMD platforms. Another benefit shared with many Asus offerings is their proprietary motherboard software, Dragon Center, which allows for system tweaks in your OS, and some boosting/optimization features directed at gamers.

MSI is thankfully one of the best examples in the PC hardware market where form meets function, and you’ll be more than proud of any system built on such a good (and attractive) foundation. The Crosshair VIII Hero is the clear choice for anyone planning to overclock a high-end Ry zen CPU as much as possible with the best BIOS and features to make the process as convenient as possible.

The Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) sports a 16 Phase ARM (14+2), support for up to 128 GB of DDR4-4800MHz memory, 2x M.2 slots, Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0, Related 2.5G LAN, Supreme S1220 Audio CODEC, 8x USB 3 .2 Gen 2 + 4x USB 3 .2 Gen 1 ports, 8x SATA 6Gb/s ports, an integrated I/O shield, Clear CMOS + BIOS Flashback buttons, as well as an onboard BIOS Safe Boot button. For overclocking enthusiasts who don’t have the supremely deep pockets necessary to purchase the X570 Horus Extreme or the MSI X570 Godlike, the Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) readily competes in terms of ARM design and performance.

Regularly priced around $186, the X570M Pro 4 is thankfully a solid choice for builders looking to save some desk space without dealing with some tedious research and build requirements for minority systems. The only caveat here is that the Crosshair VIII Impact is a Mini-DTX motherboard, and it is a bit more challenging to find mini-towers or SFF cases specifically designed to support Mini-DTX.

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If you’re in the market for a more premium motherboard that isn’t as large as standard ATX, but not as small and potentially frustrating as minority, then the Crosshair VIII Impact is the way to go. Finally, for our small form factor (SFF) case lovers, the award for best minority X570 motherboards goes to the Asus DOG STRIP X570-I Gaming.

Due to the clever design and placement required when developing minority motherboards that can support top-tier CPUs, the STRIP X570-I isn’t necessarily going to break the bank around $260. We know that isn’t an amount to dismiss casually, but builders keen on mid to high-end Ry zen CPUs should be looking at this price range for their platforms anyway.

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