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Best Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, 5800X and 5900X

With the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, AMD has officially snatched the gaming crown from Intel, offering competitive performance in both the single-threaded and multi-threaded segments. In this post, we’ll be recommending the best motherboards for the Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and the 5900X.

Best Motherboard for the Ryzen 5 5600X: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK

Price: $178.99

CPU SupportZen 2 and Zen 3
ChipsetB550
Memory4 x DDR4 DIMMs w/ Support for Up to 128GB @ 5,100MT/s
PCIe1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
XFX/SLI2 Way XFX
Storage6 x SATA 6Gb/s Ports, 2 x M.2 Ports
WiFi/LANN/A /Realtek RTL8125B (+Realtek RTL8111H)
USB (Internal+ Rear)1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 6 x USB 2.0

The B550 motherboards bring PCIe 4.0 to the masses at affordable prices. The MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk is one of the most well-balanced AM4 boards in the sub-$200 range. It comes with a 10+2+1 Phase VRM which works like a charm with even the highest-end Ryzen 9 chips. The board supports up to 128GB of DDR4 memory at 5GHz+, one PCIe 4.0 slot for a discrete graphics card, another 3.0 slot, six SATA III ports, and two M.2 slots with their respective heatsinks.

If you are looking for a cheaper option for the Ryzen 5 part, the MSI MAG B550M Bazooka is worth looking at, especially if you’re building a small form factor PC. However, I wouldn’t recommend pairing it with a Ryzen 9 5900X or 5950X.

Best Motherboard for the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X: MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI

Price: $269.67

CPU SupportZen 2 and Zen 3
ChipsetX570
Memory4 x DDR4 DIMMs w/ Support for Up to 128GB @ 4,600 MHz
PCIe2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
WiFi/LANIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX200|Realtek 8125B
Storage6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, 2 x M.2 Slots
USB4 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen2, 6 x USB 2.0

If you’re going for a higher-end Zen 3 CPU like the Ryzen 7 5800X or the Ryzen 9 5900X, then the X570 Tomahawk once again is a promising board. You get the option to shove in 128GB of super-fast DDR4 memory, six SATA III drives, and two NVMe drives. You get a multi-phase DrMos Digital VRM which should allow for a decent overclocking potential. If you are looking for a cheaper board, then look no further than the GIGABYTE X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI.

Best High-end Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X: MSI MEG X570 ACE Gaming

Price: $399.99

CPU SupportZen 2 and Zen 3
ChipsetX570
Memory4 x DDR4 DIMMs w/ Support for Up to 128GB @ 4,600 MHz
PCIe3 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
WiFi/LANIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX200|Realtek RTL8125-CG
XFX/SLI3 Way/2 Way
Storage4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, 3 x M.2
USB1 x USB 3.2 Gen2, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 6 x USB 2.0

MSI’s MEG series has some of the best AMD X570 boards. The ACE is a premium but expensive choice. 128GB RAM over four DIMMs @ 4,600MHz, three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for a triple XFX solution, and three M.2 slots for blazing-fast PCIe 4.0 based SSDs will let you build a monster rig ahead of its time. A more affordable high-end board for the Ryzen 9 lineup is the MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI.

Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.
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