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Best Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700X [Buying Guide]

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Best Motherboards for Ryzen 7 3700X and 3800X

The new Ryzen processors have brought the Micro-ATX motherboards with AM4 sockets in full swing. The latest AMD Ryzen processors are improving in performance by-the-day, providing better and better features than ever. We have prepared a guide that includes a range of most suitable motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700X, easing your difficulties while also keeping all your needs in mind.

6 Best Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700X

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MSI B450M Mortar

MSI B450M Mortar

Our first ideal recommendation for the Ryzen 7 3700X is the MSI’s recent B450M Mortar. Released in November 2019, the MSI’s B450M Mortar is an excellent choice in Micro-ATX motherboards with decent functionality and the best value for the price.

Providing an AM4 socket that is required for our targeted processors, the MSI B450M Mortar with its brand new extended heatsinks, steel armor quality, Turbo M.2, memory, and core boost along with a fantastic design, and many other impressive features give solid proof of its worth.

Starting with the extended heatsink design, with aesthetically designed layers of overhangs, the heatsinks do a great job, performing their task efficiently, assisted by the improved PWM and circuit design, the overall thermal performance is quite satisfactory and stable even for high-end CPUs and overclocks.

The Turbo M.2 renders a lightning-fast speed of 32Gb/s per device with Gen3 x4, which is considered 5 times faster than regular SATA III connection, kicking top gear on system boot-up and furiously fast loading of applications and data.

The core boost technology adds further to the overall performance by making faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point accuracy, making things much better for multi-core CPUs and maximize overclocking.

The B450M Mortar offers four dual-channel slots that can support up to 128GB of standard DDR4 at max 3466Mhz+OC with the new DD4 memory boost. while keeping things perfectly stable and smooth for ultra-fast memory speed.

The onboard audio provides a 7.1 channel with Realtek® ALC892 HD audio processor, dedicated amplifier, and high-quality audio capacitor making up for an impressive sound quality boost. Inside there is a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 and a PCI Express 2.0 x16 along with a pair PCI Express x1, giving perfect ground for crossfire and SLI.

The internal I/O connector features a couple of USB 3.1 and four USB 2.0, providing a huge range of connectivity, overall. Along with the two M.2 slots, there are also four of SATAIII for maximum storage capabilities at a decent speed. The aesthetic design is further aided by two four-pin 12V RGB LED headers for Mystic Light, along with options for synchronization and customization.

Specifications

ModelB450M MORTAR
Socket AM4
Form factor Micro ATX
Chipset AMD B450

Pros
  • Great overclocker for a board in the non-gamer market Excellent feature set.
Cons
  • Only 3 audio ports

ASRock X470 Taichi

ASRock X470 Taichi

Next in line, we have the all-powerful ASRock X470 Taichi. Released in April 2018, the ASRock X470 Taichi is considered one of the best buy for the Ryzen 7 3700X.

This Micro-ATX motherboard comes with the preferred AM4 socket, priced quite higher than the previous recommendation, but makes up for it with excellent functionality and a great range of features.

Showcasing an incredibly mechanical design along with support for RGB, the X470 Taichi performs just as well as it looks. With its adequate thermal performance, excellent support for memory and storage capabilities, and a whole lot of unique features, the X470 Taichi looks quite promising, let us find out in detail.

With its four dual-channel slots for memory that can easily hit the speed of 3466+ (OC) but can only support 64GB at once, which is comparatively lower than the previous recommendation.

The X470 Taichi comes with two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, eight SATA 3 slots that provide an impressive storage capacity, two Ultra M.2 slots (one supports PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA 3 and one supports PCIe Gen2 x4 & SATA3).

There is also an onboard intel 802.11 ac Wi-Fi Module for remote connectivity. The internal I/O connectors further expand connectivity with a pair of conventional USB 2.0 headers which also supports ESD protection and a couple of USB 3.1 Gen1 headers along with a front panel Type-C USB 3.1 Gen2 Header.

The superalloy build and high-density Glass fabric PCB design of the motherboard supports a long-life. The newly introduced water-pumps header offers maximum water cooling capabilities with lower noise to make up for an excellent cooling capacity overall. The full-spike protection is also featured, which protects all the components from sudden power surges and ensures reliability.

Specifications

ModelX470 Taichi
Socket AM4
Form factor ATX
Chipset AMD X470

Pros
  • Perfect fit.
  • Finish Black and gray make for a neutral aesthetic.
  • Loaded with features 10GbE, plus 1GbE, plus 802.11ac.
  • Exceptional RGB LED implementation.
Cons
  • Difficult memory overclocking.
  • Overly complex firmware menus.
  • Cheap 802.11ac controller.
  • Somewhat power-hungry.
  • Expensive.

MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC

MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC

One of our favorite choice for 3700X and 3800X is the mighty MSI b450i Gaming Plus AC, which was released back in July 2018. With a few cuts here and there, the B450i also brings the price fairly down but provides great performance, nonetheless.

It brings the maximum memory support awfully down, from our first recommendation which could go up to 128GB, the B450i only supports a maximum of 32GB, which is still okay for the given price tag.

Overall, the B450i Gaming Plus AC provides a satisfactory gaming performance, with a lot of unique features and a huge range of connectivity ports. Along with the different boosting capabilities, the overclocking capacity is also quite sustainable and neat.

The MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC only offers two dual-channel memory slots, that can support up to 32GBat once, thanks to the featured DD4 memory boost technology that maintains a stable overclocking speed with smooth performance with maximum support of 3466+ (OC)Mhz.

The core boosting technology, on the other hand, allows for a faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point accuracy, making things easier for multi-core processing and overclocking.

It only offers one expansion slot which is a PCIe 3.0 x16, along with a single M.2 port and about four SATA 6Gb/s adding up to adequate storage support. The onboard video chipset can easily support up to 4K resolution at 60Hz with integrated graphics from the CPU.

The onboard intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 module and the support for Bluetooth 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1, 2.1+EDR is also a quite useful addition.

The onboard audio codec is powered by the Realtek ALC887 with 7.1 Channel with an isolated Audio and high-quality Audio capacitors for improved and boosted audio quality.

The onboard I/O panel comprises of only two ports, that is one USB 2.0 connector with additional support for two more, and a USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors also with support for two more of the same type. It only has a single 4-pin CPU fan connector, meaning comparatively less cooling support.

There is also a pair 5050 RGB LED strip 12V connectors for an aesthetic showcase. The B450i features advanced optimization for VR, for an immersed experience. With many in-game features, the B450i is also gaming certified and tested by the eSports players.

Specifications

ModelB450I GAMING PLUS AC
Socket AM4
Form factor Mini ITX
Chipset AMD B450

Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Over-clocking capabilities
Cons
  • Only 802.11 AC WiFi
  • Only one NVME

ASUS X570 AORUS Xtreme

ASUS X570 AORUS Xtreme

Further down the line, we have the quietest and the coolest of all, ASUS X570 AORUS Xtreme. Unleashed for the market in February 2020. The X570 AORUS Xtreme is one of the most versatile and heavily featured motherboards.

With ultra-fast storage capabilities, impressive and the quietest thermal performance aided by supreme heatsinks with Direct 16 Phases Infineon Digital VRM. A powerful Wi-Fi and aesthetically beautiful RGB fan commander and RGB Fusion 2.0.

X570 AORUS XTREME is equipped with several new components to ensure the best PCIe 4.0 signal quality, including PCB, PCIe Slots, M.2 Slots, that are specifically designed for PCIe 4.0.

With maximized speed and exclusive connectivity for storage, the X570 allows for uncompromised performance on this front. It includes a pair of Theoretic Bandwidth vs. PCIe 3.0, a PCIe 4.0 Switch and Re-driver IC, a brand new low impedance PCIe and M.2 Slot, a couple of PCIe 4.0 ready copper low loss PCB, up to three PCIe 4.0 Slot (x16/x8/4) and three PCIe 4.0 M.2 Slots (Type 22110).

With space for four dual-channel slots that can house a maximum of 128GB memory at once, the X570 allows for super-fast memory performance with the DD4 XMP support up to 4400 MHz.

In terms of the outlook, the black armor to cover the bottom half of the motherboard provides a subtle, but incomplete look, nonetheless it is aesthetically appealing to the general audience, with maximum space for RGB installations and the right-angled connectors supports makes up for neat cable management.

However, the X570 might be heavily featured but it is also extremely expensive compared to all others on the list.

Specifications

ModelX570 AORUS XTREME
SeriesAORUS
Socket AM4
Form factor E-ATX
Chipset AMD X570

Pros
  • Best in class VRM
  • 10G LAN and networking
  • No chipset fan
  • Powerful WiFi
Cons
  • Extremely Expensive
  • Awkward 6-pin PCIe connector location

    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E

    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E

    AMD X570 ATX gaming motherboard, released in July 2019, is also one of the mightiest motherboards in terms of power and performance. It comes with PCIe 4.0, 2.5 Gbps and Intel Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), 16 power stages, dual M.2 with heatsinks, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting.

    Building a Ryzen 7 3700X PC with an X570 motherboard you are future-proofing your build, and benefitting from the blisteringly fast new PCIe 4.0 interface, however, X570 motherboards are priced very steep in comparison to the older chipsets.

    Opting for other mobos I.e B450 motherboard or x470 for Ryzen 3700X or 3800X, the prices drop and you are able to pick a range of cheaper, and more tested motherboards where VRM quality and performances are well known already – so you know what you are buying.

    Nevertheless, the X570 surpasses any other mobos with its advanced features such as an AM4 socket, Ready for 2nd, and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors to maximize connectivity and speed with up to two M.2 drives, USB 3.2 Gen2, and AMD StoreMI.

    Gaming connectivity, which supports PCIe 4.0, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and features dual M.2 and USB 3.2 Type-A and Type-C connectors which are the fastest as we speak.

    Moreover, as for gaming networking, it Provides 2.5Gbps LAN and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO, and gateway teaming via GameFirst V.

    The newly added feature which for optimization featured as 5-Way Optimization, where Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig, and such are introduced.

    As for the Gaming audio, it provides High fidelity audio with SupremeFX S1220A, DTS® Sound Unbound, and Sonic Studio III to draw you deeper into the action.

    With most of the points mentioned it is added that the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard delivers the quintessential ROG experience with a compelling mix of features and undeniable style that provide the ideal foundation for building a powerful ATX gaming system.

    Next-generation wireless networking delivers the smoothest online gameplay and comprehensive cooling options ensure stable performance. Topped off with futuristic styling with onboard illumination, ROG Strix X570-E Gaming equips you with all you need to build a formidable weapon to rise above the rest.

    Specifications

    ModelROG STRIX X570-E GAMING
    Release DateJuly 2019
    SeriesROG
    Socket AM4
    Form factor ATX
    Chipset AMD X570

    Pros
    • More USB3 Gen2 ports than competitors
    • Decent overclocking capabilites
    • 2.5GbE plus Gigabit Ethernet plus WiFi 6
    Cons
    • Only two M.2 connectors
    • Efficiency needs improvement
    • No onboard buttons or voltage monitoring points

    ASUS ROG Strix X470-F

    ASUS ROG Strix X470-F

    The last but not least is the ASUS ROG Strix X470-F. It was released in February 2019. The Strix X470-F is one of the most promising motherboards with exceptional performance and personalization.

    It can provide maximum calibration and customization with the help of Fan Xpert 4, Aura Sync RGB lighting, and 3D printing mounts. The design is very distinctive as its sleek cuts across the ROG Strix heatsink are now accented with a futuristic cyber-text pattern.

    The overall quality is also quite impressive, the use of high-quality heatsinks and high-density material makes up for a premium build.

    The Strix X470-F’s High-quality capacitors are among its unique highlights and can withstand extreme temperatures of -55°C to 105°C, a range that’s 110% better than the industry standard.

    The onboard Q-LEDs indicate power status as well as possible problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card, or boot device., to keep you safe and aware of the system activity.

    It also features overcurrent protection to shield modules against short-circuit and power surges damage. It can easily house in four memory sticks in the dual-channel slots that can hold up to a maximum of 64GB memory, at a decent unbuffered speed of 3466+ (OC)Mhz.

    The improved DDR4 Stability and the RAMCACHE II technology can help boost the gaming and boot-up performance by a fair percentage. The TurboV processing unit can allow the CPU boost for a maximum performance push.

    Among other features, the EPU’s all-round energy efficiency is one of our most favorite, that optimizes power consumption for energy efficiency and creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.

    There is also a huge range of misc. connectors which include Aura RGB and addressable strip headers, Thermal sensor, PUMP, chassis, and other fan connectors.

    Specifications

    ModelROG Strix X470-F Gaming
    SeriesROG
    Socket AM4
    Form factor ATX
    Chipset AMD X470

    Pros
    • High Quality components
    • Aesthetic PCB design
    • Cool Aura RGB effects
    • Stable with overclocking capabilities
    Cons
    • Aura can be glitchy
    • High temperatures under load

    Conclusion:

    It is quite difficult for us to choose from these motherboards, almost all of these are quite capable and heavily featured, along with their excellent support for the preferred AM4 socket and the targeted processors.

    If we had to suggest the most affordable and well-performing among these, then it would be fair to pick the MSI B450M Mortar, which gives excellent value-for-price with maximum capabilities but lacks a few extra features that are provided in the rest of the motherboards, which are none too important if you prefer a budget motherboard over a fancy one.

    The second on our list would be both of the ASUS ROG Strix, the X570-E, and the X470-F, for their phenomenal power, performance, slightly more than B450M mortar but still an affordable price, and a huge number of fancy features along with sleek design and thermal capabilities.

    If you are a budget gamer and have Ryzen 5 3600 range, then you may follow the guide for Best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600.

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    Atif Liaqat

    I have been fond of computer technology for a long time, ever since childhood, and was always meddling with various hardware and software. With graduation in computer engineering from a recognized university like NUST was a dream come true and enabled me to pursue my dreams in swift ways. Currently, I am working for various websites as a hardware reviewer and content writer.