Our Recommendations For Ryzen 5 3600 Motherboard

AwardModelDesignRetailer
Best Flagship Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII HeroAsus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAXMSI B450 TOMAHAWK B450 Motherboard
Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600MSI Meg X570 UnifyMSI Meg X570 Unify
Best Premium Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600ASRock B450 Steel LegendASRock B450 Steel Legend
Best Enthusiast Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600Gigabyte X570 Aorus EliteGigabyte X570 Aorus Elite
Best ATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600ASUS ROG Strix B450-EASUS ROG Strix B450-E
Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600ASRock B450M Pro4ASRock B450M Pro4
Best mITX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600MSI B450I Gaming Plus ACMSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Brand: ASUS | Chipset: AMD X570 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 128 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 5100 MHz

Among the best X570 motherboards, the ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero  stands tall. This high-end motherboard is a dream to have. It is enabled for housing an AM4 socket 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processor. The performance of VIII Hero is good as it gets, and the connectivity is absolutely top of the line. It is equipped with high-end components supported by a robust power delivery that ensures you get the best of what you paid for. The Crosshair VIII Hero features a top-notch cooling design to ensure the best thermal performance and to give space for high-end overclocking capabilities.

Along with the ROG cooling zone, you also get maximum headers all over the board to support a premium cooling system to support all your high-end adventures. With ProCool II power connectors, microfine alloy chokes, and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors, the power solution is also adequately robust.  Talking about the lightning-fast connectivity of the ROG X570 VIII Hero; This beast of a motherboard can support up to two M.2 drives. It also has an M.2 aluminum heatsink to support the thermal design and eight USB 3.2 Gen 2 and four USB 3.2 Gen 1. This motherboard is packed with features as we go for internet connectivity.

This board also goes an extra mile with an Intel® I211-AT Gb LAN 2.5 Gbps Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, reinforced with Anti-surge LANGuard. The gold-plated audio-jacks are also a fun part of the deal. You can render the best audio quality with ROG SupremeFX8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC that offers in itself a wide range of features and audio enhancement technologies. With four DIMM slots, the VIII Hero can support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, with a whopping memory speed of up to 5100(O.C)MHz.

Key Features

  • AM4 sockets for AMD processor.
  • Extensive Thermal Design: M.2 aluminum heatsink, ROG cooling zone, and Active Chipset heatsink.
  • Pre-mounted I/O shield and ASUS slot for maximum durability and consistent performance.
  • PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 and, M.2 drives.
  • Customizable RGB lighting technology.

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX

Brand: MSI | Chipset: AMD B450 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 128 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 3466 MHz

This MSI B450 TOMAHAWK  is best in terms of overclocking. The big heat-sinks on the VRM ensure that the temperatures stay under control and you don’t have to worry about any kind of thermal throttling. It has five of PCIe slots, four DIMM slots of storage ports while there is no compromise on the looks of the motherboard as well. The RAM slots of the motherboard are not reinforced, however, the top-most PCI Express slot is reinforced with metal, which is a great thing, as many heavy graphics cards exert a lot of force on the PCIe slots.There are RGB LEDs integrated into the motherboard, which was not the case with the B350 TOMAHAWK variant.

The motherboard supports two-way CrossFireX technology as well, however, there is almost no one who would like to use this technology for gaming these days, as there are lots of powerful GPUs in the market already. Now, the best thing about this motherboard is that it provides high-quality VRM components. The power delivery of this motherboard is more than enough to drive AMD Ryzen 5 3600 at high frequencies, around 4.3 GHz on all cores while the memory support of this motherboard is also pretty good, at around 3466 MHz.

There are diminishing returns after this memory frequency, although there are motherboards available now that can do past 4000 MHz. The motherboard uses Realtek ALC892 audio, which is really outdated in these times, however, with the latest drivers, the difference between this and dedicated sound cards is not a lot.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive Heatsink design to handle the heat and deliver consistent performance.
  • M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen2, PCI-E slots, and Store MI technology.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync delivers 16.8 million colors.
  • Robust core boost and digital power design for adequate power supply.

MSI Meg X570 Unify

MSI Meg X570 Unify
MSI Meg X570 Unify

Brand: MSI | Chipset: AMD X570 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 128 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 4600 MHz

Another excellent variant of the MSI MEG X570 is the MEG X570 Unify . It renders the same high-end power and performance as the other variants, with slight changes here and there. With the good old AM4 Socket that can support all high-end AMD processors and 4 DIMM slots that can be notched up to an incredible 5000+(OC) Mhz, the X570 Unify unlocks the true potential for your next-gen build. The featured lightning-fast connectivity is certainly the star of the show, with three Gen4 x4 M.2 Slots and numerous AMD Turbo USB 3.2 Gen2. 

The thermal performance is incredible, the paramount Frozr Heatsink Design, with patented fans and double ball bearing, that covers not only the CPU, but also the M.2 slots, giving out the maximum shielding cooling performance. The extended Heatsinks with Aluminimum covers also contribute to enhanced heat dissipation, further improving the thermal performance. Just like Godlike, The x570 Unify also has an excellent Onboard 2.5G LAN with gaming LAN manager and an excellent Wi-Fi 6 solution for incredible networking power. The onboard Audio is also as immersive as it gets. The remarkable 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio via the Realtek ALC1220, further enhanced with the Audio Boost HD performs right up to par for the best gaming experience.

The phenomenal design makes it an all-around perfect deal. The smashing matte and edged aesthetics of this industrial design are not where it stops, but the DIY friendliness, especially with a pre-installed I/O shield and the wide range of customization, is what makes it an incredibly worthy high-end motherboard. Although there is no RGB but the MSI's software line-up for customization is well-known for its perfect control over other functionality; for the sake of personalizing your experience. The high-density build material really speaks for the quality and stability that comes with this precision of their manufacturing and rigorous testing. 

Key Features

  • Support SSR4 memory.
  • Customizable RGB light pattern.
  • Thermal Heatsink design that comes with fans, dedicated heatsink, and double ball bearing to dissipate heat efficiently.
  • PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 Gen2, and Gen4 x4 M.2 for lightning-fast performance delivery

ASRock B450 Steel Legend

ASRock B450 Steel Legend
ASRock B450 Steel Legend

Brand: ASRock | Chipset: AMD B450 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 64 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 3200 MHz

When it comes to the good old B450, the ASRock B450 Steel Legend  is a worthy choice to make. With great looks comes great responsibility, and the B450 Steel Legend provides. This motherboard with 6 power phase design and an AM4 socket gives out the best with 4 DIMM slots that go right up to an impressive speed of 3533+ (OC). The connectivity is also top-notch on the ASRock B450 Steel legend, with one Ultra M.2 Socket and a vanilla M.2 Socket plus six SATA 6 Gbps ports along with an ample amount of USB 3.0 Gen1 and Gen2 ports.

The integrated visual power is also an appealing one, with a Radeon Vega chip, but you can also get a dual dedicated GPU set-up going on with the pair of PCI-Express x16 Slots present on board, and rock right up to an impressive 4k visual performance. The onboard 7.1 Channel surround audio via the Realtek ALC892/897 Audio Codec, which is also Surge-protected and has PCB isolated shielding and Gold Audio Jacks, gives the adequate immersive sound set-up on the go. The Realtek RTL8111H ethernet is also as good as it gets. 

There is a whole of steel going on in the build, which is great because then everybody performs well and can be protected due to the high-density of steel. The M.2 slots are also protected, and there is even a heatsink sitting above them to make it even posh. The cooling set-up around the board is adequate enough, the power design is impressive, and high-quality material, which is all Spike protected mixed with that gives out the perfect build. As for Aesthetics, the steely look really steals the show. The industry-grade aesthetics are the way to go, and the RGB lighting is the cherry on top. 

Key Features

  • AMD AM4 Socket.
  • Durable and aesthetic body made from premium components.
  • M.2 Armor protection.
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 and 4 PCIe 2.0 x 1 for lightning fast output.
  • Stable and adequate power supply.
  • PCI-e slots, 6 SATA3, and M.2 slots.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite Wifi
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite Wifi

Brand: Gigabyte | Chipset: AMD 570X | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 128 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2133 MHz

Another great motherboard on our "never to miss" list is the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite . This top-of-line motherboard is a perfect blend of deluxe aesthetics and high-end performance. The X570 Aorus comes packed with an AM4 socket and an incredible 12+2 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS. IT also features 4 Dual channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4 DIMM slots that offer an incredible speed of up to 4000Mhz and even further behind with the more latest high-end processors. The lightning-fast connectivity steps further up on this one, with dual Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 M.2 slots with single Thermal Guards. In addition to that, there are also the six SATA 6 Gbps Ports with a decent number of USB 3.2 Gen1 and Gen2 along with a Type-C USB port which is an excellent addition. 

The thermal performance is perfectly adequate for a high-end motherboard; the enlarged heatsink design and exclusive thermal protection for the M.2 slots make a huge difference. The Aorus cooling does the job perfectly with multiple fans and water pump headers around the board along with internal temperature sensors to keep everything monitored and controlled. This motherboard has great networking capabilities, the X570 Aorus Elite takes it one step further with the Intel® Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2 and the onboard Gigabit LAN ethernet with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator makes it even better. The audio via the Realtek® ALC1200 codec certainly stays right up to par with High-End WIMA & Audio Capacitors plus an Audio Noise Guard, giving out the best possible audio quality onboard.

Everything else is as good as can be expected from a high-end motherboard like this one. The design is fabulous, a perfect blend of dark and grays with nicely placed LED strips to give it an absolute badass look. The Aesthetics aren't the only thing that this design brings to the table. In fact, it is considerably designed to give out the best thermal performance and protection against any spike or else damage. 

Key Features

  • AM4 CPU socket.
  • 12+2 phase Digital VRM with DrMOS.
  • Latest thermal design with hybrid fans, and large MOSFET heatsink to maintain the temperature of the system during intense working hours.
  • Fan stop and automatic fan control feature to reduce noise.
  • Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard for high-end audio performance. 

ASUS ROG Strix B450-E

ASUS ROG Strix B450-E Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix B450-E Gaming

Brand: ASUS | Chipset: AMD B450 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: ATX | Memory: 64 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 3200 MHz

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-E gaming is one of the most decent gaming motherboards with high-end performance capabilities. Featuring an AM4 socket, the Strix B450-E Gaming is ready to support a wide range of high-end and medium-end AMD processors. Housing a total of four Dual-channel DIMMs; This powerful motherboard offers an excellent DDR4 memory speed of 3533MHz that boosted right up to 4400MHz with overclocking.

It is absolutely solid hardware for gaming, be it in the matter of specifications, compatibility, power efficiency, or thermal performance. Inherited and improved, ROG Strix B450-E Gaming has an extremely well-balanced cooling system like that of its predecessors, using alloy chokes to ensure better efficiency and high-quality thermal pads for an improved heat transfer solution. The five 4-pin PWM/DC fan headers around the motherboard and a dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups are inherited as it is. The power capability is also excellent, so you can easily setup a high-end build if you want to take it a notch up from a budget one.

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-E offers high-end connectivity on the board with Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2, and SATA 6bps gives you the maximized storage flexibility. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors are also an incredible addition to the high-end gaming connectivity of this motherboard. One thing that we really liked about the B450-E gaming is that it comes with a great onboard Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 Wi-Fi, which always a welcome addition. The integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet, protected with Anti-surge LANGuard and improved with GameFirst Technology, does an excellent job in its space. The immersive and high-quality audio is also another great feature, powered by the SupremeFX S1220A along with sound-enhancing technologies like Sonic Studio III.

Key Features

  • AM4 CPU socket.
  • One-Click Optimization options to make sure the motherboard itself is delivering optimum performance.
  • Solid hardware components that protect it from harm.
  • Power chipset and overclocking capabilities.
  • Pre-mounted I/O Armour.

ASRock B450M Pro4

ASRock B450M Pro4
ASRock B450M Pro4

Brand: ASRock | Chipset: AMD B450 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: Micro ATX | Memory: 64 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 2400 MHz

The ASRock B450M Pro4 AM4  Motherboard is a perfect motherboard for Micro ATX builds. The VRM of this motherboard is the worst on the list in terms of raw power and the cooling is not as effective as the high-end offerings from ASROCK. Still, you should be able to surpass 4.0 GHz on AMD Ryzen 5 3600 easily and may hit higher if you are lucky. The VRM components of the motherboard are known to be hotter than many other motherboards and you might not be able to get good performance with high-end processors.

The motherboard does feature RGB lighting however and you can control the RGB lighting through the ASRock Polychrome RGB software application. Overall, the looks of the motherboard could have been better by using visual features similar to other motherboards. This motherboard has two PCI Express 3.0 X16 slots and two PCI Express 3.0 X1 slots.This motherboard has four DIMM slots, the maximum possible memory on this motherboard is 128 GB. Since most motherboards provide four PCI Express slots, ASROCK compensated this with the addition of an additional M.2 slot, leading to a total of two M.2 slots. As for the SATA III ports, there are four of them, which makes it inferior to other motherboards on the list.

The I/O panel of this motherboard is pretty similar to other B450-based motherboards and this motherboard provides three audio ports, seven USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, a DVI port, a LAN port, a USB Type-C port, and a PS/2 port. The motherboard uses Realtek ALC892 audio chipset but in combination with ELNA capacitors, the audio quality is better than other motherboards using this chipset. There are three fan headers on the motherboard apart from the CPU fan and the AIO pump header. The looks of the motherboard are pretty average at best but if you are looking to buy a cheap motherboard for AMD Ryzen 5 3600, this motherboard holds great value.

Key Features

  • Fan stop and automatic fan control feature to reduce noise.
  • Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard for high-end audio performance. 
  • RGB lights and LED strips.
  • Pre-installed I/O Shield Armor.

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

Brand: MSI | Chipset: AMD B450 | Socket: AM4 | Form Factor: Mini ATX | Memory: 32 GB DDR4 | Memory Speed: 3466 MHz

When it comes to powerful gaming motherboards, MSI can't be skipped. The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC  is another among the list of high-performing MSI gaming motherboards. This beauty comes with an AM$ socket, ready to support 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Gen Ryzen processors. The DDR memory speed on this one is fairly decent with 2667Mhz and can right up to 3466 MHz in OC - you can also utilize the DDR4 boost technology to further improve memory's performance.The Core Boost technology is also a great help, as it provides a premium layout and efficient power design to support more cores and allows the CPU to achieve the highest possible performance. The B450I Gaming PLUS AC is an excellent choice for games because of all the gaming-centered technologies and customization that it provides, along with a wide range of software support and technical enhancements. 

The cooling system of this motherboard is also highly-efficient, starting with the Gaming heatsink, with Passion Red Scheme to nicely blend into the design and the 2x DC/PWM fan headers around the motherboard, that can be fully controlled through MSI's fan tunning software - along with that there is also an automatic tunning mode to customize the fan speed for a balance of excellent cooling performance and less noise. The 9-Phase power design and the well-balanced cooling system allow for easier overclocking to an extent. The lightning-fast connectivity is onboard but offering a single Turbo M.2 is great for speed but not for maximum storage flexibility. It utilizes StoreMI technology to further accelerate storage speed, which is a welcome addition. There is also a good bunch of USB 3.1 Gen1 to bring about high-end connectivity. The B450I Gaming Plus AC juices out the best-integrated audio-quality with Realtek® ALC887 Codec with multiple audio enhancing technologies, like Audio boost and audio amplifiers and high-quality audio capacitors for immersive and surround audio performance. 

The onboard Ethernet is powered with a fair-enough Realtek® 8111H codec. But there is the intel Wireless support with 802.11ac Wi-Fi which does the job perfectly. The enhancements and changes in the board's integrated design are some of the most impressive features of this motherboard. Not only does the design bring out the best red and black motherboard aesthetics, but each cutting edge design is meant to improve performance, and the high-durability components are meant to bring maximum endurance for next-gen gaming. The power support and additions like PCI steel armor, Double ESD protection, and high-quality industrial-grade components give gamers and overclockers maximum flexibility to wring out the desirable performance.

Key Features

  • AM4 socket for Ryzen processors.
  • High-Density Glass Fabric Protection and Sapphire Black PCB for protection against electrical shorts and other hazards.
  • Dual M.2 slots.
  • 2oz Copper layers for maximum heat dissipation and greater energy efficiency to over-clock.
  • AMD StoreMi technology.

Ryzen 5 3600 Review and Benchmarks

Summary For Ryzen 5 3600 Motherboard

AwardModelDesignRetailer
Best Flagship Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII HeroAsus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAXMSI B450 TOMAHAWK B450 Motherboard
Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600MSI Meg X570 UnifyMSI Meg X570 Unify
Best Premium Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600ASRock B450 Steel LegendASRock B450 Steel Legend
Best Enthusiast Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600Gigabyte X570 Aorus EliteGigabyte X570 Aorus Elite
Best ATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600ASUS ROG Strix B450-EASUS ROG Strix B450-E
Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600ASRock B450M Pro4ASRock B450M Pro4
Best mITX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600MSI B450I Gaming Plus ACMSI B450I Gaming Plus AC