You're ready to go AMD on your next build, and we can't blame you. Ryzen 5000 is finally rolling out and it seems like it combines all that core-heavy horsepower from before, with stronger single-core performance which is great for gaming.
Overall, Ryzen offers great options with core-rich CPUs at compelling price points. For new builds we generally recommend the Ryzen 3600/5600X for best all-round value. The Ryzen 9 5900X and 5800X are great for those that require full-on productivity and workstation levels of performance with top-of-the-line gaming output. Then, of course, the Ryzen 9 5950X is a 16-core beast which is the fastest CPU you can get on a mainstream platform.
For those of you upgrading from an older Ryzen processor, know you may be good to go with older AM4 motherboards and you can also save some money on new builds, too. Check out our recommendations for AMD B450 and X470 motherboards as well, with an update on B550 boards coming soon.
The flagship AMD X570 platform mostly consists of high-end motherboards as it enables a number for forward looking technologies such as PCIe 4.0 and M.2 Gen 4 storage, though you may not necessarily take advantage of them from day one. Depending on the model, you may also get support for the latest USB standard (3.2 Gen 2), Wi-Fi 6 and 10 gigabit ethernet (10 GbE) connectivity. Hence the premium you will pay for these. There are loads of motherboards to choose from and we’ve tested plenty of them, from entry level $200 models to best of the best, no compromise options.
- Best Entry-Level Motherboard
- Best Value All-Round Motherboard
- Best High-end Motherboard
- Best 'No Compromises' Board
- Best Micro ATX Motherboard
Best Entry-Level $200
This is the entry point for the platform and we don’t recommend spending less on an X570 motherboard. For smaller budgets you’re better off with a quality B450 or B550 motherboard instead. For a sub-$200 budget, the only board worth considering is the Asus Prime X570-P and we have to say, for a $170 X570 motherboard it’s actually very good.
If you can spend a little extra though, you will be rewarded with two high quality motherboard options.
For around $200, the Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus WiFi carries the same VRM performance as the Prime, but the extra $30 gets you better features such as Wireless-AC, improved audio, USB Type-C, and two extra SATA ports.
Then there's the newer $200 MSI Tomahawk which is the most impressive X570 motherboard we’ve tested at this price point. The Tomahawk has the advantage of being the newer, more polished offering over the Asus TUF, and it did run 16 degrees cooler in our OC testing.
Best All-Rounder $300
There are considerably more options for those of you spending around $300. None of them can be considered bad choices, which should be no surprise given this is a rather high price to pay for a motherboard supporting a mainstream socket. With that said, you should know the MSI X570 Tomahawk has VRM performance that can surpass many of these at a lower price point, just make sure it's got the features you want, since it's still a mainstream level offering.
The winner in the $300 category is the Asrock X570 Taichi. The board did quite well in our VRM thermal testing and for $300 it packs loads of features including Wi-Fi 6, three M.2 slots with full coverage heatsink, eight SATA ports, high quality audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, plenty of USB 3 ports, BIOS Flashback, and much more. It’s also a great looking board with some nice lighting effects, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Previous generation boards could also be considered for the savings. If you don’t need PCIe 4.0, you might want to check out the X470 Taichi. It’s a very good board that can be had for less, making it great value.
Best High-end, Sub-$400 Board
There is a smaller group of four motherboards that will set you back around $400 and we've tested them all. The Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming X is selling for $350, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is $360, the MSI MEG X570 Ace Gaming for $370 and then the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero for $360 without WiFi, or $380 with WiFi.
In our latest round of VRM thermal testing the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master really impressed. Worst case in that testing it matched the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero, while comfortably beating options from MSI and Asrock.
We like the Aorus Master for a few reasons. Gigabyte has been on top of BIOS updates, so support has been excellent. We also liked how the Master features real finned heatsinks and we very much like the new Gigabyte BIOS design.
Asus' Crosshair VIII Hero is our alternate option and we fully acknowledge it's just as good as the Gigabyte, so you can pick whichever board you prefer the look of. Both boards are exceptional and we feel there is no wrong choice to be made here.
Best of the Best, No Compromises
A new category of halo products exist and while they do tend to be a bit silly, we also love them. If you're spending $700 on a motherboard, you'll want to stick to the Ryzen 9 5950X and if you do, you’ll have a drool-worthy combo.
The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme is a great motherboard for those with deep pockets, with two possible alternatives being the Asus Formula and MSI MEG Godlike, of which we particularly like the feature-rich MSI Godlike.
The 16-phase Infineon digital VRM basically doesn’t need any cooling, but Gigabyte has slapped on some real finned heatsinks for good measure. The backside of the board is dressed in a massive aluminum backplate that also helps extract heat and on the front side you’re flat out finding any PCB under all the heatspeaders.
The upside to all of this is a cool running board, plus as a bonus, it's one of the few passively cooled X570 boards on the market. The feature list goes on for days, you get stuff like 10 Gigabit LAN, ESS Sabre HiFi, Wi-Fi 6, triple M.2 slots and more. There’s also some nifty features such as Q-Flash Plus which allows you to update the BIOS without even installing a CPU.
It’s a crazy overkill motherboard, but we love it all the same.
For picking the best MicroATX X570 board first know the options are extremely limited: it’s either the Asrock X570M Pro4 or Biostar Racing X570GT. This came as an easy win for Asrock. The Biostar board which we have on hand features a horrible BIOS, the worst we’ve seen on a modern motherboard in years. The VRM is also rubbish, though the X570M Pro4 isn’t exactly amazing here either.
Still, for those of you after a board supporting the mATX form factor, the Asrock X570M Pro4 for $185 is it.
A redeeming feature of this board is the absolutely massive VRM heatsink which weighs more than twice that of the current Intel box cooler. As you’d expect for the money it’s not brimming with features, but you do get all the essentials.
There are plenty of X570 motherboards on offer and there are a number of good options, though most of them are quite pricey as we anticipated. It’s great to see Asus make a comeback, their B450 and Z390 boards were not good, but they’ve managed to work some serious magic with the X570 series. Asrock and Gigabyte offer a few good hits mixed in with some not so great options, and MSI seems to be doing great with X570 boards only at the high-end.