The Best AMD X570 Motherboards For Your Next Ryzen 3000 Build
AMD has just launched the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs that support PCIe 4.0. If you are on the verge of getting one of the new Ryzen CPUs, then you are going to need a compatible motherboard. Fortunately for (some) existing Ryzen owners, certain previous-gen boards will be able to house the upcoming Ryzen 3000s. Here’s a quick overview:
When or if your particular board will support Ryzen 3000/Zen 2 depends on the manufacturer. While the socket is the same, and AMD claims that you can use any motherboard with the new AMD Ryzen CPUs, a BIOS update will be required at the very least.
If you’re going to build a new system, on the other hand – or just want to get the most out of your new CPU and the benefits of PCI Express 4.0 – an AMD X570 motherboard is the best option for high-end builds. Here we are going to look into some of the best AMD X570 motherboards that you can get your hands on right now.
High-End, Mid-Range, and Budget AMD X570 Motherboards
Motherboard manufacturers have launched a variety of AMD X570 motherboards. Asus alone has 30 variants in the pipeline, and several are available today. Others will become available at a later date, e.g. the water block-covered ASRock Aqua. In this article, we’ll focus on what’s on store shelves now. Unfortunately, it’s a rather demanding platform and none of the X570 boards are bargain-priced. On the plus side, none of them lack essential features such as ultra-fast M.2 slots.
High-end chips such as the new Ryzen 3900X that comes with 12 cores and 24 threads will need more power (105W TDP). You should go for a high-end motherboard in order to take full advantage of that powerful chip, especially if you’re going to overclock. As for other features, a good rule of thumb is to only pay for the features that you plan on using, now or in the near future.
Even after examining all currently available X570 motherboards in detail, it’s hard to pick a winner. But some of them will likely come close enough depending on your requirements. Based on their specs and averages from all professional reviews in our database, these are the boards that we feel comfortable recommending in the E-ATX (super premium), ATX (enthusiast) and ATX (value) categories.
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MSI’s Godlike will deliver more than enough stable power for your overclocking needs, while also including a vast range of connectivity options and nice-to-haves – including a built-in OLED display and a couple of add-in cards for additional M.2 slots and 10 Gbit LAN. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly affordable.
The Asus ROG Strix X570-E is more reasonably priced and looks like the best X570 motherboard in the standard ATX form factor. It has received top scores from professional reviews and users alike – and its feature set doesn’t leave much to be desired.
As there are no particularly cheap X570 boards, our “budget” pick is the quite competent Asus Prime X570-P. While opting for the MSI X570-A PRO will shave off around $10, we definitely feel that you get better value with this Asus board. It has a better overall feature set, including RGB headers and what appears to be a better VRM (8+4 DrMOS).
Now for a more detailed look at the top X570 motherboards currently on the market. We’ll start with the big ones. Feel free to skip to your preferred section using the quick links on the right.
Top Enthusiast E-ATX X570 Motherboards
MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
We’ll start with a full-featured motherboard from MSI in the super-premium segment. The board is designed for the AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPUs and features a 14+14+1 digital power design that does not compromise on performance or features. You can expect the motherboard to provide ample power to the CPU even when overclocking.
It comes with the M.2 Shield Frozr for keeping the temperature in check and allowing your storage to perform as it should. There is a double bearing Frozr heatsink on the motherboard as well. The MSI MEG X570 Godlike also comes with a display that highlights important information and errors that you should know about. You can customize it to display any visuals that you would like to view through the transparent case of your high-end monster build.
It also features Wi-Fi 6 for fast internet and gaming, as well as 10 Gbps wired LAN via an included add-in card. There are three high-speed M.2 storage slots (with fans) and yet another add-in card that lets you add two more SSDs.
If you are looking for a new motherboard that has all the latest features and looks great too, then the MSI MEG X570 Godlike is an option that you should look into.
- Superb power delivery
- Lots of fast storage slots
- Complementary add-in cards
- Built-in OLED panel
- Very expensive
X570 AORUS Xtreme
The X570 AORUS Xtreme is a Gigabyte’s answer to MSI’s Godlike in the ultra-premium segment. It comes with a 16-phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A power stage. This should be more than enough even for the top-of-the-line 3900X. The motherboard features three ultra-fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 for high-speed SSDs. All of these come with thermal guards to keep the temperature in check. Actually, most of the board is covered in heatsinks and it’s one of the few X570 variants without a chipset fan.
The Xtreme also comes with WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5. RGB is a common trend in 2019 and you have plenty of RGB options on this motherboard. You can add RGB components of your choice to sync with the motherboard and the rest of the hardware and peripherals. If you are looking for the best possible X570 motherboard for you next Ryzen build, then it’s mostly this one and the MSI Godlike you should be looking at.
- Superb power delivery
- Lots of fast storage slots
- Complementary add-in cards
- Built-in OLED panel
- Very expensive
MSI Prestige X570 Creation
The MSI Prestige X570 Creation is another high-end E-ATX board for the 3rd generation (and 2nd generation) AMD Ryzen chips. Like most others of its kind, it has 4 RAM slots and supports up to 128 GB of dual channel DDR4 memory running at blazing-fast speeds. More importantly, it also features Dual LAN, including 10Gbit Super LAN and WI-FI 6 onboard. You also get to take advantage of 64GB/s bandwidth using up to four Gen4 PCI-E M.2 SSDs.
The Frozr Heatsink on the motherboard is there to keep the thermals in check even when under load. The MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION also comes with an integrated I/O shield that will allow you to install the motherboard in your case easily. (Speaking of the case, don’t forget that this is an Extended ATX board and will require more space than some compact cases will provide.)
Dual 8-pin power supply and IR digital power design provide the power needed to run the AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and enough headroom to overclock. Audio Boost 4 provides high-quality audio when gaming or consuming content.
While the Prestige X570 Creation is aimed at content creators, it will serve you equally well as a gaming motherboard depending on your PCIe and M.2 slot requirements.
- Outstanding quality and performance
- Four high-speed PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
- Onboard 10 Gbps Ethernet
The Best Premium ATX X570 Motherboards
For the vast majority of gaming PC builders, a solid motherboard in the standard ATX form factor is the best starting point for a new build. Unless your requirements are very specific, these boards are more than sufficient for providing a great Ryzen 3000-based gaming experience for years to come. Most of them offer plenty of overclocking headroom, while also being future-proof thanks to the PCIe 4.0 interface.
Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a premium motherboard for enthusiasts, with features and a price tag to match. It is liquid-cooling ready courtesy of a Crosschill EK III water block for the VRM, and it comes wrapped in armor. There is armor on the back as well to provide additional support and cooling. In addition, there is a small OLED display that will show information and code if needed. Naturally, you also get plenty of RGB lighting options and also a 5 Gbit Aquantia Ethernet controller.
Being a motherboard targeted at overclockers, the power solution with 14+2 IR3555 PowIRstages should be more than sufficient. Asus claims that it can handle even more cores and threads than what AMD has announced at Computex 2019, which might mean that it’s ready for a putative 16-core AMD CPU that might be in the works. Other motherboards in the Crosshair series include ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (see below) and ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact.
If you are looking for a motherboard in the ATX form factor with all the bells and whistles, then the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a strong contender.
- Ready for VRM liquid cooling
- All high-end components
- Onboard 5 Gbps Ethernet
- Considerably pricier than the Hero edition
Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero
If you don’t intend to need a liquid-cooled VRM, an OLED panel – and will settle for 2.5 Gbit Ethernet instead of 5 Gbit – then the ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero offers much better value than the Formula. And you still get a premium ATX board with all high-end components, just like with the Formula flagship.
Other than the features we just mentioned, the Crosshair Hero is nearly identical to the Formula version but priced much lower. The same power solution is included, but the whole thing is cooled by plenty of heatsinks and a fan instead.
The Hero has received several glowing reviews by experts and users alike, so we have won’t hesitate to recommend this board over many other premium offerings. If there’s one negative aspect, it’s that the Crosshair VII Hero is still rather pricey compared to some competitors in the premium range of X570 boards.
- Mostly identical to the Formula, minus water cooling
- Onboard 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
- Great overall performer
- Still a bit expensive compared to other premium boards
MSI MEG X570 ACE
If you’re looking for an enthusiast-grade ATX board – but prefer MSI over Asus – the MEG X570 ACE is in the same price range as the Crosshair Hero. It has a similar feature set and a sophisticated VRM (12+2+1 IR digital power) that should enable some serious tweaking.
In addition, the MEG ACE is equipped with fast Wi-Fi 6 MU-MIMO (non-optional) as well as a 2.5 Gbit LAN controller. With this motherboard, you also get an additional PCIe 4.0-enabled M.2 SSD slot for a total of three.
The MSI MEG ACE sits just below the previously mentioned E-ATX X570 Godlike. It costs considerably less, and you’ll have to get by without the add-in cards and some other bling, but the component quality is still top-notch.
- Superb VRM solution
- Onboard 2.5 Gbps Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6
- Triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
- Just 4 SATA ports
Gigabyte X570 AORUS Master
The X570 AORUS Master is another high-end motherboard from Gigabyte that sits right below the flagship Xtreme model and above the Ultra in the manufacturer’s lineup. The mobo comes with three M.2 slots for high-speed data transfers – and all leverage the new PCIe 4.0 standard. The motherboard has a clean Black and Silver theme that should blend in well with the rest of your build.
The PCI slots have metal shields to protect your graphics card and provide better support. The M.2 slots also have shields as well as heatsinks for better SSD cooling. Needless to say, the board has RGB lighting, but there’s also a small display that will show you important information such as error codes and system temperature.
As usual, the board supports the 3rd and 2nd generation AMD Ryzen chips and comes with 4 RAM slots (max. 128 GB). What’s less usual compared to lower-end motherboards, however, is the high-end Direct 14 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage, so the power delivery is not going to be an issue even with high-end AMD Ryzen CPUs such as the 3900X.
An integrated USB TurboCharger can be used to charge devices that support fast charging. The integrated I/O shield is going to make installing the motherboard much easier compared to motherboards that do not come with this feature.
- Excellent power delivery solution
- 2.5GbE and Wi-Fi 6 included
- Three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
- Rather expensive
- Using all M.2 slots means losing 2 SATA ports
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Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
We will now once again return to Asus and one of the hardware editors’ favorite: the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard. While the Crosshair has some additional premium features, this is a solid upper midrange motherboard that has most of the features that a gamer needs. You still have great performance and the ability to overclock so you are not missing out on much.
Like all the other motherboards that we have looked into so far, this one comes with RGB lighting as well. The logo and cybertext light up and you can plug in additional RGB fans and lighting strips.
This is not Asus’ top-of-the-line model, so you can save some money but still get all the features that you need. You have two M.2 slots for high-speed PCIe 4.0 storage and the usual 4 RAM slots to populate. In addition, this board has plenty of PCI slots. It comes with highspeed Wi-Fi, 2.5 Gbit LAN and an integrated I/O shield for easy installation.
If you are looking for a premium X570 motherboard for gaming then the Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming is a great option to consider. FYI: there is also a scaled-down version of this board know as the Strix X570-F, which we can’t recommend at this point. The reason is not that it’s a bad motherboard, but it’s not much cheaper than the E model and lacks key features such as Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5 GbE.
- All the ROG features at a lower cost
- 2.5GbE and Wi-Fi 6
- Excellent build quality
- Only two M.2 slots
ASRock X570 Taichi
The X570 Taichi is part of ASRock’s premium lineup for Ryzen 3000 and competes directly with the just mentioned Strix X570-E from Asus. What sets these boards apart is mainly their varieties of slots and ports.
Much lite its rival, the Taichi comes with Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4Gbps) + BT 5.0, but no 2.5 Gigabit LAN. Instead, you get an extra PCIe 4.0-enabled M.2 slot.
The Taichi supports CrossFireX as well as SLI, which is common for high-end motherboards. Something that’s a lot less common, however, is that you can get Thunderbolt 3 with this board. Unfortunately, that requires a separate, proprietary add-in card that you attach to the board’s TB3 header.
Another unique ASRock feature is a flexible integrated I/O shield that should simplify installation. The Taichi’s full-coverage heatsink on top of the M.2 slot area is not making waves among reviewers, on the other hand, as it appears to be rather impractical to handle. Issues with a noisy fan have also been reported.
- Excellent VRM
- Ax Wi-Fi included
- Thunderbolt 3 header
- Fan is noisy unless turned down manually
- Impractical large heatsink
Small Form Factor Alternative: Strix X570-I Gaming
This is another board that supports PCIe 4.0 but it is smaller as compared to the other boards that we have looked into. Asus claims that the Strix X570-I Gaming is proof that the best things do perhaps come in small packages. The Strix X570-I is a mini-ITX board for people that are looking to build a small form factor build.
The motherboard features 8+2 power stages and features a heatsink that has its own fan. This allows you to overclock your CPU while keeping the temperature in check. The motherboard does come with an AIO header with the hybrid fan header if you are interested in liquid cooling your CPU.
It also has diagnostic LEDs that let you know what went wrong when an overclock crashes your system. There are only has 2 RAM slots, but that is not an issue for most users, as you can get 16 GB DIMMs and get 64 GB of RAM in total.
Other features include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Intel Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0. The RGB lighting is a staple for Asus products and you get that in this small motherboard a well. Not only does the logo light up but you get headers for connecting fans and lights. You can sync the lighting of the motherboard with other hardware components and peripherals that support it.
If you are looking to build a mini-ITX gaming PC that does not compromise on performance then the Strix X570-I Gaming will be a great place to start.
The new AMD X570 motherboards support the AMD Ryzen 3000 series chips that are based on the 7nm process. All of them offer support for the key feature of this generation – PCIe 4.0 – and an X570 mainboard is going to be the best way to access this feature from day one. A great thing about PCIe 4.0 is that it’s backward compatible with legacy hardware, but PCIe 4.0 gear that utilizes the doubled bandwidth of the new standard is underway.
Here we have looked into some of what will likely be the best AMD X570 motherboards that you can buy in 2019. If you are looking for a premium motherboard that is designed for enthusiasts then the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula is a great option to consider. If you need something that is a bit mainstream then you should check out the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X. If you are building a small form factor build that does not compromise on performance then you should look into the Strix X570-I.
Let us know what you think about these AMD X570 motherboards and whether or not you are interested in buying one for your next build or system upgrade!