Best AMD Motherboards: Holiday 2021


Here’s the current upgrade to our list of suggested AMD motherboards in our series of motherboard purchasers guides. All numbers in the text are upgraded to show prices at the time of composing.

Best AMD Motherboards: Holiday 2021

The month of November is unquestionably a likelihood to get a hardware deal due to Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers available. While this makes things harder to keep an eye on prices as it can change significantly throughout this month, it’s still a great time to prepare an upgrade and even construct a brand-new system. Whether you’re seeking to update from B450 to X570 and even prepare a brand-new system, Ryzen is extremely competitive in both efficiency and prices. Here are our choices for Holiday from all of AMD’s readily available choices in our newest AMD motherboard purchasers guide.

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AMD Motherboards Recommendations

 Holiday 2021
AnandTech Motherboard Amazon Newegg MSRP
Sweet Spot ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi $195 $195 $210
Value Choice ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC $100 $100 $125
Mini-ITX GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX $206 $206 $200
Money No Object EVGA X570 Dark $690

Our suggestions for motherboards are based completely on my individual and expert viewpoint. 

For our Holiday 2021 choices, we have actually thought about upgraded prices in addition to schedule in the United States. Some of these designs are somewhat changing in stock levels and rate, so we have actually changed our guide to accommodate this. It’s likewise worth keeping in mind that B550 is typically thought about the spending plan AM4 platform, however competitively it typically has the more appealing prices when compared to X570. Another component is that lots of suppliers have actually launched brand-new ‘X570S’ motherboards onto the marketplace in current months, with brand-new functions and passively cooled chipsets. These brand-new designs have actually been factored into the choice, however the advantages versus B550 in many cases do not constantly relate to much better worth.

For users trying to find other choices, we have actually likewise reviewed numerous chipset households also in the links listed below.

Best Sweet Spot

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi ($195 at Amazon/$195 at Newegg)

In our Best Sweet Spot, we have actually gone with a board with lots of performance and functions while likewise allowing PCIe 4.0 from the CPU. Boards based upon the B550 chipset deal PCIe 4.0 assistance, with a single full-length PCIe x16 slot and a PCIe x4 M.2 slot at PCIe 4.0 speeds. One of the very best B550 boards we have actually evaluated to date is the ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming WIFI, a higher-end B550 board that got our Recommended by AnandTech award.

You can read our complete evaluation here:

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi Motherboard Review: Premium Value

What makes it our choice over the other 500-series is the level of strong quality and piece de resistance used at a really competitive rate point. It consists of 2 PCIe M.2 slots, with the leading slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 and the 2nd slot at PCIe 3.0 x4. The ASUS design likewise has actually a stacked rear panel with 2 USB 3.2 G2 ports (Type A+C), DisplayPort, and HDMI video outputs (for usage with APUs) and the ability to install approximately 6 fans.

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi consists of an Intel-based networking pairing, with a premium 2.5 GbE Ethernet controller and Wi-Fi 6 user interface. The onboard audio is likewise superior, with ASUS’s modified SupremeFX S1200A HD audio codec functioning. There are likewise 4 memory slots with assistance for approximately DDR4-5100 with an optimum capability of 128 GB. For a mid-range design, this is a stack of functions, and thinking about likewise priced X570 designs (sub-$250) that consist of a comparable controller set are non-existent, it puts the ASUS design in excellent standing. 

 

The ASUS B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi is presently readily available to purchase for $195 at both Amazon and Newegg. The ASUS Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi seems the finest ATX sized AM4 choice in the sub $200 rate variety. The MSI B550 Gaming Carbon is more costly with a comparable function set at $220, while the GIGABYTE B550 Aorus Pro air conditioner can be had for around $190 to $210, however this design is somewhat lighter on functions. There is likewise the ASUS X570 TUF Gaming, which is around a $220 rate point. When we had the ASUS B550-F design on our test bench, we saw excellent efficiency in out-of-the-box DPC latency, competitive CPU, and video gaming efficiency. Looking at Zen 3, we evaluated the thermals of its effectively created power shipment, which sets the ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi as our mid-range choice.

Even though we didn’t have concerns with the system in our evaluation, remarks in our last guide upgrade recommended that the earliest production runs of the B550-F might have periodic concerns with the wired ethernet. If your regional seller can validate something above the base rev 1.0 requirement, then it would seem excellent to go. We have not any information to validate the problem, however wished to hand down the remarks from our last guide.

The Value Option

ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC ($100 at Amazon/$100 at Newegg)

In previous guides, the worth choices have actually mainly been B450 designs, due to B550 being more costly, and in some cases a bit excessive for real ‘worth.’ However, the B450 variety appears to be minimizing in stock, triggering rates to increase. So we have actually picked the B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC, which represents ASRock’s entry-level video gaming series in addition to PCIe 4.0. 

Even though it is among the most affordable B550 boards, ASRock’s B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC uses a competitive entry-level function set. The board includes a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot and enhances that with 4 SATA ports, which is lots of capability for video game storage. The leading full-length PCIe 4.0 slot runs at x16, while the bottom slot is locked to PCIe 3.0 x4, which is managed by the chipset, in addition to 2 extra PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For networking it is utilizing a requirement Realtek based Gigabit Ethernet controller, in addition to an Intel Wi-Fi 5 user interface. This is beautiful requirement for an entry-level design that focuses more on general assistance than including additional expense at the expenditure of premium controllers. The B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC is likewise utilizing a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec however with simply 3 3.5 mm audio jacks on the rear panel and a standard 8-phase power shipment.

 

The ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4/AC is presently readily available for $100 at both Newegg and Amazon, and represents a more affordable rate point than it has actually been for the last number of months. Looking at the larger photo, the majority of the PG4/AC’s competitors originates from the less expensive choice of A520 boards with most of these based upon the smaller sized micro-ATX kind aspect, with minimal growth choices. Meanwhile, the greatest competitors from the X570 item stack is probably ASRock’s own X570 Phantom Gaming four design, which is presently readily available at Newegg for $140. This uses much better future-proofing and 8 SATA ports, however it likewise consists of just a single M.2 slot and does not have any cordless abilities, so the B550 variation gets our vote on rate alone. The prices on this design at both Newegg and Amazon is changing month by month, and although somewhat more costly over last month’s rate, it’s still a strong buy.

Mini-ITX Choice To Consider

GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX ($206 at Amazon/$206 at Newegg)

There are an outstanding selection of Mini-ITX AMD boards to pick from. Our choice for the very best mini-ITX motherboard at present remains the same, which is GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX. The Aorus Pro AX represents a strong premium offering, with main PCIe 4.0 assistance, 2 M.2 slots, a Realtek 2.5 G Ethernet controller, and an Intel Wi-Fi 6 user interface, all at a strong rate point. 

You can read our complete evaluation here: 

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX Motherboard Review: All The Small Things

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX has 4 perpendicular SATA ports, one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, and an extra PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot with a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. In regards to power, the GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX has a direct 8-phase power shipment with 8 premium Intersil ISL99390 90 A power phases and is managed by an ISL229004 PWM controller. This is outstanding not just for a mini-ITX motherboard however one created for the ‘spending plan’ B550 chipset. 

Focusing on connection, this board has double HDMI 2.0 outputs in addition to DisplayPort 1.4, a single Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 GbE managed Ethernet port, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 user interface. There are likewise lots of USB ports to use, with one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and 4 USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports, in addition to a smoothly situated Q-Flash firmware upgrade button. In an upgrade to supported memory for B550, the B550I Aorus Pro AX likewise supports approximately DDR4-5300 memory.

 

The GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX has an MSRP of $180, however Newegg and Amazon are presently noting it at a greater rate. Although the prices on this design changes week by week, Amazon and Newegg both have it for sale at $206. We consider this board to represent excellent worth for cash in between the $190 and $225 rate mark, with stern competitors from ASRock’s $200 premium B550 ITX board or ASUS’s likewise-$200 B550 mini-ITX offering. Out of all of the AM4 mini-ITX designs on the marketplace, some X570 designs consist of Thunderbolt 3 – especially the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 – however it does cost more with an MSRP of $240. Overall the GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX is our leading mini-ITX select of all the AMD AM4 designs when taking quality, function set, and prices into factor to consider.

It’s worth keeping in mind that users can acquire the GIGABYTE B550I Aorus Pro AX from an independent seller on Newegg for the lower rate of $170, which is even much better worth still. 

Money Is No Object

EVGA X570 Dark ($690 at EVGA)

When it pertains to my cash no things choice from all of AMD’s readily available motherboards, I’ve normally opted for flagships with tons of functions. Despite the unique absence of ‘worth’ in these choices, I’ve selected a somewhat various technique this time and opted for what I think is the very best efficiency X570 motherboard readily available at retail, which’s one of the current, the EVGA X570 Dark. Not just did we just recently examine this board, however it totally surpassed our expectations in efficiency.

So what makes the EVGA X570 Dark so unique? Well as we saw in our evaluation, it revives the AMD Ryzen 5000 and X570 platform. Not just is it EVGA’s very first AMD-based motherboard for a really long time, however it did it in design with among the most fully equipped designs created for pure efficiency. Touching on efficiency, it’s really greatly prepared to severe overclocking, with a shifted AM4 socket, an outstanding overclocking toolkit, and a big 17-phase power shipment operating at 14+2+1. 

You can read our complete evaluation here:

The EVGA X570 Dark Motherboard Review: A Dark Beast For Ryzen

Memory assistance is fascinating as EVGA is utilizing simply 2 slots which some users might discover odd on an E-ATX sized motherboard. This is to improve memory overclocking prospective and efficiency, with much shorter traces to the CPU socket for a theoretical decrease in latencies. The EVGA X570 Dark supports DDR4-4800 out of package, with an integrated capability of approximately 64 GB; more than a lot of users will require for any desktop system.

Other functions for everybody to gain from consists of double Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controllers and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi, which uses both cordless and BT 5.2 connection. The board likewise has lots of assistance for PCIe 4.0 gadgets with 2 full-length PCIe 4.0 slots running at x16 and x8/x8, with a half-length PCIe 4.0 x4 slot. Storage choices consist of 2 PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with 8 SATA ports, 6 of which assistance AMD RAID 0, 1, and 10 ranges. Onboard audio is likewise superior with a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec doing the effort, with an EVGA NU SV3H615 earphone amplifier including an additional component of quality to a user’s acoustic experience.

Looking at rear panel connection, the EVGA X570 Dark has a modest choice of input and output, consisting of one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, 4 USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and 2 USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports. EVGA does consist of front panel headers if the rear panel choices aren’t enough, with one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C header (one port), 2 USB 3.2 G1 Type-A headers (4 ports), and one USB 2.0 header (2 ports). 

The EVGA X570 Dark is readily available direct from EVGA’s site for $690, which is a great rate thinking about the efficiency of the board in our test suite, in addition to all of that untapped prospective readily available through overclocking. The X570 Dark handled to press our testbed Ryzen 7 3700X processor to 4.4 GHz all-cores, which is the only AM4 design we have actually evaluated that’s handled to accomplish this relatively easily. While the EVGA X570 Dark at the time of composing is presently out of stock, the stock levels change on a weekly basis, and for users seeking to develop a Ryzen 5000 or 3000 series system with a concentrate on optimum efficiency, the EVGA X570 Dark is the very best in its class. If you’re fortunate adequate to see one in stock, get it, as EVGA does not normally mass-produce its designs as other suppliers do.

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