Best Motherboard For Ryzen 7 3700x In 2020

It hasn’t been long since AMD introduced its Ryzen 7 3700X processor based on the Zen 2 architecture. AMD processors have proved their credibility over time and AMD has posed a tough competition to Intel with their highly powerful yet affordable microprocessors, particularly the Ryzen 7 3700X.

With an 8-core and 16-thread interface, the Ryzen 7 3700x can handle pretty much anything you throw at it – whether it is about gaming or rendering, the Ryzen 7 3700x puts up pretty well and offers peak performance without costing you an arm and a leg. Although Intel processors provide more raw power, the 3700x gives you an all-round experience at a much lower price range. 

That being said, choosing a suitable motherboard as the base of your 3700x build could be a tough job. There is a lot to consider when you are out on the hunt. To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the best motherboards for Ryzen 7 3700x in 2020. From PCIe lanes to vrms and storage to connectivity options, Wi-Fi to audio modules, we have covered all the basic features you would require in a solid motherboard. 

1. Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero

Best Overall

  • Amazing design
  • 30% cooler vrms
  • Ton of USB connectivity
  • ROG exclusive features are great for overclocking
  • 2 M.2 slots instead of 3

Form Factor: ATX | Chipset: AMD X570 | Socket: AM4 | Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x1 | Maximum Memory: 128GB | Maximum Memory Frequency: 4800Mhz | Storage: 2 M.2, 8 SATA 6Gb/s

Last Update on 2020-09-12 using Amazon Product Advertising API

To kick start our list, we have a motherboard from Asus’ premium ROG lineup which currently features only ATX form factor boards, the Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero. The ROG lineup currently has two sub-lineups: Crosshair and Strix. The Crosshair is designed for extreme overclocking and gaming. The X570 Crosshair VIII Hero is also present with built-in Wi-Fi however, the price difference for the Wi-Fi version is not worth it.

Moving on to the design and some basic features, this motherboard has an amazing design and great aesthetics with the RGB HERO logo on the I/O shroud and ROG RGB logo on the fan heatsink. It features an all black classic look with some silver finishing on the shroud and heatsinks.

The VRM has a 14+2 phase design which ensures robust power delivery. Asus claims its vrms to deliver upto 30% cooler temperatures. The 4 DIMM slots can hold upto 128Gb of memory at a whopping 4800Mhz with overclocking and 3200Mhz without any tweaking. 

The highlights on this motherboard simply continue showing signs of improvement as we delve further into the specifications and the same is the situation with the extension slots. It offers 3 PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and 1 PCIe 4.0 x1 slot which makes it a futureproof option.

As for the storage, we have quite a bit of options. Starting with M.2, it features 2 M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots with included heat sinks however, other competitors might offer 3 M.2 slots. Other than that, 8 SATA3 ports are present and installing the M.2 has no effect on any SATA port, each one of them is usable. 

The I/O shield comes pre-installed that has 1x optical S/PDIF output, 1x clear CMOS button, 1x anti-surge 2.5G (RJ45) lan port that uses the Realtek 2.5G Lan and 1x anti-surge RJ45 lan port that uses the Intel I211AT. The 5x gold-plated audio outputs produce top notch audio quality with the help of ROG supremeFX S1220 combined with the ESS ES9023P. 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, 8x USB 3.2 Gen2 and 1x USB BIOS flashback button are also present. 

Being part of the ROG lineup, this motherboard offers some ROG exclusive features and some special customizations options like the ROG extreme OC kit for overclocking enthusiasts that has a safe boot button, OptiMem III, slow mode and LN2 mode. It also offers Extreme tweaker, ASUS dual intelligent processors 5-way optimization for further tuning and has AURA sync support.

To sum it up, an excellent motherboard that can handle the Ryzen 7 3700x easily even when overclocked with some premium unique features however, is a bit pricey.

2. MSI MEG X570 Unify

Extreme Performance

  • Minimal design
  • 14-phase vrm with superb heatsinks
  • 5000+ Mhz memory frequency support
  • 3 M.2 slots with included heatsinks
  • Only 4 SATA ports

Form Factor: ATX | Chipset: AMD X570 | Socket: AM4 | Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 4.0 x16, 2x PCIe 4.0 x1 | Maximum Memory: 128GB | Maximum Memory Frequency: 5000+Mhz | Storage: 3 M.2, 4 SATA 6Gb/s

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Next in line for the best motherboards for Ryzen 7 3700x, we have the MEG X570 Unify from a brand very popular in the high-end product market, MSI. It has similar features to the MSI MEG X570 Ace but with no RGB and one lan port instead of two.

The X570 Unify features an all black look with carbon black finishing on the heat sinks and some branding like the MSI logo on the chipset heatsink and unify written on the vrm heatsink. It has no RGB or lighting anywhere on the board.

The 4 DIMM slots present on the board with a dual memory channel architecture that can hold upto 128Gb of memory at a massive 5000+ Mhz capacity that can be achieved via A-XMP OC mode.

The highlight of this motherboard is the vrms and the heatsink design which is the same as the MSI MEG X570 Ace. A 12+1+1 vrm design that uses IR digital power controllers that provide stable power to the processor and the extended heat sink design with two heat sinks connected via heatpipe provide extraordinary overclocking headroom with superb heat dissipation.

Moving on to the storage, this motherboard features 3 gen4 M.2 slots with included heatsink which is quite nice as the ROG Crosshair Hero offers 2 M.2 slots at a bit higher price point. However, it only has 4 SATA 6gb/s ports whereas other boards in this list offer upto 8.

It features a total of 5 expansion slots with 3x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots that are steel armored to protect graphic cards against bending. Moreover, 2x PCIe 4.0 x1 slots are also included for further expansion options. To achieve maximum performance out of PCIe Gen4 slots, server-grade PCB is used.

The pre-installed I/O shield comes with 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 type A ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 type C port, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 type A port and 2x USB 2.0 ports. It also includes a PS/2 combo port, an optical S/PDIF port and 5x audio ports controlled by Realtek ALC1220 codec. The 2.5G LAN port is controlled by the Realtek RTL8125 controller. It also has 2 Wi-Fi antenna connectors that offer Wi-Fi 6, clear CMOS and bios flash buttons. 

The MSI MEG X570 Unify is another amazing option with all high-end features but just lacks behind our top motherboard due to some exclusive features that the ROG Crosshair VIII hero offers otherwise the MEG X570 Unify can also handle the Ryzen 7 3700x with ease and also offers overclocking headroom on par with the ROG X570.

3. ASrock X570 Gaming Phantom X

High-End Specs a At Low Cost

  • Wi-Fi 6 support
  • Moderate Pricing
  • Multiple storage options
  • High overclocking potential
  • BIOS needs improvement

Form Factor: ATX | Chipset: AMD X570 | Socket: AM4 | Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 4.0 x16, 2x PCIe 4.0 x1 | Maximum Memory: 128GB | Maximum Memory Frequency: 4666Mhz | Storage: 3 M.2, 8 SATA 6Gb/s

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Next up, we have the X570 Gaming Phantom X coming from a company that has been one of the leading lights in the motherboard game for quite a while now. ASRock further stepped up their game with the release of their X570 Gaming Phantom X designed for the AMD X570 chipset in ATX form factor.

The ASRock X570 Gaming Phantom X was a new model introduced by ASrock in the X570 lineup which was absent in the previous X470 lineup. It features a flashy design with massive heatsinks. The extended CPU heatsink is silver finishing getting done with some black which has red and yellow accents on it. The all-encompassing heatsink that extends over the M.2 slots and the chipset also has the same black and silver theme with some RGB. Another nice feature is the inclusion of the rear I/O metal shield.

Starting off with the basic features, the X570 Phantom Gaming X features an AM4 socket and makes use of a 14-phase VRM design. Coming from a renowned company like ASRock, there is no surprise that the X570 Gaming Phantom X features a pretty solid VRM that can handle the most power-intensive CPUs, including the Ryzen 3950X so it should be more than enough for the 3700x. Consequently, the X570 Gaming Phantom X possesses great overclocking potential and offers great versatility for overclocking enthusiasts. 

In terms of memory, we have four DIMM slots with support for dual channel DDR4 memory technology. These slots channel a maximum frequency of up to 4666 MHz and provide a system capacity of 128GB.

Coming to the rear I/O panel, we have one USB 3.2 Gen2 type C port, one USB 3.2 Gen2 type A port, six USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, two antenna ports, a clear CMOS button, BIOS flashback button, HDMI port, two RJ-45 LAN ports, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, and five 3.5mm gold plated audio jacks. As for storage, the X570 Gaming Phanom X is equipped with eight SATA3 connectors rated at 6GB/s, along with three hyper M.2 sockets (SATA3 and PCIe 4.0). However, upon occupying the third M.2 slot, SATA5 is disabled. 

ASRock has equipped the X570 Gaming Phantom X with six 4-pin PWM/DC fan headers. The fans are RGB-lit and add to the aesthetics of the motherboard. For LAN, the X570 Phantom Gaming X makes use of Intel I211AT for one port and Dragon RTL8125AG for the second one, and for Wi-Fi 6.0 it is equipped with an Intel 802.11ax module. The Realtek ALC1220 audio codec which is an industry standard codec common in most X470 and X570 motherboards is used for producing HD audio. 

 Overall, the X570 Phantom Gaming X is a superb motherboard that offers a great deal of features and has amazing aesthetics at a moderate price. If you are a fan of ASRock products and are looking for a suitable X570 motherboard to go with your Ryzen 3700x, then the X570 Phantom Gaming X could be your one-stop solution.

4. Asus TUF Gaming X570 Plus

The Budget X570

  • Cheap
  • 14-phase vrm design at a cheap price
  • Decent overclocking headroom
  • Offers LAN and Wi-Fi both
  • No M.2 heatsink for the primary slot

Form Factor: ATX | Chipset: AMD X570 | Socket: AM4 | Expansion Slots: 2x PCIe 4.0 x16, 3x PCIe 4.0 x1 | Maximum Memory: 128GB | Maximum Memory Frequency: 5100Mhz | Storage: 2 M.2, 8 SATA 6Gb/s

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In at fourth spot we have yet another motherboard that is based on AMD’s X570 chipset and is one of the cheapest X570 motherboards out there. Yes – it is the Asus TUF Gaming X570 Plus Wi-Fi. Asus has been considerate for those who are out on a tight budget and released the TUF Gaming X570 Plus Wi-Fi in the low to mid price range, without compromising on any of the features. 

To begin with, the TUF Gaming X570 Plus is equipped with four DIMM slots that are capable of providing up to 128GB of RAM. It relies on a 12+2 phase design and comes in the ATX form factor. For its price, this motherboard can handle surprisingly decent overclocking without any problems. It delivers a pretty good performance on the Ryzen 7 3700X, hence it is a decent motherboard if you are looking to build your PC based on the 3700X processor. 

The PCIe area is pretty much what you would expect on a standard X570 motherboard. There is a primary PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, and secondary PCIe 4.0 x4 slot and two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. In addition, there are two M.2 slots that support both PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe and SATA-based drives, as well as eight SATA3 ports. However, it is rather disappointing to see that there are only two M.2 slots and no cooling for the primary M.2 slot. 

You get quite a decent amount of connectivity options on the rear I/O shield, including three USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, four USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, and HDMI and DisplayPort for onboard graphics. Also present on the I/O shield are the Wi-Fi antennas and five-pin audio jacks supportive of SPDIF output. 

The LAN on the TUF Gaming X570 Plus is managed by the Realtek L8200A LAN port whereas Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is managed by the Intel Wireless-AC S1200A controller. The motherboard makes use of a substandard Realtek ALC1200 for audio output instead of the ALC1220. Another disappointing thing is that there is no front panel USB 3.1 Gen2 port. 

Regardless, the Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus Wi-Fi is a powerful motherboard with adequate overclocking capabilities and loads of connectivity options. If you are out on the hunt for a great all-rounder X570 motherboard to hook up your Ryzen 7 3700x, then the TUF Gaming should be in your options list. 

5. MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk

Jack Of All Trades

  • Low cost
  • 8 fan headers
  • Impressive heatsink
  • Dual LAN ports
  • Only primary expansion slots support Gen4

Form Factor: ATX | Chipset: AMD B550 | Socket: AM4 | Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 | Maximum Memory: 128GB | Maximum Memory Frequency: 5000+Mhz | Storage: 2 M.2, 6 SATA 6Gb/s

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This list would have been incomplete without an MSI Tomahawk series motherboard. Therefore, we have the superbly capable and versatile MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk to seal off this list on a high note. With its impressive performance, tried VRM design, and dual ethernet technology, this motherboard is a solid pick for anyone who finds the X570 chipset a bit too expensive and is looking for a decent B550 motherboard in the lower price range. 

Upon first impression, we find that the MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk features an attractive build. It comes in ATX form factor and has an AM4 socket. There is a prominent grey and black theme going on throughout the motherboard. The design is quite minimalistic, and that’s what makes it special in my opinion. The relatively large heatsinks add to the aesthetics of the motherboard. 

For power, the MAG B550 Tomahawk makes use of a 13-phase VRM design. It is equipped with four DIMM slots that provide a system capacity of 128GB DDR4 RAM at a stunning 4866+ Mhz when overclocked. There are a total of eight PWM/DC fan headers, and two of the main fans are rated at 2A/24W and 3A/36W. At these numbers, you can overclock your Ryzen 7 3700X to the fullest and the MAG B550 Tomahawk will handle the rest. 

Coming to the graphics area, we have one PCIe 4.0 x16 and one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, as well as two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots available. There are two M.2 slots: one of them supports both PCIe and SATA based modules whereas the other only supports PCIe based drives. In addition there are six SATA3 6GB/s ports with independent lanes, so you can use all six of them without any hindrance. 

When it comes to the I/O panel, there are not a lot of connectivity options on the B550 Tomahawk as compared to other competitors. There are six USB ports, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, five analog audio jacks with S/PDIF output, and dual ethernet ports (1+2.5 Gigabit Ethernet). Unfortunately, you will have to make due without a Wi-Fi module. 

As for the audio, the MAG B550 Tomahawk uses a downgraded version of the industry-standard Realtek ALC1220AT, called the ALC1200. While it is a toned down version of the ALC1220, there really isn’t any considerable difference. 

All in all, the Tomahawk is an excellent B550-based motherboard that provides solid benchmarks on the Ryzen 7 3700X and offers most features possessed by high-end motherboards at a significantly lower price. It has a high price-to-performance ratio and that’s what makes it a worthy contender in this list. 

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a hard working student with a great passion for writing. He likes to express his deep interest in tech gadgets and latest PC hardware through valuable writeups.

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