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The Best AM4, X370 & B350 Ryzen Motherboards 2017

Best Ryzen Motherboard

You no longer have to hunt for the best Ryzen motherboard, never mind “wait for Ryzen”. It is here in all of its glory. If you want to have a look at Ryzen performance for gaming and workstation tasks then head over to our best CPU for gaming guide. With that being said with the new AMD AM4 CPU lineup out it means we have a whole new lineup of motherboards to choose from. PC builders who have been patiently waiting for this release will not be disappointed with the lineup as the best X370 motherboard really do come with all the features we have come to expect from a gaming board.

The only real issue for those upgrading to an Ryzen CPU is actually finding the best AM4 motherboard that fits both your budget and technical requirements. You are in luck, though! eSport Source has done all the hard work and scoured the net looking for the top AM4 x370 and best B350 motherboards, so sit back and relax while we make your decision making a whole lot easier! If you’re unsure of the differences between B350 and x370 chipsets then scroll down a little for a brief overview. This will ensure you choose the chipset suitable for your requirements. Otherwise, you can get straight into the table below.

Best AM4 X370 & B350 Ryzen Motherboard

Please note that if you want to know more about the expansion slots then full details can be found below this comparison table.

NoteSocket / ChipsetRAMPrice 
Asus Prime AM4 X370-ProAM4 / X37064GB at 2666 MHz
Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero
Editors Choice for Ryzen 7 Motherboard
AM4 / X37064GB at 2666 MHz
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional GamingAM4 / X37064GB at 2667 MHz
Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5AM4 / X37064GB at 3200 OC MHz
MSI X370 Gaming Pro CarbonAM4 / X37064GB at 2667 MHz
Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3
Editors Choice for Budget Ryzen 5 Motherboard
AM4 / B35064 GB at 3200 OC MHz
Asus Prime B350-PlusAM4 / B35064GB
MSI B350 TomahawkAM4 / B35064GB at 3200 OC MHz
Gigabyte GA-AB350M-D3H mATXAM4 / B35064GB at 3200 OC MHz
MSI B350M Gaming Pro mATXAM4 / B35032GB at 2667 MHz

Best X370 Motherboard

  • Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero – Best premium board if cost isn’t a factor
  • ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming – Great X370 with a little more SATA ports
  • Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 – Fantastic board with a budget friendly price
Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero is the best X370 board

We’ll start with the X370 Chipset. If you’re looking for B350, then scroll a little further. If you have bought or are looking to buy a Ryzen 7 CPU then the best motherboard is just below in our X370 list. Let’s be honest pairing your premium 1800x or 1700x with anything less than an X370 simply doesn’t make sense.

Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero Review

Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero

Model: Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero
Socket: AM4
Chipset: X370
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Ryzen 5 & 7
Expansion Slots: 6 PCIe, 8 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum: RAM 64GB @ 3200Mhz+ (Overclocked)

ASUS has 5 new AM4 motherboards for the CPU lineup. The Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero is the most popular and is the high-end model. ASUS has a great reputation for producing top quality components and this is no different. Even the budget boards produced by ASUS are high quality. Crosshair VI Hero supports overclocking, like all other options on this page. The Asus Pro Clock technology though will work in conjunction with ASUS TurboV processing unit to allow a solid overclock with your processor cooler. For those looking to OC their memory then this will allow you to overclock it to an eye-watering 3200MHz!

When it comes to audio the VI Hero comes locked and loaded with the SupremeFX S1220 Codec which us arguably one of the top audio chips at this price for gamers. The technical talk; The chip gives you an 113dB signal-to-noise ratio, 120dB line out and 7.1 channel playback. Add some custom fan grills, SLI Bridge and even more. As a side note, ASUS also have tutorials and downloads available for 3D printer users, so you can customise various parts of your Mobo.

As an overall opinion, we consider the Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero to be THE best X370 motherboard for gaming, and I would even go as far as to say it is the best Ryzen 7 motherboard – if you’re looking for an X370 of course! This takes into account the expansion slots, connectivity, OC RAM, great Audio and of course the affordable pricing. The Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero is a great option if you’re looking to upgrade to Ryzen 7 or 5, although it is a bit more expensive due to the premium features. If you have the budget then I would class this as great value for money.

We have listed the Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero as the top choice board for Ryzen 7 builds. Does this mean I don’t suggest it for Ryzen 5 builds? Yes, actually No. Well, actually it depends. If your building a budget gaming computer then I would suggest looking at one of the tops recommended B350 options, providing you don’t need to SLI (if you do then more research is needed). If on the other hand you’re building a Ryzen 7 1700 computer then this is perfect for your use case. Actually, this is perfect for 1700x and 1800x too (obviously). The main point to draw from this is both the 5 series and 7 series CPUs run perfectly on both types of boards but value for money and features you will actually use come into question. At the end of the day do you want to spend $300 when a $100 gives close to the same performance and features?

ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming Review

ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming

Model: ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming
Socket: AM4
Chipset: X370
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Ryzen 5 & 7
Expansion Slots: 6 PCIe, 10 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum: RAM 64GB @ 2667 / 2400 / 2133 MHz

ASRock has released this stunning red and black coloured Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming specifically for gamers, hence the model name! The board has red LED lights installed which, of course, tickles the fancy of many a gamer. Myself included. Joking aside, the overall look and feel of the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming is very nice, it is genuinely my personal favourite.

With regards to connectivity, it has everything you need as a gamer and even as a gamer that uses the same computer to game, like many of us do. In terms of storage options, the Fatal1ty has 8 SATA 6 Gbps slots and support for Raid 0/1/10, not to mention the now increasingly popular M2 port – if you’re like me this will be of interest. Other connectivity options follow the usual standard with 6 USB 3.0 Ports, USB 3.1 Type A, USB 3.1 Type C, a couple of RJ-45 ports, Mouse/keyboard (PS/2) ports and HD audio jacks for the usual audio outputs.

The board also come with Wifi built in.

The ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming is a premium option but comes with premium quality and features. The cost is a little expensive, but overall well worth the investment for future proofing your upgradability.

Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 Review

Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5

Model: Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5
Socket: AM4
Chipset: X370
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Ryzen 5 & 7
Expansion Slots: 6 PCIe, 10 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum: RAM 64GB @ 3200MHz (OC)

The Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 is one of the more affordable and budget price X370 motherboards, but there doesn’t seem to be any corners being cut here.

The Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 itself is amazing, it just looks fantastic. With the LED lighting and themed heat headers, it just looks fantastic. Personally, I just can’t stop looking at those damn LED DIMs – meme worthy? Damn DIMs. I digress. The Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 doesn’t just look great, it also has great connectivity with USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C Ports. For those hardcore enthusiasts gamers you also have 3 PCIe X16 slots running on x16, x8 and x4 for your multiple graphics cards.

We have been reading that many Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 owners have been able to get their CPUs overclocked to 4.1 Ghz using the Gaming 5, with RAM overclocked to 3200Mhz – blistering! Now, not all CPUs and RAM kits will achieve those speeds. If you are aiming for 3200 Mhz RAM then be sure to check out the qualified vendor list for RAM supplied by Gigabyte.

Best B350 Motherboard

  • GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 – Editors choice for a B350 board
  • Asus Prime B350-Plus – Best cheap board, although less features.
  • MSI B350 Tomahawk – Most popular for budget gaming
MSI B350 Tomahawk is a great board

Now onto the B350 chipset. As a general consensus, most gamers and computer builders building on a budget will be better off getting the best B350 board with regards to features, performance and value for money. Speaking of value for the money, the B350 lineup is considered the best for Ryzen 5 CPUs as it provides all of the features you would expect as well delivers value for money with the option to upgrade to Ryzen 7 if you needed to the future. It is unlikely that someone willing to buy a premium CPU would want to pair it with a budget motherboard, and if that is you then I strongly suggest you pair your Ryzen 7 with one of the above X370 option above.

GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 Review

GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3

Model: GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3
Socket: AM4
Chipset: B350
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Ryzen 5 & 7
Expansion Slots: PCIe, 6 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum: RAM 64GB @ 3200Mhz+ (Overclocked)
CrossFire Support: Yes

If I were looking for a top recommended B350 Ryzen motherboard on a budget then the GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 is the one I would choose. Actually, I have it in my basket for a budget build I am doing at the moment!

The ONLY issue I have read and seen is supported. In the early days, there were some support issues with RAM not working at the correct speeds etc. By the looks of it, those issues are being dealt with in BIOS updates and I am seeing fewer issues by the week. With this in mind, this was the same for every new B350 and X370 boards, not just this model. Gigabyte and ASUS seem to be well on top of the issues with other manufacturers releasing fixes too. If you are concerned then do what we do, locate the verified list of RAM modules which are supported for each model. These can be found on the GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 webpage.

So, let’s get into why you should choose the GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3. You get everything you would expect from Gigabyte with the high-quality build, customer support, a community of users for feedback. Not to mention the M.2 support, CrossFire, 64GB RAM @ 3200MHz (OC) and the reliably good ALC1220 Realtek audio chipset.

As described above in our opinion the Gaming 3 is the most obvious model to pair up with a 1400, 1500, 1600 or even 1600x CPU. That means if your building a budget computer with a Ryzen 5 1600 or 1600x then this is perfect. With that in mind, it will also suit the cheaper CPUs, 1400 and 1500 models. Would I suggest pairing the GIGABYTE GA-AB350 Gaming 3 with a 1700 or above? In most cases no. My opinion is if you’re wanting to go for a Ryzen 7 1700, 1700x or 1800x then you should be pairing it with a good AM4 x370 board to get the most for your money.

Asus Prime B350-Plus Review

Asus Prime B350-Plus

Model: Asus Prime B350-Plus
Socket: AM4
Chipset: B350
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Ryzen 5 & 7
Expansion Slots: 6 PCIe, 6 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum: RAM 64GB @ 3200Mhz+ (Overclocked)
CrossFire Support: Yes

The ASUS Prime B350 Plus can usually be found around the $100 mark. If you are looking for a budget B350 motherboard with overclocking, RAM overclocking and 6 PCIe slots with CrossFire support then the Asus Prime B350 Plus is your most obvious option. The B350-Plus itself has the ability to overclock your CPU as far as possible, providing your cooler will allow good cooling. I term of overclocking it would be worthwhile checking out the supported RAM options for the B350-Plus before you buy to ensure you get the RAM pack you need, especially if you want to attempt a RAM overclock of 3200Mhz.

It should be noted that when a B350 board is used in CrossFire then both PCIe 3.0 lanes will revert from x16 to x8, usually not a point of contention but worth footnote. That being said, if you’re looking for the GTX equivalent and want an SLI option then your only options are X370 Chipsets.

Overall the Asus Prime B350-Plus is one of, if not THE, best budget AM4 motherboard. It doesn’t come with the latest features but it is more than enough for the casual gamer.

MSI B350 Tomahawk Review

Model: MSI B350 Tomahawk
Socket: AM4
Chipset: B350
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Ryzen 5 & 7
Expansion Slots: 6 PCIe, 4 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum: RAM 64GB @ 3200Mhz+ (Overclocked)
CrossFire Support: Yes

The MSI B350 Tomahawk is currently one of the most popular options for gamers looking to get value for money from their new builds. Now, this isn’t the best budget board on the market in terms of cost, features and performance but it does have a large community behind it with feedback and plenty of independent reviews. With that in mind, there was an issue with the MSI B350 Tomahawk which led to very long boot times just after launch. From what we have heard it looks like MSI have released an update which has patched this issue. MSI does seem well on top of the issues that are being reported online with frequent BIOS updates fixing issues and bridging the gap for supported RAM speeds – this is the same with all budget and most of the premium boards we have seen.

The cost of the Tomahawk does fluctuate daily but it can be found in the $100 to $130 region depending on when you buy, sales and discounts. With that in mind, Tomahawk comes with all the same features as most of the other budget options discussed. If it were me making the decision I would base my choice on the best looking and best-supported board, especially on a budget build. Both of those points are very subjective to each person. I guess, its a case of saying the Tomahawk is more than good enough and is a great budget option so choose it if you like the look of it, otherwise choose one of the other boards.

More about AM4 Motherboards

Features

  • Support for 7th Gen AMD 35W A-Series APUs
  • 7th Gen AMD 65W Delivers Performance of Previous Gen 95W
  • DDR4 Memory Support up to 2400 MHz
  • Unified Platform Provides Simplified Upgradability
  • Ready for Upcoming Ryzen 3 CPUs

What is the difference between X370, B350 & A320 Chipsets

AMD Ryzen X370 vs B350Both the X370 and B350 are the boards recommended for 99.9% of consumers. Even AMD classify these as Enthusiast and Mainstream. Why is that? Overclocking and connectivity. Both of these chipsets offer the most connectivity options and also support Overclocking. Given all CPUs are overclockable then it makes perfect sense that the top AM4 motherboard should support overclocking. In other words, if you want to use your CPU to its max then you really need to be looking for an X370 or B350 solution.

The “main” difference between X370 and B350 can be either game breaking or minor, depending on your budget and computer use. The main difference that gamers might find is dual GPUs. Only the X370 can support SLI and CrossFire will revert PCIe lanes to x8 from the original x16.

Which Ryzen CPUs do AM4 Sockets Support?

This is a question we have seen being asked a lot, so I have decided to answer it here. All of them. The new AMD CPU lineup is supported by all AM4 sockets. So if you have a Ryzen 7 1800, 1700X, 1700, Ryzen 5 1600X, 1600, 1500X or even a 1400 CPU then you are covered! (Phew…).