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5 Best Gaming Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7 3700x

AMD has long had a passion for gaming services instilled in them that made them put out a number of processors that were very widely praised. The Ryzen 3700X dawned into a very new generation of AMD’s CPU architecture, Zen 2. And with its 8 cores, the 3700X has become one of the most popular CPUs in the 8 core line-up. AMD has allowed the gaming community to usher into a new age of powerful computing power with their 3rd Generation lineup of CPUs. And with their over the top single-core and multi-core performance, the 3rd Generation of AMD CPUs are ideal for not just gaming but rendering as well.

Having spent the bucks on your newly acquired Ryzen 3700X, the question arises, which motherboard will be the ideal one? However, the market for motherboards is crowded and can easily confuse your average Joe. Fret not, because we are here to help you navigate through the crowd and assist you in picking out the perfect fit for you. Ranging from overclocking support and VRM quality to I/O ports and plain old aesthetics, all relevant factors must be kept in mind. So let’s not delay this any further and get right into it.



1. Asus ROG X570 Crosshair VII Hero

Our Rating: 9.2/10

  • Giga LAN ports
  • Dual LAN flexibility between Realtek and Intel
  • Voltage measurement points for ease of use
  • 16 phase power delivery for the CPU
  • Overkill for most of the consumers

Chipset: AMD X570 | Audio: ROG SupremeFX CODEC S1220 | Form Factor: ATX | Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Multi-Graphics: Nvidia 2-Way SLI & AMD 3-Way CrossFire

Choosing the ultimate high-end winner for our best motherboard for 3700X was a bit of a tough call. With the X570 line of boards, the higher ones tend to cost quite a lot of money. When we were shortlisting our candidates for the best of the best, the Corsair VIII Formula seemed like a plausible choice. However, Formula offers little to no benefits for the majority of the consumers and users. And that left us with this- the Asus ROG X570 VII Hero.

Asus has gone ahead and delivered something truly remarkable. We instantly fell in love with X570 Crosshair VII Hero’s clever design and the robust 16-phase power delivery system. This is beneficial for the overclocking enthusiasts as well as a very beneficial feature to have.  People familiar with previous Crosshair VII Hero line of boards will recognize this board’s similarly themed armor.

Spread out across the Crosshair VII Hero, you’ll find 8 SATA Gb/s ports that support RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10. It consists of 4 DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting 32Gb per socket which can go up to 128Gb and 4800 MHz overclocked. These DIMM slots are perfect for overclocking with support to go up to 4800MHz. You really can’t ask for more in this department. And as for the audio side of things, the X570 Crosshair VII Hero has a ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel High Definition Audio codec. And in the I/O section itself, 8x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 6x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and 4x USB 2.0 ports.

The X570 Crosshair VII Hero also features 2 antenna connectors located at the back I/O port. It houses Intel’s AX200 Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/an/ax interface along with a 2.5 Giga LAN port. The board also has a clear CMOS switch and BIOS flashback button. And yes, Crosshair VII Hero does feature dual BIOS. For those not familiar, dual BIOS helps motherboard recovery in case of a mishap during a BIOS update.

In all aspects, Crosshair VII Hero X570 is truly the best of the best when it comes to the optimal motherboard for your Ryzen 3700X.  The added benefit is that this board has a good round of heatsinks that will regulate temperatures. A must-have if overclocking is what you have in mind. However, this board is probably overkill for most of the buyers. Because rarely ever will you even need the over the top specs that this board offers.



2. MSI MEG X570 Ace

Our Rating: 8.9/10

  • Metallic reinforcing in DIMM slots
  • Three M.2 slots
  • All M.2 slots have integrated heatsinks
  • WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • No video outputs in the rear panel

Chipset: AMD X570 | Audio: Realtek ALC1220 HD | Form Factor: ATX | Wireless: AX200 Wi-Fi 802.11ax | Multi-Graphics: Nvidia Quad-GPU SLI & AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire

Moving on with our list, we have MSI’s MEG X570 Ace. This board was a very close match against our list’s champion, the Corsair VII Hero. MSI’s Meg X570 Ace might not have gotten as much recognition and popularity as Corsair’s VII Hero. However, MSI’s Meg X570 is not to be taken lightly either, as it is a board that will definitely bring you results without any quarrels.

This ATX sized motherboard has a black PCB at its base with gunmetal accents on the heatsinks and subtle copper color finishings. The Meg X570 Ace is still one of the better-looking boards that we have seen. You have AMD’s AM4 socket, this being an X570 board, and surrounding it are the power delivery components. It features 12+2 phase power delivery functionality for the CPU which is a very efficient design. The power delivery components and the M.2 slots are also protected via metal heatsinks. The two power delivery component heatsinks are connected via a heat pipe which then continues on toward the chipset heatsink.

Moving on over to the memory side of things, you’ll find 4 metal reinforced DIMM slots supporting 128 Gigs of RAM that can go up to 4600MHz when overclocked. There are 3 M.2 slots, 4 SATA 6Gb/s connectors, 2 PCIe x16, 1 PCIe x4  and 2 PCIe x1 expansion slots. Plenty of room here, which is always something to look forward to but only 4 SATA connectors just doesn’t make sense. Going further to the audio department, this board has the Realtek AC1220 Codec for clean audio.

Next up, we have the I/O port to talk about. Now, the I/O port does feature the latest USB ports that you could need, but that is to be expected with a near $400 board. You have, 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 6x USB 3.2 Gen1 and 6x USB 2.0 ports that you can use. Network capabilities of this board are carried with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 interface with a 2.5G LAN port and an Intel WGI211AT Gigabit LAN port. Its competitor, the Corsair VII Hero also has a 2.5G LAN port.

Another reason why Corsair VII Hero trumped the MSI X570 Meg Ace was due to Asus’s superior BIOS. With the previous chipsets, MSI has had to deal with huge issues with their BIOS. With firmware updates, MSI has solved that with this board however, it seems like their reputation for that is still tainted. BIOS plays a very important part in smooth and efficient overclocking so that is what overclocking enthusiasts look out for. This board does suffer from a few issues but it is still a very solid board. Another thing that people with Ryzen APUs ought to know is that the rear panel does not have video outputs.



3. ASRock X570 Taichi

Our Rating: 8.5/10

  • Good voltage regulation for overclocking
  • 8 SATA 6Gb/s connectors at a rather cheap price
  • DIMM slots support 4666MHz when overclocked
  • Chipset fan is loud in default settings
  • The top M.2 covers are inconvenient at times

Chipset: AMD X570 | Audio: Realtek ALC1220 HD | Form Factor: ATX | Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 ax | Multi-Graphics: Nvidia Quad SLI & AMD 3-Way CrossFireX

When doing lists like these, usually what happens is that the third slot is reserved for that one motherboard that is not too expensive but still does not compromise on what it is supposed to offer. We had that same thought in our minds for this list as well. However, the third motherboard for this list- the ASRock X570 Taichi is something else. Despite cutting down on prices it offers almost the same features as the Corsair VII Hero does. Almost. And as such, comes out as a fantastic keyboard that surely deserves praise and recognition.

As we talked about earlier, the black theme color is what most OEM go with for their motherboards. However, the X570 Taichi by ASRock steps away from an all dark color theme and goes with a white theme with RGB designs. On the majority of the board is ASRock’s very recognizable cogwheel design on the heatsinks. The X570 chipset is known to run at a bit warmer temperatures than the previous chipsets. Therefore, it is cooled through a fan. The Taichi also makes use of 14 phase power delivery with a 12+2 design. That means that the CPU cores get 12 phases whereas the other 2 are reserved for other CPU integrated bits.

On the X570 Taichi, you’ll find 4 DDR4 DIMM slots with support up to 4666MHz overclocked at 128 Gb. The DIMM slots have 155μ gold contacts for more reinforcement and protection. You also have 3 PCIe 4.0 x16 slots along with two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. X570 Taichi has support for AMD Quad CrossfireX or Nvidia Quad SLI. Under the XXL aluminum heatsink, armor are 3 M.2 slots as well as 8 SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors. Just like the previous two boards in our list, the Taichi also has support for wireless connectivity with the Intel 802.11 ax WiFi module. The NIC supports dual-band for 2.4GHz and 5GHz. And lastly, on the audio side of things, the Taichi has that same Realtek ALC1220 codec as the MSI X570 Meg Ace.

Moving on towards the I/O panel, the Taichi has 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, and 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports. For the WiFi, Taichi has 2 antennae that support 2×2 diverse technology. There is 1 RJ-45 LAN port, an HDMI and a Thunderbolt 5-pin connector, a classic PS/2 connector for old school mouse and keyboards. For the audio, you have the standard 5 audio jacks with gold connectors and an S/PDIF optical output. All of these things are pretty standard so we really can’t say much about that. Taichi’s BIOS is a version of the same BIOS as used by ASRock in their Phantom gaming motherboards. It has all the things that you could possibly need for overclocking or other needs. Getting into the BIOS will launch you directly into the main page from where you will navigate further.

The ASRock X570 Taichi is an amazing motherboard that is not overshadowed by its pricy competitors at all. It offers a wide range of connectivity options along with a whopping 8 SATA connectors. However, there are a few things that might irk you. The loud chipset fan and the unnecessary and over the top M.2 shieldings that are a drag to remove.



4. Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite

Our Rating: 8/10

  • Decent VRM despite the cheap price
  • The fans can be programmed to work at certain thresholds defined through the 6 temperature sensors
  • There is no WiFi card
  • No Nvidia SLI support
  • Rear I/O section does not have USB Type-C ports

Chipset: AMD X570 | Audio: Realtek ALC1200 HD | Form Factor: ATX | Wireless: None | Multi-Graphics: AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX

All X570 motherboards are quite highly loaded in their own realms, however, there are still some boards that do not offer as much functionality as some of the pricier models. And that happens wherever you decide to look. As the OEMs cut down on prices, they also cut down on the net functionalities. Therefore, at a certain price point, it becomes a personal preference of picking your poison. Moving down in our list, we have the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite. This one is actually very similar to Asus TUF Gaming X570 however, it offers BIOS flashback which is an advantage.

The Aorus Elite’s aesthetics are fairly similar to many other Asus motherboards. It has an all-black PCB with a few decorations on the heatsink and PCB here and there. The heatsinks have a brushed aluminum finishing which go well with the black PCB. The VRM for the Aorus Elite is rated as a 14 phase system (12+2) where it uses Infineon IR35201 controller in a 6+1 configuration. These VRMs should easily be able to handle not just Ryzen 3700X but any Zen 2 CPUs in stock mode and (some) overclocking. The Aorus Elite also has 6 temperature sensors which you can use to base off your fans of. Meaning that you can program your fans to turn on at certain temperatures or let them spin faster when they cross a threshold.

The Aorus Elite consists of 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x16 and 1 PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. Gigabyte armor is used to reinforce these PCIe slots to prevent shearing against GPUs. Around this area are 2 M.2 slots- one with a heatsink and one without a heatsink. As such, the Aorus Elite supports Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 2-Way CrossFireX. Unfortunately, no Nvidia SLI. The Aorus Elite, however, does not have WiFi.

Moving on towards the I/O section of the Aorus Elite, the rear panel consists of 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Unfortunately, the rear panel does not have any USB Type-C ports for your use. The rear panel also features an HDMI port, I211-AT Gigabit NIC port, the standard 5 3.5mm audio jacks, and an S/PDIF optical output. The rear panel of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite also adds 2 antennae for wireless connectivity along with Bluetooth 5.0. You can use Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0 to control the RGB lights on this motherboard.

The Aorus Elite board is actually a quite decent choice for a sub-par price of $200. Some features that you would normally want to see onboard are missing however, for the most part, the Aorus Elite X570 proved itself to be a solid motherboard. There is no WiFi nor support for Nvidia SLI but Aorus Elite makes it up with its very well optimized and regulated VRM.



5. Gigabyte X570 Gaming X

Our Rating: 7.5/10

  • 6 SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • The SATA connectors are controlled directly by the X570 chipset
  • Only 5.1 channel speaker is supported
  • No RGB LEDs on the board
  • The 12 phase power delivery can not regulate temperatures that well for overclocking

Chipset: AMD X570 | Audio: Realtek ALC887 HD | Form Factor: ATX | Wireless: None | Multi-Graphics: AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX

And now, it is time to talk about the final motherboard that we think is a decent enough one for your Ryzen 3700X. For this, we once again have a motherboard by none other than Gigabyte- the X570 Gaming X. This motherboard is priced quite low for an X570 chipset board. But that just means that the X570 Gaming X just misses out on many of the features that you would otherwise find.

Gaming motherboards have a distinct look about them that makes them stand out. But the magnitude of this depends on the color accents and the heatsink designs. The Gigabyte X570 Gaming X has a brown PCB with black and silver heatsinks. The aesthetics are nothing too special but they’re not ugly to look at so there’s that. The circuitry comprises of a 12 phase power delivery design for the CPU (10+2). When compared to all the other motherboards on this list, which tend to cost higher, this 12 phase design seems a bit mediocre. Therefore, the X570 Gaming X is not that suited for overclocking as the other 4 boards.

The X570 Gaming X features 2 M.2 slots that support PCIe 3.0 as well as PCIe 4.0. There are 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports which luckily, are run directly by the X570 chipset and not a controller as a mediator. We did like the layout design and the location of the fan headers. There is plenty of spacing for you to work around with so none of the components will block each other. There are RGB LED headers that you can use to add RGB lights because the Gaming X does not have RGB lights of its own. The I/O section of the Gaming X has 8x USB 3.0 ports, 6x USB 2.0 ports, 1x LAN port, and 3.5mm line-in, line out and mic connectors. The 4 DDR4 DIMM slots can go only up to 4000MHz when overclocked.

Realtek’s ALC887 chip is responsible for powering the audio. This chip is a much weaker version of the ALC1220 chip. With the 3 pins, you can hook upto a 5.1 sound system only. Anything more and you will need to use the audio header. Like the Aorus Elite X570, the Gaming X also does not have WiFi in it. For network, you have just a Realtek GbE LAN chip for the LAN port in the rear I/O. Gigabyte’s BIOS for the Gaming X is not as compact and action-packed as some of the more pricier Gigabyte motherboards. However, all the settings are so spread out in different pages and that really bothered us.

For those looking for a much cheaper solution for their Ryzen 3700X motherboard, we have the Gigabyte X570 Gaming X. With such major price cuts, you really can’t expect much with the Gaming X. It has most of the necessary stuff you could need but that’s just it. The bells and whistles that make a motherboard stand out are missing in the Gaming X. However, as far as cheaper X570 chipset boards go, the Gaming X is still the most viable choice.

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