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Best X470 Motherboards To Buy in 2019

Greetings to all the tech-hungry ravens. The glorious second generation Ryzen processors are stirring up quite a storm with their superior worth from a price per performance standpoint. According to AMD, the boards dished out for these processors will be supportive for future processors as well, almost for 4 more years ahead in time. Time is of the essence and you can’t miss out on all the kick-ass X470 boards out in the market, come take a look at our list of best X470 boards for your Ryzen 2 CPU.

1. ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero

Our Rating: 9.7/10

  • Onboard WIFI
  • Beefy CPU power delivery
  • Sublime cooling set up
  • No compatibility with third-party control software
  • Mediocre customer care

105 Reviews

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: X470 | Graphics Support: 2-way SLI / 3-way CrossFire | Audio: Supreme FX 8-channel HD Audio Codec S1220 | Wireless: WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Form Factor: ATX

ASUS’ Crosshair series has been carrying the front banner of the high-end motherboard market with its premium set of features which touches the highest of the marks for an “ultimate performance”. Firstly, its two M.2 slots go through the CPU. It’s no exaggeration to state that the power delivery for the CPU of this motherboard is an overkill with tremendous strength to soldier on even for the future generation of Ryzen CPUs. Its standout feature, onboard WiFi solution has two antennas accompanied by Bluetooth 4.2. You can employ the DOCP feature in BIOS to aptly overclock the RAMs up to the advertised speeds of 3466MHz.

Speaking of high-end features, they went all in with their cooling game here as well. It has a water pump flow sensor and an in-and-out temperature sensor which sets the ground for closed loop water cooling. Although, we didn’t need additional hefty water cooling system on the board to achieve an optimal temperature range, which was already being exhibited by the stock coolers coming along the CPU.

The Aura Sync RGB lighting highlights the visual finesse of ASUS boards with two headers constituting a mesmerizing spectrum of various RGB colors and patterns. Of interest, you can take your RGB illumination beyond your board with the new “AURA Sync X Philips Hue” feature. It lets you synchronize your Philips hue personal lighting, such as Philips bulbs, to bring about an expansive ambiance to your room. The onboard audio set up comprises of Supreme FX S1220A which further gains a boost up by using ES 902 HD DAC coming with the Sonic studio and Sonic radar which will hopefully be a great asset for playing games like PUBG, etc.

The BIOS never ceases to amaze us with its user-friendly interface which allows for automatic fine-tuning of your system whether it be the overclocks or cooling profiles/fan speeds, it will cleverly adjust these per your system needs. If you want to tweak stuff manually, no problem, each and every cooler, water pump or AIO cooler is at your disposal via Fan Xpert4 or the UEFI BIOS. We’ll advise you against third party control software for controlling your RGB and fan speeds, the provided software by ASUS is the best fix available.

To conclude, the manufacturers have bundled this board with a surfeit of features which are overwhelmingly high-end for any gamer on this chipset.

2. GIGABYTE AORUS Ultra Gaming 7

Our Rating: 9.5/10

  • Impressive onboard audio
  • Supports BLCK overclocking
  • Onboard WIFI
  • No LLC
  • Fan 2 header location is not optimal
  • Mediocre BIOS

146 Reviews

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: X470 | Graphics Support: NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and 2-way SLI / AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-way CrossFire | Audio: Realtek ALC1220-VB codec | Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BLUETOOTH 5 | Form Factor: ATX

This motherboard upholds the “great bang for the buck” slogan to its fullest degree in our opinion. Taking a look at the connectivity options, like the other boards, it comes equipped with PCIe armor made of stainless steel shielding for protection against heavy graphics cards. M.2 slots are aptly covered with thermal guards to tackle the throttling and SSD heat problems head-on. In addition to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and C ports, they’ve deployed USB DAC-UP ports on this board. Its VRM design has a sturdy platform of 8+3 phase to back the hungry Ryzen by cleverly supplying power to the demanding components on the board.

You’ll get a lot of room for your cooling option on this board. They’ve cleared up some space around the AM4 socket in case you want to house water cooling solutions, moreover, this board is supplied with a lot of fan connectors spread across various spots around the board

This board is blessed with a great audio solution, ALC1220 120dB(A) SNR HD audio with smart Headphone Amp, you won’t need an additional sound card to juice up your audio experience. In terms of visuals, it maintains a fine balance between downright flashy and a plain piece of board. Towards the bottom of the board, there is the traditional AORUS shroud which lights up with RGB LED which is controllable with your RGB Fusion software.

When we talk BIOS, GIGABYTE hasn’t been up to the mark so far in this department. It can be too much for entry-level users and it lacks auto LLC settings. However, on the bright side, it is more than enough for running your Ryzen processor at stock settings and has BLCK overclock for manipulating higher overclocks efficiently. All in all, this is an all-encompassing board which also looks after your budget concerns while bringing high-end features on your plate at the same time.

3. MSI Gaming PLUS

Our Rating: 9.2/10

  • Impressive LLC
  • Spacious and flexible for additional attachments
  • Nice compatibility with different RAMs and good XMP settings
  • Lacking a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector
  • Lack of color-coding for the Audio jacks in the back

349 Reviews

Socket: 1151 | Chipset: Z390 | Graphics Support: 3-way AMD CrossFire | Audio: Realtek ALC892 Codec | Wireless: None | Form Factor: ATX

This is MSI’s highly acclaimed board with a refreshing price tag bringing about equally consistent performance and features. The PCIe slots are reinforced with MSI’s steel armor to cope with bending and heavier graphics cards. Out of two M.2 slots, the upper one is Gen 3 and the lower one is Gen 2 and they are devoid of heat spreaders. Of import, the SATA 1, second M.2, and the last PCIe x16 slot share same PCIe lane so only one of them can be used at a time. Although it comes with two EPS 8-pin connectors, we didn’t need both of them even under overclocking. Unfortunately, this board does not come with a rear I/O shield like the other x470 boards.

The firmly seated VRM heatsinks over the board are moderately sized and do their job very well in sustaining the temperatures well below 70 degree-C. It has a black PCB with right-aligned red accents that spread over to DIMM slots, PCIe slots, and the VRM heat spreaders. Bless your board with MSI’s proud RGB set up called Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync which constitute an easy one-click shuffling among 7 different colors and effects, moreover, you can synchronize Mystic Light with other RGB products and solutions. You’ll get an RGB strip on the side of the board and two 12V RGB headers, one for the CPU and one at the bottom of the board. The audio solution consists of Audio boost with Nahimic capacitors specifically developed with seamless gaming in mind.

It boasts a terrific BIOS which garners a straightforward format with well-documented features and built-in memory profiles make overclocking an easy task for non-experienced users as well. It goes pretty well with Linux as well, get it booted in an instant from the hard drive. Of note, virtualization in Linux needs to be enabled from the BIOS.

The bottom line is, if you’re overclocking on a budget, this might be the best option on X470 platform. However, if you are looking for features like USB Type-C, wireless, or more than 6 SATA connectors, you might want to steer away towards other options.

4. ASUS Prime X470-Pro

Our Rating: 8.5/10

  • Separate M.2 cooler
  • Rear I/O cover (missing in the previous gens)
  • Solid LLC
  • Disparate Vcore reading on ASUS AI suit
  • No support for BCLK overclocking

230 Reviews

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: X470 | GraphicsSupport: 2-way SLI/AMD CrossFire | Audio: Realtek S1220A 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 3 | Wireless: None | FormFactor: ATX

Apart from ASUS’ mainstream series of motherboards which enjoy the limelight, we have a very comprehensive and a rather more budget-friendly motherboard from the Pro series at hour hands. Starting with its connectivity, the x4 PCI-e has 3/0/2/0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gbps data transfer speeds and lastly, you are set to enjoy USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Gen 2 Type-A (backward compatible) providing impressive data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. Not to mention, the SafeSlot feature for the top two x16 PCIe slots making its way into a majority of the high-end motherboards enhances the longevity and strength of slots for heavy graphics cards and whatnot. There are four DDR4 DIMM slots which are color-coded for dual-channel operation supporting up to 64 Gb memory running at a max of 3466 MHz speed. Furthermore, you are advised to use A2 B2 RAMs on this board.

Its cooling set up is quite impressive, they have dedicated a separate heat-sink, a removable M.2 cooler, for the M.2 slot which is claimed to bring the temperature down by 20 degree-C. With the stock cooler, we observed a temperature around 80 degree-C under 100% load. With a better cooler installed, we were able to drag the temperature down to 60 degree-C thankfully. The heat-sinks over the 10-phase VRM are redesigned into a more larger and aggressive style. Moving onto the aesthetics department, we can see RGB on the rear I/O cover and on the bottom heat-sink, controllable with its very own ASUS Aura Sync software to bring new life to your board. You can enjoy the plethora of color variation on your aesthetic or informative LED strips and Aura sync gear on your headsets. Its audio solution consists of RealTek  S1220A codec making use of 8-channel HD audio to deliver a fine experience to the user.

The renown ASUS BIOS carries the tradition of a user-friendly interface which comes in two modes namely, Ezmode and advanced mode. You can get different options to load the ASUS optimization profiles via Ezmode while more robust overclocking is possible for you in advanced mode (we’ve managed to hit stable 4.22GHz on all cores). Before pushing your CPU cores to the max, you are advised to manually set the Vcore levels in the BIOS to 1.387 V and make sure to set the LLC while overclocking.

Stable performance, fast connectivity, versatile PCB, endearing RGB features, and lofty cooling set-up, you name it, it encompasses a complete set of features to captivate the buyer.

5. ASUS ROG Strix F-Gaming

Our Rating: 8/10

  • Support for SLI
  • M.2 heat shroud
  • Onboard overcurrent protection
  • No onboard overclock buttons or switches
  • Not the best board for RAID users

181 Reviews

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: X470 | Graphics Support: 2-way SLI / 3-way CrossFire | Audio: SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A | Wireless: None | Form Factor: ATX

This motherboard is yet another juice of excellence squeezed out from bright minds at ASUS. Among the two M.2 slots, one of it comes covered with a large aluminum heat sink. The PCIe slots support 2-way SLI and 3-way AMD CrossFire. This board also exhibits onboard over-current protection in the form of onboard resettable fuses protecting all connection ports and DRAM modules against damage for a long span of time. Of note, this motherboard doesn’t have any onboard overclock buttons of switches

There are two heat-sinks surrounding the CPU socket, one is merged with I/O panel cover which helps reduce ESD, from here, another heat sink extends towards M.2 shroud and towards PCH. On the audio aspect of things, we have an optical s/pdif out, five SupremeFX 8 channel audio 3.5 mil jacks on the rear I/O and an improved 8-channel HD audio onboard.

This board is dressed in a black and stealthy style while the heatsinks are covered in reflective writing which gives off a graffiti vibe to the board. Looking at the lighting on the board, we can appreciate it on the I/O shield, RGB lighting is controlled by the ASUS Aura Sync software which can also connect with any RGB compatible device. To make up for the scarce onboard lighting, you can attach LED strips on the board via addressable LED headers.

Let’s shed some light on overclocking, we managed to hit 4.2 GHz at 1.4 volts on all cores with the stock cooler, it is pretty standard and provides basic needs for most of the gamers. You’ll have to increase the voltage to hit higher overclocks. Thanks to the impressive BIOS, overclocking was a walk in the park.

To sum it up, if you can’t put your hands on CrossHair VII Hero due to the airtight budget, this board might be up your street with.


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