With the new generation of Intel processors, some may be ready to write off AMD’s processors. That would be a big mistake. Ryzen 7 processors provide much greater price to performance ratio, especially considering the inclusion of the perfectly adequate Wraith line of coolers that comes with them. They also offer more cores/threads than Intel for cheaper, providing great value to those that can put those additional cores and threads to good use.
The 2700X is the most powerful processor currently offered by AMD, and it’s performance rivals that of Intel’s 8700k at over $60 less, and a total savings of $85+ considering you must buy a separate cooler for the 8700k. Those looking for a chip that can provide nearly identical gaming to the 8700k with increased performance in more processor intensive tasks, all for a significant money saving, will find the 2700X to be an excellent choice.
For those making that choice, I would like to present six motherboards offering a home for the 2700X. Each motherboard has it’s advantages and disadvantages to the others, and between the six I will cover the majority of potential user needs. These are the cream of the crop motherboards, each is the best of the best in their respective category. Let’s get into it starting with the best budget board.
Best budget motherboard for the Ryzen 7 2700X
At $75, the MSI B350 Tomahawk has many features for a budget board, even including some stylish red LED lights. With support up to 64GB of RAM in 4 slots at 3200MHz+ with overclocking support, an M.2 slot for the fastest SSDs currently available, 4 SATA3 slots, has 2 PCIE x16 slots (notable that the second slot only runs at x4, and will only run at x2 when an M.2 drive is installed), 5 rear I/O USB connectors (2 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.1, one of which is the c-type connector), and built-in LAN.
This board will cover 90%+ of what an average PC builder would need, assuming only minimal overclocking and no crossfire (it is available, but less than optimal on this board). For those looking to overclock, this has support, but the VRM is not as robust as one might like to really push high, and no support for USB 3.1 Gen2. If these are things you need, look for another motherboard on the list, but if budget is the most important thing for you, this is the best option.
Best gaming motherboard for the Ryzen 7 2700X
ROG stands for Republic of Gamers, a company built of gamers, for gamers. They have collaborated with ASUS on their ROG line of products including motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, and with other companies on many other products. They are dedicated to providing products specially designed for gamers. This motherboard is no exception.
This Strix B350-F Gaming offers 3 way crossfire support, 1 M.2 socket, RGB lighting, 2 RGB light strip headers, 6 SATA3 connectors, 8 USB rear I/O connectors (2 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1, and 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors), and built in LAN. This board includes the ROG Aura Sync application for syncing your RGB lighting, so if you’re looking for aesthetics, this board has it in spades. The VRM is more robust than the budget option, and includes a beefy heatsink, allowing for better overclocking. However, if you’re chasing high overclocks, you’ll have the best results using our next board.
Best Overclocking (OC) motherboard for Ryzen 7 2700X
Coming in at $250, the Crosshair VI Extreme motherboard is more than twice the cost of the Strix Gaming board. However, the price is well justified, especially if overclocking is your goal. There is nary a feature this board does not have, but most importantly is the incredible 8+4-phase VRM with 60A IR power stages, including a very good heatsink, allowing for the best overclocks.
Features include 3 M.2 slots, support for 2 way SLI or 3 way crossfire, built in WIFI and LAN, 12 rear I/O USB connectors (six 3.1 Gen 1, a 3.1 Gen 2 type A, a 3.1 Gen 2 type C, and four USB 2.0), RGB lighting with AURA software, and SUPREMEFX audio. Overclockers will have a hard time finding a feature this board lacks that they may desire, and this board comes with the added benefit of the reputation of ROG and ASUS.
Best Micro ATX (mATX) motherboard for Ryzen 7 2700X
Those looking for a small build that sacrifices little, the AB350M Pro4 is the motherboard for them. Features include 4 RAM slots supporting up to 64GB RAM and 3200 MHz + overclocking support, 2 M.2 slots, 7 rear I/O USB (four USB 3.1 Gen1, one USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C, 2 USB 2.0), 4 SATA 3 ports, and built in LAN. This is a great small form factor motherboard that includes many of the same features of budget ATX motherboards.
Including 2 M.2 slots, and the continually lowered costs of solid state storage, it’s very possible to not need anything more than 2 M.2 drives for your storage for this system, allowing for saving room, which is important in small form factor builds. At $74, this is an excellent board and our pick for the best micro ATX motherboard.
Best Mini ITX (mITX) motherboard for Ryzen 7 2700X
In the world of the mini ITX, especially for Ryzen, there are few options. Despite this, there’s no shortage of quality. Finding the best Mini ITX motherboard wasn’t easy, but Gigabyte came to the rescue with their B450I Aorus Pro Wifi. Coming in at $117, it’s among the cheaper mini ITX boards, but don’t let that fool you.
Features include 2 RAM slots with a maximum of 32GB and 3200 MHz RAM, built in WIFI, 2 M.2 slots, 4 SATA 3 connectors, 6 rear I/O USB (2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 4 USB 3.1 Gen1), and a single PCIE x16 slot. Very solid features, especially built in WIFI and Gen2 USB. This won’t be the board you if you are looking for good overclocking or SLI, or if you need lots of storage. If you need a mini ITX board, it’s hard to do better, especially for the price.
Pairing the 2700X with the B450I and one of our favorite ITX cases – will make for a great SFF build for 2020.
Best motherboard for Ryzen 7 2700X in 2020
MSI’s X370 Gaming Pro Carbon sets itself apart from other midrange motherboards with a premium VRM, allowing good overclocking for a sub $200 board. Including MSI’s Mystic Light, to handle RGB on the board and sync with other RGB in the system, it’s a sharp looking board. This board covers many of the things people might be looking for on a motherboard, and so, if you plan on building a Ryzen system, especially one with a 2700X, this motherboard is hard to beat as it’s quality at an exceptional value.
Features on the board include: 4 RAM slots for up to 64GB of 3200+ MHz RAM with overclocking support, 2 Way SLI or 3 Way Crossfire, 6 SATA3 ports, 2 M.2 slots, 8 rear I/O USB (4 USB 3.1 Gen1, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C, 2 USB 2.0), and built in LAN. Whether you’re looking to game, do some overclocking, or anything else you’d like to do with your Ryzen 7 2700X processor, this motherboard should do you well.
Among this list are the best motherboards for your 2700X build. Just keep your needs in mind when perusing the list, and you can’t go wrong. Remember that Ryzen is very picky on RAM, so make sure you choose RAM that will be both compatible with the board you choose, as well as provide the speed needed to get the most performance you can out of your 2700X. This means 3000+ MHz, low CL rating, and preferably Samsung B-Die. Paired with any board on this list, this will be a great platform to run your 2700X on.