Since the release of AMD’s new B550 chipset, builders are now looking forward to the upcoming launch of their new Zen 2 3000XT Matisse Refresh CPUs, Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs, and Zen 3 4000 CPUs. With AMD, there’s more opportunity and choice in the CPU market than ever thanks to their stellar price-to-performance and intense performance competition with Intel in every price bracket. Now, reinforcing their fierce midrange battle against Intel, AMD will soon offer the Ryzen 5 3600XT on top of their 3600X and 3600.
This product refresh should hopefully see recently discounted prices for the current 3600X, 3800X, and 3900X processors become permanent, with their 3000XT successors replacing them as full-priced options, or even perhaps replacing them entirely. Note, while the 3600XT will come bundled with an AMD Wraith Stock Cooler, the 3800XT and 3900XT will not. Thus, if you’ve decided on the new Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9, check out our CPU Cooler roundup for the 3800XT and 3900XT!
Today, we’ll be providing our recommendations for the best motherboards for the Ryzen 5 3600XT in each main category. Let’s take a peek!
Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600XT – Our Recommendations
|Best Entry-Level Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT||Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus||50A 14 Phase (12+2)||$165|
|Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT||MSI MEG X570 Unify||60A 15 Phase (12+2+1)||$300|
|Best High-Performance Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT||Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi)||60A 16 Phase (14+2)||$380|
|Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT||Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi)||50A 10 Phase (8+2)||$180|
|Best mini-ITX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT||Asus ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming||70A 10 Phase (8+2)||$250|
Best Entry-Level Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT
The Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus has been a crowd-pleaser for quite a while by offering amazing price-to-performance in terms of VRM performance and connectivity. Furthermore, we can’t ever fail to mention Asus’s incredible BIOS interface and proprietary motherboard software, especially for those prone to spending a lot of time in their BIOS menus, as the overall intuitiveness and responsiveness are second to none. Plus, Asus’s BIOS designs tend to be extremely visually pleasing, including the BIOS for the TUF Gaming X570-Plus!
The TUF Gaming X570-Plus offers 50A Power Stages, a 14 Phase VRM (12+2), support for up to 128GB of DDR4-4400MHz memory, 2x M.2 slots, Realtek 1G LAN + ALC S1200A Audio CODEC, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C) + 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and 8x SATA III 6Gb/s ports for only $165. With B550 pricing what it is at launch, Asus readily keeps the crown for best entry-level motherboards for builders looking to get the most out of their new Ryzen 5 3600XTs. If you’re looking for a rock-solid motherboard without the fluff from more premium flagship motherboards, the TUF Gaming X570-Plus is tough to beat 😊.
Note, if you’re looking for an entry-level option with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) variant is only an additional $25!
Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT
The MSI MEG X570 Unify was a response to some pesky VRM thermal performance issues with their X570 boards priced under the MSI MEG X570 Ace, and what a response it was. With the X570 Unify, MSI arguably has one of the best X570 motherboards on the market when it comes to overall build quality, performance, and features, which is why it gets our pick here.
The X570 Unify sports 60A Power Stages, a 15 Phase VRM (12+2+1), support for up to 128GB of DDR4-5000MHz memory, 3x M.2 slots, Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0, Realtek 2.5G LAN + ALC1220 Audio CODEC, 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C) + 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 + 2x USB 2.0 ports, an internal USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C header, 4x SATA III 6Gb/s ports, an integrated I/O shield, rear Clear CMOS + BIOS Flashback buttons, onboard Power and Reset buttons, and a POST code readout, all of which are stylishly blacked out.
Best High-Performance Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT
The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) clinches our top spot for the best high-performance motherboard thanks to its incredible price given its VRM and feature-set compared to the other available enthusiast X570 motherboards; the MSI MEG X570 Godlike, and the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme. For just $380, the Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) has equivalent power delivery and connectivity features to the $700 MSI and Gigabyte options, which is nearly 55% cheaper!
Featured on the Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) are 60A Power Stages, a 16 Phase VRM (14+2), support for up to 128GB of DDR4-4800MHz memory, 2x M.2 slots, Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0, Realtek 2.5G LAN, SupremeFX S1220 Audio CODEC, 8x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C) + 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 8x SATA III 6Gb/s ports, an integrated I/O shield, Clear CMOS + BIOS Flashback buttons, a POST code readout, onboard Power + Reset buttons, as well as a BIOS Safe Boot + ReTry buttons!
Unless you have $700 burning a hole in your pocket, your best bet for the ultimate motherboard for the Ryzen 5 3600XT, or any current/future Ryzen CPUs, is undoubtedly the Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi). Although, if even $380 is a bit too rich for your blood, you can also opt to save even more with the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master. At $280, you’re getting an identical VRM to that of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme, just without the additional PCIe 4.0 bandwidth for the chipset link on the B550 Aorus Master.
Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT
Considering there is legitimately only one option for mATX x570 motherboards, the Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) is the clear winner here, especially when it costs $180. While MSI does offer their incredibly popular MAG B550M Mortar (Wi-Fi) for around the same price, the TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) provides a similar VRM layout, better memory overclocking support, and vastly superior connectivity for the rear I/O.
Asus shows the woefully neglected mATX form factor some love with 50A Power Stages, a 10 Phase VRM (8+2), support for up to 128GB DDR4-4600MHz memory, 2x M.2 slots (1x PCIe 4.0 x4), Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1, Realtek 2.5G LAN + ALC S1200A Audio CODEC, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C) + 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 + 2x USB 2.0 ports, 4x SATA III 6Gb/s ports, and BIOS Flashback.
For any builders looking to cut down the size of their next machine without having to worry about extensive hardware compatibility research and potentially frustrating cable management, the TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) is a reliable platform with plenty of fantastic features.
Best mini-ITX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT
Despite some of the impressive mini-ITX B550 motherboards that are now available, our award for the best mini-ITX for Ryzen 5 3600XT builds goes to the Asus ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming, which comes in at $250. Again, the pricing for B550 motherboards compared to X570 isn’t cheap enough to recommend over many current X570 options. While you can go for the Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX for $180, you lose out on rear USB connectivity on a form factor that already struggles to pack on as much as it can due to space constraints.
With the X570-I Gaming, you get 70A Power Stages, a 10 Phase VRM (8+2), support for up to 64GB of DDR4-4800MHz memory, 2x M.2 slots, Intel 1G LAN + AX200 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0, SupremeFX S1220A Audio CODEC, 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C) + 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and 4x SATA III 6Gb/s ports.
Perhaps if B550 pricing drops after its release window, we’ll change our tune, but until then, the X570-I Gaming is still the king of mini-ITX motherboards for mid to high-end Ryzen builds.
Despite plenty of great options with the new B550 chipset, your best bet for the Ryzen 5 3600XT, in most cases, is still an X570 motherboard. Unless, of course, you don’t want or need the additional connectivity that comes with the PCIe 4.0 link between the chipset and CPU on X570. Regardless, for those planning to pick up a 3600XT, we’re confident this list will provide a fantastic home for it no matter what.
If you’re more interested in the B550 chipset, be sure to check out our recommendations for the best B550 motherboards!
Best Entry-Level: Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus– The TUF Gaming X570-Plus continues to prove one of the best price-to-performance values for Ryzen builders with solid VRM thermal performance, connectivity features, and overall build quality – with the (Wi-Fi) variant available for an additional $25 if needed.
Best Overall: MSI MEG X570 Unify– The X570 Unify is arguably the most compelling motherboard for any mid to high-end Ryzen build thanks to its ultra-slick blacked-out aesthetic, impressive VRM, capable memory overclocking, and a plethora of connectivity features. MSI responded to the performance issues with many of their X570 motherboards in a big way with this one.
Best High-Performance: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) – At $380, Asus provides the absolute best enthusiast-class motherboard for high-end Ryzen builders that don’t have $700 to throw at options like the MSI MEG X570 Godlike or the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme. If you want to save even more money for best-in-class VRM thermal performance, check out the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master, which offers an identical VRM to that of the X570 Aorus Xtreme for less than half the price, albeit with comparatively gimped connectivity.
Best mATX: Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) – When there’s only one mATX X570 motherboard out there, Asus deserves credit for bringing phenomenal VRM performance and connectivity options to the under-appreciated form factor.
Best mini-ITX: Asus ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming – Although we’ve seen more decent mini-ITX options for Ryzen builds with many of the new B550 motherboards, they don’t provide enough competitive features or performance for how similar they are in price. However, if you’re still looking to shave off $70 from your build, consider the Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX. Just be aware that you’re getting even worse rear I/O connectivity on a form factor that’s already somewhat limited.
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