Starting July 7th, builders will be able to get their hands on the upcoming Zen 2 Ryzen 3000XT Matisse Refresh CPUs. In addition to AMD’s new B550 chipset, we’ll also have successors to the massively popular Ryzen 3600X, 3800X, and 3900X processors, with 100-200MHz higher single-core boost clocks providing, roughly, a 5% performance uplift overall. Despite AMD’s continued dominance of the CPU market in terms of core/thread counts, incredible multi-threaded performance, and excellent price-to-performance value, the Ryzen 3000XT CPUs, unfortunately, aren’t particularly groundbreaking. Regardless, they’re yet another nail in a coffin that Intel may not be able to free itself from for at least another year. More builders have more options than ever to assemble high-performance systems that excel in gaming and workstation tasks for extremely modest prices courtesy of AMD. Today, we’re offering you our recommendations for the best motherboards to consider buying along with the $400 8core/16thread Ryzen 7 3800XT.
Best Motherboards for Ryzen 7 3800XT – Our Recommendations
|Best Entry-Level Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT||Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC||50A 14 Phase (12+2)||$190|
|Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT||Asus ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming||60A 16 Phase (12+4)||$300|
|Best High-Performance Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT||MSI MEG X570 Ace||60A 15 Phase (12+2+1)||$370|
|Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT||Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi)||50A 10 Phase (8+2)||$180|
|Best mini-ITX Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT||Asus ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming||70A 10 Phase (8+2)||$250|
Best Entry-Level Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT
Perhaps you’re not only eyeing a brand new 3800XT, but you’re interested in a brand-new chipset as well. Thanks to the recently launched B550 motherboards, builders have the option to save a bit of money (or opt-out of the slightly more extensive PCIe 4.0 and connectivity support) they’d potentially waste on an X570 platform. That is where the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC comes in!
B550 motherboards are somewhat restrictive due to having only a PCIe 3.0 link between the CPU and chipset, where X570 has PCIe 4.0. While you still get PCIe 4.0 lanes from your CPU, the lower bandwidth PCIe 3.0 chipset link forces motherboard manufacturers to sacrifice some features in favor of others, chief among them being rear I/O USB connectivity. Some B550 motherboards only have a total of 5 USB ports on their rear I/O, with maybe a couple USB 3.2 Gen 2 or Gen 1 ports. However, there are a handful of B550 boards that prioritize the rear I/O, especially the B550 Aorus Pro AC, and that is usually the deciding factor when we try to determine the best B550 options.
Featured on the B550 Aorus Pro AC are 50A Power Stages, a direct 14 Phase VRM (12+2), support for up to 128GB DDR4-5200MHz memory, 2x M.2 slots (1x PCIe 4.0 x4), Intel AC 3168 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2, Realtek 2.5G LAN + ALC1220-VB Audio CODEC, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C), 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 + 6x USB 2.0 ports, 6x SATA III 6Gb/s ports, an internal USB 3.2 Gen 1 header, and BIOS Flashback.
At $190, the B550 Aorus Pro AC manages to pack some impressive connectivity options, on top of a real finned VRM heatsink and integrated I/O shield, into a package that lives up to the stellar design and build quality of the Aorus name. If you’re looking for a reliable platform to get the job done in gaming and light productivity work, the B550 Aorus Pro AC won’t disappoint.
Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT
The 3800XT, based on the performance of the 3800X, is unequivocally a powerhouse in workstation tasks, but it’s also exceptional for gaming. Now, Intel may still reign supreme for raw FPS performance, but the 3800XT is a phenomenal choice for builders who spend significantly more time clicking through timelines and 3D models rather than hitboxes. For those seeking the ultimate workstation performance while retaining excellent support for high-refresh 1440p gaming at max settings, enter the Asus ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming for $300.
The X570-E Gaming is another remarkable entry to Asus’s historied ROG STRIX series of products. ROG/STRIX components have always offered top-tier features and performance, and some of the best proprietary software solutions, user interfaces, and build quality all complimented by sharp design language.
The X570-E Gaming offers 60A Power Stages, a 16 Phase VRM (12+4), support for up to 128GB DDR4-4400MHz memory, 2x PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, Intel Gigabit LAN + AX200 Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0, Realtek 2.5G LAN, SupremeFX S1220A Audio CODEC, 8x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 is Type-C) ports, 8x SATA III 6Gb/s ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 internal headers, BIOS Flashback, and a POST code readout.
Asus has been one of the most popular and premier PC hardware manufacturers for what seems like an eternity, and it comes down to simple consistency. Of course, every company makes mistakes or missteps here and there, but it’s no coincidence Asus controlled at least 45% of the market share in the motherboard market (2017-2019). You’re always going to find rock-solid motherboard options in nearly any Asus lineup, and the X570-E Gaming is one of the best overall X570 motherboards available for the 3800XT.
If you’re not fond of Asus for some reason, or if you’re specifically looking for features like onboard Power/Reset and Clear CMOS buttons, check out the MSI MEG X570 Unify for the same price!
Best High-Performance Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT
When it comes to enthusiast-class X570 motherboards, at least ones that won’t cost you a month’s worth of utility bills, you have only a few options, all with relatively similar features and pricing. Today, our award for the best high-performance motherboard for the 3800XT goes to the MSI MEG X570 Ace. The X570 Ace certainly isn’t the king of the hill compared to something like the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme regarding VRM thermals, but that board costs $700. MSI’s X570 Ace is one of the most popular, well-reviewed, and well-rounded enthusiast X570 motherboards ($350-$700) with arguably the best balance of features, build quality and aesthetic design.
Here, $370 nets you 60A Power Stages, a 15 Phase VRM (12+2+1), support for up to 128GB DDR4-5000MHz memory, 3x PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, Intel Gigabit LAN + 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, 4x SATA III 6Gb/s ports, an internal USB 3.2 Gen 2 header, onboard Power/Reset buttons, Clear CMOS + BIOS Flashback buttons, and a POST code readout.
The X570 Ace is one of only two platforms MSI didn’t decide neglect after the release of X570 about a year ago. Many of the options priced under the Ace at the time, like the Gaming Edge Carbon and Gaming Edge (Wi-Fi), had worrisome issues with thermal throttling, even for 3600Xs! However, MSI eventually addressed those issues and, as a response, released their MEG X570 Unify, which is essentially a slightly more affordable, blacked-out version of the Ace. If you want one of the sleekest and most potent X570 motherboards on the market for a 3800XT, MSI has the Ace up their sleeve 😊.
Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT
We regularly mention the fact that mATX motherboards are overlooked and underappreciated, because it’s a crying shame we don’t see nearly as many high-end mATX options as we should. Until recently, there was only one mATX option for the X570 chipset from ASRock, and it wasn’t impressive. Much to our enjoyment, with the release of the new B550 chipset, we now have access to several mATX Ryzen motherboards with great VRMs, and the best of the bunch is the $180 Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi).
The B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) comes 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 5.0, 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.
Despite the general disinterest in comparison to full-sized ATX and mini-ITX PCs, mATX can offer the best of both worlds. This nifty little form factor allows you to reduce the overall size of your rig from standard ATX while avoiding much of the hassle associated with the extensive hardware compatibility research and tedious build process required for most mini-ITX systems. Now, thanks to Asus and their ubiquitous TUF Gaming series, we have a fantastic high-end mATX motherboard that’s capable of driving even a 3950X. If you’re finding yourself wanting a smaller build, but you don’t want a shoebox PC, the B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) offers the best mATX VRM quality and USB connectivity for Ryzen CPUs to date, making it the clear choice for those looking at the 3800XT.
Best mini-ITX Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3800XT
While we may not ever experience the same sort of droughts for mini-ITX motherboards that we do for mATX, there’s quite often one option that’s significantly better than most others on nearly every Intel or AMD chipset. That level of disparity applies for current-generation Ryzen, where the Asus ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming is unrivaled for high-end Ryzen builds at $250.
Asus has managed to cram an impressive feature-set onto this little guy with; 70A Power Stages, a 10 Phase VRM (8+2) with active cooling, support for up to 64GB of DDR4-4800MHz memory, 2x PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, Intel Gigabit 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.
Some of the new B550 motherboards do offer 90A Power Stages instead of the 70A ones found on the X570-I Gaming, but they’re only slightly better, and none that have 90A power stages offer 8 Phases for the VCore. The X570-I Gaming not only has best-in-class VRM performance for Ryzen mini-ITX motherboards, but it also sports the best rear I/O USB connectivity and memory overclocking support. Builders who want the best possible SFF (small form factor) PC for high-end Ryzen CPUs like the 3800XT, you cannot go wrong with the X570-I Gaming.
AMD has been on a roll with Ryzen and positively crushing the CPU market since Zen 2 launched a year ago. Now that we have the new B550 chipset, and the upcoming Matisse Refresh CPUs like the Ryzen 7 3800XT, builders almost have too many choices for their next PC! Zen 2 may not be a massive upgrade over Zen 2, but replacements for some of the best mid to high-end CPUs on the market are never a bad thing, plus we still get to look forward to the Zen 2 Renoir Ryzen 4000 APUs and Zen 3. Whatever your feelings are regarding any PC hardware company, competition is a beautiful thing, and we have a lot of exciting tech headed our way for the next several years because of it.
Best Entry-Level: Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC – This is the best option under $200 for builders looking to leverage PCIe 4.0 with a 3800XT, but who may not want to “waste” features like support for multiple Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSDs by buying X570. The B550 Aorus Pro AC also prioritizes rear I/O USB connectivity more than a majority of the other available B550 options.
Best Overall: Asus ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming – Consistency, quality, and reliability are typically the hallmarks of ROG STRIX products, and the X570-E Gaming is no different. With a rock-solid VRM, plenty of USB 3.2 and SATA III ports, and a POST code readout, Asus has one of the most well-rounded high-end X570 boards perfectly suited for the 3800XT. If you’re not a fan of Asus, or you specifically require onboard Power/Reset and Clear CMOS buttons, check out the MSI MEG X570 Unify the same price instead.
Best High-Performance: MSI MEG X570 Ace – The X570 Ace was the motherboard that weathered the storm of reports regarding thermal throttling issues with many of their mid-range options, and it also led to their eventual X570 Unify release as a response. For $370, the X570 Ace is one of the best enthusiast-class motherboards with a competent high-end VRM, gorgeous design, and similar features to even their own $700 MEG X570 Godlike or Gigabyte’s $700 X570 Aorus Xtreme.
Best mATX: Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) – Asus has interrupted the mATX drought for Ryzen motherboards with the superb B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi). The TUF Gaming series returns with its trademark digital camouflage aesthetic, excellent build quality, and best-in-class USB connectivity for $180.
Best mini-ITX: Asus ROG STRIX X570-I Gaming – Undeniably the best mini-ITX motherboard for mid to high-end Ryzen CPUs with an unrivaled VRM and massive USB connectivity when it comes to mini-ITX. If you’re thinking of grabbing a 3800XT, there is no better option on the market!
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