Best Motherboards 2019: For Gaming, by Socket and Chipset

Best AMD Motherboards: X570, X470, B450, X370 and X399



While the boards below are recommended for current AMD CPUs and APUs, big news from Computex has us looking forward to replacing at least all of our Socket AM4 recommendations: X570 brings with it full support for PCIe 4.0, including devices connected to both its CPU-integrated and chipset-based PCIe controllers, and the transfer rate between the CPU and chipset is likewise doubled. We saw a flurry of potential new stars from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI, before being disheartened by the news that their X470 predecessors will not support the PCIe 4.0 integrated into the new CPUs. If you’re getting a CPU and GPU, you’ll want the new board too.

If you’re not sure which chipset you’re after, or have more basic questions, you can visit our?motherboard basics and motherboard buying guide stories to help narrow down your board buying options.

Best AMD X570 Motherboard

Asus ROG Strix X570-E GamingAsus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

1. Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Best High-End X570 Motherboard

Rating: 4 / 5 (Editor's Choice)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 16 phases | PCIe x16: (3) v3.0 (x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/ x4) | USB Ports: 10Gbps: (7) Type-C, (1) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Pros: More USB3 Gen2 ports than competitors ? Good overclocking ? 2.5GbE plus Gigabit Ethernet plus WiFi 6 ? Cheaper than competing boards with above features

Cons: Only two M.2 connectors ? Efficiency could be better

The classically-oriented selection of drive interfaces doesn't make the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming the obvious choice as a "gaming" motherboard, but it still fills those needs while offering the same onboard controllers as competitors priced $30 more. The balance of great performance, features, and price make it a better value for power users.

Read Review: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-FiGigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

2. Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best Mid-Priced X570 Motherboard

Rating: 4.5 / 5 (Editor's Choice)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X570 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v4.0 | USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Pros: Low price for the feature set ? Debug LEDs ? Front and rear USB 3.1 Gen2 ports ? Wi-Fi included

Cons: Second M.2 slot is stuck under the GPU slot

The Aorus Pro Wi-Fi includes dual PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, integrated rear IO, Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax integration, a robust CPU voltage regulator, and four USB 3 Gen2 ports (single front/triple rear) to fill the connection needs of most builders, along with the stability? needed to make it our top choice for under $300.

Read Review: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best AMD X470 Motherboard

Biostar Racing X470GT8Biostar Racing X470GT8

1. Biostar Racing X470GT8

Best X470 Motherboard

Rating: 4 / 5 (Editor's Choice)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X470 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 12 phases | PCIe x16: (2) v3.0 (x16/x0, x8/x8, Raven Ridge at x8/x0) (1) v2.0 (x4) | USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A; 5Gb/s: (4) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Pros: Great CPU overclocking ? Great price for features ? Excellent baseline performance

Cons: Poor DRAM overclocking ? Not SLI compatible

The Racing X470GT8 makes an excellent case for Biostar’s claim of performance and overclocking value supremacy. The company understands that some enthusiasts just want performance, and that the key to performance often lies with overclocking. Buyers with those goals don’t tend an overloaded features set. Their money is better spent instead on a higher-end CPU and a big cooler to help push clock speeds to their limits. The Racing X470GT8 gets AMD fanatics there, without the increasingly niche Nvidia SLI support, which they might also find anathema as they shop for an AMD-based card to complete their build.

Read Review: Biostar Racing X470GT8

Best AMD B450 Motherboard

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/acASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

1. ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

Best B450 Motherboard

Rating: 4 / 5 (Editor's Choice)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Voltage Regulator: 8 phases | PCIe x16: (1) V3.0 (x16, Raven Ridge at x8) | USB Ports: 10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type-A; 5Gb/s: (2) Type-A, (2) USB 2.0 | Warranty: 3 years

Pros: Excellent CPU overclocking ? Competitive DRAM overclocking ? Low price

Cons: Not enough USB ports to satisfy some power users ? B450 limit of two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports ? Single M.2 storage interface

Motherboard makers love to load up tiny boards with high-end chipsets, but those boards often lack the bonus features that would have made the flagship chipset worthwhile. The Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac takes the opposite approach, offering most of the features of AMD’s lower-cost B450 chipset while retaining the overclockability associated with high-end motherboard models. That makes it a great option for Mini-ITX overclocking enthusiasts on a tight budget--or those who would just rather spend more on a better CPU or roomier, speedier storage.

Read Review: ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

Best AMD?X370 Motherboard

Asus ROG Strix X370-I GamingAsus ROG Strix X370-I Gaming

1. Asus ROG Strix X370-I Gaming

Best X370 Motherboard

Rating: 4.5 / 5 (Editor's Choice)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD X370 | Form Factor: Mini-ITX | Voltage Regulator: 6+2 phases | PCIe x16: (1) v3.0 (x16); (1) v2.0 (x4) | USB Ports: 10Gbps: (2) Type A; 5Gb/s: (4) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Pros: Above-average overclocking ? Smartly balanced feature set

Cons: Expensive ? No video output

Asus knocks it out of the park with the ROG Strix X370-I Gaming when it comes to Mini-ITX form factor motherboards. If money is no concern and building a water-cooled compact PC box is your goal, this board is the best we’ve seen by far. Asus’ clever M.2 housing for the primary NVMe drive gives users the option of deploying additional snappy storage without sacrificing important connectors, cabling, or cooling, which is critical for this type of product. Tie that in with Asus’ excellent feature set, overclocking success, and performance, and we’ve got ourselves a clear winner.

Read Review: Asus ROG Strix X370-I Gaming

Best AMD?X399 Motherboard

1. Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha X399

Best X399 Motherboard

Rating: 4 / 5 (Editor's Choice)

Socket: AM4 | Chipset: X399 | Form Factor: ATX | Voltage Regulator: 16+4 phases | PCIe x16: () v3.0 (x16/x8/x16/x8) | USB Ports: 10Gbps:(3) Type A, (1) Type C; 5Gb/s: (8) Type A | Warranty: 3 years

Pros: Overclocking headroom to spare ? Fully kitted ensemble ? Aggressive aesthetic

Cons: E-ATX is big ? DIMM removal is a hassle ?? Extreme alpha pricing

Power users will want to pick up the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Xtreme because of its impressive ability to manage higher-wattage workloads and parts when combined with custom loops and ample radiator space. The voltage regulator cooler alone eliminates the need for a monoblock, and could tip the high-wattage value proposition back in Gigabyte’s favor for a fully equipped motherboard.

If 10Gb Ethernet is not needed, we still recommend the Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7 for full-sized builds. And the ASRock X399M Taichi still opens the door for HEDT builders on the value front. Still, if overclocking high-end processors is your thing, it’s hard to look past the heatsinks on the Aorus Xtreme.

Read Review: Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha


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  • abryant
  • tomasf
    Is there any mobo with Thunderbolt 3 that you can recommend?
  • roy.a.dejesus
    What's considered the best/smallest mini-itx mb and case combo for the Ryzen5 2400G? No discrete vc will be used. I want this to be as transportable as possible.
  • rettinger
    The Biostar X370 newegg link says that it's out of stock and may not be restocked. So, I'm not sure that's a helpful suggestion.
  • Soaptrail
    Are AMD 470 motherboards not mass produced yet? Not one is on this list.
  • tyrii
    Hi Thomas,
    There seems to be mistake on the pricing of the Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming or the $80 price tag is for another motherboard.
  • thalian
    1. The above comment is correct. I only WISH the Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming mobo was available for $80!!! That link actually goes to Amazon's listing for the previous board: ASRock H370M PRO4 .
    2. Why no other boards priced under $200? And why only 6 Intel mainstream LGA-1151 boards? There's a ton of them out there and there have to be more than 6 that are good to use.
  • tazmo8448
    Yeah I'd like to see the AMD X470 boards reviewed per Soaptrails post.
  • dahenger
    AMD X470 please.
  • Jungstar
    No full size b450 of b350 nor micro atx boards???
  • Frederic Jeanbart
    Best X299... For Gaming. Ok. Now, when will there be a serious article for such high end motherboards that actually aren't made for gaming but rather content creation, engineering, etc.?
  • kep55
    I agree with Frederic Jeanbart. I use my old Gigabyte MA770-UD3 based unit for work not wasting time. How about some info on work and mainstream mobos?
  • Frederic Jeanbart
    Why don't you update this list, instead of solely modifying its date so as to make it look recent ? There are newer mobo on the X299 block...
  • Tanyac
    Your data on the MSI XPower Gameing AC is incorrect.
    The board has 2 x Intel GBe LAN ports, not one.
    There are 3 motherboard mounted M.2 Slots. The firsts two come from the chipset, not the CPU. The third is from the CPU. The M.2 expander card anables you to connect another two M.2 drives via a PCIe slot to the CPU lanes.
  • mhamad.canaan
    what about best Mobo for gaming that also supports generation 9 CPU?
  • vark8
    WTF?! WHY is this missing x470 and b450?! Ppl are still buying 3 series?? I thought we have moved on to the 4 series???
  • comedichistorian
    Asus used to dominate these comparisons but they barely have any representation for Intel and they've completely dropped off the face of the Earth in the X299 category.
  • DotNetMaster777
    Intel Motherboards family seems to be good enough for this price !!
  • rolli59
    Strange to only have mITX B450 board! I am sure most gamers are after ATX solution.
  • dennphill
    I am with Jungstar...I don't see any B350 or B450 mATX boards. (I got the title, 'Toms Best Motherboards for 2019 by Socket and Chipset.' You need to add: '...and by form factor.' Thanks, anyway.
  • Soaptrail
    Thanks for the update but 2 out of 4 AMD boards are not ATX size, interesting. Hopefully both these small boards have full size ATX variants.
  • g-unit1111
    Yeah I was wondering about the ATX size as well. I would think the ROG Strix B450-F would qualify as one of the best ATX B450 boards, if not the best.
  • DMAN999
    I own the Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming (with Ryzen 5 2600 and 16 GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200) and I am very happy with it.
    It has every feature I needed and I got it for a Great price ($90).
    The MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon AC was the other MB I considered when putting this build together, it rated very well in quite a few reviews.
  • fraserlawrence
    Hi Tomshardware editors and readers, I would very much appreciate some guidance on how to improve my new system. I am currently looking at the motherboard options for Ryzen 3700x vs i7-9700k. My current system is totally built off your recommendations in 2014 and has been working wonderfully, thank you all so much! I recently upgraded my gtx 970 to a 2070 super, and now my 4 core i-5 4690K OC to 4.4 Ghz is causing some stuttering and slowdowns in Far Cry 5 and AC Odyssey. I'm deciding between Ryzen 3700x and an i-7 9700k, and the cost of the ram, motherboard, and cooler may help sway me in one direction or another.