February 4, 2023
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Best Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

Best Motherboard for Ryzen 9 7950X

Introduction

With the release of any new CPU comes a whole host of other products for you to choose from. You got the option to pick up some more RAM, possibly buy a new power supply, but the most important component is of course your motherboard. With AMD’s Ryzen 7000 release we’ve been given four chipsets to sink our teeth into with X670E at the top, and B650 being more budget-oriented.

Choosing a new motherboard can be difficult. You’re forced to weigh up all of the best features, while determining which motherboard would be suit your use-case. However, we’ve done the hard part for you! We’ve rounded up the best motherboards for Ryzen 7000 CPUs. We’ll be covering a wide range of features, chipsets, and of course price points!

Suggested Article: AMD X670E VS X670 Motherboards – Key Differences & What To Expect

How Do You Choose A Chipset?

The chipset of a motherboard determines the features you’ll have access to, so rightfully choosing one can be complicated. And with there being four chipsets on the AM5 platform, this can make matters difficult. So how do you choose? Well first off is likely to be your budget. Each chipset will have a particular demographic of people in mind with regards to pricing options.

MSI MEG X670E ACE Review - CPU Cover Off

With Ryzen 7000 motherboards, the B-series of chipsets will be your go-to choice if you’re trying to build a cheaper and slightly more budget oriented system. This means you’ll likely be looking at either B650 motherboards, or potentially B650E boards. For mid-range users you’ll want to look at some of the slightly more expensive B650E boards and X670 boards. And for enthusiasts looking to kit out a mega PC, X670 and X670E motherboards will be the best choice here. Although we don’t have any official pricing as of yet, AMD has followed the same pattern of motherboard chipsets for quite a while, so these are our recommended options based on your budget.

Another way to determine which chipset is best for you, is by evaluating your use-case. What I mean by this, is determine what kind of PC you’re looking to outfit and the kind of things you’d like to do. If you’re an overclocker, we’d immediately point you towards either of the ‘E’ chipsets as these are designed best for overclocking. Or if you’re looking to build a top-end specced out system, then the X670E chipset would be a good place to start. There are many different use-cases and options available, so we recommend looking at our chipset comparisons like B650E vs B650 to check out the key differences between them.

AM5 Motherboard Manufacturers

During Computex of 2022 AMD announced all of the major manufacturers that would be releasing motherboards with the new Ryzen 7000 CPUs. With varying different takes on motherboards with a vast range of features, designs and prices we’ve noted down some of our favourites below:

Top 3 Motherboard Picks

Below we’ve grabbed three motherboards from the list and given them a GeekaWhat award as our favourite choices. Each of the motherboards we’ve picked out provide a wide range of features, aesthetics and varying price points.

Best Enthusiast AM5 Motherboard – MSI MEG X670E GODLIKE

MSI X670E GodLike
ProsCons
✅ Perfect for overclocking.
✅ Looks awesome.
✅ Widepsread PCI-E 5.0 across the entire motherboard.
❌ Very, very expensive.
❌E-ATX design will limit case choices.
❌No USB4 ports.

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Best Aesthetic AM5 Motherboard – ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara

ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara - ASRock Product Pages
ProsCons
✅ Marbled design looks incredible.
✅ Two USB4 ports.
✅ Massive overclocking capability.
❌ Quite pricey.
❌ White design won’t appeal to everyone.
❌ Not that much PCI-E 5.0

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Best ITX AM5 Motherboard – ASUS ROG Strix X670E-I

ASUS ROG STRIX X670E-I Whole Motherboard
ProsCons
✅ Comes with two USB4 ports.
✅ Fully WiFi 6E capable.
✅ Crammed with a huge amount of rear IO.
❌ Only two DIMM slots.
❌ Only one PCI-E 5.0 slot.
❌ Only comes with 2.5 Gigabit LAN.

Buy the ASUS ROG Strix X670E-I on:

Our Recommendations

1. MSI Pro X670-P WiFi

MSI Pro X670-P WiFi

Key Specs:

  • VRM Power Phases: 14+2+1
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 2x PCI-E 4.0, 1x PCI-E 3.0
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 M.2, 3x PCI-E 4.0 M.2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Rear): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
  • High Speed USB Ports (Front): 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
  • Networking: AMD WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

First off is MSI‘s Pro X670-P WiFi board. Adopting a relatively simplistic aesthetic with more exposed PCB, this motherboard is one of the more budget friendly options available on the X670 chipset, but still stacked with features. This board comes with one PCI-E 5.0 M.2 slot ready for the latest SSDs. This board will also provide very stable overclocking with the 17 phase power design and cooling over the VRMs. You’ve also got plenty rear IO, the MSI Pro X670-P has four USB 3.2 ports with the Type-C port supporting up to 20GB/s.

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2. Gigabyte X670 AORUS Elite AX

Gigabyte AORUS X670 Elite AX Whole Motherboard

Key Facts:

  • VRM Power Phases: 16+2+2
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 2x PCI-E 4.0, 1x PCI-E 3.0
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 M.2, 3x PCI-E 4.0 M.2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Rear): 2x USB 3.2 Gen2, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 , 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Front): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • Networking: AMD WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

Gigabyte‘s X670 AORUS Elite is another more budget oriented designed to give consumers the option to maximise features while still being slightly price conscious. On the rear IO, you’ve got a wide range of high speed USB ports of which they’re predominantly USB 3.2 Gen1. And on the front you’ve got a similar amount while opening up the option for 20GB/s with the Type-C port. This board also comes with WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gigabit LAN, and plenty of storage slots, with one of them providing PCI-E 5.0 compatibility for the next generation of M.2 SSDs.

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3. ASUS Prime X670E-Pro

ASUS Prime X670E Whole Motherboard

Key Facts:

  • VRM Power Phases: 16+2+2?
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0?, 1x PCI-E 4.0?
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 M.2, 2x PCI-E 4.0 M.2, 1x PCI-E 3.0 M.2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Rear): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C, 5x USB 3.2 Gen2, 7x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • High Speed USB Ports (Front): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C?, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C?, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1?
  • Networking: AMD WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

Move up towards the more expensive chipset options, we’ve picked the ASUS Prime X670E-Pro. Although this board offers more in terms of features compared to some other available chipsets, this motherboard will be great for the more price conscious buyer. Equipped with numerous slots for SSDs, including one which is PCI-E 5.0 compatible. On the networking side you’ve got the option between integrated high speed WiFi 6E for those that don’t want to do extra cable managing. Alternatively, you’ve also got access to 2.5 Gigabit LAN which will be perfect for games and file transfers!

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4. ASUS ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming WiFi

ASUS ROG STRIX X670E-I Whole Motherboard

Key Facts:

  • VRM Power Phases: 18+2+1?
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0?
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 M.2, 1x PCI-E 4.0 M.2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Rear): 2x USB4, 7x USB 3.2 Gen2, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • High Speed USB Ports (Front): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C?, 1x USB, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1?
  • Networking: AMD WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

Next up is the ASUS ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming WiFi board. This small form factor Mini-ITX motherboard absolutely packs a punch when it comes to features. You’ve got access to PCI-E 5.0 off the bat, in the form of an M.2 slot, which you can further expand using the included ROG FPS-II card. On the networking side, this board is equipped with super fast WiFi 6E, and 2.5 Gigabit LAN, removing poor connection during your games. And for the rear IO you’ve got a whopping seven USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, along with two of the latest USB4 ports, designed for blazing fast connection.

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5. ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara

ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara - ASRock Product Pages

Key Facts:

  • VRM Power Phases: 24+2+1
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 2x PCI-E 5.0
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 M.2, 3x PCI-E 4.0 M.2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Rear): 2x USB4, 5x USB 3.2 Gen2, 3x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • High Speed USB Ports (Front): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C, 1x USB, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • Networking: AMD WiFi 6E, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

ASRock‘s X670E Taichi Carrara board is one of my personal favourites based on its incredible white marble extended heatsink design. If you’re looking to fit out a powerful white themed build, this motherboard will be an absolutely brilliant choice. In terms of features this board has it all. 27 power phases for overclocking, dual PCI-E 5.0 slots along with a Gen5 SSD slot too. You’ve also got USB4 on the rear along with a myriad of other high speed ports. And the Taichi Carrara also has top-end networking capability with WiFi 6E, and a 2.5 Gigabit LAN port.

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6. MSI MEG X670E GODLIKE

MSI X670E GodLike

Key Facts:

  • VRM Power Phases: 24+2+1
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 3x PCI-E 5.0
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 M.2, 3x PCI-E 4.0 M.2
  • High Speed USB Ports (Rear): 7x USB 3.2 Gen2, 2x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C
  • High Speed USB Ports (Front): 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C, 1x USB, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • Networking: AMD WiFi 6E, 10 Gigabit LAN, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

Finally is the holy grail of all motherboards, MSI’s MEG X670E GODLIKE. This board is probably the most expensive option on the AM5 platform, but arguably you get what you pay for. Fit with an LCD screen where you can monitor your temperatures or play a funny GIF. There’s also widespread PCI-E 5.0 across the entire board, along with numerous high speed USB ports (there are too many to count). On the networking side you’ve also got dual ethernet ports with one of them being 10 Gigabit optimised for pure speed. This board is big, and pricey, but damn is it awesome!

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Jay joined Geeka Media in April of 2022, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and a background in Computer Science. Jay is an avid gamer, keyboard-builder and tech wizz with years of PC-building passion under his belt.