March 24, 2023
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Best Motherboards to Buy for the Ryzen 5 7600X

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Introduction

Motherboards are an essential purchase for any new PC build. Consumers are required to pick a chipset, assign themselves a budget, and throw themselves into the deep-end. With the introduction of new CPU generations, the motherboard market is becoming all the more complicated, especially for first-time builders.

However, with the decreasing price of CPUs and motherboards slowly getting better, it makes perfect sense for new builders to purchase some new components. However, how do you choose? Should AMD’s Ryzen 5 7600X be paired with a top-end or budget motherboard? Can you overclock the 7600X, and is it worth it?

All of these questions are vital considerations for consumers purchasing a new motherboards. However, we’ll be answering all of these questions to make your life easier with a GeekaWhat motherboard roundup. We’ll be delving into a range of options that are ideal to pair up with the Ryzen 5 7600X. We’ll also be looking at the performance metrics of this CPU with our main recommendations sitting in the latter-half of this buyers guide.

Suggested Article: AMD Ryzen 5 7600X Review – Architecture, Gaming Benchmarks & Thermals

Our Top Choices

Keep reading for a more in-depth coverage of each motherboard in this roundup!

Ryzen 7000 CPUs – Are They Any Good?

The big question that arises with any new generation of CPU is ‘how do they perform?’. AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs were advertised as the answer to Intel’s 12th-Gen range, but sadly the metrics were somewhat disappointing. At the top-end of the available SKUs, AMD provided excellent CPUs that have strong metrics in both single and multi core applications. But as we move down towards the more budget and mid-range options, the value starts become slightly weaker to a degree. This doesn’t necessarily mean CPUs like the Ryzen 5 7600X or 7700X are bad, but when compared to other available options on the market, you might be better off picking an alternative.

If we take a look at the graph that we’ve provided, the Ryzen 5 7600X is sitting towards the bottom of the graph on a max threads benchmark. When compared to the rest of the graph, this is pretty weak performance overall. However, this is a multithreaded benchmark, so the 7600X is almost at a disadvantage due to the lower core count. In the TimeSpy Extreme benchmark which is oriented towards single threaded performance, we’re seeing very similar metrics here too. The 7600X does tend to offer relatively strong single core performance, but this benchmark does somewhat demonstrate the opposite.

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If we start to look at pricing, the 7600X does sit at a competitive price point compared to some of Intel’s offerings, but we do feel the price could be better considering the performance metrics. Overall, the 7600X will be fine for 1080P and 1440P gaming, but keep in mind that there are strong alternatives that can offer better metrics at similar price points. We recommend checking out our in-depth coverage on the Ryzen 5 7600X for a better insight on the pros and cons of this CPU.

Which Chipsets are Best?

The new set of Ryzen CPUs offered a brand new range of chipsets, with two of them providing ‘Extreme’ versions which are more geared towards overclocking. Although the Ryzen 5 7600X is more of a mid-range processor, the available chipsets have a plethora of options providing consumers with plenty to choose from. When it comes to a particular chipset, I’d say that this is dependent on your use-case. If you plan on pushing your 7600X to the limit in terms of overclocking, the X670E and B650E chipsets will be more ideal.

As a smaller point, the 7600X is also fully overclockable, so picking up a motherboard that has more VRM power phases is worth some consideration. However, these boards do come with a significant premium that will put off plenty of consumers. Not only this, you’ll also need to consider picking up a better CPU cooler if you plan on overclocking, as the wattage and power necessary to drive a higher clock speed will affect thermals.

If you’re trying to be somewhat more price conscious in your purchases, the B650 chipset offers plenty of budget and mid-range boards that will be ideal for this. Use-case is one of the singular most important considerations when deciding on the kind of components that you’ll need for your system. We recommend checking out our chipset comparisons for some more context on the kind of features, and options you’ll have available with each set of motherboards

Our Top Motherboard Picks

Now for the most important part of the article – the recommendations. Below we’ve picked out a range of motherboards from three different chipsets. The boards we’ve picked cover a myriad of different features and price points, providing options for a plethora of consumers.

1. ASRock B650E Steel Legend WiFi

ASRock B650E Steel Legend WiFi

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Supported Memory: 128GB DDR5 6600MHz
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16 Slot
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 x4 Slot, 2x PCI-E 4.0 x4 Slots
  • Rear IO: 2x USB 3.2 Gen2, 4x USB 3.2 Gen1, 2x USB 2.0
  • Networking: 2.5 Gigabit LAN, WiFi 6E

First off in our roundup is a motherboard that we’ve recommended a few times from ASRock, the B650E Steel Legend. ASRock is one of the best manufacturers when it comes to aesthetic, with all of their available PCBs offering a unique design that provides some depth and contrast towards your PC build. The majority of manufacturers make up the difference by cramming the board with heatsinks, but ASRock go one step further by adding extra design elements to the PCB. The Steel Legend offers an awesome camo aesthetic with some RGB here and there on the board that adds some extra flair.

Looking at the features, the Steel Legend has plenty of options when it comes to upgradeability. Consumers have access to Gen5 GPU and SSD slots allowing users to upgrade once we see new components enter the market. Rear IO is pretty strong on this board with numerous high speed options. There are a couple of USB 2.0 options, but the majority of the ports on this motherboard are newer high speed USBs. The Steel Legend also comes equipped with an integrated GPU holder, which will remove some stress with larger and heavier cards.

Pros

  • Awesome and unique aesthetic.
  • Offers Gen5 slots.
  • Perfect for RGB lovers.

Cons

  • Rear IO is bulked up with USB 2.0.
  • Second PCI-E x16 slot is Gen3 instead of Gen4.

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2. ASUS TUF Gaming X670E-Plus WiFi

ASUS TUF Whole Motherboard

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Supported Memory: 128GB DDR5 6400MHz
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-E 4.0 x16 Slot
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 x4 Slot, 2x PCI-E 4.0 x4 Slots, 1x PCI-E 3.0 x4 Slots
  • Rear IO: 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 4x USB 3.2 Gen2, 5x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • Networking: 2.5 Gigabit LAN, WiFi 6E

Next up is the TUF Gaming X670E-Plus WiFi from ASUS, which is a motherboard that we’ve reviewed in full before. This TUF gaming board is one of the few X670E options which comes in at a more reasonable price point. Despite the slightly more competitive pricing, the TUF Gaming X670E comes loaded with excellent features. Design wise, the TUF Gaming sports an industrial-oriented theme which looks awesome. Consumers will be able to see various heatsinks also adopting this theme adding some extra flair to the board. There is some more exposed PCB on this particular option, but I don’t think it takes away from the overall look.

Moving onto the features, this ATX board has plenty of options for consumers to sink their teeth into. Gen5 is a mainstay on this board, with two slots for a graphics card and an SSD. The rest of the slots are predominantly Gen4 options which still provides excellent bandwidth and compatibility with some of the latest components. Rear IO is excellent with strong networking options, and no USB 2.0 in sight, which means all of the back panel ports are high speed which is great to see. This board is a little bit lacking on RGB, but arguably for the price, this won’t be an issue for most consumers.

Pros

  • Excellent industrial-themed aesthetic.
  • No USB 2 ports in sight!
  • Strong Gen5 support.

Cons

  • Not much in the way of RGB.
  • Will be slightly more expensive compared to other options.

Buy the ASUS TUF Gaming X670E-Plus WiFi on:

3. ASRock B650E PG-ITX

ASRock B650E PG-ITX

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Mini-ITX
  • Supported Memory: 128GB DDR5 6400MHz
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 x16 Slot
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 1x PCI-E 5.0 x4 Slot
  • Rear IO: 4x USB 3.2 Gen2, 4x USB 2.0
  • Networking: 2.5 Gigabit LAN, WiFi 6E

Next up in our roundup is ASRock‘s B650E PG-ITX. We thought it would be apt to provide a cheaper and smaller option for those building a price conscious and compact system. It can be difficult to find ITX boards at a somewhat reasonable price point, but this ASRock board has an excellent set of features ideal for the majority of consumers. The design is a bit lacking on this motherboard, but based on the fact that this is a much smaller PCB, this won’t be a deal-breaker for most. However, ASRock have provided some nice accents on the rear IO plate which add some extra flair.

Features wise, despite utilising the Mini-ITX form factor, there’s plenty of great options on this board when it comes to slots and ports. On the GPU front, consumers only have access to one x16 option, but this is a Gen5 slot, so there’s some upgradeability available later down the line. The M.2 SSD slot shares a similar situation, so consumers will need to be a little bit more conscious in terms of storage space. The USB options are a bit more minimal on this motherboard, but there’s still eight ports on offer which should be enough for most. Networking is also solid with the PG-ITX providing 2.5 Gigabit LAN and WiFi 6E for those that prefer wired or wireless.

Pros

  • Gen5 slots for a GPU and SSD.
  • Solid networking options.
  • Offers 7.1 CH HD audio.

Cons

  • Rear IO is slightly weaker than other options.
  • Mini-ITX form factor will limit case options.

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4. MSI MAG B650M Mortar WiFi

MSI B650 MAG Whole Board

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Micro-ATX
  • Supported Memory: 128GB DDR5 6400MHz
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 2x PCI-E 4.0 x16 Slot
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 2x PCI-E 4.0 x4 Slot
  • Rear IO: 4x USB 3.2 Gen1, 3x USB 3.2 Gen2, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C
  • Networking: 2.5 Gigabit LAN, WiFi 6E

Next up is MSI‘s MAG B650M Mortar WiFi, which is a motherboard that we reviewed during the release of the B650 and B650E chipsets. The MAG Mortar is one of the cheapest mid-range options available on this chipset. Although B650 motherboards sacrifice some features in order to decrease the cost, they still end up coming with excellent features. In terms of the design, the Mortar is an all-black motherboard with plenty of heatsinks covering the PCB. I’m a big fan of the Mortar logos and design, and the matte black look across the board will blend in relatively well.

Moving onto the features, the B650M Mortar has plenty of options despite being a smaller Micro-ATX motherboard. USB ports are very strong, the entire board has high speed USB 3.2 ports with no USB 2.0 options in sight. The rear IO also houses a full audio suite complete with S/PDIF out, ideal for those that have surround sound or high quality speaker setups. The PCI-E slots on this motherboard are Gen4 options which is the only downside, but considering there aren’t any Gen5 options on the market as of yet, this won’t be a deal-breaker for the majority of consumers.

Pros

  • Very strong rear IO options.
  • Full audio suite is a nice touch.
  • All-black design looks great.

Cons

  • No Gen5 slots.
  • Not much in the way of RGB lighting.

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5. Gigabyte B650 Gaming X AX

Gigabyte B650 Gaming X AX

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Supported Memory: 128GB DDR5 6400MHz
  • PCI-E x16 Slots: 1x PCI-E 4.0 x16 Slot, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 Slot
  • PCI-E x4 Slots: 3x PCI-E 4.0 x4 Slot
  • Rear IO: 3x USB 3.2 Gen1, 2x USB 3.2 Gen2, 3x USB 2.0
  • Networking: 2.5 Gigabit LAN, WiFi 6E

For our final option we’ve picked out another budget-oriented board from Gigabyte, the B650 Gaming X AX. This particular motherboard is one of the cheaper options on the B650 chipset, hence the more relaxed and minimal aesthetic that we can see on the PCB. Admittedly, this motherboard isn’t much of a looker despite Gigabyte’s efforts to provide some logos and extra colour for some contrast. However, I’d argue that considering the price of this motherboard and it’s budget nature, that most consumers won’t be particularly bothered about the aesthetic on offer.

Taking a look at the features, the B650 Gaming X AX has a reasonable set of IO, with the majority of the USB ports offering blazing-fast speeds. USB 2.0 has made an appearance here to bulk up the ports, which is likely down to reducing costs. Looking at PCI-E slots, the Gaming X AX has plenty of options for storage and graphics card installation, with the available slots utilising the Gen4 standard. This does mean there isn’t any upgradeability for PCI-E 5.0 components, but this isn’t likely to be a deal-breaker for most. This board also features integrated WiFi 6E, making it ideal for those that don’t want to run cables to their router.

Pros

  • One of the cheapest B650 options.
  • Offers integrated WiFi 6E support.
  • Still supports the current generation of graphics cards.

Cons

  • Overall aesthetic isn’t great.
  • No Gen5 compatibility.

Buy the Gigabyte B650 Gaming X AX on:

editor
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.