GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

What’s the Recent Buyer’s Report

Those people who recently bought this motherboard were delighted with its performance with Zen and Zen+ processors. Those who are considering it for Zen2 CPUs can get the F41 version, which comes with pre-updated BIOS compatible with Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. For budget processors, this motherboard is an excellent offering from Gigabyte. If you don’t have money to consider an Aorus motherboard for your build, just simply go with it.

Why it stands out to us

As this motherboard will pair up with a cheap APU, we don’t need to go with some super expensive options, and that’s the only reason to pick and put this motherboard top on the list. There are all necessary features, and additionally, this motherboard supports NVMe modules while we’ve also seen some competitors for the same price, and it lacks M.2 slot. Four memory slots support DDR4 3200 MHz RAM and two PCIe x16 slots for multiple AMD graphics cards.

Who will use this motherboard most

Pre-Build PCs come at very high prices, and not everyone can afford that, so building a budget gaming build this motherboard will be a solid foundation for it. It’s too cheap but offering everything you need for your gaming build. No matter if you are building gaming or a productivity build, this motherboard will work best with them.

Bottom Line

The six USB 3.1 ports and about eight USB 2.0 ports make this motherboard the best in connectivity options for such a low price. It can connect multiple monitors because of the HDMI and DVI ports, and you can get the display of the integrated graphics without even installing a dedicated graphics card. Some users might not like the chipset and VRM cooling solution in this motherboard, which limits the overclocking power of the processor with it.

Pros
  • Best value motherboard.
  • Comes at a very budget-friendly price.
  • Compatible with Ryzen 3000 series processors.
  • Enough space between CPU and memory slots for coolers.
  • AMD Crossfire compatible.
Cons
  • Chipset cooling could be much better.
  • It's 2021 and still using BIOS.
  • Sometimes NVMe fails to register the drive.

ASRock B450M PRO4

What’s Recent Buyer’s Report

Most of the users praise this motherboard because of the pair of M.2 slots for NVMe drives, AMD Crossfire technology, and 64 GB memory support. Also, ASRock claims that their motherboards are made up of high-density glass fiber, making them durable and prevents the motherboard from humidity. Users are claiming that they took their Ryzen 5, 2000 series processors to 4 GHz with this budget motherboard, which is surprising for most of us.

Why it stands out to us

This motherboard’s price is slightly lower than the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H, but we’ve found more features on this motherboard. This motherboard handles overclocking of Zen+ processors to a great extent; all you need is a good aftermarket cooler because most of the time, stock ones don’t handle such heat. This motherboard is also compatible with water cooling solutions and supports three modes, which you can select according to your processor’s overclocking and TDP.

Who will use this motherboard most

If you are looking for something cheaper than the motherboard mentioned above but with more number of storage and connectivity options, then it’s a great option that you can consider. There are output ports on this motherboard, which allows you to connect multiple monitors and supports excellent resolution with the AMD APUs integrated graphics.

Bottom Line

ASRock motherboards are much cheaper than any other option in the market, but the company doesn’t compromise its quality. One great thing you will get in this motherboard is the overclocking power, which amazed me as to how can an entry-level motherboard overclocking Zen+ processors that much. Though the company proved this with their product, we can consider this motherboard for Ryzen 3 2200g.

Pros
  • Can overclock the Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.2 GHz.
  • Has 2x RGB headers.
  • 2x M.2 slots for NVMe.
  • Excellent practical layout.
  • Supports up to three monitors.
Cons
  • SATA ports are not enough.
  • Overclocking potential could be much better.

MSI ProSeries B450-A Pro Max

What’s Recent Buyer’s Report

This motherboard works flawlessly with the Ryzen 3 2200G. If you plan to upgrade to Ryzen 3000 series processors, it’s super easy to flash BIOS. This motherboard comes fully compatible with Ryzen 2000 and 3000 series processors and gives the best performance that everyone likes to have. The overclocking performance of this motherboard with Zen2 processors is not that good because of the weaker chipset and VRMs, but still, it allows you to do little tweaks with the overclocking settings. So installing a Zen2 CPU and running them at stock clocks is not a deal for this motherboard.

Why it stands out to us

We picked this motherboard for this list over others because of the MSI gaming ports, especially the features they offer for gamers in their motherboards. We don’t need multiple graphics card slots for a motherboard when going with APU because most users consider them because they don’t want to get some dedicated graphics card. Still, if you’re going to get some there, you have a PCIe x16 slot with MSI Steel Armor that allows you to install any big graphics card on this board.

Who will use this motherboard most

Those users who got more money to invest in the motherboard can get something above any entry-level motherboard, and MSI ProSeries B450-A is one of them. This motherboard also has everything you need and offers more than expected features like six SATA 6GBPS slots, comes compatible with AMD Crossfire technology, and many more things. Long story short, if you are looking for something lower than B450 Tomahawk but without compromising too much on the features, this motherboard is for you.

Bottom Line

MSI ProSeries motherboards aim to give users maximum possible features for a minimal price that every budget and the mainstream user can afford. The motherboard we’ve there is ProSeries B450-A Pro, which comes compatible with Ryzen 2000 & 3000 series processors. It’s not an entry-level motherboard; in fact, there are some features that we mostly see in the premium or at least mid-range motherboards.

Pros
  • Cheapest Ryzen 3000 ready motherboard.
  • Features enriched ATX motherboard.
  • No RGBs might be appealing for some users.
  • Enough number of USB ports.
Cons
  • Brown colored PCB.
  • Nothing else.

Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H

What’s Recent Buyer’s Report

Usually, entry-level motherboards don’t have M.2 slots or these kinds of features that Gigabyte GA-A320M is offering for this price. This motherboard comes with the latest BIOS pre-installed means you don’t need the Zen+ CPU to update this board’s BIOS to install Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. The AM4 socket is compatible with both newer and some older processors from the A-series. Much inexpensive motherboard that has this kind of feature. The downside of this motherboard comes with two memory slots, and you can’t think about overclocking the processor with this motherboard.

Why it stands out to us

Some users don’t want to go with expensive choices when considering some budget or entry-level processor, so there is a cheaper option for them with a basic A320 chipset. This motherboard has a low number of features than B350, but this particular motherboard offers M.2 slots while most of its competitors don’t. This board will not cost you more than fifty bucks, but there are a couple of these cutting down for that price, and you will not going to see them in your build.

Who will use this motherboard most

Some users don’t want to spend much on the motherboard, and instead, they can invest that amount on some other components like the graphics card. There is a much cheaper option that you can consider for your gaming build if you are one. These motherboards come with fundamental features, and you even can’t update their BIOS without having some compatible CPU to post and go to the BIOS to install the newer one. But as you are saving money, you have to make some compromises on features.

Bottom Line

The A320 chipset motherboards are cheaper than B450 or B350. It would help if you also compromised on overclocking the processor and a couple of other features like the low storage and connectivity ports. Overall these motherboards can be used with Ryzen 2000 and 3000 series processors as I’ve seen people using Ryzen 5 3600 with some A320 chipset motherboard, and it works great as far as you don’t overclock the processor.

Pros
  • Cheapest motherboard.
  • Comes with M.2 slot.
  • Enough connectivity and storage ports.
  • Practical design layout.
Cons
  • Doesn’t have a heatsink over VRM.

Asus TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING

What’s Recent Buyer’s Report

ASUS TUF series motherboards were previously known for their durability as these motherboards have many protectors and guards installed, while this one is another excellent example of that. The build quality and features of this motherboard are much better as it used to be, and also the company has added some premium features like RGB lights integrated on the motherboard, a full-sized IO cover, and an extended heatsink over the VRM and surprisingly, you are getting all these things for a low price.

Why it stands out to us

This motherboard is powerful enough, and it can easily overclock the Ryzen 3 2200G to 3.8 GHz with the stock cooler, and if you are going with some aftermarket cooler, you can play more with the clocks. There are nice-looking RGB lights on this motherboard, which you can control from Windows applications. The connectivity options on this motherboard are tremendous, and more interestingly, it comes compatible with all of the Ryzen 2nd generation processors out of the box.

Who will use this motherboard most

ASUS TUF series motherboards are known for their durability as they have anti-surge protectors and many other things that prevent your motherboard from electric shocks. Building a gaming machine that has to run throughout the day; this motherboard is best for you. There are ASUS TUF protectors on this motherboard, TUF chokes, TUF LAN Guard, Military-grade components, and everything that prevents the motherboard from any damage from electricity. With all these components, the price of this motherboard is slightly high, but it worth it.

Bottom Line

This motherboard is compatible with all three generations of Ryzen processors. All you need is to update BIOS if going with the 3rd generation. For the last two generations, you can simply put the processor and run it. This motherboard’s overclocking potential is excellent as it has a better VRM cooling solution and extended heatsinks over it. This motherboard is exceptional from every aspect; however, a pair of M.2 slots would be much better as we’ve seen in other B450 motherboards.

Pros
  • Comes with a Lan guard.
  • Chokes and all other protectors.
  • High-density glass fiber.
  • RGB lights and full-sized IO cover.
  • Ryzen 3000 processors are compatible.
Cons
  • Slightly expensive.

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max

What’s Recent Buyer’s Report

Most users praise this motherboard because of the Ryzen 3000 series processor’s support, also compatible with DDR4 3200 MHz RAM and, more excitingly, its overclocking power. B450 Tomahawk Max has one of the greatest VRM with extended heatsinks over them, which offers you great overclocking extent, and you can push the clock limits of your processor with this motherboard.

Why it stands out to us

The extended CPU VRM heatsinks, onboard RGB lights, and USB 3.1 Gen2 make this motherboard the best motherboard for the Ryzen 3 2200G list. This motherboard’s overclocking performance is excellent enough and can overclock processors like Ryzen 5 2400G to 3.9 GHz at 1.175V. It’s good to pair with Ryzen 3000 series processors but only till Ryzen 5 3600X because going above may cause a freezing issue on the BIOS screen for a couple of minutes.

Who will use this motherboard most

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max is one of the best choices, but it’s slightly expensive for an entry-level APU, so I would recommend you this motherboard only if you have any plan to upgrade to a powerful CPU. Suppose you have any plan to do some serious overclocking with your processor. In that case, you can also consider this motherboard because of its robust VRM cooling design and exceptional overclocking performance.

Bottom Line

The previous entry in this series was much cheaper than this one, but this motherboard’s additional features make us consider it over the predecessor. As you might all know B350 chipset is old and doesn’t give CPU support like B450 is offering, so it’s an excellent option to consider a powerful motherboard for almost the same price.

Pros
  • One of the best VRM cooling design.
  • It comes compatible with Ryzen 3000 CPUs.
  • Onboard RGB lights.
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 ports.
Cons
  • Only one M.2 slot is not enough.