ASRock B450M PRO4-F - Best Budget Motherboard For Ryzen 3 3300x

Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4-F
Form Factor Micro-ATX
Voltage Regulators 9 Phase (3 Doublers)
Color Category Black & Grey
Maximum Memory 64 GB
USB Ports 4x USB 3.1 Gen1
SATA Slots 4x SATA3

Top of the list, we’ve put a budget option that comes compatible with Ryzen 3000 series processors out of the box. The ASRock B450M Pro4-F has nine phase design voltage regulators, which gives great power delivery to the CPU. The controllers of this motherboard are not so expensive but get their job done perfectly, and of course, we’re not going to see 2.5G NIC on it, but it uses Realtek ALC892, which gives great sound quality.

When we compare this motherboard with other options at the same price, it has a slight advantage over price and features. There are several USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, including Type-A and Type-C and a couple of USB 2.0 ports. When we compare these motherboards with X470 chipset one, these one have slim features set, but these days, X470 boards are not worth considering because of their price.

The four DIMMs on this motherboard allow you to install RAM up to 64 GB, and memory overclocking options are also available to you. It also allows you to install large-sized coolers as there is much space between memory slots and the processor socket. The BIOS of this motherboard allows the users to change settings without entering the operating system completely and is very easy to use.

So if you are tight on budget and looking for the best motherboard for Ryzen 3 3300X, I would say get this board for your build. The overclocking power of this motherboard is great enough as it can push the clock rates easily of any low TDP processor. Still, if you are looking for a board for some serious overclocking, I recommend you get some X570 chipset option as they have great cooling solitons for their VRMs.

When we compare this motherboard with its competitors, it looks a little more expensive because of the features, but it’s cheaper than most of the B450 options in the market. ASRock has another great option to consider in 2021, namely B450 Steel Legend, which is little more than any B450 mid-range motherboard and worth considering in that builds.

There are a few things that this motherboard lacks, like the Debug LED, onboard RGB lights, BIOS reset, and flash button. In terms of features, this motherboard is offering a lot more than Gigabyte B450M DS3H because it’s too rare to see two M.2 slots on a budget motherboard. Overall you can consider this for your build; otherwise, we’ve got some other options for you.

Pros
  • Impressive 9 Phase Design VRMs.
  • 3200 MHz memory support.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Supports Zen2 CPUs out of the box.
  • Very budget-friendly motherboard.
  • Pair of M.2 slots.
Cons
  • Pre-boot errors are hard to find because of the missing debug LED.
  • Missing onboard RGB lights or RGB headers.
  • Doesn't have a BIOS flashback or reset button.

MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max

Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max
Form Factor ATX
Voltage Regulators 4+2
Color Category Black & Red
Maximum Memory 128 GB
USB Ports 4x USB 3.1 Gen1
SATA Slots 6x SATA3

Slightly low powerful VRM than the Tomahawk and cut down version of the Pro Carbon AC, the MSI B450 Gaming Plus is a great choice when looking for something between budget and mid-range B450 motherboard. The company has most of the market share in the motherboards industry, and that’s because of its great price to performance value and the build quality of their motherboards.

The great thing about this motherboard is it comes in all form factors, and you can choose the one that fits best in your casing. The one I recommend you is the ATX which has more ports and slots and will give you an advantage in the future. All three motherboards offer similar looks and have a red and black color scheme that the company introduced in 2013.

The heatsinks and the base of this motherboard are colored in black, while it has some red stripes on it, which gives excellent looks. A few other things like DIMMs and PCIe slots are also colored in red, making a great color contrast with the red. The heatsinks of this board have company and series branding on them and have some white stripes which look appealing over the black base.

This motherboard has six-phase Power Design voltage regulators, which are configured in 4+2 mode configuration. The two PCIe x16 slots allow you to install multiple AMD graphics cards, while the PCI Armor supports the latest graphic cards like RTX 3080 or 3090, which are large in size than the previous one. There are four memory slots on this motherboard, and they all accept memory up to 128 GB, clocked at 3466 MHz.

There are some cons in this motherboard that I’ve noticed while reviewing it, like with the May 2019 BIOS upgrade, the BIOS overclocking options got very limited. Also, the missing USB Type-C and integrated Wi-Fi might be disappointing for some users. Except that I’ve not found anything bad with this motherboard as there are all the necessary features and supports overclocking too.

Long story short, if you are looking for the best bang for buck motherboard packed with features that a modern gaming build must have, then there is no other better option for you than the MSI B450 Gaming Plus. It supports the excellent overclocking potential and has many ports and slots, which most of them B450 motherboards lack at this point but still, if you are looking for something more premium, give a look at MSI B450 Pro Carbon AC below.

Pros
  • Offers great value for its price.
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 ports with 10GBPS transfer speed.
  • MSI military class build quality.
  • Supports 3600 MHz memory modules.
  • Great features but still budget-friendly price.
Cons
  • The May 2019 updates limit the overclocking power.
  • Doesn't have high-speed PCIe and NVMe slots.
  • Missing USB Type-C and onboard Wi-Fi.

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Form Factor ATX
Voltage Regulators 10 Phase
Color Category Black & Grey
Maximum Memory 128 GB / 4x
USB Ports 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A & Type-C
SATA Slots 6x SATA3

MSI has some of the best premium options in their motherboard series, and we’ve got another great motherboard, namely MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, an ATX board targeted for mid-range builds. If you are looking for a feature-rich motherboard ignoring the budget, this option would be best for you because it’s a step-up version of the Tomahawk with better features and OC support.

The greatness of this motherboard starts with the integrated Wi-Fi and the RGB lights, making it look better in modern builds. Even with these features, we’ve put this board third on the list only because of its price, which is more than enough for any mid-range processor. This board is aesthetically appealing as it has a black-colored base with many RGB lights installed.

The overclocking power of MSI motherboards tends to be better than their competitors. This one comes with 10 phase design voltage regulators with extended heatsinks over them with Pro Carbon Gaming branding. The VRM is configured in an 8+2 phase design where eight phases use the doublers, giving much better power delivery to the CPU and stable overclocking support.

The memory support of this motherboard is similar to the Tomahawk as both of them support 128 GB of DDR4 RAM with frequency up to 4600 MHz which is exceptional for any B450 chipset board. This board lacks an integrated IO cover, but there are shiny heatsinks that look great, and the chipset heatsink has RGB lights underneath it with MSI branding over it.

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC supports multiple AMD graphics cards, and there are two PCIe x16 slots with Steel Armor on the primary slot, while for expansion cards, there are three PCIe x1 slots. The rear side of this motherboard has a couple of USB3 ports, including both USB Type-A and Type-C, and luckily, this motherboard has integrated Wi-Fi, too, which is rarely available in any B450 motherboard.

There are two M.2 slots on this motherboard with M.2 heat spreader over the one and six SATA3 slots for further storage expansion. No doubt, this motherboard has all of the basic and the premium features, but also its premium price makes us think to consider it for some budget build. The features of this motherboard are great enough, and they will never disappoint the users, but the thing that confuses the users most about it is its high price, but still, it’s one of the best motherboard for Ryzen 3 3300x.

Pros
  • Great value but seems a bit expensive for budget CPUs.
  • 8+2 Phase Power Design is great for overclocking Zen2 CPUs.
  • Extraordinary overclocking power.
  • RGB lights integrated and RGB headers available too.
  • Gives performance as well as aesthetics.
Cons
  • Memory OC could be much better.
  • PCIe and M.2 wiring are a bit confusing.
  • Premium features but the high price.
  • I would not recommend it if you are on a low budget.

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

Motherboard MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
Form Factor ITX
Voltage Regulators 8
Color Category Black/White/Red
Maximum Memory 64 GB / 2x
USB Ports 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
SATA Slots 4x SATA3

Taking care of the compact builds, we've also included an ITX motherboard in this list as it's from the same series as the one we've mentioned above. The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC is much identical to the ATX motherboard in the series as both of them share their core features and controllers, but this motherboard has fewer ports due to the small size and slots its best for compact builds.

Aesthetically this motherboard is a little straightforward as it comes in full black color with some red lines on the power delivery section. The heatsinks on this motherboard are also colored in black, and the chipset heatsink has a pattern like lightning-bolt printed in red which follows the old MSI Gaming theme. This board lacks the IO cover, but the VRM heatsinks cover up the top side of the IO section.

Firstly due to the small size of this motherboard, there is only a single PCIe slot on this motherboard which might be disappointed for you, but with a compact build, you have to compromise on it. There is a single M.2 slots on the backside of this motherboard, and for further storage expansion, it also has four SATA3 slots located at the right of the 24-Pins power connector, and all of them are straight angled.

The VRM section of MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC has eight phase voltage regulators configured in 6+2 mode, which gives smooth power delivery to the CPU and great overclocking potential. The ATX motherboard supports four memory slots that only have two that support memory up to 64 GB and support both ECC and non-ECC, but they will run into non-ECC mode.

The rear side of this motherboard has four USB3 Type-A slots, but it lacks the USB Type-C ports, and there are two USB 2.00 ports too on this board. There is also a DisplayPort and an HDMI port on this motherboard for AMD APUs as they come with integrated graphics, but in our case, we don't need them. One great thing about this motherboard is its integrated Wi-Fi, but that's the norm these days.

The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC uses the Realtek ALC887 audio codec, which is very budget-friendly, and for this price, it's good enough. While for the networking side, it's using the Realtek 8111H Gigabit, and these both are also available in ATX and m-ATX. Overall it's a good motherboard for Ryzen 3 3300X, but the thing is, I would only recommend you to get it if you are building a compact build because it lacks a lot.

Pros
  • 6+2 Phase Design VRM.
  • Comes at a budget-friendly price.
  • A great option for compact builds.
  • All basic and premium features are packed.
Cons
  • You have to compromise on a lot of things in the ITX motherboard.
  • For future expansion, one M.2 slot is not enough.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi could be better.
  • Price-wise not recommended for Ryzen 3 3300x.

Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Motherboard Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
Form Factor ATX
Voltage Regulators 16
Color Category Black
Maximum Memory 128 GB / 4x
USB Ports 4x USB 3.2 Gen2
SATA Slots 8x

We are done with some budget-friendly options on the list and moving towards something premium and costly. The Asus ROG Strix X570 comes in two different variants, where one is X570-E (the premium one) while the other is X570-F (Which cuts off some features). There is a slight price difference between them, but believe me, both offer great features for their price and overclocking support.

The one we’ve on the list is ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming which comes in black-colored OPCB with some slight grey touch. The heatsinks on this motherboard have excellent cuts and shiny coating, making it appealing, while the RGB lights make ROG Strix X570-E more appealing. The looks of both of the boards are pretty the same. However, one has extended heatsinks while the other one lacks them.

Previously the B450 chipset motherboards don’t support more memory than 64 GB, but with the x570 chipset, you have a slight advantage as you can install up to 128 GB of memory clocked at 4000+ MHz. There are three PCIe x16 slots on this board which allows you to use AMD Crossfire and Nvidia SLI technology in three and two ways, respectively, and SLI was also missing in the B450 chipset boards.

The company replaced the old BIOS of their motherboards with UEFI BIOS, which is very easy to use, and you can also navigate it with the mouse. This will allow you to overclock the processor or the graphics card better, and you can check how the hardware installed onboard is performing. If you did save some wrong settings on BIOS, there is a flashback button on the rear IO that helps set the value to defaults.

There are two M.2 slots on this board, which comes with dedicated heat spreaders and six SATA3 slots. The great thing about X570 motherboards is their support for PCIe Gen4 slots which older chipset motherboards lack. The rear side of this board has many ports, including a few USB3 Type-A and Type-C ports, a few for display output, connectivity ports like Ethernet, etc.

The front panel cable installation is quite hard for those users who’ve never build a custom gaming PC before. This motherboard comes with Asus Q-Connector which you can use between the headers on the motherboard and front panel to easily connect them. Overall it’s a great motherboard for Ryzen 3 3300X, though it’s slightly more expensive than B450 boards but worth the money.

Pros
  • More number of USB 3.2 Gen2 ports.
  • Great Power Delivery to the CPU.
  • Exceptional overclocking potential.
  • High-speed Ethernet and Wi-Fi ports.
Cons
  • Two M.2 ports are not enough.
  • The efficiency of this board could be much better.
  • Lacks onboard buttons or LEDs.

ASRock B450M Steel Legend

Motherboard ASRock B450M Steel Legend
Form Factor M-ATX
Voltage Regulators 6
Color Category Black & White
Maximum Memory 64 GB
USB Ports 4x USB 3.1 Gen1
SATA Slots 4x SATA3

Sometimes users look for performance and aesthetics at the same place, but mostly product lacks having both of them at the same time. Though we have got the ASRock B450M Steel Legend, a decently priced mid-range motherboard that comes with a B450 chipset, and comparing it with other boards, you will know that it's offering way more features than any other option available in the market.

As its name suggests, it's an m-ATX board, but an ATX version is also available, which you can consider only when you have a reasonable budget to spend on the mainboard. This motherboard looks very appealing as it has a black-colored PCB with slight grey touch and heatsinks. Also, there are RGB lights under the chipset heatsink and on the IO cover, and you can customize them with any RGB tool.

This motherboard is excellent for Zen+ processors, but it also comes with Zen2 CPUs out of the box, and you don't need a BIOS update. Overclocking of processors like Ryzen 5 3600 is impossible or at least challenging with this board, but it's good for running that processor on stock clocks. The VRM section of this board has XXL Aluminum Alloy heatsinks which dissipates a lot of heat from MOSFETs.

An m-ATX motherboard needs you to compromise on a lot of things like the slots and ports etc. There are two full-length PCIe x16 slots that comes compatible with AMD Crossfire and one PCIe x1 slot. The PCIe x1 slot can be used even after installing multiple graphics cards as it's located above the full-length slot. Nvidia SLI is unavailable to this board because of the limit on PCI lanes in the B450 chipset.

The looks of this board are not like the premium options we mostly see in the market, but because of RGB lights and IO cover, it still looks good. There are few fan headers on this motherboard and a single header for the water pump allowing the users to cool down their gaming build. With budget or mid-range Ryzen CPUs, this board is good to consider, and I recommend you pick it for this build.

Taking care of the budget B450 motherboards is good to get for Zen2 processors, and even considering an m-ATX motherboard will let you save more. ASRock motherboards we're always the best because they are reasonably priced and durable too. Overall, it's the best motherboard for Ryzen 3 3300X to consider in 2021, but I recommend an X570 motherboard for overclocking as they are more premium.

Pros
  • Six Phase Design VRM for excellent power delivery.
  • Comes with an I/O cover in the box.
  • Comes with MSI Steel Armor.
  • Bunch of RGB lights integrated onboard.
Cons
  • Two M.2 slots would be much better.
  • Nothing else to mention.

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS

Motherboard MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
Form Factor ATX
Voltage Regulators 10 Phase
Color Category Black & Red
Maximum Memory 128 GB / 4x
USB Ports 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 inc Type-A & Type-C
SATA Slots 6x SATA3

The build quality of MSI MPG motherboards is no less than any other tier brand like ASUS Rog or Gigabyte Aorus. If we look at this motherboard, it lies somewhere between the mid-range category but believes me; you are not missing anything with it.

This motherboard comes with the x570 chipset while the x470 chipset variant looks identical to it, and we can call it a refreshed version of it. There are PCIe Gen4 slots and a higher number of USB and SATA slots, which gives it an advantage over other motherboards.

The four DIMMs allow you to install memory up to 128 GB, which these modules can be overclocked up to 4400 MHz. There are six SATA III slots for storage, but none of them is straight angled, though it’s right somehow as big graphics cards don’t block them.

This motherboard’s voltage regulators are suitable for overclocking Zen2 processors, while the extended heatsink over them makes them cool.

The M.2 slots are using MSI Shield FROZR for better cooling of the NVMe modules and to prevent thermal throttling and to get the maximum performance out of it. Also, the two M.2 slots don’t share PCI lanes between them, which means you will get enough performance from them.

The UEFI bios are very easy to use, and it allows you to overclock the processor and other components attached on the motherboard to get some additional performance. This motherboard is also power-efficient as the fans like chipset etc. automatically turn off when not running on high loads.

Some other notable features of this motherboard are Audio Boost 4 Technology, BIOS Flashback button, RGB light header, plenty of fan headers, and much more. Those who want to get in x570 chipset with these processors might find this motherboard a solid entry at an affordable price.

Pros
  • Offers great value for its price.
  • Great VRM for overclocking.
  • Do operations silently.
  • Pair of M.2 slots with MSI FROZR heatsinks.
Cons
  • The components layout could be much better.
  • A very few extras come in the box.

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula

Motherboard ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
Form Factor ATX
Voltage Regulators 16
Color Category Black
Maximum Memory 128 GB / 4x
USB Ports 4x USB 3.2 Gen2
SATA Slots 8x SATA 6GBPS

When we’ve to buy the most features rich hardware without considering the budget, ASUS comes with its ROG x570 Crosshair VIII Formula motherboard. The first and foremost feature I would like to mention that this board is water cooling support on VRM, which gives you a tremendous overclocking potential without MOSFETs and VRM getting hot.

This motherboard’s voltage regulators are designed in 8 + 8 configuration and are enough for some serious overclocking. There is a pair of M.2 slots with a heat sink on both of them and a fan on the chipset, which also blows air on the M.2 heat sink.

ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula has four memory slots with a clock speed of 2133 MHz, and it supports maximum memory up to 128 GB. There are full-sized heat sinks over the M.2 slots connected with chipset heat sink and have fans for better cooling.

This motherboard’s connectivity options are high enough as it has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, including the Type-A and Type-C ports. For internet connectivity, it has 802.11x Wi-Fi integrated and a high-speed Ethernet port.

If you’ve to control the RGB lights on this motherboard, there is a feature called Live Dash, which is a built-in OLED that contains some information to customize graphics.

Some users are confused that it’s an E-ATX motherboard, but that’s not true as it’s an ATX motherboard, but with three PCIe x16 slots, it looks quite large.

The support for water coolers for the CPU and the VRM gives this motherboard an advantage over the other competitors, but the thing to consider in this board is its premium price. Though if you ignore it, I would say there is no other better board than this one.

Out of the box, you will find some cables for Wi-Fi and storage devices, and more on this, there are some connectors, screws, and ASUS Rog badges for the casing.

Pros
  • Have a bunch of ports on the rear side.
  • PCI Gen 4.0 ports with bandwidth twice as of PCIe Gen3.
  • Exceptional power delivery to the processor and other components.
  • BIOS comes with plenty of features.
Cons
  • Very expensive motherboard.