Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600 [November 2020]

Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600 [November 2020]

Gigabyte B450M DS3H

One of the main reasons to consider this motherboard is its durability; otherwise, it’s an entry-level motherboard with a very subtle design and no RGB lights. However, that doesn’t mean that you will miss RGB lights in this motherboard because it comes with an RGB lights header that can lighten up a single RGB LED strip. The audio and network controllers on this motherboard are from Realtek, which are very cost-effective and target strict budget motherboards. This microATX motherboard is a great option to consider for Zen+ and Zen3 processors, and it will fulfill your requirements.

The aesthetics of this motherboard are very straightforward as it comes with a black colored base with some grey circuit-like pattern printed on it that starts from the corners and goes all the way up to the CPU socket. The two PCIe, x16 slots on this motherboard, accepts multiple AMD graphics card configurations though it lacks Nvidia SLI support. The top slot runs at the 3.0 x16 mode while the bottom one runs at PCIe 2.0 x4 mode. There is a limitation on the bandwidth of the PCIe slots that don’t support the Nvidia SLI.

The four memory slots on this motherboard accept memory up to 64 GB while you can install overclocked memory modules up to DDR4 3200 MHz. Also, this motherboard comes with built in XMP profiles and supports both ECC and non-ECC memory modules. There are four straight angled SATA slots and one PCIe 3.0 M.2 slot, supporting NVMe 22110 SSDs. The 4+3 phase voltage regulators are enough to overclock some Ryzen 2000 series processors, but with Ryzen 3000, you’ve to stick with the stock clocks. Overall this motherboard is a great consideration if you are under some strict budget.

MSI B450 Tomahawk

The MSI Tomahawk series motherboards are among the most affordable options that can be used in mid-range gaming machines. We’ve mostly to see motherboards that are the refreshed models of their predecessors with better chipset and new design, and that’s the same case with the MSI Tomahawk series. Some of the major changes you will see in this motherboard are the extended heatsinks over the voltage regulators, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, and the integrated RGB lights. The features on this motherboard are found in some of the expensive and premium options, but this offers them a very lower price. However, there are a few things where the company also makes it cost-effective, like the cheap Realtek controllers that are from its predecessor. Overall this motherboard lies somewhere between the mid-range and the premium category and undoubtedly a great choice for Ryzen 2000 processors.

These motherboards accept 64 GB of memory, which you can split across four DIMMs. They can overclock the memory up to 3466 MHz. There are six SATA 6 Gb/s slots on this motherboard and a single M.2 slot that doesn’t share its bandwidth with any other PCIe slot but disables the two SATA slots near the 24 Pins power connector. The rear side of this motherboard has a couple of USB ports, including the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C, USB 3.1 Gen1, and two USB 2.0 ports too. Those users who use this motherboard can use multiple monitors as it has an HDMI and DVI output port at the rear IO panel. With all of its premium features and affordable prices, this motherboard is a great option to consider. However, if it comes with integrated Wi-Fi, it would be much better.