GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite

Motherboard GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite
Memory 128GB ECC, Non-ECC 4400 MHz
Voltage Regulators 12+2 Phase DrMOS
Sata Ports 4x 6GBPS
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIe Slots 4x
Crossfire Yes

The Aorus Elite B550 from Gigabyte is an entry-level motherboard in the Aorus line-up. Still, when it comes to budget builds, this motherboard is an excellent option for gaming and professional work. This motherboard's core features include a 12+2 phase voltage regulator, a pair of M.2 slots from which the top slot is Gen4, and has an M.2 heatsink over it.

Additionally, the secondary slot is Gen3, and it also features a premium Intel 2.5G network interface controller, which is common in the B550 chipset motherboards. This motherboard's main aesthetics comes from the PCB, colored in black, and has some grey circuits printed with heatsink and IO cover colored in matte black.

The cooling solution on this motherboard is great enough as it has extended heatsinks over the VRM, which gives decent cooling to voltage regulators when overclocking. Additionally, the chipset of this motherboard also has a large-sized heatsink with a fan installed inside it. As mentioned earlier, the primary M.2 slot has a thermal spreader, but the secondary one lacks it.

The memory support of B550 motherboards is not much different than X570, as both of them allow you to install 128 GB of memory over four slots. One thing that differs between them is the frequency of these modules as B550 motherboards support highly overclock sticks as the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite supports memory overclocking up to 4733 MHz.

When it comes to PCIe and M.2 slots, these motherboards have an advantage over the previous chipsets because of the PCIe Gen4 slots, which give doubled bandwidth compared to the previous one. You can install up to three graphics cards, and it supports both Crossfire and SLI and has a PCIe x1 slot too, for expansion cards.

This motherboard's rear side is rich with a couple of different ports, including the USB 3.2 Gen2 which you know, high-speed ports with a transfer rate of 10 GBPS. There are also USB 3.2 Gen1 and USB 2.0 ports, including Type-A and Type-C, and many other audio and networking ports.

The Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite gives excellent aesthetics and features, too, but it lacks premium stuff that you will only find in premium motherboards. No integrated Wi-Fi, lacks secondary M.2 heat spreader, missing USB Type-C but offers 2.5G NIC is great. Long story short, it’s the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 5600X build in 2021.

Pros
  • Exceptional overclocking power delivery.
  • Dual M.2 slots with heat spreader on them.
  • Plenty of USB Type-A ports and headers.
  • Gives a great set of features for the price.
Cons
  • Integrated Wi-Fi & secondary M.2 heatsink is missing.
  • The rear panel doesn't have a USB Type-C port.

MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries

Motherboard MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries
Memory 128 GB
Voltage Regulators 12 Phase
SATA Ports 6x SATAIII
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A & Type-C
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIe Slots 4x Gen 3/4
Crossfire Yes

Building an entry-level or budget gaming machine is quite easy with MSI B550-A Pro series motherboard as they are cheap in price and has PCIe Gen4 slots that older chipset motherboard lacks. In this way, this motherboard gives better value than them for just a little more price. This motherboard is made for professional work more than gaming, and you can get it for a hundred and ninety bucks.

This motherboard allows you to save money for the other components without cutting down any feature, which we see in premium options ignoring aesthetics. This motherboard's core features are Realtek controllers, which are budget-friendly and high in their class, pair of M.2 slots with a heat spreader on the primary one, and six SATA3 slots for further storage expansion.

Previously we've seen ProSeries motherboards in coffee-brown color, but with the new generation chipset motherboard, MSI had brought some new changes. You will not see premium components or looks in this motherboard or looks as we've seen in other MSI options like MEG but subtle looks. This board's PCB is colored in black, with some grey circuits running from sides to the socket on board.

You can install multiple Nvidia or AMD graphics cards on this motherboard, and for the latest graphics cards, as you know, they are quite large in size; it has MSI Steel Armor on PCI slot giving exceptional support to the PCI slot. There are two PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots for expansion cards, and as said earlier, for storage, it offers dual M.2 slots with a heat spreader on one. With this motherboard we've also made a guide on complete build for 1440p gaming with Ryzen 5 5600X so don't forget to check it out.

This list's previous motherboard lacks features like USB Type-C though this one offers that along with a couple of other ports for connectivity, including the USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and USB 3.2 Gen1 ports. Likewise, all other budget motherboards also lack premium features like integrated Wi-Fi and IO cover. Still, the extended VRM heatsink covers most of the IO section from the top.

Also, there are no RGB lights on this motherboard, but if you got RGB fans in your build, it would glow because of the black color, which looks good in lights. All things on one side for this price, this motherboard is the best option for a budget or mid-range build and we also recommend this board for Ryzen 7 5800x.

Pros
  • Best motherboard for a reasonable price.
  • The rear panel has a couple of USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A & Type-C ports.
  • Allows installing AMD GPUs in two-way configurations.
  • Give better value over old X470 motherboards.
  • It comes with PCIe Gen4 slots which offer double bandwidth.
Cons
  • Nothing to mention.

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (WiFi 6)

Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (WiFi 6)
Memory 128 GB
Voltage Regulators 14 Phase
SATA Ports 6x 6Gb/s
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIe Slots 5x
Crossfire Yes

With the release of AMD Zen3 processors, different vendors launched over more than fifty B550 motherboards, while Asus has a great wide range in the list. The mid-range priced Rog Strix B550-F Gaming gives features available in other premium models costs much higher than it. You don’t have to worry about integrated Wi-Fi anymore because this motherboard has a built-in controller.

The great thing about this motherboard is that it comes in two different variants where one features integrated Wi-Fi while the other lacks it. With that, you can easily save some money if you don’t need that, and this could be up to twenty bucks or more. Besides the Wi-Fi controller, you will not see any other difference in these motherboards, making you decide between them without confusion.

You might already know an x570 chipset version of this motherboard that offers the same features but lacks a few and a little high in price. There B550 chipset board is giving us an advantage as it’s a budget-friendly chipset and offers the same PCIe Gen4 slots with identical overclocking power. Aesthetically this motherboard looks great as it has an all-black colored PCB with a bunch of heatsinks over it.

Apart from the color scheme of this motherboard, you are also going to see some RGB lights underneath the heatsink and over the IO cover, which makes it more appealing in modern builds. It gives the same looks as the previous ASUS Rog Strix series motherboards do but still stands behind the Asus premium motherboards. The controllers on this board are very budget-friendly but still get the job done perfectly.

Some of this motherboard's core features include a 2.5G Ethernet controller, which we in a bit common nowadays in the latest motherboards. A Wi-Fi 6 controller with a couple of USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C ports is also notable in this motherboard. Most users complain about missing M.2 heat spreader on the secondary slot, but this one got on both of them for better cooling of the drive.

The 14 phase power design with the extended heatsink is enough to overclock most of the Ryzen 5000 series processors; however, I would recommend you some premium models with some high-end models. Overall it's the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 5600X, but it also checks out the price if you are looking for some budget build as its quite expensive than the aforementioned models.

Below the list, we’ve also mentioned a motherboard from the same lineup, but that one is for enthusiasts with an x570 chipset, so don’t forget to check that.

Pros
  • A solid entry in mid-range motherboards.
  • Premium audio & networking controllers.
  • 2.5G NIC and Wi-Fi 6 support.
  • 14 phase voltage regulators.
Cons
  • A bit expensive for its features.

Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite

Motherboard Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite
Memory 128 GB 4400 MHz
Voltage Regulators 12+2 Phase DrMOS
SATA Ports 6x
USB Ports USB 3.1 Gen2
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIe Slots 6x
Crossfire Yes

This motherboard is no different than the Gigabyte x570 Aorus Elite Duo in features but a little low-priced so that you can enjoy all of the features of that premium motherboard without breaking the bank. It comes with 12+2 phase design voltage regulators and has two PCIe x16 slots with Steel armor for the latest RTX graphics cards as they got big heatsinks while you can install two of them.

Like-wise, the aforementioned motherboard it also comes in two variants that differ as one had integrated the Wi-Fi controller while the other lacks it. If you are not looking for integrated Wi-Fi in the motherboard, you can easily save up to twenty bucks and spend that money on some other component as except that the features of both of the motherboards are the same.

This motherboard's looks are a little straightforward, but in any RGB build, it will look appealing because of the matte black-colored PCB and orange RGB lights. There are extended VRM heatsinks under the IO cover, a fan on the chipset heatsink for better cooling, and many headers for fans and front panel IO. Unfortunately, there is no USB Type-C port on this motherboard, and it also lacks debug LEDs.

The features and price of this motherboard attract the users, but if you are looking for something even cheaper, don’t worry because Gigabyte had many other options for you. The two PCIe, x16 slots on this motherboard supports both Crossfire and SLI as the top slot runs at x16 while the bottom one is directly controlled by the chipset and runs at x4 mode.

There are two M.2 slots on this motherboard with the heatsink on the primary slot and six right-angled SATA 3GBPS slots for further storage expansion. This motherboard’s backside has many USB ports, including the two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, four USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. Also, there are a couple of different ports, including the HDMI, Ethernet, and audio ports.

The two motherboards come at a price difference of ten dollars if you are lucky, and you can get the advantage of integrated Wi-Fi for that little extra price. If we see these motherboards' overall features, you will find that both of them are offering great features for a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a gaming theme motherboard, you can consider them for your upcoming build.

Pros
  • Very inexpensive motherboard.
  • Comes with an integrated IO cover.
  • The primary M.2 slot has a heatsink.
Cons
  • Lacks the Debug-LEDs.
  • Doesn't have a Type-C port.

Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

Motherboard Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)
Memory 128 GB 5100 MHz
Voltage Regulators 12+2 DrMOS
SATA Ports 8x SATA 6GBPS
USB Ports USB 3.1 Gen2
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIE Slots 6x
Crossfire Yes

The next motherboard on the list is well known for its durability and yet another excellent option from ASUS in mid-range motherboards. The Asus TUF (The Ultimate Force) series of motherboards are good to consider when you have to put your build in a harsh environment, like if there is much dust near you or humidity, as this board is designed as a way to face these conditions.

With this motherboard, you are also getting an optional integrated Wi-Fi option as you can get that if you want and can skimp that too so that you can save some money for other components. This motherboard is compatible with Ryzen 3000 series processors. Still, amazingly you can pair it up with any Ryzen 5000 series processor, too, and it will get its job done without any sweat.

This motherboard's overclocking potential is no less than any other enthusiast motherboard as it offers 12+2 phase voltage regulators with extended heatsinks over them to boost up the CPU clocks. The controllers of this motherboard are slightly more expensive than Steel Legends and other options, and it also affects the overall price of the motherboard.

This motherboard’s looks tend to remind the old TUF series products as it has an adequate black base with some industrial grey colored heatsinks over it. The four DIMMs of this motherboard supports both ECC and non-ECC memory modules of capacity up to 128 GB, the same as other competitors.

This motherboard also includes two PCIe x16 slots with PCI Steel Armor on the primary slot, and it runs on x16 mode while the second slot runs on x4 way. This motherboard lacks USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, but it has a few USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, including four Type-A and one Type-C. It also has two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports and has DisplayPort and HDMI on the rear IO panel.

The Wi-Fi and the standard model’s price difference is not that much, and I would recommend you to go with the Wi-Fi variant. Previously TUF series motherboards were considered because of their durability and reliability. Still, ASUS makes them much affordable and accessible to the mainstream users, and you can consider them for some mid-range processors.

There is no USB 3.1 Gen2 header for the front panel, and you have to stick with the USB ports on the back panel. Overall it’s the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 5600X as it’s cheap and has all features that we need in any latest build.

Pros
  • Slightly low in price.
  • Comes with some Debug LEDs.
  • Have with USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi variant.
Cons
  • Doesn't have a USB 3.1 Gen2 header for the front panel.
  • Slightly expensive for a mid-range processor.

Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX

Motherboard Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX
Memory 128 GB 4400 MHz
Voltage Regulators 12+2 Phase
SATA Ports 8x 6Gb/s
USB Ports USB 3.1 Gen2
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIe Slots 5x
Crossfire Yes

There, we have a motherboard that gives the advantage to a power user more than a gamer because of its great features and price. Though this one is quite pricey than the B550-F Gaming but with eight USB3 Gen2 ports and two M.2 slots, this board offers the best connectivity option. The great thing about this motherboard is it comes compatible with Zen3 processors out of the box.

You might already know that Asus has two different options in the Rog Strix series, and one is known for its budget-friendly price while the other one for the features. There are two-way Nvidia SLI supports on this motherboard and three-way AMD Crossfire, making this motherboard even more targeted for enthusiast builds. Also, it has Steel Armor on PCI slots for better support of large graphics cards.

This motherboard gives premium looks like most of the part covered with heatsinks and has Asus Rog branding on them with RGB lights and IO cover. A 2.5G NIC and a Wi-Fi 6 controller make this motherboard more premium, making its price a little more expensive. There are two Ethernet ports on the rear side of this motherboard which have separate controllers for them.

The first Ethernet port is controlled by the Realtek RTL8125G, a gaming-focused controller, while the Intel I211-AT controls the second port. You can install high overclocked 128 GB RAM on this motherboard, split up to four slots. There are two M.2 slots on this motherboard where both of them had a heatsink, which further attaches with the chipset heatsink and covers the whole area.

As mentioned before, this motherboard's rear side has plenty of USB ports, including the USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C, display ports, and Ethernet ports. This motherboard makes a bridge between some mid-range motherboards and some premium options like Crosshair VIII, offering features of both for a reasonable price and without even compromising on any feature.

If you prefer price over the features, the X570-F is the perfect option because, with a few features cut, that motherboard offers a very budget-friendly price. The overclocking power of X570-E is great as it has 12+2 phase voltage regulators and extended heatsinks over them which gives exceptional cooling to them.

Aesthetically and performance-wise, it’s the best motherboard for Ryzen 5 5600X but before putting your hands to it, check out its price because that’s not for budget users. After buying this board all you need to do is get some good graphics card for Ryzen 5 5600x.

Pros
  • Great overclocking potential.
  • 2.5G NIC and WiFi 6 integrated.
  • Slightly cheaper than MSI competitors.
  • USB3 Gen2 ports on the rear panel.
Cons
  • Comes with only two M.2 slots.
  • Efficient but not that much.

MSI MEG Unify X570

Motherboard MSI MEG Unify X570
Memory 128 GB
Voltage Regulators 12 Phase
SATA Ports 4x
USB Ports USB3 Type-A & Type-C
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIe Slots 3x with Steel Armor
Crossfire Yes

One of the latest motherboards released with the launch of the Ryzen 3000 series of processors is the MSI MEG Unify X570. This is an all-black motherboard with a lot of heat sinks on it with a fan on the chipset, but there are no RGB lights that might disappoint some users. The MEG, also known as MSI Enthusiast Gaming, is a top-of-line series for the motherboard and never disappoints users.

As mentioned below, this motherboard is colored in all black while there are no RGB lights, but it still looks good because of the black and grey color scheme. There is everything on this motherboard that you need in a budget or a mid-range build, but still, it offers minimalist things compared to other boards in the MEG series because most of them are way expensive and offer great premium things.

When it comes to high-speed storage options in this board, they are good enough as it has three M.2 slots, but the four SATA slots might not be enough for most users. Luckily all of the M.2 slots come with a heat spreader on them which comes in the same color as the PCB but has nice cuts on them, making them appealing over the base, and they don’t look bad.

For expansion cards like VGA, there are three PCIe x16 slots with MSI Steel Armor on them which allows the users to install AMD graphics cards in three-way while Nvidia GPUs in two-way. The Steel Armor helps users install large-sized cards as the latest RTX cards take more than two slots. Two more PCIe x1 slots are available for other things like Wi-Fi or Networking card, which is enough for this build.

The MSI MEG Unify X570 has four memory slots which allow you to install RAM up to 128 GB clock at 5000 GHz as you can overclock with built-in XMP profiles. There is a 2.5G NIC on this motherboard which you might know is normally available in the latest boards, but a few also lacks. The controllers on this board are not so expensive hence don’t push the overall price of the motherboard.

There are debug-LED on this motherboard that allows you to quickly recover the BIOS and put all of its settings to default in software corruption or incomplete installation. The cons of this motherboard is MSI software called MSI Dragon is buggy and not usable. Also, some users are having trouble with the M.2 slot performance but not much. Overall it’s a great motherboard to consider with Ryzen 5 5600x in 2021.

Pros
  • Missing RGB lights might be appealing for some users.
  • Integrated IO cover.
  • Fan on chipset heatsink.
  • M.2 heat spreader on all slots.
Cons
  • NVMe performacne is not too good.
  • Price might be high for some users.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk

Motherboard MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk
Memory 128 GB/5100 MHz
Voltage Regulators 13 Phase/60A
SATA Ports 6x SATA3
USB Ports 6x USB Type-A and Type-C
M.2 Slots 2x with heat spreder
PCIe Slots 4x
Crossfire Yes

When you are considering a motherboard for some mid-range processor like Ryzen 5 5600x the main thing that most of the users consider is the price. Mostly we don’t goes up to 200 USD price bracket for the main board and if you are looking for something under this price the option I would recommend you is the MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk, a decently priced option with dual Ethernet ports.

This motherboard comes in an all-black color with some grey stripes running diagonally over the board which gives appealing looks. The chipset heat spreader has Tomahawk branding on it while it also has RGB lights underneath it. The x570 Tomahawk offers a chipset fan but this one lacks it while when you compare its looks with B450 Tomahawk its completely redesigned but continuing the same looks.

Starting with the overclocking power of this motherboard as it comes with 13 phase power design voltage regulars which are capable of giving smooth power delivery of 60A. It can easily overclock high end processors like Ryzen 9 5900X so in our case this motherboard is more than enough. Also the VRM of this motherboard so has great extended cooling system on them which also helps in better OCing.

You can install 128 GB of memory across four slots on this motherboard and the great thing is it offers high overclocking headroom for memory modules as supports 5100 MHz modules too. There are two PCIe x16 slots on this board with PCI Steel Armor on the primary one which is useful in latest builds and it comes compatible with AMD Crossfire technology in two-way while SLI support is absent.

The storage demands on this motherboard are fulfilled by two M.2 slots where both of them has heat sinks over them matching the color scheme and the grey lines sweeps in the same way as of board. Furthermore there are six SATA3 slots on this motherboard too which are enough for any gaming build. The placement of slots and headers on this board is great and doesn’t makes any clearance issues.

There are a lot of ports on the rear IO of this motherboard but unfortunately six USB ports are available including both Type-A and Type-C. Also the audio codec could be even better and this variant lacks the integrated Wi-Fi too. Overall two Ethernet ports and 2.5G NIC and a lot of other premium features on this motherboard makes it one of the best B550 motherboard for Ryzen 5 5600x.

Pros
  • Great overclocking power to Ryzen 5000 CPUs.
  • High power pump header.
  • Dual ethernet ports with 2.5G NIC.
  • Great aesthetics.
  • Heat spreader on both M.2 slots.
Cons
  • Audio codec could be much better.
  • No integrated Wi-Fi.
  • Few USB ports on rear IO.