MSI Meg X570 Unify

Motherboard MSI Meg X570 Unify
Voltage Regulators 12+2 Phase
Memory Support 128 GB 5000+ MHz
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A & Type-C
SATA Slots 4x
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIe Slots 5x
Crossfire Yes

Most of the mid-range and high-end motherboards come with many RGB lights, but the case with MSI Meg x570 is quite different. This motherboard is known for its subtle looks and great overclocking performance. It comes in a black-colored base with some grey accent, making it extremely appealing. This motherboard's core features are no different from MSI x570 Ace; however, they differ a lot when it comes to price and their overall design.

The greatness of this motherboard starts from the three M.2 slots where all of them have heat spreaders on them, allowing better performance. It also comes with Intel 2.5G network, which might not be considered a premium thing these days, but the integrated Wi-Fi increases its value. The chipset heatsink on this motherboard has a fan, too, and it works great.

The Ace series motherboard comes with many plastic components on the heatsinks, but MSI removed all of them with this one. This move-in my opinion, is positive, and like me, most of the users will appreciate this as better overclocking heatsinks need some space. With that, the voltage regulators heatsink is extended over than IO cover allowing better overclocking performance.

The overclocking potential of this motherboard is great as it comes with 14 phase power design voltage regulators and an X570 chipset allowing users to overclock Zen2 and Zen3 processors. The MSI Meg X570 represents the company's top-tier motherboard and can be used in mid-range and enthusiast builds.

The graphics card compatibility of this motherboard is also great as it has three full-size PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots. All of the PCIe x16 slots have MSI Steel Armor giving the graphics card great support and allows users to install two-way Nvidia SLI and three-way AMD Crossfire. There is a couple of USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, including both Type-A and Type-C ports on the back panel.

There we've found nothing bad on this motherboard, but the MSI Dragon Center is a mess. Overall it's a great motherboard for both Ryzen 3000 & 5000 series processors, and you can overclock them like the way you want. Many heat sinks, an all-black colored base, and missing RGB lights makes it one of the best motherboards to consider for Zen3 processors.

Pros
  • Missing RGB lights are appealing for some users.
  • All black color scheme looks attractive.
  • Its features are the same as of ACE but much cheaper.
  • Enough fan headers.
Cons
  • The price might disappoint some users.
  • Onboard audio is unusable without Nahimic 3.

GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite

Motherboard GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite
Voltage Regulators 12+2 Phase
Memory Support 128 GB DDR4
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
SATA Slots 4x SATA
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIe Slots 2x
Crossfire Yes

So we end up with a top-tier motherboard; now we’ve picked something cheap for you, a great entry-level motherboard for professional use and budget gaming. The Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite represents an entry-level motherboard to the Aorus series. Still, the features this board is offering for this price don’t seem entry-level, especially because of the looks and specifications.

Starting with the aesthetics, this motherboard doesn’t have premium looks like the top-tier motherboards in this series are offering, but the black and white color combination looks good. There is a chipset fan along with a large-sized heatsink featuring the falcon logo of Aorus, an integrated IO cover with Aorus branding, an orange color light, extended heatsink over the voltage regulators.

The storage needs of this motherboard are fulfilled by two M.2 slots and four SATA3 slots where the primary M.2 offers a heat spreader while the second one lacks it. The controllers on this motherboard are a little cheap but do their job done without having any sweat. The Intel 2.5G Ethernet NIC is available on this motherboard which is the norm these days.

You can install multiple expansion cards on this motherboard like VGA as it has a single PCIe x16 slot with PCIe armor and two PCIe x16 slots that lack it, and they run on PCIe 3.0 mode. This motherboard is compatible with both AMD Crossfire and Nvidia SLI in two ways allowing the users to install multiple graphics cards, and you might already know that SLI was not available to previous chipset boards.

The 12+2 phase power design voltage regulators on this motherboard allow the users to overclock the modern processors at their full potential. All you need is a good CPU cooler as the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X lacks the bundled one.

You can install 128 GB of memory on this motherboard and split them into four slots where this motherboard is also compatible with highly overclocked memory modules like 3800 MHz. Overall it’s a great motherboard for both gaming and professional use. Still, you will not see some premium stuff that is available only in top-tier motherboards of this series.

While it’s compatible with Ryzen 3000 & 5000 series processors out of the box, you can’t get a better option than this one is willing to spend a little less on the board. In my opinion, it’s the best motherboard for Ryzen 7 5800X for budget users and mid-range builds.

Pros
  • Great value for its price.
  • Comes with integrated IO cover.
  • Bunch of USB3 ports.
  • Excellent BIOS.
Cons
  • The audio controller could be much better.
  • RGB lights are a bit dim.
  • Lacks Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

Motherboard Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)
Voltage Regulators 12+2 DrMOS
Memory Support 128 GB DDR4 5100 MHz+
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen1
SATA Slots 8x
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIe Slots 6x
Crossfire Yes

Sometimes we need a motherboard that offers better durability and reliability than others because of the environment we are living in. Most of the time, user’s claim that their motherboard got dead because of humidity in the atmosphere. If you feel that you are in such a harsh environment, you need an Asus Tuf series motherboard that is made to prevent these issues.

The Tuf series motherboards are not top of the list from Asus as they have Rog series, which are more premium, but the good thing about Tuf series boards is that they have military class components. However, their price is a little high with them, but most of the motherboards in this series are still less expensive than the Asus Rog series.

The seven-phase voltage regulators on these motherboards use doublers, which makes them 12+2 phase giving great overclocking power to modern processors. As it’s an X570 chipset motherboard, it allows you to install both ECC and non-ECC memory modules, and you can install up to 128 GB of memory on this motherboard and split the modules into four.

There are six SATA3 slots on this motherboard and two M.2 slots from which the secondary one comes with M.2 heat spreader. The rear side of this motherboard has many USB3 ports, which include both Type-A and Type-C ports. For expansion cards such as VGA or Wi-Fi, there are two PCIe x16 slots from which one has PCIe Steel Armor and two PCIe x1 slots.

Aesthetically this motherboard looks excellent as it has a solid black and grey colored base, which looks great in modern RGB builds. There are RGB lights too on this motherboard, an integrated IO cover, and a chipset heatsink with a fan on it.

The real problem is not with this motherboard but the software that comes with Asus motherboards, namely Armory Crate, as users claim that it’s a real mess and needs to be updated. Other than that, the primary PCIe x1 slot is not usable when a graphics card is installed. This motherboard lacks the USB 3.1 Gen2 header, but there are enough USB3 ports on the rear side. 

Long story short, this motherboard is an excellent option for both Zen2 and Zen3 processors, and you can overclock them the way you want. The Wi-Fi variant of this motherboard is a little expensive than the one that lacks it, but I believe it’s a better option for that price.

Pros
  • Very budget-friendly price.
  • Comes with integrated Wi-Fi.
  • UFEI BIOS is straightforward to use.
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A & Type-C ports
Cons
  • Lacks front panel header for USB 3.1 Gen2.
  • PCIe x1 ports are unusable when x16 ports are in use.

MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries

Motherboard MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries
Voltage Regulators 12 Phase
Memory Support 128 GB DDR4
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2
SATA Slots 6x
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIe Slots 4x
Crossfire Yes

We are already done with some super expensive options, so let's bring something cheaper to the list that most of our users asked us. AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is not a budget processor, but there is a good thing for you that you can pair it with some budget or entry-level motherboard, and it will work like a charm. At the same time, Intel's high-end processors demand expensive motherboards for overclocking and to utilize its full performance.

The MSI B550-A ProSeries motherboard is paired with all of the necessary features but at a very budget-friendly price which is excellent for budget users. I would recommend you get this motherboard over some premium B450 or X470 motherboards as they don’t worth buying these days for Ryzen 3000 and 5000 processors because of a few missing features SLI or PCIe Gen4 slots.

The B550-A ProSeries comes in a black and grey color scheme giving very attractive looks to the users even without the RGB lights. The company added fewer plastic components to the motherboard but extended the heatsinks to better the components' cooling. The VRM heatsink of this motherboard extends over the IO section and features the MSI branding logo.

The controllers on this motherboard are very cost-effective not don’t compromise in their job, and Realtek powers the audio section, but for networking, you will miss the 2.5G NIC. There are two PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard and two PCIe x1 slots, while the primary slot for VGA has MSI PCI Steel Armor to give better support to modern graphics cards RTX 3080 as they are bulkier.

The top PCIe x16 slot on this motherboard runs at x16 Gen4 mode, while the bottom one runs at x4 Gen3 mode. B550-A ProSeries allows the users to install 128 GB of memory which you can split into four modules, and they can be overclocked to 4400 MHz. For storage, this motherboard has two M.2 slots and six SATA3 slots, while the top M.2 slot has the heat spreader.

The rear side of this motherboard has several USB 3.2 Gen2 slots, which include both Type-A and Type-C ports along with some USB 2.0 ports. The backside of this motherboard has a BIOS flashback button which allows you to quickly recover the BIOS of the board after incomplete installation or corruption.

Long story short, if you are looking for a cheap motherboard for your Ryzen 7 5800X, MSI B550-A ProSeries is the best option for you. The price of this motherboard is slightly more affordable than any other entry-level board, so as per my review, there is nothing bad to consider.

Pros
  • Budget-friendly price.
  • Great set of features.
  • USB 3.2 Gen2 Ports.
  • Crossfire ready.
Cons
  • Nothing to mention.

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F

Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix B550-F
Voltage Regulators 12+2 Phase
Memory Support 128 GB DDR4
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2
SATA Slots 6x
M.2 Slots 3x
PCIe Slots 6x
Crossfire Yes

We’ve almost covered every category of the motherboard in this list except the mid-range one, so I decided to pick a mid-range motherboard for a reasonable price. For that, we’ve picked the Asus Rog Strix B550-F, which represents the mid-range motherboard in the Rog series. There are two motherboards with the same chipset in this series where one is Rog Strix B550-F while the other one is B550-E.

The B550-F is a budget-friendly motherboard, while the B550-E is targeted for high-end builds as its expensive and offering more features. The one we have on this list comes in two different variants while; one offers integrated Wi-Fi while the other lacks it, and most amazingly rest of the features in both of these motherboards are identical.

This motherboard gives great aesthetics as it comes in a black color scheme with Asus Rog branding on the chipset heatsink and IO cover and a few RGB lights on the Aorus logo. There are many heatsinks on this motherboard which makes every component cool and allows the users to get maximum out of their build. However, the B550-E offers more features for a little more pricey, but this board seems enough for mid-range gaming.

The controllers on this motherboard are not so cheap nor expensive, but amazingly they do their job perfectly without making any compromise. If you are willing to pair this motherboard with Ryzen 7 5800X or 5900X, it will work great and allow you outstanding overclocking performance. The Rog F series motherboards make an exceptional balance between the performance and the aesthetics of the board.

There are four RAM slots on this motherboard, allowing the users to install 128GB of DDR4 highly overclocked memory modules. For expansion cards like VGA, there are two PCIe x16 slots that allow users to install multiple graphics cards and are fully compatible with AMD Crossfire technology. In addition to the two PCIe x16 slots, there are three PCIe x1 slots too on this motherboard.

The rear panel of this motherboard has many USB3 Gen2 ports, which include both USB Type-A and Type-C ports, and there are a few USB 2.0 ports. The voltage regulators of this motherboard have an extended heatsink which cools down the VRM and allows the users to overclock their processor like a boss.

I would recommend you to get the Wi-Fi version of this motherboard as it’s a little more expensive than the normal one. However, if you are saving money for some other components and not willing to invest much on the board, you can get the normal one, and both of them are great Ryzen 7 5800X motherboards.

Pros
  • 2.5G NIC.
  • Great aesthetics.
  • Great onboard audio solution.
  • An excellent option for Ryzen 3000 series processors.
Cons
  • Lacks from USB 3.2 header.
  • It is priced the same as of MSI MEG Tomahawk.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk

Motherboard MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk
Voltage Regulators 13 Phase
Memory Support 128 GB, 4x
USB Ports 6x Type-A & Type-C
SATA Slots 6x
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIe Slots 4x
Crossfire Yes

Tomahawk motherboards are not changed much as you might already know that B450 Tomahawk was considered one of the best board for overclocking in that category, and that’s the same case with the B550 version. The MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk is an arsenal gaming themed motherboard packed with features that you mostly see in premium options but for a budget-friendly price value.

The looks of this motherboard are much identical to the X570, and Z470 tomahawk as all of them has a black colored base with grey lines sweeping diagonally from one corner to the other. The B550 Tomahawk lacks the chipset fan, while both other options offer that, and all of them has RGB lights under the chipset heat spreader, which makes it even more appealing to the users.

MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk has two PCIe x16 slots. One has the MSI Steel Armor for better support to large-sized GPUs, and it’s fully compatible with the AMD Crossfire technology allowing users to install multiple graphics cards. The two M.2 slots on this motherboard come with a heat spreader, which hides under PCB looks, and six SATA3 slots are available for more storage expansion.

There are 10 GBPS USB Type-C and 5 GBPS USB3 Type-A ports on this motherboard which are enough, but some users get disappointed as they count not more than six. The rear side of this motherboard has two Ethernet ports from which one is using 2.5G NIC, and that’s two ports are something exceptional. High power pump headers are also available on this board for liquid coolers.

The VRM section of this motherboard has 13 phase power design regulators, which gives 60A smooth power to the CPU and other components. Also, the extended heat sinks were coming from B450 Tomahawk, and they are still available in this one which allows the users to overclock their Zen3 processors to a great extent. The right section of the heat spreader of the VRM is hidden under the IO cover.

Unlike the Asus Rog Strix series motherboards, this one lacks integrated Wi-Fi which is a basic need in any gaming build. The audio codec on this motherboard is not the best in its class, and it could be much better as other motherboards are offering the better one. Overall it’s a great motherboard to consider for Ryzen 7 5800x, but some things could make it even better and will increase its price to value ratio.

Pros
  • Great price to performance value.
  • Appealing aesthetics.
  • Dual Ethernet ports.
  • Head spreader on both M.2 slots.
  • Overclocking performance is exceptional.
Cons
  • Audio codec is not best in class.
  • Only six USB ports at rear IO.
  • Lacks integrated Wi-Fi.