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

Usually, we see motherboards that come with RGB lights look attractive, but that's not the case with the MSI MEG x570 Unify because it comes in a unified black-colored base and heatsinks and is extremely appealing. This motherboard offers all of the features of the MSI x570 ACE, which you know is a great gaming motherboard, but it only differs in its design and price too. 

There are three M.2 slots on this motherboard, along with the 2.5 Intel network controller and integrated Wi-Fi. MSI removed all the plastics on the IO panel of the ACE series motherboard, a move that I found to be a small but positive thing in this motherboard. But that does not mean it does not have the IO plate, but the manufacturer replaced the plastic cover with an extended voltage regulators heatsink, which you know offers some exceptional cooling performance.

This motherboard offers the potential for incredible overclocking with the 14 phase design voltage regulators and the X570 chipset. This model represents the company's top-tier motherboard and is targeted at enthusiasts. 

Each M.2 slot on this motherboard has its own heatsink, allowing for better cooling of the NVMe SSDs and eventually providing better performance. There are several USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, including the Type-A and Type-C ports, on the rear panel. The three PCIe x16 slots support the graphics cards' dual-configuration and support both Nvidia SLI and AMD Crossfire. 

It's a good choice for both Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series processors, and you can overclock it however you like. Many heat sinks, all-black color schemes, and the absence of RGB lights make this motherboard unique among other options.

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

Next on our list, we’ve got an entry-level option in the B550 chipset, Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite, which is more than a professional motherboard. The 12+2 phase voltage regulators, pair of M.2 slots, and Intel 2.5G network interface controller makes it the best choice to consider for the latest and upcoming processors. The adequate black colored base with some grey pattern printed and black colored heatsinks make this motherboard attractive in color coordinate builds. Though it doesn’t give the premium looks like some other motherboards are offering in the same series.

A single PCIe x16 full length 4.0 slot has two more PCIe x16 slots, but they run on 3.0 mode, and it supports multiple graphics card configurations. From two M.2 slots, the primary slot runs at 4.0 mode and has a heatsink over it, while the second slot runs at 3.0 mode and lacks the M.2 heatsinks. There are also four straight angled SATA ports that you can use for HDD and SSD for further storage expansion. When all these features combined, this motherboard gives excellent value for its price.

The more exciting thing in Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite is the memory support as this motherboard is compatible with DDR4 3800 MHz memory modules. You can split into four, and it supports a total of 128 GB of memory. The rear IO panel has two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, four USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, and a BIOS flashback button, allowing easy recovery of the BIOS. The missing integrated Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, and secondary M.2 heatsinks are the flaws I found in this motherboard but still, with them, it’s offering excellent value for its price.

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

We’ve seen TUF series motherboards as an option that is more durable and reliable, but also, they come at a premium price. However, we’ve got some of the premium features and the least expensive motherboard in the x570 chipset category. This motherboard’s core features are the seven-phase voltage regulators, which are using doubles resulting in a total 12+2 phase VRM with the extended heatsink. This X570 series motherboard supports both ECC and non-ECC memory modules, and you can split 128 GB of memory into four modules.

There are ESD guards for individual components and additional anti-surge protection for components that makes this motherboard durable. This motherboard’s design and color scheme remind us of the old TUF series products as it has a solid black base with some industrial looking grey colored heatsinks. The two PCIe, x16 slots on this motherboard support both x16/x4 modes and support AMD Crossfire, where you can install multiple graphics cards. The Debug-LED on this motherboard allows you to solve pre-boot errors even if you are a non-tech person.

This motherboard’s rear panel has two USB 3.1 Gen 2, four USB 3.1 Gen1, Type-A & Type-C ports, and a couple of other ports. Also, it has an ethernet port, audio ports, and some display output ports on the rear side. This motherboard comes in two different options where one has integrated Wi-Fi while the other lacks that, but I would recommend you go with the Wi-Fi variant because it’s slightly expensive than the other one but way better. Both of these motherboards' core features are the same, and undoubtedly, ASUS did a perfect job with these TUF series motherboards.

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

Those users who are slightly low on budget can consider the MSI B550-A ProSeries motherboard for their build because of its entry-level hardware with all necessary features. If you plan to buy some older chipset motherboard like x470 or B450, I would recommend that you go with this one because they all cost the same. The B550-A Pro comes in an all-black colored design with some grey stripes on it that looks attractive. Instead of adding some plastic IO plate, MSI has added some extended heatsinks that also covers the IO panel and gives robust VRM cooling as well as maintaining the aesthetics of the motherboard. The MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries comes with some of the cheapest Realtek controllers that are cost-effective but don’t compromise on performance, and of course, you are not going to see Intel 2.5G NIC in this cheap motherboard.

The two PCIe x16 slots support multiple graphics cards while the top slot runs at x16 Gen4 mode while the bottom one runs at x4 Gen3 mode. The A-Pro supports a total of 128 GB of memory, which you can split into four modules and runs at the clock speed of 4400 MHz. This motherboard’s storage options are also good as it has two M.2 slots from which the top one has an M.2 heatsink and six right-angled SATA slots. The rear panel has two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports from one is Type-A and Type-C. Also, it has two USB 3.2 Gen1 and four USB 2.0 ports. There is also a BIOS flashback button that can recover the BIOS when it is corrupt or incomplete installed. Overall with such MSRP, this is one of the best budget motherboards you can get for Ryzen 7 5800X and similar processors, but if you can afford more, I would recommend you to get some more powerful hardware because it’s an entry-level one.

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

ASUS has released two different ATX motherboards in their Rog Strix series from which one is B550-F while the other one is B550-E Gaming Wi-Fi. As we can guess from its name, the second one comes with integrated Wi-Fi while the first one lacks it, but there are many more differences. Aesthetically both of these motherboards are the same as they have all black colored PCB with heatsinks and some RGB lights. There is a significant price difference between these motherboards as this one is very cost-effective while the other one is slightly expensive.

This motherboard will be compatible with all of the Zen3 processors coming in a few weeks. More interestingly, you will be able to overclock that processor with this motherboard at full potential. The Rog F series motherboards make a delicate balance between the aesthetics and the overall performance. The four DIMMs on this motherboard allows you to install 128 GB of memory clocked at high frequencies. There are two PCIe x16 slots that support AMD Crossfire technology, and you can install multiple graphics cards on it.

This motherboard’s rear panel has a couple of USB 3.2 Gen2 and USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, including Type-A and Type-C ports. The VRM of this motherboard has extended heatsinks that offer robust cooling performance and run at low temps. Overall this motherboard is an excellent option for Zen3 processors because of its cost-effective price and performance; however, if you can afford, I recommend you go with the Wi-Fi model, which is better than the standard one.

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.