GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite

Motherboard GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite
Form Factor ATX
Ram DIMMs 4x
Maximum Memory 128 GB
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
SATA Ports 6x
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIE Slots & Crossfire 3x, Yes

Aorus Elite is Gigabyte's entry-level motherboard series, while Aorus has both premium and budget models in it. This motherboard comes with a great set of features, and when it comes to overclocking the new Ryzen 5000 series processors, it gets its job done without having any sweat. There are premium controllers on this motherboard like the 2.5G NIC, but it's not extraordinary as most boards own it.

As it's an entry-level motherboard in the Aorus series, we are not looking for premium looks on this motherboard, but it still doesn't look bad. The black-colored PCB with diagonal white lines and orange lights on the IO cover looks amazing. The chipset of this board has a heatsink with the Aorus logo on it and a fan for better cooling as it's straight below the PCIe x16 slots.

The 12+2 Phase DrMOS VRM allows you to overclock any Zen3 processor, and it will never let you disappoint with its performance. There are three full-length PCI slots for graphics cards, while the primary one has PCI Steel Armor for better support for big cards. This board also supports AMD Crossfire in three-way means you can install up to three graphics cards.

The two M.2 slots with a heat spreader on this motherboard allow you to install high-speed NVMe modules, while for further storage expansion, there are four SATA 6GBPS slots. Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite comes with four DIMMs that support memory up to 128 GB, and you can also install highly overclocked modules with frequency up to 48000 MHz's impressive for a board at this price.

The rear IO panel of this motherboard has a lot of USB3 Type-A ports, but unfortunately, it lacks the USB Type-C port. A BIOS flashback button on this motherboard allows you to recover the BIOS after corruption or incomplete update quickly. Another thing you need to know is the primary M.2 slot runs at 4.0 mode while the bottom one at 3.0, and there is a bandwidth difference between them.

Long story short, it's a great motherboard if you are looking for something cheap for your Ryzen 9 5900X, but I would recommend that you invest more in some other better options. The overclocking power, aesthetics and features set of this motherboard are great. There is the same motherboard with an X570 chipset, too, and you can also consider that for your build if it's not available to you.

MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries

Motherboard MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries
Form Factor ATX
Ram DIMMs 4x
Maximum Memory 128 GB
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A & Type-C
SATA Ports 6x SATAIII
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIE Slots & Crossfire 2x, Yes

MSI ProSeries contains some of the cheapest motherboards, which serve great for entry-level and budget builds and never disappoint the users with their performance. The one we’ve is MSI B550-A ProSeries which comes at the price of X470 motherboards but much better than that because of high-speed user ports, and PCIe Gen4 slots are not available in X470 or B450 boards.

Like all other B550 motherboards, it also comes compatible with Zen3 processors out of the box, but the great thing about this motherboard you need to know is its overclocking performance. It has 12+2 Phase DrMOS VRMs, which has extended heatsinks over them and doesn’t go hot even when overclocking the processor at its full extent, and that’s what great about this board.

The aesthetics of a cheap motherboard always disappoint the users as they don’t offer something premium in looks, but this one comes in black colored PCB with some white stripes that give decent looks. The controllers on this motherboard are from Realtek, which are budget-friendly but not the best ones in their class still; they get their job done without disappointing the users. 

This ATX motherboard has two full-length PCIe slots with PCI Steel Armor on the top one and allows the users to install multiple AMD graphics cards. The four DIMMs on this motherboard accept 128 GB of memory and allows the users to OC the RAM up to 4400 MHz. The storage options on this motherboard are pretty good as it has two M.2 slots with a heat spreader on one and six SATA 6GBPS slots for storage expansion.

PCIe Gen4 slots are an excellent advantage for AMD users as Intel processors still don’t support them, but due to the limit of lanes, the upper M.2 slot runs at Gen4 mode while the bottom one at Gen3. There is a BIOS flashback button on the rear side of this motherboard which allows quick recovery of the motherboard BIOS if you corrupt the files or did some incomplete upgrade.

The rear side of this motherboard lacks the IO cover and has only one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C port. However, there are USB 3.2 Gen1 and a couple of USB 2.0 ports and offer superb connectivity options. When it comes to low-budget builds, the ProSeries motherboards were always the best, but if we compare it with other competitors in the market, they offer slightly better features.

ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS

Motherboard ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS
Form Factor 128 GB
Ram DIMMs 4x
Maximum Memory 128 GB
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port Type-A & Type-C
SATA Ports 6x SATAIII
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIE Slots & Crossfire 2x, Yes

Asus TUF (The Ultimate Force) series of motherboards were always known for their durability as they come with shock-resistant capacitors, anti-surge technology, which are the norm these days in their latest boards and dust covers. These motherboards are designed to resist small electric shocks, and the high-density fiber PCB prevents them from humidity.

We've seen most of the motherboards in the market come with only three years of warranty, but the good thing about these boards is they have added two years of manufacturer warranty. The latest boards in this series remind us of these motherboards' old military design looks as they have the black-colored base with grey and yellow stripes on them.

Overall when we compare the feature of this series of the motherboard with ROG, it stands below in both price and feature set. The Asus TUF Gaming B550-Plus offers slims set of features, not the one that older motherboards in this series tend to give. This motherboard has great VRMs with extended heatsinks over them and branding the TUF Gaming. 

Those who are building some aesthetically appealing RGB build might get disappointed with this motherboard as it lacks an integrated IOO cover which most of the competitors at lower prices are offering. The PCB of this motherboard is in black, while it has some grey stripes going from top to bottom diagonally, and there is also some yellow accent too which reminiscing us of the older TUF gaming boards.

This board accepts 128 GB of memory across the four slots and allows the users to install highly overclocked modules with built-in XMP profiles. There are two M.2 slots on this board, where one lacks the heat spreader and six SATA 6GBPS slots. The rear side of this motherboard has a lot of ports, including USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C and a couple of other USB3 ports.

RGB lights headers, CMOS header, Thunder Port, plenty of fans, and USB headers on this motherboard. There are chokes and capacitors on it to prevent the motherboard from humidity and electric shocks, similar to the old TUF Gaming motherboards. There are some yellow lights too on this board which looks good in modern RGB casings.

Overall it's an excellent motherboard for the Ryzen 3000 & 5000 series of processors. If you are looking for an ultra-durable motherboard, I would recommend you to go with this option. However, if you are looking for something more premium, don't worry because we've got some other great options for you below.

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F

Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix B550-F
Form Factor ATX
Ram DIMMs 4x
Maximum Memory 128 GB
USB Ports USB 3.2 Gen2
SATA Ports 6x SATA3
M.2 Slots 2x
PCIE Slots & Crossfire 2x, Yes

The ROG series has many motherboards that include both budget options like the one we have, Asus Rog Strix B550-F, and some premium options too like Maximus or Crosshair boards.  When you look overall at them, they all are giving great features for their price, and as it's coming from a well-reputed brand, so we also don't need to worry about the components or the durability of the board.

Prior to the release of B550 motherboards, there was a conversation on different forums about the average price of these motherboards. Then later, Best Buy listed some of the B550 motherboards under $150-$300, and they all are mid-range boards. We've got a great option on their list, namely Asus Rog Strix B550-F, which is budget-friendly but offers an impressive set of features that any modern build needs.

The Rog Strix B550 has two different variants where one is B550-F, the one we have on this list, while the other one is B550-E slightly better one. This motherboard comes with four DIMMs which allows you to install 128 GB of memory while you can also have overclocked memory modules on this board, and it will support them. There are enough fan headers on this board, allowing you to install a couple of case fans for better cooling.

Aesthetically Asus Rog series motherboards are very appealing, and that's the same case with this one as it comes in a black-colored base with some grey diagonal lines on it. There are black-colored heatsinks and IO cover with ROG branding on it. The voltage regulators of this motherboard have extended heatsinks over it which gives excellent cooling performance while overclocking the processor.

The storage options on this motherboard are also impressive; it comes with two M.2 slots with heat spreaders on both of them, while six right-angled SATA 6GBPS slots are also available for storage expansion. You need to know about this motherboard because it comes in two different versions where one has Wi-Fi, and another one lacks it, and I would recommend you to go with the Wi-Fi option as it's a few bucks expensive.

There are USB 3.2 Gen2 ports on the rear side of this board, including both Type-A and Type-C, while 2.5G NIC and Wi-Fi are also available. Overall this motherboard is an excellent option for those who are looking for something premium for a reasonable price. If you can spend a little more on the mainboard, I would suggest you get the B550-E with better features than this one, but it's still great to consider.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming

Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
Form Factor ITX
Ram DIMMs 2x
Maximum Memory 64 GB
USB Ports USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A & Type-C
SATA Ports 4x
M.2 Slots 1x
PCIE Slots & Crossfire 1x, No

The ROG Strix is a budget-friendly series from Asus, and these motherboards can be used for any modern mid-range AMD Build. We have a couple of cheap and premium options on this list that you can consider buying, but no one is targeted for side builds or HTPC. There we've picked the Asus ROG Strix X570-I, and as the name suggests, it's an ITX motherboard for some budget-friendly builds.

The great thing about this motherboard is it's even small in size, but that doesn't mean it compromises performance; however, few features are cut off due to its small form factor. The ATX sized Asus ROG Strix B550-F shares the core features with this motherboard as both of them are offering the same controllers, which are budget-friendly and don't compromise on the performance.

The looks of this motherboard are pretty the same as the ATX version as it comes in the same black-colored PCB with some grey touch on it. There are RGB lights with ROG branding over the M.2 heatsink, and the chipset is also placed under it. There are 12 phase design voltage regulators, and the MOSFETs are placed in a row with a large-sized heatsink over them for excellent cooling performance.

One great thing about this motherboard is it comes with two M.2 slots where one has heatsink over it and four SATA3 slots for further storage expansion. As this motherboard is targeted for small builds, we don't need multiple graphics card configurations on it, and it only supports a single card. There is a PCIe Steel Armor on the PCIe slot of this motherboard which allows you to install any large-sized GPU.

The connectivity options on this motherboard are great enough as it has several USB 3.1'Gen2 slots, which include both Type-A and Type-C and a couple of other ports for network, audio and Wi-Fi antennas. The overclocking power of this motherboard might be moderate, but it can easily handle any latest Ryzen 3000 or 5000 series of processors, including the one for which we are considering it.

The premium features like Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit NIC with Asus Lan Guard, multiple M.2 slots, and a couple of other features make it one of the best motherboards for Ryzen 5 5900X. However, I would only recommend you to get this if you are building some small gaming machine. This is because of its price as it's way expensive than the ATX version but offering fewer features.