Best AM4 Gaming Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7 series CPUs

To cut the chase short, Here are the best motherboards to match the Ryzen CPUs with specific details. Ryzen CPU's start from 4-core and goes all the way up to the 8-core/16 thread. If you are an enthusiast, the best bet is Ryzen 7 1800X 8-core/16 thread processor with X370 Motherboard. If you are a high-end mainstream gamer, the better buy would be Ryzen 7 1700X or 1700 with the B350 motherboard, What's fascinating is, there's something for everyone in the entire line-up.

Source : AMD
All the Ryzen CPUs are overclockable. But not all motherboards supports overclocking. Only the  X370, B350 and X300 (enthusiast SFF) supports overclocking. AM4 Motherboard that supports both overclocking and crossfire/SLI is X370 only. If you are into multiple GPU setup X370 is the one required. If you are into heavy overclocking and don't do SLI, then b350 is the better choice. A300 and A 320 series don't support Overclocking suits only for entry level systems that do not plan to OC and SLI. It's not a good idea buy A300 and 320 motherboards to pair with Ryzen 7 series CPUs as you are wasting the overclocking potential and limiting upgrade path.
Even if you get Ryzen 3 series or Ryzen 5 Series, X370 and B350 is the better choice. In future,  if you decided to upgrade to 1800X/1700X processor, you don't need to upgrade MOBO and have fun OC'ing the current processor taking it to heaven. Ryzen motherboards sport new AM4 socket with native DDR4 memory support and NVMe storage. The X370 also has more PCIe for additional slots and devices, extra SATA ports for bigger RAID arrays, and more USB for extra peripherals. So, all comes handy for your next Ryzen build

*Update* : Asus B350 Prime plus supports CrossfireX - Thanks to Nerban daban

What you should know before buying motherboard

SFF: Small Form Factor
Source: AMD

Difference between  X370 vs.B350 (comparison)


Features X370 B350
CrossfireX/SLI 2-Way SLI No
PCIe 3 Lanes 24 24
PCIe 2 Lanes 8 4
USB 3.1 2 2
USB 3.0 8 4
USB 2.0 6 2
SATA 6Gb/s 4 4
DDR4 DIMMs 8 4
Overclocking Support Yes Yes
NVMe Yes Yes
Form Factor ATX ATX, M-ATX

Motherboards for Ryzen 1800X/1700X and 1700 from different manufactures.

ASRock AM4 Gaming Motherboards

Motherboard Name
X370 TAICHI
X370 FATAL1TY PROFESSIONAL GAMING
X370 FATAL1TY GAMING K4
X370 KILLER SLI/ac
X370 KILLER SLI
AB350 GAMING K4
AB350 PRO4
AB350M PRO4
AB350 PRO4

Gigabyte AM4 Gaming Motherboards


Motherboard Name
AX370 AORUS GAMING K7

AX370 AORUS GAMING K5
AX370 AORUS GAMING K3
AX370 AORUS GAMING 5

AX370 AORUS D3
AB350 GAMING
AB350 GAMING 3

AB350M HD3

B350M D2


Which motherboard series for Ryzen 1800X/1700X and 1700 CPUs

CPU Model Recommended
Motherboard Series
Cores/Threads
Cache/TDP
Clock Speed
Base Turbo XFR

X370 8/16
20MB
95W
3.6GHz 4.0GHz 4.0GHz+
Ryzen 7 1700x

X370/ X300 (SFF) 8/16
20MB
95W
3.4GHz 3.8GHz 3.8GHz+
Ryzen 7 1700 (Comes with Wraith Cooler)

B350/ X300 (SFF) 8/16
20MB
65W
3.0GHz 3.7GHz N/A

As promised it's going to disrupt the PC game market shifting tides in its favor. Better performance at half the price of the competitor Intel. Ryzen promised 40% IPC gain over predecessors and surpassed own goal reaching 52% IPC. The new Zen microarchitecture is faster, smarter and efficient. The top end processors aka the Ryzen 7 series boasts 8cores/16 threads. The difference between them is the clock speed and the price. All the Ryzen series are overclockable. But not all motherboards supports overclocking. Good motherboard and decent drivers are required for your new Ryzen 1700, 1700X or mighty 1800X to rise! That's it folks. I'll add more when new motherboards get released. Let me know if i missed anything!

Sources : Videocardz, AMD

2 comments:

  1. The Asus B350 does support CrossFireX - https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-B350-PLUS/specifications/

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