Best Mini Itx Motherboards for Ryzen

Best Mini Itx Motherboards for Ryzen – If you are planning on building a mini-ITX computer and you’re looking for a solid mini-ITX motherboard to pair it with, one of the options listed above should work for you. After that, you’ll just need a mini-ITX case, a low-profile cooler (or an AIO cooler), and a low-profile graphics card, and you should be set on the small-form-factor components you’ll need in order to build a mini PC.

You’re looking to build a small form factor PC with a minimal footprint. Then you must go with this one. The GIGABYTE B550I AORUS PRO AX gaming is the perfect starting point if this is your main list.

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If you are ready to buy a new (or not really new) ITX motherboard, we hope this list was helpful. Now all you have to do is pick your companion and you are good to go!

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1.MSI MPG B550I

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MSI’s B550 product stack currently consists of 12 boards, ranging from the Pro B550M Pro-VDH Wi-Fi  ($109.99), several MAG and MPG class boards including the popular B550 Tomahawk , and the flagship B550 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi . MSI’s lineup has something for just about every AMD Ryzen system builder, including Micro ATX- and Mini ITX-size motherboards.

In our testing, the B550I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi performed well in the majority of benchmarks, matching the other B550 boards we’ve tested so far, generally landing within a standard margin of error.

The board handled stock operations without issue, boosting our Ryzen 9 3900X to 4.6 GHz and 4.3 GHz (two core/all core boost), respectively. Overclocking was also successful in running the CPU at 4.3 GHz. Read on to find detailed specifications and performance results

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2.MSI Performance

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A mere six months have passed since MSI told us that there would be no cheap performance motherboards. But at just , MSI’s MPG performance Gaming Plus certainly seems cheap. Or perhaps six months of higher prices have changed our perspective? We do remember a time when the cheapest boards to use an enthusiast-class chipset were priced around .

Regardless of how we define cheapness, this board still gets you a voltage regulator with eight 46A MOSFETs for the CPU core on a board that undercuts the other “value-priced models” we’ve tested by a wide margin. That voltage regulator should be adequate to run the full range of Ryzen 3000processors at stock settings. Since our test CPU is a middle model, we’ll push it a bit with overclocking.

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3.ASUS Prime H310I-PLUS

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ASUS PRIME H310I-PLUS Model ASUS PRIME H310I-PLUS SKU ASUS-PRIME-H310i-PLUS Form Factor ATX CPU Socket Type AM4 Chipset AMD B350 Memory Slots 4�288pin Memory Standard AMD Ryzen Processors DDR4 3200(O.C.)/ 2933(O.C.)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133*1 AMD 7th Generation A-series/ Athlon Processors DDR4 2400/ 2133 Max Memory Supported 64GB M.2 Slots AMD Ryzen Processors:

1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x4 mode) AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon Processors: 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x2 mode) SATA III Slots 4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, PCI Express 3.0 x16 AMD Ryze…

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4.MSI LGA 1151 DDR4

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With the Intel’s latest 9th generation processors showing a great interest in the market right now, we are also getting more Z390 motherboards for reviewing at PCTeKReviews.com, so today we are reviewing MSI MAG Z390 GAMING PLUS motherboard from MSI.

A budget to midrange full ATX Z390 motherboard satisfying all that gamers need for Intel’s latest 9th generation gaming system build.

MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS is equipped with Extended Heatsink Design, Core boost, Twin Turbo M.2, Game Boost, Turbo USB and Intel CNVi connector and MSI latest Dragon Center APP

Now let’s see what this MSI Z390 chipset gaming board have for us.

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5.ASRock B365M-ITX

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Over the past few weeks, we have looked at several small form factor (SFF) motherboards of all types. Recently we published our ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac review, which is a board with an eye towards gaming, but here the ASRock B360M-ITX/ac doesn’t really place itself into any category. The board is intended to exist as a SFF option based on a mid-range chipset in Intel’s B360.

With overclocking not a possibility (among other things), users are able to save a few dollars as board partners tend to use only what is required for power delivery. Users are also to save money getting into the platform by choosing non “K” series CPUs and memory running DDR4-2666 or less.

That doesn’t mean it is without features. The B360M-ITX/ac includes Wi-Fi capabilities, USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) Type-A ports, as well as a M.2 slot. Those who are looking for RGB LED support will also have to look elsewhere as the board does not have any integrated, nor headers on the board supporting it. Users will have to bring the bling from elsewhere.

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6.ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII

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The Asus X570 motherboard lineup includes options from the TUF, Prime, Strix, WS (Workstation), and ROG lines in ATX form-factor only (currently). If you are looking for an ITX board, it will have to be from Gigabyte or ASRock for now, while Micro-ATX boards can be found in Asus, MSI, ASRock, and Gigabyte lineups.

The OG Crosshair VIII Formula leads the pack, followed by the Hero and WS, with the Strix, Prime and TUF lines mixed in on the way down the product stack. With a total of 10 motherboards in its lineup, Asus has enough options to suit most builds.

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi’s  price point lands it in the upper mid-range of all X570 boards.

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7.ASUS ROG X570

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Motherboard designers typically go for obvious choices: When AMD announced that its latest platform would support one NVMe M.2 drive from the CPU and up to 16 high-speed connections from the X570 PCH, it was obvious that most manufacturers would deploy twelve of those PCH lanes as a second and third M.2 interface plus a PCIe x4 slot.

Those designers were then left to figure out whether to use those final four lanes for SATA, USB3 or additional PCIe. And that’s where lane sharing that disables one interface to enable another begins. Asus took a different track in its ROG Strix X570-E Gaming: It has only two M.2 slots total.

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8.GIGABYTE B360N WiFi

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When the Z370 chipset came to the market, it was not enough to satisfy all potential buyers. As with every platform, Intel released (although this time several months later) a second wave of cheaper chipsets, allowing buyers to purchase inexpensive motherboards for the latest processors.

These motherboards are not always for the enthusiasts, but will allow users to enter the platform at a lower price. To that end, all board partners have several boards in the H370, B350, and H310 chipsets to choose from.

The GIGABYTE B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI in our hands today offers users that lower-cost of entry along with quite a few features. At $120, about the only thing missing from a base Z370 board the Gaming 3 Wi-Fi is the ability to overclock. The board includes lightning fast Wi-Fi capabilities (to 1.73 Gbps) as well as USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) support integrated into the chipset.

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9.GIGABYTE B365M DS3H

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Get ready for those intense gaming marathons with Gigabyte B365 DS3H LGA 1151 Micro ATX Motherboard. Designed for 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors with the LGA 1151 socket, this motherboard features the B365 chipset to power gaming, content creation, entertainment, and other intense computing tasks.

Get ready for those intense gaming marathons with Gigabyte B365 DS3H LGA 1151 Micro ATX Motherboard. Designed for 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors with the LGA 1151 socket, this motherboard features the B365 chipset to power gaming, content creation, entertainment, and other intense computing tasks.

Up to 64GB of dual-channel DD4 RAM at 2666 MHz can be installed across four memory slots for efficient multitasking and to run high-end games and applications

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10.ASRock Mini-ITX

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The B450 Gaming-ITX/ac targets gamers specifically, so we power users probably shouldn’t complain too much that the I/O panel is sparsely populated with USB despite the platform’s combination of four CPU-based and two B450-based USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. ASRock probably wanted more cooling space for the voltage regulator–or at least this is what I told myself as I counted the ports on the front-panel header and found that just four out of the six USB ports were USB 3.0.

But the inclusion of two USB 2.0 ports on the I/O panel is no insult since keyboards and mice can’t use a higher-bandwidth standard anyway, and we won’t knock the space consumed by DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0, since ASRock is also marketing the board to APU gamers. That’s right, the B450 Gaming-ITX/ac’s overclocking power could potentially be harnessed to an APU for the ultimate cheapskate gaming build.

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Best Mini Itx Motherboards for Ryzen – BUYER’S GUIDE

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Socket

The CPU socket of your motherboard is responsible for holding the processor and communicating with it. But, this socket will only function when your computer’s motherboard has the same socket as your motherboard.

Hence, it is highly important to match the sockets for compatibility. Some of the common sockets that you will find in modern computer CPUs include AM4 socket for AMD processors and motherboards as well as the LGA 1200 socket for Intel processors and motherboards.

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Chipset

Another factor to consider to ensure that you are getting a compatible motherboard for your computer’s processor. Even if your motherboard and CPU have the same socket type, they may not be compatible with each other if the CPU is not supported by your motherboard’s chipset. While some chipsets may not function at all, others may be limited in terms of the features that you get.

Taking a look at AMD motherboards, a few of the popular chipsets that you will find include budget options like B450 and A520, mid-range options like B550, and high-end options like X570 that offers all of the performance that you would expect. Talking about Intel, it primarily focuses on its high-end Z490 chipset which is mainly found in premium motherboards including the mini ITX ones stated above.

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Memory Support

Whether you are getting a high-end processor or a mid-range one, it is equally important to have a decent amount of RAM in your computer. This ensures that you can use it for all sorts of multitasking usage. Being small and compact in size, most ITX motherboards come with 2 memory slots in total.

Fortunately, these can still take up to 64 gigs of maximum RAM in most cases. Another factor to consider while getting a motherboard is the maximum RAM speed supported by it. Most modern-day CPUs including both AMD and Intel ones can benefit a lot from faster RAM. Hence, a lot of motherboards support high memory speeds like 3600 MHz, 4000 MHz, 4400 MHz, etc.

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PCI-E and Expansion Slots

Even though an ITX motherboard lacks quite a bit in terms of its connectivity options and expansion slots, you would still want to have at least one for your computer’s graphics card. Thankfully, all ITX motherboards including the various options stated in this listicle have a 16x PCI-E slot. You can use this to easily install a full-size graphics card which can be highly useful if you are building a compact gaming PC.

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Storage Options

While an ITX motherboard may not be the best for installing multiple expansion cards, you can still have multiple storage options. This includes both high speed and bulk storage options. Despite being quite compact, a lot of mini ITX motherboards come with dual M.2 slots allowing you to have a lot of fast SSD storage. You can also find 4 or 6 SATA3 ports for connecting traditional hard drives.

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Ports and Connectivity

Other than the various internal components of your computer, you would also want to connect multiple input and output devices to your computer like a mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, webcam, and others.

Thus, it is quite important to have multiple ports on the back of your motherboard like USB type C, type A, HDMI, DisplayPort, ethernet, PS2, audio ports, and various others. Since mini ITX motherboards are also used for making HTPCs, a lot of them also include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for ease of use.

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BIOS

Even though the BIOS of your mini ITX motherboard is a software component and not a hardware one, it is highly important to check. It is always recommended to get a motherboard that receives regular BIOS updates. This is due to the reason that a BIOS update can offer various benefits like improved system stability, increased CPU performance, add motherboard features, and apply security patches to your motherboard and its chipset.

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Warranty

Any motherboard that comes with a standard 3-year long warranty is most likely going to last for a long time. Even if it does not, you can still expect it to stay functional for a long time since most components offer the same functionality even after multiple years without any performance degradation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which chipset should I buy?

A: The most relevant motherboards for a new CPU buyer today are those equipped with the following chipsets: X570, B550, X470, and B450. The ‘X’ prefix denotes the high-end motherboards, while the ‘B’ denotes the close-run mid-range models. There’s also the ‘A’ prefix for the entry-level, but these come usually strapped for features and not that much cheaper than entry-level B450 boards. Plenty of options, clearly.

The 500-series chipsets are the latest to arrive, while the 400-series is generally a little older—not always, however, as Asus is still pumping out new B450 motherboards even today. Both technically support the latest Ryzen 5000-series and Ryzen 3000-series processors, but with some features missing within those packing older parts. The most notable of these omissions is PCIe 4.0 support for increased platform bandwidth—despite rumours, only 500-series motherboards are PCIe 4.0 ready.

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WRAP UP

Best Mini Itx Motherboards for Ryzen –  While we’ve listed seven of the top mini-ITX motherboard options in this guide, we’ve picked out four of them as the best options in four different categories. Below is a quick-look table that showcases our four selections for the best Z370 mini-ITX motherboard, the best X470 mini-ITX motherboard, the best affordable mini-ITX motherboard for Intel-based systems, and the best affordable mini-ITX motherboard for AMD-based systems.

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