Best x470 Motherboards

Best x470 Motherboards – Cheaper than X570 motherboards with better features than their older X370 counterparts, X470 motherboards offer excellent all-around performance with little compromise. You can use them to overclock and make your rig prettier, all the while making it perform better.

With that said, we made sure to offer the best X470 motherboard for every price range and preference.

We did this to make sure that you don’t end up having to waste your money on a bad purchase.

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1.ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero

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Asus’ Crosshair line is well respected as a premium platform for overclocking, benchmarking, and system stability. However, competitors are starting to learn a few things from Asus and that may make the X470 Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi) board we’re looking at here less appealing for builders in the know. We’re going to open up this board’s classic red-and-black box to see how well this flagship brand stands up in 2019.

Can Asus justify the high asking price (about $285 when we wrote this), given the general value angle of the Ryzen platform in general and a plethora of (mostly lower-priced) competition?

The outer layer of the box presents a moderately stylized red and black theme like Asus’ Zenith and other Crosshair products, and opening the box focuses the builder to the beautiful PCB and ROG logo cleanly presented on the underside of the lid.

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2.ASUS Prime X570-Pro

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When AMD launched their Ryzen 3000 series processors we took a look at boards from pretty much everyone except ASUS, today we are taking a look at our first! We’ve always been fans of ASUS’s PRIME series of motherboards. They always seem to give you just what you need without all of the extra things that you just won’t use. By doing this they are able to keep the price of the boards pretty reasonable as well.

Another thing that is great to see is many high-end features from their ROG and Strix lines have made their way down to the PRIME boards. The ASUS PRIME X570-PRO features dual M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots, USB 3.2 connectivity, a 6-layer PCB, dual metal-shielded PCIe 4.0 slots, an attached I/O shield, RGB lighting, and much more! Is this the X570 board you need for your Ryzen 3000 series build? Read on to find out…

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3.GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO

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We review the Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro, optimized for Ryzen processors, and in specific the new Ryzen 2000 / Zen+. The new B450 series chipset based board offer some more appealing value, as budget wise these board sell at a sub 125,- USD/EUR price point, and Gigabyte certainly chucked this board full with features. So much so that you cannot really look at it as a budget offering anymore.

Today’s tested motherboard, the Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro, is obviously based on the B450 chipset and thus its feature set. This more value series boards include support for dual M.2-NVMe SSDs (incl heatsinks), USB 3.1. The primary PCIe slot is metal reinforced to withstand the weight of high-end cards. This board is NOT SLI or Crossfire compatible. The audio features a proper Realtek ALC 1220 codec.

The motherboard is reasonable in its features but certainly will look nice on any DIY PC build. The dark styled PCB comes with that Aorus style as well as some subtle light RGB accents. Combine this motherboard with any Ryzen 2000 series four, six or eight-core processor and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as to what it offers. Let’s start up the review, shall we?

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4.MSI Z390-A PRO LGA1151

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The main difference between the MSI Z390-A PRO and the rest of MSI’s Z390 product stack is that this board isn’t specifically targeted towards gamers. The aesthetics are simple with a coffee colored PCB which does include silver patterning across it; primarily around the edges of the board and around the silver and black heatsinks.

The main selling point of the MSI Z390-A PRO is in its value with a good selection of controllers including an Intel I219V Gigabit Ethernet controller and a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec handling the onboard audio.

The storage options are pretty basic on the Z390-A PRO with this being the only Z390 MSI board to feature only one PCIe/SATA M.2 slot; this is complemented by a total of six SATA ports with support for RAID 0. 1. 5 and 10 arrays. In terms of memory, the board is packing four RAM slots with support for DDR4–4400 with a maximum capacity of up to 64 GB.

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5.GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Elite

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It comes with all of the basics, including PCIe 4.0 support, dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, an integrated I/O shield, large heatsinks covering the VRM and front panel USB Type-C support, among other features.

Supporting both Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen 3000 series processors, the X570 Aorus Elite
is the second board in Gigabyte’s X570 product stack, above the non-Aorus-branded X570 Gaming X. The Elite aims to give users a well-balanced platform to build on, offering up-to-date connectivity and a robust power delivery area capable of driving all Ryzen 3000 processors.

The full complement of six SATA ports, two M.2 slots, an Intel I211 Gigabit NIC and Realtek ALC1200 audio codec which supports 7.1 surround are included, and the four DIMM slots are capable of supporting up to 128GB of RAM and/or speeds up to DDR4-4000 (when overclocked). Below is a complete list of specifications from Gigabyte.

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WRAP UP

Best x470 Motherboards – Three generations in, AMD’s Ryzen line of processors remains the best value processors on the market. More importantly, they don’t give up much to their much more expensive competition. However, as tempting as it is to switch over to AMD’s side on a whim or build an AMD rig for your first gaming PC, we wouldn’t recommend it just yet.

In particular, we’d like you to do some reading first, specifically on the best X470 motherboard.

Picking the right motherboard is important. This is because it’s where you’ll be putting your other gaming components. Without it, your computer won’t function. Worse still, if you buy the wrong one, you won’t end up getting the most out of your money.

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