AMD has developed their new Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core processor to dethrone Intel’s Core i9-10900K. AMD had always beaten Intel in multi-threaded performance when it comes to processors, but this time with their 12-Core (24 Thread), AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, the fire has raged to the roofs. Choosing the Ryzen 9 5900X, with its high-end multi-threaded performance at an MSRP of just 549$, as of now it has become a clear choice for users. With AMD in mind, you now want the Best Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. But before we get into the list of Ryzen 9 5900x motherboards, first, let us dive into what’s new AMD Ryzen 5900X has to offer.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is built on the Zen 3 architecture. Some might say it is similar to the Zen 2 architecture as both are 7nm, but AMD has improved the architecture by increasing efficiency and IPC performance. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is equipped with 12 cores / 24 threads with a boost clock ability of up to 4.8Ghz. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900x doesn’t need a new socket and it support wide range of chipsets ranging from X570 Motherboards, means compatibility won’t be an issue. When it comes to power, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X has a TDP rating of 105W. Keep in mind, this TDP should also be acknowledged when Getting CPU Cooler For Ryzen 9 5900x.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Compatibility & Specifications
  • Number of Cores 12
  • Number of Threads 24 
  • Max Boost Clock Up to 4.8Ghz
  • Total L2 / L3 Cache 6MB / 64MB
  • Default TDP 105W
  • CPU Socket AM4

Best Motherboards for Ryzen 9 5900X Detailed

Motherboard
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING
MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX
Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2
Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi
MSI MEG B550 Unify-X
Preview
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/ATX/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB3.1/Realtek ALC1220-VB/Fins-Array Heatsink/RGB Fusion 2.0/2xM.2 Thermal Guard/Gaming Motherboard)
ASUS ROG Strix B550-A Gaming AMD AM4 Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gb LAN, BIOS Flashback, Dual M.2 with heatsinks, Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header and Aura Sync
MSI MEG X570S Unify-X MAX Gaming Motherboard (ATX, AMD, Socket AM4. DDR4, PCIe 4, CFX, M.2 Slots, Wi-Fi 6E)
GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO V2 (AMD Ryzen 5000/ B550/ ATX/ PCIe4.0/ DDR4/ Realtek ALC1220-VB/ Front & Rear USB Type-C/ RGB Fusion 2.0/ Dual M.2 Thermal Guard/ Gaming Motherboard)
GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS Pro Wi-Fi (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/Mini-Itx/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB 3.1/Realtek ALC1220-Vb/DisplayPort 1.4/2xHDMI 2.0B/RGB Fusion 2.0/Gaming Motherboard)
MSI MEG B550 Unify-X Gaming Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Dual M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI, Wi-Fi 6 AX, ATX, AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors)
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Best Gaming Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Best White Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Best Overall For Ryzen 9 5900x
Best Budget Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Best Micro-ATX Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Best B550 Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5000
4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5100
2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5800
4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5400
2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5300
2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5800
USB Ports
10x rear IO, 9x internal
8x rear IO, 6x internal
14x rear IO, 9x internal
11x rear IO, 7x internal
6x rear IO, 4x internal
8x rear IO, 7x internal
Network
1x Intel GbE LAN
1x Intel 2.5Gb LAN
1x 2.5Gb LAN
1x 2.5GbE LAN
1x GbE LAN, 1x WiFi 6
1x 2.5G LAN, 1x WiFi 6
Storage
3x M.2, 6x SATA
2x M.2, 6x SATA
6x M.2, 6x SATA
2x M.2, 6x SATA
3x M.2, 4x SATA
4x M.2, 6x SATA
Chipset
X570
B550
X570
B550
X570
B550
Best Features
RGB & Amazing Cooling
Stunning Sound
Lots of Storage & Connectivity
Affordable, RGB, & Lots of Connectivity
Compact, Wi-Fi & RGB
Wi-Fi & Excellent VRM Design
Price
$247.99
$177.53
$339.99
$189.99
$252.49
$338.99
Motherboard
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro
Preview
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/ATX/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB3.1/Realtek ALC1220-VB/Fins-Array Heatsink/RGB Fusion 2.0/2xM.2 Thermal Guard/Gaming Motherboard)
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Best Gaming Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5000
USB Ports
10x rear IO, 9x internal
Network
1x Intel GbE LAN
Storage
3x M.2, 6x SATA
Chipset
X570
Best Features
RGB & Amazing Cooling
Price
$247.99
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Motherboard
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING
Preview
ASUS ROG Strix B550-A Gaming AMD AM4 Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gb LAN, BIOS Flashback, Dual M.2 with heatsinks, Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header and Aura Sync
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Best White Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5100
USB Ports
8x rear IO, 6x internal
Network
1x Intel 2.5Gb LAN
Storage
2x M.2, 6x SATA
Chipset
B550
Best Features
Stunning Sound
Price
$177.53
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Motherboard
MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX
Preview
MSI MEG X570S Unify-X MAX Gaming Motherboard (ATX, AMD, Socket AM4. DDR4, PCIe 4, CFX, M.2 Slots, Wi-Fi 6E)
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Best Overall For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5800
USB Ports
14x rear IO, 9x internal
Network
1x 2.5Gb LAN
Storage
6x M.2, 6x SATA
Chipset
X570
Best Features
Lots of Storage & Connectivity
Price
$339.99
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Motherboard
Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2
Preview
GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO V2 (AMD Ryzen 5000/ B550/ ATX/ PCIe4.0/ DDR4/ Realtek ALC1220-VB/ Front & Rear USB Type-C/ RGB Fusion 2.0/ Dual M.2 Thermal Guard/ Gaming Motherboard)
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Best Budget Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5400
USB Ports
11x rear IO, 7x internal
Network
1x 2.5GbE LAN
Storage
2x M.2, 6x SATA
Chipset
B550
Best Features
Affordable, RGB, & Lots of Connectivity
Price
$189.99
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Motherboard
Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi
Preview
GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS Pro Wi-Fi (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/Mini-Itx/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB 3.1/Realtek ALC1220-Vb/DisplayPort 1.4/2xHDMI 2.0B/RGB Fusion 2.0/Gaming Motherboard)
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Best Micro-ATX Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5300
USB Ports
6x rear IO, 4x internal
Network
1x GbE LAN, 1x WiFi 6
Storage
3x M.2, 4x SATA
Chipset
X570
Best Features
Compact, Wi-Fi & RGB
Price
$252.49
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Motherboard
MSI MEG B550 Unify-X
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MSI MEG B550 Unify-X Gaming Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Dual M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI, Wi-Fi 6 AX, ATX, AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors)
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Best B550 Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x
Memory
2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5800
USB Ports
8x rear IO, 7x internal
Network
1x 2.5G LAN, 1x WiFi 6
Storage
4x M.2, 6x SATA
Chipset
B550
Best Features
Wi-Fi & Excellent VRM Design
Price
$338.99
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Last update on 2022-08-11

Because of the competition, deciding on the right Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboard can be made on the tiniest of margins. However, don’t worry, we’ve prepared the most extensive list of Motherboards you can buy for your Ryzen 9 5900X. We also have added a comparison table, so you can go through summary and see whats your need. 

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro

Best Gaming Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro
Gigabyte X570 Photo from Our Review.

Specifications: Chipset: X570 | Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5000 | USB Ports: 10x rear IO, 9x internal | Network: 1x Intel GbE LAN | Storage: 3x M.2, 6x SATA

Pros

Better Cooling Options

Multi-Zoned Addressable RGB

Integrated I/O Shield

Durable and Sturdy

Cons

No WiFi

Want a Motherboard that offers the best Gaming experience? look no further than the Gigabyte X570 Aorus.

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro features the ultimate power design; with its 12+2 power phases, it is the best choice for gamers. Gamers always want better performance and overclocking abilities to get the most out of their system at the least cost of power and temperatures when it comes to gaming. The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro takes care of all that; with its 2x Copper PCB design, it offers us better overclocking and better power efficiency while keeping impedance and temps as low as possible.

Gigabyte has given the X570 Aorus Pro all to cooling and aesthetics. Reaching the perfect balance between cooling and design, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro makes use of the well-known Fins-Array Heatsink. Gigabyte has gone so far as to provide the users with a chipset Fan heatsink on the X570 Aorus Pro, making sure the heat doesn’t get to any of us.

Gigabyte hasn’t left the RGB fans out; with already included RGB headers, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro also comes with RGB to further ‘brighten’ the user experience. Users can also use Gigabyte’s own “RGB Fusion 2.0” software, enabling them to experiment with millions of colors and patterns.

As long as storage and memory are concerned, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro comes with 3x M.2 slots compatible with PCIe 4.0, allowing maximum transfer speeds alongside the 6X SATA 6Gb/s connectors. The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro provides 4x DIMM slots for DDR4 ram supporting rates of up to 5000Mhz. 

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The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro connects us to the world using Intel’s GbE LAN chipset, ensuring the Gamers don’t complain of lag. For Connectivity, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro gives us ample options. You will not be left disconnected with 10x USB ports on the rear, including USB Type-C and Gen 3.2 ports. The rear I/O ports also include HDMI 2.0 for maximum bandwidth offering the best visual experience for users.

Gamers will also use the Immersive Gaming experience the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro offers with its ALC1220-VB-Audio IC. The Smart technology will help detect impedance to provide much better sound and voice quality.

With its intelligent fan control and durable design, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro has won over our hearts as the Best Gaming Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X.

ASUS ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING

Best White Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

ASUS ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING Unboxing – Next to Its Box.

Specifications: Chipset: B550 | Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5100 | USB Ports: 8x rear IO, 6x internal | Network: 1x Intel 2.5Gb LAN | Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA

Pros

Best White Build

Best Audio

DIY Friendly

Cons

No WiFi

Less M.2 Sockets

When it comes to White clean builds, with beautiful white and silver heatsinks paired with Asus’s Aura Sync lighting in the redesigned ROG logo, the Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming is the snow-white of all Motherboards.

Coming up with a VRM of 12+2 power stages, Asus has combined high and low side MOSFETs to deliver the one of the best motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900x in a single package. The Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming uses high-quality thermal pads and massive but ‘beautiful’ heatsinks to dissipate as much heat as possible to cool down all this power.

In terms of storage, Asus has provided us with 2x M.2 sockets supporting PCIe 4.0 for maximum transfer speeds alongside 6x SATA connectors. To cool down all these transfer rates, the Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming comes with dedicated heatsinks for the M.2 SSD’s so they can keep operating at maximum performance at all times. The Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming comes with 4x DIMM slots for DDR4 ram supporting speeds up to 5100Mhz.

To give the best Gaming experience, the Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming is hooked up with SupremeFX S1220A CODEC to provide diamond-cut sound quality. The Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming also has dedicated “addressable” RGB headers to provide unmatched personalization.

The rear I/O panel comes with all sorts of ports, from USB Type-C connectors to USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. The Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming comes with Intel’s 2.5Gb LAN chipset, providing steady connections at all times. On the rear I/O, we can also find Display and HDMI ports supporting up to 4K resolution at 60fps, which is a lot for dedicated graphics.

Its renowned ROG UEFI BIOS, providing simplified optimization, to its DIY friendly options like SafeSlot and Pre-mounted I/O shields. The Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming is here to rule over all the white builds, and thus the Asus ROG Strix B550-A Gaming is our choice as the Best White Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x.

MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX

Best Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X In 2022

MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX
MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX alongside other competing Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboards.

Specifications: Chipset: X570 | Memory: 2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5800 | USB Ports: 14x rear IO, 9x internal | Network: 1x 2.5Gb LAN | Storage: 6x M.2, 6x SATA

Pros

Best Overall

More Storage Options

More Connectivity Options

Cons

No WiFi

Low Memory Support

Thanks to MSI, we again have an all-black MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX. The darkness has become a thing now in the MEG series for MSI. But don’t be fooled by all that darkness; the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX is one Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboard you should always look out for.

With a VRM design of 16+2 digital power phases and 90A smart power stage, getting it all through the dual 8pin connectors, the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX is one powerhouse!
With all this power, the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX can handle any AMD Ryzen CPU.

To cool down all this crazy power, MSI uses heavy plated VRM heatsinks alongside additional choke pads and aluminium covers. To cool down the M.2 SSD’s MSI uses their M.2 Shield Frozr thermal solution. The M.2 Shield Frozr keeps your M.2 at temps lower than your expectations.

The MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX doesn’t leave us short on storage; you will always have extra storage space with 6x M.2 sockets and 6x SATA ports. You can hit memory limits with the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX extreme R&D memory design; the 2x DIMM slots support 64GB of ram at capable speeds of 5800Mhz. Along with so many Storage options, the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX doesn’t leave us short on connectivity as well; the rear I/O port comes with a staggering 14x USB port with another 9x ports using the internal headers.

Talking about looks once again, the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX isn’t any different from its siblings, featuring an all-black look with no RGB’s. Although you can use the RGB headers provided for some external lighting, the Motherboard itself does not come with any. While the top of the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX is covered with substantial dark heatsinks, the bottom is ruled by 5x M.2 sockets and 2x PCI-Ex16 slots.

MSI always makes sure our products are well cared for by providing DIY stands sets and other DIY gadgets like cleaning brushes to MSI’s screwdrivers and cable labels. With its Steel armor and double ESD protection combined with capable overclocking power, the MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX is our choice as the Best Overall Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X.

Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2

Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2
Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 Unboxing.

Specifications: Chipset: B550 | Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5400 | USB Ports: 11x rear IO, 7x internal | Network: 1x 2.5GbE LAN | Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA

Pros

Best Budget

More Connectivity Options

RGB

Cons

No WiFi

No backplate

To fully support the Ryzen 9 5900X, the Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 has the best power design, consisting of 12+2 phases with 50A DrMOS. The Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro can single-handedly take on any Ryzen CPU with this power.

Alongside power, unparalleled performance is also Gigabyte’s game; with 4x DIMM slots, the Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 can support up to 128GB of ram with speeds capable of 5400Mhz. Gigabyte has also coupled the DDR4 ram with PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and Gen 4.0 M.2 sockets, providing faster speeds, more slot signal stability, and ultimately becoming of the Best Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x.

With all this power and performance heat becomes an issue. To cool down the Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2, direct touch heat pipes are used with the all-new Fins-Array Heatsinks, allowing maximum heat dissipation. The M.2’s are cooled down using Gigabyte’s ultra-efficient thermal guard technology, thus helping maintain its max performance at all times.

The Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 comes with 2x M.2 sockets capable of Gen 4; we also get 6x SATA ports alongside the PCIe 4.0 armor slots. The Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 comes with Clear CMOS and Q-Flash buttons, allowing users to update their BIOS easily without any components installed.

With the 2.5G LAN and USB Type-C connections, you will never be left in lag with this Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboard. The Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 also comes with 11x USB ports on the rear I/O, which is, of course, pre-installed. The HDMI 2.1 on the rear I/O can support 4K resolution at a bandwidth of 48Gb/s. For Audio, you get high-end WIMA and Audio Capacitors, allowing gamers to get the most out of their Headphones.

In terms of looks, with in-built RGB and the beautiful Aorus logo on the heatsink, alongside the grey and silver heatsinks, the Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 is a very decent looking board.

All in all with all these features and a price bracket of around 200$ the Gigabyte B550 Aorus PRO V2 is our choice as the Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X.

Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi

Best Micro-ATX Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi
Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi showcasing its small size suitable for mini-itx Ryzen 9 5900x builds.

Specifications: Chipset: X570 | Memory: 2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5300 | USB Ports: 6x rear IO, 4x internal | Network: 1x GbE LAN, 1x WiFi 6 | Storage: 3x M.2, 4x SATA

Pros

Best for small builds

In built WiFi

RGB

Cons

Less USB ports on I/O

Little expensive

The Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi might be small in size, but it is brave enough to take on any big boy; its Micro-ATX form factor is the best choice for people who want smaller builds but maximum performance.

The Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi comes with a direct 8 phase power design without PWM doubles alongside a 70A power stage, making it one of the most potent Micro-ATX motherboards available on the market. The Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi uses a single 8-pin connector to deliver all this power.

With such a small form factor, temperatures become a problem, but Gigabyte has achieved very low temps with its multi-layer fan and extended heatsink design through this Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboard.

As far as looks are concerned, the Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi is one sleek-looking board; it’s like a short guy with an 8pack. The RGB on the side and an all-black look with silver stripping have become one of my favourite Micro-ATX boards.

Considering the form factor, the Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi gives us ample options for Storage with the 3x M.2 sockets and 4x SATA ports; Gigabyte has made sure you can connect all the SSD’s you want. In terms of Memory, the Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi limits us to only 2x DIMM slots capable of handling 64GB of total Memory at high speeds of up to 5300Mhz.

The number of USB ports on the rear I/O is questionable, but we get Video outputs like 2x HDMI 2.0 and Display Port. With all the features of an entire ATX board, the Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi is our choice as the Best Micro-ATX Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X.

MSI MEG B550 Unify-X

Best B550 Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

MSI MEG B550 Unify-X
MSI MEG B550 Unify-X Complete Picture.

Specifications: Chipset: B550 | Memory: 2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-5800 | USB Ports: 8x rear IO, 7x internal | Network: 1x 2.5G LAN, 1x WiFi 6 | Storage: 4x M.2, 6x SATA

Pros

Powerful VRM design

WiFi

Cons

No RGB

Less Connectivity options

Moving down the Best Motherboard For Ryzen 9 5900x list, we have the MEG B550 Unify-X from the very known MSI. With its direct 14+2 power phase design and 90A power stage, the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X delivers “pinpoint and precise” current to your CPU, letting it unleash its multi-core abilities for more performance.

Being an MSI board, the MEG B550 Unify-X is “RGB-less”, the striking brush grey on top of the black makes the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X one sleek and attractive looking board. You can find the MSI dragon on top of the I/O heatsink, while the Unify-X branding is found all over the PCB. You can further max out the looks using the RGB headers provided.

The thermal cooling capabilities of the MSI motherboards are always over the charts; with their extended PWM heatsink and full AI fan control, the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X doesn’t let your components feel the heat. You can also find MSI’s very own “Double side M.2 shield Frozr” because MSI takes full responsibility for keeping your M.2’s cool and running at full capability.

Like some of the other Motherboards, the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X also comes with 2x DIMM slots capable of handling a total memory of only 64GB, but; the speeds are impressive with an OC capable of up to 5800Mhz. Additionally, 6x SATA 6Gb/s and 4x M.2 sockets capable at Gen 4 are what you get for storage in the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X.

With only a total of 8 USB ports, including 4x USB 2.0 and 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2, the rear I/O of the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X doesn’t amaze me much. You can also find a PS/2 port and Wi-Fi module alongside a 2.5G LAN on the MSI MEG B550. In addition, five audio jacks supportive of SPDIF are also available on the rear I/O panel. As for the audio, the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X motherboard uses the Realtek ALC1220P audio chipset. For video output, you can only find a single HDMI port.

In short, with all these features and looks the MSI MEG B550 Unify-X is one bang for the buck, and thus it is our choice as the Best B550 Motherboard for the Ryzen 9 5900X.

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero

Best X570 Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero Front Looks.

Specifications: Chipset: X570 | Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5100 | USB Ports: 12x rear IO | Network: 1x 2.5G LAN, 1x WiFi 6 | Storage: 2x M.2, 8x SATA

Pros

Amazing Looks

More Storage Options

More Connectivity Options

Cons

Expensive

Less M.2 Options

When it comes to pricey motherboards, the name Asus always comes up, and with their Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero, ASUS has set the standard quite high; with a heavy price tag of roughly $400, we’ve chosen it as the finest X570 Motherboard for the Ryzen 9 5900X.

Coming in with a VRM design of 14+2 power stages, each rated at 90amps, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is one buffed motherboard. Asus has changed the game this time by using a passive chipset heatsink, which helps drive heat away for optimal performance. The top of the board is, like always, covered in heatsinks and high-conductivity thermal pads, reducing the risk for high temperatures.

Asus has never disappointed its customers when it comes to appearances, and they haven’t disappointed this time either. Asus has replaced their old flat brushed aluminum heatsink with a grey and black massive I/O heatsink lit up with the ROG symbol in RGB. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero is suited for any setup thanks to the Dark Hero ribbing added to the heatsinks and the striking sleek silver lining flowing diagonally towards the ROG logo.

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero comes with 2x M.2 sockets, all cooled down using dedicated heatsinks, and 8x SATA 6Gb/s ports. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero also comes with 4x DIMM slots capable of handling a total memory of 128GB @ 5100Mhz. With Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero’s Accurate Voltage Monitoring, overclocking is a cinch.

Multiple connectivity choices are available on the back I/O panel, ranging from USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectors to USB Type-C ports. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero features an Intel and Realtek 2.5G LAN chip for lag-free connectivity, as well as a WiFi module to keep you connected no matter where you are. Not only that but there are two additional buttons: one for BIOS flashback and the other for CMOS Clear.

With all these features and those looks, we’ve chosen the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero as the best X570 Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X.

Competition – Other Motherboards To Consider

Have the previously enlisted Best Motherboards for Ryzen 9 5900X failed to meet and exceed your expectations? Nothing to fret over, we’ve given an honorary shoutout to all the units that couldn’t make it to our list of the Best Motherboards for Ryzen 9 5900X but maintain their dignity as respectable alternatives. The cherry on top, we’ll continuously update the following index as time goes on and worthy candidates appear.

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme

The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme is gunning it with an unparalleled power delivery mechanism and superb heat dissipation techniques to try and crown itself as the Best Overclocking Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X. Without any further ado, let’s closely scrutinize the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme and see if it manages to live up to its hype.

For starters, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme uses an unrivalled ‘Direct 16-Phase’ Digital power delivery mechanism using an Infineon PWM controller along with 16x Infineon Power Stages, each of which is rated for a minimum of 70A of current, enabling you to overclock a Ryzen 9 5900X to your heart’s desire. However, Gigabyte drops the phase-doubler technology for significantly reduced power processing latencies, which translates to best-in-class efficiency (up to 4% higher) in terms of operational performance, thanks to the lowest voltage ripple for much lower voltage fluctuations.

Gigabyte has gone with an 8-layer PCB structure for the X570 Aorus Xtreme, which is built out of a proprietary 2x Copper design, enabling the X570 Aorus Xtreme to handle the overbearing power loads when overclocking your Ryzen 9 5900X, simultaneously maintaining optimal heat dissipation away from the CPU socket area to prevent thermal throttling. 

With regards to the thermal design of the X570 Aorus Xtreme, Gigabyte had a few tricks up its sleeve. Firstly, the X570 Aorus Xtreme uses an aluminium I/O cover paired with a Direct-Touch heatpipe cooled via a high-conductivity thermal pad. The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme also incorporates passive cooling for the X570 Chipset in the form of a dedicated heatsink.

Furthermore, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme sports a ‘NanoCarbon Baseplate’ which features an aluminium-based baseplate (no pun intended) for up to 3x higher thermal conductivity, thanks to a thin layer of NanoCarbon coating on the baseplate via electrostatic adhesion, which enables thermal dissipation from the rear of the PCB to the baseplate for a consistently effective heat transfer that ultimately lowers the rear-facing PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) component temperatures by up to 10%, increasing overclocking headroom.

Gigabyte has also implemented right-angled connectors in the X570 Aorus Xtreme, where 90% of the fan headers and other connectors on the motherboard are resituated on one side of the PCB for instantaneously improved cable management, which naturally promotes enhanced internal airflow

In the active cooling department, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme showcases 8x Hybrid Fan Headers, 1x of which is for a conventional air cooling CPU fan, 1x for a water cooling CPU fan, the other 4x for chassis fans, and the last 2x headers can be configured as chassis fans as well or water pump headers. All of these fan headers can run high-current fans up to 24W.

Additionally, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme bears 7x internal and 2x external temperature sensors, which may be interchangeable with different fan headers of your choice using Gigabyte’s Smart Fan 5 software. A noise detection cable is also included, which detects sound pressure to let you manually regulate fan speeds accordingly, with automatic control also possible. A bundled accessory dubbed ‘RGB Fan Commander’ provides another 8x hybrid fan sensors for a total of 16x. 

Moving on, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme supports a maximum of 128 GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel configuration via 4x DIMM slots, with a max overclocked speed of 4400 MHz and beyond, assuming your RAM modules are XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) capable and that the XMP function is enabled in the BIOS settings.

Gigabyte allots users a trio of M.2 slots, all compatible with PCIe Gen 4.0, with each M.2 socket bearing its own dedicated heatsink, which significantly increases data transfer speeds by up to 20-25%. 6x SATA III ports are also being offered, with support for RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) 0, 1, and 10 configurations. RAID is a virtualization technology that combines several HDDs and SSDs into a single virtual drive, which instantly doubles data transfer speeds while simultaneously enhancing data integrity and security.

Viewing the rear panel of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme reveals a singular USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C port paired with 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-A ports as well as 5x USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-A (painted red) and 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, being rounded off with 4x USB 2.0 legacy ports.

Also, another USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C is situated internally, accompanied by 3x more headers, 2x for USB 3.2 Gen 1, and the last one for a USB 2.0 port.

Moreover, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme sports an industry-leading 10 Gigabit Ethernet utility in the form of Aquantia for the best LAN gaming experience. Intel’s WiFi 6 module (compatible with 802.11AX) is also integrated into the motherboard alongside Bluetooth 5.0. 

Gigabyte also includes a pair of Aorus-branded antennas which boast up to twice the signal strength with a magnetic base that allows for multiple tilting angles, paving the way for up to a 4 dBi (decibels relative to isotropic) omnidirectional gain in wireless signals.

Next up, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme shows off a rock-solid sound system comprising the Realtek ALC1220-VB 7.1 Channel Surround Sound HD Audio Codec, the ESS 9218 Sabre DAC, top-of-the-line TXC oscillators, audiophile-grade WIMA capacitors with Nichicon Fine Gold caps working in conjunction with gold-plated audio jacks to deliver high-fidelity music with an output of 130dB SNR @32 bit/192kHz. High-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms) are also supported with DSD (Direct Stream Digital) playback via the front panel audio output jack.

For RGB, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme exhibits multiple arrays of integrated addressable LEDs, all customizable via Gigabyte’s proprietary RGB Fusion 2.0 software. The X570 Aorus Xtreme also provides 2x addressable LED strip headers and 2x addressable LED strip headers, and 2x RGB LED strip headers for connecting additional RGB peripherals, which may be configured with RGB Fusion 2.0.

The previously highlighted Aorus RGB Fan Commander also provides 8x RGB LED headers as well as 8x addressable LED headers in addition to allotting an extra 8x Hybrid Fan Headers and 2x external temperature sensors along with 2x USB 2.0 headers for connecting even more RGB devices, all bundled into a compact enclosure with a magnetic base that makes it very easy to install.

Gigabyte hasn’t compromised on the durability factor of the X570 Aorus Xtreme since the motherboard features Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable PCIe Armour for up to 1.7x and 3.2x greater shearing resistance and PCIe device retention as well as enhanced Memory Armour, where Aorus uses an exclusive singular stainless steel shielding design to prevent against the PCB’s physical deformation and any ESD (Electrostatic Damage).

Gigabyte is also using solid plated ATX 24-pin and ATX 12V pin 2×8-pin power connectors, which guarantee stable power delivery during CPU overclocking thanks to a larger contact area for electricity alongside a higher quantity of metal to sustain higher power and the generated heat for longer contributing to a highly durable overall motherboard design as well as an extended lifespan. 

Gigabyte’s ‘Q-Flash Plus’ also allows you to update or flash a new version of BIOS without installing a CPU, RAM, or GPU, with the help of a Type-A USB Flash Drive. Adding on, Gigabyte’s BIOS comprises an easy mode for monitoring vital system stats in real-time, the App Center for keeping your software and drivers up-to-date, and EasyTune, which allows gamers to refine their CPU/RAM clocks and voltages with just one click.

Lastly, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme comes bundled with a free 1-year license of XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster software for a totally optimized streaming experience integrated with all forms of social media. Gigabyte finishes by backing up the X570 Aorus Xtreme with a 3-year warranty. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough for the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme to prove itself as the Best Overclocking Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X, with its astronomical $700-$750 pricing literally blowing our minds (and our wallets).

We’d also have liked to see at least 3x M.2 SSD slots and 2x Type-C ports minimum, considering the bank-breaking price Gigabyte is demanding. That being said, if you’re Bruce Wayne, or money isn’t a problem for you, and you’re okay with dual M.2 slots and a lone Type-C port, there’s nothing better than the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme out there. 

Asus PRIME X570-Pro 

Asus PRIME X570-Pro  
Asus PRIME X570-Pro  

Asus tried its best to win us over with the PRIME X570-Pro as the Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X, alas, only to be shortchanged by its comparatively higher price point. Nevertheless, Asus goes all out in an attempt to justify its costliness, offering a 12+2 power phase design with DrMOS (Driver and MOSFETs), which packages high-side and low-side MOSFETs (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) to deliver stabilized power to your Ryzen 9 5900X while sustaining top-notch efficiency, aided by the 8+4-pin ProCool power connectors, which use solid pins at the ends to support a higher amount of current for CPU-intensive workflows.

The Asus PRIME X570-Pro also uses alloy chokes and heavy-duty capacitors with upscale thermal pads for maximal thermal efficiency to maintain peak CPU performance, even at the CPU’s TjMax (Temperature Junction Maximum), the highest temperature your Ryzen 9 5900X is allowed to run at without throttling performance or instantly shutting down, for safety purposes.

With respect to cooling, the Asus PRIME X570-Pro offers 2x headers for CPU fans alongside 3x headers for chassis fans and an AIO (All-in-One) Pump connector as well as a header for connecting a dedicated Water Pump, with all headers being 4-pin and supporting compatibility with PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) or DC (Direct Current) fans/pumps.

All these headers have built-in ICs (Integrated Circuit) for safeguarding against high temperatures and current. These headers, and thus, fans/pumps, are controllable via Asus’ proprietary Fan Xpert 4 software or the BIOS. Asus has also implemented a specialized chipset fan (a.k.a a PCH fan), rated at an MTTF (Mean Time To Failure) of 60,000 hours, for actively cooling down the power-hungry AMD X570 chipset.

As for memory, the Asus PRIME X570-Pro supports a maximum of 128 GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel configuration when all 4x DIMM slots are utilized appropriately (with 32 GB single-stick RAM modules). The PRIME X570-Pro boasts immense overclocking headroom, sporting the potential to run RAM at blazing-fast speeds of up to 5100 MHz, thanks to Asus OptiMem, a specially engineered memory circuitry layout that enables the PRIME X570-Pro to ameliorate stability while reducing latency at stock voltage levels as well as enhancing RAM frequencies.

Moving onwards to storage, the Asus PRIME X570-Pro greets users with the choice to use dual M.2 SSD slots, passively cooled down via a singular heatsink on the exterior for sustained performance. Alternatively, gamers may choose to go for one or all of the 6x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports for connecting traditional means of storage media such as SATA HDDs or SSDs (as the name suggests). We’re happy to report that the PRIME X570-Pro supports RAID 0, 1, and 10 configurations for faster and more secure data transfers and storage.

Buyers viewing the rear panel (with a pre-mounted I/O shield) of the Asus PRIME X570-Pro will find that it houses a solitary USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C port, accompanied by a trio of USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-A, and 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1×1 ports. We’re happy to report that a USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C header is concealed within the PRIME X570-Pro, internally speaking, for further expandability, coupled with 2x USB 2.0 headers (for 4x USB 2.0 ports) and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 header (for 2x Type-A ports).

Asus has also provided an HDMI 2.0b port and DisplayPort 1.2. Unfortunately, both won’t be of much use for a Ryzen 9 5900X. Instead, gamers utilizing a Ryzen G-Series CPU such as a Ryzen 7 5700G will be able to take advantage of these two ports since the Ryzen 7 5700G has an iGPU (integrated GPU).

The Asus PRIME X570-Pro lets us down in the networking department, offering just the standard Intel Gigabit Ethernet (with Intel’s I211-AT controller). Nonetheless, Asus LANGuard and Turbo LAN with cFosSpeed are bundled to prioritize latency-sensitive applications and optimize networking bandwidth alongside physical safeguards to guarantee the highest Ethernet speeds possible. 

Moreover, the Asus PRIME X570-Pro features a top-of-the-line sound system, showcasing the Realtek S1220A HD Audio Codec with Crystal Sound 3 software, combining to output a maximum of 120 dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR for recorded input. The PRIME X570-Pro also supports up to 32-bit/192 kHz playback with electronically isolated audio circuitry, an integrated amplifier for pairing with high-impedance headphones, and supreme Japanese-manufactured audio capacitors, all contributing to the Asus PRIME X570-Pro’s luxurious listening experience.

Asus has also included a pair of Aura RGB Strip Headers and a lone Addressable Gen 2 header, with Asus Aura Sync bundled to control and customize your RGB setup as per your personal preference. The PRIME X570-Pro also flaunts Asus’ 5-way optimization setup, which includes the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), the Turbo App, the EPU (Energy Processing Unit), DIGI+ VRM controls, and the previously discussed Fan Xpert 4 software for automatically boosting the performance of your Ryzen 9 5900X-based system.

Finally, Asus’ Armoury Crate software utility has been redesigned to control all Asus compatible peripherals within a unified space. Asus wraps up the PRIME X570-Pro with a standard 3-year warranty. However, the Asus PRIME X570-Pro is priced around $40-50 higher than its main competitor, i.e., the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro V2. It is precisely for this reason, and due to the comparatively slower networking and somewhat limited I/O, that the Asus PRIME X570-Pro loses the award of the Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X to the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro V2. That being said, the PRIME X570-Pro is still an excellent option for budget-focused gamers seeking a beautiful two-tone black ’n’ white aesthetic integrated within an X570 chipset, provided you don’t mind the somewhat lacking Ethernet capabilities (and the lack of onboard WiFi) alongside restricted I/O expandability. 

MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi

MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi
MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi

Another contender for the coveted title of the Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X: the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi attempts to pose a serious threat to the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro V2 and Asus PRIME X570-Pro. The MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi also marks MSI’s attempt as its ‘Return to Honour’ recovery from the debacle it faced with the MSI X570 Gaming Edge WiFi, a Budget X570 Motherboard plagued with an inadequate power delivery mechanism and blisteringly-hot VRM design.

Getting straight to the point without any further ado, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk uses a 12-phase power stage design, courtesy of phase-doublers, with each of these 12x power phases being rated at a current handling capacity of 60A, with current and temperature monitoring integrated within the MSI X570 Tomahawk for over-voltage and overheating prevention. Additionally, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk uses 8+4-pin power connectors and MSI’s Core Boost technology to achieve efficient power delivery using a Digital VRM design with manual Load-Line Calibration available for sustaining optimal power supply even when you’re overclocking your Ryzen 9 5900X.

As for thermals, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk utilizes a reinforced heatsink situated on the MOSFETs for uninterrupted, smooth, and stable power delivery to the CPU. MSI has also implemented a tiny fan (using a ball-bearing) shrouded amidst the chipset’s (X570) heatsink, with MSI rating the fan’s MTTF at 50,000 hours. Furthermore, the MSI X570 Tomahawk sports 4x 4-pin chassis fan headers alongside a 4-pin header each for a CPU air-cooling fan and a water pump, for which the header provides up to 2A of current, in case you happen to be using an AIO cooling solution. Of course, all these headers, and thus, fans/AIOs are controllable via the proprietary Click BIOS 5 or MSI’s Dragon Center.

MSI’s trademarked ‘M.2 Shield Frozr’ technology also returns to physically shield M.2 SSDs from excessively overheating, which translates to sustained peak performance with a bit of help from the chipset’s active cooling mechanism.  

With regards to memory, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk supports a maximum of 128 GB of DDR4 memory in dual-channel configuration using 4x DIMM slots with a top overclocked speed of 4600 MHz and beyond, up to 4800 MHz possibly, using one of the preset XMP profiles in the BIOS, with MSI ensuring compatibility with industry-leading RAM manufacturers such as XPG, Corsair, and Klevv, to name a few.

Towards the storage front, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk sports dual M.2 SSD slots thermally optimized via a physical heatsink dubbed M.2 SHIELD FROZR.’ MSI also provides 6x SATA III ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 configurations and AMD’s StoreMI technology alongside MSI’s M.2 Genie for the highest data transfer speeds.

For expandability in terms of I/O connectivity, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk features 7x USB Type-A ports on the rear panel (with a pre-installed I/O shield), 3x of which are USB 3.2 Gen 2×1, 2x are USB 3.2 Gen 1, and the other 2x are legacy USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a lone USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 Type-C port, with the same port also featured internally, alongside 4x headers for up to 4x more USB 3.2 Gen 1 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports.

Moving on to networking, MSI advantageously uses the Realtek 8125B LAN controller to offer 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, supplemented by the MSI Gaming LAN Manager, alongside an integrated Intel WiFi 6 (AX200) module, which is fortified with MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multi-Input, Multi-Output) technology for an optimal wireless networking experience. Bluetooth 5.1 is also present onboard the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi.

In the audio department, MSI chose to employ deluxe Chemicon capacitors paired with the Realtek ALC1200 7.1 Channel Surround Sound HD codec. The MAG X570 Tomahawk uses separated left and right audio channel circuitry in conjunction with a ‘De-Pop’ filter for ensuring a high-fidelity, studio-grade listening experience with zero distortion. MSI also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms) thanks to a dedicated headphone amplifier, with DSD (Direct Stream Digital) output also on offer.

The MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk has a slew of comprehensive protective safeguards up its sleeve, such as the ‘XL Clip’ for easily swapping and safeguarding PCIe devices, MSI’s Steel Armour tech for PCIe slot reinforcement with doubled ESD (Electrostatic Damage) guards as well as an array of 4x ‘EZ Debug LEDs’ for indicating sources of systematic errors during troubleshooting. MSI has also implemented a ‘Flash BIOS’ button on the rear I/O panel for flashing/updating/recovering your BIOS without the need for a working CPU, RAM, or GPU. 

A delight for RGB enthusiasts, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk has 2x onboard headers each for 4-pin RGB LED and 3-pin Rainbow LED peripherals, with extensive support for thousands of RGB LED strips, all of which are configurable with MSI’s Mystic Light Sync software as well as the Mystic Light Mobile App, for which, MSI has released an open-source SDK (Software Development Kit) for added peripheral compatibility over time.

The MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk also features the Resizable BAR, an advanced PCIe feature that enables your Ryzen 9 5900X to access the entire GPU’s VRAM frame buffer for vastly improved performance. MSI has also developed the MSI App Player in collaboration with BlueStacks to incorporate seamless mobile gaming experiences on gaming PCs to utilize keyboard and mouse controls for enhanced user performance and reduced HRT (Human Reaction Time).

Part of the MSI Center and the aforementioned Click BIOS 5 are multiple software utilities such as True Colour, Live Update, Hardware Monitor, Overclocking Setting, Total Fan Control, Secure Erase+, and MSI Game Boost (with 1-second automated overclocking), amongst other programs, all of which generally work in unity to provide extreme versatility and a massive array of manually changeable settings for an optimal gaming experience.

Last but not least, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi comes with a 3-year warranty and an attractive price tag ranging around the $220-$260 mark. Despite that, we’re unable to crown it as the Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X since it’s slightly lacking in terms of the number of USB ports and M.2 SSD slots, amongst other nuisances such as limited fan headers, with custom water cooling support significantly lacking. Nevertheless, the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi is definitely a Return to Honour for MSI, and a worthy alternative to consider, if you’re able to find it around the $200-$220 price point.

Feel free to check out the Best Motherboards for Ryzen 7 5800X3D, where we cover the MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi in complete detail.

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme

Best Overclocking Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme
Image Credits: OC3D

Specifications: Chipset: X570 | Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5000 | USB Ports: 10x rear IO, 6x internal | Network: 2x 2.5 GbE LAN, 2x 10Gb Marvell, 1x Wi-Fi 6E Module | Storage: 5x M.2, 6x SATA

Pros

Powerful VRM

More Connectivity Options

Aesthetics + RGB

Cons

Expensive

With its Extreme power and performance capabilities, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is our choice as the best Overclocking Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X. Coming up with an 18+2 VRM power stages rated at 90A through its dual 8-pin power connectors, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is compatible with Ryzen 9 5900x and provides more than enough power to any OC Ryzen CPU. With all this crazy power, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme isn’t scared of overclocking any Ryzen CPU to its limit.

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme features tons of comprehensive cooling options, ranging from Multiple Temperature sensors to massive heatsinks. Asus has used high-conductivity thermal pads in their Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme, making up for the most heat dissipated to the heatsinks. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme also used pure aluminum heatsinks and M.2 backplates to cool your M.2 drives and ensure they work at full performance at all times. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme also comes with the ROG Fan Controller, consisting of additional six fan headers, all controllable through the Asus FanXpert 4 AI.

Related: Best Motherboards For Ryzen 7 3700x 

Alongside the Marvell AQtion 10gbps Ethernet and Intel’s 2.5Gb Ethernet, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme also feature the onboard WiFi 6E technology, keeping you connected from everywhere. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme also comes with an external WiFI 6E Antenna, further improving the options for a more robust and faster connection.

In terms of connectivity, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme provides us with many options ranging from USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2×2 connectors to USB Type-C ports. The rear I/O panel features 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports, supporting up to two 4K displays; it also features 8x USB 3.2Gen 2 ports for maximum connectivity. Moreover, the I/O panel also includes 2x Display Ports and Clear CMOS/BIOS Flashback buttons.

When it comes to memory and storage, Asus hasn’t left us hanging. With support for DDR4 memory running @5000Mhz, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme features Asus’s very own ASUS OptiMem III. The Asus OptiMem III allows your memory to run at lower latencies and reduced voltages. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme also provides us with an ample number of storage options, 6x SATA Gb/s alongside 5x M.2 with support for PCIe 4.0; you will never complain about low storage or slow transfer speeds.

In terms of looks, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is all black, with massive heatsinks covering most of this Ryzen 9 5900x Motherboard. The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme also comes with RGB under the ROG logo and on the side for all the colorful people out there.

All in all, with its capable power design and cooling capabilities, the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme is our choice as the Best Overclocking Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X.

Comparison: Ryzen 9 5950x vs Ryzen 5 5600x vs Ryzen 9 5900x

Being one of the most competitive chip makers, AMD has made its presence known in the processor industry. Ryzen 9 5950x, Ryzen 5 5600x, and Ryzen 9 5900x were launched on the same date to conquer different community groups.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950x is a processor in a league of its own, being the most advanced compared to the other two processors. The Ryzen 9 5950x comes from the AMDs astonishingly powerful Ryzen 9 series. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900x comes from the same series too. On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 5600x is from the Ryzen 5 series. Ryzen 5 series is the budget cum mid-tier of Ryzen processors mostly built to support extensive level gaming. All three of these are boxed processors from AMD. These Zen3 architecture based processors fit in an AM4 socket as per the design and are built using the TSMC 7nm FinFET technology. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950x comprises 16 cores and 32 threads. On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 5900x packs 12 cores and 24 threads. Whereas the Ryzen 5 5600x has 6 cores and 12 threads.

As per the on-paper specifications, the Ryzen 9 series processors are better than the Ryzen 5 series processors. But core count and threads aren’t the only measures to give a processor dominance. The Ryzen 9 5950x has a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz. On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 5900x and Ryzen 5 5600x have a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz. AMD processors also come with amazing turbo clock speeds making them top-of-the-line processors. The boost clock speed of Ryzen 9 5900x is 4.8 GHz.

Compared to this, the boost clock speed of 5950x is 4.9 GHz. The turbo clock speed for Ryzen 5 5600x is 4.6 GHz, which is close to the Ryzen 9 series processors. Considering the base clock and turbo clock speeds, Ryzen 9 5900x seems to be the best option as it covers all the bases in terms of adequate core and thread count powered by an amazing speed of 3.7GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.8GHz, in par with the top-end Ryzen 9 5950x.

All these processors are overclocking unlocked, making them the best choice for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts. These three processors’ architecture has three caches integrated into them. These caches are assigned according to their distance from the processor. The L1 cache is the closest, and the L3 cache is the farthest. The 5900x and 5950x have an L2, L3 cache of 6 MB, 64 MB and 8 MB, 64 MB. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600x has an L2, L3 cache of 3 MB, 32 MB. Both Ryzen 9 series processors come without a cooling fan, whereas the Ryzen 5 5600x packs a Wraith Stealth cooling fan, the stock cooler for most AMD processors.

Ryzen 5 5600x takes a default TDP of 65W, the lowest among these three processors. Compared to this, the AMD Ryzen 9 series processors (the 5900x and 5950x) come with a default TDP of 105 W. It can be said that the Ryzen 9 processors provide performance at the cost of almost twice the power consumption of the Ryzen 5 contender. All these processors support a PCIe 4.0 slot used to connect DDR4 RAMs that have a memory clock speed of up to 3200 MHz.

How We Chose The Best Motherboard for AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

Choosing a good motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900x is never an easy task; you need to examine several factors before purchasing a motherboard for your Ryzen 9 5900X. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference, but we’ve included a few pointers to keep in mind.

Chipset

The Chipset makes your processor and motherboard compatible with each other, and when it comes to Ryzen CPU’s, there are number of options to choose from for Ryzen 9 5900x motherboard. You can always choose from different Chipsets like X470, B550, X570, it all depends on your budget and requirements. You should also be able to choose the appropriate AM4 socket Motherboard for your Ryzen 9 5900X. Choosing a motherboard with a different chipset than the one advised for your processor is a major mistake.

Form Factor

Motherboards exist in various sizes, with ATX being the largest, followed by E-ATX, Micro ITX and Mini ITX. If you want a smaller setup, you should go with a Micro or Mini ITX motherboard; otherwise, you’ll be stuck with a small chassis that won’t accommodate your ATX board.

Compared to Micro or Mini ITX boards, ATX boards often have the greatest functionality and connectivity options. However, when deciding on the type of Form Factor to use, a few factors are to be considered.

  1. How many options for connectivity and storage do you require?
  2. What motherboard form factor will your computer case accept?

You may now make a judgement based on both of these considerations.

VRM

Your CPU receives juice via VRMs (Voltage Regulator Modules). If you purchase a Motherboard with a low-quality VRM, your CPU may be unable to perform to its full potential, especially during Overclocking sessions. You should choose a motherboard with a better VRM rating and quality. The VRM, also known as Voltage Regulator Modules, are responsible for powering your CPU. Choosing a Motherboard with high-quality VRM Mosfets and power will keep your Ryzen 9 5900X functioning for a long time.

If you want to push your Processor’s capabilities even further, overclocking is a choice. However, to overclock a CPU, your Motherboard must be capable of doing so.

Connectivity

Always keep your needs in mind while selecting a Motherboard. For example, if you often use more than a few USB ports devices, you might consider purchasing a motherboard with additional USB port options. These days motherboards with more M.2 slots are must for further storage possibilities. Always base your decisions on your needs.

RAM and Expansion Slots

When constructing a PC, one should consider how much RAM one will use an at what frequency. Ryzen CPUs benefit from high frequency modules with tight timings. When it comes to Motherboards, they can handle a variety of memory ranges. For example, some boards support only 64GB of memory, while others support up to 128GB. If you’ve already purchased your RAM, you should double-check how many DIMM slots you need, as motherboards might have varying numbers of DIMM slots. Read our Best Ram For Ryzen 9 5900x to get more information on this.

When selecting a Motherboard, keep an eye out for expansion slots; if you intend to create an SLI or CrossFire system, make sure the Motherboard you’re considering supports them.

Aesthetics

Finally, you may always make selections based on appearance. For example, if you like to keep your profile low and dark, you can always pick the MSI MEG UNIFY series. If not, there are plenty of alternative options available, ranging from white motherboards like the Asus ROG Strix B550 to RGB-enabled Motherboards.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Motherboard supports Ryzen 9 5900X?

Any Motherboard with the AMD AM4 socket is compatible with the Ryzen 9 5900X. Motherboard with the AM4 socket comes in various options to choose from. First, you can check the 500 compatible series chipsets, including the X570 and B550; with the Ryzen 9 5900X, you can also use the A520 chipset. Some chipsets like the B450 and X470 are also compatible with the Ryzen 9 5900X, but they require BIOS updating.

What Motherboard is compatible with the Ryzen 9 5900X?

Any Motherboard with the AMD AM4 socket inlcluding the B550, X570, A520 chipset are compatible with the Ryzen 9 5900X you can also use the B450 and X470chipsets with the Ryzen 9 5900X after a BIOS update.

What is the Best Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X?

The MSI MEG X570S UNIFY-X MAX is the best Motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X due to its features, VRM capabilities and durable build.

What Chipset is Ryzen 9 5900X?

The Ryzen 9 5900X is compatible with chipsets like the B550, X570, and A520. Moreover, the Ryzen 9 5900X can also be hooked with the X470 and B450 chipsets after a BIOS update.

 
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