Question B450 vs X570 motherboard for AMD Ryzen 7 3700x - Questions

Vabe

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Hi guys,

After looking into AMD processors, I finally decided that for what I do, they will be the better choice over Intels.
Now I have been reading about the difference between the boards (e.g X470 SLI, X570 PCI-E 4), and based on my budget, I managed to narrow my choices down to two motherboards:

  • MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ($125)
    It has BIOS flashback so I could flash it should the 3rd gen CPU require that
  • MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ($190)
I plan on using the motherboard with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU and a nice pair of G.SKILL 16GB Ripjaws V DDR4 3200MHz RAM.

I'm having a hard time figuring out which motherboard to go with:
  • do both of them support 3200MHz RAMs by default or would I have to overclock it? (I looked at the specifications and a few different sources, but still couldn't tell it for certain)
  • which one do you think I should go with? Does the pros of the x570 justify the price difference?
Thank you in advance!
 

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MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ($125)
It has BIOS flashback so I could flash it should the 3rd gen CPU require that
The MAX version does not need a BIOS flash, it is compatible with 3rd Gen out of the box. That's what the MAX version is for.
It's the non-MAX version that requires a BIOS flash first.

do both of them support 3200MHz RAMs by default or would I have to overclock it
Technically no mainstream motherboards support that speed without XMP/DOCP - as this is a form of overclocking. But both of those boards support speeds of 3200 yes. But you do still have to technically overclock them.

Does the pros of the x570 justify the price difference?
Only really if you require PCIe Gen 4 now or in the near future. Which for most people isn't necessary. The X570 costs more for less as it's newer tech, and a newer chipset, but ultimately, you can pick up the older generation that has more features, for less. But simply won't have PCIe Gen 4 for example (and latest USB).
 
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Vabe

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[...] Only really if you require PCIe Gen 4 now or in the near future. Which for most people isn't necessary. The X570 costs more for less as it's newer tech, and a newer chipset, but ultimately, you can pick up the older generation that has more features, for less. But simply won't have PCIe Gen 4 for example (and latest USB).
Thank you for the quick answer! I think I'll put the price difference toward an SSD then.

With regards to the actual motherboard then, which one of the following should I go with?
  • ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING
  • MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX
I see that they're quite similar (apart from BIOS flashing), I just don't know what else to look for, what defines a good motherboard.. Are there any advantages for one over the other, or is it more like personal preference?

Thanks!
 

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