Need help deciding on a motherboard

raisonjohn

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You can use the comparison table of all AM4 motherboards (link in the other thread) as a guide to differentiate and identify specs you are looking for: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3502839/am4-motherboard-amd-ryzen-cpu-specs-comparison-list.html

Main Differences (Asrock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac vs Msi B450I Gaming Plus AC):
Ethernet LAN: Asrock = Intel I211-AT | Msi = Realtek RTL8111H
Audio Codec: Asrock = Realtek ALC1220 | Msi = Realtek ALC887
Audio Jacks: Asrock = 5x + S/PDIF | Msi = 3x
USB Rear Panel Ports: Asrock = 2x USB2.0 + 2x USB3.0 + 1x USB3.1-A + 1x USB3.1-C | Msi = 2x USB2.0 + 4x USB3.0 (no 3.1)
USB2.0 Internal Headers: Asrock = 1.5x (supports up to 3x USB2.0 ports) | Msi = 1x (supports up to 2x USB2.0 ports)
Fan Header: Asrock = 3x | Msi = 2x
RGB LED Header: Asrock = 2x (1x 12V + 1x 5V) | Msi = 2x (2x 12V)
Debug LED Indicators: Asrock = None | Msi = CPU/VGA/DRAM/BOOT LEDs
CPU VCC Phases: Asrock = 6x (ISL95712 (3x2) | Msi = 6x (IR35201)
* Those marked in Blue are slightly better/more advantageous (if you need them).

Major Similarities:
Both are ITX-sized (170mm x 170mm)
Both have extended heatsinks (acts partially as I/O shroud)
Both have single-BIOS
Both have 2x DIMM slots
Both have 1x PCIe3.0 x16 expansion slot with "armor"/reinforcement
Both have 4x SATAIII ports
Both have 1x M.2 slot that supports either PCIe3.0 x4 or SATAIII modes
Both have the same Wireless LAN (using Intel Wireless-AC 3168 module up to 433Mbps)
 

raisonjohn

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You can use the comparison table of all AM4 motherboards (link in the other thread) as a guide to differentiate and identify specs you are looking for: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3502839/am4-motherboard-amd-ryzen-cpu-specs-comparison-list.html

Main Differences (Asrock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac vs Msi B450I Gaming Plus AC):
Ethernet LAN: Asrock = Intel I211-AT | Msi = Realtek RTL8111H
Audio Codec: Asrock = Realtek ALC1220 | Msi = Realtek ALC887
Audio Jacks: Asrock = 5x + S/PDIF | Msi = 3x
USB Rear Panel Ports: Asrock = 2x USB2.0 + 2x USB3.0 + 1x USB3.1-A + 1x USB3.1-C | Msi = 2x USB2.0 + 4x USB3.0 (no 3.1)
USB2.0 Internal Headers: Asrock = 1.5x (supports up to 3x USB2.0 ports) | Msi = 1x (supports up to 2x USB2.0 ports)
Fan Header: Asrock = 3x | Msi = 2x
RGB LED Header: Asrock = 2x (1x 12V + 1x 5V) | Msi = 2x (2x 12V)
Debug LED Indicators: Asrock = None | Msi = CPU/VGA/DRAM/BOOT LEDs
CPU VCC Phases: Asrock = 6x (ISL95712 (3x2) | Msi = 6x (IR35201)
* Those marked in Blue are slightly better/more advantageous (if you need them).

Major Similarities:
Both are ITX-sized (170mm x 170mm)
Both have extended heatsinks (acts partially as I/O shroud)
Both have single-BIOS
Both have 2x DIMM slots
Both have 1x PCIe3.0 x16 expansion slot with "armor"/reinforcement
Both have 4x SATAIII ports
Both have 1x M.2 slot that supports either PCIe3.0 x4 or SATAIII modes
Both have the same Wireless LAN (using Intel Wireless-AC 3168 module up to 433Mbps)
 

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