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Question What mother board should I get for Ryzen 3600? (X570, X470, B450?)

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I am planning on getting a Ryzen 3600 and am looking at mobos. The X570 is meant for 3600 but I keep hearing that they are overkill. The previous X470 and B450 are cheaper. I could get a high end version of them, but would need to get the bios update to work. I also heard that there are issues with the bios updates for the 3000's on X470 and B450.

Can some one help either clear up or confirm some of these concerns? Pros or Cons?

What mobos provide the best value for utilizing the 6 core Ryzen?

Thanks,
 

jon96789

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You can also look at the ASUS Prime X570-P for $150. It has decent VRMs so you can upgrade to a better CPU with no worries. Some of the VRMs cannot handle the curent draw of the 105-watt AMD CPUs. Why limit yourself to an older board?
 

ocer9999

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You can also look at the ASUS Prime X570-P for $150. It has decent VRMs so you can upgrade to a better CPU with no worries. Some of the VRMs cannot handle the curent draw of the 105-watt AMD CPUs. Why limit yourself to an older board?
Most mid tier motherboards will handle the higher count CPUs fine as long you dont overclock and have decent airflow, but I would get a X570 now that you see them starting at 120$ like the X570 Pro4, it's a solid board, decent VRMs as well good features and was well reviewed.
 

Darkbreeze

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All of these CPUs have a lower TDP than their same core count 2nd Gen counterparts, so any board that could handle a 2700x can handle the 3700x. Any board that was fine with the 2600x will be fine with the 3600x.

The Tomahawk max, which is significantly less expensive than any of these X570 boards, will handle any of these CPUs including the 3900x. In fact, it does just as well as the X570 Aorus Xtreme in just about every test.

 

jon96789

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Why not just buy the ASUS X570-P Prime board? It sells for $150, has PCI 4.0, the VRMs tested around 70 degrees with the 3900x (the 3950x should not be much higher). It should be somewhat cooler than the MSi Tomahawk which was 87 degrees with the 3950x.

It will be a lot cooler with the AMD 3600's lower current draw and it gives you a better upgrade path with the newer AMD CPUs.
 

Darkbreeze

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PCI 4.0 is useless. No gaming cards are currently able to saturate the PCI 3.0 bus anyhow, and most of them STILL do just fine on a PCIe 2.0 bus, so that is really no benefit. As well, we've seen the reviews showing that Gen 4 M.2 drives have minimal, to the point of possibly being simply margin of error, increases in performance over similar drives running on PCI 3.0 bus equipped boards. For now, it's a marketing tactic or selling point that looks good on a bullet list and not much more.

Reviews showed no problems, at all, running the 3900x on a Tomahawk max so I don't see any reason why anybody would feel the need to pay an extra 36.00 for a board that essentially offers you no improvements or benefits over a good B450.

Nobody is going to be running at 3950x on a Tomahawk, so I'm not sure that comparison carries any weight or is even realistic. Anybody buying one of those CPUs is likely going either be buying a very high end board as well, or is an idiot.
 

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