Question Which chipset should I buy?

Which chipset should I buy?

  • B350

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  • X370

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Metal Messiah.

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the X370 is obviously better in terms of quality, IMO...Even X470..But as CPU overclocking is unlocked on B350 motherboards, and as you are going to use a single card, then go for B350 instead.

Compared to B350 motherboards, the X370 platform just adds few more 5Gbps USB gen ports, twice SATA III connections, two more PCIe lanes, and dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots to support CrossFire and SLI setups. They also tend to have more power phases and beefier hardware in general to improve overclocking, though details vary depending on the specific board.

But I'm assuming your CPU is compatible with the following motherboard chipsets:

http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/AMD/Ryzen_7/1700X_motherboards.html
 
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davew1860

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the X370 is obviously better in terms of quality, IMO.....But as CPU overclocking is unlocked on B350 motherboards, and as you are going to use a single card, then go for B350 instead.

Compared to B350 motherboards, the X370 platform just adds few more 5Gbps USB gen ports, twice SATA III connections, two more PCIe lanes, and dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots to support CrossFire and SLI setups. They also tend to have more power phases and beefier hardware in general to improve overclocking, though details vary depending on the specific board.

But I'm assuming your CPU is compatible with the following motherboard chipsets:

http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/AMD/Ryzen_7/1700X_motherboards.html
How about this motherboard?

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-132-988
 

DMAN999

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Why not get a B450 MB, it costs about the same or even less and uses a newer chipset ?
I bought an Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming in November 2018 (it was on sale for $90) and I'm very happy with it so far.
I can OC my Ryzen 5 2600 up to 4 GHz (I currently have it set at stock with PBO enabled) with that same G.Skill TridentZ 3200 Ram you listed at 3400 Mhz.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119140

These MSI 450 MB's reviewed very well also:
MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144188&Description=MSI B450&cm_re=MSI_B450--13-144-188--Product
MSI ARSENAL B450 TOMAHAWK
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144189&Description=MSI B450&cm_re=MSI_B450--13-144-189--Product
 
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Why not get a B450 MB, it costs about the same or even less and uses a newer chipset ?
I bought an Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming in November 2018 (it was on sale for $90) and I'm very happy with it so far.
I can OC my Ryzen 5 2600 up to 4 GHz (I currently have it set at stock with PBO enabled) with that same G.Skill TridentZ 3200 Ram you listed at 3400 Mhz.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119140

These MSI 450 MB's reviewed very well also:
MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144188&Description=MSI B450&cm_re=MSI_B450--13-144-188--Product
MSI ARSENAL B450 TOMAHAWK
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144189&Description=MSI B450&cm_re=MSI_B450--13-144-189--Product
Good point.

The B450's have StoreMI Technology (has this been helpful for you?), lower TDP, and support CrossFire (in case I DO want to use two video cards in the future).

I am very loyal to brands, so as far as motherboards go, I will continue to stick with ASUS.

Does everyone agree that the below motherboard is nice?

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119140
 

DMAN999

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I have had mine since November and I am very happy with it but read a few reviews so you can decide if it meets your needs:
https://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_rog_strix_b450-f_gaming_review/16

If you do buy this MB I strongly advise you to update the BIOS to version 1201 which has AGESA 1.0.0.6, it seems to be the best/most stable BIOS atm.
 
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DMAN999

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^ that is NOT completely accurate.
They do add Ryzen 3000 support (with AGESA 0070) and enhanced security.
BUT they are still buggy (there are reports of cold boot issues and unstable RAM when OC'd with 2008 and 2202) and the 1201 is much more stable with my 3200 RAM OC'd to 3400 MHZ.
 
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^ that is NOT completely accurate.
They do include AGESA 0070 BUT they are still buggy (there are reports of cold boot issues and unstable RAM when OC'd withv 2008 and 2202) and the 1201 is much more stable with my 3200 RAM OC'd to 3400 MHZ.
What speed did your RAM default to?

Also, how many more FPS did you get after overclocking from 3200 to 3400?
 

DMAN999

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My RAM defaulted to 2133 (IIRC) but after selecting DOCP profile it ran at 3200 @1.35V.
Then I just chose 3400 MHz RAM Speed and set DRAM Voltage to 1.37V and changed tRC from 75 to 56.
My FF XV Benchmark went from 9398 to 9760 with nothing changed except for the bump from 3200 to 3400.
 
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