So, you are confused about which motherboard you should buy for the Ryzen 9 5900X. I would also be in the same state because it is important to pair a good motherboard with the Ryzen 9 5900X to extract this beastly processor’s true potential.
With so many options available in the market, it can get overwhelming but don’t worry; this article contains just what you need. In this article, I will tell you the eight best motherboards for Ryzen 9 5900X that are currently available.
It doesn’t just stop there; this article will also tell you what you should look for when buying a Ryzen 9 5900X motherboard. All in all, I will cover everything you need to know from A to Z so that you end up with the right motherboard for your CPU.
Also, the motherboards mentioned in the article will represent different categories and budgets. There is a lot to cover, so without further ado, let’s dive straight into the article.
Short on Time? These Are the Best Motherboards for Ryzen 9 5900X
I don’t want to keep you waiting. The following is a quick look at some of the amazing motherboards for Ryzen 9 5900X that will be reviewed in this article.
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Coming up next are the reviews of the best motherboards for Ryzen 5900x processor.
The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 is a no-compromise motherboard that delivers the maximum possible performance and features in a single package. This motherboard, therefore, has all the high-end specs and components making it the best motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X you can currently buy.
Since the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 is meant to push the limits of what is possible, it is based on the E-ATX form-factor to bolster cooling and thermals. This motherboard is passively water-cooled and has high conductivity thermal pads to keep the temperatures as low as possible.
As a result, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 has the lowest VRM and chipset temperatures out of all X570 motherboards. This motherboard also excels in other technical departments. Featuring a true 18+2 phase VRM and supporting RAM speeds up to 5000MHz, this motherboard earns top marks for performance and capability.
The connectivity of this motherboard is also well sorted out. It has Wi-Fi 6E, dual LAN with one supporting 10G bandwidth and other supporting 2.5G, multiple high speeds USB Type-A ports, USB Type-C ports, RGB headers, and 5x M.2 slots.
The onboard audio of this motherboard is also fantastic. It has industry-leading audio DAC and audio capacitors that produce amazing sound.
The main differentiating feature of this motherboard from others is the inclusion of a 2″ OLED screen. This OLED screen shows vital motherboard stats like CPU voltage, chipset temperatures, etc.
While I applaud ASUS for implementing this feature, unfortunately, the screen is buggy and not accurate.
Overall, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 is crammed with all the available technology. While technically, this motherboard is superior to all other motherboards, some of its features are buggy. Also, not everyone will be able to take advantage of this motherboard. As things stand, I will recommend this motherboard if budget is not an issue and you want the best possible motherboard for your Ryzen 9 5900X.
Not all high-end motherboards are created equally. The MSI MEG X570S Ace Max is an embodiment of this statement. Although the price tag of this motherboard is quite steep, what you get for the money is nothing short of amazing.
The main benefit of splurging the money for this motherboard is getting a very capable motherboard. One that can effortlessly run the Ryzen 9 5900x on factory speeds and overclocked speeds due to the fantastic 16+2 phase VRM.
The VRM of this motherboard is designed to handle such intensive tasks, and therefore it stays relatively cool even under full load. For maximum performance, this motherboard also supports RAM speeds up to 5300MHz.
Being a high-end motherboard from MSI, a great deal of care has gone into the design of this motherboard. The matte black color scheme with gold accents may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, when you look at this motherboard in person, it quickly changes your perception of aesthetics.
The same attention to detail is also paid to the connectivity aspect of this motherboard. MSI has bundled in everything they could so that nothing was left missing in this motherboard.
It has Wi-Fi, fast USB ports, 4x M.2 slots, 2.5G Ethernet Lan, USB-C, and a Hi-Fi audio DAC. MSI has also added quirky features like clear CMOS and BIOS flashback buttons, which come in very handy.
All things considered, MSI has quite literally aced this motherboard. For the sub $500 price tag, I can’t think of any other X570 motherboard that can compete with the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max.
The X570 Aorus Ultra is a high-end offering from Gigabyte. This product competes with the likes of the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max and has a lot going for it, mainly in the features department.
The performance of the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra is decent but not on par with other high-end motherboards. This motherboard has a 12 + 2 VRM and supports a maximum DDR4 RAM speed of 4400MHz. Although not bad, these numbers are less than the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max.
The motherboard picks up in the cooling department. Despite being on the ATX form factor, its cooling is great, mainly because of the large physical fan and the direct thermal pipes and heat sinks used on this motherboard.
Where this motherboard truly shines is in terms of its features. It has many features that consumers will love, including the High-quality audio DAC that I particularly enjoy.
I also find the pre-installed I/O shield to be a very nice feature. Although it might not be a consideration for most people, it is one feature that spoils you after using it.
Talking about connectivity, this motherboard has an average I/O and port selection. It includes 4x high-speed USB Type-A, 5x regular USB Type-A, USB Type-C, 1G ethernet LAN, 3x M.2 slots, and 6x SATA ports. 1G ethernet LAN and 3x M.2 slots are not acceptable at the roughly $600 price tag that this motherboard comes with.
Fortunately, Wi-Fi 6 is built into the motherboard, and it works well. The RGB connectivity of the motherboard is great. It has 2x RGB headers and 3x addressable LED headers, which are all supported by the Gigabyte RGB fusion software.
All in all, the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra is a great motherboard. Although not as good as other high-end motherboards, it still holds its own.
The ROG Strix X570-E Gaming WiFi II is an exciting offering from ASUS. It stands in the middle of the ASUS X570 lineup. While not as high-end as the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570, this motherboard still offers great performance and compelling features to boot.
It is still an ATX motherboard that has decent VRM. While not anything mind-blowing, it can run Ryzen 9 5900X safely without any issue. The 4600MHz RAM support, however, is a little underwhelming.
The most comprehensive aspect of this motherboard is the passive cooling system. Having passive water cooling at such a low price is genuinely impressive.
Coming onto the features next, which are another highlight of this motherboard. Asus has always put many features into its motherboards, and this motherboard also receives that treatment.
It has dual Ethernet LAN 2.5G and 1G port, Wi-Fi 6E, and BIOS flashback, to name a few. Also, how can I forget the RGB lighting, which I have to say enhances the look of the motherboard.
Like the features, this motherboard also presents a good outlook in terms of connectivity. The port list of this motherboard is huge, and it contains USB-C, 8x high-speed USB-A ports, 7x regular USB-A ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, 8x SATA ports, 2x M.2 slots, 2x RGB headers, and 2x addressable RGB headers.
The only negative I can point out is the use of only two M.2 ports, but other than that, the connectivity of this motherboard is good.
Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming WiFi II represents an excellent package for the price. It is quite capable, has impressive features, and includes good connectivity. There is not a lot to fault this motherboard for; therefore, I reckon it is the best for Ryzen 9 5900x in the sub $400 price range.
There are not many Mini-ITX motherboards around because they offer limited functionality. The Gigabyte X570 I Aorus Pro WiFi is a gem of a Mini-ITX motherboard because it has solved the practical aspect of the motherboard. This is a somewhat usable Mini-ITX motherboard with decent functionality.
Gigabyte has taken a bold step to introduce an X570 motherboard in the Mini-ITX form-factor. The advantage of having the X570 chipset is that you get the PCIe 4.0 technology that AMD motherboards have to offer. This motherboard also gets support for RAM speed up to 5300MHz.
Since this is a high-end AMD motherboard, it has a very good VRM. The true 8-phase VRM of this motherboard is decent. Although it won’t compare with other high-end X570 motherboards, it does its job in handling the Ryzen 9 5900X. Though I will be cautious overclocking the Ryzen 9 5900X on this VRM setup.
We all know Mini-ITX motherboards are small, so some compromise in connectivity is expected. Despite that, Gigabyte has managed the situation rather well. They have eliminated just the right number of ports and kept the ones needed for Ryzen 9 5900X PC build.
By getting this motherboard, you won’t feel restricted in terms of connectivity, and you will have all the ports for daily driving this motherboard. It has Wi-Fi, multiple fast USB-A ports, USB-C ports, 2.5G ethernet jack, 2x M.2 slots, 4x SATA ports, and other necessary connectivity bits.
One thing I particularly like about this motherboard is that Gigabyte has not stripped down the Mini-ITX version of the motherboard. It has almost the same technical specs as the full-size Aorus Pro model that Gigabyte offers.
Overall, the Gigabyte X570 I Aorus Pro WiFi is the best Mini-ITX motherboard. Although the price is steep, you get what you pay for. This motherboard has an average VRM, decent amount of features, and even the functionality of the motherboard is not bad for a Mini-ITX motherboard.
The MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi is a Ryzen 5000-ready motherboard that is dependable and reliable. The Tomahawk series has long been one of the best value to performance champs, and this iteration is no exception.
For starters, a Ryzen 9 5900X needs a dependable and capable motherboard that can support the true enormous potential of the Ryzen 9 chip and deliver its optimal power. The MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi is up for this task with its fantastic VRM and power delivery.
This motherboard beats out its contenders in the same price range in this regard and can also support RAM speed up to 5100MHz. The tradeoff for having a great VRM is that the motherboard does not have many salient features that consumers might enjoy.
That said, though, the motherboard still delivers enough to count it as a mid-range X570 motherboard. It has a blazing fast Wi-Fi 6E connection and supports a fast 2.5G ethernet along with it. The high bandwidth USB ports are also an excellent addition.
These convenient features make the MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi a joy to use. Another aspect that uplifts the daily useability of the MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi is its very good rear I/O and connectivity. The motherboard has 6x SATA ports, 2x M.2 ports, multi-USB ports, 2x 4-PIN RGB ports, and 2x 3-PIN LED.
Overall, the MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi is a workhorse. It is a reliable and dependable motherboard that can easily handle the Ryzen 9 5900X on stock core clocks. No other motherboard under the $300 price tag can match the capability of the MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi.
There are not many good Micro ATX motherboards for the Ryzen 9 5900X. The ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi stands tall as one of the few Micro ATX motherboards decently usable for the Ryzen 9 5900x.
The ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi is not anything special. I want to set the record straight so that you won’t have high expectations from this motherboard. That being said, though, this motherboard is quite adequate in all aspects hence making it suitable for a Ryzen 9 5900X.
The VRM of this motherboard is not the best, and even the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 has it beat in this regard. Still, the VRM is good enough to support the Ryzen 9 5900X in its stock form. I won’t recommend using an overclocked CPU or RAM on this motherboard.
Now coming onto the main strength of this motherboard, which has to be its functionality. Despite being a Micro ATX motherboard, you are not missing much here. Sure, you do have to compromise on a couple of PCIe slots, but that’s mostly it.
All the other connectivity bits are present here. This motherboard has Wi-Fi 6, 2.5G ethernet LAN, 14x fast USB Type A, USB-C, 2x M.2 slots, 4x SATA ports, RGB headers, etc.
While two M.2 slots and 4x SATA ports may seem less but given the Micro-ATX form factor, it is a compromise users have to make.
This motherboard comes with a minimal amount of features. The most prominent feature onboard is the built-in Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, which somewhat numbs the pain because of its amazing signal strength and reception.
Overall, if we compare the ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi with other Micro ATX motherboards, it has a clear lead. This motherboard has a decent VRM, has good connectivity out of the box, has a solid rear I/O, and gives users some features to play around with. This makes the ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi one of the better Micro ATX around that you should check out if you are in the market for one.
Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 currently sits as one of the better budget motherboards you can buy that supports the Ryzen 9 5900X. Despite the low-price tag, the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 has solid fundamentals that make this motherboard better than its budget competition.
The main area where the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 beats its competitors is VRM and power delivery. Due to the decent 12+2 phase VRM this motherboard is the only one I would recommend at the sub $200 price point for running a Ryzen 9 5900X.
While the main emphasis of the motherboard is the VRM, it is way ahead of its competition in other aspects. For instance, this motherboard supports a maximum RAM speed of 4733MHz, which is higher than the sub $200 competitors.
The connectivity of this motherboard is also very good. All the ports are included here that you will need to run a Ryzen 9 5900X PC from this motherboard. It even has the BIOS flashback function, which can be very handy for updating the motherboard BIOS.
Gigabyte has also chucked in some handy features like built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, fast USB ports, 2x M.2 slots, and 4x SATA ports. Rounding off the great connectivity of the motherboard are 2x 4-pin RGB header and 2x 3-pin RGB header.
Overall, the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 has a great set of standard features, and the fundamentals of this motherboard are executed perfectly. There are a couple of problems here and there with the motherboard. Still, none of them are big enough to deteriorate the otherwise amazing user experience of the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2.
Ryzen 9 5900X Motherboard Buyer’s Guide
It would have been more convenient for me to skip the buying guide altogether, but that approach comes with a catch.
If you don’t understand how AMD Ryzen motherboards are differentiated and then ranked, you won’t be able to decide for yourself.
Maybe the product I am recommending is not the best fit for your needs. Without any knowledge about motherboards, you can’t distinguish this.
Therefore, this section is there to inform you how the buying process works. At the end of this section, you will be able to distinguish between good and bad motherboards.
Do Your Preparation the Right Way
You don’t do any task without proper preparation. So why go in blindly to buy a motherboard for Ryzen 9 5900X. Before buying yourself a motherboard for the Ryzen 9 5900X, you need to do two things.
Otherwise, if you don’t do these things, you may end up with a motherboard that you may regret buying. The two things I will tell you are very simple to implement. They are as follows:
- Decide your budget for the motherboard prehand
- Determine what you are going to use the motherboard for
The first thing you want to do is decide on a budget for yourself. This is a much-needed step because motherboards for the Ryzen 9 5900X can range in a vast price tag. You can get yourself a Ryzen 9 5900X motherboard for $200 or spend upwards of $800 on one. Therefore, decide your budget beforehand to avoid confusion and double minding later. This will do two things. First, it will keep you focused on buying the motherboard that best fits your needs. Second, it will limit you from getting distracted by the shiny expensive motherboards.
The second thing you need to do is evaluate what you are going to use the motherboard for. This means what functionality you want out of your motherboard. Do you have a specific port to take advantage of, or do you want to overclock the Ryzen 9 5900X processor? You need to ask these sorts of questions because they will help you answer what you want from a motherboard.
Once you have a budget in mind and know what you want from your motherboard, you are already one step closer to getting the motherboard that best fits your needs.
Why the Best Is Not Always the Right Choice?
The whole concept of the buyer’s guide is situated around giving you the power so that you can choose the best motherboard for your needs.
Therefore, staying on that premise, you can see why going with the best option will not net you the motherboard that you necessarily want.
I am not saying that the best motherboards are bad by any means; however, I want to preface that you should not pay much attention to which motherboard comes before in the list than the others.
For this purpose, the position of the motherboards is based on their usability and not only just on the specs. Depending on which useability tier you are on, you should choose a motherboard accordingly.
For example, suppose you want a solid and reliable Ryzen 9 5900X and don’t want to overclock it. In that case, the MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi or the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 will be good enough for your purpose. You don’t necessarily need to buy the more expensive MSI MEG X570S Ace Max because that will be overkill for your needs.
Similarly, if you want to overclock, you can’t buy a low-end motherboard because it will not have the functionality you are looking for. Then the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra or the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max will be better options for you.
I think now you can understand what I am trying to say. The gist is that don’t focus on buying the “best” or the “most expensive” motherboards and stick to the motherboard that works with your needs the most.
What Factors You Should Look Out for When Buying a Ryzen 9 5900X Motherboard?
Okay, so you know the guidelines for approaching your buying process. However, the main thing still remains: how you can distinguish a good motherboard from a bad motherboard.
To distinguish between a bad and a good motherboard, you need to know the characteristics and traits of a motherboard.
In this section, I will list the characteristics in a way that I will not only tell you what they are but also how they affect the motherboard and what should be present in a good motherboard when you are buying one.
So, without further ado, let’s begin.
The chipset is one of the core attributes of a motherboard. A chipset defines what a motherboard is and what it is built upon.
Basically, in the AMD Ryzen space, there are motherboards with three kinds of chipsets.
The X570 chipset is the most premium one available for AMD motherboards. B550 sits in between, and the A520 chipset is the most basic or the entry one.
For the Ryzen 9 5900X, I don’t recommend using the A520 at all. A CPU with the caliber of the Ryzen 9 5900X won’t work well with this processor. It will only restrict the performance and capability of this processor.
The B550 chipset works alright with the Ryzen 9 5900X, but only the top-end B550 motherboards like the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 and the ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi. The entry-level B550 is not good enough to support the Ryzen 9 5900X; therefore, that rules them out.
The X570 chipset is the best match for the Ryzen 9 5900X. The motherboards powered by the X570 chipsets are expensive but consider it a luxury tax for using the Ryzen 9 5900X CPU.
A good midrange X570 motherboard like the MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi will run you around $270, while the top-end X570 motherboard like the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 will set you back around $750.
If you can get a motherboard with the X570, and if you don’t want to overclock your CPU or want the enthusiast features, then stick to the $250-400 price range.
The VRM is the second most crucial factor you should consider in a motherboard. Ryzen 9 5900X is a power-hungry CPU, so to keep it working at its maximum potential, you will need a motherboard that can drive a lot of power to the CPU.
To drive a lot of power to the CPU, a motherboard needs to have a solid VRM because that is the part of the motherboard responsible for supplying power to the CPU.
Therefore, if you want to use the Ryzen 9 5900X long-term without any issue, invest in a motherboard with a good VRM. Lucky you, all the motherboards that I have included in this list have good enough VRM to support the Ryzen 9 5900X.
Therefore, any motherboard you will buy from my recommendations will be able to support the Ryzen 9 5900X without any issue.
Motherboards for the Ryzen 9 5900X come in 4 different sizes. They are
- Micro ATX
The ATX form factor is considered the standard form factor for motherboards. Most of the motherboards you see are built around this form factor. The ATX motherboard is 12″ x 9.6″ inches in size.
The E-ATX is an extension of the ATX form factor. Ryzen 9 5900X motherboards are tasked with great power handling; therefore, they need proper cooling. To implement cooling into the motherboard, the E-ATX form factor was created. The size of E-ATX motherboards is 12″ x 13″. The extra width is used to house a cooling fan or cooling fins to dissipate heat efficiently.
The Micro ATX is the smaller version of the ATX motherboards. These motherboards come in the size of 9.6 x 9.6. The main difference between ATX and Micro ATX motherboards is that the latter lack some PCIe expansion slots
The Mini-ITX form factor represents the smallest-sized motherboards. These motherboards come in the size of 6.7″ x 6.7″. Due to its small size, the Mini-ITX offers limited functionality and is mainly used for specialized compact PC builds.
The reason I am telling you about all these sizes is that the motherboard form factor matters a lot when building a gaming PC. Depending on the motherboard size, the PC case is also shaped similarly. Therefore, you need to know which motherboard form factor you are getting to match it up with your PC’s case.
4. Connectivity: Internal Ports and Rear I/0
The main purpose of the motherboard is to connect the different components of the PC together. Therefore a motherboard should have good connectivity.
The connectivity of the motherboard is mainly dependent on two things.
- Internal ports/headers
- Rear I/O
The internal ports of the motherboard refer to all the headers on the motherboard that allow you to connect different things to the motherboard. For example, the SATA ports on the motherboard are used to connect the storage drives to the motherboard.
For a motherboard to be good, it needs to have a diverse and versatile set of internal ports. ATX motherboards like the ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming WiFi II provide the most convenient selection of ports if you are looking for that.
The other facet that defines the connectivity of the motherboard is the rear I/O. The rear I/O refers to the input and output ports on the back of the motherboards. The rear I/O connects different peripherals to the PC like the monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc. A versatile and well-thought-out rear I/O means that you will have a much easier time using the PC for the long term.
5. Salient Features
Salient features are just that, any features that a motherboard gives that enhance the user experience. A motherboard may or may not have salient features. Usually, the more expensive a motherboard is, the more features it will provide
There are two types of salient features. Some are more geared towards easing your daily user experience, like built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Then there are salient features that are more geared toward performance. These include clear CMOS switches, BIOS flashback options, etc.
If you want features, then expect to pay a premium. The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 has many interesting features, but it will set you back around $800.
There might be many questions that are troubling you. This section will satisfy some of your queries, as I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
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That concludes the reviews of all the Ryzen 9 5900x motherboards that I wanted to tell you about. The motherboards in this article were picked based on what they can provide for the user. I am sure you have also found the review to be user-centric.
All offerings in this article are unique in their own right, so there is a motherboard for everyone.
Suppose your needs consist of just using the motherboard casually and not overclocking the Ryzen 9 5900X. In that case, you don’t need to spend on an expensive motherboard. The MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi, which goes for around $270, will suffice.
However, suppose you want to overclock the Ryzen 9 5900X and use other performance features to extract the maximum performance out of your CPU. In that case, going with the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max is a better option.
If budget is not of concern and you want the most premium Ryzen 9 5900X, then ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme X570 is for you. However, the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2 should be right up your alley if you are on a budget.
The gist of everything I talked about is that there is no right or wrong option when buying a motherboard. So, select a motherboard based on your needs.
I am pretty sure now, after this article, you know what works best for you. So, tell me which motherboard you want to buy and why you want to buy it in the comment section below.
With that being said, I hope that you found my recommendations helpful and good luck in choosing your motherboard.