So you’re trying to build a PC on a budget. You’ve picked up yourself a Ryzen 3 2300X processor as entry level hardware to get things started; however, you also need to keep in mind that you’re going to need a motherboard to go with that, at least as long as you don’t already have a motherboard with the supported AM4 socket set. Unfortunately, for most people, it can be difficult trying to figure out the compatibility between their chosen processor and motherboard. That’s why we’ve assembled this list for you, to show you the best motherboards for your entry-level Ryzen 3.
If you’re ready to find out what the best motherboard is for your Ryzen 2300X, be sure to follow along below. Here are our top picks, a range of budget-level and high-end competitors.
GIGABYTE AB350 Gaming 3
As our number five pick, we’re looking at the GIGABYTE AB350 Gaming 3 motherboard. If you’re on a strict budget, the AB350 was made for you. This one will cost you well under $100, but don’t like that price scare you — this motherboard still has plenty of features inside. With the AM4 socket, you won’t have an issue making your Ryzen 2300X compatible. GIGABYTE offers excellent speed and performance inside of this motherboard, making this even optimal for tasks like gaming; however, you have at least one thing to keep in mind — it’s actually one of the toastier boards that you’ll see on the market right now. There power/thermal support here is really poor, and that’s why this board is so cheap. And it does support a multi-GPU setup; however, that will really heat up your board. Still, it’s not a bad choice if you’re just looking to get by.
MSI X370 Pro Carbon
Coming up as number four on our list, MSI’x X370 Pro Carbon will work great with your Ryzen 3 processor. As you might expect, it supports the AM4 socket set, and has plenty of features to keep things running smoothly. The highlight of this motherboard is its durability — traditionally, motherboard slots, like your GPU and SSD slots are made of cheap plastic that is extremely easy to break. MSI actually includes GPU and PCIe SSD slots that are reinforced so that you don’t break them, even on purpose. As far as actual benchmarks go, the X370 Pro Carbon is fairly standard when it comes to motherboards, but will be able to handle your Ryzen 3 just fine.
ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming
If you’ve never heard of ASUS before — or the Republic of Gamers line of products — you’ve likely been living under a rock. The Strix X470-F is apart of the Republic of Gamers line, and is designed for enthusiasts. If you just want a really good board to use with your Ryzen 3, the Strix won’t be letting you down anytime soon.
One of the unique aspects of this board is its overclocking capabilities. Overclocking is actually the crux of this motherboard, giving you some sweet options for pushing the limits of what your Ryzen 3 is able to do. ASUS includes its own 5-Way Optimization with Auto Tuning and proprietary Fan Xpert 4 technology to automatically tailor overclocking profiles to your unique build. The goal here is to provide you the best efficiency in overclocking with your Ryzen 3, all while keeping your computer cool.
ASRock X370 Killer SLI
Coming in as our number two favorite, the ASRock X370 Killer SLI is able to bring you the perfect blend of support and performance on the cheap. Sitting at around $120, you’ll get plenty of features out of this motherboard, including a plentiful IO with 12 USB 3.0 ports. ASRock includes four DDR4 RAM slots onto the board, providing you with support of up to 64GB of memory. That’s a lot of potential memory, but will keep your machine running as smooth as butter. This one has NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire support for multi GPU setups as well.
GIGABYTE AORUS AX370 Gaming 5
Our first and favorite motherboard is the AORUS AX370 Gaming 5 by GIGABYTE. Originally made for Intel’s LGA 1151 processors, GIGABYTE has built this out to work with many AMD Processors as well, including the AM4 socket set type. It’s definitely a capable board, and GIGABYTE has actually included four slots for DDR4 RAM.
This one isn’t a bad option for overclocking either. It has GIGABYTE’s own Smart Fan 5 technology and Hybrid Fan Headers built in, allowing the AORUS AX370 to easily dissipate heat. That said, you don’t have to worry about absolutely roasting your motherboard. It is particularly neat to have when you’re using overclocking features. There’s a nice audio chip built inside the motherboard, and you’re running Gen3 PCi Express here.
If you’re looking for an excellent choice for your entry-level Ryzen 3 chip — specifically the 2300X — then any one of these motherboards will get you up and running. You’ll get great performance and plenty of features out of any of these, but you’ll definitely find more quality and long lasting support with options like the ROG Strix or the AORUS AX370.
So which one are you picking up? Let us know in the comments section below.