Typically when folks buy processors, they buy them a year or two behind releases. This is because newly released processors still have quirks to be worked out — or are sometimes shipped with awful problems — thus the reason why chip manufacturers offer a refreshed version of their processor on a yearly basis until they’re confident that the newest chip is reliable enough and ready to take over as the primary chip offering.
That’s what makes AMD’s Ryzen 7 Performance 1800X chip so great — it’s a year old now, and many of the quirks have been worked out so that you can safely use it without any major system issues.
But once you have your Ryzen 7 Performance 1800X in hand, what will you do with it? After all, you need a motherboard that supports it with the AM4 socket set, if you don’t already have one! So if you’re not sure what to pick up, be sure to follow along with us below — we’re going to show you our top motherboard picks for the Ryzen 1800X. Let’s dive right in.
GIGABYTE AB350 Gaming 3
Coming in as our number five contender, we’re looking at the AB350 Gaming 3 motherboard by GIGABYTE. GIGABYTE makes all sorts of awesome hardware products, including video cards, and of course, motherboards. This one sits at well under $100, so you can snag it on the cheap, especially if you can find an additional sale this holiday season.
Don’t let the affordability scare you away though — the AB350 has plenty of awesome features that will mesh it really well with the 1800X. Now, the “cheap” part of this motherboard is the power/thermal support. In a nutshell, it is really poor, making this one run a little hotter than what’s normal. It does offer multi-GPU support, though that will obviously make things run even hotter. Still, it’s not a bad choice if you’re just looking to get by until you can upgrade later.
MSI X370 Pro Carbon
Number four on our list is a brand that anyone would recognize — MSI. They’ve offered hardware for years, and what they’re offering for the Ryzen 7 1800X is a testament to the amount of experience they have in the industry.
You get excellent speed and performance out of this motherboard, but the highlight of MSI’s offering really comes down to its durability. In most cases, motherboard slots, like your GPU and SSD slots are made of cheap plastic, plastic that’s easy to and does break. MSI here actually includes GPU and PCIe SSD slots that are reinforced so that you don’t break them, even on purpose.
GIGABYTE AORUS AX470
the AORUS AX470 Ultra Gaming motherboard is another great choice for the Ryzen 7 1800X. You’ll have everything you need in this board for a high-end gaming experience, such as dual-channel DDR4 memory. There are actually a whole four DIMM slots for support of up to 64GB of memory.
This one comes with features like 2-way CrossFire SLI support for running a multi-display setup, an ultra fast M.2 setup for an SSD, Ethernet, and more.
ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming
ASUS ROG’s Strix X470-F Gaming board is an excellent option for owners of the Ryzen 7 Performance chip. What sets this motherboard apart from the rest is overclocking. Overclocking is very important to owners of the Ryzen 7 Performance chip, allowing you to you really push the limits of your hardware here.
ASUS actually has its own proprietary technology in this board to optimize overclocking — there’s 5-Way Optimization with Auto Tuning and Fan Xpert 4 technology to automatically tailor overclocking profiles to your unique PC build. The goal here is to provide you the best efficiency in overclocking with your Ryzen 7 1800X, all while keeping your computer cool.
ASRock X370 Killer SLI
Coming in next, we really like what the ASRock X370 Killer SLI has to offer in terms of support, performance, and price. At $120, the ASRock X370 Killer SLI is just like any other motherboard out there, though it might have a slightly slower CPU pace.
There are four DDR4 RAM slots to give you support for up to 64GB of RAM, and there’s a plentiful I/O panel with plenty of USB 3.0 slots and all of the modern video ports. As you might imagine, this one supports multi GPU setups through NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire.
GIGABYTE AORUS AX370 Gaming 5
One of our favorites is the AORUS AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard, pushing the limits of what digital technology is currently capable of. GIGABYTE actually offered this for the LGA 1151 Intel processors before bringing it to Ryzen’s AM4 sockets — it’s just that good!
Like the Strix motherboard, 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. So when you’re overclocking your Ryzen chip, you don’t have to worry about absolutely roasting your motherboard — you won’t be shorting your board or your CPU out.
Last up, but certainly not least on our countdown, we have the B450M by GIGABYTE. For the Ryzen 7 1800X, it doesn’t get much better than the B450M. There’s a lot that you can get out of the B450M — like dual-channel unbuffered memory, HDMI and DVI ports for a multi-display setup, and PCIe slots that can fit some high-end video cards. These slots are also reinforced, so you don’t have to worry about the weight of a Ti or Titan card breaking a slot.
If you want a motherboard that can keep up with the demands of a Ryzen 7 Performance processor like the 1800X, then any one of these motherboards will be right up your alley. If you’re looking for the creme of the crop in motherboard technology, you can’t go wrong with the awesome features in the AORUS AX370 or the ROG Strix AX370.
So which one of these are you picking up? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!