How We Choose and Test our Motherboards
There’s a lot of different factors that can make a motherboard the right, or wrong, choice for a gaming PC build.
From the most expensive, fully-featured cards on the market to the basic stuff that’ll just get your new machine up and running, we’ve looked into every single factor that might affect how well a new mobo is going to perform. We also try our best to provide you with every possible choice no matter what your needs are, or what budget you happen to be working with.
We ensure that every board we choose will serve you well by testing them all ourselves. Not only do we put these parts through rigorous benchmarking, but we also use them in our own machines on a day-to-day basis. You can be sure that every part we recommend is high-quality and highly reliable.
Our Top Ryzen 7 5800X Motherboard Picks
For the top pick among 5800X motherboards, the TUF Gaming X570-Plus is the easy choice. As with all ASUS TUF products you can expect some truly outstanding build quality, and this mobo is packed with more features than you will even know what to do with, in a good way. While it only features 2 PCIe slots, the amazing price of this component makes losing out on the extra expansion room totally worth it.
One of the most impressive parts of this mobo is the cooling setup. As well as dedicated heatsinks and hybrid fan headers, the board actually includes a fan directly on the board itself. If you want to get the most out of your 5800X then you need a board that’s going to keep your CPU as cool as possible, and the environment this mobo creates for your processor just can’t be beaten.
Moving onto I/O you get a fair amount of ports to work with. 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, and 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A) ports should keep you covered when it comes to peripherals, as well as a legacy PS/2 port just in case you want some of the extra features and benefits from running a PS/2 keyboard. There’s also a high-speed LAN connection and support for up to WiFi 6.
You also get two M.2 ports for SSDs or a Network card, and there’s a really well-made heatsink to try and take some of the pressure off those cards once your system gets under strain. There are 4 DDR4 RAM slots that can support cards of up to 4400 Mhz clock speeds. If you’re into overclocking your RAM or CPU, this mobo will be able to handle that, and on top of it all will make sure that everything stays cool while you’re doing it.
Filling out the second spot on our list is the X570 AORUS Master motherboard. While it doesn’t have the amazing value or high feature amount of the ASUS TUF card above, it does still offer a premium experience if you’re looking for a high-end mobo. While it comes in at a higher price than pretty much every other card on the list it comes with some of those extra bells and whistles that are worth shelling out for if you can afford them in the first place.
Sometimes, extra customization is just necessary, and if you’ve got a lot of different cards to run then the AORUS master is a great option. It features 3 PCIe 4.0 slots for you to cram full of whatever expansion cards you like, so even if you plan on running two GPUs and a capture card you’ll still be able to fit it all in. A great touch here is the inclusion of 3 M.2 4.0 slots, each with its own heatsink, so your SSDs or network cards will run as cool as ice even under heavy load.
A couple of nice touches are things like the built-in WiFi 6 card, as well as the very sturdy I/O shield that is just crammed full of ports. 10 total USB ports featured here, with 4 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 1, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C. Having all these connections together on the I/O shield means things can get a bit busy on the back of the board, but it’s not too big of a problem.
As you should probably expect with a high-end gaming mobo like this, there is a lot of support for RGB features built into the board. Not only are there some pre-installed RGB elements on the board itself, but there are also several RGB headers to add some extras. As with pretty much every AORUS motherboard you also get those special RGB FUSION 2.0 controls as well, so you can set up a real light show.
If it’s more important to you that your mobo has a lot of little bells and whistles then you might want to think about the MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI board. Not only does it come with some great onboard WiFi, but it’s also packed with a whole bunch of extra little side features to sweeten the deal. On top of that, it’s from MSI so you know it’s got some nice build quality on its side, especially considering the price.
This X570, ATX motherboard features 2 PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for some expansion cards, 4 DDR4 RAM slots supporting up to 4400 Mhz, and 2 M.2 slots for expanding your storage with some nice SSDs. Through the I/O shield, you get a total of 7 USB ports ranging from Gen 2 Type As to Gen 2 Type Cs. There’s also the benefit of a PS/2 port and a bunch of high-quality audio ports, including digital audio out if you have a high-quality system to use with it.
Cooling is clearly high on the list of priorities for MSI when it comes to this board. It comes with an onboard fan to keep the components that are close to the board as cool as possible. Not to mention, it follows the cooler design MSI uses in their GPUs, namely FROZR, so you can be sure it’s going to give you some highly efficient cooling.
It should probably go without saying that this mobo also supports RGB. There are a few headers for both rainbow and LED strips, and even a very tasteful element built into the board itself just in case you forgot to buy yourself some other components with RGB features.
When it comes to premium quality with no expense spared, ASUS ROG’s X570 Crosshair VIII Hero is a great selection. Obviously when we say no expense spared it should be clear that this motherboard is one of the most expensive cards that we’ve featured on the list. Part of the reason for that is just how much ASUS has managed to pack into this board when it comes to features.
One of a PC Gamer’s best friends can be overclocking, and if you’re into squeezing as much power as possible out of your components then this is the motherboard for you. The amount of power running through the board makes things much easy when it comes to overclocking, and you’ll also find plenty of cooling-related features, such as M.2 dedicated heatsinks, to keep the entire board as cool as possible while you’re experimenting with your OC configuration.
Other than being an overclocker’s wet dream this mobo also features 3 PCIe 4.0 x16 expansion slots for those weird card configurations that you have in mind, built-in WiFi 6 and high-speed LAN support, and comes with AI Suite 3 software support. If you’re not already familiar with it, AI Suite 3 provides you with everything you need to tweak every single aspect of your PC from fan speed to RGB settings, all in a single application.
Speaking of RGB, as with several of the other boards on this list this mobo also features some light RGB elements built directly onto the board itself as well so you can get started without having to buy some LED strips if you want to. Though typically more RGB is always better. Due to the high price, this motherboard isn’t going to be for everyone, but if this list of features started to make you drool at least a little, then this might just be your all-time favorite PC component.
So far, every board we’ve talked about has been running on the X570 chipset, but to mix things up a little bit we’ve thrown in a B450 chipset mobo instead. Obviously being a lower-powered chipset does come with some drawbacks, but at least the price isn’t one of them. If you’re looking to save a little money without limiting your CPU too much, then this is a great choice for the budget-conscious PC gamer.
One of the bigger drawbacks with this board is that it lacks PCIe 4.0 support, so you’ll be losing half of your speed upfront. While that is a bit of a bummer, there are some other areas where the card makes up for it. For instance, once again you’ll have a pretty easy time overclocking this board, partially thanks to the excessive cooling capacity that MSI has built into the thing.
You’ve got 5 fan headers placed around the board, and alongside those, there are also some of the most heavy-duty heatsinks that we’ve ever seen on a board ever. There’s also a water pump header if you want to make a fancy liquid-cooled rig, but if you prefer a more traditional route, that water pump header can also be used as a sixth fan header. Clearly, flexibility is the name of the game.
Moving onto I/O, you’ll get 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and 2 USB 2.0 ports as well. Unfortunately, there’s no DisplayPort compatibility, leaving you with just an HDMI or DVI-D port to contend with, but this is only really an issue if you’re planning on running onboard graphics, which you should probably avoid doing if you can help it. Also, if you’re one of those people that think PS/2 keyboards lag less there’s a port here for that too.
Things to Think About
If you’re setting out to purchase a new mobo, there are several key factors that are important to take into consideration before making your final purchase decision.
Easily one of the more important parts of your mobo decision should be its form factor. Not only does a form factor change the size of the card, and therefore the cases it will fit into, but it can also affect the number of ports you’ll find on the board itself and whether all of your other components are going to work as efficiently as possible.
If you’re intent on creating a more compact build then you’re going to need to aim at an mATX or ITX board, but then you’ll almost certainly have to worry more about cooling and having less ports to work with. Conversely, if you’re okay with a larger build to create better airflow and more ports, then you’re going to have to contend with a pretty bulky machine once you’re done building.
Each of the boards on this list comes with an ATX form factor, mostly because it’s the best way to get a decent amount of power and ports out of your mobo.
If you’ve got your heart set on a particular CPU, for instance on the Ryzen 7 5800X, then you’re going to need to make sure that you’re looking at boards that feature the right socket to take that processor. If you go looking through random lists of the latest and great boards then you’re going to end up disappointed.
When it comes to the 5800X, you’ll need to make sure that your mobo has an AM4 socket.
RAM sockets are another important factor when choosing your board. These slots will define not only what sort of memory you’ll be able to install, but it also defines the maximum clock speed, and the total amount of memory you’ll actually be able to fit inside.
Most ATX cards will come with 4 different memory slots, but there are certainly boards on the market that only feature 2 slots instead. If you’ve already picked out your RAM kit, then make sure that your mobo can manage that kind and speed of memory, and that there’s actually enough slots to install it in.
NVME and SATA
NVME and SATA ports both have a bearing on your storage capacity and read speeds but in two different ways. SATA ports will allow you to install either SSDs or HDDs, but the SSDs you fit into those ports won’t be able to compete speed-wise with the NVME kind. Make sure that you’re getting enough of both kinds of ports to give you the capacity you’re after. This is especially important if you work with a lot of big files on your PC, or have a huge gaming collection that you like to keep installed all at once.
That’s All There Is To It
You should now be well clued-up on the best mobos out there to support a Ryzen 7 5800X CPU. From top-of-the-line hardware to budget options, you won’t find a more comprehensive list of boards than this one right here.
If you’re still undecided on your board or on your CPU then check out our other articles. We’ve covered a wide range of different PC components as well as complete build guides. Our articles cover a range of different uses and price points to make sure we’ve covered a little bit of something for everyone.