This is our roundup review of the best motherboards for ryzen 3600 / 3600X processors in 2021.
It was long thought that Intel would remain the CPU king for all of eternity but that has recently changed. AMD has basically cornered the CPU market with top-tier offerings in the last year.
Not only do they offer high-end and low-end options, the Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X nail the mid-tier market.
Similar to the i5 range from intel, an R5 3600 is good enough for all but the strongest needs of a desktop computer.
Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600 And 3600X Guide
If you aren’t creating 4K content and just want to game, the Ryzen 5 series if a phenomenal pick.
Only a year old, it’s likely you will love this processor line as much as I do and be thinking about picking one up at some point.
In this hardware roundup, I’ve selected four of the best Motherboards I’ve seen paired with a saucy either a new Ryzen 5 3600X or plain 3600.
These are the motherboards that use that ever so nice AM4 socket and keep you playing
Ryzen 3600 vs 3600X
At a glance, the differences aren’t the easiest to understand if you aren’t big into technology.
The 3600X operates as a sort of premium version of the 3600 with an upcharge of around 40$ USD.
With the same core count and thread count, the real difference is that the base clock speed of the 3600X is around 200 MHz faster out of the box.
This comes with an uptick in power usage as well as the 3600 uses 65 watts while the TDP of the 3600X is 95. Really when we get down to it though, the 3600X is an odd piece of tech.
It’s basically a somewhat overclocked 3600 and to be honest, I can’t recommend that over the 3600 as you could shift that 40$ to something with a better value behind it such as cooling or even bringing you 5700 to a 5700xt.
1. MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
- Supports 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics desktop processors for AM4 socket
- Supports ddr4 memory, up to 4400+(oc) MHz
- Audio boost 4 technology with nahimic 3 software enhancement for immersive experiences
MSI is one of the best makers of motherboards on the market, in fact this article is being written on my personal Z390 Gaming (An Intel-based mobo).
I am a huge fan of the design of MSI motherboards as they pack them full of features, look sharp, and run amazing.
The X570 is an AM4 socket option (Meaning 2nd and 3rd gen Ryzen will work with it) and offers the upcoming PCIe 4.0.
While it’s a subtle shift, I imagine you’ll start seeing some PCIe 4.0 supported products in the near to immediate future.
Why does that matter? The new PCIe slot effectively doubles the bandwidth of PCIe arriving at a blazing fast 32GB/s meaning that it’ll be prepped for the latest and greatest GPU’s and SSD options.
For LED fanatics this mobo doesn’t offer much in term of control but it has excellent M.2 support and claims that it can use PCIe 4.0 to boost the transfer speed from 32GB/s to 64GB/s.
- PCIe 4.0 Support
- Fantastic design and style
- Future proof design means this mobo will last a LONG time
- A bit pricey
- Only red LED options
2. ASUS ROG Strix X470-F
Best X470 Motherboard For Ryzen 5 3600 And 3600X
- Powered by AMD Ryzen 2 AM4 and 7th generation Athlon processors to maximize connectivity and speed with dual NVMe M.2, front panel USB 3.1 Gen2 and Gigabit LAN
- 5 Way Optimization with Auto Tuning and Fan Xpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
- Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, 2 RGB headers and one addressable RGB header
The ASUS ROG Strix X470-F is a great compromise between old and new. For those who are using the AM4 format but aren’t necessarily planning to bump up to the glorious world of PCIe 4.0 in the near future, the X470-F is a great option.
The price point is almost half as compared to X570 models. For those obsessed with LED control (I’ve been there before), the AURA sync allows you to synchronize various ASUS products and additionally control the lights.
So if your an enthusiast and already rocking, ASUS, that might sell you! One of the downsides is that the RAM on this beast of a mobo clocks out at 64GB.
I’ve personally not seen why you’d need 128GB of RAM yet but as all things in PC building, I’ll probably need it in the future.
That being said, you can still use this mobo for incredible purposes like streaming and video editing and AMD tends to do very well with those applications.
As the industry has moved toward wireless conventions one of the downsides to the X470-F is that it lacks Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which is a bit annoying but if you are Desktop gaming, that’s probably expected.
- Affordable while somewhat future proof
- Incredible LED support for a Mobo
- Can only support 64GB of DDR4
- Does not come with Wi-Fi
3. ASRock B450 Steel Legend
Best B450 Motherboard For Ryzen 5 3600 And 3600X
- CPU: Socket AM4, Digi Power design, 6 Power Phase design, Supports 105W Water Cooling (Pinnacle Ridge); Supports 95W Water Cooling (Summit Ridge); Supports 65W Water Cooling (Raven Ridge)
- Chipset: AMD Promontory B450. OS - Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
- Slots: 6x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one run at x8, three runs at x4, one run at x2), 4x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
The B450 Steel Legend has a pretty fierce name although ultimately I wouldn’t say it stands out.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a great affordable motherboard, it just doesn’t offer much that makes me think it is easy to pick this from competitors.
That being said it does boast Quad CrossFireX. While SLI and CrossFire setups have a few problems from time to time, AMD is usually the most stable and effective at using it.
That combined with excellent water-cooling support means this is one of the most affordable and practical motherboards for those who want to run tons of GPUs and game at 4K above 60fps.
As usual in this price range, there is no Wi-Fi but you get a pretty good selection of PCIe inputs, M.2 inputs, and enough room to really add as much configuration as you desire.
Note that if you are using a 3rd gen Ryzen processor with this board, it is a little older so you’ll need to update the BIOS which is a very common occurrence with adding new generations to the AM4 line.
It’s a headache sometimes and often manufacturers sell an updated BIOS option so take a moment and see if you find one if this board suits your fancy.
- Quad CrossFireX means you can jam this thing full of GPU’s
- Great selection of ports and product support
- Affordable price
- Not a standout mobo
- No Wi-Fi
4. GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Ultra
Best X570 Motherboard For Ryzen 5 3600 And 3600X
- Supports AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics processors
- Dual Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Direct 12 Phases IR Digital PowIRstage PWM
Do you like being on the cutting edge of technology? I know sometimes we put the most effort into other aspects of the PC (Especially since the Mobo is feature-oriented and not performance-oriented) but some products add a lot of value for additional cost.
The Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra is top of the line meaning that you’ll get every feature imaginable. PCIe 4.0 support for blazing fast SSD and GPU support, Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax with bluetooth as well.
It has excellent audio features, lighting, and a professional sturdy design. Basically this is the best mobo you can get. I personally find myself torn, the enthusiast easily can use this for all the value it offers.
Where I would disagree with picking up the AORUS Ultra is if you are sacrificing your GPU quality.
It’s a really epic mobo but the money initially could be better spent on other parts of the rig.
Once you are ready to dive into overclocking, water-cooling your Ryzen 3600, and top-tier design though, this is the best you can do. It’s also a really amazing option if you desire to pick up a Gen 3 Ryzen now and perhaps build a better rig in the future.
Since it is between gens in regards to the current GPU offerings, its an odd time to buy the X570.
That being said, if you want to push your machine to the limit and price does not matter I’d heartily recommend this over any other mobo. If price is a huge factor, consider our MSI option.
- Everything you could ever want
- WI-FI and won’t be outdated for a longtime
- Excellent design
- Quite expensive
You can’t go wrong with the new Ryzen options, AMD has been hitting it out of the park the last few years and continues to innovate and build on what they’ve done before.
As Ryzen pumps out more and more options, they’ve stabilized in such a competitive way that Intel is kind of on the defense.
As I said earlier, I’d recommend going with the 3600 and saving some money.
Once you are ready though you’ll need a mobo no matter what and you can’t go wrong with the options we have here.
You can also check out our other guides for the Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X which offer amazing performance themselves, those guides have some more affordable motherboard.