9 Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600XT

AMD was pretty busy recently. The company launched refreshed Ryzen CPUs along with the new B550 chipset. The CPUs aren’t much of an improvement over the regular models. They offer about a five percent increase in performance thanks to higher clocks. Not much but enough to keep the latest Intel CPU series at bay.

The Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT are faster than their predecessors while needing the same amount of power. That means they could use the same boards used by the X versions of these CPUs. But, with the arrival of the B550 chipset B450 boards are trickier to find than ever and X570 boards aren’t keeping the same value they had before.

This makes finding the best board for Ryzen XT CPUs harder than before. With three chipsets to choose from it’s hard to recommend just a handful of boards. But this is exactly what we’re doing today. First in line is the Ryzen 5 3600XT. Let’s check out the best motherboards for the Ryzen 5 3600XT.

Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600XT – Our Picks

Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600XT – Our Picks
AwardModel 
Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XTMSI B450 Tomahawk Max msi b450 tomahawk
Best Mid-Range Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XTGigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi gigabyte x570 aorus pro wifi
Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC gigabyte b550 aorus pro wifi
Best High-End Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XTGigabyte X570 Aorus Master gigabyte x570 aorus master
Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master gigabyte b550 aorus master
Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XTMSI MAG B550M Mortar Wi-Fi msi mag b550m mortar wifi
Best Mini-ITX Motherboard For Ryzen 5 3600XTGigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX gigabyte b550i aorus pro
MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge WiFi msi mpg b550i gaming edge wifi
ASUS ROG Strix B550-I Gaming asus rog strix b550 i gaming

Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT

MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
ChipsetAMD B450
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage1 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD Crossfire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 3 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2 Combo
1 × DVI-D, 1× HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
HD Audio Connectors
Flash BIOS Button
Wi-FiNo

The B450 Tomahawk Max still is the best budget solution when it comes to Ryzen processors. This board has it all and while its B550 successor offers improved VRM and PCIe 4.0 support, it’s also noticeably more expensive. The B450 Tomahawk, on the other hand, offers a solid suite of features along with pretty good VRM for an amazing price.

If you can find this board at its regular price, you should get it. It will have no issues running the Ryzen 5 3600XT and it costs much lower than even the cheapest B550 motherboards. For the money, you get support for up to 4133MHz DDR4 memory along with one M.2 slot and six SATA III ports.

There are two PCIe x16 slots out of which one works at full x16 while the other works at x4. The board also includes three PCIe x1 ports. The rear hides a solid selection of USB 3.2 ports along with a couple of USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, and one gigabit LAN port. Oh, and you also get the BIOS Flashback button.

If you want an alternative, there aren’t many good ones at this price point. You can buy one of the cheapest B550 motherboards, but those have worse VRM and not so great features. The MSI B550-A Pro doesn’t look so bad. It’s selling for a bit higher price than the B450 Tomahawk Max, offers pretty good VRM, and a nice set of features such as dual M.2 slots one of which supports PCIe 4.0. Finally, the MSI B550 Gaming Plus is a bit more expensive than the B550-A Pro but it comes with more USB ports on the back, better VRM, and stuff like debug LEDs.

Best Mid-Range Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi
ChipsetAMD X570
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage3 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNvidia SLI, AMD Crossfire
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
4 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
1 × Optical S/PDIF out
5 × audio jacks
Wi-FiYes

The mid-range price point contains a lot of interesting choices. The thing is, most newly released B550 boards sell at this price point and those offer pretty solid bang for the back. The downside is that most newly released B550 boards are hard to find and buy. This is why we placed the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro as the best mid-range board for the Ryzen 5 3600XT.

The board’s VRM isn’t so great now that we have amazing VRMs found in premium B550 boards but it’s still pretty good. Good enough to run an overclocked 3900X. And the feature set is also pretty good. Stuff like support for DDR4 4400MHz along with dual M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots and six SATA III connectors. Two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots with support for both SLI and Crossfire (x8, x8 mod). There are two PCIe x1 slots for expansion cards.

The board includes Intel gigabit LAN along with a solid audio section and richly populated rear panel. You get six USB 3 ports, four USB 2 ports, and audio hacks. Then there’s a Wi-Fi 6 chip with support for Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Q-Flash Plus button
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
6 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
1 × Optical S/PDIF out
5 × audio jack
Wi-FiYes

There’s also the excellent B550 Aorus Pro from Gigabyte. It costs the same as the X570 version but it offers better VRM. It also supports faster memory (up to 5200MHz DDR4) and comes with two M.2 slots out of which only one is PCIe 4.0. You get three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots. Out of those three two are PCIe 3.0 slots that work at x4 speed with only one being PCIe 4.0 and working at x16 speed. There are also two PCIe x1 slots.

The board includes six SATA III ports and offers 2.5Gb LAN, which is an improvement over the X570 model. There’s also a Wi-Fi 6 chip that includes Bluetooth 5.0. On the rear, you have six USB 3.2 and six USB 2.0 ports along with a selection of audio jacks, and a BIOS Flashback button. Design is signature Aorus; orange, dark grey, and black, with the board looking great.

Alternatives are aplenty. You have the excellent ASUS X570 TUF Gaming that comes with or without the Wi-Fi module. Then there’s the MSI X570 Tomahawk that’s nowhere to be found. When it comes to the B550 boards, we would definitely recommend the MSI B550 Tomahawk. That board has an impressive VRM and an excellent set of features.

You can also check out the ASUS ROG Strix B550-F. That’s another great B550 board with great VRM and lots of features. Also, this one looks slick AF. Finally, the MSI has another board that is priced virtually the same as the Aorus Pro duo. The MSI B550 Gaming Edge comes with all of the same features as the two Aorus Pro boards. It also includes an excellent VRM, a bit of RGB effects, and a Wi-Fi module.

Best High-End Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT

Gigabyte X570 AORUS Master
ChipsetAMD X570
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage3 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNvidia SLI, AMD Crossfire
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe 4.0 x16
1 × PCIe 4.0 x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Q-Flash Plus button
1 × Clear CMOS button
2 × SMA antenna connectors
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 2
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
4 × USB 2.0/1.1
2 × LAN
1 × optical S/PDIF Out
5 × audio jacks
Wi-FiYes

By high-end we don’t mean ultra-expensive boards such as the MSI X570 MEG Godlike, or the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula. If you want to pair a board that expensive with the Ryzen 5 3600XT, get a better CPU or think again about what you’re doing. If you need a high-end choice for the Ryzen 5 3600XT think about the X570 Aorus Master or B550 Aorus Master, both coming from Gigabyte.

The X570 model supports slower memory (DDR4 4400 vs. DDR4 5200) and it comes with three M.2 slots instead of two, which are found on the B550 model. The X570 board also has more PCIe x16 slots and it supports SLI and Crossfire. Other than those differences, the two boards are pretty much the same.

They both come with amazing VRMs and support for PCIe 4.0. They both have excellent audio sections along with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity options. Both boards have 2.5Gb LAN, although the X570 also comes with 1Gb LAN port. It’s just if you already have a 2.5Gb LAN port why would you use the 1Gb one?

Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Q-Flash Plus button
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
6 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
1 × Optical S/PDIF out
5 × audio jack
Wi-FiYes

You get lots of USB 3.2 ports on both the X570 and B550 model, along with a bunch of USB 2.0 ports, if you need those. It’s worth mentioning that the B550 model comes with more USB 3.2 ports (six compared to four on the X570 board). When it comes to OC-friendly features, you get BIOS flashback, POST code, and debug LEDs on both boards, with the X570 also coming with the Clear CMOS button on the rear panel.

Visually, both boards are pretty similar. Huge heatsinks combined with M.2 slot heatsinks and noticeable RGB effects look pretty good. VRM cooling on these should be top notch. The X570 model is shinier with its RGB effects but other than that the two models are virtually the same.

When it comes to alternatives, you have the excellent ASUS ROG Strix B550-E Gaming board. It comes with all features as the two Gigabyte models but it has one less M.2 slot and is a bit cheaper. You also can get the excellent MSI X570 ACE. This is another excellent board that’s made for overclockers.

Best mATX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600XT

MSI MAG B550M Mortar Wi-Fi
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD Crossfire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Flash BIOS Button
1 × PS/2
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × 2.5G LAN
2 × SMA
1 × Optical S/PDIF OUT
5 × audio jacks
Wi-FiYes

Up until B550 chipset, the mATX market for Ryzen CPUs was horrendous. You either had boards with solid VRM but a weak feature set, such as the MSI B450M Gaming Plus or you had a solid board with not so good VRM, such as the ASRock X570M Pro4. But now we have the MSI MAG B550M Mortar Wi-Fi.

This board has an excellent VRM unit that can take any Ryzen CPU, even when overclocked. Further, this board offers a lot for the money. It comes with support for 4400MHz DDR4 memory and it has two M.2 slots. Just one of those two M.2 slots is PCIe 4.0 compatible but nevertheless, you get two M.2 slots on an mATX board. Which is always nice to see.

You also get six SATA III ports and two PCIe x16 ports. Just one of those two is a PCIe 4.0. The second PCIe x16 slot is a regular PCIe 3.0 slot that works in x4 mode. There are also two PCIe x1 slots, which is another great feature to find on an mATX board.

MSI B550m Mortar Wi-Fi comes with a Wi-Fi 6 card, Bluetooth 5, and a solid audio section. It isn’t as good as those found on mid-range and high-end boards we’ve recommended, but it’s okay for most users. Finally, the rear panel hides four USB 3.2 ports, a 2.5Gb LAN port, and a suite of audio jacks.

When it comes to alternatives you have the aforementioned MSI B450M Gaming Plus or the ASRock X570M Pro4. You also have the ASrock B450 Steel Legend. As for the B550 boards, you can get the ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus or its Wi-Fi version. Just bear in mind that the MSI B550M Mortar Wi-Fi is the best mATX board for Ryzen CPUs at the moment.

Best Mini-ITX Motherboard For Ryzen 5 3600XT

Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × Q-Flash Plus button
1 × DisplayPort
2 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
4 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
3 × audio jack
Wi-FiYes

With the release of the B550 chipset, we’ve got a nice lineup of B550 Mini-ITX boards. The models from Gigabyte, ASUS, and MSI are very similar when it comes to specs and VRM so we can recommend all three models. The only thing is, the ASUS model is nowhere to be found on Amazon at the moment. Anyway, you can get any of these three boards, they all are pretty solid.

MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge WiFi
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × BIOS Flashback Button
1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
2 × SMA
1 × Optical S/PDIF
5 × audio jack
Wi-FiYes

All three have excellent VRMs for Mini-ITX motherboards and also come with features such as dual M.2 slots, four SATA III ports, and support for ultra-fast DDR4 memory – 5100MHz on the ASUS model, 4600 on the MSI, and 5300 on the Gigabyte model.

You get Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and 2.5Gb LAN ports on all three boards as well as a nice assortment of ports available on rear panels. The Gigabyte board is the best here since it offers six USB 3.2 ports while the other two models only have four USB 3.2 ports on the rear panel.

ASUS ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × BIOS FlashBack Button
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0
1 × 2.5G LAN
2 × SMA
3 × audio jack
Wi-FiYes

If you’re looking for an alternative, well, there’s the excellent but very pricey ASUS X570 ROG Strix X570-I Gaming. You can also get the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming or the Gigabyte X570 I Aorus Pro WiFi. Finally, the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming is a solid mid-range choice, while the MSI B450I GAMING Plus AC is for those looking for a budget pick.

Why Pick the Ryzen 5 3600XT?

As we’ve said countless times the Ryzen 5 3600 is the best bang for the buck CPU on the market. The 3600X version of the CPU has practically the same performance in games while offering about a 5 percent performance boost in productivity benchmarks. That means that the higher clocked 3600XT should achieve a few percent better results in games and up to ten percent better performance in productivity loads.

This says it all. If you need a CPU for gaming and you’re eyeing the 3600XT, skip it. Just get the Ryzen 3600 and you’ll have virtually the same performance for a noticeably lower price. If you need a CPU for work, it’s worth thinking about the Ryzen 5 3600XT. Ten percent better performance in productivity workloads is perceptible so we think that, once it gets its first price cut, the 3600XT could be a solid choice for those who need a new CPU for work.

Goran Damnjanovic
Goran Damnjanovic
Goran is Levvvel's senior hardware writer. He studied psychology but found that video games and PC hardware were much more interesting. Over the years he's developed expertise in everything gaming tech related.
Goran Damnjanovic
Goran Damnjanovic
Goran is Levvvel's senior hardware writer. He studied psychology but found that video games and PC hardware were much more interesting. Over the years he's developed expertise in everything gaming tech related.

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