The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X isn’t exactly the crowd-pleaser that the Ryzen 5 3600 is. Its price-performance ratio isn’t as good as its little brother. This makes it less desirable for budget pc builders. However, it is a tad more powerful.
It’s especially appealing for those that need the extra processing power.
Scroll down below to find our recommendations for the best motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700x based on taste, budget, and preference.
Best Motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700x
1. ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula
The ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Formula is for the one-percenters. They are for those who need the best of the best and can afford to pay for it.
This enthusiast-grade motherboard is jam-packed with premium features. This includes thermals designed specifically to bring the most performance out of your Ryzen CPU. It has an active PCH heatsink with an aluminum M.2 heatsink. It also has a dedicated water cooling zone and an integrated cross Chill EK III that you can connect to a custom water-cooling loop.
Moving on, the Crosshair VIII Formula further justifies its price by coming with a bevy of high-end network features. It comes equipped with on-board Intel Wi-Fi 6 with MU-MIMO support.
For overclocking, the Crosshair VIII Formula comes with, what it refers to as, 5-way optimization. This means that it can pretty much overclock and tune your rig for you. This naturally includes figuring out the proper cooling profile for optimal performance.
As a bonus, it has a DIY-friendly design, including a pre-mounted I/O shield.
Other notable features include BIOS Flashback, for when you mess up, and ASUS Safe Slot, for better PCIe slot protection.
Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-4800
Expansion Slots: 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16), 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Video ports: N/A
USB Ports: 10x rear I/O, 7x internal
Storage: 2 x M.2, 8x SATA
Network: 2 x 2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) with MU-MIMO supports dual frequency band 2.4/5GHz, Intel® I211-AT, Aquantia AQC111C 5G LAN, Bluetooth 5.0
The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wifi is a reasonably priced motherboards.
No, it doesn’t come with a water cooling block, nor does it have extensive support for water cooling. What it does have is two M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots, four DIMM slots with support for speeds up to 4,400MHz, and 7 USB-A rear I/O panel ports plus 1 more USB-C port.
For connectivity, the MPG X570 has a wireless antenna and a gigabit Ethernet port. It can support Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, although Wi-Fi 4 and 5 routers should work just fine. It even comes with an HDMI port, which is a weird but welcome addition.
We say weird because it’s hard to see someone using an AMD APU make use of integrated graphics on a board like this.
As for performance, the M.2 slots of the MPG X570 are cooled properly. Each one has a dedicated heat shield and a pair of fans. However, this is not all good. The addition of these features makes installing and replacing a bit problematic. But, they’re worth it, especially since, when overclocking, you want every part of your build as cool as possible.
Speaking of overclocking, the patented Frozr heatsink uses a propeller blade with double ball bearings for optimal cooling even under immense loads.
Memory: 4x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-4800
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x8), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Video ports: HDMI
USB Ports: 8x rear I/O, 4x internal
Storage: 2 x M.2, 6x SATA
Network: 1 x Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX2002, Intel® I211-AT, A, Bluetooth 5.1
The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F replaces a crowd favorite in the B350-F and remains a strong candidate despite the arrival of the more expensive, newer, B550-F.
There’s a good reason for that. Outside of PCIe 4.0 and Intel Wi-Fi 6, the B550-F doesn’t really bring much to the table. Or, at least, not anything new that would warrant a huge price hike over the B450-F.
Make no mistake. The B550-F is an excellent motherboard. It’s just that, due to the price difference, you’re better off spending money on a better cooler or more RAM to pair with your Ryzen 7 processor instead. Because, as much as a newer platform is great, the B450-F isn’t half-bad, with some of the best VRMs in its price range and beyond.
The 6+2 phase power design does great work for overclockers, especially with its VRM heatsink. It also comes with a built-in I/O cover, and while it doesn’t support highly overclocked memory, 3200MHz isn’t half-bad. Not to mention, it’s got everything you’ll reasonably need too, like RGB lights and headers, as well as debug LEDs.
Now, because this is a ROG series motherboards, don’t expect to be left wanting for storage and USB ports. You’ve got plenty to choose from.
All in all, while an entry-level x570 board might have “better” overclocking potential, the B450-F is a far better value with premium features to boot.
Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-3600
Expansion Slots: 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16), 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8), 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Micro-ATX system builders haven’t really gotten a lot of love lately. They’re usually forced to choose a mediocre board if they want to stick to the size, or either go smaller with the ITX or bigger with the ATX. However, while there are very few high-performing micro-ATX boards for the Ryzen 7 processors out there, the Asrock B450M Steel Legend ranks among the best.
Mind you, it’s not just because of its competition. Or, rather, the lack thereof. Instead, it’s because of its ideal combination of solid build quality, affordable pricing, and looks that could pass for a p premium motherboard.
Compatible with all Ryzen 3000 CPUs and the older processors, the B450M Steel Legend benefits from a 6 phase power VRM with support for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM at 3533MHz.
This motherboard supports multi-GPU configurations, with surprising amounts of ports at the back. It even comes with two M.2 slots, which is quite surprising. You don’t usually find that in motherboards this size.
Now, keep in mind, this is a budget-oriented motherboard. Don’t expect to get crazy overclocks from this. This is best for those who want something that looks premium but is content with the out-of-the-box performance of the 3700x. Still, if you want to overclock, this motherboard does support that.
If you’re lucky, you should get a slight but noticeable bump in performance without letting your processor get too hot.
Memory: 4x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-3533
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
The 3700X is overclockable. There’s no denying that. Pair it with a proper cooling solution, and you’ll see noticeable gains for it. This is especially true if you use applications that rely heavily on multi-thread performance.
With that said, not everyone needs that much performance.
If you’re planning on building an ITX rig around the 3700X but don’t necessarily plan on overclocking, look no further than the ASRock A520M-ITX/AC.
This is as basic as basic can get, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
This decent A520 motherboard can do pretty much everything that a board twice its price can do. Sure, it can’t overclock well, but as already mentioned, not everyone needs that. Not to mention, it’s going to support the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors and the Ryzen 4000 series APUs, which is great since it gives you an upgrade path after a year or two.
The A520M ITX/AC won’t stand out in terms of performance, by any means. However, as the heart of a small budget-oriented system built around the 3700X and maybe even a 5000 series AMD CPU, it’s hard to match.
Memory: 2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-4600
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
Video ports: HDMI, DisplayPort
USB Ports: 4x rear I/O, 2x internal
Storage: 1 x M.2, 4x SATA
Network: Intel® 802.11ac WiFi,Realtek Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 4.2
Let’s say you’re building a new PC around the 3700x. Good choice. But, you also want an upgrade path and PCIe 4.0. At the same time, you don’t have much budget, and although you don’t plan on overclocking, you do feel like you’d want to try it out every now and then just for the kicks.
What do you do? The best thing is to get a B550 chipset motherboard, and as far as B550 boards go, beating the MSI MAG B550M Mortar WiFi is not easy.
This motherboard supports 3000, 4000, and 5000 series processors and can support dual-channel DDR4 memory up to 4400MHz and 128GB. It even comes with a 2.5G LAN with a LAN manager, as well as an Intel Wi-Fi 6 solutions. Plus, the PCIe 4.0 slot comes with an M.2 Frozr shield for optimal thermal shielding.
Speaking of thermals, the motherboard comes with an extended heatsink with a choke thermal pad, as well as a 2oz thickened copper on its PCB.
Paired with its 8+2+1 power phase design, and you can expect to do some modest overclocking.
Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-4400
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
x570 motherboards are far from basic, nor are they friendly on the wallet. Thus, the ASUS Prime x570-P is a bit of a rarity.
Supporting Ryzen 3000, 4000, and 5000 series processors, the x570-P is perfect for someone who wants a rather basic platform to build on but don’t necessarily want anything lower than an x570 chipset.
However, despite being a budget-friendly product, the x570-P is an excellent performer.
As the motherboard of a capable gaming build, the x570-P is no slouch. It comes with an enhanced power solution for improved power efficiency and offers users comprehensive controls of all the fans and even the AIO pump. It even has improved memory overclocking support with next-gen connectivity options, and plenty of RGB to boot.
The x570-P is not particularly amazing, but it’s not downright bad either. Instead, it sits right in the middle and is a good choice for the more budget-conscious builders who want something that can last them for years.
Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-5100
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16), 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16), , 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x 16 (x4), 3 x PCIe 4.0 x1
“Solid” is a word that we’d like to use to describe the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi.
The Ryzen 7 3700X might not need a lot of overclocking, but if you wanted, this motherboard can help you get the most out of it.
The 12+2 phases IR digital VRM is more than capable of providing it a stable supply of power. It also comes with cleverly designed heat sinks that dissipate heat better with thermal guards equipped for the PCIe slots.
Outside of overclocking, the motherboard is great too. It’s got Bluetooth 5.0 with Intel Wi-Fi 6 as well as a USB turbocharger function. It’s even got Intel Gigabit LAN, RGB Fusion, as well as superior audio quality with Realtek® ALC1220-VB codec.
Pretty, durable, and a good performer, what more could you ask for in a motherboard?
Memory: 4x DIMM, 128GB, DDR4-4400
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16), 1x PCIe 4.0 x8 (x16), , 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x 1
Video ports: HDMI
USB Ports: 6x rear I/O, 5x internal
Storage: 3x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps
Network: Intel® GbE LAN chip, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band, Bluetooth 5.0
Lighting: RGB Fusion 2.0
Stable and efficient power supply
Customizable LED headers
Designed for optimal thermal performance
Reports that it takes the motherboard some time to POST
First things first, this isn’t a standout product. The B550M Mortar WiFi we recommended earlier is better. However, there is something to be said for having the X570 chipset, and for some people, that’s enough of an edge to make the Pro4 worth the purchase.
Besides, while not necessarily a stand out product, the Pro4 isn’t half-bad.
It might just be the best motherboard for Ryzen 7 3700x for people who are looking for an X570 micro-ATX motherboard.
It’s got plenty of SATA III ports (eight) and comes with a more standard two M.2 slots. Although it doesn’t come with WiFi out of the box, it does have an M.2 slot dedicated to a separate Wi-Fi card down the line. You also have plenty of USB 3.2 ports at the back (eight), as well as a healthy selection of other ports, including HDMI and a DisplayPort.
If you’re getting the 3700x, you can do a whole lot worse than pairing it with the Pro4.
A common gripe with ITX builds is that the space constraints hinder overclocking performance by design. The tight space just isn’t conducive to proper thermals. However, as technology has improved, manufacturers have found ways around this. Although it still isn’t ideal, it is possible to enjoy good thermals and overclocking in a small package.
Case in point, the ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming.
This motherboard is probably the only X570 motherboard we’d recommend for ITX builds.
It’s a true ITX form motherboard (not one that won’t fit in really small enclosures), has Supreme FX with excellent VRM performance, Intel Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0. Although expensive, it’s not too pricey to the point that it becomes unreasonable.
Plus, because it’s an X570 board, it is built with the future in mind and will support whatever 5000 series you’re going to get in the future, including a Ryzen 9.
Memory: 2x DIMM, 64GB, DDR4-4800
Expansion Slots: 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 1 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Video ports: HDMI, DisplayPort
USB Ports: 10x rear I/O, 2x internal
Storage: 2x M.2, 4x SATA 6Gbps
Network: Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200, Intel® I211-AT, Bluetooth 5.0
The MSI B450 Tomahawk isn’t the ideal Ryzen 7 3700X motherboard combo, but it does work, and it’s not half-bad.
The motherboards made later on do support Ryzen 3000 series out of the box, but you may get one that doesn’t. That can be a potential problem. But, this is also relatively easy to solve since the B450 Tomahawk Max isn’t really that much more expensive and all of them support Ryzen 3000 series right from the get-go.
Considering the negligible price difference and the noticeable jump in features, as well as performance, we do recommend the B450 Tomahawk Max over the B450 Tomahawk.
What GPU Goes With Ryzen 7 3700X?
The best answer to this question is “the most expensive graphics card you can afford”.
Ryzen 7 3700X is one of the most powerful gaming processors on the market today. It’s plenty capable of handling multi-threaded tasks and it has great single-core performance to boot. Plus, you can overclock it, especially if paired with the right motherboard and cooler. The lowest graphics card we would recommend going for the 3700x is the AMD Radeon Navi 5700 XT or the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070.
Sure, there’ll be some slight bottlenecking at lower resolutions, but once you go to 4K and beyond, that’s no longer an issue.
Is B550 Good For Ryzen 7 3700X?
Yes. It is. It also makes the Ryzen 7 3700X more future-proof since the chipset supports PCIe 4.0.
However, right now, B550 and X570 motherboards are a bit more expensive than their predecessors. Because of this, we still recommend getting a B450 chipset motherboard to get the most out of your money.
Of course, the prices of B450 are starting to get high as well due to the high demand, so, if you can grab a B550 chipset motherboard at the right price, then don’t hesitate to do so.
The best motherboard for your processor is the one that you can afford.
Because of this, we made sure to hit different price ranges and segments in our list of recommendations. This way, everyone can find what they are looking for and start enjoying much better performance from their 3700X processor.
Hopefully, you found what you were looking for in our list of recommendations. If not, then we hope that, at the very least, we gave you an idea of how to look for the motherboard that you need.