Best x370 Motherboards For Overclocking

Pick The Right Ryzen Processor

Ryzen is very special for AMD fanboy that keeps waiting for a long time, at the low end there is Ryzen 3 which is relatively better performances than Intel i3 Skylake/Kaby Lake, you can check Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300x all with 4 cores. In middle chart, there are so many option Ryzen 5 1400 and 1500x high gaming performance 4 cores, Ryzen 5 1600 and 1600x for smooth gaming performance and multitasking 8 cores processor.

But if you are an enthusiast, overclocker, and AMD lovers Ryzen 7 should be on your lists, Ryzen 7 1700, 1700x, and 1800x all with best AMD 8 cores /16 threads. All Ryzen 7 has a slight difference and similar in gaming performance, overclocking, and multiprocessing. Many reviews concluded that Ryzen 1700 easy to managed to push into Ryzen 7 1800x speed, so I suggest you pick Ryzen 1700 than higher series and just get the best X370 motherboard out there, you can get a better aesthetic motherboard and still get same performances.

All Ryzen processor can be overclocked, and some cores can be unlocked (rarely chase), that why to build up AMD rig could be so much fun, but don’t forget you need chose right motherboard chipset. There are 5 AM4 motherboard series, and the first X370 is the top level chipset for an enthusiast, board looking design, and for overclocking. Usually, some motherboard manufacture picks the premium components and the most significant is dual graphics support. The second is B350 more value chipset but still has premium features and excellent overclocking performances without dual graphics support. A320 chipset is just for the home user and not for overclocking, while X300 and A300 is small form factor which X is for the overclocker, and A is for the simple user.

Best Ryzen Motherboard For Overclocking And Gaming

For a reason “the best” I should pick only X370 chipset in this categories, X370 is the best motherboard for Rzyen 7 and the best AM4 motherboard for overclocking. Even though X370 is top level AMD chipset but if you compare to Intel motherboard price in the same competition, X370 motherboard is way much cheaper than Intel z270/z170 chipset motherboards.

B350 chipset is an excellent choice for Ryzen 3 and overclocks it; it has lower power phase vs. X370, so it not a wise option for higher Ryzen series. The problem is stability, heat level, and like I mentioned above some X370 using better motherboard components and extra features. Also, I should skip A320, X300, and A300 from my recommendation, it’s not focused to be gaming and overclocking motherboards.

Here is my best X370 motherboards list,

MotherboardsAsus ROG Crosshair VI ExtremeMotherboardsAsus ROG Crosshair VI HeroMotherboardsASRock X370 Tai ChiMotherboardsGigabyte X370 Gaming k7MotherboardsMSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium
CPU SupportAMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors CPU SupportAMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors CPU SupportAMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors CPU SupportAMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors CPU SupportAMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors
ChipsetX370ChipsetX370ChipsetX370ChipsetX370ChipsetX370
SocketAM4SocketAM4SocketAM4SocketAM4SocketAM4
Form FactorExt-ATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATX
PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1PCIe Ports2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
Multi GPU supportNVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD Quad CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad SLI and AMD Quad CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
SATA/ SATA Express8/0SATA/ SATA Express8/0SATA/ SATA Express10/0SATA/ SATA Express8/2SATA/ SATA Express6/0
M.2/ U.2 port2/1M.2/ U.2 port1/0M.2/ U.2 port2/0M.2/ U.2 port1/1M.2/ U.2 port2/1
USB 3.1 Gen21x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port Type-A + USB Type-C at back panel USB 3.1 Gen22x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port Type-A + USB Type-C at back panel USB 3.1 Gen22x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port Type-A + USB Type-C at back panel USB 3.1 Gen23x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port Type-A + 1x USB Type-C at back panel USB 3.1 Gen21x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port Type-A + USB Type-C at back panel
USB 3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.010/0/5USB 3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.011/0/6USB 3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.010/0/4USB 3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.010/0/4USB 3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.08/0/7
Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)Memory Slots4 x DDR4 (64GB Max)
Support 3200+ (O.C.)Support 3200+ (O.C.)Support 3200+ (O.C.)Support 3600+ (O.C.)Support 3200+ (O.C.)
AudioROG SupremeFX audiograde component quality S1220AudioROG SupremeFX audiograde component quality S1220AudioRealtek® ALC1220 CodecAudioDual Realtek® ALC1220 CodecAudioRealtek® ALC1220 Codec
Audio FeatureSonic Studio III and Sonic Radar IIIAudio FeatureSonic Studio III and Sonic Radar IIIAudio FeaturePurity Sound™ 4Audio FeatureSound Blaster X-Fi MB5Audio FeatureNahimic 2 with Audio Boost 4 with amplifier
Power Phases12 Phase digi power designPower Phases8+4 Phase digi power designPower Phases16 Phase digi power design Power Phases6+4 Phase digi power designPower Phases10 Phase power design
NetworkingIntel® I211-AT, 1x Gigabit LAN ControllerNetworkingIntel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)NetworkingGigaLAN Intel I211AT, 1x Gigabit LAN ControllerNetworkingRivet Networks Killer E2500 LAN, 1x Intel GbE LANNetworkingIntel I211AT Gigabit LAN controller
WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Supports MU-MIMO + Bluetooth 4.2WirelessNo Wi-Fi (Optional)WirelessIntel 802.11ac+ Bluetooth 4.2Wireless-Wireless-
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1. Gigabyte X370 Gaming K7

"Best for Modder and RGB LEDs lovers"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support new Ryzen and 7th Gen A Series (AM4)
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Gigabyte X370 Gaming k7 is the top line of AM4 socket from Gigabyte until now (October 2017), it has a bit higher price maybe around ten bucks vs. Gygabite X370 Gaming 5, but it seems worth it for every penny. With solid black color made this mobo looking so great and you can light up because there are many RGB LEDs to set, yeah but it matter of personal preferences. UEFI bios also better than Gaming 5 one, add manual memory configuration for clock frequency, extra ports and better storage performances. Eight fan header that a lot of setups you can make, including temperature sensor internal and external.

There is dual ALC 1220 codec (rear and front panel) which is to make sure both have 120db output, Realtek ALC 1220 is already high-end motherboard standard for audio quality right now. Using Intel Gbit NIC and Killer Gbit NIC I guess there will no problem in networking performances too.

If you are Gigabyte fanboy and Ryzen enthusiast this motherboard is for you,  there so many premium features implemented in this motherboard and stable motherboard.

Pros.

  • Perfect RGB LEDs.
  • BCLK adjustable multiplier.
  • NVMe support.
  • SATA Express.
  • Dual Realtek ALC 1220.
  • Dual Bios.

Cons.

  • Nothing significant but without out of the box WiFi and Bluetooth could be a consideration for some people.

 

2. Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero

"Overclocking performance and features at sweet spot price" (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support new Ryzen and 7th Gen A Series (AM4)
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Asus ROG Crosshair is one of phenomenal AMD motherboard if could say that, this motherboard has all premium features that you need for gaming and overclocking. It is X370 motherboard from Asus for AMD enthusiast level Ryzen 7. It is true; there are tons extra features from ROG to offer like the onboard start button, reset button, safe button,  retry button, and mode switch. For overclocking safe button is to make sure boot using safe configuration, retry button could be useful if you want to back to the previous setting and a slow mode is for extreme LN2 overclocking.

ROG Water-Cooling Zone also fascinating features with an integrated header for pumps and sensors, monitoring temperatures with ROG software via Fan Xpert 4. RGB LEDs technology in this mobo also offers numerous customization, with Aura Sync software you can set lighting option suit your preferences and your mood. Fan control with eight fan header as PWM and DC so many options to customize. Even without RGB LEDs, this motherboard has good looking, so for the aesthetic motherboard, I stand for this motherboard.

ROG SupremeFX Audio quality ALC 1220 just like high-end motherboard has but ROG give you another external DAC, audio grade component, shielding technology, and extra buffer, luckily it has a good effect on output quality and it better than Gigabyte Gaming k7.

This motherboard is top notch X370 in performances, aesthetic and premium features that you need for gaming and overclocking.

Pros.

  • Aesthetic design.
  • Best X370 overclocking performances and features.
  • USB 3.1 gen 2 front panel.
  • BCLK adjustable multiplier.
  • High-quality Realtek ALC 1220 with ESS Sabre ES9023P and RC4580 op-amp Audio.
  • Dashboard button.
  • Tons of USB port and connectivity.
  • ROG Water-Cooling Zone.
  • NVMe Support.

Cons.

  • No WiFi and Bluetooth.

 

3. ASRock X370 Tai Chi

"Best power delivery motherboard and OC price/performance" (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support new Ryzen and 7th Gen A Series (AM4)
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ASRock X370 Tai Chi is the cheapest motherboard in this categories (*during discount), but surprisingly there stand out features to offer, just like out of the box Bluetooth and WiFi also an extra SATA ports and M.2 slot. The aesthetic is the reason why I choose ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Tai Chi than ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Profesional Gaming, but again it’s only personal preferences. Both Tai Chi and Profesional Gaming in same level of performances and same exact motherboard, while to get Profesional Gaming you have to spend more money around 50 bucks to get dual LAN from Intel and Aquatic 5 G/s (Tai Chi get Intel Gigabit Lan) plus Creative Soundblaster Cinema3 software (Tai Chi Get Purity Sound 4) actually there is nothing else. So it depends, if I have to spend more than 50 dollars, I think it’s better to buy Asus Rog Crosshair VI Hero which is one of the best X370 right now.

With 16 power phase design and “super alloy motherboard”  which means high quality of component to ensure power delivery through the system, so it has really good advantages for overclocking, stability, temperature, and lifespan.

Pros.

  • BCLK adjustable multiplier.
  • 2 x M.2 port.
  • 10 x SATA 3.
  • NVMe Support.
  • Out of the box Bluetooth and WiFi.

Cons.

  • Lack of RGB LEDs customization.

 

4. MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium

"Best unique and most sturdy board"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support new Ryzen and 7th Gen A Series (AM4)
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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium is for next level MSI fan Boy and enthusiast Ryzen user, this motherboard offers quality, reliable motherboard, unique and gorgeous looking board but missing premium features or software to differentiate this motherboard from it the competitor. But there is may useful additional features like A-XMP  to run 3200MHz in-memory configuration, and ASMmedia ASM2142 controller made USB 3.1 Gen 2 better speed but for this price should add more features.

Sometimes the expensive one doesn’t always be the best in all factor, while Asrock, Asus, and Gigabyte made their X370 feature plentiful and affordable, this board doesn’t. But I still pick MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium in this categories because this motherboard is the best for overclocking performance despite losing clock generators for BLCK adjustment while cheaper x370 Asus and Asrock already implemented. Build quality is outstanding, unique mobo without RGB LEDs, sturdy and durable motherboard for overclocking this is the best choice.

 

Pros.

  • Excellent looking board and the most sturdy than competitor.
  • Steel Armor, M.2 guard.
  • NVMe support.
  • 2 x M.2 slots.
  • USB 3 gen 2 front panel.

 

Cons.

  • Pricey.
  • Missing some features that competitor already has.

 

5. Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme

"Most extreme choice, best X370 except price"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support new Ryzen and 7th Gen A Series (AM4)
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Here is the Latest and Epic motherboard from Asus, and soup-up Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero.  The result is better sound quality, HDMI output port, more SATA connector, WiFi and Bluetooth, USB turbo and UASP mode, Dual bios, 2x m2 slot, and more lighting.

Nowadays Almost high-end motherboard has the excellent quality of onboard audio, and it can compare to decent add-on soundcard.  Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme with S1220 SupremeFX give you the best audio quality with audio grade component, cutting-edge isolation technology, DAC ES9023, and upgraded Sonic 3 software.

Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme looks fantastic, aesthetic just like Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero but with improved RGB LEDs and more feature like digital RGB LED header. Twelve header fan control, three extra fans and three sensors with three thermistor cables give you full control to set the lowest temperature.

If you are looking for the best X370 motherboard to push your Ryzen processor into maximum power, then Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme is no contest, this is extreme X370 motherboard best in all criteria to be the best motherboard.

Pros.

  • Upgraded version from Phenomenal Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero.
  • S1220 SupremeFX could be the best onboard audio quality X370 out here.
  • Friendly UEFI bios.
  • BCLK adjustable multiplier.
  • Dual Bios.
  • Dual NVMe support.
  • 2x m2 slot.
  • Out of the box Bluetooth and WiFi.
  • Tons of ROG unique features.

Cons.

  • Most expensive X370 motherboard until now.

 

finally, to sum up

For AMD X370 chipset I think Asus is the real winner for the enthusiast, both Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero and Asus Crosshair VI Extreme success to deliver what gamer and overclocker needs. Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero is more than enough to be unique but if you curious with Ryzen limit and have extra money in your pocket get Extreme one.

I won’t recommend MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium at that price except you are looking for unique, sturdy and look so durable X370 motherboard. Asrock Tai Chi with 16 power phase design and could be the best motherboard in power delivery and more value for money, for starter using the best I guess  Asrock Tai Chi is the right choice, on the other hand. Gigabyte X370 Gaming k7 offer so many features at a reasonable price including lastest RGB LEDs technology but missing WiFi and Bluetooth. If you are looking for better VRM, better overclocking customization, WiFi, and Bluetooth go for Asrock X370 Tai Chi, but if you have a plan using the NWMe slot, prefer dual bios and better lighting pick Gigabyte X370 Gaming K7.

I will update soon if there is the new motherboard with stunning overclock performances. Check good gaming motherboard if you think the best motherboard list is too pricey.

My recommendation setup,

Best x370 motherboards for Ryzen 1700, 1700X and 1800X in 2017;

  1. Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme – Best X370 motherboard in overclocking performances, best sound quality, and premium features.
  2. Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero – Similar board with Asus ROG Crosshair VI Extreme with fewer features but at the excellent price (sweet spot).
  3. ASRock X370 Tai Chi – Best power delivery motherboard 16 phase and cheapest in high-end categories with strong overclocking performances and many OC features.
  4. Gigabyte X370 Gaming k7 – Best for Modder and RGB LEDs lovers without losing premium features and OC performances.
  5. MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium – Best unique and sturdy motherboard also claimed already tested by the professional gamers for 24 offline and online gaming.