AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 5 2600X are still the top-notch mid-end processors for gaming that cost under $200 and deliver a performance like none other. For this reason, they are as popular as the Intel’s Core i5s and a lot of people prefer to use the Ryzen 5 2600/2600X for their gaming PC’s rather than the i5 9600K.
Both of them feature 6 cores and 12 threads with the difference of Core and boost clocks. The performance, however, is achieved with the help of a good motherboard. As these CPUs are unlocked, you need to use a motherboard with either B450 chipset or X470 chipset. Otherwise, you won’t be able to overclock these chips for extra juice.
There is no doubt that we all love gaming and it’s one of the main reasons we opt for mid-high end processors and graphics cards but what if you don’t have the right platform to support the horsepower they come with? This is why it’s very important to research and get the best for any stated money.
To shorten your time of research and to help you in getting the best motherboard in a couple of minutes I have listed down below the top motherboards from B450 and X470 chipsets which have the best features in terms of overclocking as well as upgrading at the same time.
Do feel free to ask questions in the comments section if you get confused between choosing a motherboard for yourself.
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M
When you want to spend the least amount of money on a motherboard but don’t want to sacrifice the performance at the same time, then the B450 Aorus M is the real deal for $85. It has a very powerful VRM that has 8+3 power phases which uses doublers. So, it is actually a 4+3 power phase VRM. But it’s powerful enough for the Ryzen 2600/2600X and can let you overclock the processors without overheating and other stuff.
The above power phases are without any heatsink but the VCore side has a decent aluminium heatsink that will do the job fine. It’s one of the best B450 boards available right now but the only disadvantage it has is that it is a Micro-ATX board which means that it has fewer upgrading possibilities as compared to the standard ATX board but still has some decent options like 2x PCI-E x 16 slots for graphics cards, 4x SATA ports, 4x DIMM slots and some RGB headers.
The only complain I find with it is the absence of USB 3.1 C port on it but that’s totally optional if you are on a tight budget and only mid or high-end boards are equipped with it. Other than that there is no lack of anything, be it the USB ports at the I/O, the fan headers, the USB headers and the RGB headers. It’s a great entry-level board for these two 6 core 12 threaded CPUs and won’t disappoint you in the long run.
MSI B450-A PRO
Next up we have the Best Budget B450 Motherboard that has possibly one of the best VRMs at a price of less than $100. This is the motherboard I recommend for any mid-end Gaming build that uses something like Ryzen 2400G up to the 2600X as it can effectively overclock any of these processors and will remain cooler in every circumstance, thanks to the big heatsinks on both the VCore and top power phases.
It features a 4+2 power phase VRM that should allow a good overclock although I don’t recommend going extreme with it but you should be fine if you use a decent Ryzen CPU Cooler. This board has 2x PCI-Ex 16 slots that support up to 2 way AMD CrossfireX and 4x PCI-Ex 1 slots that can be used for installing other expansion cards such as wifi cards or sound cards. There is a single M.2 slot on this board unfortunately as a lot of boards nowadays come with 2 of these ‘but that shouldn’t be a big Con for you in any way.
It can support 64GB of DDR4 RAM overclocked up to 3466Mhz which is one of the best features for Gaming if you use Ryzen processors and for traditional storage, you can use the 6x SATA ports either for the Hard drives or SSDs. For cooling, there are a total of 6 Fan headers including the CPU fan header which are more than enough for powering all of the fans in your chassis even if you don’t use a fan spiltter for it. All these features for less than 100 bucks is a no joke and I recommend only this board for the Ryzen 2600/2600X if you want the most features under $100.
GIGABYTE X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING
Gigabyte’s Aorus series for motherboards are very popular due to its variety and the features it provides for the same price as other brands would. Aorus motherboards have unique aesthetics and are great for overclocking on a budget. The Aorus Ultra Gaming is one of a kind that can be used to mildly overclock even an 8 Core processor like the Ryzen 2700X which I used in one of my friends build although I don’t recommend it for that processor unless you just want those 8 cores and 16 threads.
The features it packs in are really amazing considering that you get both the RGB lighting and a lot of support for all the components. There are 2x M.2 slots in this board that can be used for installing the fast NVME SSDs and there are 3x PCI-Ex 16 slots for graphics cards that support up to 2 way AMD CrossfireX and 2 way Nvidia SLI. Although I don’t recommend doing multiple graphics cards setup on a processor like Ryzen 2600/2600X but in case you upgrade to something like Ryzen 2700X, then you may do so if you want more performance.
Coming to its important features, we have an 8+3 power phase VRM here which uses doublers for more stability that can help your CPU last long on a particular clock speed without overheating and the big heatsinks on them will help the CPU to provide you with a stable performance. The motherboard has the RGB lighting effects which can be controlled with the Gigabyte App Center and you can enjoy the performance with great looks at the same time. This motherboard also has a USB 3.1 Type C port which is very useful these days in cases which include a Type C 3.1 port at the front panel.
ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming
If you want the best for Ryzen 2600/2600X, then the Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming is the ultimate choice for less than $200. As these two processors cost less than $200, I don’t recommend spending more than $200 on a motherboard only. This is more than enough for a 6 core processor. As there are a lot of choices between $100-$200 on an X470 chipset motherboard, it was difficult to choose a few of them and recommend them to you but by carefully checking every feature, I have come to the conclusion that the best one is the X470-F Gaming as it has a superior VRM than all the other boards listed here and is ready for strong overclocking.
Asus’s another great board which is the X470-Pro is a little cheaper than this one but the reason I recommend this one is because the MOSFETs used in this boards VRM are more efficient in regulating the voltage and hence, provides better stability when you supply more voltage to your processor. This is especially important if you want a constant and continuous good performance without any drops.
This board also has some serious upgradable features and features 2x M.2 slots out of which one is covered with an aluminium heatsink and its DIMM slots that can support Memories overclocked up to 3600Mhz. It has RGB lighting on the I/O cover and on the southbridge which can be synced with other PC components too. For cooling, it has 7 Fan headers in total and a lot of RGB headers as well. This one is the ultimate choice for the Ryzen 5 2600/2600X as well as the processors above it.
Ryzen 5 2600/2600X have great potential for providing awesome performance in Gaming and productivity applications. The only thing that hinders their performance is a low-end non-overclockable motherboard which not only stops these chips at a particular frequency but overheats as well. To make sure that none of these happens, a good B450 or an X470 chipset motherboard is compulsory. There are some more good boards available for these two chips but I have listed only the ones which I found the best but in case you want to choose something other than what I listed, feel free to let me know in the comments section below!