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Best AM5 motherboard: The motherboard is at the center of your PC build, ensuring every component you have is working together in perfect unison to bring you all the action-packed thrills contained in the games you love. 

The motherboard is arguably the most important component in your PC, right next to the CPU and GPU. As they would both be useless without it. 

Now read: Best ASUS motherboards.

What is the best AM5 motherboard? AMD is about to release Zen 4 CPUs to the market, meaning you have a whole new platform to study. But what if you don’t want to study?

Well, that’s why we’re here. We have brought you a list of the best AM5 motherboards that are about to drop, so you don’t have to worry about finding the best yourself. So without further ado, let’s jump right in. 

NOTE. These motherboards are currently unreleased. We’re basing our opinion on historical data and our CPU & Motherboard product specialists’ expertise.


Top picks for AM5 motherboards


What is AM5? 

AM5 is a brand new socket designed by AMD. Brand new socket? AM4 has been running for years. Correct! AMD is ditching AM4 for the technological advancements and the performance increases AM5 can bring. 

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AM5 is promising to bring us PCIe Gen 5 on both M/2 drives and PCIe devices, USB gen 4, The latest thunderbolt technology, and DDR5 memory support. 

It’s about time AMD decided to upgrade from AM4. AM4 was a phenomenal platform but its age was starting to show with its technological limitation dragging AMD down in the brawl that is AMD vs Intel. 


AM5 release date 

AM5 motherboards are expected to release on the 15th of September 2022, alongside the launch of Zen 4 processors. 


Things to consider 

Before we dive into the list, there are a few things to consider when buying a new motherboard. 

Form factor

Motherboards come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes, from E-ATX, all the way down to the incredibly small Mini-ITX. The form factor which you choose usually coincides with your choice of case.

Motherboard form factor

There’s no point going for an E-ATX motherboard for an ITX case, it simply wouldn’t fit. More often than not, the smaller the motherboard, the less feature-rich it will be, you only have so much you can pack into such a compact piece of silicon.

As a rule of thumb, we generally push towards ATX as this is the standard of form factor and most cases support it or are built around it. For the most part, there are no compromises on features with the ATX form factor either.

Socket 

The AM5 socket has changed. AM5 is moving to the LGA socket architecture. LGA is the opposite of PGA which is what AM4 was based upon. So this means that your AM4 CPU will NOT fit into an AM5 socket. 

LGA stands for Land Grid Array and is one of the more preferred socket architectures thanks to its more reliable connectivity. This is why it’s been Intel’s architecture of choice for many years now. 

am5 vs lga 1700

If you’d like to know the difference between AM5 and LGA 1700, check out our “AM5 Vs LGA 1700” article.

AM5’s socket dimensions remain the same as AM4’s (40 mm × 40 mm) this makes sense considering AM5 retains the same cooler compatibility as AM4. 

So you can’t use your old CPU in an AM5 motherboard, but you can use your old cooler if you want to. You shouldn’t even need a new backplate. The AM5 socket and Zen 4 CPUs IHS has been specifically designed to accept AM4 coolers. 

The AM5 socket offers 24 PCIe lanes connected directly to the CPU. 16X PCIe gen 5, 4x for Gen 5 storage, and 4x for the chipset. 

Chipset 

Speaking of chipsets, we have three confirmed chipsets for AM5. These are the X670E, X670, and B650. Of course, much like the current gen, these motherboards will ship with different features and be targeted toward different users within the market. 

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The current hierarchy stands at: 

  • X670E (extreme) is the best of the best, featuring all the connectivity powered by the latest and fastest technology – DDR5, PCIe 5 – and the most extreme overclocking potential.
  • X670 will feature some PCIe gen 5 connectivity, but not all PCIe or M.2 slots. X670 will also most likely have less connectivity, but will still feature strong overclocking potential
  • B650 is the budget option, being a more bare-bones motherboard with less connectivity. The perfect balance of price point and capability. Featuring all the connectivity that AM5 has to offer, but none or much less of the overclocking capabilities.

AM5 X670E chipset

The X670E chipset is the best AM5 has to offer, with the letter ‘E’ meaning ‘Extended’ or ‘Extreme’. X670E features PCIe Gen 5 for graphics and storage, SVI-3 power infrastructure for better overclocking and more power stages, and up to four HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 ports. The X670E features PCIe connectivity for all of its PCIe slots, meaning primary and secondary PCIe slots, and all M.2 storage slots. 

The Extreme version of the X670 is also said to have completely unrestricted CPU and RAM overclocking, meaning all the VRMs you could ever need with excellent power staging and power delivery. 


AM5 X670 Chipset 

The X670 chipset is the baby brother to the X670 Extended, with all of the connectivity, just not as many features. The X670 still retains enthusiast-level overclocking support, although it may not feature quite as much power delivery support. 

The main difference is the PCIe Gen 5 implementation, with the X670 only having PCIe GPU support in its primary X16 PCIe slot, the rest will be PCIe Gen 4. 

Storage does remain the same, however, with PCIe Gen 5 compatible M.2 storage on both the X670E and X670 chipset motherboards. 

The X670 chipset motherboard will cost less than the X670E, but we’re not sure how much cheaper it will be. 


AM5 B650 chipset

We don’t know of any motherboards that carry the B650 chipset yet, but we know the chipset exists. 

The B650 chipset is said to be the budget-oriented AM5 motherboard. The B650 will not feature any overclocking support at all and will most likely have much fewer VRMs, as a result. Resulting in less power staging and lesser power delivery. 

The B650 chipset will not feature any PCIe Gen 5 capabilities for any of its PCIe slots, 16x or 8x. However, the B650 will still feature PCIe Gen 5 storage technology for compatible M.2 SSDs.

If you want to know more, check out our X670E vs X670 vs B650 chipset page. 


In-depth review 

Here we will take a deeper dive into each motherboard and outline what we know so far, here’s the list of our best AM5 motherboards. 

ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme

ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme

ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme

2x USB4 ports, 10GbE Ethernet, advanced audio system, and Wi-Fi 6E adapters.

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