In this post, we’ve taken a look at the best motherboards for AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 processor. These motherboards are perfect for gamers looking to build a Ryzen-based system with AMD’s powerful six-core CPU.
AMD’s Ryzen processors have completely changed the landscape of the PC hardware market. And, a large part of that is how effective AMD has been at creating powerful mid-range CPUs and offering them at affordable prices.
Their 3rd Generation Ryzen 5 3600 CPU is arguably one of the best all-around CPUs currently on the market when you take price into consideration. The 6-core/12-thread processor is capable of serving as a powerful CPU for gaming and a high-end processor for CPU-intensive tasks as well. And, with its current pricetag of just under $200, the Ryzen 5 3600 is extremely popular among gamers who are looking to build a budget-friendly gaming PC.
But, with the Ryzen 5 3600 having so many different compatible chipsets, first-time builders aren’t sure what motherboard is the right option to pair with it. So, in this guide, we’ll go over a handful of the best motherboard options for the Ryzen 5 3600 across various use-cases and pricepoints.
Our Top Picks for the Best Motherboards for Ryzen 5 3600
In the table below we showcase the best motherboards for the Ryzen 5 3600, including our top pick overall, a runner-up pick, our favorite mini-ITX motherboard option, and a solid budget pick, too.
ASUS Prime X570-P
ASRock B550 PRO4
MSI B450M PRO-M2 Max
*To check out our full overviews on the motherboards listed in the table, just hit the “Read Review »” link. You can keep scrolling down to read all of our overviews as well.
1. ASUS Prime X570-P
Best motherboard for Ryzen 5 3600
- X570 Chipset
- PCIe 4.0
- 128GB DDR4 RAM
If you’re planning on overclocking your Ryzen 5 3600 to anything beyond moderate levels, you’re going to want to A) upgrade the stock cooler it comes with to a higher-end CPU cooler, and B) make sure you get a motherboard that allows for superior overclocking.
Currently, the best AM4 chipset for overclocking Ryzen’s 3rd generation processors is the X570 chipset. And, while most X570 chipsets cost significantly more than the lower-priced B550 chipset motherboards, the ASUS Prime X570-P is currently priced at just under $130.
That’s not too much more than a lot of the B550 motherboards on the market. And, due to the extra features the X570 chipset comes with, we think the ASUS Prime X570-P is an excellent option for Ryzen 5 3600 users right now.
The board has a nice-looking design, is a standard-ATX form-factor, can support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM, has plenty of RGB lighting features, has excellent support for overclocking, and features PCIe 4.0 and USB 3.2 technology.
Overall, if you have a moderate budget and you are planning on overclocking your Ryzen 5 3600, this X570 chipset motherboard is priced well and will allow you to hit higher overclocks than a lot of similarly priced options.
2. ASRock B550 PRO4
Our runner-up motherboard pick
One solid option worth considering for those who aren’t necessarily planning on doing extreme overclocking, is ASRock’s B550 PRO4 motherboard. The B550 PRO4 won’t provide the overclocking potential as the ASUS Prime X570-P listed above, but it does offer a lot of the same features.
It can support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, it has one PCIe 4.0 lane, it is a standard ATX form-factor, and it comes with USB 3.2 support.
However, as the B550 PRO4 only comes in at ~$5 less than the ASUS Prime X570-P, there really isn’t a whole lot of reasons to choose the B550 board over the X570 board. Because, if you do change your mind and want to overclock later down the road, that extra $5 would have put you in a much better position to do so. B550 chipset boards do support overclocking, though, and with an upgraded cooler you could hit decent overclocks.
But, it’s hard to recommend the B550 PRO4 at the time of writing article as for just $5 more you will significantly increase your overclocking potential. If the price comes down on this board, or the ASUS Prime X570-P goes up in price, that narrative might change, though.
3. ASRock B550M-ITX
The best mini-ITX option
If you’re looking to build a mini gaming PC, one semi-affordable option you have is ASRock’s B550M-ITX mini-ITX motherboard. There really aren’t any budget-friendly mini-ITX AM4 socket motherboards out there. But, of the cheaper mini-ITX AMD motherboards available, the ASRock B550M-ITX is one of the cheapest.
This motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, can hit memory clock speeds up to 4733MHz (when overclocked), has decent overclocking potential, and sports a single PCIe 4.0 lane.
Ultimately, though, the bottom line is that if you want to put your Ryzen 5 3600 in a mini-ITX form-factor system, this ASRock motherboard is one of the most affordable options for you to do so right now.
4. MSI B450M PRO-M2 Max
Best budget motherboard for the 3600
- B450 Chipset
- PCIe 3.0
- 64GB DDR4 RAM
When the Ryzen 5 3600 first released, one of the problems was that there weren’t any budget-friendly motherboard options released along with it (the B550 chipset wasn’t released yet and the older B450 motherboard wasn’t guaranteed to be compatible out of the box). So, you had to pay a premium for a higher-end motherboard.
Fortunately, with the release of the B550 chipset and with older B450 chipset motherboards coming with compatible BIOS versions, you can now find sub-$100 motherboards that will pair well with the Ryzen 5 3600.
One of the cheapest options currently available that will work out of the box with the 3600 is MSI’s B450M PRO-M2 Max. It isn’t a high-end motherboard by any means, but with a pricetag of just under $75, it is the perfect option for budget-oriented gamers who just need a solid motherboard for their system.
It’s a smaller micro-ATX motherboard that has support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, comes with PCIe 3.0 technology, and will support some overclocking.
Overall, this B450 chipset motherboard is one of the most affordable options for anyone who is looking to build a gaming PC with a Ryzen 5 3600 processor.
5. GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite
Honorable mention #1
One Ryzen 5 3600 motherboard option that is worth checking out is Gigabyte’s B550 AORUS Elite. This B550 chipset motherboard comes in quite a bit more expensive than the ASUS Prime X570-P listed above and won’t offer as good of overclocking potential. However, it does have a much nicer design. And, if aesthetics are important to you and you aren’t planning on hitting extreme overclocks with your CPU, that might make this motherboard work better for you.
This motherboard is a standard ATX form-factor, it supports up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM, it has PCIe 4.0 and USB 3.2 technology, and it has plenty of RGB lighting features.
In the end, if performance is your main concern, you’d be better off choosing the cheaper ASUS Prime X570-P. However, if aesthetics are a concern to you, this Gigabyte board (among others with nicer-looking designs) would be worth a look.
6. MSI MPG B550I
Honorable mention #2
Another mini-ITX motherboard option that will work with the Ryzen 5 3600 is the MSI MPG B550I. This mini-ITX motherboard is quite a bit more expensive than the ASRock mini-ITX motherboard listed above.
However, it comes with a much sleeker design and a lot more features, including a pre-installed I/O shield, an M.2 fan, and extended heatsinks for better cooling.
At just a little under ~$190, though, it probably isn’t a feasible option for most who are purchasing a Ryzen 5 3600. At its higher pricetag, this mini-ITX motherboard is probably better suited for users who have the budget to get an upgraded Ryzen CPU (like a 3700X).
7. MSI B450-A PRO Max
Honorable mention #3
- B450 Chipset
- PCIe 3.0
- 64GB DDR4 RAM
Finally, we have another sub-$100 Ryzen 5 3600 compatible motherboard. This motherboard is very similar to the MSI B450M PRO-M2 Max listed above, with one exception—its price and form-factor.
The MSI B450-A Pro Max is the standard ATX version of the PRO-M2 Max (or rather, the PRO-M2 is the micro-ATX version of the PRO) and it comes in at about ~$25 more expensive than its micro-ATX counterpart.
However, if you prefer a standard ATX motherboard for your build, this is one of the more affordable standard ATX motherboard options that will be compatible with the Ryzen 5 3600. So, unless you don’t mind opting for the smaller B450 PRO-M2 and saving some money, this is probably your next best bet.
Which Motherboard is Right for You?
While there are a ton of different motherboard options that will work with the Ryzen 5 3600 processor, the option that is right for your needs will come down to the budget you have and your own personal preferences.
If you are looking to hit higher overclocks with your build, you’ll likely want to opt for an X570 chipset motherboard. If you’re looking to save as much money as possible, you’ll want to look for a B450 chipset motherboard that is compatible with 3rd generation Ryzen processors out of the box. And, if you’re planning on building a mini gaming PC, you’ll want to check out any of the mini-ITX AM4 motherboards that have support for 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs.