Last Updated on September 28, 2020 by Scott Krager
The best high-end motherboard for gaming with the Ryzen 3 3200G & Ryzen 5 3400G is the ASUS AM4 X570 TUF GAMING.
The best budget and overall motherboard for gaming with the Ryzen 3 3200G and the Ryzen 5 3400G APUs is the ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0.
I spent hours testing both APUs on 5 different motherboards, with different RAM and SSD combinations to determine these recommendations.
The AMD “Embedded G-Series” brings budget-level gaming to the masses at affordable prices. The “G” 3rd gen chips are known as APUs, or “Accelerated Processing Units”.
What you need to know about APUs is that these chips have built-in graphics processing on the CPU! So you get a CPU and GPU all in one. This makes building budget gaming PCs possible at prices under $500, even under $400.
The Ryzen 3 3200G and the Ryzen 5 3400G are fantastic for building budget-friendly gaming PCs for under $500.
Table of Contents
- Best B450 Motherboards to pair with a Ryzen 3 3200g or Ryzen 5 3400g in January 2021
- Best X570 Motherboards For Ryzen 3 3200G And Ryzen 5 3400G in January 2021
- 1. Best Overall Motherboard For Ryzen 3 3200G & Ryzen 5 3400G For Gaming: ASUS AM4 X570 TUF GAMING TESTED ★ ★ ★ ★
- 2. Best MSI Mobo for 3200G: MSI X570-A PRO
- 3. Best ASRock X570 Mobo for ASUs: ASRock X570 PRO4
- 4. Best Budget Cheap X570 Board for 3200G or 3400G: ASRock X570 PHANTOM Gaming 4
- TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)
Today, we are talking specifically about the Ryzen 3 3200G and the Ryzen 5 3400G . Considering how these are two of the entry-level offerings by AMD, the demand for these is on the higher end. They still have great performance, so you really do not have to worry about that.
I’m going to list the absolute best motherboards you could pair with the 3200G or 3400G that are on the cheaper end (B450) and smaller size boards (MATX, or mini-ATX). Then I will list my picks of the larger full-size ATX boards that you could use with the 3200G or 3400G. Since these are lower-end chips, you’ll likely want a board that is cheaper, so I would stick with the B450 picks. Since you don’t have to have a discrete graphics card to work with these APUs, you can go with a Micro-ATX motherboard and not worry about running out of motherboard space.
Best B450 Motherboards to pair with a Ryzen 3 3200g or Ryzen 5 3400g in January 2021
I want to review good motherboard picks if you want a full-size ATX board or a smaller mATX (Micro-ATX) board. I think the mATX is best for the 3200G or 3400G since you won’t likely be putting in a discrete GPU.
In the coming weeks I’ll be reviewing these four Micro ATX (mATX) B450 motherboards:
- Asus Prime B450M-A/CSM AMD AM4
- TESTED ★ Gigabyte B450M DS3H
- TESTED ★ ★ ★ ★ ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0
- Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
And one full-size ATX B450 Mobo:
The B450 isn’t the best, newest motherboard available. For that, look at the X570 board picks below. But if you are building a gaming PC or just a general budget PC with a 3200G or 3400G, you probably aren’t looking to spend a ton on the fanciest motherboard. So these options should be great mobo picks for building a fast $500 budget gaming PC.
Best Budget Motherboard for Gaming to Pair with a Ryzen 3 3200G or Ryzen 5 3200G: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0
TESTED ★ ★ ★ ★
While I still have one more budget (under $100) motherboard to test, right now, my favorite so far is the ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0. This is a cheap motherboard, but it just worked in all my tests. Right out of the box I was able to set my RAM to 3200Mhz with just one BIOS change. It ran 70 FPS overwatch on both the 3200G and 3400G. It’s small, but solid. It doesn’t have a lot of slots, only 2 memory and 2 full size PCIE, but it gets the job done on a budget. This is likely the board I will finalize my $400 and $500 gaming PC builds with.
- Cup: socket AM4, 6 power Phase design, supports CPU up to 105W
- Chipset: AMD Promontory B450
- Slots : 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
Best B450 Motherboard with Wifi For Ryzen 3200G / 3400G: GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI
The AMD Ryzen chipset is known for being backward compatible and while it may not serve everyone’s purpose, it actually is a great thing from a cost-saving perspective because for those who already own this motherboard, there is no need to spend extra, and now that we do have newer motherboards available, we don’t have to worry spending a lot of money, either.
We are talking about the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI. It is one of the best motherboards that Gigabyte has released in the past few years, and for all the right reasons. Does it pair well with the Ryzen 3200G and the 3400G? That is what we are going to figure out.
First things first, the motherboard has one of the best performances that we could have asked for. In your average or intensive tasks, the motherboard gives out fantastic performance, that in many cases, is equivalent to the more expensive X470 chipset. Another great thing is that the motherboard gives you a ton of connectivity options.
I know this might not sound important to many people but if it is performance you are looking for, going with this motherboard is a great thing. For anyone who is into the looks; the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI is one of the best-looking motherboards available in the market with a great looking PCB color scheme as well as RGB lighting that allows you to make the motherboard your own.
Lastly, this motherboard has fantastic value, especially nowadays when the prices have dropped.
Honestly, the only downside I could find was the fact that the overclocking performance was not up to the par as some people would want. That is mainly due to the hardware limitations of the motherboard.
Overall, I think that the Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi is one hell of a bargain in this day and age. Granted, the motherboard is of the older generation but that does not mean it will not perform well.
As a matter of fact, whether you are pairing it with the Ryzen 3200G, the 3400G, or some of the higher-end options, this motherboard is definitely going to give you a good performance, so you do not have to worry.
Note: You may need to update the BIOS on this board to work with a 3200G or 3400G. This board will support the 3rd-gen AMD APUs, but it needs the latest BIOS installed.
- The motherboard is available for cheap in the market.
- Great looks with RGB lighting.
- Loads of connectivity options including Wi-Fi.
- Rock-solid performance through and through.
- Great value.
- The motherboard does not have the best overclocking capabilities due to hardware limitations.
- No PCIe 4.0
- Supports AMD 1st & 2nd generation Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics processors
- Dual channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Intel Ethernet LAN + Dual band 802.11AC Wi-Fi
Best X570 Motherboards For Ryzen 3 3200G And Ryzen 5 3400G in January 2021
In this section, we are going to be looking at the best X570 motherboards for Ryzen 3 3200G, and the Ryzen 5 3400G. So, without further ado, let’s not waste more time and get to the options.
1. Best Overall Motherboard For Ryzen 3 3200G & Ryzen 5 3400G For Gaming: ASUS AM4 X570 TUF GAMING TESTED ★ ★ ★ ★
There is no denying that when it comes to quality components, Asus has had a long history of delivering some of the finest products available in the market.
Especially their motherboards that have been providing top of the line performance for years. With every new release, Asus is constantly and regularly improving on their previous designs, as well as performance factors.
Today, we are looking at the ASUS AM4 X570 TUF GAMING. This motherboard is available in two different variants, with the only difference is that one does come with onboard Wi-Fi and the other does not. I tested the Wifi version, and the Wifi worked right out of the box on Windows 10.
Here are my first impressions of this x570 motherboard with a Ryzen 3 3200G installed on it:
With that out of the way, the motherboard does come with some pretty neat tricks up its sleeves; namely the support for PCI-Express 4.0 which is definitely going to up the ante in the future as more components supporting this standard start rolling out.
The motherboard carries the branding with ease, and the blacked-out scheme with yellow accents is amazing as it has been with all the TUF motherboards in the past. If you are looking for ample headers, you do get those as well.
Asus has added some nice value features such as ARGB headers, as well as fan headers, USB 3.2 gen 1 and gen 2 ports, dual M.2 ports that also come with support for Gen 4, full-sized PCI-Express 4.0 lanes, as well as a great audio chip that will give you an immersive experience as long as you are using headphones that are not too powerful to drive.
If you want to do some tweaking in the bios, Asus has a comprehensive bio for you to try out as well, something we all have loved for some time now.
In conclusion, the ASUS AM4 X570 TUF GAMING is definitely one of the best gaming motherboards for the Ryzen APU G-series. It pairs really well with the Ryzen 3200G and the 3400G, as well as all the other Ryzen processors available in the market.
At near the $200 mark, it isn’t as cheap as the budget $75 B450 boards, but you get a lot of nice features for the extra money:
– More PCI-E 4.0 slots
– 2 M.2 slots
One disappointment with this board was the lack of a Gen 2 USB 3.2 port for the front panel. It has a Gen 2 port for the main back panel, but for the H510 case I like to use, it has a front panel with a USB-c port, but sadly this board doesn’t have a front panel Gen 2 port. Can’t have it all I guess!
- Excellent value for money.
- Great list of features.
- Overclocks with ease.
- Comprehensive and detailed bios.
- Looks amazing.
- Could not find any.
- AMD AM4 socket: Ready for 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors to maximize connectivity and speed with up to two M. 2 Drives, USB 3. 2 Gen2 and AMD StoreMI
- Enhanced power solution: military-grade TUF components, ProCool socket and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability
- Comprehensive Cooling: Active PCH heatsink, VRM heatsink, M. 2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert
2. Best MSI Mobo for 3200G: MSI X570-A PRO
There is no denying that when it comes to motherboards, MSI is pulling all the punches that they possibly could simply because they have some really nice products up their sleeves.
Being a PC enthusiast, I have a history of using MSI motherboards along with their other components and one thing is for sure, they do know how to deliver great performance, and value, as well.
Keeping that in mind, today, I want to shed light on the MSI X570-A PRO. This is one of the recently released motherboards based on the X570 but without the expensive price tag. If you are looking for something simple that does not cost a lot of money, this is the way to go.
First things first, MSI is one of those brands that have jumped on the bandwagon of releasing motherboards that are color neutral. The motherboard looks great with what little color it has. Honestly, I thought many people would complain about that but in reality, it actually has the character to go along.
It actually has a fan over the chipset as well, and while we are not sure just how much improvement it provides, it is a nice little addition to have.
The motherboard does come with all the basic headers and connections including dual M.2 slots even though they are not shielded but considering how this is a budget option, we are not really going to complain here about that.
The VRM cooling, as it may seem from the first look, is inadequate. However, if you are running the 3200G or the 3400G, you really should not have any issues as far as the stability is concerned.
With good things aside, there are a few downsides, though. Namely the VRM cooling issue. It is not something that will become a huge issue for those who are building an entry-level system but for anyone who is looking to build a high-end system and plans to overclock, this is something that you must keep in mind.
Overall, I believe that the MSI X570-A PRO is actually a lot more capable than it might look in the first place. Granted, the motherboard looks and feels basic, but given the criteria in mind, it is not a bad thing at all.
- Great for entry-level builds.
- Runs pretty well.
- Colour neutral design means that it will fit well in the majority of systems.
- VRM cooling is inadequate.
3. Best ASRock X570 Mobo for ASUs: ASRock X570 PRO4
When it comes to motherboards, we have to give it to ASRock for absolutely killing it lately.
The company has been creating some great motherboards for both Intel and AMD platforms, and whether you are looking at their higher-end offerings, or their entry-level stuff, one thing is for certain and that is the fact that all of these are consistent with value and quality.
What we are looking at today is the ASRock X570 PRO4; one of the newly launched motherboards for the 3rd generation of Ryzen. This motherboard is available in two offerings; but today, we are looking at the standard sized ATX version.
The good thing about this motherboard is that it does not look out of place; the black and white scheme goes together really well, and the overall aesthetics of the motherboard do not look out of place, as well. ASRock has stuck to what they have believed in that is something that we actually approve of.
The overall performance is decent, as well. Granted, there is not enough VRM cooling, but then again, you have to factor fact that this motherboard is for those who are looking at budget-friendly options. If you are going to use the Ryzen 3 3200G or the 3400G; I can assure you that you will have a great overall experience, and there will not be anything that might become a problem for you.
For any downsides, I honestly don’t think that there are many. However, I would like to point one thing out here and that is the fact that there is not a lot of VRM cooling available on this motherboard. Rest assured, everything else is on point and you will not run into any issues, either.
Overall, the ASRock X570 Pro4 is one of the most capable motherboards in the given price tag. This is a motherboard for those who are budget conscious, and that is through and through. You do not have to worry about going into the market and spending all your savings on this motherboard.
The performance is great, and the best part is that it runs really well. I really don’t think ASRock could have done more to make this motherboard what it is without adding in the extra cost.
- The motherboard is cheap and effective.
- Works really well with almost all the Ryzen processors.
- Solid performance.
- Dual M.2 slots for added storage options.
- The motherboard could use some extra VRM cooling.
- Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen. 2000 and 3000 Series processors
- 10 Power Phase Design; Supports DDR4 4066+ (OC); 2 Pie 4. 0 x16, 2 Pie 4. 0 x1, 1 M. 2(Key E) For WIFI
- AMD Quad Crossfire. and Crossfire. Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
4. Best Budget Cheap X570 Board for 3200G or 3400G: ASRock X570 PHANTOM Gaming 4
ASRock is back again with another great looking option on the list that tends to cater to the needs of those who are looking for something that not only looks good but performs just as good, too.
This is one of their cheaper alternatives in the market, but despite the cheap price as well as some basic specs, this motherboard is here on the list.
We are talking about the ASRock X570 PHANTOM Gaming 4; it is made for those who are looking for an entry-level gaming motherboard and it does fit the bill just fine. It does not cost a lot but it does look good with those break and dark grey accents and a small red and white logo on the chipset heatsink. Needless to say, this motherboard does check the box in terms of the looks.
You do get full-length PCI-Express 4.0 sots, as well as dual m.2 slots, and while they are not cooled, it is still nice to have them. You have the connectors for all the necessary fans and other components that you would want to connect in the future.
The thing, however, is that you cannot expect advanced features at this price point, and that is okay. The motherboard has really good performance when paired with the Ryzen 3 3200G or the Ryzen 5 3400G and that is the one thing that matters the most in this situation.
Last but not the least, the bios is actually really good and do not really come in the way; it is simple, intuitive, and give you granular control over the motherboard.
Moving on to the things that I did not like about this motherboard. In all honesty, there is not much to dislike. Sure, the basic set of features is something that most people are not going to be looking for but all in all, it actually does serve as a great value for money.
Overall, the ASRock X570 PHANTOM is definitely one of the best cheap motherboards available in the market. It is cheap, effective, and most importantly, it gets the job done. For anyone who is building a new system in the market and wants to get the job done without spending a lot of money, this is the way to go.
- The motherboard looks great with simple looks.
- It has a pretty good performance for an entry-level motherboard.
- Comes with all the features that a beginner would need to get started.
- Easy to use bios with loads of options.
- The motherboard does not really give you any advanced features to tinker with.
- Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen 2000 and 3000 Series processors
- 10 Power Phase Design; Supports DDR4 4066+ (OC); 2 Pie 4. 0 x16, 2 Pie 4. 0 x1, 1 M. 2(Key E) For WIFI
- AMD Quad Crossfire. and Crossfire. Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
If you are building a new system based around the 3rd generation of Ryzen processors, then you might need to go for a new motherboard. When it comes to choosing a motherboard, people often get confused because there are so many add-in board partners, and all of them have so many different motherboards to offer.
In such situations, confusing is something that can easily take over you.
With the help of this roundup, the aim is to make things easier for those who are looking to get a good motherboard. I can assure you that you will make the most of the situation at hand, and most importantly, you will be able to buy the right motherboard without running into too many issues that actually become a problem for countless people.
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