AMD Compatible Motherboards
- ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha - AMD X399 Chipset - TR4 Socket - Supports 4x DIMM Sockets - 4x PCI-e 3.0 x16 & 1x PCI-e 3.0 x4 - 8x SATA 6Gb/s - Supports Raid 0, 1, 10 - Supports NVIDIA 3-Way SLI & AMD 3-Way CrossFireX - 3x M.2 Socket 3 - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5.0 GHz - Bluetooth 5.0 - Rear USB Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A & 8x USB 3.1 Gen 2 - E-ATX Form Factor (30.5x27.7cm) - ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220 - 3 Years Limited WarrantySKU#: AC21499 Model#: ROG ZENITH EXTREME ALPHA$949.00
Mwave offers motherboards with both socket types that AMD currently use for their CPUs - AM4 (A-Series APU and Ryzen) and TR4 (Threadripper) - from a range of brands such as MSI, Asus, Gigabyte and ASRock. Depending on your needs Mwave can offer Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX form factor AMD motherboards.
Which motherboard do I need?
First, you will need to decide on the chipset (which relates to your needs and budget). AM4 motherboards are available with a range of chipsets ranging from the entry level A320, mid-tier B450 and flagship X470. A320 motherboards are designed primarily for light-use in office or home environments. A320 motherboards do not offer multi-GPU support (AMD Crossfire and Nvidia SLI). B450 motherboards offer more features than A320 motherboards and offer AMD Crossfire multi-GPU support depending on the model. X470 motherboards offer even more features over B450 motherboards such as additional M.2 slots and Nvidia SLI support.
Do I need Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX or ATX?
This will depend on your case. Typically, a motherboard smaller than your case will still fit but you may sacrifice some upgradeability and features. It is generally recommended to buy a motherboard that best fits your case - and vice versa.
Will buying a more expensive motherboard give me better performance?
The short answer, it depends. If you are wanting to use fast RAM and overclock your AMD CPU then you will most likely see an improvement in your overclocking results when compared to a cheaper motherboard.
Do I need an X399 motherboard for my Threadripper CPU?
Yes, you will need an X399 motherboard to use a Threadripper CPU - TR4 sockets are only available on X399 chipset motherboards. X399 motherboards cost more than their mainstream counterparts however with the increase in cost come extra features. E.g. The ASRock Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming TR4 comes with a 10Gb/s ethernet port. RGB lighting effects are also more prevalent on X399 motherboards.