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AM4 Motherboard for Ryzen 5 1600 with some OCing

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by Flogger23m, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Flogger23m

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    Been a while since I was shopping for motherboards, and I am trying to piece together an upgrade centered around the Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X). It seems like the motherboards and RAM compatibility may be hit or miss at the moment, so if I could be steered in the right direction I would appreciate it. Some things I am looking for:

    - $80-100 price range.
    - Supports OCing. I will try and OC the 1600 to 4GHZ, so I want something that is stable.
    - Any RAM recommendations? Cheaper is better as long as it does not sacrifice performance.
    - Two M.2 SSD slots if possible.
    - Don't need SLI.
    - A good number of USB ports is welcome. MSI seems to be skimping on these lately?
    - Enough fan headers for 5 or so case fans.

    Any suggestions welcome. Not sure if all of those can be met on a single board in that price range, but something that ticks most of those off is worth looking into.
     
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    For any kind of overclocking you are going to want an X370 board, and those start at $110. And that only gets you a pretty crappy Biostar board(I'd use a Biostar board for a frisbee, and that's about all their good for).

    Also, due to the platform limitation, two full speed M.2 slots are next to impossible on AM4. The best you can hope for is one at full speed, and the other at about half that speed(still pretty stinkin' fast though).
     
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    a b350 board will be fine
     
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    So B350 motherboards don't OC well at all? Are there decent, stable but more affordable X370 (~$120-130)? Any RAM suggestions? All I can about RAM wise is real world performance and stability, I don't care if the lack heat spreaders and prefer they don't have massive heatsinks which get in the way.

    Would the performance at least be on par with a decent SATA SSD?
     
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    I know of 2 that do overclock pretty well, a couple here have the Asrock and are getting decent overclocks out of it, the MSI has a couple of reviews out if you google and you should see that it has decent overclocking abilities too (in relation to normal Ryzen limitations)..................

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157759

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813144028
     
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    Thank you for the reply. That seems to hit most of my requirements. Any other suggestions are welcome.

    Can I reasonably get to 3.8GHZ with decent air cooling with that motherboard? The options I am looking into:
    Thermal Right True Spirit 140 Direct
    CRYORIG H5 Ultimate
    NH-U14S + AM4 mount

    And any decent RAM recommendations?
     
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    Going safe in compatibility terms cost unless you are happy running slower until there are further Bios improvements, single rank, Samsung B-die appears to do best................................

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/62vp2g/clearing_up_any_samsung_bdie_confusion_eg_on/
     
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    It would still be faster than SATA.
     
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