AMD’s latest processor the Ryzen 7 is here and it is giving lots of competition to the current Intel Kaby Lake. They however have a common challenge. This is a compatible motherboard. Motherboard makers are yet to make motherboards that can fully support the Ryzen 7 1700x and 1800x. This means that people who would like to use this processor have to look for the best motherboard among many that do not do so well. In a few months there will be motherboards that are fully compatible with the processor, but before then what motherboard should you use?
The very first consideration when looking for a motherboard for the Ryzen 7 is the processor socket. The motherboard’s socket must fit the processor well so it works optimally. In this case look for the AM4 socket. Also look for a motherboard that supports all the peripheral devices you intend to use. Ensure there are enough USB port connections and ports for other peripheral devices including an audio jack and others. There should be slots for whatever number of graphic cards that you intend to use as well. An ability to set up several hard drives and video cards is a good quality that should be considered.
The chipset is also very important. This is the set of circulatory that determines how well the processor will perform. For best results choose a motherboard that has B350, X300, X370 or A320 chipset.
With these considerations in mind you will be able to land a good motherboard for Ryzen 7 1700x and 1800x. For comparisons that have been tried and tested see https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Premiere-Pro-CC-2017-AMD-Ryzen-7-1700X-1800X-Performance-909/. In this link you will find motherboards that have been tried with the Premiere Pro 2017.0.2 software which is one of the most demanding software. It uses more than four cores of the processor and hence it is suitable for testing how good a motherboard is with the Ryzen 7. The processor provides 8 cores and hence will do well with this software.
Many users have tried several motherboards and some have been found to work greatly with the Ryzen 7. The best two are:
Asus Prime AM4 X370 Pro
This has the perfect processor socket and the best chipset, the X370. For firm anchoring of heavy GPUs, the motherboard comes with two safe slots. For connectivity, the motherboard has dual M.2 USB 3.1 at the front that have high speed. On board is also a 802.11 ac WiFi for connectivity. The ASUS Aura Sync RGB allows easy personalization with 3D printing mount and two RGB headers. The FanXpert 4 ensures the computer has the best cooling system.
Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero
This is the most popular motherboard meant for use with the Ryzen 7. It supports overclocking up to 3200MHz while the processor remains cool thanks to the TurboV processing unit. The audio chip on board is one of the best. This is the SupremeFX S1220 Codec. It gives 120dB line out and comes with a 7.1 channel playback. There are several expansion slots on this motherboard. Though expensive, this motherboard is worth every cent you will spend on it as it will give the best performance.