The release of Ryzen 5000 series processors is indeed a hype for PC builders and gamers alike. Powered by the newest AMD architecture (Zen 3), AMD now managed to take the crown from the long domination of Intel as the best provider of gaming desktop processors. Another thing is that AMD still makes use of the current chipset and socket type, which is a great upgrade opportunity for previous-gen CPU users, allowing them to upgrade without a need of a new motherboard. However, the global shortage of semiconductor products makes it hard for PC builders to build their next PC powered by the new components released last year. Though the only option is to buy above MSRP.
Lucky for us that Intel and AMD have plenty of CPUs to offer, especially for mid-end desktop rigs. One of the best processors around today for mid-range builds is the Ryzen 5 2600, offering a higher core count and decent gaming-performance at an incredible price. A cost-effective solution for gamers and PC builders. The Ryzen 5 2600 is currently sitting for around 199$. A detailed review from Hardware Unboxed shows that the Ryzen 5 2600 is only 7% slower than the X version but 13% cheaper, which makes it quite a better choice compared to it when it comes to the price-to-performance ratio. Though the disappointing aspect – is the downgrade of the stock cooler, from Wraith Spire Cooler that is present with the X version to the wraith stealth. So, if you wish to overclock your Ryzen 5 2600, a good third-party cooler is a must. Here is the article for the best aftermarket cooler for the Ryzen 5 2600 if you want to check it out.
To get the most out of your Ryzen 5 2600, you might want to pair it with a good motherboard with plenty of connectivity to offer and decent quality VRMs for overclocking. B450 Chipset is the one we recommend for the Ryzen 5 2600, it is the successor of B350, and it provides better performance overall. Though there is an X470 motherboard, it might be overkill for the Ryzen 5 2600, the B450 chipset will work just fine. We’ve listed the best B450 motherboards that you can pair with the Ryzen 5 2600, whether for a budget option or for intensive overclocking.
Table of Contents
|Best Budget Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600||ASUS Prime B450M-A II|
|Best Value Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600||MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II|
|Best Feature Rich Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600||MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon MAX WiFi|
|Best Mini ITX Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2500||ASRock Fatal1ty B450I Gaming Plus AC|
Sitting for only 79$, the ASUS Prime B450M-A II is the best budget motherboard we’ve found available on the market. This mATX motherboard packs a 6 power phase (4+2) VRM solution with heatsink, providing a decent power delivery to slightly overclock the Ryzen 5 2600.
When it comes to connectivity, it supports up to 128GB of DDR4 memory with a max frequency of 4400MHz, a single PCIe x16, 1x M.2 (SATA & PCIe 3.0 x 4 mode), 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports, and 6x USB ports on the rear I/O.
Note: The M.2 slot shares bandwidth with the SATA6G_5/6 ports, so the SATA6G_5/6 ports cannot be used when an M.2 device is installed.
Also, this motherboard features a BIOS flashback, so you can update the BIOS even without a CPU or DRAM installed and will ready to support the new Ryzen 5000 series processors, preferably the mid-range Ryzen 5 5600X CPU. However, we’ve listed the best motherboards for the Ryzen 5 5600X if you want to check it out.
If you are looking for a budget B450 motherboard to pair with the Ryzen 5 2600, the ASUS Prime B450M-A II is quite hard to beat for its price point with the features and connectivity it offers.
One of the most recommended motherboards from PC enthusiasts is the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II. A very capable motherboard that doesn’t break the bank. Having a “II” in its model name, this B450 Tomahawk Max II is the 3rd and newest version of the original B450 Tomahawk that was released in 2018 alongside Zen+ architecture.
Overclocking the Ryzen 5 2600 on this motherboard is more than capable. This board does come with a solid VRM solution, a 6 phase (4+2) power delivery around the Richtek RT8894A PWM controller. Tested by many enthusiasts, the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II can even handle a highly OC Ryzen 7 2700X, so overclocking the Ryzen 5 2600 on this motherboard would be a piece of cake. And that’s the reason why this board ranks as one of the best B450 motherboards when it comes to VRM quality and overclocking capabilities.
Compared to the previous versions of this motherboard, the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II offers a slightly better feature set – a much better audio codec and an improved memory topology to be able to support a much higher RAM frequency for up to 4133MHz. When it comes to connectivity, it is almost identical to the previous version, having 2x PCIe Gen 3 x16 slots (Support for CrossFireX), 1x M.2 slot, 6 SATA 6GB/s ports (5,6 will be disabled once M.2 is used), and a 6 USB ports on the rear panel including a single USB Type-C.
The aggressive design plus the features this motherboard has are the reasons why it is our top recommendation for the best value B450 motherboards for the Ryzen 5 2600.
If you are looking for a motherboard that offers premium features and impressive VRM. You cannot go wrong with the MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon MAX WiFi.
It is one of the highest-end B450 motherboards available on the market right now. Thanks to the enhanced circuit design (8+2 Power phase) and improved VRM heatsink, this motherboard is suitable for PC enthusiasts who will perform extensive overclocking. You can also take advantage of the premium features available on this motherboard, such as a better audio codec, built-in WIFI & Bluetooth, dual M.2 slots, an M.2 Heatsink, and a dedicated gaming design with fantastic RGB lightings.
Sitting for only 159$ (can be lower sometimes), this motherboard is a better choice, for the features and performance it offers. Overall, the MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon MAX WiFi is the highest-end motherboard that we recommend to pair with the Ryzen 5 2600 processor.
Of course, we always have an option for users who want to build a compact PC. Our best recommendation for the mini ITX motherboard goes to the ASRock Fatal1ty B450I Gaming Plus AC.
Though we all know that most small motherboards often lack the other important features that are present with ATX boards, the ASRock Fatal1ty B450I Gaming Plus AC takes the opposite approach. It offers some of the features that the other ATX motherboard has, such as excellent overclocking, a USB Type-C, and Bios Flashback.
The ASRock Fatal1ty B450I Gaming Plus AC is one of the cheapest mini ITX motherboards right now. Sitting for only 129$ (price can be high or low sometimes), you will get an integrated Bluetooth and a WIFI powered by the Intel 802.11ac WiFi Module, 2x DIMM slots that can support up to 64GB 3466Mhz of DDR4 memory, 4x SATA ports, an Ultra M.2 slot, and a 6x USB ports on the rear that include a USB Type-C.
For compact PC builders, this mini ITX motherboard is a pretty solid option for the price and feature set it offers.