Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600

Whether you’re looking into replacing your motherboard or building a new PC, we’ve found the best motherboards for Ryzen 5 2600.

Released in 2018, the Ryzen 5 2600 is a mid-range processor built on AMD Zen+ microarchitecture. Although AMD’s Zen 2 architecture is much better and feature-rich, the Ryzen 5 2600 can still be a good purchase if it drops under $140. Considering the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is the cheapest AMD CPU released this year at $299, getting an older CPU for a great price can be a good idea for those that are not looking into high overclocking.

You can still play demanding games on the Ryzen 5 2600, which is 25% less powerful than the Ryzen 5 5600X in UserBenchmark scores and 35-40% less powerful than the new CPU in Cinebench R23 & R20 (multi-core and single-core) scores.

We will take a look at motherboards that offer all the base features and some extras. The best motherboards for a Ryzen 5 2600 CPU should be affordable (in the $100 range). After all, it’s illogical to pay more on a motherboard than what you’ve spent on a CPU. Let’s see which are the best AM4 motherboards for the Ryzen 5 2600.

What is the best motherboard for the Ryzen 5 2600?

The best motherboard for the Ryzen 5 2600 in 2021 is the ATX motherboard is the ASUS Prime X570-P. Features include Aura Sync RGB headers, plenty of USB ports, overclocking support, and it even comes with multi-GPU support (AMD 2-Way CrossFireX).

More details on this motherboard further down in our list.

ASRock B450M Pro 4

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The ASRock B450M Pro 4 has a good design, works great, and its M.2 slots are not located too close to any heating elements. Although it’s a micro ATX motherboard, it is overclockable and stays cool thanks to VRM heatsinks.

  • Pros: Overclocks Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.2GHz, supports three monitors, has two M.2 slots
  • Cons: 4 SATA ports

ASRock B450M Pro 4 – Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Memory: 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots, Up to 64 GB, Supports DDR4 3200+(OC)
  • PCIe: 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • Resolution: 3840×2160 @ 30Hz HDMI, 1920×1200 @ 60Hz DVI-D
  • Audio:1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
  • Storage: 4 x SATA3, 1 x Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 x M.2 (SATA3)
  • USB: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2, 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1
  • LAN: Realtek RTL8111H

The second cheapest B450M motherboard on the market (its sibling ASRock B450M-HDV is a bit cheaper, but the Pro 4 is much better), the ASRock B450M Pro 4 has a decent build quality, supports RGB lighting and offers all the features you need for you PC. Priced at around $80, this Micro-ATX motherboard also comes with full spike protection and the A-Tuning utility that lets you maintain and optimize your system.

MSI B450M Mortar

Best Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600: Best micro-ATX B450 Motherboard

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The best micro-ATX B450 motherboard is the MSI B450M Mortar, which comes with a bigger VRM (4-phase VRM design). With RGB LEDs under the right side of the board and support for RGB LED strips, support for two GPUs (AMD 2-way CrossFire), 2 M.2 slots and up to DDR4-3466 memory support, the MSI B450M Mortar is a powerful motherboard for a gaming system.

  • Pros: Great for overclocking, the best Micro ATX motherboard
  • Cons: None

MSI B450M Mortar – Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Max CPU supported: Ryzen 9
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Memory: 4 x DDR4 Slots, Up to 128 GB, Supports DDR4 3466+(OC)
  • PCIe: 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D
  • Max Resolution: 4096×2160 @30Hz, 2560×1600 @60Hz
  • Audio: 5 ports (Realtek® ALC892 Codec)
  • Storage: 4 x SATA3, 2 x M.2 slot
  • USB: 8 x USB 3.1, 6 x USB 2.0
  • LAN: 1(Realtek® 8111H)

Similar to the MSI B450 Tomahawk in terms of specs – able to support 128 GB memory (4 DDR4 DIMM slots), and to support AMD 2-Way CrossFireX, the MSI B450M Mortar is the best Micro ATX motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600 and more powerful CPUs. Unlike the ATX form factor MSI B450 Tomahawk, the MSI B450M Mortar actually comes with an extra 2 M.2 slot. At a price of around $120, this board is the best choice you could make.

MSI B450 Tomahawk

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One of the best B450 motherboards coming in the ATX form factor is the MSI B450 Tomahawk. Packed with plenty of features, this motherboard comes with VRM cooling, allowing you to overclock your Ryzen 5 2600. Add RGB lighting, USB Type-C, and Debug LEDs among other features, this motherboard comes at a reasonable price.

  • Pros: Six fan headers, good VRM, affordable
  • Cons: Only has an M.2 slot

MSI B450 Tomahawk – Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Max CPU supported: Ryzen 9
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Memory: 4 x DDR4 Slots, Up to 128 GB, Supports DDR4 3466+(OC)
  • PCIe: 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • Max Resolution: 4096×[email protected], 2560×[email protected]
  • Audio: 6 ports (Realtek® ALC892 Codec)
  • Storage: 6 x SATA3, 1 x M.2 slot
  • USB: 6 x USB 3.1, 6 x USB 2.0
  • LAN: 1(Realtek® 8111H)

The MSI B450 Tomahawk doesn’t break the bank and has enough connectivity options, also offering multi-GPU support (AMD 2-Way CrossFireX). The only downside would be the lack of a second M.2 slot. The performance you get with this mobo is good and allows for future upgrades. For around $115, the Tomahawk motherboard is quite a bargain.

ASUS Prime X570-P

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For a bit more features and great overall performance, the ASUS Prime X570-P comes with metal reinforced PCI-Express slots, great memory overclocking, and comes with 2 M.2 slots.

  • Pros: Good design and performance, metal-reinforced PCI-Express slots, two M.2 slots
  • Cons: None

ASUS Prime X570-P – Specs

  • Socket: AM4
  • Form Factor: ATX
  • Memory: 4 x DDR4 Slots, Up to 128GB, Supports DDR4 3600(OC)
  • PCIe: 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D
  • Resolution: 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
  • Audio: 8-CH Audio (Realtek® S1220A Codec)
  • Storage: 6 x SATA3, 2 x M.2 slot
  • USB: 10 x USB 3.2, 4 x USB 2.0
  • LAN: Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

For a price of $150, this motherboard will definitely boost your Ryzen 5 2600 CPU or even 5000-series CPUs, which means there’s room for big upgrades along the way.

How to Choose a Motherboard for Ryzen 5 2600?

When it comes to motherboard compatibility, here’s the great news for those looking to upgrade in the future: The Ryzen 5 2600 needs an AM4 socket, which means that you can buy a motherboard that will be able to support this year’s CPUs and the next-gen CPUs that will be released in 2021, and maybe even later generations.

Getting a good AM4 motherboard should let you change your CPU in the future and replace it with a more powerful one to get better performance. Although, choosing a Ryzen 5 2600 in 2020 might not be the best option; you may instead want to look into getting a Ryzen 5 5600X for better performance, or wait for cheaper Ryzen 5 5000-series CPUs that could be announced in the near future.

Before buying a motherboard, you must know what form factor you need. That depends on the case you’re using and how many features you want the motherboard to have – the smaller the motherboard, the less PCIe or USB slots. Small form factors also need better cooling, and might not be able to support dual GPU setups. However, the MSI B450M Mortar is the best micro-ATX motherboard that defies all the cons of having a micro-ATX, as it does have good cooling and supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX.

Based on our findings here, we believe that the best ATX motherboard is the ASUS Prime X570-P which comes with everything you see in the B450M Mortar and then some, while maintaining a price tag of under $150.

Last but not least, motherboards must support different memory types, so if you have already purchased memory cards, make sure the motherboard is compatible with what you already have.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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