Originally Posted by Infinis
Hi. I'm quite confused with all the ddr/overclocking mess happening right now and would need some advice.
I have a 1600 on the way and am looking for a motherboard satisfying following conditions:
-Overclock the 1600 to 3.9-4 Ghz
-Supports ram to 2666 in the future.
My build would be
Rx 580 8gb
2*8 gigs ddr4
I was set on the B350 Tomahawk, but it got up in price and got some competition.
So now my options are:
ASUS Prime B350-PLUS (Cheapest 140$ CAD)
MSI B350 TOMAHAWK (155$ CAD)
MSI X370 SLI Plus (190$ CAD)
ASRock X370 Killer SLI (185$ CAD)
ASRock FATAL1TY X370 Gaming K4 (200 CAD)
Would the X370 premium be worth anything in my case? I heard good things on the ASUS Prime, is Tomahawk still superior.
Also should I buy a 3200 ram kit or just set on the 2666?
The B350 boards are all not great pretty much. The B350 Pro carbon does a pretty good job (VRM,USB 3.1 gen2,ALC1220 audio with shielding,LAN) but its price is more or less the price of an Asrock X370 K4.
Some pluses and minuses of the boards you listed off the top of my head:
- Asus B350 Prime PLUS : heatsinks on VRM , VRM uses Onsemi parts, has USB 3.1 Gen2, worst audio among B350 boards in the ALC 887, NVme slot not in idiotic spot, unrefined BIOs , memory support is iffy with more than DDR 2400 , check QVL
- MSI B350 Tomahawk = heatsinks on VRM and lowside mosfet bit less lossy compared to ASUS/Gigabyte/Asrock B350 boards with high side having higher switching loss vs the ASUS/Gigabyte B350 boards, comes in white "arctic version", audio is ALC892 which is alright, no USB 3.1 gen 2 , decent memory support, BIOS has clock adjustment for baseclock
- MSI X370 SLI PLUS = same VRM parts as B350 Tomahawk but instead of 1 mosfet per high side it uses two (not truly proper), capacitors cheapened out in the lifetime rating vs Krait gaming / Pro carbon/Tomahawk, unshielded audio ALC892 which is poor for X370 , no USB 3.1 Gen2
- Asrock X370 Killer SLI = audio ALC892, VRM is gambling since you may get Sinopower or maybe random unnamed mosfets on high side mosfet (same VRM setup as X370 SLI plus but with superior PWM controller and a gamble on mosfets), NVMe is not in idiotic spot, audio ALC892, wireless slot, p-state OC, Intel LAN , no USB 3.1 gen2 ... default budget board for all cyberpowerPC x370 Ryzen 7 builds
- Asrock X370 K4 = same randomness on VRM so check under heatsink for sinopower, NVme is not in idiotic spot, ALC 1220 audio with proper shielding , wireless slot, p-state OC, Intel LAN, debugging features such as debug LED
- If you're looking up to $200CAD ASUS X370 Prime Pro uses top tier VRM parts, ALC1220 audio (although no EMI shield), p-state OC just launched (in OS only), Intel LAN, USB 3.1 gen 2. It's another option to look at.
MSI B350 Tomahawk is better than the ASUS B350 Prime PLUS in audio. VRM power delivery is more or less the same but Tomahawk has more BIOS refinement (plus more memory support) because ASUS could care less about the B350 boards it seems. Tomahawk is worth the money over the ASUS B350 Prime Plus unless you need USB 3.1 gen 2 and/or cook your NVMe SSD easily.
If you get any Asrock board other than the Taichi/Fatal1ty Pro you might get mosfets that have no specsheets anywhere to be found or you might get Sinopower SM4336+SM4337 (not great but better than unnamed)