Originally Posted by Chimeracaust
Is this the best board to get in the 250$ or less range? I am about to pull the trigger, to pair with a 3800x I was gifted, curious if this is the right option. Also interested in ram recommendations, going for 32gb.
I would argue, yes, its a great board and should be future ready for the zen 3 coming later this year. Zen 3 will be the last AM4 socket, which will also have 40% (or is that 60%) less heat and power usage than the zen 2; so in the long run you can't go wrong, VRM should be overkill for an overclocked Zen 3 4950x 16 core cpu.
Its only competition is the Aorus Elite, and that has a slightly inferior VRM, PCB, and cooling; the only board that might outdo it will be the Tomahawk x570, coming out between now and March.
As for ram, I recommend G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) INTEL Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GVKC; that is what I'm using.
Its really the Trident Z Neo RGB F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC for Ryzen
but without RGB & $35-$45 dollars less.
First available in October 2019. Market value is $144.99. Hynix D-die (Davinci). Says for "intel" but works perfect with Ryzen motherboards. I'm running stock/auto XMP timings 16-19-19-39 at 3800 mhz O/C, 1:1 1900 infinity fabric, 67.9 latency @ 1.37500 volts (I can reduce the voltage further), with my Ryzen 3600. 3733-3800 is the sweet spot on Ryzen, any further is pointless. Almost as good as the $500+ B die 32 GB kits. B-die gets you 16-16-16, rather than 16-19-19. Marginal at best. 16 gigs of B die goes for $250. Is it worth the three extra nano seconds and 16 gigs less ram, for $100 more dollars? Here we have 32 gigs of very high quality Hynix ram. With two spare slots, I can later upgrade to 64 in 5-10 years if I like. Hynix protects against Rowhammer vulnerability better than any other brand as far as studies have shown. Best gigabyte and performance per dollar value on the market. They are rising the price sometimes up to $250 on these (or more) for obvious reasons. I bought it at $144.99, it was more than worth every penny, and at the time of this post you can find it hovering around $159.