AMD X470 motherboards round-up: 14 boards for your Ryzen 2

The best motherboards for the AMD X470 chipset

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Connectivity: USB

Despite the fact that the components used are in many cases identical, we see that the motherboard manufacturers still make different choices when it comes to the classification of the USB ports. If you want a lot of USB ports, then you have get the Asus RoG Crosshair VII Hero: that motherboard features USB 2.0 twice at the back, USB 3.0 eight times and USB 3.1 twice, so a total of twelve ports!


If you want as many USB ports as possible, you need to be at the Asus RoG Crosshair VII Hero.

Both ITX boards offer a total of six USB ports, although Asus opts for faster ports than ASRock. The Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming is the only ATX board with just as few connections, which is a lot less understandable on that form factor. Asus' ITX board and MSI Gaming Plus are the only motherboards without type-c connections; in both cases two type-a USB 3.1 ports are chosen.

Motherboards without USB 3.1 are no longer there at all. However, there is a difference in the control of the ports. The affordable boards usually use the USB 3.1 ports from the chipset, whereas on the more expensive boards these usually go to the internal type C header and the external ports are thus controlled by an additional ASMedia controller. The RoG Strix X470-F Gaming and TUF X470-Plus Gaming are a bit of a warning, because they do have usb 3.1 and a type C port, but it's the latter that works at USB 3.0 speeds.

  USB 2.0
external / headers
USB 3.0
external / headers
USB 3.1
external / headers
Type-C extern
ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/AC 2 / 1 2 / 0 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
ASRock X470 Gaming K4 0 / 2 6 / 2 2 / 0 1x USB 3.1
ASRock X470 Master SLI 0 / 2 6 / 2 2 / 0 1x USB 3.1
ASRock X470 Taichi 0 / 2 6 / 2 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
Asus RoG Crosshair VII Hero WiFi 2 / 1 8 / 1 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
Asus RoG Strix X470-F Gaming 0 / 2 5 / 1 2 / 1 1x USB 3.0
Asus RoG Strix X470-I Gaming 0 / 1 4 / 1 2 / 0 -
Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming 2 / 2 2 / 2 2 / 0 1x USB 3.0
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi 4 / 2 5 / 2 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi 2 / 2 6 / 2 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming 4 / 2 4 / 2 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC 2 / 2 4 / 2 2 / 1 1x USB 3.1
MSI X470 Gaming Plus 2 / 2 4 / 2 2 / 0 -
MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC 2 / 2 4 / 2 2 / 0 1x USB 3.1

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