This article will discuss choosing a motherboard for AMD's Ryzen 3 1200 AF processor. Check out my Recommended Motherboards below, along with compatible CPU coolers and memory. OEM-only chipsets that are not available on retail motherboards are outside the scope of this article.
For AMD's Zen+-based Ryzen 3 1200 AF processor, you'll need a motherboard with an AM4 socket and a compatible chipset.
Motherboards for AMD processors are made with chipsets provided by AMD. Each chipset offers a unique set of capabilities. However, motherboards must explicitly support features and capabilities for you to use them. Verify that a motherboard supports the features and capabilities you desire.
Ryzen 1000-series CPUs, which includes the Ryzen 3 1200 AF, are compatible with all 300 and 400-series consumer chipsets. Supported chipsets include the X470, B450, X370, B350, and A320.
The X470 and B450 are our recommended chipsets for the Ryzen 3 1200 AF CPU, as they provide the most functionality among compatible chipsets.
Note that the Ryzen 3 1200 AF CPU only supports PCIe 3.0.
For a detailed comparison of these chipsets and PCIe speeds, check out my article Which Chipsets Work With AMD's Ryzen 3 1200 AF CPU?.
- Find Zen+ X470 Motherboards on Amazon (affiliate link).
- Find Zen+ B450 Motherboards on Amazon (affiliate link).
Check out my Recommended Motherboards for the 1200 AF below.
In addition to selecting a motherboard with a socket type and chipset compatible with the 1200 AF, here are a few other things to consider when picking a motherboard. Some of these considerations will help determine the best chipset to use.
Video Output Port
The lack of a "G" in the 1200 AF model name indicates that the CPU does not have integrated graphics support and requires a separate graphics card. Because it doesn't have integrated graphics support, you won't need a motherboard with a video output port (e.g., HDMI).
Storage: M.2 Slots and SATA Ports
NVMe M.2 cards are the latest and fastest form of SSD storage. However, you need to ensure that your motherboard includes enough slots.
Learn more about storage types in my article Storage Type Comparison: M.2, U.2, NVMe, SATA, SSDs, HDDs.
Make sure that the motherboard provides enough USB ports at your desired speeds.
The devices that are likely to need the high bandwidth rates will typically be limited to storage devices and high-resolution video devices.
Make sure that the motherboard has your desired audio outputs.
For example, if you have a surround sound system, ensure that it comes with rear and center speaker ports.
If your audio equipment requires an optical input, consider getting a motherboard with this port.
Alternatively, you can purchase a separate PCIe or USB sound card to add additional port types such as optical or RCA.
Motherboards typically come in one of three form factors. ATX is the most common motherboard form factor for a desktop PC.
You might also consider Mini-ITX or MicroATX form factors to build a mini-PC. Keep in mind that these smaller form factors typically have fewer PCIe card slots, fewer RAM slots, and can not support as many storage devices.
These smaller Mini-ITX and MicroATX motherboard form factors are backward compatible with standard ATX cases. They use a subset of the ATX mounting holes. You can also use Mini-ITX motherboards in MicroATX cases.
You will need a computer case compatible with your motherboard form factor.
PCIe Expansion Slots
The X470 chipset provide the most flexibility in the 400-series, allowing multiple graphics cards in the dual x8 configuration. However, note that the 1200 AF only supports PCIe 3.0, so performance will be limited to PCIe 3.0 speeds.
- Our recommended B450 motherboard to pair with the Ryzen 3 1200 AF:
- PCIe 3.0 graphics card support
- One Gb Ethernet port is faster than most Internet speeds
- Two NVMe M.2 slots both run at PCIe 3.0 speeds
- 802.11AC Wi-Fi provides support for a wireless network setup
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 offers 10 Gbps USB speeds
- Check the latest price of the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi on Amazon (affiliate link).
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