Deciding between MSI B350M Gaming Pro and ASRock B450M PRO4 for Ryzen 3 2200G build

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Hi,

I am looking into buying a motherboard for a new Ryzen 3 2200G build.
The MSI B350M Gaming Pro and the ASRock B450M PRO 4 and the GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H are within my price range and are quite often on sale.The MSI and Gigabyte cost about $20 more than the ASRock though due to a MIR offer.
The PC will not be used for gaming but mainly web browsing and Youtube. I will probably only end up installing a Cooler Master 212 EVO cooler down the line in terms of doing upgrades.

Can you guys suggest which is a better motherboard between the two? Other suggestions for a possibly better motherboard will be beneficial too.

Thanks
 
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whm1974

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Can you give us a link so we can look up the boards price and specs?
 
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Sure thing. I have forgot to add the Gigabyte motherboard as well to the mix.

MSI B350M Gaming PRO AMD AM4 HDMI Micro ATX
https://www.amazon.ca/B350M-Gaming-PRO-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B06X3Y7KB5

GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H (AMD Ryzen AM4/ B350/ 4X DDR4/ HDMI/M.2/ SATA/USB 3.1 Gen 1/ / RGB Fusion/Micro ATX/Motherboard)
https://www.amazon.ca/GIGABYTE-GA-AB350M-DS3H-Ryzen-Fusion-Motherboard/dp/B079NH98GS

ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157843&ignorebbr=1
 

whm1974

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At this point I wouldn't get a B350 board as the firmware may not have been updated to support Ryzen APUs.
 
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Most mATX boards come with 4 DIMM slots, avoid the ones with only two. This will save you some pain later.
True. The MSI has only 2 but the ASRock and Gigabyte have 4. Did not pay attention.
At this point I wouldn't get a B350 board as the firmware may not have been updated to support Ryzen APUs.
Based on Amazon, they are all ready for Ryzen 3 2200G.
 

whm1974

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Are you set on using a MicroATX case? Since you are going with Ryzen APUs, you want to consider board with both Displayport and HDMI.
 
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Are you set on using a MicroATX case? Since you are going with Ryzen APUs, you want to consider board with both Displayport and HDMI.
Not necessarily, it is just that they are cheaper and I won't be using a dedicated GPU, so won't require much clearance. I will be getting a mid tower case and not a mini-atx case, so can get an ATX if the price is right.
Most of the motherboards I looked at have a DVI-D and an HDMI port
 

whm1974

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Not necessarily, it is just that they are cheaper and I won't be using a dedicated GPU, so won't require much clearance. I will be getting a mid tower case and not a mini-atx case, so can get an ATX if the price is right.
Most of the motherboards I looked at have a DVI-D and an HDMI port
If you are planning on getting a 27" 1440p display, any half way decent one should have DisplayPort. If you board has both DP and HDMI you can then use both your moniter and a TV together.
 
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If you are planning on getting a 27" 1440p display, any half way decent one should have DisplayPort. If you board has both DP and HDMI you can then use both your moniter and a TV together.
Thank you. I did not know that and it will be for sure my requirement.
 
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Damn, the price went up for the ASRock board.
So now I have to decide between the ASRock and GIGABYTE board. MSI is out of the question due to only having two RAM slots.
 

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Damn, the price went up for the ASRock board.
So now I have to decide between the ASRock and GIGABYTE board. MSI is out of the question due to only having two RAM slots.
Good thing I'm not building a system right now, the boards I was considering are all out of stock.:(
 

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the ASRock B450M PRO 4 is a great board, end of discussion! if its 20$ more its ok still get it, i avoid msi personally.
 

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Definitly get a 400 series board, the 300 series was OK but at this time the 400 series is better bet.

The Asrock board looks like a good deal.
 
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the ASRock B450M PRO 4 is a great board, end of discussion! if its 20$ more its ok still get it, i avoid msi personally.

Definitly get a 400 series board, the 300 series was OK but at this time the 400 series is better bet.

The Asrock board looks like a good deal.
Ordered the ASRock B450M PRO4!
It went on sale once again on Newegg Canadian website and at the samne price as during Black Friday. Ended up paying around $50 US after the MIR.

Thanks guys for suggesting and confirimg my purchase. Don't know why I was hesitating so much when it was too obvious that the ASRock was the best choice out of the three. Both price wise and features.
 

whm1974

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Ordered the ASRock B450M PRO4!
It went on sale once again on Newegg Canadian website and at the samne price as during Black Friday. Ended up paying around $50 US after the MIR.

Thanks guys for suggesting and confirimg my purchase. Don't know why I was hesitating so much when it was too obvious that the ASRock was the best choice out of the three. Both price wise and features.
You should be very happy with this board. ASRock is a good brand.
 


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