Best Ryzen 2 X470 Mini ITX Motherboards 2018

Ryzen has been out for over a year now, and finally, motherboard manufacturers have released Mini ITX X470 motherboards for the AM4 socket. Since the performance of the B350 and X470 has proven to be nothing short of amazing, we've seen an influx of market share go to AMD over this time. Luckily we've got SLI support and a plethora of great features on these motherboards from ASRock, Asus, MSI and more. So let's dive into the specifics and what makes for the absolute best Mini ITX X470 Ryzen motherboards...

You can find current-gen Ryzen processors going for super good deals. Also, AMD already dropped Ryzen prices in January, then pushed them down, even more, this month. Now, costs have plunged yet again for two mainstream models if you’re willing to fill out rebate forms. It's a great time to buy into Ryzen AM4, even if GPU prices are still very inflated (hopefully this changes sooner than later). Here are what we think are the best Ryzen 2 Mini ITX Motherboards 2018:

B450 or X470 Mini ITX?

So let's get to the point. There are very few Mini ITX X470 motherboards. In fact, there is only one. However, unless you want to run SLI/Crossfire you lose nothing by sticking to B350. If you need to run SLI, strangely enough there are some great ITX options to choose from. Why motherboard manufacturers decided to skip over ITX for the x470 chipset is beyond me. If you need a list of ITX options, see here.

If you are hell-bent on using Mini ITX X470 with Ryzen, anotheroptions is to move up to X399 and threadripper. ASRock has a fantastic high end X399 option, but it's not cheap, unlike our Best gaming mousepads.

AMD Ryzen 2000 Series

As AMD have promised, the Ryzen 2000-series CPUs will fit into the exact same AM4 CPU socket in the 1000 series Ryzen processors. Though there will be a new set of 400-series chipsets. What this means is if you pick up a X470 or B350 today, you'll be set to drop the new Ryzen processors without issue.

So what is the difference between X370, B350, X470, B450?

Pugetsystems made a nice chart outlining the differences and think it’s worth highlighting.

 
X370
B350
X470
B450
USB 3.1 Gen2 10 Gbps
2
2
2
2
USB 3.1 Gen1 5Gbps
6
2
6
2
USB 2.0
6
6
6
6
SATA 3.0 Ports
4
2
4
2
SATA Express Ports / PCIe Gen 3
2
1
2
1
Chipset General Purpose PCIe Gen 2
8
6
8
6
Processor PCIe Interface
1x16¹ / 2x8¹
1x16¹
1x16¹ / 2x8¹
1x16¹
Overclocking Enabled
Yes²
Yes²
Yes²
Yes²
XFR2
Yes³
Yes³
Yes³
Yes³
XFR2 Enhanced
No
Yes⁴
No
Yes⁴
Precision Boost Overdrive
No
Yes⁵
No
Yes⁵
SATA RAID
0/1/10
0/1/10
0/1/10
0/1/10
NVME RAID
0/1/10
0/1/10
0/1/10
0/1/10

¹ "Bristol Ridge" and "raven Ridge" AM4 processors do not support 1x16 / 2x8
² All AM4 Ryzen processors are unlocked. Overclocking is controlled by the chipset and motherboard BIOS
³ XFR 2 requires a Ryzen Desktop 2000 Processor
⁴ XFR 2 Enhanced requires a Ryzen Desktop 2000 X processor
⁵ PBO requires an AMD Ryzen Desktop "X" Processor with AMD 400 series Mobo

Mini ITX Motherboards and Why to Downsize?

While the focus has been on full ATX motherboards, we thought it prudent to give an overview of the smaller form factor Mobos for those of us who love smaller form factor cases. We lose out on a few features like additional USB ports, possibly fewer memory slots, fewer PCI slots and a few SATA ports. But, for a lot of us we don’t really use them all anyway.

Whichever the reason may be, you’re here for details on which Mini ITX motherboard is the best for you. So let’s break down some of the best Mini ITX X470 motherboards out on the market.

Best Mini ITX X470 Motherboards

Due to the limited number of AM4 Mini ITX motherboards, we will be limiting our list to the top 3.

Editors Pick

High End | ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING

ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING Mini ITX

I thought that maybe ASUS had finally went and abandoned the idea that the ASUS TUF motherboards being superior compared to the other options, I was wrong.

The TUF B350M Mini ITX board has a fairly nice heatsink over the vrm's and has a quiet 80mm fan to boot. Moreover, the integrated network controller is great! The board is quite heavy for it's size but is made with high end components so it makes sense.

With many features like "Fan Xpert 2+" and high end pcie retention sheilds, this earns it's title as the best Mini ITX x470 Ryzen motherboard.

Other notable specifications for the ASUS TUF B350M-Plus Gaming include:

4 xDDR4 3200(O.C.)Realtek ALC887 Audio
6 x SATA 6Gb/s PortsRealtek RTL8111H LAN Chipset
AURA Sync RGB Lighting2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
M.2 Support
Both SATA & PCIE mode
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x Fan RGB header2 x USB 2.0
Front USB 3.1 Gen 12 x Chassis Fan connector

More Info

ASUS brings a lot of functionality with the TUF lineup and the price is honestly reasonable. Now, You don’t see the $400+ price tags like you would on their high end Mini ITX motherboards. But, you still get every feature you should need expectially for such a reasonable price point.

SafeSlot is the name ASUS gave it's PCIe slot retention, and its engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Manufactured in a single step using a new insert-molding process, SafeSlot integrates fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the PCB through additional solder points. Or so they say...

A few other points worth note:

  • AUDIO SHIELDING
    Separates analog/digital signal domains, significantly reducing multi-lateral interference.
  • DEDICATED CHANNEL LAYOUTS
    Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals.
  • AUDIO ENJOYMENT
    Premium Japanese audio capacitors provide warm, natural, and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.

Mid Range | GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 Mini ITX

Gigabyte ga ab350m gaming 3 Mini ITX motherboard
This motherboard is attractive, sturdy, and has a wide array of features for those who like overclocking. The AB350M-Gaming 3 Mini ITX Form Factor is measured at 24.4cm x 24.4cm. This board only supports x1 Nvidia GPU but can handle AMD Radeon Crossfire setups just fine. It comes with USB 3.1 Gen 2 and M.2 NVMe support, this motherboard is able to be the centerpiece of a small form factor workstation and not break the bank doing it.

This AM4 Mini ITX X470 motherboard layout is straightforward with a clean bus. With red lines at the top left of the motherboard are Red LEDs. In between the Red, PCIe slots is an M.2 connector.

A few notable specs on the GIGABYTE AB350M:

4 xDDR4 3200(O.C.)Realtek ALC887 Audio
6 x SATA 6Gb/s PortsRealtek GbE LAN LAN Chipset
Support for APP Center2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
M.2 Support
Both SATA & PCIE mode
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x Fan RGB header2 x USB 2.0
Front USB 3.1 Gen 12 x Chassis Fan connector

More Info

Overall, the Gigabyte AB350M-Gaming 3 to be an excellent platform in the mid range lineup of motherboards. If you want plenty of Ryzen cores in a more compact, lower cost platform, this is a good choice. We expect this to be a popular motherboard with AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 series chips where overall system costs are lower.

It should be noted if you plan to run a Ryzen 2000-series CPU with this board you will need to update your bios before doing so.

A few other points worth note:

  • Supports AMD Ryzen™ & 7th Generation A-series/ Athlon™ Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Fast 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-A
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • Realtek® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 features 5 Temperature Sensors and 3 Hybrid Fan Headers
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities

Budget | ASRock A320M PRO4 Mini ITX

ASRock A320M Mini ITX Motherboard review
The budget friendly ASRock A320M PRO4 X470 Mini ITX motherboard can pack quite a bit into a small budget. There isn't currently much more you can ask for in such a small price. For example, this motherboard comes with dual m.2 ssd's. One PCIe Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 interface that pushes data transfer speeds up to 32Gb/s, and is compatible with ASRock’s U.2 Kit for installing some of the world’s fastest U.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD. And the other one supports SATA3 6Gb/s M.2 modules.

Another great feature of this board is the software package that it comes with. ASRock has a surpisingly useful array of software in the APP Shop. ASRock APP Shop is an all-in-one utility designed for system update and software downloading. It is integrated with a variety of applications and support software. The ASRock APP Shop provides the latest BIOS updates and system upgrade software for users to download. You can easily optimize your system and keep your PC up-to-date with it. Also, APP shop is geared up with numerous popular PC games. You can also receive exclusive bonuses, in-game items. Not too bad.

A few notable specs on the ASRock A320M PRO4:

4 xDDR4 3200(O.C.)Realtek ALC892 Audio
4 x SATA 6Gb/s PortsRealtek 8111GR LAN Chipset
Support for APP Center1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Port
M.2 Support
Both SATA & PCIE mode
4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports
1 x Fan RGB header2 x USB 2.0
Front USB 3.1 Gen 12 x Chassis Fan connector

The PRO4 might not be the best Mini ITX X470 motherboard but it gives you the best bang for your buck. However, You cannot argue with the features and build quality provided at this price point. If you're not looking for extreme overclocking capabilities and don't necessarily need the software included in any of the ASUS boards then you might want to settle for the PRO4.

Conclusion

With the upcoming release of the Ryzen 2000-series CPUs, and the new Nvidia GPUs coming in the summer, now might be a great time to pick up a new X470 Mini ITX motherboard. So, While the next few months the upcoming 400 series mobos might be released, they undoubtedly will come at a steep price.

Overall, we look forward to seeing whats next for motherboard manufacturers this year and will update this guide of the best Mini ITX X470 motherboards as we move forward. In the meantime, check out one of our other articles, we recently compiled a list of the Best Micro ATX Z470 Ryzen Motherboards and you might find a gem in there.

Cheers!

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