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Looking for some guidance on picking a mobo for Zen 3

I'm planning a 5800x system with an RTX 3080. As the rumour is that Zen 3's memory frequency sweet spot is 4000 mhz, I'm planning to have RAM of that speed.

 

I want to have the best performance, reliability, and convenience possible without wasting money.

 

I don't know what accounts for the large price-jumps between models, so I'd appreciate some feedback and recommendations.

 

 

Here are some boards I've just been looking at:

 

Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite  -  (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/ATX/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB3.1/Realtek ALC1200/Front USB Type-C/RGB Fusion 2.0/M.2 Thermal Guard/Gaming Motherboard)

 

Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming  -  ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, Aura Sync RGB Lighting, 2.5 Gbps and Intel Gigabit LAN, WIFI 6 (802.11Ax), Dual M.2 with Heatsinks, SATA 6GB/S and USB 3.2 Gen 2

 

MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE  -  WIFI Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6Gb/s, M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, AC Wi-Fi 5, HDMI, ATX)

 

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus  -  (Wi-Fi) AM4 Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Motherboard With PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, 12+2 With Dr. MOS power stage, USB 3.2 Gen 2 And Aura Sync RGB lighting

 

What does the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero X570 have that makes it cost more than, say, the Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming - some additional lower-spec USB ports and a CMOS clear button? And is that VIII Hero X570 the same mobo as the VIII Dark Hero X570? They look the same, to me, but one doesn't have the "Dark" in the name.

 

What is m.2 socket 3, such as on the ROG Strix Gaming, vs m.2 socket 4, such as on the ROG VIII Hero?

 

 

I think that the Asus ROG Strix X570-E has a good feature-set: It support memory OCs up to 4400 mhz. It has lots of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, USB 3.2 type-C. However, it is a bit pricey. It (and some other mobos) also includes an onboard water pump, which I wouldn't use - would it be throwing away money to buy it, then? The ROG Strix X570-E also has monitor connectors, which I shouldn't need. And while it has two m.2 slots, I think one of them will be blocked-off by an RTX 3080's shroud.

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This MSI Mag B550 Tomahawk B550 mobo that LTT promoted in their RTX 3070 review looks pretty good, too.

 

I would prefer it if it had some gen 2 USB type-A ports, though.

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The Gaming Edge version has 1 gen 2 type-A port: https://www.newegg.com/msi-mpg-b550-gaming-edge-wifi/p/N82E16813144324

 

But there's an overall a lack of USB3 ports for my interest.

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