During the "Meet The Experts" webinar, AMD's board partners revealed new motherboards designed to support Ryzen processors.
AMD Partners Show Off New Ryzen Motherboards - Full AM4 Lineups Being Prepped For Summit Ridge, Bristol Ridge and Raven Ridge Processors
During the webinar, AMD partners revealed some interesting features of their upcoming AM4 motherboard lineups. ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE went in full detail to reveal key features and technologies of their AM4 boards. A range of new features would allow great experience and compatibility with a wide array of I/O devices. Details shared by the partners are listed below.
ASUS AM4 Motherboards
ASUS went ahead to show two new motherboards from their AM4 lineup. These include the ROG Crosshair VI Hero and the X370 Prime. Both motherboards are aimed at enthusiasts and overclockers. The new ROG board is the latest addition to the ROG Crosshair family which hasn't seen much action since the Bulldozer days. The new board makes sure to offer the best overclocking support for Ryzen processors.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard
In terms of features, the board boasts a monochromatic color scheme. The PCB is fitted with a ROG exclusive design and quality VRM components. Power to the AM4 socket is provided by an 8+4 power configuration. We can see a beefy 12 phase Digi+ PWM design. Large heatsinks and the I/O cover can be seen on this board. In terms of storage, the motherboard comes with 8 SATA 6 Gb/s ports and a single M.2 slot.
Expansion slots on the motherboard include three PCIe 3.0 x16 and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.The motherboard comes with a high-end on-board audio layout equipped with ESS SABRE DAC and OPAMP. There's also USB 3.1 front panel connection and 802.11 AC Wi-Fi connectivity. The motherboard is fully featured for overclockers.
ASUS Prime X370 - PRO Motherboard
The other board detailed by ASUS is the Prime X370-PRO. Both motherboards are not that visually distinct from their Z270 counterparts which is a good thing. It means that partners are maintaining the feature set and overall quality for both vendors. The ASUS X370 Prime-Pro features a white and monochromatic color scheme that comes with a fully lit RGB AURA display. The AM4 socket is powered by a single 8-Pin connector. Board PWM is made of a 10+2 phase design. Large aluminum heatsinks are featured over the VRMs for ample cooling during overclocking.
In terms of features, the motherboard has eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Expansion slots include three PCIe 3.0 x16 and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. There's also a single M.2 slot rated to operate at PCIe x4 speeds. There's a single USB 3.1 front panel connector. Audio includes a high-end S1220A codec which comes with an isolated design.
ASUS AM4 Motherboard Features
I'll simply skim through the feature set of these boards by saying that they are on par with their Z270 counterparts. So all the fancy RGB Lightning and USB 3.1 connections are in place. AMD will finally have a platform that can be directly compared against their counterparts. You can find details of these features in the slides below:
AORUS AM4 Motherboards
AORUS is the new subdivision of GIGABYTE who are responsible for producing gaming branded motherboards. The new brand will have at least six new motherboards, most of which were captured at CES 2017. You can find a couple of boards along with their features mentioned in the slides below.
AORUS AM4 Motherboards Features
MSI AM4 Motherboards
Finally, we have the MSI motherboards which will be great for AM4 builders as well. MSI has promised at least three new gaming series segments which will comprise of X370, B350 and A320 chipset based designs. These will include Enthusiast Gaming, Performance Gaming and Arsenal Gaming series. On the Pro side, AMD will also have a few AM4 motherboards which will be detailed prior to launch.
MSI AM4 Motherboards Features
We will have more details on the AM4 platform along with Ryzen processors in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned. For more AM4 motherboards, you can visit our article here.