First AMD Ryzen Mini-ITX AM4 X370 Motherboard Pictured & Detailed


Ever since Ryzen launched many enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for mini-ITX motherboards to build mean and lean compact machines around AMD's brand new popular number-crunching processors. If you're one of those folks, we've got good news for you. The first ever mini-ITX AM4 motherboard for Ryzen is here and it's packed full of features.

The board in question is the X370GTN from BIOSTAR and it's quite the little scrapper. Amazingly, it features AMD's top of the line enthusiast X370 chipset. This is slightly surprising as Mini-ITX AM4 motherboards were said to either come with the X300 or A300 chipsets. But it looks like BIOSTAR has somehow managed to cram in the full-fledged X370 chipset in this little board.

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Meet The First AMD Ryzen AM4 Mini-ITX Motherboard

In terms of graphics and storage expansion the motherboard features one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, 4 SATA 6Gbps connectors and 1 M.2 slot. On the networking side we're looking at a standard Realtek gigabit ethernet LAN controller, no Wi-Fi. The integrated audio solution is based on a physically separated circuit featuring the Realtek ALC892 8-channel high definition codec.

The internal I/O includes :

1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
1 x USB 2.0 Header
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x CPU Fan Header
1 x System Fan Header
2 x 5050 LED Header

And the rear I/O includes :

1 x PS/2
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Port
4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
1 x HDMI Connector, resolution up to 4096 x 2160 @24Hz or 3840 x 2160 @30Hz
1 x DVI-D Connector, resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
1 x RJ-45 Port
5 x Audio Connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Port

All in all this is a very well rounded motherboard with a robust set of features. Paired with a Ryzen CPU this could make for an affordable and potent small form factor workstation. In fact, because the highest core count and highest performing CPU you can get on the Intel side in the same mini-ITX form factor is a quad core i7 7700K, mini-ITX Ryzen 7 builds should prove to be very popular among builders looking to cram in incredible amounts of performance in a small form factor machine. With 8 cores, 16 threads and a frugal 65W power envelope the efficient Ryzen 7 1700 CPU is uniquely suited for high performance mini-ITX systems.

AMD Ryzen CPU Lineup

AMD Ryzen CPU ModelCores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL3 CacheTDPMSRP
Ryzen 7 1800X8/163.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95W$499 US
Ryzen 7 1700X8/163.4 GHz3.8 GHz16 MB95W$399 US
Ryzen 7 17008/163.0 GHz3.7 GHz16 MB65W$329 US
Ryzen 5 1600X6/123.6 GHz4.0 GHz16 MB95W$249 US
Ryzen 5 16006/123.2 GHz3.6 GHz16 MB65W$219 US
Ryzen 5 1500X4/83.5 GHz3.7 GHz16 MB65W$189 US
Ryzen 5 14004/83.2 GHz3.4 GHz8 MB65W$169 US
Which Ryzen CPU would you be looking to pair with a mini-ITX AM4 motherboard for a small form factor machine?