AMD Announces X370 Motherboards for AM4: Laying the Groundwork for Ryzenby Ian Cutress on January 4, 2017 11:00 PM EST
At the CES 2017 show today, AMD is lifting the lid on some of the upcoming AM4 motherboard designs coming to end users for Ryzen/Summit Ridge and Bristol Ridge. The sixteen boards being displayed come from the major manufacturers, and include overclocking and gaming oriented models. These boards will be the base for system integrator PC designs to come, with at least seventeen SIs coming on board for today’s announcement.
Motherboards for the 300-series chipsets, which includes A320, B350 and X370, will come in standard motherboard sizes (mITX, mATX and ATX), and the designs will feature technologies including dual channel DD4, support for NVMe drives via M.2/U.2 or PCIe, native support for USB 3.1 10 Gbps connectivity (as well as the new USB 3.1 front panel interface we’ve seen on some motherboards already), and PCIe 3.0 from the processor for external graphics or other PCIe co-processors.
Formally, the motherboards being announced are:
- ASRock X370 Taichi
- ASRock X370 Gaming K4
- ASRock AB350 Gaming K4
- ASRock A320M Pro 4
- ASUS B350M-C
- Biostar X370GT7
- Biostar X350GT5
- Biostar X350GT3
- GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming K5
- GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5
- GIGABYTE AB350-Gaming 3
- GIGABYTE A320M-HD3
- MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium
- MSI B350 Tomahawk
- MSI B350M Mortar
- MSI A320M Pro-VD
We’re waiting for more information before we can get into the meat of this announcement. At this point it indicates that AMD’s AM4 platform should be ready to go, and we’re eagerly awaiting the processors to also reach ready-to-retail status. A number of partners at CES are talking to us about Ryzen plans, so stay tuned as we’re able to report more.
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colinstu - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkLove how clean that first gigabyte board is.
extide - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - linkAnyone else notice how they just shat all over Intel's naming scheme? Intel just releases X270, AMD releases X370, lol
etamin - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkLow blow by AMD. Not cool
anubis44 - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkYeah, Intel's always been above board... not.
looncraz - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkIt's actually a natural evolution of AMD's long-standing naming scheme, but with an added number to not seem inferior to Intel due to using 'X' in lieu of '10' while not using nVidia's GPU names as chipset names...
970 -> X370
AMD could have used X70, but that looks pretty bad when you have a choice with an Intel Z270 system as an option.
They could have used 1070, but that's nVidia's video card naming... which can lead to confusion.
GodHatesFAQs - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkIntel released **Z270**, not X270.
WorldWithoutMadness - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkThey're playing the children +1 game. Ha! I'm +1 than you, I'm above you!
anubis44 - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkIt works. Good for AMD.
close - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkHey, remember when Via had the KT266 chipset? Now Intel launches the Z270. Coincidence? I think not!
Now seriously, there's only so many naming schemes that involve easy to remember and classify letters and numbers. So they either go for codenames like with CPU cores or with the [letter][number] scheme that was used in many other sectors way before Intel did it (think auto or phone industry for example).
Manch - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - linkI was hoping they would name their mobos something like Z270/55 R20.