Are you waiting for the best X470 Motherboards to be available on the market? We are too!
Recently, AMD confirmed April 2018 is going to be big for them as they are planning some big launches this year. There are not much technical details or model numbers revealed yet. However, the CPU war between Intel and AMD is going to be similar or even intense compared to what it was in 2017 as AMD’s new Zen + 2000 series Desktop APUs will hit the market shelves. These APUs are based on the entirely new chipset, the AMD x470 & the upcoming B450 chipsets. And definitely, they will require the new motherboard that supports the Zen+ CPU’s.
The new core dubbed as Zen+ CPUs would be based on the 12nm lithography process node from Global Foundries. As you can see from the above image, if we compare Zen+ to the current 14nm LPP part, the new architecture is expected to deliver higher clock speeds and better power efficiency which will be an iterative update from the 1st generation Ryzen CPU’s.
Best X470 Motherboards
So far Gigabyte is the only brand that revealed a motherboard based on AMD’s new x470 chipset. Here is a thorough review of everything we know so far:
Gigabyte AORUS X470 Gaming 7 – Wi-Fi Motherboard – for upcoming AMD Zen+ Processors:
At CES 2018, Gigabyte showed off their new AORUS X470 Gaming motherboard. These motherboards are expected to launch in April along with the AMD’s Zen+ 2000 series desktop APUs. AMD declared that they would continue to support the AM4 until 2020. It means that 12nm Zen+ processors will support both 300 and 400 series motherboards and first gen Ryzen Processors are also cross-compatible with these motherboards.
Here are some little-known features we are expecting from this motherboard:
- It should support DDR4 at 4000 MHz frequency after overclocking, compared to 300 series motherboards; this is a significant improvement. The infinity fabric is known to deliver same speed as the system memory, which boosts performance of sensitive memory operations including gaming
- These motherboards will cost less than previous 300 series motherboards while providing better memory consumption and power delivery
- It packs all premium features you can find on a high-end motherboard; including 10+2 power phase, 6mm copper heat pipe with direct contact with VRM layout from both sides. Efficient aluminum fins over VRMs for cooling purpose are there.
- It features both eight pin and four pin ATX power connectors
- The chipset is quite identical to x370. It has one M.2 slot connecting directly with processors, while other hanging off the chipset. First one supports M.2 22110 form factor while other supports M.2 2280.
- There are switches for single/dual BIOS mode with a debug LED indicator. Moreover, Gigabyte also clarified that there is an external clock generator as well.
- It features three full-length x16 slots are electrically PCIe 3.0 with x16, x8 and x4 modes. Moreover, there is two x 1 slot as well.
- PCIe and DIMM slots, chipset heatsink, the front edge, voltage regulator shroud and I/O panel have RGB around it.
- The real I/O panel consist of 6x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C ports. There are standard 3.5mm and optical audio output and RJ45 Ethernet port as well.
It houses the same socket as 300 series motherboards. Moreover, the chipset is quite similar as well. Thus, we are not expecting a bulk of BIOS updates as we experienced during initial launch of Ryzen processors. AMD declared that these x470 motherboards would be launched alongside the 2000 series Ryzen Processors in April 2018. For further updates, make sure you subscribe us. If you have any queries or suggestions, please feel free to use the comment box below: