LAS VEGAS, NV - We saw the new AORUS X470 Gaming 7 WiFi Gigabyte motherboard here at CES 2018. This new motherboard will launch in April time frame along with the new AMD Zen + 2000-series APU version. As promised, AMD will continue to support the AM4 platform until 2020. That means that the new Zen + 12nm processor will drop to 300 and 400 series motherboards and the first generation Ryzen processors are also cross-compatible.
The AMD Ryzen processor, which offers more cores for a lower price, made last year's hurricane storm market, but the AMD 300-Series chipset is one of the biggest attractions. Motherboards armed with qualified chipsets are cheaper than Intel alternatives, and as part of AMD's standard value proposition, it supports overclocking at every price point.
Now AMD has a new 12nm Zen + processor that goes to market with a new X740 chipset behind it. AMD has made some improvements to the upcoming 400 series motherboards, which cost less than the 300-Series model and also has low power consumption, improved memory performance, and improved power delivery.
The X470 motherboard should support up to DDR4-4000 after overclocking, which is a solid upgrade on the 300-Series motherboards. AMD Ryzen processors greatly benefit from the increased frequency of memory because Infinity Fabric runs at the same speed as system memory. It improves performance in memory-sensitive applications, such as games
6-layer Aorus Gaming is the first 7 Series AMD motherboards from Gigabyte, so it comes with the premium features we expect from high-end motherboards. Gigabyte cools the power phase of 10 + 2 greases with a 6mm copper heatpipe that makes direct contact with both sides of the VRM layout. Gigabyte delivers a cooling solution with an efficient aluminum fins through VRM. The fins also have other advantages: AMD blowing heatsinks on the motherboard, so the fin alignment should capture some extra airflow. This board is equipped with an 8-pin and 4-pin ATX power connector.
We are told the chipset is similar to the X370. One M.2 slot connects directly to the CPU while the other depends on the chipset. Both M.2 slots also feature a hefty black heatsink, but some support up to the form factor M.2 22110 while the other is M.2 2280. We also see switches for single / double BIOS and LED debugging. Gigabyte also tells us that the board has an external clock generator.
The three full-length x16 slots are PCIe 3.0 x16, x8, and x4 electrically. There are also two x1 slots. The board is equipped with RGB lighting around PCIe and DIMM slots, chipset heatsinks, motherboard front edges, and shroud covering the voltage regulator and rear I / O panel.
Shared I / O shrouds of six USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Type-A, and 3.3 USB 3.1 Type port. We also saw out out 3.5mm audio and standard optical and RJ45 Ethernet ports. There are also connectors for integrated 2x2 WiFi in addition to the rear power and clear CMOS buttons.
The X470 motherboard has the same socket as the 300 Series motherboards. The chipset is similar, so there should be no fast BIOS update we encountered after the initial Ryzen launch. AMD told us to expect the X470 motherboard to arrive with a 7-month Series processor in April.
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