While NVIDIA left gamers a bit in the cold as rumors about a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti launch turned out to be woefully inaccurate, AMD steals the spotlight by hyping up its Ryzen a bit more. Together with its motherboard partners, AMD is showing off a ton of high-end Socket AM4 motherboards for the first Zen-based desktop processor.
ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI are all showing off motherboards based on the X370 and X300 chipsets. The X370 chipset is the most advanced one, while the X300 is intended for Mini-ITX and SFF systems. Here's a brief overview of the main specifications of the Ryzen motherboard platform as well as a list of the motherboards that are on display. Among other things, this includes dual-channel DDR4, NVMe support, M.2 SATA support, onboard USB 3.1 Gen2 and PCIe 3.0.
Following global excitement generated by the reveal of new technology and performance details of upcoming AMD Ryzen™ high-performance desktop processors, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced 16 cutting-edge high-p?erformance AM4 motherboards from five manufacturers. In addition, AMD exhibited Ryzen processor-based "extreme performance" PC designs from 17 top system integrators across the globe as well as innovative third-party CPU cooler designs, demonstrating a ready and robust ecosystem for Ryzen CPUs. AMD also expects Ryzen-based designs from all top global PC OEMs, with more information on systems to be revealed at launch.
"2017 will be an unforgettable year for AMD, its technology partners and the PC industry as a whole, and we're thrilled to kick off the year at CES by showing wide arrays of high-performance motherboard and PC designs from our OEM partners for whom the future is Ryzen," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. "AMD and our partners are committed to supporting enthusiasts, gamers, and creators with a new generation of computing innovation and choice through AMD Ryzen processor-based motherboards, custom-built PCs, and coolers built to support these impressive systems."
New Chipsets and Motherboards
AMD and its motherboard partners today debuted a wide array of new motherboards from ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI, all built upon two upcoming desktop chipsets for AMD Ryzen processors: the X370 and X300. X370 chipset-based motherboards are designed for those who need the most performance, cutting-edge features, and superior I/O connectivity from their PCs including support for overclocking1, and dual graphics. For users looking for performance in a more compact size, the X300 chipset also features an AMD Ryzen-ready AM4 socket while utilizing the mini-ITX size ideal for small form factor PCs. Both chipsets take full advantage of innovative technology features including:
Dual-channel DDR4 memory
M.2 SATA devices
USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2
PCIe® 3.0 capability
AM4 chipsets provide dedicated PCIe lanes for USB, graphics, data and other I/O, providing a powerful, scalable and reliable computing experience and bringing the benefit of future-ready technologies. Motherboards on display at CES 2017 include:
There's still no hard launch date for Ryzen, AMD is still sticking to a "Q1 2017" launch date.
Because of the switch to a new socket, enthusiasts will need a new cooler or mounting tools. AMD says it's working together with 15 top cooler manufacturers:
For enthusiasts and PC builders focused on a premium, quiet, and effective cooling solution or wishing to overclock, AMD is working with 15 top cooler manufacturers and vendors to create an array of aftermarket CPU coolers for AM4 processors. For ultra-quiet air cooling, Noctua will offer both its NH-D15 and its slimmer counterpart the NH-U12S. In, addition, EKWB will offer AM4 support for its custom water cooling solutions.
We also just received an e-mail from be quiet!, they will be ofering free Socket AM4 mounting kits for owners of Dark Rock 3, Dark Rock Pro 3, Dark Rock TF, Shadow Rock 2 and Shadow Rock Slim coolers.