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
  • 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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  • jjj - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    Hopefully there is a lot more than this if Zen is competitive
  • Sushisamurai - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    That Asrock Taichi board looks amazing
  • eldakka - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    " technologies including dual channel DD4"

    Does it come with an underwire for added support?
  • close - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    That's exactly what I was thinking. They're putting "sexy" back into computing.
  • AbRASiON - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    No ITX? No sale.
  • The_Countess - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    the x300 chipset was especially designed for use with small form factor boards, so there will be ITX boards. AMD just choose to show the high end models first.
  • AbRASiON - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    Why they need a new chipset is beyond me, I hope it's not butchered any.
  • Cygni - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    I think the intent in is to cut things that a mITX and below size board won't even be using in the first place (like, say, a smorgasbord of SATA ports, multi GPU support, PCIe lanes etc) to offer a smaller, lower wattage part with simpler tracing. I imagine they were going to make this part for industrial markets and such anyway, much like Intel's H110

    If the part ends up having too many downsides, nothing is stopping a board designer from making an X370 mITX design, it just will probably be more costly to engineer and produce.
  • meacupla - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    mITX board is probably not ready yet.
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    That ASRock motherboard...what were they thinking with all the silly looking, ill-fitting gears with teeth that don't line up? It looks like someone scavenged a clipart collection CD from the mid-90's and just cobbled together every gear they could find in it.

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