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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  • PixyMisa - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    Reportedly socket AM4 will have 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 on the CPU, plus 8 lanes of PCIe 2.0 from the chipset. The CPU also has built-in SATA, NVMe, and USB 3.1.
  • PixyMisa - Sunday, January 8, 2017 - link

    PCPer has posted a writeup. The CPU has 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 total - 16 for slots, 4 for direct-attached NVMe, and 4 for the chipset. The chipsets have 4 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and 4 to 8 lanes of PCIe 2.0 (4 on the low-end chipset, 8 on the high-end). Like Intel's chipsets some of the pins are dual-purpose, so if you want the maximum SATA ports (up to 10) you only get one x2 NVMe slot.
  • Vodietsche - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    AsRock looks like it's the new king of Motherboards, at least for looks. That Tachi is pretty nice.
  • helvete - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - link

    Only the MSI Tomahawk has PCI slots. I hope there will be more boards having them.

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