With the impending release of Ryzen CPUs, AMD’s board partners have released several AM4 motherboards for pre-order. We already covered Asus' and Biostar's upcoming AM4 boards, but Asrock, MSI, and Gigabyte quietly released their boards for pre-order, too.
Asrock’s AM4 flagship is the Asrock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming, which has a numerous power phases covered by beefy heatsinks to improve overclocking results. The board also has three areas lit with RGB LEDs, and it has relatively high-end audio via a Realtek ALC1220 codec.
Similar to some of the company’s 200-series Kaby Lake product offerings, Asrock used an enterprise-grade Aquantia AQC108 NIC on the Fatal1ty X370 Gaming to support 5Gbps network speeds.
WIth the exception of the Asrock AB350 Pro4, Asrock also equipped all of its AM4 motherboards with steel-reinforced PCI-E x16 slots. Boards that have two PCI-E slots connected to the CPU’s PCI-E lanes feature a second steel-reinforced slot, as well.
Gigabyte’s flagship is the GA-AX370-Gaming 5, which is the compoany's only X370 motherboard. It also has the best power regulation system and the largest heatsinks of Gigabyte’s AM4 motherboard lineup.
The GA-AX370-Gaming 5 is closely followed up by Gigabyte’s GA-AB350-Gaming 3. Although these boards don’t use the same chipset, they have many features in common. Both have steel-reinforced PCI-E x16 slots and have relatively high-end audio thanks to the use of Realtek ALC1220 codecs.
Gigabyte’s GA-AX370-Gaming 5 and GA-AB350-Gaming 3 both also sport the company’s swappable LED overlays.
MSI’s AM4 flagship, the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium, stands out from its competition somewhat as it uses a white PCB. MSI took the steel-reinforcement a step further with its X370 XPower Gaming Titanium and X370 Gaming Pro Carbon by applying a layer of protective steel to the RAM slots as well.
Pricing And Release Info
All of these boards are currently available for pre-order and are expected to be released on March 2. See the chart below for pricing information.
|Model||Chipset||Form Factor||Memory||Audio||Networking||Storage||Price (Newegg)|
|Asrock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC1220||Aquantia AQC108Intel i211-AT||10 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key M||$259.99|
|Asrock X370 Taichi||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC1220||Intel i211-AT||10 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key M||$209.99|
|Asrock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC1220||Intel i211-AT||6 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key M||$159.99|
|Asrock X370 Killer SLI/ac||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4||N/A||Gigabit Ethernet802.11||6 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key M||$149.99|
|Asrock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4||B350||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC892||Realtek 8111GR||6 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key M||$109.99|
|Asrock AB350 Pro4||B350||ATX||4 x DDR4||N/A||Gigabit Ethernet||4 x SATA-III2 x M.2 Key M||$89.99|
|Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4||Realtek ALC1220||Killer E2500Intel i211-AT||8 x SATA-III2 x SATA ExpressU.2M.2||$194.99|
|Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3||B350||ATX||4 x DDR4||Realtek ALC1220||Realtek Gigabit Ethernet||6 x SATA-III1 x M.2 Key M||$109.99|
|Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming||B350||ATX||4 x DDR4||Realtek ALC887||Realtek Gigabit Ethernet||6 x SATA-III1 x M.2 Key M||$99.99|
|Gigabyte GA-AB350M-Gaming 3||B350||Micro-ATX||4 x DDR4||Realtek ALC887||Realtek Gigabit Ethernet||6 x SATA-III1 x M.2 Key M||$94.99|
|MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC1220||Intel 211-AT||6 x SATA-III2 x M.2U.2||$299.99|
|MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon||X370||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC1220||Intel 211-AT||6 x SATA-III2 x M.2U.2||$179.99|
|MSI B350 Tomahawk||B350||ATX||4 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek ALC892||Realtek 8111H||4 x SATA-IIIM.2||$109.99|
|MSI B350M Gaming Pro||B350||Micro-ATX||2 x DDR4-2667MHz||Realtek 887||Realtek 8111H||4 x SATA-IIIM.2||$79.99|