LAS VEGAS, NV – One of the announcements from AMD’s Tech Day prior to CES was that of a new chipset coming to the Ryzen market. The purpose of the new chipset, called X470, was for iterative updates: better memory support, lower power consumption, and a couple of other things to be announced closer to launch around April.

At GIGABYTE’s suite, they had to hand an ‘X470’ Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi, with the chipset name bit taped over. The initial view of the motherboard was that of a standard high-end AM4 motherboard, using M.2 heatsinks, PCIe reinforcement, DRAM slot reinforcement, LEDs between the DRAM slots, the plastic LED section near the 24-pin connector, a few buttons for overclocking, and heatsinks indicative of GIGABYTE’s Aorus brand. With an iterative update, we were not expecting much change.

The change most obvious out of the few was the heatsink – GIGABYTE is set to go back to a bare-metal many-finned design for the power delivery heatinks. This might not be the most aesthetically pleasing design, however it is one that offers better power delivery cooling than the plastic shrouds we sometimes see on high-end motherboards hiding a small metal mass. GIGABYTE stated that they will be using the latest International Rectifier solution for the power delivery, and are ready for users to crank up the frequency when they want to. To add to the story on power and heatsinks, the rear of the motherboard also has a retention/rigidity plate around the power delivery, which may provide additional support.

GIGABYTE also has an integrated rear-panel backplate on this X470 design, to save users the embarrassment of having to disassemble the PC having forgotten about it after the fact. On this rear panel there is a power switch, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and the usual sets of USB and Ethernet connections. It is worth noting that there are two USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports here, plus one header on the board as well. We were told that these were all native, which would suggest that there is an increase in USB 3.1 support on the X470 chipset.

In April we will see the launch of AMD’s second generation Ryzen processors based on Zen+ cores and built on GloFo’s 12nm process, and while X470 will be optimized for these parts, the motherboards will still accept first generation Ryzen (and 300-series motherboards will accept second generation with a BIOS update). It would appear that there is no specific NDA/embargo around X470 for the motherboard manufacturers, however, GIGABYTE was the only one to be comfortable showing hardware at CES. When asked, the other manufacturers stated that with the launch several months away, they were not ready to show anything.

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  • jjj - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    It should come with a dummy GPU, wooden screws and all, only way we can put anything in those PCIe slots nowadays lol. Checked GPU prices earlier today and it was quite funny. AMD, Nvidia and their AIB partners really messed up, they got to accept that much higher levels of channel inventory are needed and deal with it the best they can.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    I just took a look in Amazon at GPU prices and they really did go way up in the last month or so. What happened? o.O
  • jjj - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    It used to be " but can it run Crysis" and now it's "but can it mine". I suppose Trump did revive the mining industry lol.
  • Dragonstongue - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    not enough stock, possibly filling back orders OR my best guess AMD and Nvidia are ensuring there is a shelf ready to fill with "new" generation stuff due out shortly, the first one sucks because it keeps pricing high for nothing, the second one sucks because it means those who want/need cannot get OR have to contend with new buyers tax when released....cannot claim every single GPU is bought by miners and miners alone, can for sure blame amazon, newegg etc from artificially upping the price because "we sell them as fast as we get them"

    Now, the price of VRAM/DRAM is higher that is for sure, but, I highly doubt it is making what was a $200 gpu $350-$500+, that is absolute greed IMO nothing more.
  • jjj - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Demand is lumpy due to mining, when currency prices drop, demand eases and when currency prices skyrocket, demand goes nuts.
    The problem is that every time we end up with shortages, it takes 3-5 months to ease those shortage due to long cycle times. If they up prod today, we start to see higher supply in April so it really isn't a situation they wanna be in, they need to accept a new reality , increase channel inventory and do their best to deal with it. It's less comfortable but right now everybody gets screwed, us and them.
  • Someguyperson - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    " the motherboards will still except first generation Ryzen"

    I think this should be "accept" instead of "except". Unless you were trying to say something else.
  • Byte - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    lol how this guy become a writer.
  • Ian Cutress - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    Oh noes, he's rushing around CES from meeting to meeting and one word got by! Job FAIL!
  • Alexvrb - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    Can we just change his name to trollbyte?
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - link

    "GIGABYTE stated that they will be using the latest International Rectifier solution for the power delivery"

    International? Now that's some serious commitment to political correctness!

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