Gigabyte is Ryzen up to the challenge of their rivals

Subject: Motherboards | February 24, 2017 - 05:30 PM |
Tagged: aorus, gigabyte, ryzen, b350, x370

Gigabyte have lead with five motherboards, two X370s under Aorus and three B350s with Gigabyte branding.  They all share some traits in common such as RGB Fusion with 16.8 million colours to choose from and an application to allow you to customize the light show to your own specifications.  It supports control from your phone if you are so addicted to the glow you need to play with your system from across the room. 

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Smartfan 5 indicates the presence of five headers for fans or pumps that will work with PWM and standard voltage fans, which can draw up to 12V at 2A.  The boards also have six temperature sensors to give you feedback on the effectiveness of your cooling and modify it with the included application.  Most models will offer Thunderbolt 3, Intel GbE NICs and an ASMedia 2142 USB 3.1 controllers which they claim can provide up to 16Gb/s.  All will have high end audio solutions, often featuring a headphone pre-amp and high quality capacitors.  There are a lot more features specific to each board, so make sure to click through to check out your favourites.

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The Aorus boards, the GA-AX370-Gaming K7 and GA-AX370-GAMING 5 are very similar but if you plan on playing with your BCLK it is the K7 which includes Gigabyte's Turbo B-Clock.  The Gigabyte lineup includes the GA-AB350M, GA-AB350-Gaming and GA-AB350-GAMING 3.  The GA-AB350M is the only mATX Ryzen board of these five for those looking to build a smaller system.  For audiophiles the full size the GAMING 3 includes an ALC1220 codec as opposed to the ALC 887 used on the other two models. 

You can expect to see reviews of these boards which offer far more details on perfomance and features after they are released on March 2nd.  Full PR under the break.

City of Industry, California, February 24th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the rise of the AORUS Gaming Series Motherboards on the New AM4 Ryzen Platform from AMD. The AM4 Platform will host the X370, B350 and A320 Chipsets which all support the Ryzen CPUs. GIGABYTE will have all three chipsets available, each fully optimized for CPUs with 8-Cores and 16 Threads, for consumers who are interested in any segment of the platform. With user-centric features exclusive to GIGABYTE, consumers will find RGB Fusion, Smart Fan 5 and Dual Audio Chips that provides a solution like no other.

With anticipation building for the new platform, GIGABYTE has made no compromises with its innovative technologies. The fully customizable RGB LEDs from RGB Fusion will allow users to customize their system exactly the way they want. Smart Fan 5, an intuitive user interface, works in tandem with hybrid fan headers for optimum cooling performance and system protection. Moreover, RGB Fusion has made its way onto many accessories and peripherals already in the market. RGB Fusion Ready devices allow enthusiasts to control all of their RGB lit products from a single interface.

“This is an exciting time for GIGABYTE as Ryzen processors will bring new technologies and innovations that many of our consumers have longed for,” said Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE’s Motherboard Business Unit. “Even more so, GIGABYTE has continued to improve upon the platform adding exclusive GIGABYTE features that enthusiasts demand.”

Ryzen - Powerful in Purpose. Efficient in Design.
The new GIGABYTE Gaming and AORUS Gaming Motherboards will be built with support for Ryzen. Ryzen, built on the AM4 platform, has crucial technologies that ensure users have the most efficiency when it comes to performance and power consumption. With features like Pure Power, Precision Boost, Neural Net Prediction, Smart Prefetch and an Extended Frequency Range, Ryzen is ready to address the needs and demands of gamers and enthusiasts.

Ryzen Motherboards will be released on March 2nd, 2017.

Source: Gigabyte

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February 24, 2017 | 05:45 PM - Posted by Alamo

this is so annoying, if i had some reviews mostly for AM4 motherboards, i would have pre-ordered Ryzen.
completely new architecture, is not easy to pick the most stable/overclocker mobo just by looks and advertised features, it's bound to have bugs on the initial line up.
i just hope NDA lifts 28 feb.

February 24, 2017 | 10:45 PM - Posted by quest4glory

You're not really losing out on anything. Pre-orders are pre-orders. AMD is making more processors and you'll still be able to buy one, once the reviews are out, and you have time to make a formed decision.

February 24, 2017 | 06:15 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

We kind of need a processor to be able to test the boards.

February 24, 2017 | 08:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Maybe find a Bristol Ridge processor from an OEM system. Did AMD ever make any BR SKUs for the consumer market or was that only for OEMs?

Anyways, Disco Stu likes Gigabyte too!
Gig, Gig, Gig, Gigabyte Lites!

February 27, 2017 | 01:29 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

They are allegedly coming later thid year but i have a feeling they will either be cancelled since they are so late or tjey will come out but be irrelevant as Raven Ridge will be ready by the time AMD ships BR consumer chips.

February 25, 2017 | 03:08 PM - Posted by razor512

The solution in simple, use a time machine to go into the future, then get one of the CPUs, then come back and perform some benchmarks.

February 24, 2017 | 06:22 PM - Posted by Todd (not verified)

I'm seeing quite a few people looking for a high-end mATX X370 board, and I'm thinking I may (regretfully) go ATX instead of mATX unless something is announced in the next week.

I'm assuming if Gigabyte was going to have a Gaming 5(m) anytime soon they have included it in with this batch? I don't suppose they'd ever comment about a potential timeline?

February 24, 2017 | 07:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Jeremys is getting out of control with his headlines.

February 24, 2017 | 08:02 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

No, Jeremy has been out of control for some time. We have learned to accept it.

February 24, 2017 | 09:01 PM - Posted by Mr.Book (not verified)

Headline put a s**t grin on my face. A+ for the Survivor reference Jer. Keep 'em coming.

February 25, 2017 | 12:17 AM - Posted by Gunbuster

So a red theme or eagle bro workout dude. That's a pass for me Gigabyte.

February 25, 2017 | 01:18 AM - Posted by wizpig64 (not verified)

The two aorus boards are identical save for one feature and the shroud color. I was hoping for more variety with the ryzen launch.

February 25, 2017 | 10:28 AM - Posted by JohnGR

Motherboard prices for the AM4 platform has Ryzen up to the ridiculous levels of Intel motherboards.

February 25, 2017 | 11:12 AM - Posted by willam harris payne (not verified)

AMI uefi/bios include 'compatiility/ide' option to run xp?

February 25, 2017 | 11:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Most models will offer Thunderbolt 3"
Pretty sure all AMD boards can't include Thunderbolt 3 right???

February 25, 2017 | 12:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why not! Motherboard makers can purchase TB3 controller chips and include that on their AM4 motherboards. Intel can't limit that usage and in fact Intel has been working with AMD to utilize TB3 to external TB3/PCIe boxes compatibility for AMD's GPU SKUs. TB3 controllers are connected up Via PCIe lanes so MB makers will have no problems using TB3 controllers on any AM4 motherboards and Intel will sell them the TB3 controller chips to make it happen!

The only advantage that Intel has is that Intel can include the TB3 controller IP in its chipsets while for AMD's AM4 motherboards the MB maker will have to purchase an external TB3 controller SKU and interface it via PCIe. I'll even bet that if AMD where to pay to include the TB3 IP in its chipsets that Intel would probably license that usage also for a price. AMD licenses the Nvidia's SLI IP for inclusion on its X370 motherboard chipsets so that's just business.

"Pretty sure all AMD boards can't include Thunderbolt 3 right???"

I'm pretty sure that you do not have the slightest idea how businesses and IP licensing works!

Why Intel is looking to license some very basic GPU IP from AMD, the very same very basic IP licensing that Nvidia also provided! Some necessary very basic GPU licensing so Intel’s in house GPU designs could be legally sold with out infringing on AMD’s/Nvidia’s very basic and shared GPU IP.

Intel has to license this basic GPU IP even for its own in house graphics designs as those Intel in house GPU designs would infringe on IP that both Nvidia and AMD have the rights to. So Intel has the choice of using the IP licensing from either Nvidia or AMD so that Intel’s in house GPUs/graphics in Intel SOCs can be legally sold on the market. I’m sure that Intel and AMD could become licensing buddies for that very basic GPU IP license that Intel is legally required to have for some of the technology that Intel has used all along in its in house GPU designs from day one.

So I’ll bet that Intel would be happy to allow AMD to include any TB3 IP in its AM4 chipsets if AMD give’s Intel that very basic GPU IP license that will allow Intel to continue to legally sell it SOCs(with Intel In House designed graphics) in the market place. Hey it’s an IP licensing swap and AMD has the upper hand in the dealings because if Intel does not like Nvidia’s IP licensing terms for that very basic GPU IP then Intel has to get it from AMD. Business is business and maybe AMD’s very basic GPU IP licensing deal is lower cost than Nvidia’s and can be made even lower with some TB3 licensing options for AMD also. IP licensing Deals are Deals and IP licensing contracts are contracts!

February 25, 2017 | 12:22 PM - Posted by GemueseMonster

Thunderbolt? U wut m8?

This would certainly explain the 100 usd price difference between some of the 370X boards, still dont really believe it...

February 25, 2017 | 02:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

GA-AX370 looks like a winner.

February 25, 2017 | 06:13 PM - Posted by StressedOutCat

whatever happened to the X300 series chipset for mini-itx
or even a x370 chipset in mATX? formfactor?

February 25, 2017 | 06:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm happy AMD seems to be competitive again it will make Intel either lower prices or innovate more (perhaps both). I'm sad that even though Ryzen looks very good, my 2 year old 4.6ghz 5930k is still very competitive with these brand new chips. Looking at the leaked benchmarks it just wouldn't make sense for me to upgrade to a new CPU/MB at this point. I'm kind of hoping Intel lowers the price of the 6900k to the ~$500 range to compete.

It looks like I will be sitting out of this round of CPU upgrades and investing in a 1080Ti instead.

February 27, 2017 | 01:12 AM - Posted by Arc (not verified)

Gigabyte burned me as a customer when I shelled out for a X97X-UD3H-BK (still using), and the USB3.0 drivers interfere with audio quality over VOIP like ventrilo.

In short, I have to choose between being able to use USB3.0 speeds or being able to talk with others in my clan.


April 11, 2017 | 07:53 AM - Posted by vor24 (not verified)

the headline is not as bad as the mistaken statement that Thunderbolt will be included. In fact it will NOT be possible to have Thunderbolt on machines built with these motherboards, as for whatever reason (most likely no licensing deal yet)there are no TB chips included. I don't think there is ANY AM4 MB with a TB chip available. You would think that would be news itself we would all already know, but apparently we are NOT being fed good info about TB on AM4. If anyone knows otherwise please provide into and links thanks.

April 11, 2017 | 01:37 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

The headline is great, tiger.  Click on the links in my post and lo and behold ...

Integrated Graphics Processor+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:
  1. 1 x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 connector, supporting DisplayPort and Thunderbolt™ video outputs and a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz
    * Because of the limited I/O resources of the PC architecture, the number of Thunderbolt™ devices that can be used is dependent on the number of the PCI Express devices being installed. (Refer to Chapter 1-7, "Back Panel Connectors," for more information.)
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.

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