Meet AMD's new chipset, the X300 and X370

Subject: Motherboards, Shows and Expos | January 4, 2017 - 11:00 PM |
Tagged: x370, x300, ryzen, CES 2017, CES, amd, AM4

Tonight at CES AMD announced 16 new AM4 motherboards from five manufacturers and new PCs from over a dozen system builders.  The motherboards will all bring support for dual channel DDR4 memory, NVMe, M.2 SATA devices and USB 3.1 support for AMD users. You can also expect at least 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0, perhaps more if we can spot some with bridge chips.

The MSI A320 Pro-VD and B350 Tomahawk (not to scale)

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MSI will be showing off their A320M Pro-VD, X370 XPower Gaming Titanium, B350 Tomahawk and B350M Mortar. 

Gigabyte's GA-X370 Gaming K5, GA-AX370-Gaming 5 and GA-AB350-Gaming 3.

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The gang should have updates on the full lineup soon including the Gigabyte A320M-HD3 not pictured above.

Biostar's X370 GT7 TOP and B350 GT3 TOP

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ASRock's ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming and X370 Taichi.

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There are more models on display and ASUS did announce the Asus B350M-C though we did not yet get a picture of it.  All motherboards will offer compatibility with at least some existing coolers, we know for a fact that Corsair's Hydro H60, H100i and H110i as well as Noctua's NH-U12S, NHL9x65 and D15 will all be supported.


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January 4, 2017 | 11:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What is the maximum memory on this new chipset?

Will there be Ryzen Motheboards that support 64 or 128 GIG of memory?

January 4, 2017 | 11:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think they are still 32 gig, base clock of 2400Mhz
dual channel is more than enough till you hit server style work loads. no real benefit in quad channel quite yet for normal desktop use.

January 12, 2017 | 11:11 AM - Posted by PixyMisa

I know this is late, but they'll all support 64GB of RAM. We might see 128GB support now that 16Gbit chips are in production, but that might have to wait for the next version.

February 9, 2017 | 05:00 AM - Posted by Rimpac (not verified)

256 GB Max memory on the x370.

January 4, 2017 | 11:34 PM - Posted by Sasquatch

Not a fan of Biostar, but nice to to mATX boards out.
Now do it at top level chipsets.

January 5, 2017 | 02:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

MSI has an X370 at the top of the post, too, so you won't have to go Biostar. :D

January 4, 2017 | 11:38 PM - Posted by jchambers2586

64 Gig max using 16GB dimms I see 4 slots.

January 4, 2017 | 11:40 PM - Posted by Andrew (not verified)

Is that 24 PCI lanes expected out of the CPU, or 24 PCI lanes from the chipset?

January 5, 2017 | 11:46 AM - Posted by Paul A. Mitchell (not verified)

> Is that 24 PCI lanes expected out of the CPU, or 24 PCI lanes from the chipset?

That was my question: is there anything like Intel's DMI 3.0 link upstream, imposing a bottleneck on NVMe storage?

I was hoping for 4 x U.2 ports with support for all modern RAID modes, and no upstream bottleneck.

Maybe AMD will OEM Highpoint's model 3840A NVMe RAID controller? That AOC would be a nice complement to AMD's new chipsets.

January 5, 2017 | 01:04 AM - Posted by Sunain (not verified)

Was hoping for ASUS x370 boards. Guess they aren't ready yet to show off.

Do any of these boards have USB 3.1 headers for front case?

January 5, 2017 | 02:05 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

I don't get the title. What's the X300 and why is it not mentioned in the article?

January 5, 2017 | 03:01 AM - Posted by Justin (not verified)

X300 is the chipset on the motherboard and is the family title for the new AM4 socket board types.

January 5, 2017 | 04:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wrong. From what other review sites say, the X300 chipset is a slightly scaled down version meant for ITX boards. whilst the X370 is for large boards

January 5, 2017 | 08:14 AM - Posted by Corrigan (not verified)

I hope that when review samples of these mobos get sent out, PCPer and other tech sites do some write ups on what existing air and water coolers are compatible. Most people switching to a Ryzen system would probably like to know if they need a new CPU cooler before they actually build it.

January 7, 2017 | 07:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

January 5, 2017 | 09:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What about the display with ASrock A320M Pro 4 Custom.
320 chipset but it has 2x x16 slots and 2x m.2 slots on board with beefy power delivery.
Some articles quote this chipset has less lanes and only 2.0 speeds with no overclocking. but why then 2x m.2 and 16x slots with all those CPU phases.
(wccftech has the photos)
*In need of a good mATX board

and why no ASUS?

January 5, 2017 | 11:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Sad to see all the legacy ports still on these. VGA, DVI, PS/2, nobody uses that crap, what we need is what we always have needed: more USB ports. Instead we get 4 USB ports and the same old crap. The only improvement has been the movement of the front audio header to the bottom-left. Still no new front panel connector standard, no replacement for the god-awful USB3 header, same horrible 20+4-pin power connector. The ATX standard has stagnated for almost 2 decades. Where are all the Millennials to save use and "disrupt" the industry with new shit?!

February 2, 2017 | 03:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just because you don't use any of these ports there might be some out there that do use the mentioned ports. I actually still use the DVI port on 2 of my work systems and the VGA ports on 2 other work systems just because the monitors have those ports.

January 6, 2017 | 04:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

MSI A320M Pro-VD will be mine! Since 1 GPU and 16GB RAM is all i need.

January 7, 2017 | 06:55 AM - Posted by praack

DVI is used in 99% business settings, plus these are international boards- so VGA and PS/2 are still in use depending on where you live/what you have access to at the time.

personally? i am very glad we are at the end of the 990FX Chipset years. been a long time....

January 8, 2017 | 11:24 AM - Posted by atavax (not verified)

the x300 chipset is mini itx, correct? there isn't a single mini itx board in this article. Why say "meet the x300 chipset" and then not have it...

January 14, 2017 | 01:46 AM - Posted by Shehrevar (not verified)

I want to see some X300 mini ITX boards. I want to build my next rig on that platform. :-o

February 16, 2017 | 02:33 AM - Posted by Aaron Star

Does anyone have a link to the x370 block diagram?

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