Gigabyte Launches New X370, B350, A320 AM4 Motherboards
Gigabyte today launched three new AM4 motherboards that are fully compatible with AMD’s new Ryzen 5 processors. The three new mobos are compatible with corresponding chip sets being put out by AMD, namely the budget-friendly A320, the middle-of-the-road B350 and the top-end X370. All three new motherboards differ significantly from each other regarding what they’re capable of and most consumers should be able to find exactly the right board to fit their needs.
The bells-and-whistles crowd will likely by overjoyed by the two different X370 boards available: with eight PCIe 2.0 lanes as well as six SATA-III and two SATA Express ports, there is very little users won’t be able to hook up to these motherboards. Coupled to that are a whopping 14 USB ports (2.0, 3.0), full RAID support and of course full overclocking abilities, these boards are all about raw power.
The B350 is only a bit less powerful, but that’s just because Gigabyte didn’t go quite as overboard, installing only six PCIe 2.0 lanes and four SATA-III and two SATA Express ports. Overclocking support has remained intact, however, and these boards — three variants in total — should prove to be more than adequate for gamers seeking to squeeze every drop out of their CPUs and GPUs.
Last, but not least, is the A320, which AMD and Gigabyte boast should bring down mobo prices to the $50 mark. Whether they will succeed remains to be seen, but the A320 is a respectable motherboard, with its two SATA-III and one SATA Express ports. However, overclocking support has been removed and users only have access to four USB 3.0 ports, which may prove too little for many.
These three new motherboards should be able to fit several niches left in the Ryzen market and are expected to sell well considering the success of the Ryzen 5 series. Hopefully within the next few weeks more details will emerge concerning the performance of the new processors as well as the motherboards designed for their use.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.