Motherboards and desktops for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPU make their debut at CES

AMD was expected to reveal a few additional goods during its New Horizon event in the middle of December, but that didn’t happen. All we saw were a few demos showcasing the performance of its Ryzen desktop processor and a brief glimpse of the company’s upcoming graphics chip design codenamed “Vega.” The expected motherboard stuff was apparently saved for CES 2017.

For starters, there are five motherboard makers at the Las Vegas tech convention displaying a total of 16 AM4-based solutions ready for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen desktop processors. They are based on the X370 and X300 chipsets, with the X370 serving the high-end desktop market that demands the ultimate performance, multiple graphics cards, and the latest motherboard features. The X300 chipset targets performance-packed small form factor PCs using Mini-ITX motherboards.

Here are the boards on display at the show:

ASRock Asus Biostar Gigabyte MSI
X370 Taichi B350M-C X370GT7 GA-AX370-Gaming K5 A320M Pro-VD
X370 Gaming K4 X350GT5 GA-AX370-Gaming 5 X370 Xpower Gaming Titanium
AB350 Gaming K4 X350GT3 AB350-Gaming 3 B350 Tomahawk
A320M Pro4 A320M-HD3 B350M Mortar

Some of the features customers will see with the new motherboards include support for dual-channel DDR4 memory, M.2 SATA devices, NVMe devices, PCI Express 3.0, and USB 3.1 Gen 1/Gen 2 connectivity. These motherboards will also include dedicated PCI Express lanes for USB, graphics, data, and other I/O connectivity for super-fast performance and data transfer speeds.

In addition to the motherboards, there is a huge lineup of system builders showcasing Ryzen-based PCs at the show. These span from typical “dream machines” to what AMD calls “exotic” custom water-cooled systems. Here is the list of system builders:

Caseking Icoda (Korea) LDLC Mindfactory PC Specialist
CSL – Computer iBuyPower Maingear Oldi (Russia)
CyberPower PC iPason Wuhan Mayn Wuhan Origin PC
Cybertron PC Komplett Medion AG Overclockers UK

Finally, AMD says it’s working with 15 top cooler manufacturers and vendors which are designing cooling solutions for Ryzen-based systems. The company doesn’t provide a list as it did with the system builders but mentions that Noctue is working on an ultra-quiet air cooling solution called the NH-D15 and a slimmer version called the NH-U12S. AMD also mentions EKWB will provide custom water cooling solutions.

“2017 will be an unforgettable year for AMD, its technology partners and the PC industry as a whole, and we’re thrilled to kick off the year at CES by showing wide arrays of high-performance motherboard and PC designs from our OEM partners for whom the future is Ryzen,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager for the Computing and Graphics Group at AMD.

AMD is expected to reveal its lineup of Ryzen processors for desktops sometime during the first quarter of 2017. Joining the lineup will be complete Ryzen-based systems, AM4-based motherboards for system builders, and compatible products to help keep those Ryzen processors cool in the heat of high-performance scenarios.

For those who haven’t seen what the Ryzen processor can do, AMD has a dedicated “New Horizon” playlist on YouTube offering the entire one-hour show from December, along with individual clips yanked from the event focusing on specific demos.

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