Motherboard makers are gearing up to launch new products based on AMD's X470 chipset, all of which will launch alongside the Santa Clara chip developer's upcoming Ryzen 2000 series. Other than perhaps putting some last minute touches on revised BIOSes and drivers, the new hardware is ready to go. And leading up to the launch, leaked images of a handful of Gigabyte X470 boards have popped up online.
Gigabyte is never shy when it comes to releasing a whole bunch of boards for any particular chipset. With the X470 coming into view, Gigabyte will have ready at least three higher end options for gamers, all under its Aorus division. They include the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi, X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi, and X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming.
Not a whole lot is known about these motherboards, though we do have some preliminary details to share. All three are full-size standard ATX motherboards. All three also serve up three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, and two M.2 slots for installing those gum stick-sized solid state drives that plug directly into the motherboard without any external power or SATA cabling to fuss with.
Looking at the leaked press renders, all three also appear to have reinforced PCI-E slots to accommodate heavier graphics cards. In addition, the two higher end SKUs seem to offer a bit more LED lighting. And if the model names are any indication, they further separate themselves from the Aorus X470 Ultra Gaming with onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, presumably dual-band 802.11ac.
It is an exciting time for AMD, which is getting ready to introduce a line of second generation Ryzen processors. The new parts will not be drastically different than existing Ryzen CPUs, but will deliver higher clockspeeds, performance optimizations, and presumably better power efficiency. From some of the early leaks we've seen, it looks like they will be pretty good overclockers, too.