With AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processors right around the corner, we've seen a number of leaks regarding the complementing X570 motherboards that will underpin them. The latest include two entries from a favorite company for enthusiasts: MSI.
Although MSI hasn't official announced its AMD X570 motherboard lineup, two have leaked today. The first is the X570 Gaming Pro Carbon, which includes 12-phase VRM. If you look adjacent to the AM4 socket, you'll also see that the motherboard support MSI's Core Boost and DDR4 Boost technology to automatically optimize the clock speeds of both your processor and memory.
Other items of note include four DDR4 memory slots to accommodate up to 64GB of RAM, active cooling for the PCH, two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. You'll find a pair of M.2 slots lurking under the expansive heatsink that shrouds the PCH. There are a total of six SATA III ports onboard, 8+4 pin connector for power, and RGB lighting for those that want to add a bit of pizazz to their gaming rig.
The other new entry from MSI is the X570 Gaming Plus, which also includes an 8+4 pin connector design, six onboard SATA III ports, and four DIMM slots. The expansion slots differ slightly from the X570 Gaming Pro Carbon, however, as its features two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. It does retain the two M.2 slots for your SSDs, but they aren't augmented by an integrated heatsink. The X570 Gaming Plus also features active cooling for the PCH, which seems to be standard fare for X570 motherboards at this point.
Motherboards based on the X570 chipset have native support for AMD's new Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors, but they are also backwards compatible with the preview two generation of AM4 Ryzen and Athlon processors. In addition, older X370 and X470 motherboards will likewise support Ryzen 3000 processors, but will miss out on platform-specific optimizations and PCIe 4.0 support.