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AMD Ryzen 2000 Series Launch: Unboxing, Price, Details (Page 3)

By Steven Bassiri | Apr 13, 2018 09:19 am CDT

Sneak Peek at Two X470 Motherboards


Here we have ASUS's Crosshair VII Hero and GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7, both have WIFI. If we want to compare specs between X370 and X470, we can say they are pretty similar in nature, with X470 being a much more refined X370. For instance, AMD has pushed vendors to produce nicer VRMs.


Both motherboards have had physical aesthetic improvements; they have covers, shields, and a lot of integrated RGB LEDs. Most of this has been designed to stay classy on both motherboards. ASUS has gone more stealth and refined, while GIGABYTE has added a bit of silver and orange into the mix, and they used aluminum fin heat sinks. Both motherboards have been tweaked a lot (ASUS uses a BIOS that's 256Mbit/32MB, double the size of those found on X370 boards), and have extra features such as Wireless AC (GIGABYTE's has Intel's new 1.73Gbps controller).


ASUS's VRM solution seems to be in 10+2 phase mode like GIGABYTE's, but I haven't tested that for sure. What we do know is that ASUS is using IR3555 (60A) PowIRstages for VCore and SOC voltage rails, their microfine alloy chokes, an IR PWM rebranded to ASUS, and their 10K capacitors. GIGABYTE is using IR3553 (40A) PowIRstages for the VCore and IR3556 (50A) for the SOC voltage rails, an IR35201 digital PWM, and their 70A+ power inductors. Both VRMs utilize IR3599 as either doublers or quadrouplers, and we will detail this in our reviews. These VRMs are very powerful, and should be just fine for any high-end Ryzen 2nd Generation build.

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