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AMD Ryzen explained: motherboards, CPUs, and more

Here's everything you need to know about AMD Ryzen, are you ready?!

Published Feb 19, 2017 6:29 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST
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AMD is days away from the huge launch of its next-gen Ryzen processors, but there is another big event happening simultaneously - motherboard makers are preparing their new Ryzen capable motherboards - and they look amazing.

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As you can see, ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, GIGABYTE, and MSI all have motherboards ready for Ryzen - with a slew of boards that start with flagship motherboards, mid-range boards, down to the lower-end variety if you don't want to spend $150-$200+ on a new Ryzen motherboard.

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What will the different chipsets offer? The enthusiast X370 chipset is where you'll want to be, as it provides everything - USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, overclocking, and CF/SLI support.

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But the mainstream B360 chipset is just as good if you're not going to multi-GPU setups, while the A320 chipset is a great mid-range chipset that still has native USB 3.1 support, but no overclocking capabilities or multi-GPU goodness.

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AMD's range of Ryzen processors ranges from the high-end/enthusiast 8C/16 threaded CPUs like the Ryzen 7 1800X, but it also goes down to 6C/12T options, as well as 4C/8T options - all compatible with DDR4 RAM.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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