AM4 Platform Motherboards at a Glance
Ryzen will fit into a new socket known as AM4, the same of which will be used for AMD's other new APUs. If you're coming from an AM3+ or another motherboard, Ryzen will not work, as it's not backwards compatible with older boards and previous sockets.
There are five different chipsets that comprise AM4 platform motherboards, the top one for enthusiasts being the X370 chipset. Here is a look at the full lineup:
In any event, use those charts as rough summaries in deciding which direction to go. As far as what motherboards are currently available to pre-order (or will be available soon), we've done the legwork and compiled a list of AM4 options from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock, and Biostar.
We'll start with Asus:
- Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero - $255
- Asus Prime X370-Pro - $160
- Asus Prime B350-Plus - $100
- Asus Prime B350M-A/CSM - $90
Next up is Gigabyte:
- Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 - $195
- Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 - $110
- Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming - $100
- Gigabyte GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 - $95
The last of the big three (top-tier) motherboard makers is MSI:
- MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium - $300
- MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon - $180
- MSI B350 Tomahawk Gaming - $110
- MSI B350M Gaming Pro - $80
Moving onto lower tier motherboard makers, we'll kick things off alphabetically with ASRock:
- ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming - $240
- ASRock X370 Taichi - $190
- ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 - $145
- ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac - $140
- ASRock Fatal15y AB350 Gaming K4 - $100
- ASRock AB350 Pro4 - $90
And finally we have Biostar:
- Biostar X370GT7 - $210
- Biostar X370GT5 - $150
- Biostar B350GT5 - $130
There is a solid selection of AM4 boards to choose from, though by no means will be all of them. As time goes on, motherboard makers will flood the market with additional AM4 options. It is also possible that EVGA will get in on the action at some point.
Are you planning a build around Ryzen? If so, let us know in the comments section what parts you'll be using.
Disclaimer - Original article courtesy PCGamer