First pictures and layout schematics of the Asus X470-F ROG Strix and other Asus X470 motherboards leak
News about AMD's upcoming Ryzen 2 platform has been steadily coming and we've already gotten to see a taste of the real world performance expected of these chips. The only other piece to the puzzle was about the new X470 chipset-based motherboards that are expected to launch alongside the new Ryzens this April. We now have the first pictures of the some of the X470 boards that Asus has lined up for the impending Ryzen 2 launch. Let's have a look at them one by one.
First up, we have the Asus X470-F ROG Strix, the successor to the X370-F Strix. The X370-F ROG Strix garnered good ratings for being a capable gaming motherboard that can showcase the strengths of the Ryzen platform and looks like the X470-F ROG Strix will continue to follow its predecessor's footsteps. The X470-F ROG Strix is based on the standard ATX form factor and features three PCIe 3.0 x16, three PCIe 3.0 x1, and two M.2 slots — a welcome improvement over the older X370 and B350 boards that featured only a single M.2 slot. We still do not know whether these M.2 slots are PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds capable.
The next motherboard we have is the Asus Prime X470-Pro. There are not too many differences between the Strix and Prime variants apart from a few debug LEDs. The number of PCIe 3.0 x16/x1 and M.2 slots are the same as the X470-F ROG Strix
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Then, there's also the Tuf X470-Plus Gaming and ROG Crosshair VII Hero (with and without Wi-Fi) on the offing. The Tuf series is geared towards durability and affordability while Crosshair series is geared towards enthusiast gamers. While the Crosshair VII and Strix boards are almost similar, the Crosshair VII has more LED diagnostic options and better VRMs that help with overclocking. The X470-based Crosshair VII Hero also comes an option of having integrated wireless AC on the board itself. Unlike the other Asus X470 boards, however, the Tuf X470-Plus has only two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
With all the above standard ATX boards, you get four DDR4 DIMM slots, HDMI/DisplayPort outputs for use with a Ryzen APU, and four to seven 4-pin PWM fan outputs. All X470 motherboards will be compatible with first generation Ryzen CPUs as well but will benefit the Ryzen 2 CPUs better as they come with support for 3466 MHz memory and AMD's XFR 2.0 and Precision Boost 2.0 technologies.