MSI has a slew of new X470 boards lined up for the AMD Ryzen 2 platform
MSI has unveiled a total of 5 new boards for AMD's X470 chipset that complements the Ryzen 2 platform, which is set to launch in a couple of days. The boards include the Gaming M7 AC, Gaming Pro Carbon, Gaming Pro Carbon AC, and the Gaming Plus. There's a fifth Gaming Pro variant but that hasn't got a detailed spec reveal as of this writing but we expect it to be more or less similar to the Gaming Plus variant.
The X470 Gaming M7 AC is the flagship board from MSI's stable for the X470 chipset and it caters to the enthusiast user. The board has two 8-pin EPS power plugs for connecting to the CPU and the VRMs are covered by heatsinks. The Gaming M7 AC supports slightly faster DDR4 RAM up to 3600 MHz while the rest of the pack supports up to 3466 MHz. The DIMMs and PCIe x16 slots are reinforced by shaped metal and the two M.2 slots are covered by 'Frozr' heatsinks to prevent SSD throttling. Ethernet is handled by the Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet controller and this being an AC board, has onboard Wi-Fi thanks to the Intel Wireless AC-8265 card. The Realtek ALC1200 provides high quality multi-channel audio in conjunction with Audio Boost 4 and Nahimic 3 technologies. The back panel houses the usual array of I/O ports along with CMOS clear and BIOS recall switches that can restore the BIOS even without the PC fully assembled and functioning. The Gaming M7 AC supports both 3-way Crossfire and 2-way SLI setups and interestingly, does not feature any display out ports. Therefore, a discrete GPU should be inevitably used with this motherboard. Being an enthusiast board, there's plenty of RGB LED lighting to play around with.
The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and Gaming Pro Carbon are almost identical except for the fact that the Carbon AC features an onboard Intel Wireless AC-3168 adapter. Many key features of the Gaming M7 AC such as the dual 8-pin CPU power connectors and metal reinforced DIMMs and PCIe slots are present. While there are two M.2 SSD slots, only one of them is covered with a heatsink. Ethernet is handled by the Intel I211 AT Gigabit Ethernet Controller. The Gaming Pro Carbon boards feature similar onboard RGB lighting and Crossfire/SLI configurations like the Gaming M7 AC. Both Gaming Pro Carbons support RAID 0, 1, and 10 for both SATA and NVMe storage whereas all other boards support only SATA RAID configs.
Those on a budget can look towards the X470 Gaming Plus. It carries most features from the others in the lineup but lacks USB Type-C connectivity and heatsinks on the M.2 slots. There are, however, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A ports. Networking is handled by the Realtek 8111H Gigabit Ethernet controller while a Realtek ALC892 codec handles audio. The board does not support SLI but does support 2-way and 3-way Crossfire. All boards feature MSI's array of hardware utilities such as Core Boost and DDR4 Boost.
Currently, the X470 Gaming M7 AC and X470 Gaming Plus are listed on Newegg for US$259.99 and US$139.99 respectively for availability on April 18. Rest of the models will be made available gradually.