MSI herds Ryzen-ready motherboards to stores

Every bit of news we have reported today has had at least a hint of Ryzen flavor. The latest announcement from MSI doesn't deviate from the trend, in the best of ways. The dragon afficianados have launched a slew of AM4 Ryzen-ready motherboards packing mainstream B350 and high-end X370 chipsets.

Budget users might want to cast their eyes towards MSI's trio of B350 offerings, all compatible with "Summit Ridge" Ryzen chips, as well as AMD's upcoming seventh-generation "Bristol Ridge" APUs. MSI's B350M Gaming and B350M Mortar are microATX boards with metal-reinforced PCIe x16 slots, four SATA 6Gbps ports, and an M.2 PCIe slot. The most obvious difference between the pair is the red silkscreening on the B350M Gaming PCB, though both boards have red LED illumination. The Mortar appears to be the more full-featured of the two, with four DIMM slots, a bigger cluster of audio jacks, a pair of PCIe x16 slots, and a USB Type-C port. The Mortar trades away a 1990s-era VGA port for a DisplayPort for APU graphics.

The third board, the B350 Tomahawk, is a full-size ATX affair with a gray-and-black design printed on the PCB. Like the boards above, one of the two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots is steel-plated for enhanced durability during transit. The extra space allowed by the ATX specification appears to be sub-optimally used by a pair of OG-Pentium-era PCI ports. Like its smaller siblings, the B350 Tomahawk sports four SATA 6Gbps connectors and an NVMe M.2 slot.

Opting for one of MSI's X370 offerings results in some extra goodies, in the form of the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon and X370 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboards. These mobos pack a second M.2 port, though it's limited to PCIe x2 speed. Both boards come with Intel Gigabit Ethernet chips. The X370 Gaming Pro Carbon has RGB LED illumination, a DVI port, and an HDMI connector, while the XPower Gaming Titanium eschews the light-show and offers DisplayPort and HDMI connectors, and a beneficial-or-befuddling "CMOS clear" button.

Newegg lists the B350M Gaming Pro at an affordable $80, while the larger B350 Tomahawk sells for $110. The X370 Gaming Carbon goes for $180, and the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium sells for an eye-popping $300. We were unable to find the B350 Mortar at any of our favorite e-tailers at the time of writing.

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    • njoydesign
    • 3 years ago

    Seems that in Italy only MS and Asus bothered to deliver some boards, and only a dozen of them at launch.

    We wanted to get ASRock x370 Killer SLI/ac, but you have to wait a month for those.

    The only x370 boards realistically available here are Asus Prime Pro and MSI Gaming Pro…

    Sigh…

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    B350M Gaming on the way if it ever comes back into stock. 1700x workstation rig being built. Parts ordered just waiting for stock. Should be just small enough to be awesome without being so small it sacrifices cooling and performance. Everyone probably knows my opinion on terribly built compact rigs for cosmetic sake alone.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    I really like MSI’s Titanium themed mobos. Not gaudy, but definitely unique.

    • wirerogue
    • 3 years ago

    you think the pci slots are og, take a close look at the bottom of top 2 boards. parallel port headers… sweet.

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      I saw that and thought, “that CAN’T be a parallel… and there’s the serial header right next to it.”

      I double checked the spec sheet, and it lists both the parallel and serial I/O connectors.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I was actually curious why TR hasn’t put outa news bit about MSI AM4 boards yet. Good to see they have it now and it doesn’t break the Buffalo theme.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      You’re welcome!

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    its way too expensive to build a ryzen rig now.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Ryzen is decidedly a high end platform at this point.

    • BillyBuerger
    • 3 years ago

    Why does the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon have a picture of a baby on the chipset heat sink? Oh wait, that’s a dragon. My bad.

    • KeillRandor
    • 3 years ago

    Good – at least PCI slots haven’t died yet 🙂 (I have one of these plugged in, and can’t afford to replace it:

    [url<]http://en.audiofanzine.com/pci-isa-rack-soundcard/edirol/DA-2496/medias/pictures/a.play,m.455570.html[/url<]

      • Metonymy
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, I’ve an ESI Juli@ that needs the PCI and it was working too well and I didn’t buy the new version while it was still readily available…

    • south side sammy
    • 3 years ago

    the top board looks nifty.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah but only two DIMM slots?

    • Bauxite
    • 3 years ago

    Fairly disappointed in motherboards on launch and not just the uatx/itx situation. Local microcenter[b<]s[/b<] only had two x370 models to choose from, both asus. There was the "why-is-this-$100-more" model and the reasonable $140 prime. Noticed newegg had 3/7 date on a lot of models before they sold out too. I think there were other brands of b350 in store but don't care to even attempt to remember what because I wouldn't wish realtek NICs on anyone.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      If I were willing to accept a full-size ATX motherboard, I’d be choosing between the [url=https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/PRIME-X370-PRO/<]Prime X370-Pro[/url<] and the [url=http://www.gigabyte.us/Motherboard/GA-AX370-GAMING-5-rev-10#kf<]GA-AX370-Gaming 5[/url<]. However, if I do build a new PC, it will be on a micro-ATX motherboard.

      • ChronoBodi
      • 3 years ago

      same issue here too, my microcenter ran out of Crosshairs and according to my local Microcenter website, only x370 in stock was Asus Prime.

      So i’m like “ah well” and as soon as i was this close to checking out, one of the reps overheard me moaning on whether there’s another X370 mobo and he whipped out a Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5, and this wasn’t EVEN listed AT ALL on the local Microcenter website AT ALL.

      Almost like a secret X370 mobo, lol.

    • Shobai
    • 3 years ago

    Has there been any word on X370 mATX boards?

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      There are one or two. Nothing too exciting.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      So far, only BioStar is reported to have a micro-ATX X370 board in the works.
      [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=118885&p=1341603#p1341603[/url<]

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