Gigabyte puts its X470 Aorus motherboards up for pre-order

Yes, sir—AMD's just pulled the wraps from its second-generation Ryzen CPUs. Those chips can go into existing AM4 motherboards, but AMD launched the X470 chipset along with the new CPUs, and every company's got boards bearing it. Gigabyte, for example, has three boards up for pre-order at Newegg: the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi, the X470 Aorus Gaming 5 Wifi, and the X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming.

Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi

Starting from the top, we have what looks like Gigabyte's new AM4 flagship: the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi. Gigabyte marks the board's four metal-reinforced DIMM slots down for up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory running at speeds up to 3600 MT/s and with ECC support. The board's pair of M.2 sockets can both take PCIe 3.0 x4 devices, and the six SATA ports run at the full 6-Gbps speed. Thankfully, Gigabyte left off the SATA Express ports of this board's X370 predecessor.

We'd also like to take a moment to point out the honest-to-goodness finned VRM heatsinks that TR Editor-in-Chief Jeff Kampman describes as the best part of the board. That VRM comprises a 10+2 phase configuration of IR PowIRStage MOSFETs. On the back panel, Gigabyte dishes out six USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports in Type-A and Type-C flavors, and a pair of USB 2.0 ports.

Gigabyte naturally equips this high-end motherboard with some fancy audio hardware, too. A Realtek ALC1220-VB codec is joined by an ESS Sabre ES9018Q2C DAC for 7.1 analog output. There's also an optical S/PDIF connection. As you could probably guess from the name, the board includes wireless networking in the form of 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 5 support comes along as well. The Killer chip present on the last-generation board is gone, leaving only the single Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet connection for wired networking.

Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 Wifi

The X470 Aorus Gaming 5 Wifi is a step down from the top-end board, but its cuts aren't too deep. Compared to the board above, folks choosing the mid-range motherboard sacrifice a couple power phases, the ESS DAC, and some RGB LED accents on the memory slots and front edge of the board. The X470 Gaming 5 Wifi also skips the rear panel power and reset buttons, and it has a less-elaborate cooler on its power delivery hardware. Otherwise, it appears to be functionally identical to the X470 Gaming 7 Wifi—right down to the dual M.2 sockets, multi-GPU support, and trio of USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports.

Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte's X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming motherboard is the most economical of the new options. The biggest change between it and its two Wi-Fi-equipped siblings is simply that it lacks wireless connectivity. It also has fewer RGB LED accents when compared to the X470 Gaming 5 Wifi. Aside from those changes and some missing plastic cosmetic accents, this board appears to be equivalent to the X470 Gaming 5 Wifi, which makes it a heck of a value for folks who don't need Wi-Fi on their motherboard.

Given the feature sets of these X470 motherboards, Gigabyte is pricing them remarkably low. The top-end X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi is available for preorder for just $240. Folks unconcerned with motherboard accent lighting and top-quality analog audio output could opt instead for the X470 Aorus Gaming 5 Wifi for $180. If all you want is wired networking, you might pick the X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming for a shockingly cheap $140. According to Newegg, all three of these boards should become available on April 19.

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    • ozzuneoj
    • 2 years ago

    I’m still waiting for Gigabyte to explain the fist-pumping eagle.

      • RtFusion
      • 2 years ago

      Cant unsee.

        • MpG
        • 2 years ago

        That’s still an improvement over the really WIDE mouth I first saw it as. Like the eagle was at the dentist or something.

    • AnotherReader
    • 2 years ago

    Is the ECC support on the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wifi confirmed?

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      Considering that X370 version has it. It is a very safe bet that X470 version will have it.

    • jihadjoe
    • 2 years ago

    Great CMOS battery placement!

    The first slot is almost always occupied by a GPU which overhangs slots 2 and possibly 3, so Gigabyte placing the battery after slot 4 makes it nice and accessible without needing to remove stuff.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      In all my years of computing, I’ve never replaced one. That certainly wouldn’t be a decision point for me. Plus, if anything, hte batteries on their side would be the easiest to access while taking minimal space.

        • astrotech66
        • 2 years ago

        I have, but in 30 years it’s only been a couple of times. Battery placement is definitely not something I ever consider when buying a motherboard.

        • Starfalcon
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah I have several 20 plus year old boards that have been sitting around unpowered on a shelf with the original battery in them that still work. Those little coin cells really seem to last forever.

        • Takeshi7
        • 2 years ago

        I’ve only ever replaced one, but when I’m overclocking I’ve had to take it out and put it back in many times before. It’s a real PITA when you have to remove your graphics card to remove the battery.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Good grief everyone wants to do the pre-order thingy now.

    Can I also pre-order some DDR4-4000 sticks at the some-time-in-the-future price of something well below today’s vomit-inducing prices?

    • enixenigma
    • 2 years ago

    Looks like the Ultra Gaming model is also missing out on the heatpipe connecting the two VRM heatsinks. As someone currently rocking Gigabyte’s B350 Gaming 3, I’m not about to skimp on VRM cooling again.

      • Vigil80
      • 2 years ago

      Sorry, are you saying that board has good cooling and you won’t go back, or bad cooling and you won’t get burned again?

    • emorgoch
    • 2 years ago

    Okay, for a modern chipset, this is pretty weak. Only a single USB Type-C port, and even that’s only available through the internal header. One port on the back, but on a secondary chip. No USB 3.1 Gen2 (10gb) available from the chipset. No Thunderbolt 3.0 available anywhere.

    I could understand it last year, but Intel has canned all the license fees associated with Thunderbolt. They should be standard on any modern motherboard these days.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      Type-C doesn’t automatically mean USB 3.1 Gen 2. A “header” doesn’t provide a port. It provides a protocol.

      I’m bothered more by manufacturers’ choice to not include the Type-C connector than I am by what’s driving it. External drives are all governed by SATA speeds, so you’re not losing much on a 5gbps connection, and that’s all most people need. Type-C ports on every motherboard needs to happen, like, yesterday. Even today, though, you have to buy a high end board for a single port (if you’re lucky).

        • Blytz
        • 2 years ago

        Gives me the irrits, that even with headers for a front usb type c, there about 5 cases on the market that have one. Even most $200+ premium cases don’t seem to feature one.

        I certainly haven’t found one that has 2.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      All of these boards have USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C ports on the rear panel, as well as another USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port available from an internal header. The rear panel ports are powered by an AsMedia add-on chip, while the internal header connects to the X470 chipset. Hope that helps.

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