Asus’ lineup of X470 motherboards takes flight

Fridays are usually pretty slow for tech news, but today is clearly an exception. AMD has announced its second-generation Ryzen CPU lineup, and motherboards from all the major manufacturers using AMD's X470 chipset are ready for pre-order with them. Asus isn't letting the day go by without its own wave of product announcements. The company is taking the wraps off of five new X470 motherboards. All but one of the new boards adhere to the full-size ATX form-factor, while the last one strips away some slots and ports to squeeze into a Mini-ITX profile.

Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi)

All four ATX boards sport four DDR4 memory slots, while the Mini-ITX ROG Strix X470-I Gaming only has room for two slots. Every new board has two M.2 slots for storage devices. Some of the boards have M.2-2280 slots, while others can hold onto less common, larger M.2-22110 drives. The ROG Strix X470-F Gaming, Prime X470-Pro, and TUF X470-Plus Gaming can accept NVMe or SATA devices in either M.2 slot, while the others have one SATA-and-NVMe combo slot and one NVMe-only connector.

Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming

All of the ATX boards support up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory. The Strix X470-I predictably has half the maximum memory capacity as its brethren. The highest supported memory clock on the TUF board is 3200 MT/s, but the rest are ready for 3466 MT/s stuff or faster.

Asus saw fit to equip each of the new boards with at least one metal-reinforced PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. The ROG Crosshair VII Hero and the Strix X470-F each get a second steel-jacketed full-length slot. All four ATX boards can host AMD Crossfire setups, and the Crosshair VII, Strix X470-F, and the Prime board can also be used with a two-way Nvidia SLI configuration.

Asus ROG Strix X470-I Gaming

All the boards have two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports in the rear I/O connector array. The fancy-pants ROG Crosshair VII Hero and its Wi-Fi variant get a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port to go with their Type-A connectors, while the rest make do with two Type-A ports. The Strix X470-F, Prime, and TUF boards do have USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, but the Strix X470-I is left out of the reversible USB connector party altogether.

All the new boards save the TUF X470-Plus Gaming get Intel I211AT Gigabit Ethernet controllers. The TUF outlier has to make do with a Realtek 8111H unit. The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink ROG Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi) and the Strix X470-I also get 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

Asus Prime X470-Pro

Asus says the whole fleet is compatible with all AM4 chips from the "who-wants-that?" Bristol Ridge A-series APUs to the far-more-compelling Ryzen APUs to the upcoming second-generation Ryzen CPUs. Shoppers looking to build a system without a discrete graphics card would do well to avoid the pricey, enthusiast-focused ROG Crosshair VII, as it lacks any display outputs for processor graphics. All of the other boards have HDMI 1.4 outputs with support for 4K displays at 30 Hz, and the TUF board adds a DVI-D connector. The Strix X470-F and the Prime X470-Pro have a DisplayPort to go along with the HDMI connector.

As one would expect, the ROG Crosshair board brings the most bling with integrated RGB LEDs, two four-pin "plain" RGB LED headers, and two headers for addressable RGB LEDs. The Strix X470-F is a close second in the RGB arms race, losing only one of the addressable LED headers. The Strix X470-I has one of each type of pin header, and Prime and TUF buyers will have to look to the aftermarket if they want to add per-LED light-strip effects. Asus says the ROG Crosshair VII's Aura RGB control setup is compatible with Philips' popular Hue smarthome lighting system, too.

Asus TUF X470-Plus

Every board has at least three hybrid fan headers for three- and four-pin fans. A whopping eight of those headers come standard on the ROG Crosshair VII Hero. Each board has a dedicated all-in-one liquid cooler pump header, too. The TUF board doesn't get any extra cooling gizmos for M.2 devices, but all the other models ship with M.2 heatsinks. The ROG Strix X470-I's second M.2 slot and cooler are mounted on a proprietary daughterboard that is also home to the board's SupremeFX-branded Realtek S1220A audio setup.

On the subject of audio, the TUF board gets a plain-jane Realtek ALC887 setup, while all the others get that previously-mentioned Realtek S1220A chip. The Prime's S1220A lacks Asus' ROG SupremeFX badging, though.

Newegg has all the new ATX boards up for pre-order now, with shipments starting on April 18. We imagine the $220 mini-ITX ROG Strix X470-I Gaming will come soon after. The Asus X470 party starts with the TUF X470-Plus Gaming and its $160 price tag. The next rung up the ladder is the $185 Prime X470-Pro. Buyers can earn citizenship in Asus' Republic of Gamers with the $215 ROG Strix X470-F. The whole-hog ROG Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi) commands a hearty $300, but buyers can save $20 by opting to skip the integrated Wi-Fi. Asus backs all the boards with a three-year warranty. Prospective shoppers can get more detail from TR alumnus Geoff Gasior's remarks on Asus' Edge Up blog.

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    • Shobai
    • 2 years ago

    Has anyone started on translating the non-English characters opn the Strix boards? I’d want to be sure some cheeky sod didn’t slip a “kick me” in there somewhere…

      • Welch
      • 2 years ago

      No no no… it clearly says “Eat, Love, Prey” you know…. for gamers….

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Are there any models that don’t have plastic decorations or RGBLED lights on them?

      • JosiahBradley
      • 2 years ago

      ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/ac

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        So Asus has blinged-out their entire range and don’t make a single, ordinary motherboard? Great…. :\

          • thecoldanddarkone
          • 2 years ago

          Just turn them off?

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            It’s the needless added cost I’m objecting to – especially when now is the most expensive PC building has been in a very, very long time.

            • ArdWar
            • 2 years ago

            Cost aside, the increasing trend of form over function also bugs me.

            “Thermal armor” that actually blocks airflow.
            Shiny, weird-shaped heatsink that dissipate heat less efficiently (now they’re more like a heatsoak than heatsink).
            Component selection is another can of worms.

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      its fun during xmas time when family comes by and the lights sync to xmas songs in red and green. that’s about it.

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    So, ROG X470 boards means Asus isn’t rolling over for nvidia with GPP, right?

      • Goty
      • 2 years ago

      I’m fairly certain GPP only impacts graphics cards. NVIDIA doesn’t compete in the motherboard space, so they probably don’t feel the need to strongarm companies there.

    • Takeshi7
    • 2 years ago

    Electrolytic caps don’t belong on TUF series boards. I don’t care if they’re Nichicon gold caps for the audio. If I wanted that I’d buy a board from one of the other series. The entire reason I bought my TUF board was for the 100% all solid-state caps.

    edit: (and the 5 year warranty)

      • ArdWar
      • 2 years ago

      While I understand your intention. I want to point out that those so-called “solid-state caps” (aluminum polymer) are still electrolytic capacitor. Just that their electrolyte are solid polymer instead of absorbed liquid.

      Also, be aware that SMD version of standard electrolytic capacitor also packaged in similar metal can that commonly associated with al-poly caps. You might need to dig deeper than looking at external appearance alone.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    First of all, good to finally see some NEW AMD motherboards.

    Second, what’s with the ‘flight’ reference?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      as in “launch”?

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