Friday January 19, 2018

Gigabyte Offers Sneak Peek at a Future AMD Motherboard

Gigabyte is showing off a new X470 motherboard for the upcoming second generation Ryzen processors. While AMD has provided few details on what X4700 will bring. Some notable features are finned heatsinks on the VRMs, a slew of Frag Harder lights, power and clear CMOS buttons on the built-in I/O shield, and the one I like the most, a sockets BIOS chip that can be field-swapped.

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I have to say the new board looks great. Seeing what Gigabyte has been doing, and playing with one in our cooler test system, I'm seriously thinking my next build will have a Gigabyte motherboard in it. How has it taken so long for an easily swappable BIOS chip!?

A strategically-placed piece of electrical tape prevented us from seeing the board's full name, but we can confidently say that this is the Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi. The most immediately evident (and welcome) change on this board relative to recent Gigabyte designs is the return of skived aluminum fins on its VRM heatsink.