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AMD prepares ecosystem for Ryzen

By Patrick Alcantara - on 14 Feb 2017, 12:10pm

AMD prepares ecosystem for Ryzen

Following global excitement generated  by the reveal of new technology and performance details of upcoming AMD Ryzen high-performance desktop processors, AMD exhibited 16 cutting-edge, high-performance motherboards from five manufacturers, Ryzen processor-based PC designs, and innovative third-party CPU cooler designs, all demonstrating a ready ecosystem for Ryzen CPUs.

The company also expects Ryzen-based designs from top PC OEMS with more information on system to be revealed at the launch.

New chipsets and motherboards

AMD and its motherboard partners today debuted a wide array of new motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI – all built upon two upcoming desktop chipsets for AMD Ryzen processors: the X370 and X300. The X370 chipset-based motherboards are designed for those who need the most performance, cutting-edge features, and superior I/O connectivity from their PCs including support for overcloking and dual graphics.

For users looking for performance in a more compact size, the X300 chipset also features an AMD Ryzen-ready AM4 socket while utilizing the mini-ITX size deal for small form factor PCs. Both chipsets take full advantage of the new technology features including:

  • Dual-channel DDR4 memory
  • NVMe
  • M.2 SATA devices
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen 2
  • PCIe 3.0 capability

AM4 chipsets provide dedicated PCIe lanes for USB, graphics, data and other I/O, providing a powerful, scalable and reliable computing experience and bringing the benefit of future-ready technologies.

AMD Ryzen processor-based PCs

Exemplifying the goal of  bringing innovation and competition back to desktop PCs, AMD and renowned custom-PC builders such as Cyberpower, Maingear and Origin, amongst others, presented an array of "dream PCs" based on high-performance AMD Ryzen processors. From exotic, custom water-cooled systems to more refined, practical solutions, a myriad of PCs incorporating AMD Ryzen processors were on display at CES.

New third-party thermal solutions

For enthusiasts and PC builders focused on a premium, quiet, and effective cooling solution or wishing to overclock, AMD is working with 15 top cooler manufacturers and vendors to create an array of aftermarket CPU coolers for AM4 processors. For ultra-quet air cooling, Noctua will offer both its NH-D15 and its slimmer counterpart the NH-U125. In addition, EKWB will offer AM4 support for its custom water cooling solutions.

AMD Ryzen processor-based PCs, AM4 motherboards, and compatible cooling solutions are expected to be available in Q1 or 2017.