AMD’s latest Ryzen series of processors have been available for a short amount of time, and with four different chipsets available to build upon, newcomers to PC gaming – looking to build their first system on AMD Ryzen would do well to know the difference between each and every one. From entry-level platforms to enthusiast grade overclocking, I thought it would be best in providing a guide that’s simple yet effective, in order to serve the needs of those in assistance. As certain details will differ from one motherboard to another, it’s best to check specifically with the product in question as this guide is aimed to be brief – an overview of features for each platform.
As AMD’s flagship chipset for the Ryzen series of processors, the X370 platform carries the largest number of features and technologies, offering maximum expandability and compatibility. As X370 is solely available to ATX sized motherboards it allows for a large number of storage options through the means of SATA, USB 3.1 Type A and Type-C , as well as the largest bandwidth through its PCI-E lanes, making it suitable for full speed X16 multi-GPU configurations, multiple M.2 SSDs and RAID storage options. Offering a great level of overclocking support with the most premium combination of motherboard components and circuitry, X370 is the most reliable platform for hardcore enthusiasts – looking to take things to the next level of performance with extreme overclocking and tweaking. Gamers on this platform will also have full support for PCIE 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 2, along with Dual Channel DDR4 memory.
On those such as the Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 bringing 2-way multi-GPU support for both AMD and Nvidia based graphics cards, the incredible number of USB Type-A and Type-C ports allow for high transfer speeds of external devices, as well as a maximum of 64GB of memory to be installed in a Dual-Channel configuration. Check out our full range of AX370 motherboards at Dino PC.
Great for entry-level gamers and high-end users alike, the B350 chipset offers a great deal of value and performance, short on a few features for those without the need. Providing a similar level of features to that of the X370, where the B350 chipset differs resides in the number of PCI-E lanes and USB 3.1 and 3.2 as well as the lack of multi-GPU configuration officially supported by AMD. Along with unlocked CPU support for high-end overclocking, additional performance is viable for those looking to push their Ryzen processors beyond stock speeds. This platform is available on ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards – merely cutting down on the number of connections compared to the X370 platform.
Available on motherboards such as the Asus PRIME B350-Plus, gamers are provided with 8-Chanel audio output, 10Gbps USB 3.1 and NVME M.2 storage controllers allowing for 32Gb/s data transfer speeds. As well as RGB LED control and a unique shielded motherboard design, both style and functionality is standard to the B350 platform. Check out our current range at Dino PC.
As a fantastic starting point for those in need of a basic system packed with modern features that are perfectly ideal for long-term usage – albeit with minimum expandability, the A320 chipset also proves great for entry-level gamers without the need for a vast array of storage options or overclocking. Still maintaining support for SATA 3, M.2 and RAID storage devices, while the A320 platform may be limited in quantity for the features it presents, it backs this up by establishing these technologies as a norm. This means no gamer nor casual user is left behind – with certain A320 based motherboards also allowing for memory overclocking for increased performance. Doing away with multi-GPU support allows for Mini-ITX motherboards at a valuable price point, giving way for high-performance small-form-factor builds.
Featuring a single M.2 and x4 SATA 6Gb/s connectors, those looking for a compact yet eye-pleasing system should look towards the Asus PRIME A320M-K. Our full range of A320 motherbaords are also available to browse.
X300 & A300
Dedicated to small-form-factor motherboards for gamers and everyday users, these two chipsets from AMD’s latest line-up have been designed to be bare-bones in both features and expandability – serving as a solution for those after a minimal set of technologies, aiming to build a SFF system. Differing in one specific area, X300 allows for overclocking features while A300 does without. This stands as the defining feature which splits casual users and gamers apart, with USB 3.1 Gen and NVMe SATA drives being the only common ground between them. As both chipsets are without USB 3.1 Gen 2, SATA Express and RAID storage support, this chipset doesn’t provide any options for expandability nor additional functions such as premium on-board audio or multiple external USB.
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