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Mini-ITX AM4 board from Biostar unveiled!

Thanks to the tip from our forum member MarcParis, we finally have the specs of the first known mITX board featuring the AM4 socket. As many of you know, this is the socket type that supports the AMD Ryzen CPU line, expected to be fully revealed at the end of February and possibly commercially available not long after. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] But to avoid confusion (you’ll see in a minute), let’s start with their also-revealed microATX board. MicroATX BioStar X370-GT3 It features the top-end AM4 300-series chipset type, the X370, which features USB 3.1 10Gb/s, overclocking, and CrossFire/SLI. The leaked …
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More Images of Gigabyte AM4 Boards Leaked

The first few images we saw of the non-OEM, Gigabyte board, were not much other than teasers. Heavily cropped sections of board was all that we saw. Now, full shots of the boards have been leaked! What do we see? [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] The two boards appear to be based on either AMD’s entry-level A320 or mid-range B350 ‘chipsets’. Since the AM4 chips are full SoCs with complete integration of chipsets, including a southbridge/ FCH; the “chipsets” in the AM4 platform are merely chips that add to the PCIe lane count of the platform, and provide additional SATA and USB connectivity. …
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OEM AM4 Motherboard Makes an Appearance

In the ongoing, agonising, wait for Zen, Bristol Ridge will be an appetiser. With OEMs already building systems based on the platform, it was only a matter of time until we saw the first board make an appearance. That has happened today, with HP’s ‘Willow‘ board. As you can see above, the board is sort of a Micro-ATX motherboard (albeit closer to DTX than M-ATX), with dual DDR4 RAM slots. a single PCIe x16 slot, and some interesting component locations. The board is featured in the HP Elitedesk 705 G3 SFF. With the ongoing rumours and misinformation regarding cooler mounting, …
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More AMD Zen and Wraith Info Released

AMD’s Wraith stock cooler, previewed here, and another redesigned cooler, have been launched today. The new coolers will be included with many of AMD’s new FM2+ processors and APUs, as well as some current lines. AMD claims the new cooler offers near-quiet cooling, at 39dB. I suppose that one is a matter of opinion. AMD states that the new design delivers 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent more surface area for heat dissipation than its predecessor. “The new high quality, robust thermal solutions from AMD for select processors provide a great out-of-the-box experience at no additional cost to the consumer,” said …
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AMD’s AM4 – A Unified Socket

At CES 2016, AMD has talked a little bit more about its upcoming Zen architecture processors. Specifically, the company revealed the socket that will be used and announced the code names of the new CPUs and APUs. We posted a leak about these names and some specs here. The current lineup of AMD CPUs and APUs spans across 3 different sockets: The FX line of CPUs drop into the AM3+ socket, the APU lineup uses socket FM2+, and the Athlon and Sempron SoC chips slot into socket AM1. These three sockets exist because each of the processor lines has very different underlying …
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Socket AM4 to Support Excavator and Zen

With the infrequent leaks about AMD’s upcoming Zen architecture, we know very little of the platform. However, with a few tech documents found by benchlife.info, we may be getting to see the early hints as to what AM4 means as a platform. It seems that AM4 will primarily be an APU based platform, based initially on the ‘Excavator’ architecture, an incremental upgrade of Bulldozer and Steamroller. However, what is interesting is the wattages of the leaked processors – significantly lower than the existing APUs and CPUs that AMD produces. With a 3.6-4GHz, 2 module/4 core APU as the initial top …