So Ryzen is around the corner and finally, we have had some price leaks on some ASUS AM4 motherboards, I must say these look very promising as well.
With the current top-end Asus board, the Crosshair VI Hero coming in at $209 that firmly puts in at $20 cheaper than the current Intel socket equivalent motherboard. Even the $69 Prime B350M-A is looking to be offering overclocking which is very promising for people looking to produce a good budget machine and will couple well with the multiplier unlocked Ryzen 1200x and 1100 which will both be available hopefully for under $150. If you were to choose the Prime B350M-A and a Ryzen 1100 you would be looking at spending just under $200 in total this is not much more than the price of just an Intel i3 7350K CPU and if these chips overclock well you should be well on your way to producing a relatively formidable gaming PC on a good budget.
|Asus Crosshair VI Hero||Asus Prime X370-Pro||Asus Prime B350-Plus||Asus Prime B350M-A|
|PCIe 3 Lanes (GPU)||x16 Lanes||x16 Lanes||x16 Lanes||x16 Lanes|
|PCIe 3 Lanes (Storage/IO)||x8 Lanes
|PCIe 2||x8 Lanes||x8 Lanes||x6 Lanes||x6 Lanes|
|USB||10 x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2 x USB 3.1
Gen 2, 6 x USB 2.0
|6 x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2,
6 x USB 2.0
With AMD releasing the AM4 socket it is looking like the AMD feature set will be finally brought into the modern day and completely outclassing any of the old AMD platforms. With many manufacturers, not just ASUS offering motherboards that will give their Intel counterparts a good run for their money it’s finally looking like brighter times are ahead for AMDs high-end CPU market.
The prices shown above don’t even include the real budget end of the chipsets that will be available which will still hold many of the features these higher end motherboards are equipped with, AM4 and Ryzen is certainly looking to be the bargain that the market needs and reminds me very much of when AMD released their Athlon 64 architecture a decade ago.
Let us know your thoughts on the leaked ASUS motherboards below.