Since we are in between launches for both Intel and AMD there really were not many new motherboards being shown off at CES this year. Gigabyte wanted to give us a little preview of what they had in store for AMD’s Zen+ when it launches later this year. They actually showed us an X470 motherboard! It was their AORUS X470 Gaming 7 WiFi.
This board will actually be the first Ryzen board from AORUS that gets the Gaming 7 treatment, previously we had the Gaming 5 and Gaming K7. Gigabyte also tells us this will be their flagship board in the X470 line. There have been some upgrades from the previous generation Ryzen boards from AORUS as well. To start the VRM heatsinks have been redesigned, and they are actually true heatsinks, meaning that you have real fins. This means you are going to get better cooling for your power delivery components.
Another new feature is that there will now be two M.2 slots on the board, previously you only found one on X370 boards. The integrated M.2 coolers have been updated as well. The board will feature three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, they will be electrical x16, x8, and x4 respectively. Of course these slots have metal shielding.
The board will feature a 10+2 power phase design and power is brought into the board by a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, as well as an extra 4-pin for CPU power if you needed it.
Moving to the rear I/O you’ll notice there is an integrated cover. Gigabyte tells us these covers will be standard throughout the entire line, not just the high-end boards. There are two buttons towards the top, which are power and BIOS reset, really cool to see them back here. The BIOS reset can actually be changed to a normal reset button too. The rest of the rear I/O is made up of four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports (type-A / type-C), Gigabyte Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, and your audio connections.
Being that this is an AORUS motherboard you can expect RGB LEDs throughout the board. Expect to see this board available in April when Zen+ launches, Gigabyte says MSRP will be around $250.