A few weeks back, AMD officially announced that it would be launching its new HEDT platform this summer, with the 16C/32T ‘Threadripper’ CPU set to be the star of the show. As you would expect, this means motherboard makers are now beginning to give us a look at their plans for AMD’s X399 chipset, with Gigabyte bringing its first X399 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard to Computex this week.
While much of the details surrounding X399 are still under NDA, we are able to show you some images of the motherboard, though the socket has been kept hidden from view. For X399, AMD’s socket is officially named TP4.
From what we have heard, AMD’s TP4 socket is more expensive to make than Intel’s equivalent. However, the cost of AMD X399 motherboards are expected to sit in a similar price range to X99/X299.
Aside from that, this Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard will retain many of the same features found on the X299 Aorus Gaming 7 board. However, AMD’s version will lack Intel LAN ports, optane memory support etc.
KitGuru Says: There has been a lot of discussion surrounding Intel’s new Core-X CPUs and X299 today, so it’s nice to see some AMD news ahead of the company’s own conference tomorrow. Still, with AMD’s chipset being called X399, I do wonder what Intel is going to do when it introduces its next HEDT chipset.
Credit to Leo Waldock for additional reporting and detail.