AMD announced their market disrupting Ryzen processors way back in December of 2016. Since then, core counts and overclocking have been all the rage. That’s where Ryzen promises to deliver the most. It delivers more features at a better value, especially compared to Intel. Combine high core counts and low prices, Ryzen has been giving Intel a run for their money for quite a while now.
But if you’re thinking of going all out with a high-end Ryzen processor, especially with a higher core count, you’re going to need a pretty beefy motherboard. These boards seem to have the best performance in overclocking, which is a very important feature for Ryzen. Another interesting thing is that these higher end boards tend to receive BIOS updates quicker as well.
That’s why in this guide we’re going to compare the best of the best chipsets. We’re specifically focusing on the most high-end motherboard so this guide is going to be based solely on the comparison of X370 vs X470.
Main Features Of X370
Before we get started, we think you should be aware that both of these chipsets support second-gen Ryzen processors. So if you already have an X370 motherboard, you can pop in a second-gen Ryzen processor without any issues. Now let’s see what X370 has to offer.
X370 is a high-end chipset so it obviously supports overclocking. Overclocking performance seems much better than the B450 chipset (Ryzen’s more mid-range option). The max RAM speed here is limited to 2667Mhz. Remember, Ryzen works best with faster memory, so with second-gen Ryzen, this might be a bit of a bottleneck. It has six USB 3.0 (5 Mbps) ports and two 3.1 Gen2 (10 Mbps) ports. It also supports raid storage and crossfire for GPUs.
Maybe you’ve already picked up a first-gen Ryzen processor. In that case, you won’t have any complaints with X370. But if now you’re wondering which X370 motherboard to get, we recently wrote a review on the Best X370 AM4 Ryzen Motherboards
Overall, X370 is still an amazing offering even with X470’s arrival. However, if you’re putting together a brand new rig with a Ryzen 2000 series processor, you might actually benefit from the few benefits X470 offers over its predecessor.
Main Features Of X470
Take everything that’s already good about X370 and add a few nifty features, that’s basically X470. Just like X370, this chipset obviously has crossfire and raid storage support. It also retains the six USB 3.0 (5 Mbps) ports and two 3.1 Gen2 (10 Mbps) ports.
So what does X470 improve on? The first thing is the performance. Overclocking results have been slightly better compared to X370, especially with the newer Ryzen processors. Pair that with a higher memory speed limit at 2933Mhz, and the end result is phenomenal performance.
Another nifty feature X470 has to offer is AMD’s new StoreMI technology. This is a storage technology which combines your mechanical hard drive and SSD into a virtual drive. From here, the AI decides on its own which data should be stored on the faster drive. This might seem like a bit of gimmick but it’s actually a handy feature at times.
X470 might not seem that impressive of an upgrade over X370. But if you’re going with a newer Ryzen 2nd Gen processor anyway, you’ll appreciate the nifty features it has to over. The better overclocking results and higher memory speed support are also big plus points.