Also Confirms CrossFire and OC Supporting Motherboards
AMD at CES 2017 announces that all AMD Ryzen CPUs are primed, and ready for overclocking. This goes in-line with their enthusiast offerings from the older generations, allowing for extra performance boost without spending for an extra.
While we’ve got no clue about the full line-up of AMD’s Ryzen yet, it is safe to say that the family of CPUs are not restricted to the 8 Core / 16 Thread models. That said, they should come in a variety of core/thread configurations, frequencies, and TDP requirements. Jim Prior told PCWorld that “Ryzen will be a complete stack of chips at release”, so rest assured that we will get a budget, mid-range and a top-end offering. APUs are thrown in as well.
While this is great, albeit an expected news, you cannot overclock all Ryzen CPUs with all the slated AM4 platform chipsets that will launch with it. As far as we know, overclocking will be supported by only 3 AM4 Platform chipsets. Namely the X370 for the enthusiasts, the B350 for the mainstream, and the X300 for the enthusiast SFF. CrossFire and SLI support on the other hand is limited to the top end AM4 X370 chipset with a PCI-E configuration of x8/x8 when slots are populated. This could also mean that CrossFire support are limited to a maximum of 3, while Nvidia SLI is limited to 2 mGPUs.
As far as slide information goes, it is interesting to see a separate enthusiast chipset for the SFF but this shouldn’t limit AMD’s board partners to use other chipsets such as the X370 for the ITX form factor. We’re looking at 95W chips at best here anyway, so power phase designs doesn’t have to be that huge of a deal with the said form factor.