AMD X470 motherboards round-up: 14 boards for your Ryzen 2

The best motherboards for the AMD X470 chipset

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Connectivity: Audio and video

As we are used to nowadays, the motherboard manufacturers all opt for the Realtek ALC1220 codec for their more expensive models. Remarkably, every board except the Asus RoG Strix X470-I Gaming is equipped with an optical audio output - and with that one board there was simply no physical place for it, because the audio equipment is on a daughterboard.

However, if you have a surround set that you want to connect via S/PDIF, almost all boards will not be right for you: only the ASRock X470 Taichi supports DTS Connect, a technology that makes that possible. Built-in amplifiers for high-end headphones are somewhat more widespread: we find them on the top models of ASRock, Asus and Gigabyte.

  Audio codec S/PDIF output DTS Connect Audio amplifier
ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/AC Realtek ALC1220
ASRock X470 Gaming K4 Realtek ALC1220
ASRock X470 Master SLI Realtek ALC892
ASRock X470 Taichi Realtek ALC1220 Ti NE5532
Asus RoG Crosshair VII Hero WiFi Realtek ALC1220 ESS Sabre 9023P
Asus RoG Strix X470-F Gaming Realtek ALC1220
Asus RoG Strix X470-I Gaming Realtek ALC1220
Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming Realtek ALC887
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi Realtek ALC1220
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi Realtek ALC1220 ESS Sabre 9018Q2C
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming Realtek ALC1220
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC Realtek ALC1220
MSI X470 Gaming Plus Realtek ALC892
MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Realtek ALC1220

The combination of a relatively expensive AMD X470 motherboard with a Raven Ridge APU is not very obvious. That's actually the only configuration you would need monitor outputs for: the other Ryzen CPUs don't have an internal video card. That's why we don't find video outputs at all on some high-end boards, but many other models do offer them.

Only two of the cheaper boards have a DVI port: the Asus TUF Plus Gaming and the MSI Gaming Plus. HDMI is present on eleven of the fourteen boards, but by no means do all boards officially support HDMI 2.0. In order to be able to send out Ultra-HD images with 60 Hz, you do need that. Incidentally, the absence of this specification does not necessarily mean that it does not work if you use an APU, but on the other hand you have no guarantee that it will work. Finally, we come across DisplayPort three times: on ASRock's ITX board, Asus' X470-F and MSI's Gaming Pro Carbon.

  DVI HDMI DisplayPort
ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/AC 2.0 1.2
ASRock X470 Gaming K4 1.4b
ASRock X470 Master SLI 1.4b
ASRock X470 Taichi 1.4b
Asus RoG Crosshair VII Hero WiFi
Asus RoG Strix X470-F Gaming 1.4b 1.2
Asus RoG Strix X470-I Gaming 2.0b
Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming 1.4b
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 5 WiFi 2.0
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi
Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC
MSI X470 Gaming Plus 1.4
MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC 1.4 1.2

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