A brand-new Gigabyte AORUS motherboard was just spotted with an upcoming AMD Ryzen 7 APU, and it's looking really sweet.

According to a report by WCCFTech, the Gigabyte X570S AORUS PRO AX, which is a motherboard with a passively cooled PCH (platform controller hub), has just been spotted in the CPU-Z database running the Ryzen 7 5700G. Apparently, the "S" after the chipset name stands for "silent," which makes sense given the passive cooling solution on the motherboard.

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Official product image of the Gigabyte X570 AORUS Pro AMD motherboard.

The board and CPU combo was seen right after AMD announced that its 5000 series of APUs, codenamed Cezanne, will only be releasing to OEMs, with a general release planned later this year, reports TomsHardware.

Read also: Ryzen Confirms APU Zen 3 Cores And Vega Integrated Graphics: Ryzen 5000G Series Code Name "Cezanne"

Getting Ready For Cezanne APUs

There is no official word yet on the actual specs of the new AMD X570 motherboard from Gigabyte. The only details as of yet are the ones on the CPU-Z database, which shows that the motherboard is able to run the AMD Ryzen 7 APU at its base clock of 3.8 GHz, as reported by WCCFTech.

There is, however, relatively more information about the Cezanne APU that's been plopped on this board.

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An AMD Ryzen 3 2200G CPU, taken on March 16, 2018. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Maximum PC Magazine/Future via Getty Images)

The Ryzen 7 5700G sports 8 cores and 16 threads at 3.8 GHz with a maximum, likely single-core, boost of 4.6 GHz, reports TomsHardware.

It has 20 MB of onboard cache, and a meager TDP of 65 watts--a further testament to the efficiency of AMD's 7nm process. What this means is that you'll likely be able to stick with a stock cooler for long in terms of cooling this 8-core CPU, which is something quite unheard of in the PC space until now.

And as with the "G" in the CPU's name, it features RX Vega 8 integrated graphics with a GPU clock of 2100 MHz. That's pretty fast for an iGPU, which could mean that it's powerful enough to handle native 1080p gaming (with reduced settings, obviously) at around 60 FPS.

Once the Ryzen 5000 APUs release, they might be a good alternative to GPUs whose supplies have gone belly-up with no signs of slowing down until 2021 ends.

Potential DOA Problems?

Before you get overly excited with the arrival of the AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs, try to temper those expectations.

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A closeup of a computer system based on an AMD Ryzen platform.

Back in February, a boutique PC builder in Germany called PowerGPU revealed that X570 motherboards coupled with Ryzen 5000 CPUs have high DOA rates.

These rates also go even higher the further you go up the stack.

For instance the 5950X CPUs failed 8 times out of 50 units, and the 5900X failed 4 times out of 50 units. These numbers might seem small, but considering how much the top-end SKUs cost, it's a very risky combination to attempt.

What this means for the upcoming Cezanne APUs is simple: there's also a likely risk of a DOA considering they're also Zen 3 chips. And maybe it's a good thing that it's going to be shipped to OEMs first, because it buys AMD some time to try and improve on the potential failure rates.

So, if you plan to try out an X570 motherboard with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700G APU down the road, you'd best be on your guard.

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Written by RJ Pierce 

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