ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock and Biostar are showing off their high-end AMD X670E motherboards
AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs will move to a new home Known as AM5, the successor to the long-running AM4 platform. This is a new beginning for the Ryzen Desktop family and therefore, existing Ryzen CPUs starting with Ryzen 1000 and going up to Ryzen 5000 will not be supported by the new platform, we will tell you why.
The AM5 platform will primarily have the new LGA 1718 socket. That’s right, AMD is no longer going the PGA (Pin Grid Array) route and is now focusing on LGA (Land Grid Array), similar to what Intel uses in its current desktop processors. The main reason to go LGA is PCIe Gen 5, DDR5, etc. which we will see on the AM5 platform. It’s about adding improved and next-gen features like The socket has a single latch and gone are the days of worrying about the pins underneath your precious processors.
Representatives from every motherboard manufacturer joined AMD’s latest “Meet the Experts” live stream to talk about their next-gen X670E designs, but it looks like we might still miss some details about overclocking and memory support, which AMD might not like to talk about right now. weeks on August 29, with a scheduled release on August 15. So let’s see what the new high-end motherboard offerings have to offer.
ASUS X670E motherboards
ASUS kicked it off by introducing its high-end lineup ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme and ROG Crosshair X670E HERO motherboards. ROG Crosshair motherboards come with 20+2 phases for the Extreme and 18+2 phases for the HERO models. Both models are built with some crazy 110A Power Stages and Team design. The VCore PWM controller is an Infineon ASP2205, while the Power Stages are based on Vishay’s SIC850.
- ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme – 20+2 Phase (110A)
- ROG Crosshair X670E HERO – 18+2 Phase (110A)
ASUS specifically states that a high-end power supply is necessary when overclocking the CPU, as it causes massive current swings and exponentially increases power demand. Some of the features highlighted include WiFi 6E (AX210), 10 GbE Marvell AQC113CS connectors, Gen 5.0 PCIe x16 & M.2, USB 4 and Quick Charge 4+ ports.
MSI X670E motherboards
MSI will introduce four new X670E motherboards under the MEG, MPG and PRO groups. We recently revealed their flagship MEG X670E GODLIKE motherboard and the manufacturer confirmed the specs and PCB we reported. The VRM configuration for the MSI X670E motherboard is as follows:
- MEG X670E GODLIKE – 24 (105A) + 2 + 1
- MEG X670E ACE – 22 (90A) + 2 +1
- MPG X670E Carbon – 18 (90A) + 2 +1
- PRO X670E-P WiFi – 14 (80A) + 2 +1
MSI pushes things to the limits with high-end cooling designs such as screwless M.2 Shield Frozr technology, M.2 XPANDER-Z Gen 5 Dual AIC (supporting up to two PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 SSDs in an active cooled solution). 60W USB Type-C power supply and more powerful power supply for each level of the motherboard. Here’s a better look at the MEG X670E GODLIKE, looking as wild as ever with a massively saturated PCB design and tons of IO to work with. More on MSI’s lineup here.
Gigabyte X670E motherboards
Gigabyte’s lineup includes four AORUS motherboards including the X670E AORUS Xtreme, AORUS Master, AORUS Pro AX & AORUS Elite AX. Xtreme is expected to break some OC records on AMD Ryzen 7000 processors.
- X670E AORUS Xtreme – 18 Phase (SPS 105A) Renesas RAA229628
- X670E AORUS Master – 16 Phase (SPS 105A) Renesas RAA229620
- X670E AORUS Pro AX – 16 Phase (SPS 90A) Infineon XDPE192C3
- X670E AORUS Elite AX – 16 Phase (SPS 70A) Infineon XDPE192C3
ASRock X670E motherboards
ASRock showcases five X670E motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs. These include X670E Taichi Carrara, X670E Taichi, X670E Steel Legend, X670E PRO RS & X670E PG Lightning. All five motherboards feature full compatibility with next-generation AMD Zen 4 CPUs, along with DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0.
The company has highlighted some key features like USB Type-C with fast charging, 8-layer PCB design, PCIe 5.0 and M.2 fan cooling design and DDR5 with protection circuits. The fix is also detailed here by us.
Biostar X670E motherboards
Biostar also talked a bit about its flagship X670E VALKYRIE motherboard, which features a 22-phase VRM design and a very rugged looking design that comes with DR.MOS and Digital PWM ICs. The motherboard is a very premium product designed to support the highest-end AMD Zen 4 CPUs.
Will there be mATX and Mini-ITX AM5 motherboards?
Responding to an audience question about whether we’ll see mATX and Mini-ITX designs in the AM5 family, ASRock’s Mike Yang said that there are certain hurdles they’re working on, such as thermal heat dissipation in such a small form factor, but once progress is made, they’ll certainly see the AMD 600 plans to offer smaller board designs for each of the chipsets in the series line.
Are 2280 M.2 SSDs Compatible with the New 2510 M.2 Slots?
MSI’s Michiel Berkhout reported that the current 2280 M.2 form factor is fully compatible with the 2510 M.2 slot featured on their motherboards.
Will Gigabyte have a Tachyon motherboard for AM5?
Gigabyte’s Sofos Oikonomou has revealed that there will indeed be a Tachyon motherboard based on the AM5 socket, but it will be based on a different chipset than the X670, so we’re likely looking at the B650(E).
It’s always great to hear more information directly from the motherboard manufacturers, but key details like AMD EXPO DDR5 memory and overclocking support are still missing. It looks like we’ll have to wait until the reviews aren’t out until September 13th to find out more about them, but we’ll try to bring you more information about them in the coming weeks.