AMD unveils AM5 X670E motherboards for Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 processors
As reported last week ahead of the event, AMD has just held a partner showcase for its new line of AM5 motherboards. These next-gen premium motherboards are aimed at enthusiasts and come with most of the features you’d expect. As it was a partner showcase, AMD was not the only one to present these motherboards. ASRock, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and Biostar each had representatives to discuss the respective products.
AMD outlined what users can expect from next-gen AM5 motherboards. First, these AMD motherboards use the X670 and X670E chipsets. The standard X670 supports overclocking, while the X670E supports extreme overclocking, PCIe 5.0 slots for up to two graphics cards, and an M.2 slot for a PCIe 5.0 SSD.
AM5 motherboards also support up to 170W TDP, dual-channel DDR5 memory support, up to four HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 ports, and up to 14 USB 3.2 and Type- C on some models. Some motherboards also come with Wi-Fi 6E support. As usual, the exact features vary from model to model.
A multitude of AMD AM5 motherboards
Let’s start with Asus’ offering of AM5 motherboards for next-gen AMD processors. Two motherboards are offered here: the Crosshair X670E Extreme and the Crosshair X670E Hero. Both come with the same type of configuration. The Extreme is technically the more advanced of the two thanks to its extra 10G Ethernet port, and it has more RGB. The X670E Extreme also has 20+2 power stages, compared to the Hero’s 18+2.
ASRock plans to release a total of five X670E motherboards for AMD’s AM5 platform. These include the X670E Taichi Carrara, X670E Taichi, X670E Steel Legend, X670E Pro RS, and X670E PG Lightning.
On the other hand, Biostar only has one motherboard on the market with the X670E Valkyrie. This includes four M.2 storage slots, a 2.5G Ethernet port, nine USB 3.2 ports, and two display outputs, including HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4.
Gigabyte has four motherboards for the AMD AM5 platform, including two X670 models, which we haven’t seen yet. This range includes the X670E Aorus Xtreme, X670E Aorus Master, X670 Aorus Pro AX and X670 Aorus Elite AX. The best of them spec-wise is the Xtreme, which offers 18+2+2 horsepower, while the others have 16+2+2.
MSI also has four cards entering the market, with the MEG X670E Godlike, MEG X670E ACE, MPG X670E Carbon, and PRO X670-P. Unsurprisingly, the Godlike is MSI’s flagship motherboard and comes with a 24+2 power supply and an M-Vision dashboard.
Not much now
Although AMD didn’t launch its Zen 4 processors at the event, we don’t have much more to look forward to. Thanks to video cardzwho spotted leaked slides from MSI, we know that the AM5 X670E motherboards will be launched on September 15th. This coincides with other rumors that the AMD X670 (E) series motherboards and Ryzen 7000 series will be released that day.
This is an exciting generational leap for AMD Ryzen that will finally include support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and Wi-Fi 6E. Right now, at least 16 motherboards are launching with the Ryzen 7000 series, so there’s plenty to choose from there. When everything is finally out, we can start digging deeper into the details regarding which motherboards may or may not be the best fit for certain setups. For now though, we’re still eagerly awaiting the late August reveal of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 line of processors.