What just happened? ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI revealed more details about their upcoming high-end X670 and X670E motherboards. Some of the more notable features include PCIe 5.0 and USB4 support, extreme power delivery designs, and wider M.2-25110 slots. However, the companies didn’t mention anything about their B650 motherboards, suggesting they may not launch at the same time as AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors next month.
At AMD’s latest Meet the Experts webinar, board partners showcased some of the features and designs of their upcoming X670 and X670E motherboards. As a reminder, AMD’s AM5 platform will support CPUs with a TDP of up to 170W, 28 PCIe 5.0 lanes (x16 for graphics cards, x8 general purpose lanes used for USB4/Thunderbolt 4 storage and controllers, x4 to connect to the chipset), up to four DisplayPort 2 or HDMI 2.1 outputs and dual-channel DDR5 memory.
ASRock only revealed one new model, the X670E PG Lightning, but also talked about some of the new features coming to its X670E motherboards, including USB4 ports with 27W fast charging, 8-layer PCB, and a M heatsink. .2 with active cooling to Prevent PCIe 5.0 SSDs from overheating.
Asus showed off two of its upcoming motherboards, including the flagship ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme and the high-end ROG Crosshair X670E Hero. They will feature impressive VRM solutions with 110A power stages (20+2 phase design for Extreme, 18+2 phase for Hero), five M.2 slots each (some on separate add-in cards), and top-of-the-line audio solutions. based on the ALC4082 codec.
On the back panel, Extreme has nine USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps), two USB4 capable of 40Gbps, 10GbE and 2.5GbE connectors, audio ports and Wi-Fi 6E antenna connectors. The Hero swaps out the 10GbE connector for an HDMI port.
Meanwhile, Biostar’s X670E Valkyrie will sport a 22-phase VRM design with 105A power stages, two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots, and four M.2 slots (with two supporting PCIe 5.0).
Gigabyte showed off four motherboards, including the X670E Aorus Xtreme, X670E Aorus Master, X670 Aorus Pro AX, and X670 Aorus Elite AX. All models will come with at least one wider M.2-25110 slot and a THB_U4 Thunderbolt header. It’s worth noting that the X670E boards will each have a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, while the X670 variants will use PCIe 4.0 instead.
MSI talked about four motherboards: the flagship MEG X670E Godlike, MEG X670E Ace, MPG X670E Carbon Wi-Fi, and Pro X670-P Wi-Fi. Godlike will have the best VRM solution of the bunch, with a 24+2+1 phase design and 105A power stages for the Vcore. Other notable features include MSI’s new screwless M.2 heatsink and a PCIe adapter card that supports two M.2-25110 SSDs with a PCIe 5.0 x4 interface.
These motherboards are likely to launch next month alongside AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series processors. Cheaper B650-based boards could come later, considering the companies haven’t announced anything about them so far.