ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock & Biostar present their high-end AMD X670E motherboards
The AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs are moving to a new home known as AM5, the successor to the long-lived AM4 platform. It marks a fresh start for the Ryzen desktop family and as such existing Ryzen CPUs starting with Ryzen 1000 and ending with Ryzen 5000 will not be supported by the new platform, we will tell you why.
The AM5 platform will primarily feature the brand new LGA 1718 socket. That’s right, AMD is moving away from the PGA (Pin Grid Array) route and is now focusing on LGA (Land Grid Array), similar to what Intel uses on its existing desktop processors. The main reason for LGA lies in the addition of advanced and next-gen features like PCIe Gen 5, DDR5, etc. that we will see on the AM5 platform. The socket has a single latch and the days of worrying about pins under your precious processors are over.
Representatives from each motherboard manufacturer joined AMD’s latest Meet The Experts Live Stream to talk about their next-gen X670E designs, but it looks like we’re still missing some details in terms of overclocking and memory support, which AMD might not be keen on talking about at the moment, although full lineup announcements are few Weeks away on August 29th with a scheduled launch for August 15th. So let’s take a look at what the new high-end motherboard offerings have to offer.
ASUS X670E motherboards
ASUS started by unveiling its high-end ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme and ROG Crosshair X670E HERO motherboards. ROG Crosshair motherboards have 20+2 phases for the Extreme and 18+2 phases for the HERO models. Both models come with some insane 110A power ratings and in a teamed 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 phases (110A)
- ROG Crosshair X670E HERO – 18+2 phases (110A)
ASUS specifically states that the high-end power supply is a necessity when overclocking the CPU as it leads to massive power fluctuations and exponentially increasing power requirements. Some highlighted features include WiFi 6E (AX210), 10GbE Marvell AQC113CS ports, Gen 5.0 PCIe x16 & M.2, USB 4 and Quick Charge 4+ ports.
MSI X670E motherboards
MSI will launch four brand new X670E motherboards within its MEG, MPG and PRO lines. We recently unveiled their flagship MEG X670E GODLIKE motherboards and the manufacturer has confirmed the specs and PCB we reported. The VRM configuration for 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 the limits with high-end heatsink designs like M.2 Shield Frozr screwless technology, M.2 XPANDER-Z Gen 5 Dual AIC (supports up to two PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 SSDs in actively cooled solution). 60W USB Type-C power delivery and more robust power delivery for each tier of motherboard. We also get a better look at the MEG X670E GODLIKE, which looks as good as ever with its massively saturated PCB design and tons of IO to work with. More details on MSI’s lineup can be found here.
Gigabyte X670E motherboards
The lineup presented by Gigabyte includes four AORUS motherboards including X670E, AORUS Xtreme, AORUS Master, AORUS Pro AX and AORUS Elite AX. The Xtreme is expected to break some OC records on AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
- 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 phases (PLC 70A) Infineon XDPE192C3
ASRock X670E motherboard
ASRock presents five X670E motherboards for the AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs. These include the X670E Taichi Carrara, X670E Taichi, X670E Steel Legend, X670E PRO RS and X670E PG Lightning. All five motherboards offer full compatibility with next-gen AMD Zen 4 CPUs along with DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0.
The company highlighted some of the key features, including USB Type-C with fast charging, an 8-layer PCB design, PCIe 5.0 and M.2 fan heatsink design, and DDR5 with protection circuits. We also describe the lineup in detail here.
Biostar X670E motherboards
Biostar also talked a bit about its flagship X670E VALKYRIE motherboard, which features a 22-phase VRM design and a very solid looking design that comes with DR.MOS and digital PWM ICs. The motherboard is a very high-end product designed to support the high-end AMD Zen 4 CPUs.
Will there be mATX and Mini-ITX AM5 motherboards?
Asked by viewers if we will see mATX and Mini-ITX designs in the AM5 family, ASRock’s Mike Yang replied that there are certain obstacles they are working on, such as: E.g. thermal heat dissipation in such a small form factor, but once a breakthrough is made, they certainly plan to offer smaller board designs for each AMD 600 series chipset.
Up to 2280 M.2 SSDs fit on the new 2510 M.2 slots?
MSI’s Michiel Berkhout stated that the current 2280 M.2 form factor is fully compatible with the 2510 M.2 slots on their motherboards.
Will Gigabyte have a Tachyon motherboard for AM5?
Gigabyte’s Sofos Oikonomou has stated that there will indeed be a Tachyon motherboard based on the AM5 socket, but it will be based on a different chipset, not the X670, so we’re probably looking at a B650(E)- product on.
It’s always great to hear more information directly from motherboard manufacturers, but important details like AMD EXPO DDR5 memory and overclocking support are still missing. It looks like we’ll now have to wait until the reviews, which don’t come out until September 13th, for more data on this, but we’ll try to bring you more information on this in the coming weeks.