The following article discusses in depth all the AMD X670E and X670 motherboards from ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI, and Biostar.
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AMD and its board partners, including ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI, and Biostar, laid detailed specifications of their forthcoming X670E & X670 motherboards in the “Meet The Experts” Livestream. The launch is about to happen in a few days, so the following article helps you get detailed info on each motherboard:
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Before discussing motherboards, we must examine the platform. AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs will migrate to an AM5, the successor to the long-term AM4 platform. It records a beginning for AMD Ryzen Desktop family, and present Ryzen CPUs beginning with Ryzen 1000 up to Ryzen 5000 will not be supported in the new platform.
The only platform to include the latest LGA 1718 socket is the AM5. AMD would no longer adopt the PGA (Pin Grid Array) path and is focusing on the LGA (Land Grid Array), identical to what Intel employed on its prevailing desktop processors.
The key reason behind adopting LGA is the addition of advanced features like DDR5, PCIe Gen 5, etc., which we will perceive on the AM5 platform. Moreover, the LGA socket contains a single latch, so no worries about the pins beneath your processors.
Discussing the features, the AM5 platform will initially support AMD’s Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ Desktop processors and expand that support to the upcoming Ryzen processors and APUs.
This platform provides DDR5-5200 (JEDEC) memory support, NVMe 4.0, USB 3.2 I/O lanes, and up to 28 PCIe lanes (Gen 5 standard). The native USB 4.0 support will bring a significant change.
EXPO (AMD Extended Profiles for overclocking) will permit the enhanced DDR5 memory OC on the AM5 platform, identical to Intel’s XMP. AM4 couldn’t provide excellent DDR4 OC capabilities, but we can get that now in the AM5 platform.
DDR5 will have way better OC and smooth compatibility compared to the DDR4 on AM4 platforms. Moreover, it is expected that the AM5 platform will only be compatible with DDR5; DDR4 will not be supported. DDR5 availability and prices are increasing, so it will not be an issue for most high-end consumers aiming to get an AMD platform.
The AMD 600-series motherboards are implemented with the AM5 platform. Presently, they are prepared by the board manufacturers. Initially, the 600-series motherboards will include three chipsets, namely X670E, X670, B650E, and B650.
From a features viewpoint, the X670E (Extreme) is created for the higher-echelon of motherboards with outstanding functionalities, extreme overclocking, and will PCIe 5.0 support GPU and storage.
The X670 motherboards will be pretty identical in providing the enthusiast-level overclocking. However, PCIe Gen 5.0 support for graphics and storage will vary based on manufacturers.
Certain board manufacturers will adopt the cost-effective approach, include PCIe 5.0 support only for the GPU, and keep the storage limited to the PCIe 4.0. Both the X670 chipsets will be provided in a dual-PCH solution on the motherboard. Consequently, this allows more I/O for the next-gen platform.
SAS (Smart Access Storage) is one of the critical features of the AMD AM5 600-series platform. This feature will allow GPU decompression with the supported Microsoft DirectStorage games. Though there are only a few, there will be broad industry support for the same on the newer platforms.
Considering the long-term use, AMD hasn’t assured anything. However, they have mentioned that they expect to see the latest AM5 socket last for a minimum of 4-5 years, identical to AM4.
Although there has been excess controversy about Ryzen support on the early AM4 motherboards, it is supposed that AMD will not adopt the same path with AM5.
ASUS plans to provide a minimum of 6 motherboards in its ROG, ROG Strix, ProArt, TUF Gaming, and Prime families. The motherboards which we can confirm till now are:
Now let’s go through the individual features and specs these motherboards offer.
The leading X670E motherboard from Asus is the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme. It is designed to work as the ultimate ROG offering and is equipped with an efficient power delivery solution that includes 22 (20+2) Teamed Power Stages (rated at 110A), an Infineon ASP2205 PWM controller, and the Vishay SIC850 Power Stages.
Moreover, the capacitors are rated at 10K hours with a maximum temperature limit of up to 125°C, and Alloy Chokes are rated at 45A. The corresponding AM5 socket powers through an 8-pin pair which must permit more than 1000W Power to the Ryzen CPU alone.
The included four DDR5 DIMM slots can support AMD’s EXPO tech and maximum 128 GB capacities. Other handy features include Reset, Power On/Off, and a FlexKey button below the DEBUG LED.
Considering the layout, this motherboard appears beautiful with a cover on the VRM and black color heatsinks. Also, the design is exemplified with M.2 & PCH slots while offering an AniMe Matrix LED display on the I/O cover and PCH heatsink.
Two expansion slots are included, i.e., a single PCIe 4.0 x4 slot and two PCIe 5.0 x16. This motherboard can support up to five M.2 devices -two Gen 5.0 x4 onboard, two M.2 slots (1x Gen 5 x4 & 1x Gen 4 x4) on the ROG Zen-Z.2 add-on DIMM, and one from the PCIe Gen 5.0×4 M.2 card.
This motherboard also provides a total of 6 SATA III ports. A right-angled ATX power connector is included. An extra 6-pin connector for USB Type-C 60W power delivery (provides s 27W without the connection) is also included. There are many I/O features like USB 4.0 ports, 10Gb /2 Gb Ethernet LAN ports, WiFi 6E, and superior audio capabilities.
The next confirmed motherboard in this series is the ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E HERO. It is the Extreme’s tamer version. It is implemented with an 18+2 phase teamed VRM design and used components the same as the Extreme.
Moreover, it provides a high-end heatsink and a unique design layout with a Polymer Lighting system on the I/O shield.
When the matter comes to expansion slots, this board provides a single PCIe 4.0 x2 slot and two PCIe Gen 5.0 x16.
It also supports 5 M.2 slots, including two Gen 5.0 x4 (1 with PCIe 5.0 M.2 card) and three Gen 4.0 x4 slots. 6 SATA III ports offer plenty of storage options.
Other included ports are two USB 4.0 ports, a 2.5 GbE LAN port, many USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, WiFi 6E capabilities, and a superior audio interface.
This motherboard is implemented with a 16-phase power design. Its design features a gaming aesthetic with grey and black color tones. Its I/O cover has a tiny LCD that can be personalized per your preferences.
The expansion slots are a single PCIe Gen 4.0 x16 slot and two PCIe 5.0 x16. M.2 options are a single PCI-E Gen 4.0 x4 slot and three PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 slots.
The primary M.2 heatsink appears like it employs a Heatpipe-centric cooling solution. Four SATA III ports offer excellent storage capabilities. The users can access a vast range of I/O.
It is implemented with 16-phase power delivery and includes a dual 8-pin connector structure. The PRIME series has returned with its unique black and white design in an innovative layout.
This board contains three M.2 heatsinks which support three PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 SSDs and a single PCIe Gen 5.0 x4. A PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 slot and two PCIe Gen 5.0 x16 slots are also included. Storage options are plenty with the help of four SATA III ports.
It retains the 16-phase design and is the only motherboard from this series with an open M.2 slot without a heatsink.
It is perhaps a non-Gen 5.0 port. A single PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 slot and three PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 M.2 slots are included. PCIe expansion slots contain a single Gen 4 x4 slots and two Gen 5 x16. Like other TUF Gaming motherboards, this one showcases a yellow and grey-colored aesthetic.
It is implemented with 16-phase power delivery. The appearance features an industrial design with grey and silver aesthetics, aluminum heatsinks, and a beautiful acrylic I/O cover. Three PCIe 5.0 x16 slots (x8/x8/x4 electrical) i.e. a PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 slot and two PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 are included.
Moreover, this motherboard can connect up to 4 SATA III storage devices, and a WiFi 6E interface is also supported. A 6-pin connector allows 60W USB Type-C charging.
MSI will release four new X670E Motherboards in its MPG, MEG, and PRO lineups. Recently, we exposed their flagship MEG X670E GODLIKE motherboards. MSI has authorized the specs and our reported PCB. MSI’s0E motherboard lineup is:
Now let’s go through the individual specs and features of each motherboard.
Beginning with the flagship motherboard, we must first discuss its size. Its dimensions are 305mm x 288mm, slightly smaller than the MEG Z690 GODLIKE.
However, it will undoubtedly be one of the largest motherboards on which every other manufacturer will be attentive because they try to compete with their X670E flagships.
Regarding power delivery, this MSI motherboard supports a minimum of 24+2+1 phases with 105A MOSFETs. The CPU receives Power via a 24-pin ATX connector for the motherboard, dual 8-pin connectors, a 6-pin power connector (at the base) for the PCIe lanes, and a 6-pin PD power connector (besides the 24-pin ATX connector) to provide 60W PD charging for the front USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 Gbps) Type C connector. The dual X670E PCH’ takes up a significant amount of space on this motherboard.
Four DDR5 memory slots can support up to 128 GB memory capacities. Although unaware of their speeds, the native JEDEC speeds for the Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” CPUs are fixed at DDR5-5600. Hence, we can anticipate more than 6/7 Gbps transfer speeds with EXPO support. Furthermore, this board is powered through dual 8-pin connectors near the DDR5 slots for neat cable management.
Reset and Power On/Off switches are available to support OC-focused features. 8 SATA III ports offer plenty of storage options. The expansion slots are three PCIe Gen 5.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical) that operate at either x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 modes.
Four M.2 slots are categorized as three Gen 4 x4 (driving the Promontory PCH) and a single PCIe Gen 5 x4 (driving the Raphael CPU lanes). The latest M.2 XPANDER-Z Gen 5 Dual add-in-card is included to support a maximum of two 25110 PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 SSDs.
Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel headers (20Gb/s and Type-C with 60W power delivery) are located. Being one of the top-tier X670E motherboards from MSI, it will include the latest M.2 SSD installation design as a subset of its “M.2 Shield Frozr” technology.
The magnetic locks will be included besides the M.2 ports. They offer a connection to the RGB LEDs, which are retained on the Shield Frozr heatsinks for the M.2_2, M.2_3, and M.2_4 ports. Moreover, many RGB fans (+ pump) and external headers exist.
This motherboard was one of the products presented by the MSI Insider team in the webcast. Here are its primary features:
Its design shows a big heatsink with a finned structure. Multiple M.2 Shield Frozr heatsinks are included. Besides the DDR5 DIMM slots, a tool-less installation design can be easily detached and incorporated with a unique knob system.
MSI has implemented the X670E feature on its CARBON WIFI motherboard. It implies that we will benefit from the same PCIe Gen 5 support for graphics and storage. Here are its features:
MSI PRO X670-P WIFI blends superior quality assembly with stable functionality. MSI has stated that the X670E class motherboards will be equipped with a 10-layer PCB design, whereas the X670 motherboards will support up to 8-layer PCBs. X670E class motherboards require PCB layers with improved server quality to upkeep the Gen 5.0 signal integrity for discrete GPUs and storage. Because the X670 motherboard doesn’t provide dGPU and M.2 Gen 5 support, they could remove 8-layers, and still, it will be a high-end PCB design.
ASRock will initially release the five latest X670E motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPU Family. Every motherboard will be positioned in its segment, incorporating the Standard Taichi, CARRARA Taichi, Steel Legend, Phantom Gaming, and Pro Series lineup.
Now let’s go through the individual features and specs.
This particular edition motherboard is designed to rejoice the ASRock’s 20th Anniversary. It matches the excellent strength and the aesthetic of Carrara marble. A high-end 26-Phase SPS Dr.MOS power delivery is supported.
The four DDR5 DIMM slots support up to 128 GB memory capacities and overclocked (EXPO) profiles. Moreover, the CPU socket is driven by a dual 8-pin connector structure.
Expansion slots are a single PCIe Gen 5 x4, two PCIe Gen 5.0 x16 slots (x8/x16 electrical), and three PCIe Gen 4 x4 M.2 slots. Substantial metallic heatsinks enclose all these slots.
Eight SATA III ports are also included. I/O ports are dual USB 4, five USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, and seven USB 3.2 Gen 1. A 2.5 GbE Ethernet LAN port and WiFi 6E capabilities are supported.
The ASRock X670E Taichi’s design resembles the Carrara lineup. Both these motherboards are implemented with several outstanding features and the latest technology, including PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support.
With the Thunderbolt 4.0 support, the X670 platform has been pushed into the high-end desktop category. ASRock considered the VRM design with a total of 26 phases SPS Dr.MOS design on X670E Taichi. Hence, this one is the most efficient ASRock AM5 product.
Apart from the difference, the standard Taichi will cost slightly lower considering that the other model is more of a classic product.
This motherboard is another robust mainstream offering from ASRock X670E implemented with an 18 Phase SPS design. Its prominent features include M.2 ports, PCIe Gen 5.0 expansion slots, and several Gen 4 ports. Dual LAN capabilities are supported with a 1 GbE and 2.5 GbE Ethernet connection.
The ASRock X670E Pro RS is an entry-level offering implemented with a 16 Phase VRM. Its design depicts attractive black & gunmetal silver visuals. M.2 slots and PCIe Gen 5.0 expansion slots are included. I/O ports support WiFi 6E capabilities and a Dragon 2.5 GbE LAN with many USB ports.
ASRock does not much show off this motherboard. It is the entry-level motherboard but still provides an 18 Phase VRM design and an 8+4 pin CPU power connector structure.
A Gen 5.0 x4 M.2 slot and a single PCIe Gen 5.0 x16 are included. The I/O is the most fundamental. ASRock doesn’t currently have the live product page, so we can’t confirm the precise number of USB ports or the I/O capabilities. But it will not include WiFi 6E.
Gigabyte has till now launched 5 motherboards -4 in its AORUS lineup and 1 in its AERO lineup. During the last event, the company mentioned its motherboard prices. So now let’s go through its lineup:
Let’s go through the features and specifications of each of them.
It is the first AM5 flagship from Gigabyte. It comes with the AM5 (LGA 1718) socket and an 18 Phase (105A) power delivery that powers up the AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs. The design shows a 24-pin ATX plug and dual 8-pin connectors. Beside the socket are four DDR5 DIMM slots featuring EXPO (Ryzen Extended Profiles For Overclocking) support. These slots will support a maximum of 128 GB capacity.
It also boasts excellent I/O capabilities. It contains three PCIe x16 slots (2x Gen 4 x 4, 1x Gen 5 x8) and total four PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 slots. Due to plenty of Gen 5 M.2 slots, the PCIe slot bandwidth is reduced to only x8 lanes. However, the bandwidth is still the same as that in a PCIe Gen 4.0 x16 interface.
Other prominent features include 6 SATA III ports, an all-heatsink mantle for the M.2 slots with the PCH, and large aluminum fin stacks covering the VRMs. The included Marvell AQC113C chip controller is channeled through a PCIe 4.0 interface for 10 GbE Ethernet LAN accompanied by a wide range of I/O on the backplate that contains Clear CMOS and Q-Flash Plus buttons. Minimum 10 USB Gen 2 ports and HDMI/DP ports are included for the RDNA 2 iGPU.
The price of the AORUS X670E Xtreme motherboard will be lesser than the existing X570 AORUS Xtreme motherboard.
It is one of Gigabyte’s high-end best-selling series that maintains a balance between high-end features and pricing. The VRM design is implemented in a 16+2+2 (105A) PD and is driven through dual 8-pin connectors. The Aluminum fin-array stack covers cover VRMs. Identical to the Xtreme motherboards, this one is designed in an E-ATX form factor.
It has three PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 slots and three PCIe x16 slots (2x Gen 4 x 4, 1x Gen 5 x16). Six SATA III ports offer ample storage options. The aesthetics show an industrial-centric design with a black metal finish on heatsinks.
12 USB (10 Gen 2) ports are included on the rear with a 2.5 GbE Ethernet LAN connector. Due to the inclusion of a third Gen 5 M.2 port, you will not have USB 4.0 support. The pricing is identical to the X570S AORUS Master motherboard. Therefore, this motherboard is recommended for many high-end Ryzen 7000 PC manufacturers.
This one is the first one in the X670 family. It is driven by a dual 8-pin connector configuration and supports a 16+2+2 (90A) PD. Contrasting the other high-end options that support a fin-heatsink design, the PRO AX motherboard includes a standard aluminum heatsink that still offers efficient cooling.
It has excellent I/O capabilities. This is because it contains four PCIe M.2 slots (one of them is Gen 5 compliant, and the remaining are Gen 4 slots) and three PCIe x16 slots (a Gen 4 x16, a Gen 4 x4, and a Gen 3 x4. There is an identical array of I/O on the backplate with four USB 3.0 ports, six USB Gen 2 ports, dual USB Type-C ports (a Gen 2×2, a Gen 2), and a single 2.5 GbE LAN port.
Gigabyte comes one tier downward on the AORUS lineup through its X670 Elite AX motherboard. It is implemented with a single Gen 5.0 NVMe slot and a 16+2+2 phase design. It has various features anticipated from AMD Ryzen 7000 platforms like WiFi 6E, 2.5GbE LAN, and appropriately sized heatsinks on the PCHs, VRM, and the M.2 slots.
Many of its features are identical to the AORUS Master. It doesn’t include a Gen 5 M.2 slot, but it is replaced with the ASMedia ASM4242 USB4 host controller with two USB 4 ports on the I/O backplate.
Its rearview depicts the two AMD X670(E) chipsets directly under the circuitry to accommodate DDR5 DIMMs. They are two independent chipsets instead of a single substrate boasting two PCH dies. The PCH heatsink features a solid aluminum body and offers efficient cooling.
Gigabyte will also provide a Tachyon series motherboard but will be implemented on the B650(E) chipset instead of the X670 series chipsets.
Till now, Biostar has only demonstrated one motherboard in its X670 lineup, i.e., the X670E Valkyrie. It represents its flagship design. It features an attractive design with gold, silver, and black accents. Its form factor is ATX. It is implemented with a 22-phase VRM design, 105A Dr.MOS MOSFETs in an 8-layer PCB platform, and a 2oz Copper design.
8-pin power connectors power the CPU. Four DDR5 memory slots are included to support 128 GB capacities. These slots offer fast speeds through AMD’s EXPO technology.
It includes a single PCIe Gen 4.0 x16 (x4) slot, two PCIe Gen 5.0 x16 slots (x16/x8), two Gen 4 and two Gen 5 M.2 slots, and six SATA III ports. Other built-in ports are four USB 2.0 ports, thirteen USB 3.2 (Gen 2×2 & Gen 2) ports, and a 2.5 GbE Ethernet LAN port driven by Intel’s I225V controller.
An internal Thunderbolt header and WiFi 6E capabilities are also supported.
The AMD 600-series motherboards from their partners appear great and must offer superb support on AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs scheduled to launch on 15th September 2022.
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