AMD motherboard partners like ASUS, MSI, ASRock, Gigabyte and Biostar have unveiled more details on their best X670E designs for Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs.
ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock and Biostar present their high-end AMD X670E motherboards
AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs will migrate to a new home known as AM5, the successor to the long-lasting AM4 platform. It marks a new beginning for the Ryzen Desktop family and as such existing Ryzen CPUs starting with Ryzen 1000 and up to Ryzen 5000 will not be supported by the new platform, we’ll tell you why this is.
The AM5 platform will first feature the all-new LGA 1718 socket. That’s right, AMD is no longer following the PGA (Pin Grid Array) path and is now focusing on LGA (Land Grid Array), similar to what Intel uses on its existing desktop processors. The main reason for switching to LGA is due to the addition of advanced and next generation features like PCIe Gen 5, DDR5, etc. which we will see on the AM5 platform. The socket has a single latch and the days of worrying about the pins underneath your precious processors are over.
Representatives from each motherboard manufacturer have joined AMD’s latest live stream of “Meet The Experts” to talk about their next-generation X670E designs, but it looks like there may still be some details regarding overclocking and memory support, which AMD may not like to be we talked about right now, although the full product line announcement is in a few weeks on August 29 with a launch scheduled for August 15. So let’s take a look at what the new high-end motherboard offerings have to offer.
ASUS X670E motherboards
ASUS kicked off the launch by unveiling its high-end ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme and ROG Crosshair X670E HERO motherboards. ROG Crosshair motherboards feature 20 + 2 phases for Extreme models and 18 + 2 phases for HERO models. Both models are designed with some crazy 110A power stages 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 high-end power delivery is a necessity when overclocking the CPU as it leads to huge power surges and power demand increases exponentially. Some highlighted features include WiFi 6E (AX210), 10GbE Marvell AQC113CS connectors, PCIe x16 and M.2 Gen 5.0 ports, USB 4 and Quick Charge 4+.
MSI X670E motherboards
MSI will launch four brand new X670E motherboards within its MEG, MPG and PRO lineups. We recently revealed their flagship MEG X670E GODLIKE motherboards and the manufacturer confirmed the specs and PCB we reported. The VRM configuration for MSI’s 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 is pushing things to the limit with high-end heatsink 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 a solution with active cooling), 60W USB Type-C power supply and more robust power supply for each level of the motherboard. We also take a better look at the MEG X670E GODLIKE which looks more beastly than ever with its extremely saturated PCB design and tons of IO to work with. More details on MSI’s training here.
Gigabyte X670E motherboards
The range presented by Gigabyte includes four AORUS motherboards which include 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 phases (SPS 105A) Renesas RAA229628
- X670E AORUS Master – 16 phases (SPS 105A) Renesas RAA229620
- X670E AORUS Pro AX – Infineon XDPE192C3 16-phase (SPS 90A).
- X670E AORUS Elite AX – 16 phases (SPS 70A) Infineon XDPE192C3
We’ve covered these motherboards before, including the AERO model earlier here along with their pricing.
ASRock X670E motherboards
ASRock introduces five X670E motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs. These include X670E Taichi Carrara, X670E Taichi, X670E Steel Legend, X670E PRO RS and X670E PG Lightning. All five motherboards are fully compatible with the next generation AMD Zen 4 CPUs along with DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5.0 memory.
The company highlighted some of the main features: USB Type-C with fast charging, 8-layer PCB design, PCIe 5.0 and M.2 plus DDR5 fan heatsink design with protective circuitry. The training is also detailed by us here.
Biostar X670E motherboards
Biostar also talked a little bit about their 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 premium product designed to support high-end AMD Zen 4 CPUs.
Will there be mATX and Mini-ITX AM5 motherboards?
Answering a question posed by viewers about whether we will see mATX and Mini-ITX designs within the AM5 family, ASRock’s Mike Yang said there are some hurdles they are working on such as thermal heat dissipation on a form factor. so small but once a breakthrough has been made, they definitely plan to offer smaller card designs for every chipset in the AMD 600 series line.
Do 2280 M.2 SSDs fit the new M.2 2510 slots?
MSI’s Michiel Berkhout said the current 2280 M.2 form factor is fully compatible with the 2510 M.2 slots found on their motherboards.
Will Gigabyte have a Tachyon motherboard for the 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 are probably looking at a B650 (E) product.
It’s always nice to get more information directly from motherboard manufacturers, but key details like AMD EXPO DDR5 memory and overclocking support are still missing. It looks like we now have to wait for the reviews that won’t come out until September 13 to get more data on those, but we’ll try to give you more information on those in the coming weeks.