As a part of the AMD 600-series AM5 family, the AMD B650 motherboards will come in two flavors, the standard B650 and the B650E (Extreme). As is the case with the X670E and X670, the ‘E’ variant will feature all-around support for PCIe Gen 5 for discrete graphics & NVMe storage. The standard options will allow PCIe Gen 5.0 support only for the NVMe storage. However, bringing PCIe Gen 5 support for the storage will increase the adoption rate of next-gen Gen 5 NVMe SSDs which AMD & Phison are working on right now.
A new trend in motherboard design are sleek designs with no visible power circuits or power cables. Heavily reinforced motherboards hidden under metallic and plastic covers might change what we expect from next-gen motherboards soon, but this will require a lot of changes.
MSI’s Project Zero is based on MEG Unify design, most likely the Z690 model with quad-DDR5 SO-DIMM support. The company took a step back and redesigned the placement for motherboard headers, SATA and power connectors. Those are now located at the rear. This also means that some problem may arise, such as how to attach cables in such a tight space.
Yesterday AMD announced its upcoming AM5 platform powering its Ryzen 7000 series CPUs, along with three new chipsets featuring more I/O connectivity. The biggest surprise is AMD’s introduction of a multi-chip design for its flagship X670E and X670 chipset models. This isn’t something we’ve seen before on a consumer-focused platform, but AMD’s choice to go multi-chiplet on its flagship chipsets could pay off.
According to a report by Angstronomics.com, AMD’s multi-chip approach for X670 and X670E has similar advantages to AMD’s current chiplet architecture on Ryzen CPUs. With this approach, AMD can increase I/O expansion drastically while at the same time significantly reducing manufacturing costs. This would be impossible if AMD built single monolithic dies for X670 and X670E.
Gigabyte will have a full lineup of boards coming later this year when AMD launches its AM5 platform, although based on the information we were given, the majority of its boards will be based on the B650 chipset. We should point out that there will be high-end B650 motherboards that will be priced similar to lower-end X670 models, which means that buying AM5 motherboards will be highly dependent on what features you favour. Unfortunately no B650 motherboards were on display and we won’t be sharing any details of these models at this time. As for the X670E versus X670 chipsets, as there are of course two per board, it seems like the difference comes down to PCIe 5.0 or PCIe 4.0 for the x16 PCIe slot as the major differentiator between Gigabyte’s different SKUs.
For ASRock, they have deployed the Phantom Gaming lineup to handle their single Z690 ITX chipset platform similarly as they did with Z590. The PG ITX/TB4, as the name would suggest, packs a significant amount of connectivity into the SFF ITX form factor, including Thunderbolt 4, as one would expect.
The rest of the hardware platform plays out as usual with LGA1700 socket support alongside a two-slot memory system that supports 64GB of DDR5. Speeds start at 4800MHz and run up to 6400MHz via XMP.
AMD’s AM4 platform has profited both AMD and the company’s client base over the last five years. Yesterday evening, or this morning or afternoon, depending on your timezone, the company revealed the new AM5 platform and the company’s roadmap for the following number of years. However, what will happen to the popular AMD AM4 technology, such as the currently released Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor? Will the company offer further support? Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, has given hope to those satisfied with their AM4 processors and may have given a glimmer of hope for new designs to continue manufacturing.
With the MEG Godlike, a limited-edition motherboard that requires a personal invite from MSI, the Z690 Ace has become the “hot and ready” platform for consumers wanting a top-end motherboard from MSI. The MEG Z690 Ace doesn’t disappoint with its hardware or aesthetics. Like last year’s Z590 platform, this year’s Ace continues with the black and gold theme devoid of any onboard RGB, perfect for consumers who like minimalist builds.
[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI announced today that the new MEG X670E GODLIKE, MEG X670E ACE, MPG X670E CARBON WIFI and PRO X670-P WIFI to the brand-new AMD X670 Motherboard product lineup. These new X670 motherboards come with support for the upcoming AMD Ryzen™ 7000 Series processors. We always make sure our goal is to bring every new product as exciting as possible, especially with the new AMD processors and platform. As a world-leading motherboard brand, MSI wants to offer nothing but excitement. Integrated with the newest technologies and packed full of features, MSI is ready to move into the next generation. Let us introduce you to our brand new X670 motherboards.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series processors are the first to use the 5nm FinFET process from TSMC as well as introducing a brand-new platform and socket from AMD. AMD Ryzen 7000 Series processors bring new features like PCIe 5.0, DDR5 Memory support and much more! The X670 chipset is divided into two segments – X670 Extreme and X670. X670E supports PCIe 5.0 through both the PCIe slot and M.2 slot whereas X670 motherboards support PCIe 5.0 through the M.2 slot exclusively. In addition to PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support, all MSI X670E & X670 motherboards specification have been upgraded including rear USB Type-C will now support up to Display Port 2.0 output1. Even more, MEG motherboards’ front USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C will support 60W Power Delivery. The VRM design has also been upgraded with up to 24+2 Power Phases with 105A Smart Power Stage. Adopted the brand-new ID concept, both Gaming and PRO series motherboards represent its identity. To synchronize the aesthetic look and perfectly match with the different product lines, especially with DIY components, the Product Identity is ready on the X670 motherboard. X670E Gaming motherboard comes with neat feature designs that further ease your way to enhance your motherboard. MSI have the exclusive M-Vision Dashboard that allows amazing customization with a touch of a finger to see more detail visual aspect of your motherboard status. A few new features that come along with our X670E Motherboards are screw-less M.2 Shield Frozr as well as MSI’s patent pending M.2 Shield Frozr with magnetic design to help upgrade or installing M.2 SSD with ease2. As well as a smart button in the rear I/O panel for even more customization from entering safe boot, turn on/off all RGB LEDs or activate Turbo Fan. All MSI X670 motherboards will support ARGB Gen2 devices, RGB fanatics will have more options to make their brand-new PC shine even brighter.
The Revelation of Legend – MEG Series
Our MEG Series have more features than ever on our MEG X670E GODLIKE and MEG X670E ACE motherboards. The MEG Series adopt E-ATX PCB size and have up to 24+2 VRM phases with 105A Smart Power Stage. They are cooled by a Stacked fin array design heatsink as a well as a heat-pipe to dissipate heat effectively while maintaining at peak performance. There is also a MOSFET baseplate for more heat dissipation for the VRM while the Metal backplate is there to help protect the PCB as well as keeping the rigidity of the board. The MEG Series motherboards are equipped with up to 4 onboard M.2 slots including 1 M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 slot and a M.2 XPANDER-Z GEN5 DUAL add-on card inside the box for 2 additional PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slots for ultimate experience.
Be Ahead, Pop Your Style – MPG Series
The MPG Series enjoys extraordinary upgrades for the new AMD platform. With the use of carbon black color scheme, MPG X670E CARBON WIFI is steadier than before. This motherboard features 2 PCIe 5.0 x16 slots and 4 M.2 slots that are split into 2 M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 and 2 PCIe 5.0 x4. It comes with 18+2 VRM power phases with 90A and cooled by Extended heatsink design. Featured the latest specifications, you will definitely be satisfied with a unique aesthetic finish from the Chipset Heatsink to the VRM Heatsink on the MPG X670E CARBON WIFI.
Business Elegance – PRO Series
The PRO Series might be the best in popularity for enterprises and creators. With the 14+2 Phases Duet Rail Power System and dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, the PRO X670-P WIFI will tackle any task with ease. The PRO Series does come equipped with 1 M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 slot, 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E solution, which can speed through your work with breeze. The linear design matches your office or studio in every possible way for a more unified look.
Get ready for the new look of high-end. AMD’s long-anticipated AM5 platform is breaking cover, and we’re ready to share some details on our flagship motherboard in the series: the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme. Boasting next-gen PCIe 5.0 connectivity, DDR5 RAM, and a massive power delivery subsystem primed for overclocking, this next-gen board offers those who dare an unrivalled platform for their next build. ASUS Q-Design features simplify and streamline the build process, and a robust suite of tools empowers enthusiasts to maximize system performance. At a later date, we’ll have more information to share about other upcoming X670 motherboards from our ROG, ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, ProArt, and ASUS Prime families, but for now, one thing is certain: the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme is destined to become one of the most coveted boards of this generation.
Next-gen memory, solid-state drives, and graphics cards all have one thing in common: the number five. DDR5 RAM is here, and components that leverage PCI Express 5.0 (PCIe) connectivity have landed or are looming on the horizon.
The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme lets you reap the advantages of the massive bandwidth, sizzling new speeds, and exceptional power efficiency offered by next-generation DDR5 RAM. With data rates 50% faster than previous-generation DDR4 memory, DDR5 unleashes a new tier of performance, and this motherboard has a host of hardware and firmware optimizations that enable users to overclock capable kits to the absolute limit.
PCIe 5.0 connectivity empowers you today with a comprehensive selection of high-speed ports, and it’ll give you access to the fastest next-gen SSDs and GPUs as they hit the market. With double the link speeds of PCIe 4.0, the new standard provides us with the bandwidth to deck out the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme with USB4® and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. Since so many gamers use their PC’s front panel USB ports to recharge devices, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme offers a front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 2×2 connector with support for Quick Charge 4+. Make sure to pair this motherboard with a case featuring a front-panel USB Type-C port so that you can have convenient access to 60W charging.*
Two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots stand ready for the cutting-edge graphics cards of today and tomorrow. Between its two onboard slots and the three additional slots made available through the ROG PCIe 5.0 M.2 card and the ROG GEN-Z.2 card, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme offers five total M.2 slots. Four support PCIe 5.0 x4 mode. Heatsinks for all the slots, including those on the add-in cards, ensure that you get the full performance of your drives without throttling. Six SATA 6Gbps ports let you establish an even larger storage array so you never have to ration your game library.
Gaming superiority personified
With its angular lines, vivid RGB LED accents, and moody black tones, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard loves taking center stage. For unmatched personalization options, this board features the AniMe Matrix™ display, an array of LEDs that can show off custom retro-style animations. Vibrant underglow lighting streams from the right edge of the board. An AURA RGB header, an addressable Gen 2 header, and a six-pin ARGB Gen 2 header which supports two additional ARGB Gen 2 headers let you connect RGB LED strips for your case— and easily synchronize it all with your compatible Aura Sync gear.
Time and again, the striking visual elements of the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme serve your desire for unbridled performance. Large heatsinks atop the VRM circuitry, chipset, and onboard M.2 slots offer substantial cooling power and symmetrical beauty. Multilayer graphics grace the surface of the wide heatsink cover for the primary M.2 slot. And the integrated aluminum I/O cover assists in cooling circuitry, simplifies your build process, and looks sharp in the process.
Serious cooling, serious performance
A robust power solution gives the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme nearly unbounded potential for taking your next-gen AMD Ryzen CPU to the next level. With its 20+2 teamed power stages rated for 110A, this EATX motherboard stands ready to deliver copious amounts of stable to power to your CPU. ProCool II power connectors offer better contact with PSU plugs, improved heat dissipation, and better reliability over common hardware. MicroFine alloy chokes and premium 10K black metallic capacitors provide the smoothest possible power delivery to the processor, even under the highest loads.
Today’s processors take advantage of available power and thermal headroom to offer you the best performance at any moment, so cooling isn’t just a matter of comfort—comprehensive cooling makes sure that you get the sustained performance that you demand. The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme gives you a full suite of options for setting up your dream cooling solution. Six headers for chassis and radiator fans let you establish and control system airflow. Planning to deploy a custom liquid-cooling solution? A wealth of headers for pumps and flow rates give you total command over the coolant coursing through your build.
Innovative Q-Design features streamline your build process
Building and customizing a high-end gaming PC has never been so easy. To make sure that your build process is as hassle-free as possible, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme features our exclusive ASUS Q-Design innovations, including the PCIe Q-Release button. Today’s cutting-edge graphics cards often have beefy cooling solutions and sturdy backplates. That’s great for performance—but they can get in the way of popping the PCIe release latch free. Our PCIe Slot Q-Release button lets you release your graphics card from the slot with one press, no fumbling or tiny fingers required.
Similarly, traditional DIMM slot designs require you to lock in both sides of the memory stick, and it wasn’t always easy for those of us with larger fingers to unlock the latch closest to the graphics card. That’s why we’ve implemented our new single-sided Q-DIMM latching design. With this arrangement, you won’t have to worry about a latch that may be too close to your graphics card. A single latch on the easier-to-access side of the DIMM slot is all it takes to hold your memory stick firmly in place. Installing your RAM with the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard—and upgrading it down the road—is that much easier.
We’ve even simplified the process of installing an M.2 drive. Our M.2 Q-Latch gives you the peace of mind that you’ll never have to handle another tiny, easily lost M.2 screw ever again. Now, you can secure or loosen an M.2 drive with just your fingertips.
Even with all these features that simplify PC building, problems can still arise during the build process. The ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme gives you peace of mind with features that make it easy to diagnose the situation. Our ASUS Q-LED diagnostic array gives you a quick and easy reference if your system encounters a critical error during its power-on self test. Four LEDs on the motherboard, clearly marked for the CPU, RAM, graphics card, or boot device, will light up to tell you exactly which component has encountered an error. Additionally, the Q-Code LED display provides you with a 2-digit code that indicates the most likely cause of an error as a starting point for troubleshooting.
Many gamers today just don’t trust their wireless network to reliably lead them to victory. The 5.0GHz and 2.4GHz bands that most of our devices use to connect to the internet are only getting more congested with smartphones, laptops, and smart home devices competing for signal, especially in locations like condos and apartments where multiple home networks might be overlapping. Thankfully, there’s a solution in sight in select regions: Wi-Fi 6E.
This new standard takes advantage of the 6GHz band, a slice of spectrum only recently made available in specific countries. Connected to a Wi-Fi 6E router, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme will let you rise above the fray and enjoy the new frontier of wireless connections.
The motherboard’s wired networking options have bragging rights of their own. An Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet port gives you a high-bandwidth hardline to your router, while a Marvell AQtion 10Gb Ethernet port preps your machine to easily handle multi-terabyte file transfers on fast networks.
Audiophiles, take notice
If visuals take the front seat when it comes to gaming, audio is riding shotgun. For immersive, pristine audio from your speaker system and your headset, the audio chips and associated circuitry on ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme has been scrupulously designed for crystal-clear sound processing and output.
It starts with a SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound audio solution with integrated amplifiers and op-amps. The audio circuit design uses premium capacitors, interference shielding, and discrete traces for the left and right channels. Auto impedance detection lets you use even high-impedance audiophile headphones and get crystal-clear, distortion-free output. An ESS ES9218PQ Quad DAC pumps top-notch audio to the front-panel output with an exceptional 130 dB signal-to-noise ratio, perfect for plugging in a high-end headset.
More X670 motherboard options on the way
With its overclocking-ready power delivery subsystem, exceptional cooling options, aggressive style, and peerless connectivity, the ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme takes gaming performance to a new tier—and it’s just the first of many. In the coming months, we’ll be able to share the rest of the high-end ROG Crosshair lineup and motherboards from our other product families, as well. Stay tuned for more information, and reach out to your local ROG representative for information on pricing and availability.
As the announcement of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 family of processors officially brings the previous AM4 platform to an end. Ryzen 7000 will be the first family of processors using AMD’s new AM5 platform, which AMD is also disclosing the first deals of today. Using a LGA-type socket with 1718 pins, AM5 is the other piece of the puzzle in introducing DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support, as well as higher processor TDPs.
The big news on the I/O front is of course PCIe 5.0 support. This is intended to be used to drive next-generation video cards (and other accelerators) as well as next-generation SSDs, with AMD expecting the first PCIe 5 consumer SSDs to be avaialble just in time for the AM5 platform launch. With up to 32GB/sec of bandwidth in each direction, PCIe 5.0 will offer a lot of bandwidth, but its very tight signal integrity requirements are also in part what required AMD to move to a new socket, with LGA apparently being a better fit.