NZXT N7 B550 – NikKTech

Rather than creating the best all-around motherboards NZXT’s goal to date has been to offer models that combine high performance with a good set of features at a relatively affordable price range. So even though the N7 B550 may not be a beast in terms of overclocking potential (the 16 phase design works well but the average passive cooling solution used is obviously not meant to handle heavy loads) and it may lack the number of PCIe and M.2 slots found in other models (not to mention any onboard ARGB/RGB LEDs) overall, it does deliver on pretty much everything that really matters.

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AMD Considering AM4 Compatible Zen 4 Chips?

All things considered, AMD has already announced that Zen 4 CPUs, either Ryzen or EPYC, will only feature support for DDR5 memory so this means that there’s no DDR4 IMC on the Zen 4 core. If the red team was to bring Zen 4 on the existing AM4 motherboards, then it would have to make special variants of the chip that house the necessary DDR4 IMC as AM4 is an all-DDR4 platform.

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AMD Zen 4 & Socket AM5 Explained – TechPowerUp

The new Zen 4 Ryzen processors will have eight general purpose lanes, of which at least four will be required to be dedicated to an M.2 storage slot (always Gen 5). The other four lanes are up to the motherboard manufacturers. Some boards will use these to implement Thunderbolt 4 (Intel Maple Ridge JHL8540) or USB4 (ASMedia ASM4242). If none of these options are used, these lanes can go towards an additional M.2 slot.

With integrated graphics becoming standard on Zen 4, the first generation of AM5 processors will offer four dedicated display outputs, with HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 being supported, but neither being required as far as we understand. There are also four USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports and at least one USB 2.0 port coming from the processor. Three of the USB 3.2 ports also support DP Alt Mode, something we’ve seen several announced boards supporting on at least one USB-C port. This seems to be up to the motherboard manufacturers to implement once again.

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ASUS Infinity 2022 – Price Drops

ASUS has announced the Infinity campaign, running through June. The sales campaign features multiple deals across all ASUS product lines. The campaign covers special promotions through Memorial Day and Father’s Day for eligible products while supplies last. Here are some current deals on select motherboards:

CountryModelDurationMSRPPromo Price
USROG STRIX B550-F GAMING WIFI II + Router5/16 – 5/31$ 229.99$ 209.99
USROG STRIX Z590-A GAMING WIFI5/1 – 5/31$ 329.99$ 229.99
USTUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI5/1 – 5/31$ 259.99$ 159.99
USROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI5/1 – 5/31$ 299.99$ 229.99
USPRIME Z590-A5/1 – 5/31$ 249.99$ 179.99

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Phison E26 PCIe Gen 5 SSD Controller w/X670E in Action

The demo system was running on a proprietary Phison test board which allows them to evaluate & test next-generation PCIe Gen 5.0 SSDs. The platform utilized for this demonstration was running an ASUS ROG X670E HERO motherboard with a prototype AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPU. In terms of performance, the demo yielded a sequential read of up to 12.5 GB/s and a sequential write rated at 10 GB/s. These are some blistering fast speeds compared to the maximum 7-7.5 GB/s speeds on current PCIe Gen 4.0 SSDs.

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AMD’s B650 / B650E Chipsets to Support CPU & Memory Overclocks

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.

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Tom’s Hardware – AMD’s Multi-Chipset Strategy

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, 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.

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TechPowerUp Goes Hands-On w/GIGABTE’s X670 Motherboards

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.

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AMD’s Socket AM4 Platform – Living On

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.

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MSI Announces X670E/X670 Socket AM5 Motherboards

[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

AMD Socket AM5

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

AMD Socket AM5

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

AMD Socket AM5

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.

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