What just happened? ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI revealed more details about their upcoming high-end X670 and X670E motherboards. Some of the most notable features include PCIe 5.0 and USB4 support, extreme power delivery design and a wider M.2-25110 slot. However, the two companies did not mention their B650 motherboards, suggesting that these boards may not launch alongside AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors next month.
In AMD’s latest Meet the Experts webinar, motherboard partners showcase some of the features and designs of their upcoming X670 and X670E motherboards. As a reminder, AMD’s AM5 platform will support CPUs with a TDP of up to 170W, 28 PCIe 5.0 lanes (x16 for graphics, x8 general-purpose lanes for storage and USB4/Thunderbolt 4 controllers, x4 for connecting chipsets), up to four DisplayPort 2 or HDMI 2.1 outputs, and dual-channel DDR5 memory.
ASRock revealed only one new model, the X670E PG Lightning, but also talked about some new features for their X670E motherboard, including a USB4 port that supports 27W fast charging, an eight-layer PCB, and an active cooling M.2 heatsink to prevent PCIe 5.0 SSD overheating.
ASUS showed off two of its upcoming motherboards, including the flagship ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme and the high-end ROG Crosshair X670E Hero. They will feature an impressive VRM solution with 110A power stages (20+2 phase design for Extreme and 18+2 phase for Hero), each with five M.2 slots (some of which are in separate add-on card), and high-end audio solutions based on the ALC4082 codec.
Extreme rear panel has 9 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps), 2 USB4 40Gbps, 10GbE and 2.5GbE jacks, audio port and Wi-Fi 6E antenna connector. Hero swapped the 10GbE jack for an HDMI port.
Meanwhile, Biostar’s X670E Valkyrie will feature a 22-phase VRM design with a 105A power stage, two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots, and four M.2 slots ( Two of them support PCIe 5.0).