Venders showcase X670E & X670 motherboards 

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AM5 first look: AMD regularly hosts “meet the experts” events, where experts in a broad manner of computing (usually from manufacturers) are invited to speak about their products or even AMD’s own. 

Thursday’s “meet the experts” event was all about the new platform for their up-and-coming Zen 4 CPUs, AM5, and what motherboard manufacturers are going to bring to the table with the latest X670E and X670 chipsets. Spoiler alert, it’s big! 

This particular event was held on the 4th of August 2022. 

Now read: AM5, what we know. 

AM5 first look: X670E and X670 chipsets 

Firstly, AMD confirmed that the high-end AM5 motherboards would utilize AMD’s X670E and X670 chipsets. The X670E (Extreme) chipset will support ‘unparalleled’ expandability, extreme overclocking support, and PCIe gen 5 connectivity for multiple GPUs as well as Gen 5 enabled M.2 SSDs. 

The X670E chipset will be the first chipset to feature a dual chip design, keeping the TDP down to a minimum. One of the biggest complaints on X570 motherboards was the noisy active chipset cooling.

The X670 chipset is a little tamer, but AMD promised that it would still cater to the most avid PC enthusiast. With strong overclocking support on both CPU and RAM, with plenty of connectivity too. 

AMD itself outlined key features of the AM5 platform too. AM5 has been confirmed to support a socket TDP of 170W, to maximize the performance of AMD’s next-generation processors. AMD’s new Zen 4 CPUs support up to 24 PCIe lanes (16X PCIe 4x for storage and 4x for chipset), Dual-channel DDR5 memory support, as many as four DisplayPort2 or HDMI 2.1 ports, up to 14 USB ports (including several USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports as well as USB-C), and finally Wi-Fi 6E on a select few motherboards. 

AM5 key points

AMD X670E chipset solutions

AM5 motherboard manufacturers seem to have pumped a lot of resources into power staging and VRMs this time around, with a heavy and consistent focus on power delivery coming from each of the manufacturer’s presentations. 

Focusing on power delivery proves advantageous as it extends the overclocking potential of Zen 4 processors, by supporting higher voltages and frequencies with greater stability. 

Some X670E and X670 motherboards will come equipped with the M.2-25110 slot standard to ensure compatibility with upcoming high-performance SSDs. 

Connectivity is new and improved with the main X670 and X670E motherboards supporting USB4 and Thunderbolt 3/4 via an external controller. 

Some X670 and X670E motherboards will support the latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity using AMD’s own RZ616 Wi-Fi 6E controller, whereas others will use a solution made by Intel. 

There was no real mention of DDR5 voltages or speeds in any of the manufacturer’s presentations. 

Now let’s take a look at what Asus, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte, and Biostar have in store for us when AM5 launches.