X670E for Extreme, X670 for enthusiasts, B650 for mainstream motherboards

AMD also announced its brand new AM5 platform which will support Ryzen 7000 desktop processors and include motherboards based on the X670E, X670 and B650 chipsets.

AMD X670E, X670, and B650 chipsets to enable next-gen PCIe Gen 5.0 ecosystem for CPU-ready Ryzen 7000 motherboards

AMD Ryzen 7000 processors will migrate to a new home known as AM5, the successor to the long-lived AM4 platform. This marks a new start for the Ryzen Desktop family and as such existing Ryzen processors starting with Ryzen 1000 and up to Ryzen 5000 will not be supported by the new platform, we’ll tell you why. is so.

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The AM5 platform will primarily feature the brand new LGA 1718 socket. That’s right, AMD is no longer going the PGA (Pin Grid Array) route and is now focusing on LGA (Land Grid Array), similar to what Intel uses on its existing desktop processors. The main reason to upgrade to LGA is due to the addition of enhanced and next-gen features such as 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 under your precious processors are over.

You can also check the official announcements from the card manufacturers in the links below:

AMD AM5 Feature Set: X670E, X670, and B650 Launching This Fall

In terms of features, the AM5 platform will initially support AMD’s Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” desktop processors and will extend that support to future Ryzen processors and APUs. The platform offers DDR5-5200 (JEDEC) memory support, up to 24 PCIe lanes (Gen 5 standard), increased NVMe 4.0 and USB 3.2 I/O lanes and we also heard talk about native USB 4.0 support which will be a game-changer.

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A new feature called EXPO (AMD Extended Profiles for overclocking) will improve the OC of DDR5 memory on the new platform, similar to Intel’s XMP. It’s been a rough road for AM4 to deliver decent DDR4 OC capabilities, but that’s more or less been settled by now, we can only expect DDR5 to have a much better OC and compatibility experience compared to DDR4 on AM4 platforms. Also, it looks like the platform will only be compatible with DDR5 and we won’t see DDR4 options like we do on Intel’s existing platform. But with DDR5 improving prices and availability, that won’t be so bad for most of the high-end consumers that AMD will be aiming for first.

AMD AM5 Platform Block Diagram:

AM5 compatible AMD 600 series motherboards are currently prepared by board manufacturers. The 600 series line will initially consist of three chipsets, the X670E, X670 and B650. In terms of features, the X670E (Extreme) is designed for the highest level of motherboards with unparalleled capabilities and extreme overclocking, and will support PCIe 5.0 for GPU and storage. X670 motherboards will be very similar in offering enthusiast-level overclocking, but PCIe Gen 5.0 support for storage and graphics will depend on manufacturers. It’s likely that some card makers will take a cost-effective route and only enable PCIe 5.0 support for the GPU while limiting storage to PCIe 4.0. Both X670 chipsets will ship in a dual PCH solution on the motherboard to enable increased I/O for the next generation platform.

Finally, there’s the B650 chipset which will be intended as a consumer motherboard solution and will only come with PCIe 5.0 support for storage devices. The B650 motherboards will succeed the B550 motherboards and will be offered in a similar price range. Compared to the X670/E offerings, the B650 chipset will be available in a single PCH design. The motherboards will also support the RDNA 2 iGPU which will be featured on the Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” processors and will offer both HDMI/DP outputs.

One of the highlighted features of the AMD AM5 600 series platform is SAS or Smart Access Storage. This technology will enable GPU decompression with supported Microsoft DirectStorage games. While there aren’t many yet, expect industry-wide support for it on newer platforms.

SmartAccess storage lets you exit the loading screen and access your gameplay

Traditional game loading requires a significant amount of computing power to decompress game data, requiring the CPU to perform decompression and data transfer, which introduces latency and consumes significant system resources.

To help circumvent these bottlenecks, AMD has created SmartAccess Storage, a suite of technologies supporting Microsoft DirectStorage that uses Smart Access Memory with new AMD platform technologies along with Radeon GPU resource decompression to improve at both game load times and texture streaming.

AMD AM4/TR4 Chipset Features and Specifications:

Wccftech X670E/X670 X570 X399 Refresh X399 X470 X370 B450 B350 A320 X300 A300
CrossfireX/SLI Bidirectional triple CFX/SLI Bidirectional triple CFX/SLI Quad SLI/CFX
(Maximum support for 6 GPUs)
Quad SLI/CFX
(Maximum support for 6 GPUs)
Bidirectional triple CFX/SLI Bidirectional triple CFX/SLI N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
PCIe Gen 5 lanes 24 (with Ryzen 7000 processors and above) N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
PCIe Gen 3/4 lanes To be determined 30 +16 (with Ryzen 7 processor) 60 (with Threadripper processor)
4 lanes reserved for PCH
60 (with Threadripper processor)
4 lanes reserved for PCH
16 (with Ryzen 7 processor) 16 (with Ryzen 7 processor)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 processor) 16 (with Ryzen 7 processor)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 CPU)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 processor)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
16 (with Ryzen 7 processor)
8 (with Bristol Ridge)
PCIe Gen 2 lanes N / A N / A 8 PCIe lanes (reserved) 8 PCIe lanes (reserved) 8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe) 8 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe) 6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe) 6 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe) 4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe) 4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe) 4 (plus x2 PCIe Gen3 in the absence of x4 NVMe)
USB 3.1/3.2 Gen2 To be determined 8 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 0
USB 3.1/3.2 Gen1 To be determined 12 (PCH+CPU) 13 (PCH+UC) 13 (PCH+UC) ten ten 6 6 6 4 4
USB2.0 To be determined N / A 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 0 0
SATA 6Gb/s 8 8 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 2 2
SATA express To be determined 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
DDR5 DIMMs 4 N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
DDR4 DIMMs N / A 4 8 8 4 4 4 4 2 2 2
Overclocking
Support
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Nope Yes Nope
Improved XFR2 Yes Yes Yes Nope Yes Nope Yes Nope Nope Nope Nope
Precision Overdrive Yes Yes Yes Nope Yes Nope Yes Nope Nope Nope Nope
NVMe Yes (generation 5.0) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Form factor ATX ATX, MATX ATX, MATX ATX, MATX ATX, MITX ATX ATX, M-ATX ATX, M-ATX M-ATX, Mini-ITX Mini ITX M-ATX, Mini-ITX

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