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Asus Unveils Trio of AMD X670E AM5 Motherboards For Zen 4

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With AMD's Ryzen 7000 introduction scheduled for August 29, it is time for motherboard makers to unveil their parts. A couple of weeks ago, all five makers of enthusiast-oriented mainboards gave a sneak peek at their AMD X670/X670E-based AM5 platforms. Still, Asus today was the first company to formally announce (opens in new tab) its initial AM5 family that contains several motherboards set to be sold at different price points.

In addition to the ROG Crosshair X670E Hero Extreme motherboard for gamers with deep pockets, Asus also introduced its ROG Crosshair X670E Hero as well as ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming Wi-Fi designed for those who do not want to pay for crème-de-la-crème flagship yet want to have everything that the new AMD X670E platform has to offer, and the TUF Gaming X670E-Plus Wi-Fi aimed at those who seek for premium features yet does not want to spend a small fortune on a motherboard.

In addition to the ROG Crosshair X670E Hero Extreme motherboard for gamers with deep pockets, Asus also introduced its ROG Crosshair X670E Hero as well as ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming Wi-Fi designed for those who do not want to pay for crème-de-la-crème flagship yet want to have everything that the new AMD X670E platform has to offer, and the TUF Gaming X670E-Plus Wi-Fi aimed at those who seek for premium features yet does not want to spend a small fortune on a motherboard.

All Asus' AMD X670E-based motherboards will naturally support AMD's Ryzen 7000-series processors with up to 16 Zen 4 cores in AM5 packaging aimed at enthusiasts and overlockers. In addition, all four mainboards will feature formidable CPU VRMs capable of delivering hundreds of watts of clean power to CPUs to maximize their overclocking potential.

The motherboards will carry four slots for DDR5 memory, several PCIe 5.0 slots, USB ports (including two USB 4 ports on some modes), and Wi-Fi 6E support on higher-end ROG motherboards. In addition, select AM5 mainboards will also offer M.2-22110 slots for high-capacity SSDs via an adapter, 2.5GbE, or even 10GbE connectivity.

Meanwhile, Asus ROG motherboards will also support the company's Q-Design features, including quick release buttons for PCIe, RAM, and M.2 slots to make it easier and faster for enthusiasts to uninstall and uninstall and uninstall and install new components.  

We have built a table that gives a quick look at the key features of Asus' upcoming AM5 motherboards and their differences.

Asus AM5 Motherboards at a Glance

ROG Crosshair X670E Hero Extreme ROG Crosshair X670E Hero ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming Wi-Fi TUF Gaming X670E-Plus Wi-Fi
VRM20+2 power stages, 110A20+2 power stages, 110A18+2 power stages, 110A16+2
Vcore PMICInfineon ASP2205Infineon ASP2205??
Power StageVishaySIC850VishaySIC850??
PCIe 5.0 x16 slots2x PCIe 5.0 x162x PCIe 5.0 x163x PCIe 5.0/4.0 x16PCIe 5.0 x16
PCIe slots---PCIe x16, PCIe x1
M.2 slots5 slots, PCIe 5.0 + PCIe 4.05 slots, PCIe 5.0 + PCIe 4.0? slots PCIe 5.0 + PCIe 4.04 slots PCIe 5.0/4.0/3.0
M.2-22110 card+++-
Ethernet10GbE + 2.5GbE2.5GbE??
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6E-
USB4/TBTwo USB 4 ports at 40GbpsTwo USB 4 ports at 40Gbps??
Audio CodecALC4082ALC4082??
Audio DACESS ES9218PQ Quad DACESS ES9218PQ Quad DAC??
Q-Design Features+++-

Eventually, Asus will add the ProArt X670E Creator Wi-Fi for content creators and the Prime X670-P/X670-P Wi-Fi for more provident buyers (and those motherboards will still be quite expensive, as we already know). Meanwhile, there will also be cheaper B650-based motherboards, as Asus' AM5 page title suggests (opens in new tab).

Anton Shilov
Freelance News Writer

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • kal326
    “In addition to the ROG Crosshair X670E Hero Extreme motherboard for gamers with deep pockets, Asus also introduced its ROG Crosshair X670E Hero as well as ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming Wi-Fi designed for those who do not want to pay for crème-de-la-crème flagship yet want to have everything that the new AMD X670E platform has to offer, and the TUF Gaming X670E-Plus Wi-Fi aimed at those who seek for premium features yet does not want to spend a small fortune on a motherboard.”

    A run on sentence so nice, you had to write it twice.
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  • -Fran-
    And when I bought my Crosshair VII Hero WiFi for £350 I thought it was super expensive... Oh boy... These things smell like they'll be priced to the Moon. I hope AMD can reason with the AIBs and make these reasonable, or they won't sell anything in volume xD

    Regards.
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  • TCA_ChinChin
    First thought straight off the bat is that they look nice with decent features but are probably gonna cost an arm and a leg.

    Second thought is I wonder when/how ITX and M-ATX boards are gonna be shipped. Is there even going to be enough board space for x670/e ITX or M-ATX boards? My guess is that other form factors are gonna be released a lot later than initial release and probably ship when the more budget chipsets get released, but maybe I'll be wrong?
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  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    TCA_ChinChin said:
    First thought straight off the bat is that they look nice with decent features but are probably gonna cost an arm and a leg.

    Second thought is I wonder when/how ITX and M-ATX boards are gonna be shipped. Is there even going to be enough board space for x670/e ITX or M-ATX boards? My guess is that other form factors are gonna be released a lot later than initial release and probably ship when the more budget chipsets get released, but maybe I'll be wrong?

    I also want to see the mini-ITX options. My dream board would have a PCIe 5.0 x16 - qty 1, PCIe 5.0 x4 - qty 1-2 m.2, 10GBe multi-speed onboard NIC, and some USB4/TB ports. I don't really care about WiFi, but throw on a WiFi 6E or prototype 7 if possible. Now, for that, I'd pay more than the $200 I paid for my last board - even $300-400. $400 is where I draw the line, though.
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  • dwd999
    A minor note, it appears that there are 3 usb2 ports, which will provide added options for those with AIO coolers or other devices that require connecting to a usb2 port.
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    But if Zen 4 doesn't blow the doors off of Raptor Lake, will these $600+ motherboards actually sell?
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  • TCA_ChinChin
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    But if Zen 4 doesn't blow the doors off of Raptor Lake, will these $600+ motherboards actually sell?
    Thats why I'm unsure about the prices that are on some retailers right now for preorder and stuff? Do AMD really expect Zen 4 to be so much better than Raptor Lake that they can basically double prices for motherboards? Seems absolutely absurd to me since it seems that Raptor Lake and Zen 4 are pretty close or Raptor Lake is somewhat ahead.

    Was really looking forward to Zen 4 and Raptor Lake but after seeing the prices, I'm having second thoughts. I'm even pessimistic for Raptor Lake now since there's no way in hell Intel isn't also gonna raise prices to match AMD.
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  • escksu
    I am not sure how popular Ryzen 7000 series will be. The issue will be cost of boards. It doesn't make sense to buy a $500 board in order to use a $400 cpu....

    Let's see when AMD will launch b660 boards. It took a long long time for b550 board to drop to acceptable levels. Due to price, I kept my b450 and 3600. Right now, there is simply no reason to buy 5600 anymore when I could simply upgrade to alderlake instead.
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    escksu said:
    I am not sure how popular Ryzen 7000 series will be. The issue will be cost of boards. It doesn't make sense to buy a $500 board in order to use a $400 cpu....

    Let's see when AMD will launch b660 boards. It took a long long time for b550 board to drop to acceptable levels. Due to price, I kept my b450 and 3600. Right now, there is simply no reason to buy 5600 anymore when I could simply upgrade to alderlake instead.

    It's even worse than that, with prices looking to be double what the 5000 series are for the same core counts, and higher than Alder Lake's prices, all for a marginal IPC increase. If Intel keeps prices about the same for Rocket Lake's motherboards, which they should since they are compatible with existing Alder Lake boards, then you're talking twice the price compared to Intel.

    It is seriously shaping up like AMD doesn't care about selling any consumer CPUs this generation.

    Ryzen 7000 Retailer Pricing Shows Big Hike Over Ryzen 5000 | Tom's Hardware (tomshardware.com)
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  • mwestall
    Alvar Miles Udell said:
    It's even worse than that, with prices looking to be double what the 5000 series are for the same core counts, and higher than Alder Lake's prices, all for a marginal IPC increase. If Intel keeps prices about the same for Rocket Lake's motherboards, which they should since they are compatible with existing Alder Lake boards, then you're talking twice the price compared to Intel.

    It is seriously shaping up like AMD doesn't care about selling any consumer CPUs this generation.

    Ryzen 7000 Retailer Pricing Shows Big Hike Over Ryzen 5000 | Tom's Hardware (tomshardware.com)

    The article says 10-15% higher, not double.
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