MSI's U.S. online store on Wednesday listed four of the company's upcoming AM5 motherboards for AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors based on X670 and X670E chipsets. Being among the first platforms aimed at AMD's Zen 4 CPUs, these products are certainly aimed at demanding users, so their prices are well above average.
MSI's initial lineup of AM5 motherboards will include four models: three powered by AMD's X670E chipset for die hard enthusiasts as well as one featuring AMD's X670 chipset for more rational buyers, just like the company announced in early August.
The crème-de-la-crème MEG X670E Godlike will be designed for gamers and enthusiasts with very deep pockets and will cost $1299.99, whereas the MEG X670E Ace will be aimed at those who are not ready to invest an extreme amount of money in a PC and will cost "only" $699.99. Sitting slightly below is the MPG X670E Carbon Wi-Fi for $479.99 for those who want a taste of AMD's Extreme platform at a slightly lower price. For those who do not want to pay for an extreme platform, MSI will offer its X670-powered Pro X670-P Wi-Fi for $289.99.
All MSI's X670/X670E-based motherboards will support AMD's Ryzen 7000-series processors with up to 16 Zen 4 cores as well as with dual-channel DDR5 memory support. Since the mainboards are designed for enthusiasts, they will all use high-quality 10 or eight-layer printed circuit boards and come equipped with very sophisticated multi-phase CPU voltage regulating modules that can deliver hundreds of watts of clean power to CPUs to maximize their overclocking potential.
The motherboards will also feature multiple PCIe x16 expansion slots for graphics cards and other add-in-boards, but only X670E-based platforms will support PCIe 5.0 x16 for graphics adapters as well as multi-GPU capability, whereas the X670 model will support PCIe 4.0 x16 for GPUs, but a PCIe 5.0 x4 interface for M.2 SSDs. As for connectivity, the new AM5 platforms from MSI will feature USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports, 2.5GbE or 10GbE connectivity, a Wi-Fi 6E adapter, and sophisticated cooling for VRM, chipset, and SSD.
MSI's Initial AM5 Motherboards at a Glance
|Header Cell - Column 0||MEG X670E Godlike||MEG X670E Ace||MPG X670E Carbon WiFi||Pro X670-P WiFi|
|VRM||24+2+1 power stages, 105A||22+2+1 power stages, 90A||18+2+1||14+2+1|
|PCIe 5.0 x16 slots||3x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16, x8, x4 modes)||3x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16, x8, x4 modes)||3x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16, x8, x4 modes)||3x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16, x4, x2 modes)|
|PCIe slots||-||-||-||PCIe 3.0 x1|
|M.2 slots||6 slots, PCIe 5.0 + PCIe 4.0||6 slots, PCIe 5.0 + PCIe 4.0||4 slots PCIe 5.0 + PCIe 4.0||4 slots PCIe 5.0/4.0/3.0|
|M.2 Expander||M.2 Xpander-Z Gen5 Dual||M.2 Xpander-Z Gen5 Dual||-||-|
|Ethernet||10GbE + 2.5GbE||10GbE||2.5GbE||2.5GbE|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 6E||Wi-Fi 6E||Wi-Fi 6E||Wi-Fi 6E|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 2 + USB 3.2 Gen 2x2||USB 3.2 Gen 2 + USB 3.2 Gen 2x2||USB 3.2 Gen 2 + USB 3.2 Gen 2x2||USB 3.2 Gen 2 + USB 3.2 Gen 2x2|
|Audio Codec||ALC4082||ALC4082||Realtek ALC4080||Realtek ALC4080|
|Audio DAC||ESS ES9280AQ||ESS ES9280AQ||?||?|
All the motherboards are fairly advanced, but the flagship MEG-series come with M.2 Xpander-Z Gen5 Dual SSD adapter cards that add two M.2-2280 slots for SSDs and therefore enable a rather formidable storage system. In addition, the MEG X670E Godlike comes with an M-Vision Dashboard LCD that displays the status of the rig and allows system tuning with touch control.
MSI's AMD X670 and X670E motherboards will be available starting September 27, 2022.
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Only the 670E boards get PCIe 5 GPU support?Reply
I am guessing these will need active cooling like the X570 boards that initially came out.
Seems like an ideal price to discourage buyers and encourage the selling of more Ryzen 9 5950X/5900X CPUs and solid X570 motherboards, if the customer doesn't abandon AMD entirely. I won't be doing a refresh any time soon.Reply
Well good thing Gen 5 isn’t doesn’t appear to be needed for GPU support any time soon. Normally I would say spend a bit more and future proof. Especially with the long socket life spans of AMD. However $190 is a bit much more in pure dollars and percentage over the lower tier product.Reply
Hard pass. Good luck selling those MSI.Reply
Same here, I have an X570S motherboard and 5950X, and there's -nothing- about Zen 4 and X670/E that is anywhere near appealing enough for an upgrade.Reply
Just imagine if AMD stays true to form and come 2024 or 2025 they decide not to support the X600 series chipset boards with new Socket AM5 processors, like they did with X300 series and Zen 3...
AMD said during their reveal that its up to the manufacturer.Soaptrail said:Only the 670E boards get PCIe 5 GPU support?
they "could" give u 1 5.0 on a non E MB, but thats up to them (and ofc they wont at least early on)
pcie 5.0 is also a gimmick currently.
nothing can even use all of 4.0.
ssd "might", but again it wont be noticeable for 99% of users. only soemthign like server of pure ssd where speed = $$ matters.
I recently built a 5700x system as i couldnt stomach payign the ddr5 price for decent speed (which is req for am5)mickrc3 said:I won't be doing a refresh any time soon.
I now feel better knowing my purchase is gonna last prolly all of AM5's lifespan now.
between GPU's being $400+ on low end & now locking key new platform features behind $500 MB its not worth it to upgrade until need to anymore.
i was excited about zen 4 and x670/e, but not at those prices. almost $300 for an entry level x670 board is absurdReply
wow absurd indeedReply
Gonna stick with my x570 more longer , over 1k$ for a cpu mobo combo, haven't seen many ddr5 pricing yet, seems 40% higher than ddr4 in my country for the same size ouch
I wonder how the B650 boards will be priced. I'm okay with $200-250 if they give me a PCIe 5.0 x 16 and a PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slot. You can drop the WiFi if needed.Reply
I'm really not sure about this. Will see what it looks like around March. I'm waiting to see a 6950X3D model... But don't think I'm going too far north of $300 on the motherboard. Not to mention the cost of 128gb DDR5@6000 to hit best fit and current amount. The ram alone may be nearly as much as the CPU and motherboard. Can only hope pricing improves. Or may sit out upgrading for a while.Reply
Currently running 5950X like several others in the comments.