AMD’s X670 Extreme and socket AM5 X670 motherboards will hit the market in a few months, and as revealed at Computex 2022, the motherboards will have up to two X670 chips. According to AMD, the company is looking for the best value for money with the new hardware.
With that said, popular leaker Moore Law is Dead claims that the cost of producing two X670 chips is less than one X570 chip. As such, the lower mid-range B650 AM5 boards, which feature a single X670 chipsetthey could end up hitting the market at a lower price point than current AMD cards.
As the leaker points out, even though the X670 chipsets have been designed to be more cost-effective, the other components of the X670E and X670 boards should bring them to market at higher prices than the X570 boards. Now, this doesn’t apply to the single chipset B650, with PCIe 5.0 for storage only.
PSA: I can now confirm two Prom21 chipsets cost less than one X570 chipset. AM5 platforms were designed to be cost-effective.
Now, there are components that CAN make X670E more costly than X570, but there’s little reason for B650 boards w/ PCIe 4.0 to cost more than B550…
— Moore’s Law Is Dead (@mooreslawisdead) June 2, 2022
So if the leaker is correct, there’s reason to believe the B650 will cost less than the B550. Therefore, we will be facing a motherboard that will reach the market with the best cost-benefit ratio.
AMD Socket AMD and Ryzen 7000 Processors
The new AM5 socket, consisting of 1718 pins, is coming for Ryzen 7000 processors. The new socket standard includes an LGA (Land Grid Array) design, power up to 230W, support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. Despite the news, the socket maintains support for AM4 heatsinks, something beneficial for those who are not thinking of replacing all their hardware.
Despite changing from the PGA (Pin Grid Array) layout to an LGA layout, the AM5 socket retains the same size and height as the AM4 socket. Therefore, AM5 is backwards compatible with previous generation cooling systems.
AMD will launch the Ryzen 7000 between September and November. Until the launch of the processors, AMD will have to present the prices of the X670E, X670 and B650 and we will know if the B650, in fact, will present a lower value than the current B550 motherboards on the market.