Gigabyte shows off its first AMD X670 motherboards at Computex 2022
Gigabyte's ready for Zen 4
Published: 24th May 2022 | Source: Techpowerup |
Gigabyte showcases four X670 AM5 motherboards at Computex
Yesterday, AMD revealed a lot of new information about Zen 4, their Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors and their new AM5 CPU platform. Now, Gigabyte has showcased their readiness to transition to AM5 by showcasing four new X670 series motherboards, all of which support DDR5 memory and PCie 5.0 connectivity.
Gigabyte's four new X670 series motherboards are the X670E Aorus Xtreme, the X670E Aorus Master, the X670E Aero D and the X670 Aorus Pro AX. However, it is worth noting that all of these motherboards are early engineering samples, and none of them mark any distinction between AMD's X670 and X670E chipsets on their PCBs.
Later this year, Gigabyte will be releasing a full lineup of AM5 series motherboards. This lineup will include B650, X670 and X670E models. Sadly, none of Gigabyte's B650 motherboards were on display at Computex 2022. The images below come via Techpowerup, who managed to get a look at the Gigabyte's early AM5 motherboards at Computex.
Gigabyte X670 AORUS PRO AX
Let's start off with the lowest-end AM5 motherboard that Gigabyte showcased at Computex, the X670 AORUS PRO AX. This motherboard features a single PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot for ultra-fast SSD storage and lacks PCIe 5.0 on its primary PCIe 16x slot. Graphics card connectivity will be limited to PCIe 4.0 data rates, differentiating the X670 AORUS PRO AX from Gigabyte's higher-end X670E series motherboards.
In addition to this board's PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, the X670 AORUS PRO AX also supports PCIe 4.0 connectivity though three additional M.2 slots. This motherboards also features two USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) ports, with one coming from the case's rear I/O while the other is supported though a header for a case-mounted USB Type-C port.
This motherboard is expected to cost a little more than $300, and will support WIFI 6E and 2.5Gb Ethernet out of the box.
Gigabyte X670E Aero D
Next up we have the X670E Aero D, which features a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, USB4 connectivity, a single PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot and three additional PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots. USB4 support is provided through an ASMedia ASM4242 USB4 host controller, allowing these ports to also support Thunderbolt 3 devices.
With this new motherboard, Gigabyte appears to be taking some inspiration from ASUS, adding a button to their X670E Aero D motherboard that allows users to unlatch their graphics card from this motherboard's primary PCIe slot. ASUS calls this feature Q-Latch, but Gigabyte likely has a different name for this feature. This motherboard is expected to retail for under $400.
Gigabyte X670E AORUS MASTER
With the X670E AORUS MASTER, Gigabyte offers users two PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSD slots and a full x16 PCIe 5.0 slot for GPU connectivity. This motherboard features an 16+2+2-phase power design with 105A power phases. This motherboard also features a finned heatsink.
This motherboard is expected to ship for around $360.
Gigabyte X670E AORUS EXTREME
Lastly we have the X690E AORUS EXTREME, a motherboard that features an 18-phase power design, a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot and four PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots. This motherboard also features 10Gb ethernet. This motherboard is expected to cost around $500, and based on the connectivity features that this motherboard offers, it is clear where Gigabyte's extra money is spent. This motherboard features a tonne of PCIe 5.0 connectivity options, and 10Gb Ethernet is not cheap.
With X670/X670E, it is clearer than ever that higher-end motherboards invest heavily into adding extra connectivity options and the components needed to add more PCIe 5.0 connectivity and on-board features. As pricing goes up, Gigabyte's motherboard lineup will offer you more PCIe 5.0 connectivity options or access to features like 10Gb ethernet or USB4. With AM5, it is clear that higher-end motherboards will offer more advanced connectivity than their lower-end/lower cost counterparts.