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AMD changes the way you buy motherboards with its new X670 chipset

The COMPUTEX 2022 that will be announced next week has something different from the others that will change the way we understand how we want and have to buy a motherboard. And it is that Lisa Su is going to present three new chipsets to the market for her Ryzen 7000, so apart from showing the latter, the first ones will have three different flavors with one caveat: two of them are the same chipset X670but they are different versions at the same time. We explain it to you.

There will be three chipsets in total where there will be two different versions of the powerful X670, focused on different markets with the peculiarity that AMD innovates once again and achieves something never seen before in the sector: payment for benefits for the same chipset.

The versions of the best AMD chipset arrive: X670 and X670E

The concept is of course very simple. AMD will have the typical segmentation by chipset range, where the benefits change and with it the price of the motherboards. But now it takes it a step further because, as we pointed out, Lisa Su has taken the PCIe controllers out of the processor and taken them to the chipset, achieving this goal for the motherboard market.

The leak clarifies the movement of the red team quite well:

Now we can say that the X670E will be a special SKU where the E stands for Extreme. Based on the information we’ve managed to obtain, it doesn’t seem to differ from the X670 chipset in terms of functionality or features. However, all X670E motherboards must offer PCIe 5.0 connectivity for both the GPU and the M.2 NVMe SSD slot and other slots, while X670E-based motherboards X670 can use PCIe 4.0 instead of this.

These statements from the source leave open a very interesting speculation and where there may really be war between manufacturers.

Could X670 chipsets mutate into X670E?

Something that AMD has lost over the years is the option of leaving open the possibility of “mutating” a product to a superior one for which it had not been enabled, surely for not passing the quality tests. In the case of the X670 and its versions, it seems simply a way of segmenting the market, especially as a result of the following reflection.

The fountain it doesn’t say that X670 doesn’t support PCIe 5.0 as such, it says that this version of the chipset can use PCIe 4.0, but it doesn’t prohibit the use of its superior fifth-generation version.

That is to say, we are in a segmentation to, supposedly, reduce costs? It could be, but then motherboards with PCIe 4.0 electrically speaking would have to be different from those using PCIe 5.0, hence the speculated price difference.

We don’t know if this will definitely be the case, but for the manufacturers it will be, in this case, an R&D expense that would make the X670 look like more to B650 than to X670E As far as motherboard design is concerned. On Tuesday we will leave doubts, since Lisa Su will present them, supposedly, with the new Ryzen 7000.

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