AMD and its partners have just unveiled a full line of budget-friendly B650 and B650E motherboards for their Ryzen 7000 processors. Designed for the new AM5 socket, the boards will offer a replacement for the already high-end X670/X670E model.
With motherboards from Asus, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte, and Biostar launching soon, early adopters of the AMD Ryzen 7000 will now have a choice between the X670 and B650. Let’s see how the two compare.
As we already know, most motherboards will be backward compatible with AM4 socket coolers, but manufacturers stress that some specialized aftermarket solutions may not be supported. Some boards will have internal compatibility and others may require an adapter, so double check when you shop. AMD plans to support the AM5 socket until 2025 and possibly even beyond, so the company emphasized the longevity and scalability of the platform. It should be noted that most motherboards offer support for AMD’s memory overclocking technology (AMD EXPO) while also maintaining support for XMP profiles.
First, we have Asus, with new entries to the ROG Strix, ProArt, TUF Gaming and Prime lineups, with options for both ATX and mini-ITX form factors. ROG Strix B650E-E is the star of the bunch, with two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots, which means you can use PCIe 5.0 for both your GPU and SSD. There are also two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, 2.5G Ethernet support, and Wi-Fi access (also found on some other boards). For ease of installation, Asus has added a Q-Release button that fires up your GPU, and the M.2 slot has a toolless design. Finally, ROG Strix motherboards also support Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) technology for easy automatic overclocking.
asrock Eight main boards are coming, four of which are from the “Extreme” collection. The flagship is the ASrock B650E Taichi, with a 24 + 2 + 1 phase power stage that should carry overclocking on all Zen 4 CPUs. As a must-have flagship, it offers PCIe 5.0 support for both graphics and an M.2 SSD, And access to a fast USB 4 Type-C port, and Wi-Fi 6E. As with all of these boards, the maximum Ethernet port is 2.5G. There are also two mATX motherboards for those who prefer smaller desktop PCs.
Gigabyte also has a full range to choose from. Eight motherboards, including Extreme versions and mATX options, are coming soon, to span the entire Aorus lineup, from the Aorus Master, through the Elite and Pro, to the Aero G. The B650E chipset and PCIe 5.0 graphics support, though you’ll need a Easily handle PCIe 5.0 SSDs because bandwidth is shared. The board features plenty of cooling support and overclocking options, with up to DDR5-6600 RAM.
MSI keeps things interesting in terms of design, offering both pure black motherboards and white-touch motherboards for lighter builds. Eight motherboards for players come along with three options for creators. MSI offers plenty of M.2 slots, up to four on some boards. Noting the power of the new VRM, MSI compared the B650E to the previous generation X570, and talked about the fact that even the most entry-level B650 board can easily power AMD’s best CPU, the 7950X. The full range supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5, and DDR5 RAM can be overclocked up to 6600MHz.
Biostar was the last manufacturer to introduce its new offering. Following the (so far) modest X670 lineup, Biostar has several B650 boards ready to grab, with the flagship Racing B650EGTQ offering support for both PCIe 5.0 graphics and storage, with a total of four SATA 3 slots and three M.2, dual channel memory and Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5G Ethernet.
The new Zen 4 processors were initially launched along with the enthusiast-grade X670 / X670 Extreme motherboards. While these are, surely, some of the Best Motherboards for Ryzen 7000 Which we’ll see in terms of performance, they’re also pretty pricey, with some boards over $1,000. Fortunately, AMD’s partners are now on the cusp of expanding their range with the B650 and B650 Extreme, with prices starting at just $125. We don’t yet know the exact pricing and release dates for each model, but AMD has promised availability during October 2022.