AMD, in its financial report for the second quarter of 2022, Ryzen 7000 processor ve RX 7000 graphics card announced the release date of the series. Along with this, new AM5 motherboards have also appeared, which will introduce users to an abundance of USB ports.
Plenty of USB ports for new AM5 motherboards!
AMD said it will announce the next generation of the Ryzen 7000 family and the Radeon 7000 series of graphics cards in September. The Ryzen 700 processors will go on sale in the second week of September, while the RX 7000 models will be available before January 2023.
On the other hand, AM5 motherboards that are exciting with the number of USB ports are already ready and waiting to be released. We see the first examples of this on the ASUS X670e series motherboards in the image above. Many brands such as ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar also introduced models with similar designs.
When we take a closer look at the image, we see that there are two 40 Gbps USB 4.0 Type-C ports. It also has a 20 Gbps USB 3.2 Type-C output. In addition, there are a total of 9 more outputs, 8 of which are USB 3.2 Type-A and 1 USB 3.2 Type-C. These ports support the highest speed of 10 Gbps.
On the surface of the motherboard there are two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots and five NVMe M.2 slots, four of which are PCIe 5.0. On the Ethernet side, there are two options, one supporting 10 Gbps and the other 2.5 Gbps. Additionally, RGB and overclocking controllers are included.
If we look at all the support offered with other motherboards, the AMD AM5 already fully adapts to PCIe 5.0. There are a total of 28 PCI lanes, of which 16 are used for one x16 PCIe slot. Of course, it is also possible to see it as a 2×8.
Of course, it should be noted that both 4.0 and 5.0 technologies are supported on the PCIe connection side. Because users who want PCIe 5.0 have no choice for now but to turn to X670E motherboards. However, this situation will change in the future and opportunities will increase.
In addition, the new Zen 4 series has 8 more general purpose lines. We can see that at least 4 of them are reserved for SSD type M.2 (generation 5.0). The remaining 4 lines are left to the choice of motherboard manufacturers. But in general, we predict that it will appear as Thunderbolt 4 (Intel Goshen Ridge JHL8440) and USB 4 (ASMedia ASM4242).
On the other hand, we know that the new Ryzen 7000 series uses integrated GPUs (those who want to prefer these chips over APUs can click on the link above). Thus, the new AM5 socket motherboards will also support HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0. It will also have 4 different image transfer ports.
It also has four USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps and at least 1 Type-C output) and at least one USB 2.0 port. The remaining 4 PCIe lanes will be used to connect the chip. Of course, as mentioned, at this stage, although the processor supports PCE-Express 5.0, the chips come with PCIe 4.0. Accordingly, the result you will get will be of Gen 4 quality.
AMD is known to be working with ASMedia to create a chipset called Promontory 21 in AM5. This chip offers 16 PCI-Express lanes. Four of them are used to connect to the processor via Gen 4, as we said before.
On the X670 and X670E, the secondary chipset is connected to the primary chipset. So there is no direct connection to the CPU. This means that the remaining four lanes are used in the main chipset, leaving eight free PCIe lanes. So the secondary chipset has 12 PCIe lanes available.
So here we see that there is little room for motherboard manufacturers to do what they want. For example, ASRock prefers 8 SATA ports at this stage. But in general, we see that other manufacturers prefer 6 pcs.
To recap, the B650 series motherboards will have a total of eight available PCIe 4.0 lanes and four PCIe 3.0 or SATA (6 Gbps) connections. The X670 and X670E series motherboards will have 12 PCIe 4.0 lanes and up to 8 PCIe 3.0 or SATA (6 Gbps) connections.
Finally, a new post from AMD today showed off some features along with an image of the AM5 platform. Among them, local support up to 170W and the new socket will be compatible with old type AM4 coolers.
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