Gigabyte has announced that some of its motherboard models on the Intel Z790 chipset for Raptor Lake processors have gained support for Intel XMP 3.0 profiles to automatically overclock DDR5 memory to effective frequencies of 8000 and even 8333 MHz.In addition, the Taiwanese company has shown support for manually overclocking memory up to 9300MHz.Image source: GigabyteThe manufacturer notes that the Z790 Aorus Tachyon motherboard for Intel Raptor Lake processors has successfully tested the DDR5-8333 modules using Intel XMP 3.0 profiles.It also demonstrated the ability to manually overclock the RAM to an effective frequency of 9300 MHz.Z790 Aorus Xtreme and Z790 Aorus Master models were tested with Intel XMP 3.0 profiles for DDR5-8000 RAM.Gigabyte has confirmed its words with screenshots of DDR5 memory modules overclocking tests. A set of memory modules overclocked manually to an effective frequency of 9300 MHz demonstrated the ability to run at CL46-58-58-62-120 timings on Z790 Aorus Tachyon motherboard. Automatically overclocked with Intel XMP 3.0 profiles, DDR5-8000 RAM set was tested with CL36-45-45-75-120 timings on Z790 Aorus Master board. The DDR5-8333 overclocking profile (shown in the picture above) on the Z790 Aorus Xtreme motherboard passed the test with CL38-48-48-78-126 timings.
Ryzen 7000 motherboards on B650 and B650E chipsets will be shown en masse on October 4
AMD will hold another Meet the Experts web conference on October 4.Motherboard vendor partners are invited to the event.They will be demonstrating their solutions based on new AMD B650 and B650E (Extreme) chipsets for Ryzen 7000 CPUs.Among the invited guests are ASUS, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte and Biostar, who will briefly share the information about their products for 60 minutes.Image source: VideoCardzA similar event AMD held in early August.Then the company's partners showed motherboards on the X670 and X670E chipsets.At the event in October, expect the participation of AMD Product Marketing Manager, Don Waligroski.Ryzen 7000 processors will go on sale September 27.The same day we will begin selling X670E and X670 chipset based motherboards.The models based on B650 and B650E chipsets will not be available until October. The key difference between Extreme boards is the support for PCIe 5.0 interface for graphics cards and NVMe SSDs.On X670 and B650 chipsets, the availability of PCIe 5.0 support is optional and will depend on the implementation of a particular board model.
AMD introduced four chipsets for Ryzen 7000 - new motherboards will cost from $125
During presentation of Ryzen 7000 processors AMD reminded that back in May this year it introduced chipsets 600-series (X670E, X670 and B650) for motherboards, which will be used by new processors.Along with this, manufacturer has announced another system logic - AMD B650E.Image source: AMDThe presentation, speaking at the corporate vice president and general manager of AMD customer business, David McAfee recalled the key features of Socket AM5 platform.These are support for DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 interface.However, the most important feature of the new platform is the new CPU socket, actually, Socket AM5.This is a socket LGA-format, which is characterized by the presence of 1718 pins and the ability to transmit up to 230 W of power to the processor.At the same time the new socket is compatible to the cooling systems that were designed for Socket AM4.AMD B650E chipset in its turn belongs to the \"Extreme\" series.It will offer all the key features of usual B650 chipset, as well as additional features.Particularly, this chipset will support PCIe 5.0 interface for at least one M.2 slot for NVMe SSD.Also, chipset based motherboards will be able to offer PCIe 5.0 support for graphic gas pedals, which will be unavailable with B650 based motherboards.It will either be PCIe 5.0 for SSDs or for graphics, but not both.The decision to make cards based on the B650E chipset support PCIe 5.0 will be up to manufacturers.They will be able to use more expensive components to make the PCIe 5.0 interface operational, thus increasing its potential for future updates, or they can use a more modest set of controllers to support PCIe 4.0, which will reduce the final cost of the board itself, making it more attractive to the consumer.However, at the same time, this would limit its potential for future upgrades. The company said that AMD X670E and X670 chipset based motherboards will go on sale September 27th together with Ryzen 7000 CPUs.B650E and B650 chipset-based boards are expected to go on sale in October.Prices for motherboards with AMD 600-series chipsets will start at $125.AMD also reminded that the Socket AM4 platform has produced over 125 processors, based on five different architectures, and more than 500 different motherboard models were on the market.For the new Socket AM5 platform, AMD promises support until at least 2025.
AMD to release another chipset for Ryzen 7000 - advanced midrange AMD B650E
AMD company besides previously announced X670, X670E and B650 chipsets is also going to present B650E chipset for next generation motherboards, designed for upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors.The B650E will feature simultaneous support for PCIe 5.0 for both graphics cards and SSDs.The senior X670E chipset has the same feature.On the other hand, common X670 and B650 chipsets will be able to support PCIe 5.0 for SSD or graphics card. Unlike the AMD X670E chipset, which consists of two chipsets, the B650E chipset will only include one base chip.This means the number of available PCIe lanes will be lower.Note that AMD has not previously reported on B650E preparations - it was only known from leaks.On the night of August 29 to 30 AMD is going to officially unveil Ryzen 7000 processors and possibly a new Socket AM5 platform.If we believe the rumors, in September boards on the junior chipset AMD B650 are not expected to go on sale.They are expected to appear later.
Germany has started taking pre-orders for ASUS boards with the X670 and X670E chipset for Ryzen 7000 - from €483 to €1,475
German retailer IPC-Computer has started taking pre-orders for senior ASUS motherboards based on the AMD X670 and X670E chipset for the upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors.By all appearances, the prices for these boards are preliminary and are far from recommended - they are in the range from 483 to 1475 euros.Novelties do not yet have an official release date, but the store predicts the start of deliveries within 3-8 weeks.Image source: ASUSThe seller has estimated the flagship model ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme at 1475 euros (including 19% VAT).A simpler variant - ROG Crosshair X670E Hero is offered for 1088 euros.The previously unseen ROG Crosshair X670E Gene model also made its debut on the list, and was priced at 977 Euros.Image source: IPC-ComputerAsus motherboards based on AMD X670E chipset cost from 783 Euros at the German retailer, while models based on AMD X670 chipset range from 483 to 510 Euros.The full list can be found below: ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme, €1475;ROG Crosshair X670E HERO, €1088;ROG Crosshair X670E GENE, €977;ROG STRIX X670E-E Gaming WiFi, €912; ROG STRIX X670E-F Gaming WiFi - €809;ROG STRIX X670E-A Gaming WiFi - €783;PROART X670E-Creator WiFi - €894;PRIME X670-P WiFi - €510;PRIME X670-P - €483.Earlier AMD announced that the official announcement of Ryzen 7000 processors and Socket AM5 platform will be held on August 29.
MSI announced that its 600-series Intel chipset motherboards will get support for Raptor Lake processors
MSI following ASUS and ASRock has announced that its existing 600-series Intel chipset motherboards will be able to work with future 13th generation Core processors (Raptor Lake).Support for the new chips will be added via fresh versions of BIOS.Image source: MSI ASRock earlier said that its boards based on Intel Z690, H670, B660 and H610 chipsets will get support for Raptor Lake processors.ASUS, in turn, has so far focused on updating its models on the Intel Z690 chipset.They include ROG, ROG Strix, ProArt, Prime and TUF Gaming boards.Taking into account only ASUS and ASRock, we count at least 69 actual motherboards with LGA 1700 socket, MSI adds 37 more models to the list.So the total number of boards, which will be able to run with new Intel processors, is 106 models.The company has published a list of boards with Intel Z690, H670, B660 and H610 chipsets, which will be the first to receive new versions of BIOS, supporting Intel Core 13th Gen.It should be noted that we are talking about the actual models of these boards, which are currently powered by Alder Lake processors.Of course, every key manufacturer is also going to introduce brand new motherboards on Intel 700-series chipsets, designed specifically for Raptor Lake.These boards will also be backwards compatible with current 12th generation Core processors.The Raptor Lake platform is expected to debut this fall.
MSI adds Kombo Strike feature to its B550 and X570 BIOS to boost Ryzen 7 5800X3D performance
MSI has released new BIOS versions for its AMD X570 and B550 chipset-based motherboards.The fresh firmware adds more customization options for Ryzen 7 5800X3D processors.These chips officially do not support manual overclocking, however, some motherboard manufacturers go for various tricks, allowing to raise CPU frequency.Image source: MSIMSI has released beta BIOS for its AMD X570 and B550 chipsets with Kombo Strike feature.At the moment, it is hard to say what exactly the benefit of this feature is - the company itself does not talk about it in detail.The description to the new BIOS version only mentions \"improved Ryzen 7 5800X3D performance\".At the moment we know that Kombo Strike has three operating modes and an option to turn it off.Probably the third mode provides the biggest performance boost for the processor.It is quite possible that MSI has found a way to change the CPU power consumption level.Officially this setting is locked out for the CPU as well as the others which aim to overclock.Corresponding beta BIOS versions with Kombo Strike have been released for X570S Unify, Ace, X570 Godlike, B550 Unify X, B550 Unify, B550 Gaming Edge WiFi, B550I Gaming Edge MAX WiFi and B550M Mortar mainboards.After installing the new BIOS version, the Kombo Strike feature can be found under Overclocking/Advanced CPU Configuration.Keep in mind that this is a beta firmware version and therefore errors and general system instability are possible during its operation.Note that MSI is releasing the second BIOS version with additional settings for Ryzen 7 5800X3D within a week.The previous version adds CPU offset, Precision Boost Overdrive and Curve Optimizer.The new beta BIOS also adds CPU Offset Voltage setup.It is intended for enthusiasts who want to experiment with the settings of the operating voltage indicator of the chipRyzen 7 5800X3D.But it is recommended to be used only by experienced users who know what they are doing.MSI is not the only motherboard manufacturer who tries to expand the possibilities of changing Ryzen 7 5800X3D settings.For example, ASUS has also included new features in their latest firmware versions that work on all Ryzen 5000 series processors, including the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.Because of this, some owners of these chips were able to overclock them to a frequency above 5 GHz at the official maximum of 4.5 GHz.
ASUS and Gigabyte are preparing for a 25% drop in motherboard sales at once
ASUS and Gigabyte have revised their forecasts for motherboard shipments by the end of this year, DigiTimes reports citing industry sources.Both companies account for almost 70% of the global supply of these components.By the end of this year, both makers expect their sales to be about 25% lower than they were last year.Image source: ASUSThe first sign of a slowing motherboard market was the drop in demand in the second quarter.It was even more significant than analysts predicted.The latter now believe that demand will continue to fall in the third and possibly even the fourth quarter.Experts call the main reason for the decline in sales of graphics cards from the protracted deficit.ASUS and Gigabyte took advantage of the shortage of graphics and drove sales of their motherboards by selling bundles of motherboard and graphics cards.The gas pedal shortage peaked last year.Back then, one of the few ways to buy a new graphics card was to buy a variety of computer hardware kits that included scarce graphics gas pedals.In some individual cases, consumers even had to buy a whole finished computer to get a brand new GeForce RTX 30-series graphics card or Radeon RX 6000.DigiTimes sources say an additional factor in the decline of motherboards sales is the drop in demand for these components in China - one of the major markets.ASUS expects a roughly 24% drop in sales of its motherboards, and Gigabyte - by 27%.The first company plans to ship 14 million motherboards, while the second - 9.5 million.Also, analysts predict the overall decline in motherboard shipments for the year by about a quarter.If last year about 40 million boards were delivered to the market, this year the deliveries of only 30 million boards are forecasted.
AMD to unveil Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards tonight
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