AMD Ryzen 7000 series CPUs are around the corner and we already know about the X670E, X670, and B650 series motherboards which have officially been announced but it seems that AMD B650E motherboards are coming too. Here is what you need to know.
AMD B650E Motherboards Confirmed
Update: The B650E has also been listed on the official AMD site.
According to leaked slides from an AMD meeting, the company is working on B650E motherboards. These are supposed to be mid-range motherboards that support PCIe Gen5 for not only the storage but the graphics card as well. Meaning that the motherboard will have a PCIe Gen5 graphics card slot and M.2 slot. You do not have to pick one like the B650 or the X670 motherboards.
Previously it was officially confirmed that the mid-range consumers would get B650 motherboards which would either support PCIe Gen5 graphics cards or storage, not both. So, the B650E Extreme motherboards would cost a bit more but would support both PCIe Gen5 graphics cards and storage.
X670E and X670 motherboards have similar differences. The E variant supports PCIe Gen5 storage and graphics cards, so you get support across the board while the non-E variant will support one or the other and not both. So the X670E will motherboards will be more expensive. We did spot some listings online and you can check out the pricing of some of the variants below:
- ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme – 1475 Euros (1500 USD)
- ROG Crosshair X670E HERO – 1088 Euros (1106 USD)
- ROG Crosshair X670E GENE – 977 Euros (994 USD)
- ROG STRIX X670E-E Gaming WiFi – 912 Euros (927 USD)
- ROG STRIX X670E-F Gaming WiFi – 809 Euros (823 USD)
- ROG STRIX X670E-A Gaming WiFi – 783 Euros (796 USD)
- PROART X670E-Creator WiFi – 894 Euros (909 USD)
- PRIME X670-P WiFi – 510 Euros (518 USD)
- PRIME X670-P – 483 Euros (491 USD)
After the official announcement, fans did complain about not getting PCIe Gen5 support for storage and graphics on the mid-range chipset. So it seems that AMD had that in mind all along. At the time of writing picking PCIe Gen5 storage over graphics cards would seem like the obvious choice but it makes sense that consumers want both since they will be paying for the new platform and DDR5 isn’t cheap.
Let us know what you think about the upcoming AMD B650E motherboards and whether or not you are interested in upgrading to AMD Ryzen 7000 series.