AMD Announces B650 Extreme Chipset for Ryzen 7000: PCIe 5.0 For Mainstream


Over the past few months, the rumor mill surrounding AMD’s impending Ryzen 7000 processors for desktops has been in overdrive. Although Lisa Su unveiled Zen 4 at CES 2022, the new AM5 platform was expected to feature multiple chipsets, just as AM4 has a lifespan of over 500 motherboards from X370, X470, X570, and every chipset in between.

AMD announced its X670E, X670 and B650 chipsets at the AMD Keynote at Computex 2022, and tonight AMD announced a fourth chipset for Ryzen 7000, the B650E chipset. The B650E chipset will run alongside the already announced B650 chipset, but because it’s part of AMD’s ‘Extreme’ series of chipsets, it takes advantage of PCIe 5.0 lanes to at least one M.2 slot, as well as optional PCIe support. 5.0 to a PCIe graphics slot, features not available with standard B650 cards.

During AMD’s Keynote at Computex 2022, AMD CEO Lisa Su unveiled three AM5 chipsets designed to harness the power of its 5nm Zen 4 cores within the Ryzen 7000 processors. We already knew that the AM5 socket was based on a Lane Grid Array (LGA) socket with 1718 pins, aptly called LGA1718. Some of the significant benefits coming to AM5 include native PCIe 5.0 support from the CPU, not only for use with the PCIe slots, but also in the form of PCIe 5.0 storage, where the first consumer drives are expected to arrive in November 2022. will be rolled out.

AMD’s latest announcement of the B650E (Extreme) chipset gives motherboard vendors and users the option of a lower-cost platform, but without sacrificing the longevity and expansion support of PCIe 5.0. The X670E chipset is reserved for its most premium models, such as the flagship ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme motherboard, unveiled at Computex 2022.

AMD AM5 Chipset Comparison
Feature X670E X670 B650E B650
CPU PCIe (PCIe) 5.0 (mandatory)
2 x16 slots
(5.0 optional)
(5.0 optional)
(5.0 optional)
CPU PCIe (M.2 slots) At least 1 PCIe 5.0 slot PCIe 4.0
(5.0 optional)
Total CPU PCIe lanes 24
SuperSpeed ​​USB 20 Gbps
(USB 3.2 Gen 2×2)
Up to 14
DDR5 support Four-channel (128-bit bus)
Speeds to be determined
Wi-Fi 6E Yes
Overclocking support Y Y Y Y
Available Sep 2022 October 2022

Using PCIe 5.0 lanes requires a higher quality PCB, usually with more layers, allowing the tracks to maintain signal integrity, but this usually comes at a cost. The existence of the B650E chipset allows vendors to use more expensive PCIe 5.0 laning with more modest controller sets, allowing vendors to offset the cost. Ideally, it gives users a broader and more future-proof platform to upgrade from, but without breaking the bank on unnecessary controller sets; users who want the best controller sets should opt for X670 or X670E.

Ultimately, this means AMD will have a mainstream platform that has PCIe 5.0 (B650E) by default and a cheaper alternative with only PCIe 4.0 lanes to the PEG and M.2 slots. AMD strongly encourages motherboard vendors to offer at least one PCIe 5.0 M.2 storage slot on most of their boards, as this is one of the key benefits of AMD’s AM5 platform.

As AMD announced at the Together we Advance_PCs event, the Ryzen 7000 processors for desktop will launch on September 27, featuring both motherboards from the X670E and X670 chipsets. The motherboards with the B650E and B650 chipsets will be available later in October.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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