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X570 vs. X670(E): MSI explains the differences

X570 vs. X670(E): MSI explains the differences

of Maximilian Hohm
MSI compared the X570 and X670E on the company blog and ironed out the differences. The boards should be more stable, have a better power supply and offer better connectivity. Unfortunately, users have to make an unknown compromise with the X670. So, read more about MSI’s differentiation and innovations for AM5 motherboards below.

After four manufacturing processes, five consecutive architectures or architecture leaps, and more than 100 supported processors, AMD’s Socket AM4 is about to be deservedly retired and replaced by AM5. With an LGA socket, it should offer more data connections, support for DDR5 memory and PCI-E 5.0. AMD seems to predict a long life for him as well. But what are the differences between the current X570 and the upcoming X670(E)?

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In addition to the mechanical incompatibility of the sockets with each other, AMD has dared to make a clear distinction between the new and the old platform, something that Intel does not yet have. Unlike the competition, AM5 cannot work with DDR4 memory, but relies exclusively on DDR5. Although the sockets could hardly be more different, the hole spacing for mounting the cooler remains the same and most AM4 coolers can also be used on AM5 motherboards.

MSI X570 (S) vs. X670 (E)

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However, there are more innovations when comparing the chipsets. Instead of PCI-E 4.0, X670(E) motherboards support PCI-E 5.0 and 4.0. Motherboard power supplies had to be expanded to be able to supply power to the new processors without any problem and therefore up to 24+2 phase designs with 105A power stages are now used on new motherboards. Instead of a six-layer PCB, AM5 has up to ten layers to provide better signal integrity, which is important for new memory.

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Instead of cooling the voltage converters on the motherboards with aluminum heat sinks, heat pipe designs and surface area maximization through dense fins are used. In terms of connectivity, the new X670(E) boards feature USB Type-C with 60 watts of charging power and HBR3-certified DP1.4 instead of just USB 3.2 Gen 2×2.

The distinction between X670 and X670E is made through PCI-E. If you want to use both a graphics card and an NVMe SSD with the fastest connection for your high-end PC, the only option is the X670E. Users with an X670 board, on the other hand, have to choose between a fast graphics card connection and fast memory.

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