The AMD mainboards with an X always stand for the high-end chipsets. With the introduction of the AM5 socket, there is now an innovation. There will be two versions of the high-end chipset: X670E and X670 – the E stands for Extreme.
The Extreme chipset brings some additional features with it. Among other things, there is PCIe 5.0 support for GPU and SSD with up to 28 lanes, whereby the number of lanes can vary depending on the model and manufacturer.
There is also a higher native DDR5 clock without OC, an improved power supply for the CPU, faster LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth, and support for upcoming USB 4.0 ports. Another core feature is the extended setting options for overclocking the CPU and RAM.
In direct comparison to X670 mainboards, there are also more connections and ports for M.2 SSD and USB peripherals.
Even if there are not that many X670E mainboards on the market when the new AM5 socket is launched, the respective manufacturers will gradually add a wide variety of models from midrange to high-end as usual.
As far as the acquisition costs are concerned, the price screw has been turned heavily. The currently cheapest X670E mainboard is almost twice as expensive as the cheapest X570 mainboard at its release.
For more information on the new AM5 socket and the Zen 4 processors and their performance, see our article. The HardwareSchotte editorial team has clearly compared the currently best models in a table and, thanks to our price comparison, always shows you the cheapest prices.
The best AMD X670E motherboards
What are the differences between the respective X670E motherboards?
The biggest differences between the various X670E mainboards can be found in the look and the equipment. With cheaper X670E mainboards, fewer PCIe 5.0 lanes may be available, fewer M.2 slots or PCIe slots, and USB ports.
The power supply can also be equipped and designed differently. Visually, the differences are mainly in the respective RGB lighting and the design of the passive cooler.
Which power supply do I need for an X670E motherboard?
Basically, pretty much any modern PC power supply is suitable for operating an X670E mainboard. However, if you have the necessary change for an X670E high-end mainboard, you should not save at the wrong end and therefore also call a modern, high-quality power supply your own.
Since the new CPUs like to need a little more power than the declared TDP, you should calculate at least 400 watts for the power supply.
If you want to overclock, we recommend a power supply with two 8-pin ATX12V connectors to ensure a stable power supply. Corresponding power supplies then offer 650 watts of power and more. Matching power supplies in our purchase advice
Can I also run older Ryzen generations with an X670E motherboard?
No, since a new socket (AM5) is also being introduced with the new boards, older Ryzen CPUs are not compatible with the new X670E mainboards.
What are the advantages of PCI-Express 5.0?
PCIe 5.0 can achieve twice the bandwidth of PCIe 4.0. Ergo, up to 32 GT/s (giga transfers per second) are now possible. Many components such as graphics cards, M.2 SSDs, but also USB ports, for example, can benefit from this.
But even without a corresponding graphics card with PCIe 5.0 connection, you can use the slots without any problems, as they are backward compatible.
Isn’t an X670 motherboard enough?
Everyone has to decide for themselves whether an X670 mainboard (without E) is not enough. If you don’t need the features like PCIe 5.0, higher native DDR5 support, better power supply, and extended overclocking functions, you can of course confidently go for a cheaper X670 motherboard.
What CPUs run on an X670E motherboard?
Only Ryzen CPUs of the 7000 series are compatible with X670E motherboards. This currently applies to the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X. More CPUs will follow in the coming months. Older Ryzen models of the 5000, 3000, 2000, and 1000 series are not physically compatible due to the new socket.
Can you also overclock the CPU with an X670E motherboard?
Especially those who want to overclock as much as possible should opt for a mainboard with an X670E chipset. They offer the best voltage supply for the CPU, the highest native clocks for RAM, and advanced setting options for overclocking in the bios.
Which RAM is optimal for an X670E motherboard?
The X670E chips atz only supports DDR5 RAM. Accordingly, you should use a DDR5 kit. We recommend a kit with at least 5200 MHz and good timings. A concrete recommendation would be the 32 GB DDR5-5600 kit with CL36 from Corsair. A more expensive but also faster alternative would be the G.Skill Trident Z5 32 GB DDR5-6400 CL32.
Running an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D on an X670E board?
No! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is still a CPU for the AM4 socket and is therefore not compatible with the new AM5 socket. Can’t find the right motherboard in our recommendations? All mainboards with X670E chipset in our price comparison