The launch of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series is just a few weeks away.Now it looks like the motherboard (opens in new tab) In the final stages of BIOS work as the first samples are being sent to overclockers for testing and feedback.
@SkatterBench (opens in new tab)A well-known overclocker received a surprise on a sunny day.He accidentally received a GIGABYTE X670E Aorus Master (opens in new tab). Note the link there to the actual product page, which is already online. That’s a bit surprising in itself, since the launch is still a few weeks away.
Unannounced Mail = Best Mail 📬 pic.twitter.com/pc128qAD3MAugust 9, 2022
The X670E Aorus Master looks like a powerful and feature-rich motherboard. Aorus Master motherboards are generally known for their advanced feature sets, just missing a high-end feature or two that you’ll only find on more expensive flagship motherboards.
It has a 16-phase 105A digital VRM, cooled by Gigabyte’s finned heatsinks (giving them a lot of surface area). It comes with dual PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots, plenty of USB ports, Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5G LAN.
As a retired overclocker, I know this seeding is one of the last steps a manufacturer takes before a retail release. The idea is that overclockers will hunt around in the BIOS and report any bugs or performance issues they encounter, giving engineers time to fine-tune the BIOS in time to fit the retail version.
Manufacturers also like to give extreme overclockers world record time. A little better PR is always handy! Extreme OC results can be interesting to hobbyists, even if they have little real-world relevance. We can also expect information such as what to expect from memory overclocking. How high can Infinity Fabric run in 1:1 mode? Can the Ryzen 7000 chip reach 6GHz through air cooling or water cooling? Single core or all core? To be sure, overclockers are busy finding answers to these questions.
The Zen 4 launch is very close. MSI puts the cat out, publicly posted on Weibo (deleted), and the release is scheduled for September 15th. The AM5 platform is AMD’s first new platform in over five years, before the Ryzen 1000 series was released in 2017. Users will need a new motherboard and DDR5 memory to run Ryzen 7000 series CPUs.