AMD B650 Series Motherboards Will Feature CPU & Memory Overclocking Support: B650E To Get Mid-Range & High-End Options With Full Gen 5 Support, October Launch
Although AMD revealed its 600-series AM5 platform including X670E, X670 & B650 motherboards, they didn't go into detail regarding the feature set a lot. We have managed to get information from our own sources who also point out the B650E chipset and some of the features you can expect.
AMD B650 Series Motherboards Drop In October With Ryzen 7000 CPU & Memory Overclocking Support on Both B650E/B650 Chipsets
As a part of the AMD 600-series AM5 family, the AMD B650 motherboards will come in two flavors, the standard B650 and the B650E (Extreme). As is the case with the X670E and X670, the 'E' variant will feature all-around support for PCIe Gen 5 for discrete graphics & NVMe storage. The standard options will allow PCIe Gen 5.0 support only for the NVMe storage. However, bringing PCIe Gen 5 support for the storage will increase the adoption rate of next-gen Gen 5 NVMe SSDs which AMD & Phison are working on right now.
Another thing that AMD didn't explicitly state was overclocking support on the B650 motherboards. We have been told that both B650E and B650 will support both CPU (Ryzen 7000) & DDR5 memory overclocking. Now we can't say that overclocking will be on the same tier as the higher-end X670E & X670 motherboards but it will be supported up to the maximum capabilities that the motherboards allow.
The difference doesn't end there between the B650 & B650E series motherboards. The AMD B650E series is aimed at mid-tier to high-end options which means that the pricing of the B650E series might end up similar to X670(Non-E) motherboards. The reason for this is simply because of the additional costs that come in with adding PCIe Gen 5 redrivers plus, you need extra space on the PCB to accommodate those drivers too. Furthermore, not all motherboards will be created equally. The higher-end 'E' series motherboards will have to feature much better PCBs to allow good signal strength for the PCIe Gen 5.0 protocol. That's why the 'E' and 'Non-E' motherboards will have a big difference in pricing and tiers.
The AMD 600-series motherboards including the B650 series will also fully support Smart Access Storage to work with Microsoft's DirectStorage API.
SmartAccess Storage gets you out of the load screen and into your gameplay
Traditional game loading takes a significant amount of compute power to decompress the game’s data, requiring the CPU to do the decompression and data transfer, which introduces latency and takes up considerable system resources.
To help bypass these bottlenecks, AMD has created SmartAccess Storage, a suite of technologies supporting Microsoft DirectStorage that utilizes Smart Access Memory with new AMD platform technologies along with Radeon GPU asset decompression to improve both game load times and texture streaming.
Finally, we can confirm that AMD will indeed be offering EXPO (Extended Profiles for Overclocking) for Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs on its 600-series platform though they didn't bother mentioning it during the Computex 2022 keynote. There are still lots of details that AMD still isn't disclosing even though they have already been unearthed through leaks. It looks like AMD will have another event prior to the official Ryzen 7000 & AM5 launch later this year. The B650 series motherboards will be expected around October 2022 and we are being told that the CPUs and the initial X670 boards can be announced in August leading up to a September launch.