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MSI MEG X570 Creation Motherboard Spotted Running A Ryzen 3000, Zen 2 Quad Core ES CPU With Up To 3.8 GHz Clock Speeds

Apr 1, 2019
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MSI seems to be working on a new high-end motherboard based around the X570 chipset which will support the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors. We have earlier reported that a few board manufacturers have already received early samples of these processors and it looks like that one of the samples being internally tested sneaked its way into SiSoftware database (via momomo_us).

AMD Ryzen 3000, Zen 2 Based Quad-Core Processor Spotted Running on The MSI MEG X570 Creation Motherboard

The AMD Ryzen 3000 series sample that was being tested in an early engineering sample. It goes by the “2DS104BBM4GH2_38/34_N” codename which shows that it is an ES1 (Engineering Sample) desktop processor with a 65W TDP and clock speeds of 3.4 GHz base and 3.8 GHz boost. The chip has four cores and eight threads which means we would indeed be looking at entry level Ryzen 3 parts with quad-core designs. The chip also comes with 2 MB of L2 and 16 MB of L3 cache. AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series is powered by the Zen 2 core architecture which is based around the 7nm node so we should see better clock speeds in the final variants, especially the 95W+ TDP parts.

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Now coming to the motherboard, the chip was spotted running on an AMD X570 platform. The specific motherboard in question is the MSI MEG X570 Creation. The MEG Creation series was first announced for AMD’s High-End Desktop X399 platform and later came to the X299 platform. The MEG hasn’t yet made its way to the mainstream platforms but looks like AMD’s X570 chipset would be the first to get the MSI MEG Creation treatment.

There’s obviously no mention of specifications for the board itself, but the MEG X570 Creation is likely to be the flagship motherboard from MSI when the Ryzen 3000 series lineup launches. The motherboard would also be the most expensive but would come with a wide array of features and a powerful VRM that would allow you to push the Ryzen 3000 series processors to their maximum overclock potential.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series Ryzen 4000 Series Ryzen 5000 Series
Architecture Zen (1) Zen (1) / Zen+ Zen (2) Zen (3) Zen (4)
Process Node 14nm 14nm / 12nm 7nm 7nm+ 5nm/6nm?
High End Server (SP3) EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Rome' EPYC 'Milan' EPYC 'Next-Gen'
Max Server Cores / Threads 32/64 32/64 64/128 TBD TBD
High End Desktop (TR4) Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads 16/32 32/64 64/128? TBD TBD
Mainstream Desktop (AM4) Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge) Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse) Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer) Ryzen 5000 Series
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads 8/16 8/16 16/32 TBD TBD
Budget APU (AM4) N/A Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso 14nm Zen+) Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior) Ryzen 5000 Series
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021?

AMD X570 Chipset – A New Home For AMD’s Next-Gen Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs

As we saw with X470, there were a few features for the Ryzen 2000 series processors which were only supported by new motherboards such as Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR 2.0. There’s no doubt that AMD’s Zen 2 based Ryzen mainstream processor family will come with new features, but the main highlight will be support for PCIe Gen4. The X570 platform will be all PCIe Gen4 solution which means this would most probably be the first consumer platform to feature support for the new PCIe standard.

That, however, doesn’t mean that AMD Ryzen 3000 series would only be compatible on X570 boards since just like last time, the new CPUs will be backward compatible with X470 & X370 boards too and new BIOS firmware has already started rolling out on existing motherboards.

In addition to MSI motherboards, we also got to see ASUS X570 chipset based lineup including their ROG series which this time includes the ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, leak a while ago.

What features are you most interested to see in the upcoming AMD X570 motherboards lineup?
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