AMD’s High-End X670E Motherboards From ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock & Biostar Detailed

AMD’s motherboard partners such as ASUS, MSI, ASRock, Gigabyte and Biostar have unveiled more details on their best X670E designs for Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs.

ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock and Biostar present their high-end AMD X670E motherboards

AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs will migrate to a new home known as AM5, the successor to the long-lasting AM4 platform. It marks a new beginning for the Ryzen Desktop family and as such existing Ryzen CPUs starting with Ryzen 1000 and up to Ryzen 5000 will not be supported by the new platform, we’ll tell you why this is.

The AM5 platform will first feature the all-new LGA 1718 socket. That’s right, AMD is no longer following the PGA (Pin Grid Array) path and is now focusing on LGA (Land Grid Array), similar to what Intel uses on its existing desktop processors. The main reason for switching to LGA is due to the addition of advanced and next-generation features like PCIe Gen 5, DDR5, etc. which we will see on the AM5 platform. The socket has a single latch and the days of worrying about pins underneath your precious processors are over.

Representatives from each motherboard manufacturer have joined AMD’s latest live stream of “Meet The Experts” to talk about their next-generation X670E designs, but it looks like there may still be some details regarding overclocking and memory support, which AMD may not like to be we talked about right now, although the full product line announcement is in a few weeks on August 29 with a launch scheduled for August 15. So let’s take a look at what the new high-end motherboard offerings have to offer.

ASUS X670E motherboards
ASUS kicked off the launch by unveiling its high-end ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme and ROG Crosshair X670E HERO motherboards. ROG Crosshair motherboards feature 20 + 2 phases for Extreme models and 18 + 2 phases for HERO models. Both models are designed with some crazy 110A power stages and in a Teamed design. The VCore PWM controller is an Infineon ASP2205 while the power stages are based on Vishay’s SIC850.

ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme – 20 + 2 phases (110A)
ROG Crosshair X670E HERO – 18 + 2 phases (110A)

ASUS specifically states that high-end power delivery is a necessity when overclocking the CPU as it leads to huge power surges and power demand increases exponentially. Some highlighted features include WiFi 6E (AX210), 10GbE Marvell AQC113CS connectors, PCIe x16 and M.2 Gen 5.0 ports, USB 4 and Quick Charge 4+.

MSI X670E motherboards
MSI will launch four brand new X670E motherboards within its MEG, MPG and PRO lineups. We recently revealed their flagship GODLIKE MEG X670E motherboards and the manufacturer confirmed the specs and PCB we reported. The VRM configuration for MSI’s X670E motherboard is as follows:

MEG X670E GODLIKE – 24 (105A) + 2 + 1
MEG X670E ACE – 22 (90A) + 2 +1
MPG X670E Carbon – 18 (90A) + 2 +1
PRO X670E-P WiFi – 14 (80A) + 2 +1

MSI is pushing things to the limit with high-end heatsink designs such as screwless M.2 Shield Frozr technology, M.2 XPANDER-Z Gen 5 Dual AIC (supporting up to two PCIe Gen 5.0 x4 SSDs) in a solution with active cooling), 60W USB Type-C power supply and more robust power supply for each level of the motherboard. We also take a better look at the MEG X670E GODLIKE which looks more beastly than ever with its extremely saturated PCB design and tons of IO to work with. More details on MSI’s training here.

Gigabyte X670E motherboards
The range presented by Gigabyte includes four AORUS motherboards which include X670E AORUS Xtreme, AORUS Master, AORUS Pro AX and AORUS Elite AX. The Xtreme is expected to break some OC records on AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

X670E AORUS Xtreme – 18 phases (SPS 105A) Renesas RAA229628
X670E AORUS Master – 16 phases (SPS 105A) Renesas RAA229620
X670E AORUS Pro AX – 16 phases (SPS 90A) Infineon XDPE192C3
X670E AORUS Elite AX – 16 phases (SPS 70A) Infineon XDPE192C3

ASRock X670E motherboards
ASRock introduces five X670E motherboards for AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs. These include X670E Taichi Carrara, X670E Taichi, X670E Steel Legend, X670E PRO RS and X670E PG Lightning. All five motherboards are fully compatible with the next generation AMD Zen 4 CPUs along with DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5.0 memory.

The company highlighted some of the main features: USB Type-C with fast charging, 8-layer PCB design, PCIe 5.0 and M.2 plus DDR5 fan heatsink design with protective circuitry. The training is also detailed by us here.

Biostar X670E motherboards
Biostar also talked a little bit about their flagship X670E VALKYRIE motherboard which features a 22-phase VRM design.


Apple might remove the headphone jack from its next entry-level iPad

Apple has gradually removed the headphone jack from the entire range of iPhones and from several iPads such as the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. And now, the company seems poised to eliminate it entirely from the iPad: according to alleged renders of an upcoming redesign of the entry-level model, the 3.5mm connector is also about to be eliminated. It is nowhere to be found on either the top or the bottom of the device.

MySmartPrice claims that the CAD renders come from a case maker working on accessories for what will be the 10th generation iPad. It’s a substantial redesign of the classic iPad design that has remained largely intact for years; Apple slightly increased the display size in 2017 and made other internal hardware updates, but the overall look has remained consistent. It looks like it’s about to change, with the new iPad sharing the same flat-sided aesthetic as the recent iPhones, iPads, 14-inch / 16-inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air 2022. Both 9to5Mac and MacRumors have brought back renders. But as always, he treats these easily falsifiable images with a good dose of skepticism.

The Home button remains present, which also means sizable bezels above and below the display. MySmartPrice reports that the screen is expected to be larger than the current 10.2-inch model and there is a redesigned camera on the back of the iPad that resembles the iPhone X module. The refurbished iPad has a USB-C port, which would complete the transition for Apple’s line of tablets.

These renders also include four speakers, and this is where I have some doubts about what we’re seeing: Only the iPad Pro currently has four speakers, so if that worked, the entry-level iPad would outperform both the iPad Air and Mini in the audio department.

This seems unlikely to me, but it could also serve as Apple’s justification for canceling the headphone jack from a product used in many classes and other scenarios where support for affordable wired headphones has been significant. This is a decision that would not get along well with many teachers and parents, and part of me hopes what we’re seeing isn’t accurate, at least for this aspect of the design. But if it is, you could use a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter as a fallback option.

The 10th-generation iPad is likely to be announced this fall, though it’s unclear whether a new design will also have a higher starting price than the current $ 329. Apple will remove the 3.5mm connector from its entry-level iPad. level and will it leave Macs as the company’s only hardware to still include one? We should find out in the next couple of months.


Samsung’s Z Fold 3 durability one year in

Foldable phones are still clunky, untested devices. But in the past three generations (with a fourth presumably on the way), Samsung has made great strides with its designs, paving the way for innovative (albeit sometimes quite expensive) alternatives to the typical glass block. And when you combine that with sales of nearly 10 million devices last year, it looks like Samsung foldables are finally starting to break into the mainstream.

But despite a number of improvements over the years, there is one aspect of the Samsung fold that still requires a lot of work: durability. Last year, after purchasing my Z Fold 2, I documented some of the problems I faced after owning it for 10 months. And after the update to the Z Fold 3 last fall, I’m here to report on how Samsung’s latest flagship foldable is holding up just under a year later.

Now, at this point, some people may be wondering why I upgraded. The bubbles my Z Fold 2’s screen suffered from were certainly annoying, but they weren’t so bad that I considered going back to a regular candy bar phone. Instead, my main goal for purchasing the model (professional curiosity aside) was to get a foldout that could better survive a newborn.

Compared to typical smartphones, the Z Fold 2’s lack of water resistance was almost guaranteed to become a problem after my child was born. I felt like I had to keep the phone in a separate room, lest some small amount of spitting or drooling would ruin the device. And it just wasn’t something I wanted to do, and that’s what led me to the Z Fold 3 and its IPX8 rating. I figured if a phone can withstand sitting in water for up to 30 minutes at depths of up to five feet, it could also handle anything a child might throw (or spit) at it.

Thankfully, I think my strategy worked, because even though it cost around $ 800 to upgrade after trading my Z Fold 2, that money has already paid off. My Z Fold 3 was peed, it was vomited and milk was sprayed all over the place, and it was fine. The phone has also been gnawed more than a handful of times to no effect. So while the addition of water resistance to Samsung foldables might not be that exciting, considering regular phones that have had it for years, it’s a huge improvement for day-to-day usability.

The rest of the phone’s body also held up quite well. There’s a relatively large scratch on its frame and a couple of scratches on the hinge, but those are all cosmetic dents. I should also mention that I’m not a person who puts phones in skins or cases, this thing has been living naked since the day I got it. So while I haven’t traveled a lot, the number of times this phone fell out of my hand or fell to the ground as I ran to grab my son after a nap is pretty impressive. Dust and crumbs were also handled by the extra bristles Samsung put inside the hinge. The big exception to the increased durability of the Z Fold 3 is once again the built-in screen protector. For this model, Samsung claims to have switched from the TPU material used on the Z Fold 2 to a new PET film while also using a stickier adhesive, designed to prevent bubbles from forming between the protector and the display itself. But in my experience, none of this has helped.

For the first six months I had it, my Z Fold 3’s screen was spotless. There were no spots, bubbles or anything. But then one winter’s day, as I was walking down the street, I opened the phone and heard a snap. At first I feared the worst, thinking that the outer cover screen had broken or that something important inside had broken. But on closer inspection, I noticed that there was a thin line running down the center of the phone near the fold, as if the cover had been pulled or stretched.

And while I’m still not sure what the exact cause was, my theory is that after taking the phone out of my pocket, the cold winter air made the screen protector unusually fragile, snapping it instead of folding when I opened it. the phone . This is a problem that many other Z Fold owners have run into, and once that initial crack occurs, it’s only a matter of time before bubbles start to form. Over the past few months, those bubbles have become a hollow space of air flowing across the entire central portion of the screen, and no pressure or attempt to smooth things out has much of an effect. Recently, some dust


BREAKING: Samsung Galaxy S22 One UI 5.0 beta is rolling out now

The wait for the One UI 5.0 beta is finally coming to an end. While we expected the beta to be launched in the third week of July, it’s now here after a delay of about two weeks. Fans wouldn’t mind that too much as they can finally get a taste of the new firmware.

The One UI 5.0 beta is accompanied by the Android 13 update. The new firmware brings lots of features, cosmetic improvements, and other changes. The One UI 5.0 beta with firmware version S90xBXXU2ZHV4 is initially rolling out for the Galaxy S22 series in Germany.