Although the same chipset, AMD 600 series chipsets, which shared the performance of the chipset by PCIe 4.0 or PCIe 5.0 support, were released from the top X series to the middle B series. The H chipset sub-chipset will be released someday, but there is no exact word yet. The chipset corresponding to the entry-level class will probably appear in earnest when the sales of the Ryzen 5000 series and lower models of the Ryzen 7000 series are released. Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 9 7900X processors, which are still relatively popular models among the Ryzen 7000 series, are the top tier Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 9 7900X processors. It seems to be due to the properties of high-end users who
■ GIGABYTE X670 AORUS ELITE AX – JC Hyun
▲ Brief specifications: AMD (Socket AM5) / AMD X670 / ATX (30.5×24.4cm) / Power supply: 16+2+2 phases / Vcore output: Max. 1120A (70A) / Memory DDR5 / 6600MHz (PC5-52800) / 4 pcs / Memory capacity: Up to 128GB / XMP / EXPO / expansion slot VGA Connection: PCIe4.0 x16 / PCIe version: PCIe4.0, PCIe3.0 / PCIex16: 1 / PCIex16 (in x4): 1 / PCIex16 (in x2): 1 / CrossFire / Storage SATA3: 4 / M.2: 4 / NVMe / PCIe4.0 / PCIe5.0 / Rear HDMI / USB 3.2 / USB 3.1 / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / RJ- 45 / Audio Jack / LAN/Audio Realtek 2.5GbE / Max 2.5 Gigabit / RJ-45: 1 pc / AMD RZ616 / Wireless LAN / Bluetooth / Realtek series / 7.1ch (8ch) / Internal I/O RGB header (4-pin): 3ea / ARGB header (3-pin): 2ea / System fan header (4-pin): 3ea / USB2.0 header: 2ea / USB3.0 header: 2ea / USB4 header: 1ea / USB3.2 Type C header: 1 x / UEFI header features / LED / M.2 heatsink header / TPM
As many of you know, AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series processors all support only DDR5 memory. Basically, this motherboard supports DDR5-4800, and if you use XMP 3.0 or AMD EXPO memory, you can use up to DDR5-6600. As with Ryzen 5000 series processors that support DDR4, it can be expanded up to 128GB in a dual channel configuration.
The connection between power and the motherboard is made of one standard 24-pin connector and two 8-pin 12V connectors. The power supply of this motherboard has a total phase of 16 + 2 + 2, that is, 20 phases, and Vcore output is possible up to 1120A (70A) Therefore, it has a relatively higher output value than the main competitor boards released up to this.
The front of the case has a USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 port system for connecting a USB Type-C cable, and the bottom has a separate Thunderbolt support pin header.
As a high-grade motherboard, the clear CMOS button, the power button, and finally the reset button are supported on the motherboard.
There are a total of 4 pin headers that can be connected to AIO cooler or RGB LED peripherals.
This motherboard has a total of 3 PCIe slots, and all of them use Gigabyte’s Easy Ledge slot, which is very convenient when inserting and removing peripherals. When it is difficult to remove the graphics card due to its size, such as when installed, it was possible to remove the graphics card quite conveniently via the Easy Ledge.
As mentioned earlier, the X670 chipset only supports up to PCIe 4.0 in the PCIe slot for the graphics card. Gigabyte Ultra Durable Steel slot is the slot for the graphics card.
On the motherboard, there are slots for a total of 4 M.2 SSDs. A total of 3 support PCIe 5.0 x5 speed, and only one slot supports PCIe 4.0 x4 speed.
The heatsink for M.2 storage provides single and triple passive heatsinks, which are made in a design that does not interfere with the overall design of the motherboard. The M.2 storage can be installed on the motherboard more easily when assembling the system by using a structure that the heat sink and the screws that connect it to the main board do not come off the heat sink.
Installing the M.2 SSD is fairly easy, but you can install the SSD immediately by pressing it in a one-touch method. Removing the SSD is also fairly quick, easy and convenient.
It has a quite admirable IO shield configuration First of all, the output port has only one HDMI for the output of the Vega graphics core of the Ryzen processor, which is good because it can be used fairly universally. You could actually add a DisplayPort here, but instead, I replaced it with a USB port, and this motherboard allows up to 13 USB devices to be connected. One of them is a USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 Type-C port that can achieve high speed. Through this port, external storage based on SSD can be connected with high speed.
■ BIOS GIGABYTE X670 AORUS ELITE AX
It follows Gigabyte’s traditional BIOS design, and you can choose between Easy Mode via icons and Advanced Mode using text and menus.
Even if memory supporting XMP 3.0, gaming memory, was installed, there was no problem in recognition and normal use. After buying this motherboard, you can use it without any problem even if you buy and use AMD gaming memory in the future.
■ GIGABYTE X670 AORUS Elite AX for Ryzen 9 series
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, high-end users have a strong tendency to buy a motherboard that is as close to the full option as possible. Because it depends only on whether it supports double speed or not, in fact, it Nvidia’s next-generation graphics card, the RTX 40 series, supports up to PCIe 4.0, so it can be seen as the most cost-effective choice at the moment. Since this motherboard supports the same Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 as Intel’s full option motherboards, once purchased, it lacks the ability to easily connect peripherals and use wireless Wi-Fi in addition to performance Ryzen 7000 series processor. No motherboard.
In addition to Gigabyte’s solid power supply design, the easy PCIe shelf, which is slightly larger to make it easier to attach and detach the graphics card, and the M. The fact that it is not doing so takes into account the convenience of the graphics card. users as much as possible when assembling. It seems that the perfection of this motherboard can be praised as it has made even the small but easy to miss parts for these users very carefully.
Finally, the latest BIOS that solves the problem that the screen does not appear when AMD chipset motherboards are installed with the GeForce RTX 40 series, and strictly reflects AMD’s AGESA. For those looking to buy a larger Gigabyte motherboard, take note. Gigabyte motherboards use the Q flash BIOS button to connect only the 24-pin connector to the motherboard to quickly update the BIOS. It would be good to use this function immediately after buying it.