Next-gen motherboards are going to come in all shapes and sizes, but extravagant flagships will inevitably occupy a lot of the limelight. One such suspect is MSI’s MEG X670E Godlike, an E-ATX board outfitted with 27-phase VRM, three PCIe 5.0 slots and four M.2 SSD ports.
In case you missed it, supporting AMD Ryzen 7000 processors are set to arrive next month, and as with each new generation motherboard manufacturers will be vying to deliver the most overkill board on the market. If your budget permits you to play in such arenas, the upcoming Godlike looks set to be a frontrunner.
While we expect to see a wide range of competitors at AMD’s motherboards showcase, multiple leaks have already provided a glimpse at MSI’s monster board. A PCB diagram reveals ultra-enthusiast Godlike specs that include 24+2+1 105A power phases, nearly double what was available on the X570 equivalent.
To feed this monster, MSI includes dual eight-pin plus dual six-pin power connectors alongside the trusty 24-pin ATX. One of the six-pin is dedicated to USB power delivery up to 60W, while the other is there to avoid frying your expensive board when populating all three PCIe slots.
The board measures 305mm x 288mm, which corresponds to a large E-ATX format. It houses the future AMD X670E chipset made of two chips from ASMedia. Coupled to the CPU, they provide this board with three PCIe Gen 5 slots directly linked to CPU, the top one runs at x16 when used alone or x8 together with the second slot if both are occupied, leaving the third to hum along at x4.
Storage takes the form of four M.2 SSD slots, one of which is connected to CPU via PCIe 5.0, leaving PCIe 4.0 for the others – passing through the chipset. As expected for premium X670E solutions, PCIe Gen 5 is present for both storage and graphics.
Internally we find eight SATA III, two USB 3.0 Type-A plus two USB 3.2 Type-C (60W PD) headers. With I/O covered by Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, an Aquantina 10GbE plus an Intel 2.5GbE, 7.1-channel HD audio and an S/PDIF out. The complete USB composition is unknown for now.
The X670E Godlike has four DDR5 memory slots with a total capacity of 128 GB supporting DDR5-5600+ (OC). But most likely we will see higher frequencies supported at release. In keeping with the Intel-based Z690 Godlike, we can also expect an integrated M-Vision screen displaying system information or even videos.
We dread to think how much the MEG X670E Godlike might cost, but shouldn’t have to wait long for further info; all the details are expected to be revealed as soon as August 4.