The screenshot provides a first indication of the mid-range B650 chipset

from Benjamin Grundken
There’s a new sign of life from the Ryzen 7000 series. It’s a screenshot that appears to show a section of a BIOS. There you can read not only about an engineering sample, but also about a motherboard with a B650 “chipset” of the alleged middle class AM5.

A new leak from Twitterer “@9550Pro (HXL)” is about a B650 motherboard for the Ryzen 7000 series. Specifically, it’s a MAG B650, obviously a PCB from MSI, although it’s not clear if it is a MAG B650 Mortar, Bazooka, Tomahawk or another model. The abbreviation is mentioned on a screenshot that apparently shows a section of a BIOS user interface.

As long as AMD sticks to its naming scheme, the B650 I/O hub follows the B550, so the corresponding motherboards would be assigned to the middle class. The fact that the B650 boards are already tested according to the screenshot could be an indication of a joint release of the middle and upper class “chipsets”. It was different recently: when the B550 motherboards appeared, the X570 boards had already been on the market for some time. However, Ryzen 3000 CPUs could also work with 400-series I/O hubs at the time. In principle, there was already a middle class – but without PCI Express 4.0 support. With the move to the AM5 platform, the situation with Ryzen 7000 is of course different.

Also interesting: Ryzen 7000: Raphael should start mass production

What also makes the screenshot with the MAG B650 interesting is the mentioned engineering sample, presumably Ryzen 7000 aka Raphael, and the 1,532 volt VCore. Of course, one can only speculate at this point. In this regard, it remains open whether it is a read error, whether such voltages should actually occur under certain loads and scenarios, whether the IO is not yet working ideally, or whether overclocking may have -have already been experienced. As we know, AMD promises more leeway when it comes to overclocking.

According to AMD, the Raphael and Ryzen 7000 processors will appear in the second half of 2022, although it is generally assumed that the launch will take place around the fall or the end of the year. The processors are said to roll off the assembly line in TSMC’s 5nm process, once again offer up to 16 cores and, like Alder Lake-S, support DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0.

Source: Twitter

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