AMD has officially confirmed that its newest and most affordable B650 motherboard chipset will still support AMD overclocking. The speculations about the chipset’s overclocking features started when the company officially launched the B650 with X670E and X670 at Computex 2022.
The release of the B650 motherboard chipset caused major social buzz as people assumed that it may not support AMD overclocking anymore. But the overflowing issue about overclocking was debunked when Robert Hallock, AMD’s Director of Technical Marketing, released his statement.
In an interview with the PCWorld’s podcast—The Full Nerd, Hallock confirmed that the new B650 motherboards will still support AMD overclocking despite being inexpensive. “That’s one of those great examples of because we didn’t say something, people assumed that it didn’t exist. B650 does overclock, just like B550 overclocked”, Hallock said.
The public’s doubt started when AMD did not specifically mention the motherboard overclocking of B650 on their marketing slide. While the slide mentioned that the top two chipsets, X670 and X670E supported “Extreme Overclocking” and “Enthusiast Overclocking”. From that moment, people assumed that it is now an explicit feature for higher-end chipsets only.
Fortunately, that’s not the case, and people, particularly, Ryzen 7000 series CPU owners will still enjoy budget-friendly chipsets, like AMD B650. Although the overclocking capabilities might not be in the same tier as the higher-end X670E & X670 motherboards, it will still offer the maximum overclocking capabilities of its chipset.
Ryzen 7000 Chips
Aside from the AMD overclocking feature of the Ryzen 7000 chipset, another factor that people would love is how good the motherboard is at pushing a chip harder compared to other chipsets. If the VRMs motherboard and its power delivery cannot reach the chipset due to insufficient and unstable power, then it would not work. Probably, this is the real reason why AMD highlighted the overclocking features of both high-end X670E and X670 only.
Moreover, the chipsets of X670E and X670 motherboards are built around higher-end offerings, making their power delivery even higher compared to other motherboards. With its generous features, it will cost a bunch of dollars.
But you do not have to worry because Ryzen 7000 also offers a less expensive motherboard. Not only that, AMD confirmed that the B650 motherboard can still overclock, making it more compatible with MSI PC, Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, etc. So, if you are looking for a great budget overclocking option, you may opt for B650.
Although AMD finally launched its 600-series AM5 platform and the X670E, X670 & B650 motherboards, they are not yet revealing the features in detail. So, if you are eyeing the newly released motherboards, better keep yourself updated.
AMD B650 Motherboard
AMD B650 motherboard is part of the AMD 600-series AM5 family. Also, AMD revealed that it comes in two varieties, the standard B650, and the B650E, which have extreme features. The same with the X670E and X670, the ‘E’ variable will offer the all-around support for PCIe Gen 5 for the discrete graphics & NVMe storage. On the other hand, when it comes to NVMe storage, the standard B650 can only allow PCIe Gen 5.0 support.
However, the adoption rate of the upcoming generation of NVMe SSDs is possible to increase. Only if B650 chipsets allow PCIe Gen 5 support for the storage. So, AMD & Phison are working it out to make it readily available soon.
Although the company failed to directly mention the AMD overclocking on the new B650, they stated that both B650E and B650 will support CPU (Ryzen 7000) & DDR5 memory overclocking.
Series Motherboards – B650 vs B650E
Furthermore, the difference between the B650 & B650E series motherboards doesn’t end with their clocking capabilities. AMD claimed that the B650E series is built to be around mid-tier to the high-end chipset. It means that the cost of the extreme B650E series and X670(Non-E) motherboard costs the same. This is because the B650E motherboard has the additional PCIe Gen 5 drivers. Take note that you need to have extra space on the PCB to make the drivers work.
Another thing is that it is not possible to create motherboards with equal and same qualities. The higher-end ‘E’ series motherboards will carry better PCBs allowing extreme signal strength for the PCIe Gen 5.0 protocol. It explains the difference between B650 & B650E motherboards’ cost and tier.
AMD SmartAccess Storage
Another good news that AMD released, along with the new AM5 platform launching, is the new technology called SmartAccess Storage. The new SmartAccess Storage technology supports AMD platform technology and adds GPU decompression for Microsoft DirectStorage Enabled Games. All the AMD 600-series motherboards and the newly created B650 series will carry the Smart Access Storage feature to support the DirectStorage API of Microsoft.
When is the Release Date of the AMD B650 Motherboard?
AMD stated that the new and cheapest B650 Series Motherboards will be released this year, in October with Ryzen 7000 CPU & AMD Overclocking support on its chipsets. Whereas, the initial X670 boards and the CPUs are to be announced in August.