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Here’s why new X870 motherboards may not arrive in time for the Ryzen 9000 series launch

Motherboard delays, but it's not the end of the world
Last Updated on June 7, 2024
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One of the biggest headlines coming out of Computex 2024 was the unveiling of AMD’s new Ryzen 9000 series CPUs. These processors mark the arrival of the 2nd generation AM5 platform, accompanied by the X870E and X870 chipsets. However, in a surprising turn of events, motherboard manufacturers like ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI may have decided to delay the launch of the X870 motherboards that were expected to complement the Ryzen 9000 release.

Delay in launch

Yes, unfortunately, talks surrounding Computex suggest that the chipset manufacturers have delayed their release, meaning it will not coincide with the Ryzen 9000 release. This information, which originated from HardwareLuxx, is even more concerning given that Intel’s upcoming Arrow Lake-S motherboards, scheduled for an October launch, garnering significant attention at the very event, potentially putting them in a more advantageous position.

This unexpected delay in the X870 motherboard launch seems to be driven by a two-fold strategy. Firstly, many potential Ryzen 9000 buyers are upgrading from the older AM4 platform. These users might find the existing, more affordable AM5 600-series motherboards a more cost-effective option for their new CPU. Additionally, current AM5 users can simply upgrade their CPU without needing to replace their motherboard entirely.

MSI X870 motherboards, captured by PCGuide
MSI X870 motherboards, captured by PCGuide

BIOS updates instead

Secondly, the X870 series itself doesn’t offer a significant leap in functionality compared to the existing 600-series boards. The main improvements lie in upgraded memory and USB support. Considering this, it seems strategically beneficial for AMD to prioritize the Ryzen 9000 CPU launch and ensure full compatibility with existing AM5 motherboards through BIOS updates. This approach allows users to leverage their current motherboards and potentially reduces upgrade costs. However, we will have to wait and see if this materializes.

AM5 platform longevity

While the launch schedule shift for the X870 motherboards is unexpected, it does hold some positive implications. This move reinforces AMD’s commitment to the AM5 platform’s longevity, which is confirmed to last until at least 2027. The X870 motherboards, once launched, will undoubtedly act as the starting sign for a wider platform adoption. For existing AM5 users, the decision to wait for the X870 boards depends on individual needs. If the current motherboard fulfills their requirements, there’s no need to rush and upgrade just yet.

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