Biostar has just announced it will be launching its new range of motherboards for the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors at Computex this year. That would seem to indicate that we will have X570 boards launching between May 28 and June 1, 2019. And I wouldn’t expect to see Biostar as the lonestar launcher of next-gen motherboards, so we can now be pretty confident that all the top new motherboards for AMD’s Zen 2 generation of chips will not only be on show in Taipei, but they will launch from there too.
It doesn’t necessarily follow that AMD will also launch the Ryzen 3000 CPUs at the same time, there is existing precedent for chip manufacturers to launch their motherboards ahead of the processors they’ve been designed for. After all, the new X570 boards will all still come sporting AM4 sockets and will therefore be backwards compatible with all the existing Ryzen 1000 and Ryzen 2000 series CPUs.
But we do expect to hear a great deal about the new Zen 2-powered processors given that Dr. Lisa Su will be delivering its first Computex keynote this year on May 27, and you’ve got to believe that with the X570 board launching at the end of May the CPUs themselves can’t be far behind. AMD’s CEO may make the launch announcement there, making all of its motherboard partners weapons-free to show off their new wares at the Taiwanese tech show.
The information has come via a press release slipped into my inbox by Biostar itself. This is no leak, it’s come direct from the company detailing its plans for Computex this year and inviting us to visit its booth at the Nangang exhibition centre in Taipei. It’s an enticing invite, and our Jacob will be dragging his jet-lagged self around the show come the end of May.
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But the point is that it’s touting the launch of “its latest RACING series motherboards powered by the next AMD Ryzen generation at COMPUTEX 2019.”
The 2nd generation of its RACING motherboards was released for the original Ryzen chips, and the 3rd gen series accompanied the X470 release for the Ryzen 2000 series. And so it stands to reason that the 4th gen RACING motherboards must mean X570 boards for the AMD Ryzen 3000 release.
The X570 boards will differ from the existing X470 et al in that they’re going to be the first motherboards to actually offer us PCIe 4.0 support for both our CPUs and GPUs. Currently there are none of either, but the Ryzen 3000 processors will take care of one side of that and the AMD Navi graphics cards ought to take care of the other.
“The BIOSTAR RACING Series of high-performance motherboards feature the latest technologies for performance and aesthetics. The BIOSTAR RACING Series is geared towards gamers and power users that demand performance with great stability and reliability. BIOSTAR will be demonstrating the 4th generation RACING Series powered by the next-generation AMD Ryzen processors to highlight its capabilities in gaming, entertainment, and professional use.”
You can bet there’ll be a whole load more next-gen AMD motherboards for our Jacob to get his grubby mitts on while he’s out in Taipei next month. And we’ll bring you more as soon as we get it.