AMD Also Set to Launch 800 Series Motherboard Chipsets for Ryzen 9000 Desktop Processors

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There is anticipation that AMD will release the 800 series chipsets for its upcoming Ryzen 9000 series processors, codenamed Granite Ridge. This move would position AMD alongside Intel's upcoming releases, aligning with Intel's shift to the 800 series chipsets for their Arrow Lake processors under the Core Ultra 200 branding. Historically, AMD has maintained the 600 series chipsets for the Ryzen 7000 series launched in Autumn 2022, while Intel moved to the 700 series chipsets around the same time. Intel's latest iteration, the Z790 motherboards, was released in Autumn 2023. Looking ahead, Intel plans to transition to the 800 series alongside the introduction of the LGA 1851 socket with their Arrow Lake CPUs, known as Core Ultra 200.

AMD's decision to leapfrog from the 600 to the 800 series at the Ryzen 9000 desktop launch is viewed as an effort to remain competitive and aligned with Intel's chipset progression. This information, as reported by BenchLife, suggests that AMD is skipping the 700 series entirely for its desktop platforms.

Further complicating the naming conventions, there is ongoing speculation about the branding for AMD’s Strix Point, initially rumored to be launched as "Ryzen AI 100" but now possibly debuting as "Ryzen AI 300." This change is seen as a direct challenge to Intel's Core Ultra 200V and might influence the naming strategy for AMD's next-generation desktop CPUs. Current speculation raises the possibility that the Ryzen 9000 desktop series might adopt a different name to better differentiate from the mobile versions and align more closely with Intel’s nomenclature.

In the context of chipset capabilities, AMD's current lineup for the AM5 socket includes various configurations across the X670E, X670, B650E, B650, and A620 chipsets. These chipsets support a range of PCIe configurations, SATA ports, and USB connectivity options, tailored to different levels of computing needs:

  • X670E and B650E support PCIe 5.0, suitable for high-bandwidth applications like advanced gaming and professional graphics work.
  • Lower-tier chipsets like the A620 cater to more basic computing needs with PCIe 4.0 support and fewer USB ports.
  • The transition to the 800 series is expected to enhance these features further, potentially incorporating more extensive support for PCIe 5.0 across more lanes and additional improvements in USB and SATA connectivity.

The Ryzen 9000 series, coupled with the new 800 series chipsets, pledges  advancements in processing power and efficiency, catering to the demands of next-generation desktop computing. The pricing and detailed specifications for these new chipsets are still under wraps, but the advancements are expected to bolster AMD’s position in the highly competitive chipset market, directly contending with Intel's established chipset series. 


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