Dr. Lisa Su is teasing AMD Zen 4 CPU details on Monday and Gigabyte is promising AM5 boards

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Gigabyte has announced its intention to show off AM5 motherboards at Computex this year, with support for AMD's upcoming Zen 4 CPUs, and a tacit admission that AMD is likely to be talking up its new Ryzen processor generation at Dr. Lisa Su's Computex CEO Keynote on Monday morning.

And given that Dr. Su herself has been tweeting big images of the upcoming processor, I'd say that's nailed on right now.

In its Computex press release Gigabyte is promising to exhibit "AMD Socket AM5 motherboards with advanced design and extensive features of PCIe 5.0 graphics slot and M.2 Gen5 interface." 

And oh yeah, that socket will have the pins in it rather than the pins being on the CPUs themselves. AMD's looking more and more like Intel every day…

We also know that the AM5 socket used on the upcoming X670 motherboards will provide support for DDR5 for the first time in an AMD platform. One memory brand has even suggested it will be supporting higher native RAM speeds out of the box compared with the Intel Alder Lake platform it initially debuted on.

ASRock has also kinda confirmed it will be showing off X670 boards, too, as Komachi Ensaka has uncovered a private YouTube video via Twitter. This details a host of upcoming Zen 4 motherboards, as well as… excuse me while I swallow back this little bit of bile in my throat… an NFT Edition Intel Riptide board "co-designed by thousands of people."

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The video description reads: "ASRock reveals a series of motherboards based on the revolutionary AMD X670 chipset. The new motherboards are equipped with many exciting features and new technology such as PCIe 5.0 & DDR5 capability, the insane IO capability including the support of Thunderbolt 4.0 has pushed the X670 platform even further into high end desktop category.

"ASRock went all out on the VRM design too, with total of 26 phases SPS Dr.MOS design on the X670E Taichi, it is the most powerful AM5 product ASRock can offer."

AMD's Computex keynote sounds like it will be mostly focused on the desktop side of things, which means we're expecting a Zen 4 announcement, a chip being held up on stage again, and maybe, just maybe, some RDNA 3 graphics cards getting a mention, too.

The keynote will take place on Monday May 23 at 2pm Taipei time, which is 2am ET, 11pm PT (on Sunday 22nd somewhat confusingly), and 7am UK time.

Dave James
Managing Editor, Hardware

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.