We see the price of computer hardware continuing to grow, a trend that will remain constant. The new NVIDIA RTX 40 series start at $1,000 and approach $2,000, making them out of reach for almost anyone. It looks like something similar will happen with the X670E chipset baseboards for AMD Ryzen 7000 processors.
For the new Ryzen 7000 processors, AMD has decided to develop a new chipset system. We will have a “normal” version of the X670 and B650 and a so-called Extreme version (X670E and B650E). The difference is that the Extreme will be the one that supports the PCIe 5.0 interfaceand period.
We already have a price for the new AM5 motherboards
The new ones AMD Ryzen 7000 processors they are based on Zen4 and require new motherboards. The change is necessary since these new processors support the new DDR5 RAM. It is also necessary to adapt to a new design in terms of cores and in terms of the amount of cache memory.
On the prices of new motherboards, we start from 400 dollars for the X670 models. The most expensive are those based on the X670E chipset which start at almost 500 dollars and some exceed 1000 dollars. There’s even an unremarkable MSI motherboard worth over $2,000 (yes, more than the NVIDIA RTX 4090).
As the cheapest manufacturer, we have ASUS, which is the one that offers the solutions at the lowest price. We have the First X670-P it has a price of 418 dollars and the version with WiFi is close to 447 dollars. These are quite expensive motherboards, but in prices they are quite interesting.
Regarding X670E motherboards, the cheapest model is the TUF Gaming X670E-Plus WiFi how much does it cost 487 dollars. While the cheapest Republic of Gaming model is the ASUS RoG Strix X670E-I Gaming Wi-Fi what would it cost 655 dollars. The cheapest ATX model is the ASUS RoG Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi costs around 812 dollars.
There are several motherboards above 1000 dollars, but the most expensive is the MSI MEG X670E DIVINE which is marked on 2399 dollars. Maybe this price is not real, it is somewhat inflated, but if true, it is a crazy price. Come on, the price is higher than the RTX 4090, which doesn’t make sense.
Is the material becoming a luxury?
Everything indicates that there will come a time when we will not be able to acquire even entry-level equipment. It seems that NVIDIA, Intel and AMD are inviting us to buy consoles and at most processors with integrated graphics. It makes no sense to pay so much for components, which consume more and more.
This increases hardware performance, but do we really need that much power? Well the truth is no and the marketing that is done doesn’t make much sense. 60% of Steam users play at 1080p, but graphics cards are sold for 8K gaming. All nonsense.
It’s my personal opinion, but I see that we are pushed to use the mobile to navigate, to have a simple PC to work and / or study and a console to play. It seems that it is no longer interesting to sell gaming computers and the hardware that has been released is designed for mining (although Ethereum mining has already ended).