ASRock B650M-HDV Fulfills AMD’s Promise of $125 AM5 Motherboards

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It’s been months since AMD launched its Ryzen 7000 Series processors and made the promise that new AM5 motherboards would be available starting at an SEP of $125 USD, but it looks like that promise has finally become a reality. As highlighted by AMD’s David McAfee, the B650M-HDV, a microATX motherboard manufactured by ASRock, has begun surfacing at retailers that include Newegg, and it only costs $124.99. Critics of AMD have said that AM5 motherboard prices have been a major barrier to adoption, with some premium X670 Extreme options meeting or exceeding $1K.

ASRock B650M-HDV Motherboard Features

  • Supports AMD Socket AM5 Ryzen 7000 Series Processors
  • 8+2+1 Power Phase, Dr.MOS
  • Supports DDR5 6400+ MHz (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x1, 1 M.2 Key E for WiFi
  • Integrated AMD RDNA™ 2 Graphics*
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Realtek ALC897 7.1 CH HD Audio Codec, Nahimic Audio
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Blazing M.2 (PCIe Gen5x4),
  • 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4x4)
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen2 Front Type-C,
  • 7 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Rear, 1 Rear Type-C, 4 Front)
  • Dragon 2.5G LAN
  • Supports ASRock Auto Driver Installer, BIOS Flashback
  • Pre-Installed I/O Shield
  • *Actual support may vary by CPU.

From an AMD press release:

With the introduction of the Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop processors, AMD also unveiled the new Socket AM5 platform, offering cutting-edge connectivity features like dual-channel DDR5 memory. The AM5 platform also includes up to 24 PCIe 5.0 lanes, making it AMD’s most expansive desktop platform to date. Support for new and evolving technologies like PCIe Gen 5 and DDR5 memory empowers users to grow with their Socket AM5 solution, which AMD will support with platform longevity through 2025 and beyond.

The new Socket AM5 motherboard family features four new chipsets, giving users the power and flexibility to choose the exact features they want. The four chipsets feature:

  • AMD X670 Extreme: Bringing the most connectivity and extreme overclocking capabilities11 with PCIe 5.0 support for graphics and storage
  • AMD X670: Supporting enthusiast overclocking with PCIe 5.0 support for storage and optional graphics support
  • AMD B650E: Designed for performance users with PCIe 5.0 storage support and optional graphics support
  • AMD B650: Designed for mainstream users with support for DDR5 memory and optional PCIe 5.0 support

New motherboards will be available starting at an SEP of $125 USD, with the AMD X670 and X670E chipsets arriving in September, and AMD B650E and B650 chipsets in October.

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