Ahead of the launch of AMD’s latest Ryzen 7000 processors, which will hit retail shelves on September 27th, MSI has revealed the prices of four of its X670/X670E motherboards. Given the world’s current financial climate and features like PCIe 5.0 connectivity to M.2 storage drives and at least one PCIe x16 slot, the writing has been on the wall for a while in terms of pricing.
Currently in their US store, MSI has two premium (MEG), one mid-range (MPG) and one regular entry-level X670 (Pro) model, with prices ranging from $290 (Pro X670-P WIFI) to $1300 (MEG X670E Godlike).
MSI MPG X670E Carbon WIFI ($480) ATX Motherboard
As we’ve seen with previous generations of Intel and AMD platforms, MSI’s Ryzen 7000 flagship is the MEG X670E Godlike ($1,300). MSI touts a 24+2+1 power supply with up to six M.2 slots, 10 GbE, 2.5 GbE, Wi-Fi 6E and a touch-sensitive 4.5-inch M-Vision control panel.
Sitting just behind the Godlike is the MSI MEG X670E Ace ($700), with support for up to six M.2 drives, an advertised 22+2+1 power supply, and 10 GbE/Wi-Fi 6E networking to sweeten the deal. Both models benefit from PCIe 5.0 PEG slots and one PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slot for the latest PCIe Gen 5 SSDs, which are expected sometime in November.
X670E mid-range model for $480, X670 entry-level for $290
The MPG X670E Carbon ($480) represents MSI’s mid-range MPG offering with an advertised 18+2+1-phase power supply, 8-layer PCB and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. Although it costs close to $500, MSI offers a 2.5 GbE NIC, given that this has been offered on base models for the past few generations. Importantly though, this is the cheapest MSI X670E motherboard – meaning it’s the cheapest board MSI will offer at launch with PCIe 5.0 slots.
Coincidentally, we just reviewed MSI’s MPG Z690 Carbon WIFI, which is MSI’s equivalent motherboard for the Intel LGA1700/Z690 market. This board has an MSRP of $400 and a current selling price of $350 on Amazon. So there is currently a significant premium for the AM5 board, on top of the already relatively high price for a mid-range Intel motherboard.
Finally, the base model MSI Pro X670-P WIFI (non-E) has 2.5 GbE, advertised 14+2+1-phase power delivery and supports up to four M.2 slots. Despite dropping PCIe 5.0 in favor of PCIe 4.0, the MSRP is $290, which is a very surreal price for an entry-level model.
While it doesn’t agree with the current MSRP of MSI’s X670E/X670, things may change in the coming weeks and months as more vendors bring their offerings to market. The introduction of the B650/B650E boards should also offer a cheaper alternative, although those boards won’t arrive for at least another month. As it stands, the MSI MEG X670E Godlike will cost $1,300, the MEG X670E Ace will cost $700, the MPG X670E Carbon WIFI is priced at $480, and the Pro X670-P WIFI will cost $290.
All four models are expected to launch on September 27, alongside AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors.