The rumors are now confirmed. As suggested by leaked images on Twitter, Gigabyte is developing a Tachyon motherboard for AMD AM5 CPUs that, unlike most motherboards in the Ryzen 7000 series, does not use the X670E chipset.
Twitter account SkatterBencher shared the first photos of Gigabyte’s new Aorus B650E Tachyon motherboard on the morning of December 16, 2022. It was developed specifically for AMD AM5 CPUs, but – as previously suspected – does not use the X670E chipset, like most high-end motherboards for the Ryzen 7000 series.
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Instead, the Aorus is based on the Tachyon B650E chipset, using one Promontory 21 chipset (PROM21) instead of two like the X670 series. This means that fewer PCIe lanes are available. One reason for this may be that the Ars Tachyon series is all about extreme overclocking. These boards include a powerful VRM design, an overhauled memory layout, and dedicated overclocking buttons.
As usual for most overclocking boards, the B650E Tachyon only has two separate DDR5 slots. Overclockers often use one or two memory modules at the same time, which ensures a higher frequency. SkatterBencher, who posted the images on Twitter, is known for very detailed overclocking guides for modern CPUs. It looks like we’ll have more information about how capable the next-gen AMD Tachyon is really.