AMD’s top Zen 5 motherboards will reportedly come in a triple-chip configuration for guaranteed USB4 40Gbps support

The sails on the CPU rumour mill are really churning at the moment, with reports that AMD’s successor to its Zen 4 chip design will be launched this year. New processors also means new motherboards and it’s being reported that the top-of-the-line X870E chipset will go one better than the current X670E by offering full USB4 40Gbps connection. However, this will require an additional chip to be added on the motherboard, rather than being part of the X870E device itself.

Take a look at any of the good X670E motherboards on the market right now and you’ll see that there are two AMD-stamped chips embedded in the circuit board; one so-called upstream chipset and one downstream chipset. Well, they’re usually buried under heatsinks, so they’re not always obvious. 

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