The dust has barely had time to settle on AMD’s X470 chipset, which launched alongside its second-generation Ryzen processors. Looking ahead, however, X570 is now right around the corner, or so the latest leak says. One thing that’s interesting about the upcoming chipset is that it supposedly will offer PCI Express Gen 4 support.
If the X570 does indeed end up supporting PCIe 4.0, as the latest leak indicates, it will be AMD’s first chipset to do so, and the first consumer platform in general. It also stands to reason that AMD’s upcoming Zen 2 processors (Ryzen 3000 series) will support PCIe 4.0 too.
Whether the leaked information is accurate or not, it’s impossible to say (AMD doesn’t talk about unreleased products, and nothing has been announced yet). This is all based on a slide at Gamer.com.tw. The slide appears to be several months old, as it highlights AMD’s B450 chipset and Athlon 200GE series as being unreleased as well.
According to the slide, AMD will launch its X570 chipset at Computex. That’s still several months away—Computex 2019 gets underway on May 28 and runs through June 1.
While it’s wise to always take leaks and rumors with a generous heaping of salt, it wouldn’t surprise us if Zen 2 (otherwise known as Matisse) ends up supporting PCIe 4.0. AMD appears to be embracing the updated spec—it recently launched Radeon Instinct MI60 accelerator is the world’s first 7-nanometer GPU to boast PCIe 4.0 support, which doubles the bandwidth over PCIe 3.0 solutions.