Sapphire launches mini-ITX AM5 motherboard


Just when some were wondering whether Sapphire’s “motherboard” line would last, the brand has unveiled its Nitro B650I WIFI Ultra Platinum. This is Sapphire’ s first AMD board since the B550I (AM4) variant launched in 2021. This card appears to be resolutely high-end. Based on the information on the official version of the Asian site, we can project a price above €250 minimum. Indeed, a price of 1,679 RMB is mentioned for China ($230 US). The motherboard features two DDR5 DIMM slots that support up to 64 GB of DDR5 at speeds of over 6,000 MT/s (OC). Power is supplied via a single 8-pin connector and the standard 24-pin ATX connector.

Sapphire AM5

Sapphire launches its first AM5 motherboard

Given the size of the motherboard, it’s only logical to count on limited expansion capacities. You’ll be able to rely on a single PCIe 4.0 x16 slot and a single M.2 Gen4 SSD slot (x4). The motherboard is based on the B650 chipset, which offers only 36 PCIe lanes, but no Gen5 lanes. The M.2 slot comes with a Nitro heatsink, which looks great. As for external connectivity, the motherboard features an HDMI connector, 1x DP, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (10 Gbit/s), a single USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port (20 Gbit/s), 1x Clear CMOS switch, 1 LAN port. (1 GbE), two USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 ports (5 Gbps), a WIFI 6 antenna and a 7.1-channel audio jack. For those of you just starting out, there are also RGB connectors available, so you can add a little color to your setup.

For those who want to make the board sweat, note that it features a 2-phase VRM 8 (70A Dr.MOS Powerstage) which is controlled by an XDPE 192C3B PWM IC. We’ll have to wait and see if this board finally finds its way to Europe.