Computex 2022: ASRock Unveils X670E Taichi and Taichi Carrara Edition Motherboardsby Gavin Bonshor on May 25, 2022 10:00 AM EST
At Computex 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan, ASRock has lifted the lid on a few of its X670E motherboards designed for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 7000 series of processors. The first two of ASRock's socket AM5 motherboards include the X670E Taichi and the special edition X670E Taichi Cararra. While both X670E Taichi boards are aesthetically different, the two share the same core feature set, including support for PCIe 5.0, DDR5 memory, and dual Thunderbolt 4-enabled USB Type-C ports on the rear panel.
The ASRock Taichi series is one of the most popular and premium models in its line-up. For years, the Taichi aesthetic has brought cogwheels to the design, and the Z590 Taichi for Intel's 11th Gen Core series even included a motorized cogwheel integrated into the rear panel cover.
The only difference between the ASRock X670E Taichi and the X670E Taichi Cararra is the design. The regular X670E Taichi has a primarily black finish with a bronze-looking trim on the left-hand side of the board, with RGB LEDs built into the chipset heatsink.
ASRock X670E Taichi (left) and X670E Taichi Cararra (right) motherboards
The X670E Taichi Cararra is based on Cararra Marble from Italy, which is white in color and was used for many years in ancient Roman architecture due to its elegance and strength. It is designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ASRock, and ASRock hasn't specified if the Cararra edition will be limited in numbers like its Aqua series or if it will cost more than the regular X670E Taichi.
In terms of features, both ASRock X670E Taichi models boast an advertised 26-phase power delivery, which is mightily impressive. Other features include support for DDR5 memory, dual full-length PCIe 5.0 slots (x16, x8/x8), and one PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slot, three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, and eight SATA ports.
A Realtek ALC4082 HD audio codec and ESS Sabre ES9218 DAC power the onboard audio solution on the rear panel, while a Killer E3100G 2.5 GbE controller and Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi 6E provide solid networking connectivity. Regarding connectivity, ASRock includes dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, five USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and three USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports.
At present, ASRock hasn't revealed pricing on the X670E Taichi and X670E Taichi Cararra Edition motherboards, but we expect to find out more closer to the launch of AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors expected in the fall.
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Techie2 - Thursday, May 26, 2022 - linkUPDATE: As stated on the Asus website and elsewhere the Asus X670E mobo offers up to 5x NVMe M.2 slots (via add in cards) with 4x being Gen5 PCIe, 1x being PCI Gen4. The common theme I see in various X670E mobo reports is that you can have up to 4x NVMe M.2 Gen5 PCIe slots with the X670E chipset. How the mobo maker accomplishes this can vary but that is what the X670E chipset supports. So there is definitely a number of X670E mobos that will offer 4x Gen5 NVMe M.2 slots for those who need them. Let's hope that Gen5 PCIe SSDs are available when the Ryzan 7000 CPUs and X670E mobos ship.
DaveLT - Saturday, May 28, 2022 - linkWhat asus meant is that 3 of them are PCIe gen5 via add in card while 1 is onboard with gen 5 and the other on board gen 4. Strange that's its 3 when a x16 slot would provide 4
PeachNCream - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - linkAt ASRock there was a loss for what to do to differentiate yet another cookie-cutter motherboard so after looking at Home Depot, they settled on slapping marble-like stickers on the already pointless "motherboard armor" that everyone else is already using in order to justify the price markup to people that are stupid enough to fall for these kinds of gimmicks. I have to admit that it's comical to see the sorts of mud that computer hardware companies will throw at the walls in an attempt to keep the margins high for their shareholders.
ballsystemlord - Thursday, May 26, 2022 - linkI agree. Cut the stickers and a few PCIe lanes to save us some $$$.
ballsystemlord - Thursday, May 26, 2022 - linkSorry, I mean powerphases could be cut. They're already short on PCIe lanes on the boards.
Techie2 - Thursday, May 26, 2022 - linkThe increased powerphases are for better overclocking and lower VRM temps. The stickers and RGB are for the kids who use Mommy's money to buy PC toys.
ballsystemlord - Thursday, May 26, 2022 - linkAccording to the youtuber, buildzoid, 12phases is overbuilt for 300W powerdraw.
In real world testing, AT shows that 16 phases run very cool.
Furthermore, if the MBs had heatsink designed for thermal dissipation, then the phases of most MBs would run far cooler than they do today.
Therefore, that doesn't make much sense. Maybe it's all hype this time around...
Techie2 - Thursday, May 26, 2022 - linkMore phases = less electrical ripple, more efficiency than lower phases and more capacity to accommodate large power surges typical when a CPU is overclocked/uses high power. The reason other mobo makers use fewer phases is to save money vs. providing a better VRM design. This is not news. It has always been the case. You can build a VRM circuit with 8+2 phases for 300W but why would you for a top end mobo that people will want to OC to the max?
PeachNCream - Friday, May 27, 2022 - link"OC to the max"
Generally pointless and an inefficient use of limited energy and resources, but whatever if making yourself feel better about that extra 2% in a benchmark for 20% more power and waste heat while we burn limited supplies and soil our proverbial cage with overbuilt this and additional capacity that then have fun. I mean it only hurts all of us when millions of people think like you and promote that thinking to others
Techie2 - Friday, May 27, 2022 - linkIf everyone shared your POV we'd still be using Intel 80286 CPUs, the internet would not exist nor would cellphones amongst many other techno creations.