ASRock X470 Taichi review

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Sitting right of the primary PCIe x16 slot is the primary two M.2 slot, this one is using x4 PCIe lanes directly from the CPU thus 32 GB/sec of performance, the second at 2x as it is linked through the chipset (and not processor PCIe lanes).

 

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Check that out, ASRock is equipping the board with eight SATA3 ports. Since the chipset can only provide six of these, ASRock needs to revert to a 3rd party chip, in this case two SATA3 connectors are fed by an ASMedia ASM1061 controller. Also to the right, a vertical USB connector, handy if you quickly need access to the mobo for a firmware upgrade or something, 

 

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Two of the PCIe x16 slots have been metal reinforced. Close to them 8cm type 2242/2260/2280 m.2 slots. Delivering up to 32 Gb/s data transfer speed for the primary M2 slot, so that one supports PCIe 3.0 x4 (Ryzen series processors).

 

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The upper one has a huge M2 heatsink has proper thermal padding. If that doesn't cool down a hot M2 SSD, I don't know what will. Very nice and properly implemented really. Extra cooling will make your M2 throttle less under heavy stressed conditions. 

  
  

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The board supports single and dual channel with support up-to DDR4 2933 MHz and starts at 2133 MHz memory modules (JEDEC). 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets can support up to 64 GB of system memory. Ryzen Gen 1 processor has support for 3200 MHz SPD/XMP profiles, Ryzen gen 2 processors can reach 3466 MHz. 

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