ASRock X670E TAICHI review

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ASRock X670E TAICHI review

Extremely capable Ryzen 7000 motherboards from ASRock's X670E series are now available. We look at the X670E TAICHI, a powerful motherboard with PCI Express 5.0 lanes, a robust VRM design, numerous M2 slots (PCIe Gen4/Gen5a), and a 2.5 GigE connector, and WIFI6E.

Out of the complete Ryzen 7000 series, the X670E chipset is the most premium and feature-rich. These new motherboards are set up to provide the best of the best in terms of performance and connectivity. They are designed for extreme overclocking and support for widespread PCI-E 5.0. The X670E chipset is designed to be paired with high-end hardware because it supports PCI-E Gen 5 SSDs and GPUs, as opposed to SSD-only support on cheaper boards.

Power is delivered to your AMD CPU by 18+2 paired power stages rated at 110A. The hefty and thick combo-sink M.2 heatsink provides a big surface area for cooling to keep PCIe 5.0 SSDs running pleasantly. The accessories set also includes a huge bundled PCIe 5.0 M.2 heatsink. The ROG Strix X670E-E Gaming WiFi brings a new wave of conveniences to the building process. In addition to the PCIe Slot Q-Release button, which makes it simple to remove the graphics card, the motherboard includes an integrated power button for performing a pre-test before assembling the entire system. Spare M.2 thermal pads included in the ROG accessory kit ensure that you are prepared to keep future replacement drives running smoothly. The rear IO panel has 13 ports in total, all of which are USB 3.2 compatible. The front USB headers can also support up to nine ports in total, with a few of them being USB 3.2 Gen2x2 and 3.2 Gen1 compatible. Overall, if you need USB ports, this is the board to get.

The ASRock X670E Taichi is an attractive, feature-rich AM5 motherboard in the high-end middle-price segment. Eight SATA connectors, four M.2 sockets, a plethora of USB ports (including two USB4 Type-C ports), and more come standard for $499. (40 Gbps). It is a good foundational piece of hardware for a system that will not cost you more than $500.

AMD Ryzen 7000 (codename Raphael) Desktop CPU Specs

Cores / ThreadsBase/Boost ClockTDPCache (L2+L3)Launch Price(USD)

AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen4 (Raphael)

Ryzen 9 7950X 16C/32T 4.5/5.7 GHz 170W 80MB (16+64) 699 USD
Ryzen 9 7900X 12C/24T 4.7/5.6 GHz 170W 76MB (12+64) 549 USD
Ryzen 7 7800X - - - - 449 USD
Ryzen 7 7700X 8C/16T 4.5/5.4 GHz 105W 40MB (8+32) 399 USD
Ryzen 5 7600X 6C/12T 4.7/5.3 GHz 105W 38MB (6+32) 299 USD
AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen3 (Vermeer)
Ryzen 9 5950X 16C/32T 3.4/4.9 GHz 105W 72MB (8+64) 799 USD
Ryzen 9 5900X 12C/24T 3.7/4.8 GHz 105W 70MB (4+64) 549 USD
Ryzen 7 5800X3D 8C/16T 3.4/4.5 GHz 105W 100MB (4+96) 449 USD
Ryzen 7 5800X 8C/16T 3.8/4.7 GHz 105W 36MB (4+32) 449 USD
Ryzen 7 5700X 8C/16T 3.4/4.6 GHz 65W 36MB (4+32) 299 USD
Ryzen 5 5600X 6C/12T 3.7/4.6 GHz 65W 35MB (3+32) 299 USD

There are 14 AM5-based motherboards available on ASRock's website as of this writing. There are a total of ten different motherboards in the Taichi/Taichi Carrara, Steel Legend, PG Lightning, Pro RS, and Pro X670E series, with nine being B650E and X670B. (Taichi, Steel Legend, PG Riptide, PG-ITX, Pro RS, and the PG Lightning). Two MicroATX models and a new model called LiveMixer are included in the B650 SKUs. To return to the Taichi, the board has all the features of the latest AM5 platform. It is also one of the best-looking motherboards for the system. The chipset heatsink has the characteristic Taichi gears/cogs, and the remainder of the board has an air of refined sophistication. Nothing about our Taichi performance was either slow or fast. As the quantity of available datasets increases with each evaluation, this may eventually shift. At the moment, however, there appears to be nothing out of the ordinary, and you can count on getting the maximum performance possible from your AMD Ryzen 7000 processor using this motherboard.

Note: the test from this review were finished before Intel's Gen 13 Core Raptor lake processors release, so they are missing from the CPU test. Just an FYI.

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