Positioned below the Z590 OC Formula in ASRock’s current Intel Z590 lineup, this latest Taichi builds on the Z490 version that we looked at last year. Besides the distinctive styling, the Z590 Taichi offers robust power delivery, a trio of Intel Killer networking products, the latest in high-speed connectivity including Thunderbolt 4, and what should be some impressive audio with both Realtek ALC1220 (rear multi-channel) and ESS ES9218 (front panel stereo) DACs.
EVGA’s motherboard lineup for Z590 consists of two boards, the Z590 FTW WIFI and the flagship Z590 Dark. I do miss the ITX-based Stinger motherboard from a few generations back. It would be a good SKU to have, considering most partners offer at least one ITX option. We can’t say there is something here for everyone (no mATX either). However, EVGA brings quality motherboards to the table in what they do have.
We know from previous experiences that NZXT teams up with ASRock to produce its latest boards. The N7 Z590 is no exception as it’s based on features from the Z590 PG Velocita and Steel Legend offerings, though the exact configuration here is unique. Having a large topside shroud means all fan headers and other features are located at either the top or bottom of the six-layer PCB, grouped together sensibly by function. And if the white-on-black scheme doesn’t tickle your fancy, the same board is also available in all-black livery.
GIGABYTE went into designing this board with one thing in mind, leaving nothing on the table, and judging by the board’s design, we can undoubtedly say they accomplished their goal. Top to bottom, this board supports both 10th and 11th Generation Core processors with memory support ranging from DDR4 2133 through 5400 with an overclock. This is across four slots, 288 pin DIMMS max capacity 128GB.
Power design is huge on the Waterforce, 20+1 phase all SIC840 100A power stages with an ISL69269 PMIC to control the group.
June 17th, 2021 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions announced the launch of the newest X570S AORUS series motherboards primed to unleash the potential of the recently released AMD Ryzen™ 5000 series desktop processors with enhanced DrMOS direct power design and 6 layers and above ultra cool PCB for higher stability. The whole series equip with a brand new passive chipset thermal design and up to four sets of high thermal efficiency armored PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with M.2 Thermal Guard III, which ensures effective heat dissipation of full operation on chipsets and 7000MB/s high speed operating on NVMe SSDs without throttling by overheating. The brand new X570S series motherboards kick off the PCIe 4.0 era with extensive feature sets. The flagship X570S AORUS MASTER motherboard is fitted with a 16-phase direct digital power design for the more solid power management and optimized overclocking performance. With advanced heat dissipation technology of Fins-Array II Stacked Fins Heatsink, Direct Touch Heatpipe II and Smart Fan 6, GIGIABYTE X570S motherboards can maintain cool and high performance under high loading operation. Furthermore, GIGABYTE Active OC Tuner technology integrated in select motherboards to provide a more flexible performance improvement.
“AMD is excited for the launch of new and innovative X570 motherboards, bringing even more offerings to the AMD socket AM4 platform,” said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, client component business unit, AMD. “These new motherboards will continue to showcase the groundbreaking performance of the AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series processors, maximizing the potential for enthusiasts, gamers, and content creators alike.”
The entire X570S lineup integrates a 2.5 GbE high speed LAN while select X570S AORUS motherboards feature WIFI 6 with blazing fast 2.4 Gbps connection speeds, and even WIFI 6E 802.11ax wireless network, as well as front USB 3.2 Type-C® interface for more convenient usage. Moreover, select X570S AORUS motherboards equip USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C® for a more speedy data transfer up to 20 Gbps. GIGABYTE also release X570S AERO G for creators. With built-in the same level power materials, thermal planning, high-speed network, and 4 sets of PCIe 4.0 M.2 interfaces as other X570S motherboards, X570S AERO G also features the VisionLINK function that is well-received by the creators to provide them a more effective transform from ideas to creation.
“Providing users with the best product has always been Gigabyte’s mission, while the top-quality AMD platform motherboards with excellent compatibility, high efficiency and low temperature demonstrates our strong strength in the development of AMD motherboards. “said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. “ GIGABYTE’s X570S series motherboards are developed by gamers and professional designers who pursue performance, and are enhanced by the features of 16-phase direct digital power design, advanced VRM thermal design, silent cooling design without chipset fan, several PCIe 4.0 interfaces, blazing fast LAN, updated BIOS, and R&D’s adjustment. This series definitely impress the performance chaser by the performance and stability and become the perfect choice for high-end users who plans to assemble AMD platforms. ”
This product from the already well-known series (Taichi means Chinese martial art) focuses on bringing many features at a reasonable price. Well, it was like that till now. Why’s that? There’s about a 30 USD premium over the predecessor, the Asrock Z490 Taichi, an improved appearance, and a great-looking moving gear feature. This board targets the upper mid-tier/high-end range of the market (with a price of 459.99 USD). The Asus Maximus XIII Hero, MSI MEG Z590 Ace (which are about 40 USD more expensive), and the Aorus Z590 Master (which is cheaper) are the main competitors. Still, Asrock also has the Phantom Gaming, Extreme, Steel Legend, and Pro series, so you can choose whichever tier suits you. I almost forgot about one model -> Z590 OC Formula; this is the top tier of Asrock. But coming back to the reviewed model – the design of the Asrock Z590 Taichi is beautiful.
Diving into the N7 B550, this is an AM4 platform solution built on the AMD B550 chipset. CPU compatibility includes 3,4, and 5000 series processors coupled with support for DDR4 memory with speeds of 2133MHz through 3200MHz via JEDEC and 4733+ via XMP. The form factor is 288pin over four slots with a maximum capacity of 128GB.
Expansion slots include two x16 lanes PCI Express slots, one full x16 electrically Gen4, and one that is x4 electrically. Additionally, you will find two x1 lane slots that are Gen3. Storage is deployed over two m.2 slots; form factor supported 2242 through 2280. One slot operates in Gen4 mode with a four-lane connection and the other Gen3 x2 and SATA modes. An additional six SATA ports are available for legacy storage solutions.
When it comes to buying a motherboard, there are a wide variety of models to choose from. On Intel’s current Rocket Lake desktop series, the main options include Z590, B560, H570, H510, although the previous Z490, Q470, and H470 chipsets also can accommodate 11th Gen chips. With that in mind, it still doesn’t narrow down the options, with a large selection of models based on different markets. Z590 is geared towards performance, B560 is more of a mid-range solution, and H510 is the budget end of the spectrum. With many variables to consider, we give our picks for June in our latest Intel motherboard buyers guide.
What else do you need to know about the MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk WIFI? The device has a serious power subsystem (12 + 2 + 1) and two whole connectors (8 + 4-pin) for feeding the CPU. In our opinion, this is too much, because it is not possible to overclock any processor using this modification (this option is not supported by the chipset).
The MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk WIFI does not have hot buttons for turning on and restarting the PC, as well as the POST indicator. But on the other hand, the board has LEDs (CPU, DRAM, VGA and Boot), which help to identify a problem at the start, if any.
In this review, we will tell you about an unusual board that was born thanks to the efforts of companies such as ASRock and Ryzer. We are talking about the ASRock B550 Taichi Razer Edition , which is intended for Ryzen 5000 series processors. We will test with an eight-core Ryzen 7 5800X and a set of G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4266 RAM. Let’s examine the overclocking abilities of the B550 Taichi Razer Edition in terms of overclocking the processor and RAM, as well as look at the RGB lighting and BIOS capabilities.