ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition – Tom’s Hardware

At over $600, the ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition is a pricey alternative to the Taichi that includes more RGBs and native integration with the Razer Synapse ecosystem. If customizing your board and the attached lighting is key, the Razer Edition is a great choice in the premium motherboard space. Otherwise, there are better equipped and less expensive options available.

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ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E – TweakTown

As far as board hardware goes, this Steel Legend platform follows what we have seen across the entire 600 series chipset ecosystem when considering ATX motherboards. LGA1700 socket for 12th Gen Intel CPUs, four slot memory subsystem, this board taking advantage of the lower cost of DDR4. 128GB of memory is supported with speeds from 3200MHz to 5333MHz via XMP 2.0.

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ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition – TweakTown

The Taichi is one of the best motherboards coming out of ASRock’s current gen portfolio. That said, not everyone may be a fan of the latest aesthetic or the “gear” design used on the last two Z series platforms. For these consumers, ASRock has offered a Razer Edition solution built from their partnership with Razer for the previous few years. This “Razer Edition” shares the same hardware platform as the standard Taichi but changes the entire aesthetic of the motherboard, including all the motherboard heat sinks, rear I/O cover, and RGB layout.

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ASRock Z690 PG ITX/TB4 – TweakTown

For ASRock, they have deployed the Phantom Gaming lineup to handle their single Z690 ITX chipset platform similarly as they did with Z590. The PG ITX/TB4, as the name would suggest, packs a significant amount of connectivity into the SFF ITX form factor, including Thunderbolt 4, as one would expect.

The rest of the hardware platform plays out as usual with LGA1700 socket support alongside a two-slot memory system that supports 64GB of DDR5. Speeds start at 4800MHz and run up to 6400MHz via XMP.

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ASRock Z690 AQUA – Tom’s Hardware

At $1,149.99, the ASRock Z690 Aqua is the least expensive option for a flagship-class Z690 board with integrated custom water cooling. It has many features you’d expect on such an expensive motherboard, but it is missing a couple of things we would want (PCIe 5.0 M.2 storage and water flow/temperature sensors for the loop) that would make this unquestionably the liquid-cooled board to beat.

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More ASRock AMD X670E, Intel Z690 Boards Coming to COMPUTEX

ASRock is preparing to showcase several cutting-edge motherboards at Computex 2022 next week. The firm’s first AMD Socket AM5 motherboards for Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 processors will be revealed for all to see. An official ASRock Computex event video, spotted by Twitter’s Komachi, is queued up for May 26. The video page says that ASRock will share details of its X670E Taichi, X670E Taichi Carrara, and other motherboards.

There are four motherboards mentioned in the Computex video details. The two most interesting boards are the X670E Taichi and X670E Taichi Carrara.

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ASRock X670E Taichi – Pictured

The description confirms that the board will use X670E chipset, which is supposedly the premium X670 variant featuring PCIe Gen5 support for both the GPU and storage. ASRock would be introducing X670 Taichi as well as Taichi Carrara motherboards, the later is a special edition celebrating ASRock’s 20th anniversary. Furthermore, the company confirms that its X670 Taichi series will feature a total of 26 power stages.

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ASRock B660 Steel Legend – CowcotLand

ASRock B6Now that we’ve tested several motherboards based on the Z690 chipset, let’s tackle the B660 chipset. A chipset which will have fewer features than the Z690 but which will satisfy the vast majority of users. And above all, for a more affordable price. And the first B660 in this test series is the ASRock B660 Steel Legend. A board with white heatsinks on a PCB with a military print. A pretty card that will appeal to those who want to set up a white setup. The B660 Steel Legend is designed to work with DDR4 memory, which should reduce the bill.

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ASRock Z690 Taichi – TweakTown

The Z690 Taichi comes in two SKUs; the standard Z690 Taichi and a Razer Edition, which we will be looking at in an upcoming review. Hardware-wise, these two platforms are nearly identical; Taichi is a Z690 chipset platform using DDR5 memory. Memory support is across four slots with a maximum capacity of 128GB. Speeds supported start at the bottom with JEDEC 4800 and run up to 6400MHz with XMP.

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ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 – CowcotLand

The ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/BT4 is delivered to us in a very small box that quickly makes us understand that we have in our hands a motherboard as compact as possible. Inside, in addition to the board, we find the classic bundle of motherboards: manuals, installation CDs, two SATA cables, the screws for SSDs in M2 format, and of course, the antenna for WIFI. There are also some goodies: a postcard, a sticker, two cable ties, and even a keyboard key.

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