Monday, May 27th 2019

ASRock X570 Motherboards Zoomed Into: Taichi, Phantom Gaming, Steel Legend

ASRock came to Computex 2019 with a fairly big selection of socket AM4 motherboards based on the AMD X570 chipset. The lineup is led by the X570 Taichi, launched as a single SKU and not differentiated into an "Ultimate" variant. ASRock retains the characteristic gearwheel style along the board's styling. Almost the entire bottom half of the board is covered by a metal shroud that spreads heat from the chipset heatsink, and three M.2 SSDs. The chipset heatsink's fan is concealed behind a grille to not look like an eyesore. New generation connectivity options from this board include 2.5 GbE wired + 2.4 Gbps 802.11ax WLAN, and USB 3.2 ports. The Taichi looks a little less understated than its predecessors, with more RGB LED embellishments.

We also spied the X570 Steel Legend, with its polarizing "urban camo" print, and bright metal meatsinks and I/O shrouds. The Steel Legend series motherboards command interesting sub-$200 price-points, and it will be interesting to see where this one lands. You get two M.2 NVMe slots, both with metal heatsinks, an M.2 E-key slot, open-ended x1 slots, and a reasonably powerful ALC1220-based onboard audio solution. We also spotted two Phantom Gaming products, the X570 Phantom Gaming X, and the X570 Phantom Gaming 4, with the Gaming X being the company's flagship X570 offering. This board maxes out the platform's connectivity with three M.2 NVMe slots, 802.11ax WLAN, 2.5 GbE wired networking, an additional 1 GbE interface driven by an Intel controller, USB 3.2, and a strong 16-phase VRM powering the AM4 socket. Like most other ASRock boards, the fan ventilating the chipset heatsink is concealed behind a grille.
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13 Comments on ASRock X570 Motherboards Zoomed Into: Taichi, Phantom Gaming, Steel Legend

#1
Manu_PT
Just like Steven from GamerNexus said, the worst part of this launch is the x570 chipset. It wasn´t refined at all. Having fans on every motherboard is a drawback and I wish I could now see the guys attacking me 2 weeks ago, saying there would be motherboards without fans on the high end models. I guess they are gone now.
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B-Real
Manu_PT, post: 4055201, member: 168799"
Just like Steven from GamerNexus said, the worst part of this launch is the x570 chipset. It wasn´t refined at all. Having fans on every motherboard is a drawback and I wish I could now see the guys attacking me 2 weeks ago, saying there would be motherboards without fans on the high end models. I guess they are gone now.
If you have an X470 or B450 mobo, it's totally fine. You won't have performance loss with those. And if they make upgrades (v2) for the X570 motherboards later, they may remove the fans.
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windwhirl
Manu_PT, post: 4055201, member: 168799"
Just like Steven from GamerNexus said, the worst part of this launch is the x570 chipset. It wasn´t refined at all. Having fans on every motherboard is a drawback and I wish I could now see the guys attacking me 2 weeks ago, saying there would be motherboards without fans on the high end models. I guess they are gone now.
You know, I can kinda picture someone at Corsair or Thermaltake rubbing their hands and thinking about selling watercooling kits for chipsets...
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btarunr
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Manu_PT, post: 4055201, member: 168799"
Just like Steven from GamerNexus said, the worst part of this launch is the x570 chipset. It wasn´t refined at all. Having fans on every motherboard is a drawback and I wish I could now see the guys attacking me 2 weeks ago, saying there would be motherboards without fans on the high end models. I guess they are gone now.
You could still just use an X470 motherboard if you're willing to sacrifice PCIe gen 4 (RTX 20-series GPUs run at gen 3.0 speeds anyway). 99% of X470 motherboards offer USB BIOS flashback, so you can blind-flash a freshly minted X470 board before popping in your Ryzen 3000.
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#6
TheMadDutchDude
I like how everyone is assuming that these will be loud...

They will all have 'silent' options. Moreover, they are just there to provide active airflow over the chipset. They don't need to spin fast at all. Even 500 RPM will help tremendously.
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Manu_PT
TheMadDutchDude, post: 4055234, member: 185664"
I like how everyone is assuming that these will be loud...

They will all have 'silent' options. Moreover, they are just there to provide active airflow over the chipset. They don't need to spin fast at all. Even 500 RPM will help tremendously.
You realize a 55mm fan with slow rpm is the same as.... nothing? Cmon, am I on an hardware enthusiasts website?

B-Real, post: 4055223, member: 170068"
If you have an X470 or B450 mobo, it's totally fine. You won't have performance loss with those. And if they make upgrades (v2) for the X570 motherboards later, they may remove the fans.
MSI told Steven and Dimitry that they DO NOT reccomend using 1st gen and 2nd gen motherboards with the new CPUs, unless is the cheaper 6 core unit. XFR gets affected too, Plus you will lose one of the best features on the new platform, memory overclocking. Not a solution.
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#8
Hugh Mungus
Honestly I'm mostly interested in the pcie gen 4 m.2 slots. Two fullfat m.2 slots blth with pcie 4? Might have to upgrade after all, especially if that means taking my wifi chip out of the pciex1 slot and gaining some usb3.2! Gaming 4 could be the new companion for 3900x when I buy that in august or september! :clap:

The fan sucks, but I doubt I'll hear it over my other fans anyway!

Honestly I'm mostly interested in the pcie gen 4 m.2 slots. Two fullfat m.2 slots blth with pcie 4? Might have to upgrade after all, especially if that means taking my wifi chip out of the pciex1 slot and gaining some usb3.2! Gaming 4 could be the new companion for 3900x when I buy that in august or september! :clap:

The fan sucks, but I doubt I'll hear it over my other fans anyway!
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#9
windwhirl
Manu_PT, post: 4055235, member: 168799"
You realize a 55mm fan with slow rpm is the same as.... nothing? Cmon, am I on an hardware enthusiasts website?
But you're not cooling a CPU. The X570 chipset, what we know right now, is gonna be around 15 W TDP. We're not sure in which scenarios it will reach that point. For all we know right now, that TDP is reached either easily with just a couple of drives or only when you connect a lot of stuff.

There is also the case cooling to consider...
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#10
HD64G
windwhirl, post: 4055270, member: 175818"
But you're not cooling a CPU. The X570 chipset, what we know right now, is gonna be around 15 W TDP. We're not sure in which scenarios it will reach that point. For all we know right now, that TDP is reached either easily with just a couple of drives or only when you connect a lot of stuff.

There is also the case cooling to consider...
11W is the max power draw of the chipset as most report from the show.
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#11
yakk
Looks like the massively overdesigned x470 vrms can easily handle the new power requirements, don't see an issue there beyond IF Asrock want to give access.
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#12
yoyo2004
Manu_PT, post: 4055201, member: 168799"
Just like Steven from GamerNexus said, the worst part of this launch is the x570 chipset. It wasn´t refined at all. Having fans on every motherboard is a drawback and I wish I could now see the guys attacking me 2 weeks ago, saying there would be motherboards without fans on the high end models. I guess they are gone now.
Lmao, didn't you post the same reply in an earlier topic post? Here it is.
We get it, you are pissed about the "fan", get over it already :laugh::laugh:
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#13
Xzibit
Here is a walk-through of ASRock X570s boards. Even a X570M Pro

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