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Finally, the wait is over. Ryzen 3000 has landed, and with it, brand new X570 motherboards. The ASRock X570 Taichi features updated looks, brand new WiFi 6 support, and a VRM that promises to tame even the most power-hungry Ryzen CPU.

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Is the price really $370? Because Newegg sells them for $299.99...
I was not working with final prices. Thanks for catching that, I have updated the conclusion accordingly.
 
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Any info on how often does the chipset fan work and its noise levels?
 
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When talking about VRMs: it's not the ViGPU, it's SOC VRM, no?
 

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Any info on how often does the chipset fan work and its noise levels?
The chipset fan is on full speed all the time by default. The only reason I know that though is because I sifted through the BIOS, the fan is very quiet. You can see the setting in the BIOS screenshot I used on the "Fan Control" page of the review. I don't have any way to measure exact noise levels, but unless you are running a very quiet system it will not be noticeable at all.

When talking about VRMs: it's not the ViGPU, it's SOC VRM, no?
Perhaps more accurately, yes. SOC VRM has significant duties besides powering the iGPU when present, however those are generally relatively low power draw. Thus, powering the iGPU is the criteria the SOC VRM are designed around.

I will update it in future reviews, as you are right it is SOC VRM.
 
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Definitely still my choice for $/perf x570 motherboard, even with all the additional choices this generation. Good review overall, although I do not really agree with the cons.

My x470 Tai Chi is still doing amazing and should run a x3950 no problems, so maybe a x670 next Gen or later for me. Nice to have choice!
 
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Definitely still my choice for $/perf x570 motherboard, even with all the additional choices this generation. Good review overall, although I do not really agree with the cons.

My x470 Tai Chi is still doing amazing and should run a x3950 no problems, so maybe a x670 next Gen or later for me. Nice to have choice!
Same here, but the upgrading path is always exciting. Still looking to see other models tests, but I'm tempted in going Taichi again, this one never let me down.
 

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I always tell people not to cheap out on the mobo (you know, the one component holding your every other quality components together), but $300 is a lot of $$$. And while the presence of WiFi6 is nice, I don't think it justifies the lack of dual LAN ports. Should I expect to pay even more for that feature?
Also, are owners of first gen Ryzen really screwed?
 
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The graphics card on the first pci-e 16 will totally cover the chipset fan grill.
 
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Is the X570 Creator coming your way for a review? That one really piqued my interest because of onboard TB3 ports, which is by far the most exciting feature I'd love to have on a Ryzen rig (in advance of possible questions: much lower latencies on audio interfaces equipped with it than the usual usb-stuff and I'm into music production as a hobby)
 
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Another bummer is that you have to remove all that large cover to access the M.2 slots.
 
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Another bummer is that you have to remove all that large cover to access the M.2 slots.
and when you have an nvme drive with his own heatsink.... nice!
 

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Is the X570 Creator coming your way for a review? That one really piqued my interest because of onboard TB3 ports, which is by far the most exciting feature I'd love to have on a Ryzen rig (in advance of possible questions: much lower latencies on audio interfaces equipped with it than the usual usb-stuff and I'm into music production as a hobby)
I don't know what else ASRock has lined up for me just yet.

Another bummer is that you have to remove all that large cover to access the M.2 slots.
It's three screws instead of the normal two, not that big a deal. In fact, since you don't need a screw for the M.2 drive it's the same number of screws.
 

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It's three screws instead of the normal two, not that big a deal. In fact, since you don't need a screw for the M.2 drive it's the same number of screws.
Does the cover double as a heatsink? Because if it doesn't, your shiny M.2 drive will be sweating under there. And as pointed above, good lock putting the cover back if your drive already comes with a heatsink. Major design flaw if you ask me. Looking at a review using an Asus ROG, there's the same mistake over there, too.
 

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Does the cover double as a heatsink? Because if it doesn't, your shiny M.2 drive will be sweating under there. And as pointed above, good lock putting the cover back if your drive already comes with a heatsink. Major design flaw if you ask me. Looking at a review using an Asus ROG, there's the same mistake over there, too.
Yes, it is one massive piece of aluminum, and it is interfaced with the chipset (and chipset fan) via thermal pad. No M.2 drive that has a heatsink will work with any motherboard M.2 thermal solution. While I see your point, since you may not want a whole new drive with your new system, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. This solution will give you far greater thermal overhead than any individual heatsinks (even ones of the same size) so long as you are populating two slots or less.
 

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Yes, it is one massive piece of aluminum, and it is interfaced with the chipset (and chipset fan) via thermal pad.
I was asking whether the plate makes contact with the M.2 drives or not.
No M.2 drive that has a heatsink will work with any motherboard M.2 thermal solution. While I see your point, since you may not want a whole new drive with your new system, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. This solution will give you far greater thermal overhead than any individual heatsinks (even ones of the same size) so long as you are populating two slots or less.
What? You lost me.
 

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I was asking whether the plate makes contact with the M.2 drives or not.

What? You lost me.
Yes, there are thermal pads for the M.2 drives on the heatsink.

The point I was going for was that because this is a single monolithic heatsink instead of three small ones, you gain access to the the entire mass and surface area of the heatsink even if you are only populating one or two drive slots.
 

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Yes, there are thermal pads for the M.2 drives on the heatsink.

The point I was going for was that because this is a single monolithic heatsink instead of three small ones, you gain access to the the entire mass and surface area of the heatsink even if you are only populating one or two drive slots.
Ok, that makes sense. Still a flawed design as far as I'm concerned.
 

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What about chipset fan running at almost 6000 rpm decided to fail after unpredictable time of usage ? Another tech website already complaining about noise of same mobo.
 

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What about chipset fan running at almost 6000 rpm decided to fail after unpredictable time of usage ? Another tech website already complaining about noise of same mobo.
Same here - could you please show which options for the chipset fan are available? Is this the one which is set to full speed? I can't imagine, that 6000rpm is quiet regarding a silent system. At least in idle there should be the possibility to lower the rpm...
 

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Same here - could you please show which options for the chipset fan are available? Is this the one which is set to full speed? I can't imagine, that 6000rpm is quiet regarding a silent system. At least in idle there should be the possibility to lower the rpm...
Even if it's quiet today, at 6,000rpm it won't stay quiet for long.
And I really need to read these reviews more carefully, because I still haven't picked up on why does a southbridge need a fan in 2019.
 

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Even if it's quiet today, at 6,000rpm it won't stay quiet for long.
And I really need to read these reviews more carefully, because I still haven't picked up on why does a southbridge need a fan in 2019.
The X570 chipset uses more than double the power of previous generations, and from my understanding it pulls that power pretty much continously. That is why fans made a comeback.

In fact I typically saw some of the highest temps on the chipset while in the BIOS, on both boards I have tested so far.
 
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