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ASRock X670E Taichi Review: AM5 Meets Zen

For our first X670 motherboard review, after careful consideration (literally a coin toss), we started with the X670E Taichi. As many know from previous generations, Taichi is an upper-midrange model, but until we see Aqua, this is the flagship X670E board in his ASRock’s product stack. Beyond the basics (AM5 LGA socket, DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support), the X670E Taichi offers two USB 4 Type-C ports, robust 27-phase power delivery, a quality audio section, and killer bass networking. At $499.99, it’s a well-equipped and good-looking base for AMD’s new platform.

At the time of this writing, ASRock’s website lists 14 AM5-based motherboards. There are 5 high-end X670E boards (Taichi/Taichi Carrara, Steel Legend, PG Lightning, and Pro RS) and 9 B650E/B650 boards (Taichi, Steel Legend, PG Riptide, PG-ITX, Pro RS, and PG Lightning) . Among the B650 SKUs are a mix of two MicroATX options and a new SKU called LiveMixer that looks like a throwback to his colorful DFI boards of old. The X670E will range from $529.99 (Taichi Carrara) to $259 (PG Lightning), while the B650 board will range from $169.99 (PG Riptide) to $449.99 for the B650E Taichi.

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