ASRock gears up for the X470 onslaught

A new CPU and chipset launch wouldn't be complete without ASRock at the party. The company is known for its unique designs, for better or for worse. For that reason, let's have a look at what ASRock is bringing to the second-generation Ryzen shindig. Over at Newegg, it looks like there are five of the company's boards on the way: the X470 Master SLI/ac, the Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4, the X470 Taichi, the X470 Taichi Ultimate, and the little-bitty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac.

ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate

Starting out, let's bask in the glory of the X470 Taichi Ultimate. This board will take 64 GB of DDR4 memory at up to 3466 MT/s, and it supports SLI and Crossfire. It has eight SATA 6 Gbps ports, dual M.2 sockets each with four lanes of PCIe connectivity, and 7.1 audio courtesy of a Realtek ALC1220. An Aquantia controller provides 10-Gigabit Ethernet, while Intel chips power the regular GbE connection and the 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Tweakers will be pleased to hear that ASRock kits out the X470 Taichi Ultimate with 16 IR power phases as well as an external clock generator for BCLK overclocking.

ASRock X470 Taichi

The regular X470 Taichi is very nearly the same board as the Ultimate. Primarily, it loses the fancier board's 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection and its onboard power and reset buttons. It also swaps the light-grey color scheme for a darker design. Besides that, both boards have three USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, ten USB 3.0 ports, rear-panel clear CMOS buttons, and even a PS/2 port for a mouse or keyboard. The Taichi even retains the extravagant power delivery circuitry from the X470 Taichi Ultimate.

ASRock X470 Master SLI/ac

Next up, we have the X470 Master SLI/ac and the Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4. Both of these boards have the same memory capabilities as the Taichi boards above, and both of them support SLI and CrossFire. They both have six SATA 6-Gbps ports and two M.2 sockets—although one socket is limited to PCIe 2.0 x2 connectivity. Finally, both boards versions have two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and ten USB 3.0 ports.

ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4

The differences between the two models come in when you look at networking and audio. While both mobos have Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet, only the X470 Master SLI/ac has Wi-Fi. That model trades its audio codec down to a Realtek ALC892 for the privilege. Meanwhile, the Fatal1ty board has the same ALC1220 as the Taichi models. These boards also miss out on the extra-souped-up power delivery of their Taichi cousins, though their VRMs still use a 12-phase design.

ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/ac

Lastly, the X470 Gaming-ITX/ac is about as full-featured as Mini-ITX motherboards get. Its two DIMM slots will take up to 32 GB of DDR4 running at 3466 MT/s, and it has an M.2 socket (supporting PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs) cleverly placed on the backside of the board. In a typical bit of ASRock weirdness, the board's PCIe 3.0 x16 slot supports a riser card that will bifurcate it into two x8 slots. The Gaming-ITX/ac includes Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and it uses a high-end Realtek ALC1220 for audio output. Uniquely for this board among its X470 stable, ASRock also sprung for a DisplayPort connector alongside the ubiquitous HDMI output.

You can preorder all five of ASRock's new boards right now. The X470 Master SLI/ac will run you $150, and the Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 is $20 more at $170. Those two boards will be available on launch day, April 18. If you're after one of those sexy Taichi boards, they'll be along a week later on the April 26 for $230 for the X470 Taichi and $300 for the X470 Taichi Ultimate. Meanwhile, the X470 Gaming-ITX/ac will hop along on May 1 for $180.

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    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    “This board will take 64 GB of DDR4 memory at up to 3466 MT/s”

    i’ll believe it when i see it. i no longer trust ryzen board makers memory support. 3200mhz cl16 still isnt fully supported on my asus prime x370 rig with a docp profile. with the latest bios, it can only run 2933mhz stable unless i tweak the hell out of it.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Am I blind, or is there no article on TR explaining what the difference in the X470 chipset are?

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Those will be revealed on launch day.

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      also curious. they all look to be identical in specs to their x370 counterparts. no usb 4/sata 4/m.4? the 10 Gig ethernet is a nice upgrade though.

    • Shobai
    • 2 years ago

    Asrock, MSI, and Asus are all including extra power headers near the CPU socket – did Gigabyte miss that memo?

    Gigabyte has the only board with a decent heatsink array for the VRMs.

    Finally, there’s not a single mATX design amongst everything shown so far – they’re making it easy to not buy.

      • Bauxite
      • 2 years ago

      If you’re obsessed with matx, you can always put on your big pants and get the X399M, no compromises there.

        • Shobai
        • 2 years ago

        I… yes, I imagine that would be a fine board to run 2000 series AM4 CPUs in. I am definitely wearing the wrong pants.

      • enixenigma
      • 2 years ago

      +1 for the VRM cooling observation. Manufacturers seem to be way more concerned about looks then they are about function nowadays. Hopefully the VRMs are beefy enough to take the heat when overclocking.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 2 years ago

    How does display connectors work for a CPU that doesn’t have an onboard GPU.

      • Bauxite
      • 2 years ago

      The same way they do with intel cpus without gpus in every socket 115x since 2010 or whatever: nothing.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 2 years ago

        Seems like a needless cost. I wasn’t sure if there was an internal header that you could route a discreet GPU’s signal through like on laptops.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 2 years ago

          To the contrary, having the video outputs on the motherboard is a net cost savings. The motherboard manufacturer needs only to design, validate and stock just one version and the PC assembler has the option of using a Ryzen 3 2200G’s integrated graphics rather than buying an extremely over–priced graphics card.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      It will launch a game called Leisure Suit Larry if you connect a display.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      They don’t.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      Doh! I completely forgot the APU’s had already released. Ignore me here.

    • flptrnkng
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t get this shift to include wireless on ATX motherboards.

    It’s not going to move; wire it to the network.

    Wireless is for phones, tablets, laptops. Things that move.

    To me, it’s a pointless cost adder to a motherboard.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      I use wireless on my wife’s desktop *shrug* 802.11ac is more than enough for Netflix/Hulu/Pandora which is the most demanding network access.

      • Bauxite
      • 2 years ago

      I am the first person to say run a damn wire, but the typical home has been trending to pure wireless for awhile now. You’d have to put your head in the sand ignoring this, especially for a premium segment.

      • synthtel2
      • 2 years ago

      Sometimes running a wire is more trouble than it’s worth. (I use the built-in wifi on the B350 version of that board.)

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        Power line FTW

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      If i were to guess your age, it would be about mid 60s approaching 70.

      amirite bro?

      My estimation is based on this person’s rigid view of how a system should be and doesn’t allow other possibilities.

      I’m not age-shaming, bros.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 2 years ago

        I’m 35 and I very strongly feel the same way he does, heh.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Sales guy: “OK, which board would you have?”

    Me: “I want the MASTER!!”

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I really don’t understand Asrock’s obsession with gears. In the early AM4 days the graphics on the PCB didn’t even align well with the graphics on the SB hestsink. Looked like a fat gear or something. Good thing there’s only one board here — at least it looks like it — that has that gear nonsense on it.

      • Shobai
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]Good thing there's only one board here -- at least it looks like it -- that has that gear nonsense on it.[/quote<] What, both "taichi" boards?

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        Oops… oh yeah. TWO. We want more!

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