ASRock has revealed its X670E Taichi Carrara motherboards, the X670E Steel Legend, and the X670E Pro RS. The X670E Taichi, It doesn’t have a fan on the chipset heatsink, we just see some gears, something we’ve seen before from ASRock. The board has very limited expansion options when it comes to PCIe slots, with a pair of 16 sharing the CPU’s 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and that’s about it. ASRock opted for four M.2 slots, of which one is PCIe 5.0, probably the one next to the memory slots.
ASRock has also equipped the X670E Taichi with various connectors, such as a USB Type-C Gen 3.2 2×2 port (20 Gbps), an HDMI port, several USB-A ports, eight SATA ports, a 2 Ethernet port, 5 Gbps and WiFi 6E, powered by Intel’s Killer-brand NIC technology, as well as a Realtek ALC4082 audio solution, with an ESS Saber 9218 DAC for the headphone jack. The board also has at least half a dozen fan headers, an LED indicator, and the CMOS, power, and reset buttons. found on high-end motherboards. Finally, the plate has 26 phases.
The X670E Taichi Carrara it is a special edition of the regular X670E Taichi that was created to celebrate ASRock’s 20th anniversary. It carries all the features of the previous model, but adds a rather unusual heatsink and the backs and heatsinks come with a marble effect, something we’ve never seen on a motherboard before and it looks horrible.
Then we have the X670E Steel Legend, Although ASRock did not provide a detailed image of the board, the specifications at least give us an idea of what to expect. The board has a single PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, as well as a single PCIe 4.0 x4 slot, as well as four M.2 slots, again one being PCIe 5.0 and four being PCIe 4.0. The Steel Legend also has an HDMI and DP port, four SATA ports, USB-C Gen 3.2 2×2 (20 Gbps), a Realtek Dragon 2.5 Gbps Ethernet controller, as well as an Intel 1 Gbps Ethernet and a module. WiFi 6E with Bluetooth. The audio is based on a Realtek ALC1220 codec and finally has an 18-phase power design.
On the X670E Pro RS board, ASRock has once again opted for a single PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, but the other two PCIe 4.0 slots are x1 only. The board has one PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, and three PCIe 4.0 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x2 M.2 slot, which is shared with two of the six SATA ports. There’s also a single rear-mounted USB-C Gen 3.2 2×2 (20Gbps port), a Realtek Dragon 2.5Gbps Ethernet port, and a front-mounted USB-C. For some reason, ASRock installed Realtek ALC897 audio which is older, not something we expected to see on this level of motherboard. ASRock opted for a 16-phase power design here.