ASRock x Razer: New Razer Taichi Edition X570 and B550 AMD Motherboardsby Gavin Bonshor on November 30, 2020 3:00 PM EST
ASRock and Razer have today announced a product collaboration. Two of ASRock's premium models for AM4 are being updated with Razer styling and Razer Chroma connectivity: the X570 and B550 Taichi Razer Edition. Built upon the popular Taichi series, both of the new Razer Edition variants include a 16-phase power delivery, with official support and compatibility with Razer's Chroma RGB ecosystem.
Whenever Razer does a collaboration with any company in the hardware industry, it gets people excited and talking. One of the most prominent brands globally with its green inspired peripheral range, as well as its various wacky ideas such as an RGB gaming toaster; I can't ever be as excited for a toaster as much as the Chroma Edition.
The ASRock X570 Taichi Razer Edition Motherboard
Back to the actual hardware, and it has teamed up with ASRock, a company seemingly fearless when trying new and off-the-wall ideas. This has realised the two new models, the B550 and X570 Taichi Razer Edition. The Taichi series is one of ASRock's most popular ranges, especially in the premium motherboard space, and the new Razer Editions will build upon this with both the AMD AM4 500 series chipsets being treated to some Chroma.
Both the ASRock X570 and B550 Taichi Razer Edition models will feature much of the same feature set including a large 16-phase VRM, built with premium 60 A chokes and Nichicon 12K black capacitors. In regards to the actual specifications, both of these new models correspond nearly identically with its non Chroma counterparts. The X570 Taichi Razer edition includes three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, eight SATA ports from the chipset, a 2.5 GbE port as well as a Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 module. For the B550, it is slightly lower down the pecking order due to the PCIe 4.0 support coming only from the CPU. It includes one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, with an additional PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot with eight SATA ports, four from the chipset and four from an ASMedia SATA controller.
The biggest impact and only differences between the standard X570 and B550 Taichi's compared to the Razer Edition models comes visually, with Razer's flair located around the board itself. The addition of addressable RGB headers taps into one of the biggest RGB Ecosystems around, the Razer Chroma RGB. On both models, the Razer logo can be found on the rear panel cover and the chipset heatsinks, for a bit of added flair and vibrance that RGB offers. These aren't OLED screens, just Razer branded vanity plates.
It should be noted that Razer is famous (infamous?) for doing things like green USB ports to unify the branding. That hasn't happened here however, indicating that this is more of a collaborative branding exercise rather co-design effort.
As it stands, the ASRock X570 and B550 Taichi Razer Editions aren't on the open market and neither company has opted to announce a release date or pricing. Given that both models include official pages (X570 and B550) on the ASRock website means that this launch for its target markets (TBA) should be imminent.
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inighthawki - Monday, November 30, 2020 - linkMost people purchasing a gaming motherboard are not trying to optimize for space - and for those that do, smaller form factors exist. The markets for such boards are proportional to the availability. If that weren't the case, they wouldn't continue to make these boards.
Operandi - Monday, November 30, 2020 - linkCould not agree more, ATX is a complete cluster-F mess. From it being a complete an total waste of space, to the none sense bulk of worthless wires that is the 24 pin ATX power connector to the fact that we have 2-3 KG graphic cards being installed into slots that weren't meant for cards half that weight. It really is time to rethink the standards, at least for the enthusiast market.
That said mATX is the form factor that makes the most sense in terms of expandablity, cooling performance, and space, its just hard AF to find good mATX cases and boards.
goatfajitas - Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - linkI dunno. I love my Mini ITX system, but I could really use another PCIe slot or two. Variety is good. There are alot of great mitx boards out there for all platforms.
MetaCube - Friday, December 4, 2020 - linkYeah, I cringe every time I see an Atx build with one GPU and two DIMMs.
Brane2 - Monday, November 30, 2020 - linkWhat's the point of all these MoBo "articles" ?
Just list differences WRT to previous gen in one short sentence.
Slash3 - Monday, November 30, 2020 - linkSome of the actual differences on the X570 Taichi Razer vs standard:
16 phase vs 14 phase VRMs (both with doublers - the Razer uses Vishay SIC654 50A, not 60A as suggested)
ALC1220 with added ESS Sabre DAC
Killer E3100G 2.5Gbit + Killer AX1650 WiFi 6 (regular used Intel i211AT 1Gbit + AX200 WiFi 6)
Dual 8-pin Aux board power (vs 8+4-pin)
Price is $399.99 USD.
Caparroz - Monday, November 30, 2020 - linkSo it's worse in almost every regard over the original board.
Slash3 - Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - linkIt's a small feature set change, neither worse nor markedly improved. Too expensive at $399, though.
jm3400 - Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - linkThat's a shame, I can't support a motherboard which requires you to install cloud software on your PCand register/sign into an account in order to control the RGB.
Rudde - Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - linkRazer nowadays supports "guest" accounts, that is local unregistered accounts.