ASRock Introduces Nine AM4 motherboards

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We've seen most AM4 motherboards from all mobo-manufacturers by now, but not so much from ASRock. In this news-item I'll be showing you the nine models they release for AMD Ryzen processors. ASRock ...

    ASRock Introduces Nine AM4 motherboards
     
  2. Stairmand

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    Was pleased to see a pair of M.2 slots as many AMD boards seem to only include one. Then noticed that the second one was horribly restricted.
     
  3. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Yeah they seem to link a second M2 through the chipset, which is Gen 2.0. It's still ~1600+ MB/sec bidirectional though.
     
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    For someone like me who uses a Blue theme inside his computer case, these boards all look awful.

    That's alright for most users in my book, fast SSD's aren't cheap.
     

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  6. Stairmand

    Stairmand Master Guru

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    The Samsung 960 EVO NVME drives are not 'that' expensive (especially if you intend to build high end) and already break 3200MBps. Pricing will continue to fall as more high end NVME drives appear on the market.

    Certainly, I'm considering a Ryzen build to upgrade from Ivybridge but would want a pair (ideally the ability to RAID them too).......
     
  7. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    That Karait looks sexy.
     
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    xrodney Master Guru

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    Its also shared with 3rd PCIEx16 slot which I intend to use for another card in which case M.2_2 is disabled.

    One of few reasons I went with Asus Hero instead.
     
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    xrodney Master Guru

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    I thought so too at beginning, but you need other devices like switch or router supporting same and so far they are more or less nonexistent.
     
  10. FrostNixon

    FrostNixon Master Guru

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    350pro4 so far is the motherboard of my choice out of all the brands I've seen
     

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    sverek Ancient Guru

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    Even if all infrastructure is supported, its cheaper to buy pci network card and go with simpler mobo.

    No need to buy motherboard with all this features if you cant utilize half of them.
     
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    You would need a puzzle-app for the motherboard game.

    "What if I want to run this and that, which options will be turned off?"
    "If I use an EVO for boot and a "mass storage" Crosspoint (3D Xpoint), which mobo's can I get?"
    "Which manufacturers offer X370 on mATX?" (None yet?)
     
  13. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    All those boards are nasty good. yes, they trade this and that for additional features. But they give a choice.
    Why would I complain that one of M.2 is limited to 2GB/s when those boards are currently only AM4 boards which have second M.2?

    Only real issue can be DDR4 2667MHz limitation. And that's issue till we know if Ryzen gets some performance from faster memories.
    And then it is again only issue if there will not be BIOS update to improve compatibility with 3200MHz.
     
  14. GeniusPr0

    GeniusPr0 Maha Guru

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    My board is already obsolete. RIP.

    Missing that 5Gbit port and 1220 Audio :'(
     
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    Aura89 Ancient Guru

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    I'm curious, the K4 says it has 3 m.2, with the last one being for wifi, where is it?
     

  16. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    Right in the back panel hidden under that block.
     
  17. Keitosha

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    That X370 Taichi looks so tempting. Really thinking of buying that one and getting an M.2 SSD along with it.

    I'm also curious about the onboard soundcard. How would it compare to my SBZ?
     
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    Like pretty much every other onboard solution: It would lose horribly.

    Any fancy pants onboard sound you see these days is just a name and some software dumped on top of the standard run-of-the-mill ALC whatever junk. In this case the ALC 1220: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/X370 Taichi/index.us.asp
     
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    Yep, nonexistent... :(
    But for overclock the specification looks impressive, 16 power phase + Hyper BCLK Engine II.

    Right now the ASRock Taichi and Asus Hero got my interest... :)
     
  20. Loophole35

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    On-board audio is almost to the level on a SbZ now. Only real reason to get a sound card now is for high impedance headphones because external DAC is better in most cases than any PCIe sound card.
     

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