ASRock B650E Taichi Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Description B650E Taichi
Type / Chipset AMD AM5 / AMD B650 Extreme
Dimensions ++++ 20 mm (46 mm radius) from the socket to the next electrolytic capacitor or component – see Fit for Fan. To the next larger cooler, the distance is about 41 mm (66 mm radius). The overall size of the E-ATX board is 305 x 267 mm.
Slots +++++ 1x PCIe 5.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, when using the 3rd M.2 slot, the PCI4 4.0 x16 slot is disabled, 4x DDR5 up to 6600MT/s with XMP/EXPO support, max. 128GB RAM in total.
Connection I/O Panel +++++ 1x RJ45 LAN 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps base-T Ethernet (Killer E3100G), 1x USB 4 Type-C (40Gb/s, 27W, 9V, 3A, PD3.0), 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (10Gb/s), 8x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A (5Gb/s), 1x optical S/PDIF out (5.1 HD audio Realtek ALC4082 with ESS SABRE9218 DAC), 2x 3.5 mm jack sockets gold plated (1x Mic, 1x headset up to 600 Ohm), 1x HDMI 2.1 (up to 4K 120Hz HDR with HDCP 2.3), 2x antenna for WiFi-6E 802.11ax and Bluetooth (antennas included).
Connection internal +++++ 1x PCIe Gen 5 x16 , 1x PCIe Gen 4 x16, 4x SATA3, 1x Blazing M2. Gen5 x4 128Gb/s (Key M, 2230-22110), 2x Hyper M.2 Gen4 x4 64 Gb/s PCIe (Key M, 2280), 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Gb/s) header optional, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 ports, 5Gb/s) header optional, 2x USB 2.0 header (4 ports) optional, 1x 12V/3A RGB header, 3x 5V/3A ARGB header and 8x 4-pin PWM connector for fans and water pumps (1x 3A, 6x 2A, 1x 1A)
Scope of delivery ++++ motherboard, Installation guide, 4x SATA cables, 1x USB slot bezel (2x USB-A), 1x WiFi antenna, 1x spacer for M.2, 3x M.2 screws.
Miscellaneous When using the CPU’s integrated graphics unit, the USB-C Gen4 port can be used for video output. 802.11ax WLAN 6E module supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 160MHz 2×2 as well as 2.4GHz, 5Ghz and 6GHz. Drivers for Windows 10 + 11 are available. Power and reset buttons on the motherboard, there is also 1x CMOS Clear (BIOS reset) and 1x BIOS Flashback (BIOS update without CPU) button on the rear I/O panel.
Performance* ++++ Benchmark results comparison with different graphics cards and benchmark tools.

Benchmark results with AMD Ryzen 5 7600X processor.

AMD Radeon RX6800XT graphics card and SATA SSD.
PCMark10: Overall 9736, Essentials 12285, Productivity 11804, Digital Content Creation 17267
3D Mark Timespy: 17862, Graphics Score 21209, CPU Score 9544

Manual and labeling ++++ Well-placed, complete motherboard labeling. A detailed manual with a lot of help on topics such as correct CPU mounting, memory mounting, M.2 installation, etc. is included. Additionally, online guides for installing a RAID array, overclocking and BIOS terminology are available for download.

These are the PCMark 10 results in detail …

And here is the 3D Mark Timespy result …

ASRock B650E Taichi Layout, design and features …