ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Description X670E Taichi Carrara
Type / Chipset AMD AM5 / AMD X670 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 +++++ PCIe 5.0: 2×16, using both slots reduces the bandwidth to x8 each, 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), 2x USB 4 Typ-C (40Gb/s, 27W, 9V, 3A, PD3.0), 5x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (10Gb/s), 3x 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 +++++ 2x PCIe Gen 5 x16 (reduction to x8 if both slots are occupied), 8x SATA3 (4x of which ASMedia ASM1061), 1x Blazing M2. Gen5 x4 128Gb/s (Key M, 2280), 1x Hyper M.2 Gen4 x4 64 Gb/s PCIe/SATA3 (Key M, 2230-22110), 2x Hyper M.2 Gen4 x4 64 Gb/s (Key M, 2230-22110), 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Gb/s) header optional, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 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 1A, 1x 3A, 6x 2A)
Scope of delivery ++++ Motherboard, installation guide, 4x SATA cables, 1x USB slot bezel (2x USB-A), 1x active M.2 cooler for Gen5 slot, 1x 12cm fan in Carrara design, 1x WiFi antenna, 1x spacer for M.2, 4x M.2 screws.
Carrara Fan data Size: 12x12x2,67cm
4-pin PWM connector
Speed: 800 – 2500 rpm
Flow rate: 76.2 CFM
Power consumption max. 0,35A.
Miscellaneous When using the CPU’s integrated graphics unit, the two USB-C Gen4 ports 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.

OnBoard AMD Radeon Graphics GPU (AMD Ryzen 5 7600X):
PCMark10: Overall 6788, Essentials 12594, Productivity 11405, Digital Content Creation 5910

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.

ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara Layout, design and features …