ASRock B550 Taichi Motherboard Review

Installation

No issues with installation whatsoever. I put all the components in to one of my existing case (with a Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 AIO) and it worked perfectly. I just love the RGB in action when you turn on the system.

For our tests, we used the Adata XPG SX7000 M.2 SSD, which only supports PCIE 3.0 but nevertheless it should perform better than your standard SATA 3 SSD.

* We will revisit the SSD test using a fully-fledged PCIE 4.0 (Gen4x4) M.2 SSD soon.

 

BIOS

The BIOS main page on the B550 Taichi looks very similar to other Taichi motherboards that we’ve tested in the past. Here you’ll find all the options for adjusting CPU, memory speeds and voltages. For our tests, we left the CPU settings to default AUTO at 3.6GHz. The boost speed of 4.4GHz will kick-in during load in Windows.

You can also enable/disable various onboard devices and well as monitoring the motherboard/system health. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to run the XPG Spectrix D60G (DDR4-3600) memory modules in XMP mode. This no fault of ASRock, but rather the memory modules need to be AMD/Ryzen certified to take full advantage of XMP.

*** UPDATE: We updated the BIOS to the latest version – AMD AGESA Combo-AM4 v2 1.0.0.2 + SMU 46.6, and we were able to fully run the memory kits in XMP mode at full DDR4-3600 spees.

 

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