ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION Motherboard Review

 

Verdict and Conclusion

OK, I know not everyone is a RAZER fan, but if you’re truly an enthusiast gamer then you shouldn’t disregard this motherboard. The ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION is no doubt in my mind an excellent motherboard, and comes with all the bells and whistles, that you’ll expect to find on the original Taichi series from ASRock. Basically, it’s a Z690 Taichi motherboard with RAZER Chroma RGB added, making this motherboard and all your other RAZER accessories, seemlessly integrate with RAZERs’ RGB eco-system via their software.

Like the original Z690 Taichi series, the board features several large heatsinks to cool the VRMs/Mosfets, and has a built-in active cooling fan inside the I/O hood. It also comes with full cover heatsinks for the hyper M.2 SSD slots, as well as a sleek metal backplate that give it a unique look and helps with the cooling. The DDR5 DIMM slots now come with steel reinforcements, and surface mount technology which gives it better strength and stability while overclocking. Fantastic!

 

 

During our tests, we used an Intel Core i9-12900KF processor and a Radeon RX 6750 XT graphics card. We managed to pull some excellent scores in all of our benchmarks, including a Cinebench R23 scores of 26,491 (multi core) and 1,904 (single core). For PCMark 10, we got a score of 8,283, and a score of 10,771 for PassMark9.

For UL’s latest Procyon Photo Editing Benchmark, we got a score of 9,184 and 7,264 for the video editing suite. For 3DMark Port Royal, we got a score of 6,160 and a DirectX Raytracing score of 16.30 fps. And finally, for Timespy and Firestrike, we got decent scores of 14,187 and 33,363 respectively. 

When it comes to expansion and ports, the ASRock Z690 Tachi RAZER EDITION has plenty. Let’s start off with storage, there’s a total of 6 x SATA3 port, 1 x Independent SATA3, 2 x Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4), 1 x M.2 (PCIe Gen3) for SSDs. You also get 2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots, 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. 

For LAN and WiFi …  you get the Killer E3100 2.5G LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN and Killer AX1675 802.11ax (WiFi 6E) + Bluetooth. And finally for connectivity, you get ASRock’s Lightning Gaming Ports, 2 x Thunderbolt™ 4/USB4 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Front Type-C, 2 x Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A, 8 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 Rear, 4 Front), and 1 x Independent USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A Port. 

And just like the original Z690 Tachi series, the board features ASRock’s new 20 Phase SPS Dr.MOS Power Design, Digi Power, Dr. MOS, 2oz copper PCB and of course, the 7.1 CH HD Audio with WIMA Audio Caps.

You can buy the original ASRock Z690 Taichi motherboard for around USD $470 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3rSRd65. For the RAZER EDITION, you can expect to pay a premium of around USD $600.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • RAZER Chroma RGB
  • Supports Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processor
  • Supports PCIE 5.0 
  • Supports DDR5-6400 (O.C.)
  • Feature-rich
  • Killer 2.5G LAN
  • Killer WiFi 6e support

Cons:

  • Expensive

 

Final Words:

The ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION is basically an original Z690 Taichi motherboard, with RAZER Chroma RGB added. If you’re an enthusiast gamer who wants to integrate and sync all their RAZER gaming products, then the ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION is the motherboard you want. It offers amazing performance and features as you would expect from a flagship Z690 Taichi motherboard from ASRock, and you get full support for RAZER’s Chroma RGB.

 

 

You can buy something similar – ASRock Z690 Taichi motherboard for around USD $470 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3rSRd65

 

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