In a bid to refresh its mid-range motherboard series, ASRock is offering new models in this sector. That’s why the company is presenting its Taichi Lite versions. A new series available in Z790 and B650E on the AMD side!
Taichi Lite: a new series of motherboards! Image source: TechpowerUp
With this “Lite” series, ASRock has trimmed back on the design part, which reminds us of what the brand did with its first models. On the other hand, it retains some high-end features. These include overclocking capabilities and power supply stages. The Z790 and B650E versions retain those of their higher-end counterparts.
Connectivity remains similar from one board to the other, with both featuring WiFi 6E and 2.5 GbE Killer. As for audio, we’re talking about a Realtek ALC4082 coupled to an ESS Sabre 9218 DAC.
Finally, in the case of the B650E, the internal connectivity remains quite similar to that of the Taichi version. The Lite model features two PCIe, one x16 5.0, the other x16 4.0. The storage section features three M.2s, one of which is PCIe 5.0, while memory support is limited to DDR5 at 6600 MT/s. But the difference is in SATA, with eight connectors as opposed to four.
The same applies to the Z790, which features two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots coupled with one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. Memory features four DDR5 slots at 7200 MT/s. Finally, for storage, we find our eight SATA and five M.2 units, one of which is PCIe Gen5 x4.