ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition

At over $600, the ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition is a pricey alternative to the Taichi that includes more RGBs and native integration with the Razer Synapse ecosystem. If customizing your board and the attached lighting is key, the Razer Edition is a great choice in the premium motherboard space. Otherwise, there are better equipped and less expensive options available.

Pros

  • Razer Synapse integration
  • Robust power delivery
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports

Cons

  • Three M.2 sockets (no PCIe 5.0)
  • Previous-gen audio codec
  • Six USB Type-A ports on Rear I/O

A few months back, we reviewed ASRock’s Z690 Taichi. In that review, we found the Taichi to be a great-looking motherboard with that premium Taichi style. It offers a slew of high-end features, including Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, overbuilt power delivery, etc. The Razer Edition adds native integration with the Razer Chroma RGB lighting that ASRock says is “…the ultimate control center for all things Chroma RGB…”. Additionally, the ‘Zen’ appearance of the Taichi with its cogs takes a back seat to a more traditional look on the Razer with more integrated RGBs around the chipset.

ASRock x Razer

The board comes equipped with Killer-based networking (2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E), 105A SPS MOSFETs with active VRM cooling, three M.2 sockets and seven SATA ports, a total of eight USB/Thunderbolt 4 ports (six Type-A, two Type-C, Realtek ALC1220 audio with an ESS Sabre DAC, and of course, PCIe 5.0 support for the PCIe slots. While that’s a lot of features, I would like to see another M.2 socket, preferably one that’s PCIe 5.0-capable at this price point. My only concerns were the USB Type-A count on the rear IO (though ASRock includes an expansion card with two more ports) and using the last generation’s flagship audio codec. While few will find the audio disappointing, other similarly priced SKUs use the updated codec.

ASRock x Razer

Performance on the Taichi Razer Edition was good throughout all tests, just like the Taichi, we looked at a few months ago. The results between the fraternal twins generally fall within the margin of error of the benchmarks, so, as expected, we know neither board has any significant advantage over the other in our testing suite. Overall, performance was average among our DDR5 datasets except in the Procyon suite, where our Taichi’s were both average. Gaming performance and power consumption were also in line with others, as were the memory bandwidth tests in AIDA. In short, performance is not an issue.

We’ll look at the board’s features and performance in more detail to see if this ASRock/Razer collaboration is worth the $600+ price tag and if it makes the best motherboards list. But before we dive in, here are the specifications from the ASRock website.

ASRock x Razer

Specifications: ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition

Socket LGA1700
Chipset Z690
Form Factor ATX
Voltage Regulator 20 Phase (19+1 105A MOSFETs for Vcore)
Video Ports (1) HDMI (v1.4)
(2) Thunderbolt 4 (Type-C)
USB Ports (2) Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports (40 Gbps)
(2) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
(4) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
(1) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps – vertical on the board)
Network Jacks (1) GbE
(1) 2.5 GbE
Audio Jacks (5) Analog + SPDIF
Legacy Ports/Jacks
Other Ports/Jack
PCIe x16 (3) v5.0 (x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/4.0 x4)
PCIe x8
PCIe x4
PCIe x1 (1) v. 3.0 (x1)
CrossFire/SLI Supports AMD CrossFire (up to 3-way)
DIMM slots (4) DDR5 6400+(OC), 128GB Capacity
1DPC Max speed up to 4400+ MHz
2DPC Max speed up to 3600+ MHz
M.2 slots (2) PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) / PCIe (up to 80mm)
(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) / PCIe + SATA (up to 110mm)
Supports RAID 0/1/5
U.2 Ports
SATA Ports (7) SATA3 6 Gbps (Supports RAID 0/1/5/10)
USB Headers (1) USB v3.2 Gen 2×2, Type-C (20 Gbps)
(2) USB v3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
(2) USB v2.0 (480 Mbps)
Fan/Pump Headers (8) 4-Pin (CPU, Water pump, Chassis Fans)
Fan/Pump Headers (3) aRGB (3-pin)
(1) RGB (4-pin)
Diagnostics Panel 2-character debug LED
Internal Button/Switch Power and Reset buttons, BIOS switch
SATA Controllers ASM1061
Ethernet Controller(s) (2) Intel I225-V (2.5 Gbps)
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6E (2×2 ax, MU-MIMO, 2.4/5/6 GHz, 160 MHz, BT 5.2)
USB Controllers ASMedia ASM1074, ASM3042
HD Audio Codec Realtek ALC1220
DDL/DTS ✗ / ✗
Warranty 3 Years

Inside the Box of the ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition

Inside the box along with the board are several accessories to help get your system up and running. ASRock includes the typical accessory bits, including a driver disk, SATA cables and M.2 screws/standoffs. It also includes two additional fans to supplement VRM cooling along with a graphics card holder to support heavy video cards. Below is a list of everything included.

  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Support CD
  • (4) SATA Data Cables
  • Graphics Card Holder
  • Wireless Dongle USB Bracket
  • 3010 Cooling Fan with Bracket and Screw Package
  • 4010 Cooling Fan Bracket and Screw Package
  • ASRock WiFi 2.4/5/6 GHz Antenna
  • (3) Screws for M.2 Sockets
  • Standoff for M.2 Socket

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