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    Posted: 03 Jun 2021 at 5:58pm
ASRock has (or will soon have) some new AM4 boards in it's stable.

Launch page

X570S PG Riptide
B550 PG Riptide

WCCFTech article

While I don't have either board on hand to test myself there are a few things
that stand out to me with these products:

1. Passive cooling on the PCH. This is a big win in my book, I was not a fan of
the actively cooled PCH design.
2. Large heatsink on the VRMs. The heatsink on my x570 Pro4 is very similar and
does a great job keeping the VRMs cool under normal/gaming load.
3. The inclusion of a GPU support bracket with both models. This is a neat addition that
will be useful when installing large/long GPUs.
4. M.2. heatsink included. This seems to be the standard these days but it's still
worth a mention.
5. Simple design with a few frills to make them at home in a windowed gaming
setup. I love seeing function over frills, rather cut costs on IO armor and other
unnecessary elements than on the components.
6. ALC897 Audio is a bit of a let down on a gaming focused board but realistically,
the ALC897 is still up to the task of gaming/streaming and a dedicated sound
card can always be added for better fidelity/features.
7. Killer 2.5gb/s LAN. Some solid value here.

By the look of it, these boards seem to be targeted at the lower mid range. If
pricing is in line with, or just above the Pro4 series then I can see these boards
doing quite well. I do like the name.

I will keep an eye out for reviews and update this thread as and when they become
available, good or bad.

Edited by Xaltar - 03 Jun 2021 at 6:23pm
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