Recently released X570S chipset update (Eliminating the need for chipset fans) Allow motherboard partners to update their product stacks and provide AMD manufacturers with new things before Zen 4 arrives sometime next year.In recent weeks, we have seen some similar announcements, including A model from Gigabyte focused on high-end X570sBut ASRock is the first company to give us the X570S board for testing. Interestingly, ASRock X570S Riptide is more inclined to the affordable end, with a suggested retail price of US$185.
In terms of functions, the most significant difference between the X570S Riptide and the ASRock X570 series is the lack of a chipset fan. Riptide looks like a cheap board, most of the PCB is exposed outside the chipset and M.2 heat sink, but it is far from unattractive. In addition, Riptide also includes two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, Killer-based 2.5 GbE, six SATA ports, and VRM capable of supporting flagship AMD Ryzen 9 5950X When the processor is in stock and overclocked.
In terms of performance, Riptide leads all other more expensive (and louder) X570 motherboards we have tested. Riptide boosts our CPU to above 5GHz, so when using this board under default settings, you will get the performance you deserve. When overclocking, the motherboard’s VRM runs on the hot end, but it still fully meets the specifications. Read on to learn more about the details and performance results of the X570S Riptide.
Specifications-ASRock X570S Torrent
|Stabilizer||10-phase (50A MOSFET for Vcore)|
|Video port||HDMI (v2.1)|
|USB port||(1) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-C (10 Gbps)|
|(3) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type A (10 Gbps)|
|(4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps)|
|(2) USB 2.0|
|Network jack||(1) 2.5 GbE|
|Audio jack||(5) Analog + SPDIF|
|PCIe x16||(1) v4.0 (x16)|
|(1) v4.0 (x4)|
|(1) v4.0 (x2)|
|PCIe x1||(3) v4.0 (x1)|
|Crossfire/SLI||AMD Quad CrossfireX and CrossFireX (2 channels)|
|DIMM slot||(4) DDR4 5000+(OC), 128GB capacity|
|M.2 slot||(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 / PCIe Only (maximum 80mm)|
|(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA + PCIe (maximum 110mm)|
|SATA port||(6) SATA3 6 Gbps (RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10)|
|USB connector||(1) USB v3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C)|
|(2) USB v3.2 Gen 1|
|(2) USB v2.0|
|Fan/pump connector||(7) 4 pins (each 2A/24W)|
|RGB header||(2) aRGB (3-pin)|
|(2) RGB (4-pin)|
|Diagnostic panel||Release status checker (4 LEDs, CPU/RAM/VGA/start)|
|Internal buttons/switches||CMOS reset|
|Ethernet controller||Killer E3100G (2.5 GbE)|
|HD Audio Codec||Realtek ALC897|
|DDL/DTS connection||✗ / ✗|
The accessory stack included in the X570 Riptide box is very thin on this budget-priced motherboard, but should still contain most of what you need to get started. An important added value of this stack is the graphics card bracket.along with Best graphics card This unique (patent-pending) device mounted on the motherboard seems to be growing from generation to generation and should prove to be helpful for those with very large GPUs. The following is a complete list of attachments included on ASRock’s website.
- (2) SATA cable
- Graphics card bracket
- (3) Screw for M.2 socket
- M.2 socket bracket
- Manual/User Guide
- I board
After taking the motherboard out of the package, what you see is a semi-gloss black PCB and gray accent lines that rotate around the motherboard-maybe like a torrent? There is a large radiator on the left VRM group, with ASRock name and Phantom Gaming brand on the top. Only one of the two M.2 slots has a heat sink. In order to save money, the audio and PCIe areas are not covered with shields like most of the higher-priced motherboards.
The only integrated RGB element is hidden under the chipset radiator and illuminates the Phantom Gaming symbol on the fanless radiator. If you want more, there are ARGB and RGB headers for expansion. Overall, the board should look good in most versions. In other words, it may not become the focus like some high-quality motherboards, but it will certainly not affect the aesthetics.
Starting from the upper part, we carefully observe the “XXL” radiator of the left VRM group and the fully exposed top of the VRM group. The 8-pin EPS connector and the optional 4-pin connector are required to power the CPU. Although the temperature is normal in our open-air test system, I still want to see two VRM groups with radiators.
Below is the first of several (seven to be precise) 4-pin fan headers. Multiple connectors (CPU_FAN2/WP, CHA_FAN1/2/3/4/5/WP) automatically detect three (DC) or four-pin (PWM) configurations. The CPU fan interface supports up to 1A/12W, while the CPU/water pump connector and the chassis/water pump interface support up to 2A/24W. For most fans and pumps, this should be enough power.
On the right side of the slot area are four unreinforced DRAM slots. Riptide supports 128GB RAM, and the speed is up to DDR4 5000+(OC). Usually, your mileage will vary there, because reaching these speeds requires a processor with an excellent integrated memory controller (IMC) and a suitable memory kit to do this. We easily ran our DDR4 3600 kit at a 1:1 ratio in 2x8GB and 4x8GB configurations. Far more than that, you will deviate from the performance-to-cost ratio.
Located above the DRAM socket are two other fan headers and the first 3-pin ARGB and 4-pin RGB headers. Between these two functions is Post Status Checker (PSC). PSC diagnoses the computer during POST and emits a red light to indicate whether the CPU, memory, VGA, or storage is not working properly. When the above components work normally, the light will disappear. Since the board is not equipped with a 2-character POST code LED, this is a valuable feature when troubleshooting POST problems.
On the right edge of the board is a 24-pin ATX connector for powering the board/slot/socket. Below are two USB connectors, a USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gbps) Type-C front panel and a 17-pin front panel USB 3.1 Gen1 connector. Last but not least, here is another fan title.
ASRock focuses on power supply and uses a 10-phase setting for Vcore. The power is sent to two uP1911R PWM expanders through the UPI uP9505 (X+Y=6) controller. These expanders operate in 4x mode, which is four times the single frequency sent to the MOSFET. Vishay Sic654 50A MOSFET and 60A choke form VRM together. This configuration provides a total of 500A for the CPU. Although it is certainly not the most powerful we have seen, it can indeed handle our Ryzen 5950X CPU, there is no inventory issue, and all cores and threads are overclocked to 4.4 GHz. Things are going well, but in full compliance with the norms.
Moving down to the bottom half of the board, we will start playing audio from the left. Here, we see a fully exposed audio part and Realtek ALC897 codec. In addition, we also found four Apaq brand audio capacitors and the separation line between this part and the rest of the circuit board. Although Riptide is a budget board, the audio solution is acceptable to most users, but I would like to see a higher-end codec used here.
Right above is the Key-E M.2 socket for Wi-Fi card (not included). Usually we see it connected by the rear IO area, but it is not this design. You have to braid the wires to where the rear IO-to-antenna connector is located, which seems a bit amateurish. Otherwise, if needed, this is a simple installation.You can buy the latest and greatest Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E Cards under $40 (or other cards with lower prices).
Entering the middle of the motherboard, we found three full-length PCIe slots, three x1 slots, and two M.2 slots. Starting from PCIe, the top slot is connected to the CPU, and it can run up to PCIe 4.0 x16. The middle and bottom slots are connected to the chipset and run at PCIe 4.0 x4 and PCIe 4.0 x2 speeds. This configuration supports AMD Quad-GPU Crossfire and 2-Way Crossfire. In addition, the three x1 slots get channels from the chipset, each running at PCIe 4.0 x1 speed. In general, there are many slots available for any card you might want to add.
On the front of M.2, Riptide contains a total of two slots. The top slot is connected via the CPU, provides PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) bandwidth and fits modules up to 80 mm. The lower slot M2_2 is connected through the chipset, provides the same PCIe 4.0 x4 speed, SATA module support, and fits modules of the same size (maximum 80 mm). Please note that if PCIe M.2 device occupies M2_2, SATA port 5/6 will be disabled. If you are using Thunderbolt AIC, disable SATA type M.2. Riptide supports RAID0 and RAID 1 modes on NVMe storage devices. I want to see three M.2 storage options, but I know this is a budget board. At that level, most people will not fill all slots with more expensive PCIe/NVMe-based M.2 devices.
Continuing to the right, we looked at the chipset heat sink and the only integrated RGB LED lighting. It is very low-key, so if you are looking for a light show, you must add it yourself through the four ARGB and RGB connectors on the board (two per connector). Along the right edge are six SATA ports that support RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10, and below it is the clear CMOS button.
There are several connectors at the bottom, including a USB port and RGB. This is the complete list, from left to right:
- Front panel audio
- 3-pin aRGB and 4-pin RGB connectors
- Fan head
- (2) USB 2.0 connectors
- Fan head
- Front panel connector
- USB 3.2 Gen1 connector
After turning to IO, the first thing you will notice is that Riptide does not have an IO board pre-installed. Of course, it’s not a big deal, but many mid-range (above) motherboards have boards already installed. From left to right, we see the tiny black BIOS Flashback button, the frame of the Wi-Fi antenna, the HDMI 2.1 port (only for compatible AMD APU) and the traditional PS/2 port. Above are two USB 2.0 ports, then two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports and two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (one Type-A, one Type-C). The following stack contains two other USB 3.1 Gen1 ports and Killer E3100G 2.5 GbE ports. Last but not least is a 5 plug plus SPDIF port.
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