Changing technology demands upgraded hardware support and ASRock is at it. At the Computex 2017 event, the company showcased a number of gaming-oriented motherboards which grabbed the attention of many. The company has brought back the Taichi board along with two other stars, the OC board, and a Mini-ITX.

Taichi Board

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The Taichi board has topped the list because of the triple M.2 slots introduced in it. These M2 slots actually support RAID, and 13 total power phases and a 12-phase design for the CPU. Unfortunately, this board doesn’t have the 10GbE.

OC Board

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This option does not have as many M.2 ports as there in Taichi but extra 4-pin CPU has been installed on it. If you are an overclocker, you should be getting the point. Added power for PCIe can be seen near the 24-pin connector and its slot is quite user-friendly for quad-GPU setups.

Mini-ITX

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Using a full-size LGA 2066 socket, the Mini-ITX board is a bit different version as compared to the previous ones. In the previous generation X99E-ITX motherboards, we witnessed more of a narrow socket. The board provides you the necessary space for quad-channel SODIMM memory with support for speeds of up to 3200MHz. With these specifications and special design, this Mini-ITX stands out to be the only option for you for the HEDT market for now. If you can wait for a certain period of time, AMD surely has many new exciting options for you in the pipeline.

Mini-STX by ASRock

In addition to these motherboards, ASRock also showcased a new Mini-STX system at the same event. Though housed in a small form factor, it supports the Core-i7 7700K Other key features include:

  • Dual channel memory support with speeds up to 3200MHz
  • 3 slots for M.2 SSDs and M.2 WiFi
  • A 5Gbps Type-C USB and a laptop-style SATA connection
  • An MXM slot for installing a graphics card
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If you are looking for the best combination to go with Mini-STX, ASRock DeskMini is the best option. The maximum temperature that the system achieved with a GTX 1080 running in it, was 76 degrees Celsius. Thanks to the 2 liter capacity of the case, you don’t need to worry about the game handling.