The ASRock X670E Pro RS is priced at NT$9,950, which is positioned as the entry-level model in the ASRock X670E, but the X670E Pro RS is unwilling to be the younger brother all the time! There is a five-slot M.2 SSD expansion installation position beyond the big brother! Abruptly, it has one more expansion position than its own mainstream and flagship models, which is a perfect demonstration of what it means to leapfrog monsters and commit crimes below!
ASRock X670E Pro RS Motherboard Specifications
Dimensions: ATX 30.5 x 24.4cm, 8-layer 2oz copper PCB
Processor Support: AMD Ryzen 7000
Processor Pinout: AM5
CPU Power Phase: 14+2+1 Phase 60A SPS
Chipset: AMD X670E
BIOS: AMI UEFI Legal BIOS
Memory: 4 x DIMM, Max Capacity 128GB, DDR5 ECC/non-ECC 6600+(OC) MHz
Memory Certification: EXPO, XMP
Display Output: HDMI 2.1, DP 1.4
Expansion Slot: PCIe 5.0 x16, 2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Storage Slots: 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, Blazing M2_1 2280 PCIe 5.0 x4, Hyper M2_2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4, Hyper M2_3 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4, M2_4 2280 PCIe 3.0 x2 / SATA3, Hyper M2_5 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4
network: Dragon RTL8125BG, supports Dragon 2.5 Gigabit LAN software
Wireless: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E 2×2, BT 5.2
Audio: Realtek ALC897 7.1CH Audio, Nahimic Audio
USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C (Front I/O Expansion), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type- C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (front I/O expansion), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (supports 4 front USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports), 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 , 2 x USB 2.0 (supports 4 front USB 2.0 ports), 4 x USB 2.0
RGB: 3 x ARGB 5v-3pin, 1 x RGB 12v-4pin
FAN: 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan (1A-12W), 1 x 4-pin CPU/PUMP(2A-24W), 4 x 4-pin Chassis/PUMP (2A-24W, auto-detect PWM, DC power supply mode)
ASRock X670E Pro RS out of the box / 14+2+1 phase power supply EXPO, XMP memory overclocking
AMD’s new generation of pin AM5 has many changes compared with the previous generation AM4. AM4 has a very Buddhist pin that has been used for five years. It has experienced five generations of processors and supports 125 processor models. There are more than 500 motherboard models, and AMD also promises that AM5 pins will be used for at least until 2025.
As the first generation motherboard of AM5, ASRock X670E Pro RS has a 14+2+1 phase 60A SPS power supply and uses a 2oz copper eight-layer PCB circuit board to provide more stable signal transmission and reduce external interference. DDR5 memory, AMD does not support DDR4 memory since this generation and added the EXPO memory one-key overclocking technology. The EXPO-certified DDR5 memory can be easily opened directly from the motherboard’s preset configuration file. Overclocking, but it is mainly based on the memory support list of the motherboard.
In addition to updating DDR5 memory, the X670E Pro RS also supports one PCIe 5.0 x16 PCIe graphics card slot, as well as one PCIe Gen5x4, three PCIe Gen4x4, and one PCIe Gen3x2 M.2 SSD slots, for a total of five M. 2 SSD expansion slots, this is also the feature of the X670E chip motherboard with super exaggerated expandability, don’t be afraid that you won’t be able to use it, just be afraid that you won’t be able to use it!
The X670E Pro RS is currently ASRock’s X670E motherboard model, and it is the most affordable and the best model. Design.
The entire motherboard uses aluminium alloy heat dissipation armour on the 14+2+1-phase power supply and PCIe Gen5 M2_1, PCIe Gen3 M2_4, PCIe Gen4 M2_5, and PCH chips, even the entry-level positioning of the X670E is a basic product heat dissipation Performance is not sacrificed!
The biggest change of AM5 pins is to change the PGA package of AM4 CPU pins to the current AM5 LGA package. In the past, when pulling out the radiator, due to the design of the motherboard slot, the CPU was uprooted together. It shouldn’t happen to AMD processors again in the future.
AM5 LGA 1718 pins have a total of 1718 pins on the motherboard. Although the processor is relatively safe, players should pay attention to the pins on the motherboard to avoid bending when storing or using the motherboard. The heat sink on the AM5 pin is fixed. The hole spacing is the same as AM4, so if the old radiator supports AM4 clips, players can use it directly. The surrounding VRM power supply is equipped with cooling armour to ensure that the processor will not drop due to overheating of the power supply under extreme use. Frequency performance is degraded.
Next, let’s take a look at the various slots on the X670E Pro RS. The X670E Pro RS provides 8+4 Pin CPU power supply sockets, and the upper right corner of the motherboard provides two PWM power supply sockets. The CPU FAN1 supports up to 1A (12W) fan power, and CPU_FAN2/WP (water pump and fan socket) supports up to 2A (24W) power supply.
The DDR5 memory slot is pre-affixed with a warning sticker. Before the Ryzen 7000 series was lifted, it was this sticker. Currently, only the motherboards reviewed by the media will have a long-term memory detection problem. ASRock has updated the Bios In order to reduce the time of the first memory self-check procedure, the products that consumers receive in the future will be the updated AGESA version.
The sticker also indicates the installation of various amounts of memory. The original factory recommends the preferred installation slot. The mainstream dual-channel memory is recommended to be installed in A2, and B2 (the second and fourth slots), and the memory slot is made of metal. The pins strengthen the physical strength, and ASRock also has a protection circuit for the DDR5 socket, which eliminates the risk of damage caused by installing or removing the memory when the power is not turned off.
X670E Pro RS provides four-slot DDR5 DIMM memory installation space, supports up to 128GB (single 32GB capacity), and supports EXPO/XMP standard overclocking memory.
The right side of the motherboard provides two 5V 3Pin ARGB, EZ Debug LED lights, motherboard 24Pin power supply, a USB 3.2 Gen1 slot (supports two front USB 3.2 Gen1 installation ports), a front Typer-C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ( 20Gb/s) slot, six SATA3 6Gb/s.
From right to left at the bottom of the motherboard are the system panel slot, Power LED and buzzer slot, CMOS battery, three sets of chassis fan/water pump power supply slots, CMOS clear jumper, two sets of USB 2.0 (supports four Front USB 2.0 installation port), a USB 3.2 Gen1 slot (supports two front USB 3.2 Gen1 installation ports), 5V 3Pin ARGB / 12V 4pin RGB each set, HD_AUDIO audio source slot.
Above the first M.2 SSD mounting position, there is a less conspicuous PWM chassis fan power supply slot. All CHA_FAN chassis fan slots support a 2A (24W) power supply.
The PCIe expansion slot of the motherboard provides a PCIe 5.0×16 slot. The first PCIe 5.0×16 slot is directly connected to the CPU. The latest PCIe 5.0 can bring a bandwidth of 128GBps, and the slot is also reinforced with a metal slot. As well as using SMT technology, the lower two PCIe 4.0×1 slots pass through the PCH Southbridge chipset channel.
The X670E Pro RS provides five-slot M.2 SSD expansion slots. The first Blazing M.2 slot supports 2280 PCIe Gen5x4 (128Gb/s), and the second Hyper M.2 slot supports 2260/2280 PCIe Gen4x4. The above two slots are directly connected to the CPU channel.
The third slot from the top next to the M.2 Wifi slot, codenamed M2_4, supports SATA3/PCIe Gen3x2 M.2 SSDs with 2242/2260/2280 specifications and is also the only location that supports the installation of M.2 SATA slots, and the bottom two slots Hyper M2_3, Hyper M2_5, support 2260/2280 PCIe Gen4x4 SSD installation, the above three slots M2_4, Hyper M2_3, Hyper M2_5 are all through the X670E PCH South Bridge chip channel, and the first slot and the bottom The installation positions of the two slots are equipped with aluminium alloy passive cooling armour.
The rear of the motherboard uses an integrated I/O baffle, and the rear I/O provides BIOS Flashback button, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, Wifi and Bluetooth antenna, four USB 2.0, four USB 3.2 Gen1, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 2.5G LAN RJ-45 port, optical SPDIF digital audio output, Line Out Jack, Microphone Input Jack, and one of the USB 2.0 ports marked by a white box when using the BIOS Flashback function, the USB flash drive with Bios files should be inserted into this slot for updating.
ASRock’s X670E Pro RS motherboard power supply materials
After sharing the expandability and various slots of the X670E Pro RS with you, let’s take a look at the components and small details under the heat-dissipation armour! The most special thing is that the X670E/X670 motherboards use two PCH south bridge chips. The power supply part uses a 14+2+1-phase 60A SPS power supply, 14-phase is responsible for CPU Vcore (processor working voltage), 2-phase is responsible for SOC ( Internal display), and the last phase is responsible for the MISC power supply.
ASRock’s X670E Pro RS motherboard comes with accessories
The motherboard box provides four M.2 SSD screws, a Wifi antenna module, an ASRocks graphics card support bracket, ASRocks belief stickers, two SATA data transmission cables, and motherboard instructions.
ASRock’s BLAZING M.2 FAN-HEATSINK radiator out of the box to test
The X670E Pro RS motherboard, the first slot Blazing M.2 supports PCIe 5.0 SSD, and is also equipped with aluminium alloy passive cooling armour, although the current market There is no official product test article yet, players should have heard that the heat generation of PCIe 5.0 SSD will be considerable, and ASRocks also sells the active “BLAZING M.2 FAN-HEATSINK” cooling module separately for this purpose. If players install PCIe 5.0 SSDs with higher calorific value in the future, they can also use active cooling modules to ensure that the SSD will not overheat and reduce read and write performance.
If players have read the previous X670E Taichi unboxing article, they should find that this set of cooling modules is pre-attached to the X670E Taichi accessories, and the X670E Taichi Cararra that has not yet been listed in Taiwan will also be pre-attached, BLAZING M.2 FAN-HEATSINK will be available in silver and black. This time I started with the black model. The front is blown directly by a small PWM fan with a diameter of 3cm.
Since there is no PCIe Gen5 to test yet, this time I use Micron Crucial P3 Plus 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD to test, this time the test players have read and write performance of 5000MB/s, write 3600MB/s, and Use the bare test platform to blow the SSD block directly without a fan to test, and the HWiNFO 64 observes and records the temperature of the hard disk.
During the bare bar test, the maximum temperature of the SSD is 90°C of the ASIC controller, while the hard disk temperature is 66°C. Under the bare bar test, the read and write performance is slightly reduced, and the higher temperature is used for a long time. The life of the SSD There will be an impact, and after installing the BLAZING M.2 FAN-HEATSINK, the temperature of the ASIC controller drops to 54°C, while the hard disk temperature is 43°C, with a maximum temperature drop of 36°C.
ASRock’s X670E Pro RS BIOS function menu
Press F2 after booting to enter the BIOS function menu, players can set many functions in it, such as CPU overclocking, memory EXPO one-click overclocking function, fan mode setting and so on.
Dragon LAN network tool software / ASRock Polychrome RGB lighting control software
ASRock’s new motherboard will display the Auto Driver Installer function prompt after the first time uses the bright machine enters the system. This function can install the latest driver with one click. Players It is no longer necessary to go to their respective official websites to search and download one by one. In the BIOS and driver download options, players can choose which drivers to download. After the driver is updated and downloaded, the Auto Driver Installer will delete itself and will not be left behind. Data occupies a computer system.
X670E Pro RS supports Dragon LAN network tool software. Players can download it from the official website driver area of X670E Pro RS. The software can arrange four modes: Auto, Game, Streaming, and Browser. Each software uses the network priority. In addition, it can also block some unnecessary programs from using the network, so as to have a better user experience, and the information option can display the current hardware configuration and the current usage of the LAN wired network, and the advanced warning system The server URL can be embedded to track the network latency, and the network usage is a linear graph showing the current network using real-time traffic.
The lighting control software of the X670E Pro RS is set by its own ASRock Polychrome RGB. Players can individually control the lighting effects of each RGB and ARGB slot through the options in the software. The lighting block of the entire motherboard is only on the right side. Under the PCH cooling armour in the lower corner.
ASRocks X670E Pro RS motherboard performance test
Performance test We use ASRocks X670E Pro RS motherboard, with 8-core 16-thread AMD Ryzen7 7700X and T-Force VULCAN DDR5 5600 CL40 8GBx2 memory, build a test platform test process in addition to memory Except for the EXPO configuration file that is opened in the body, the rest use the default file and the processor uses the automatic PBO.
Processor: AMD Ryzen7 7700X
Motherboard: ASRocks X670E Pro RS
Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 FLUX
Memory: T-Force VULCAN DDR5 8GBx2 5600Mhz CL40
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
Operating System: Windows 11 Pro 21H2
by CPU -Z Check the relevant information of the test platform, the processor is AMD Ryzen7 7700X 8C 16T, the TSMC TSMC 5nm process is codenamed Raphael, the motherboard uses ASRocks X670E Pro RS and the Bios is updated to version 1.07, the memory uses DDR5 5600Mhz CL40 dual-channel capacity, a total of 16GB, while running the CPU-Z built-in test, the CPU single-threaded scored 762.4 points, and the multi-threaded score was 7826.8 points.
Then there is the common processor running software CINEBENCH R20 and R23, which are used to evaluate the 3D rendering and graphics performance of the processor. The software was developed by MAXON and based on Cinema 4D.
In the Release 20 version, the Ryzen7 7700X has a multi-core 7434pts and a single-core 754pts in the test, while the new version of the R23 has a multi-core 18947pts and a single-core 1900pts.
AIDA64 memory and cache test, but the current AIDA64 currently tested does not fully support the new AM5 platform, so the test data here is for reference only, this time using DDR5 5600Mhz 8Gx2 CL40 dual-channel memory to open the EXPO profile to test, read The speed was 58606 MB/s, the write speed was 59479 MB/s, the copy speed was 57040 MB/s, and the latency was 79.3ns.
3D Mark CPU Profile This test will test the performance of MAX, 16, 8, 4, 2, and 1 threads respectively, and the performance of more than 16 threads is more used for 3D rendering or professional video and audio work. At present, the mainstream of the DX12 game performance can refer to the score of 8 threads, and the scores of 4 and 2 threads are related to old games developed with DX9.
The maximum thread score of the Ryzen7 7700X is 9050 points, while the 8 threads and 4 threads that mainstream gamers need to pay attention to are 5455 and 3102 points, respectively.
In addition, the author also used 3D Mark Time Spy and 3D Mark Fire Strike, which are commonly used in game performance simulation tests, with NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super graphics card for testing. In Fire Strike simulating the 1080p image quality DX11 situational game simulation test, I got a 35579 Physics score, while Time Spy, which simulates the DX12 situational game simulation test in 1440p quality, got a CPU score of 13217.
The V-Ray 5 Benchmark has three different test scenarios, and the V-Ray project is tested for processor rendering performance and scored 14,439 points on the test.
CrossMark has a total of 25 items, including work simulation load tests such as productivity, creative content work, and system responsiveness. The following three scores have different scoring standards and usage scenarios. Productivity includes document editing, and spreadsheets, For web browsing, the second item, Creativity, includes photo editing, photo organization, and video editing. The last item, Responsiveness, includes situations such as opening files, file response speed, and multitasking.
Scored 2080 overall, 1986 productivity, 2260 creativity, and 1865 responsiveness on the CrossMark test.
PCMark 10 also simulates the test situation to obtain the overall performance of the computer. The common basic function items include application startup, web browsing and video conference testing. The productivity item simulates the writing of document files and spreadsheets. Content creation includes professional tests such as photo editing, video editing, and rendering.
Commonly used basic functions in this test have 11947 points, productivity 11849 points, and video content creation 13673 points.
ASRock Blazing OC Tuner operation test, PBO / full core fixed frequency dual-mode software automatic switching
When ASRock launched the AM5 platform, it also launched the “Blazing OC Tuner” overclocking software. Players can directly set the overclocking value in the system through this software, without having to switch back and forth in the Bios to adjust the setting data. After setting the full core After the fixed frequency data, the software will judge the usage situation according to the current reported by the VRM, and use the set current value and the upper-temperature limit as the reference value to infer the usage situation and automatically switch between PBO or Fixed All Core OC) mode, this software currently only supports the use of ASRock’s AM5 platform, and may have the opportunity to be distributed to the AM4 platform for use in the future.
The first step is to restore the default state of the advanced Bios, and then enter the system and open the System Info option in “Blazing OC Tuner”, and open the CINEBENCH R23 software, execute the single-core CPU (Single Core) test, and observe during the test. The maximum current value of “Current” in the System Info item, 7700X observed a maximum of 38A during the test.
The second step is to find the sweet spot value that is most suitable for your platform. The author does not change the preset 1.2V voltage as the premise and uses the R23 CPU (Multi Core) multi-core test to observe the score and temperature and find the most suitable parameters for temperature and performance. It is 5.3Ghz 1.2V, and input this value and the maximum current value just observed. In the “Blazing OC Tuner” field in the “Settings” item, fill in the CPU frequency to 5300 Mhz and set the CPU core voltage to 1.2V, and the current threshold as the reference point for judgment is set to 50A, the author chooses a more conservative setting, and sets the 38A just recorded plus 12A as the current threshold, and the upper-temperature limit is set to 90°C, but it is actually set at A higher temperature of 95°C will be more suitable, but I use a more conservative setting here. In addition, after the option in the lower-left corner of the software is checked, it can be set to automatically apply the setting after entering the Blazing OC Tuner software, and the other is after entering the system. Automatic operation software.
Therefore, on this platform, the author sets the current returned by the VRM to exceed 50A and the temperature does not exceed 90°C. The parameters set in the Blazing OC Tuner will operate in the mode of full core fixed frequency, and the platform only needs to return the VRM. When the current is lower than 50A, or the temperature exceeds 90°C, the operating state will be automatically switched to PBO mode, which enables the entire platform to have both single-core and multi-core performance, whether it is playing games or rendering creations. It can take into account two very different usage modes.
After filling in the settings and applying it, use the CINEBENCH R23 software to test the multi-core project, and the multi-core score is increased from 18947pts to 19857pts. After using Blazing OC Tuner, you can set the full-core fixed frequency score and the threshold reference point, which can be judged by the software. Which mode should be run at the moment is based on its own strengths. The overall operation can be directly used in the system. The process is convenient and fast. The more time-consuming is to observe the maximum current in the single-core test. You must keep watching the value. If the software can be directly displayed in the future after the update At the maximum current, the experience will be better.
ASRock’s X670E Pro RS provides enough expansion to deal with the AMD Ryzen7000 series. Although the price and positioning are the best entry-level models among ASRocks X670E motherboards, M.2 SSD has the most five-slot expansion installations in the entire series. bit.
The X670E Pro RS also has a PCIe 5.0 PCIe graphics card slot and an M.2 SSD mounting position. The front of the motherboard has future expansion functions, supports AMD DDR5 EXPO one-key overclocking technology, and the rear I/O provides nine USB slots, 2.5G LAN, Wifi 6E Bluetooth module, this kind of expansion can meet the needs of most users.
The Blazing OC Tuner overclocking software can also set the value in the system. It can judge and switch by itself during use. The setting mode of multi-core or single-core performance is strong. Just look at the electronic online manual. The entire operation process is also simple and easy to use.
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Title: ASRock X670E Pro RS, BLAZING M.2 FAN-HEATSINK out-of-box test / 14-phase power supply, five-slot M.2 SSD installation and review