ASRock Z890 Taichi Aqua comes with ten USB Kind-C ports, two being Thunderbolt ports

ASRock showcased its next-generation Z890 Taichi Aqua flagship motherboard at Computex, with assist for Intel’s upcoming Arrow Lake-S processors. By far essentially the most vital change ASRock has made to its future flagship is the entire elimination of all USB Kind-A ports on the again, changing them with ten Kind-C ports — two of that are Thunderbolt enabled. It gives a glimpse of what the most effective motherboards might appear like sooner or later in the case of I/O.

We already mentioned most facets of the brand new Taichi Aqua in our have a look at ASRock’s upcoming Intel motherboards, however this board deserves particular notice for its USB Kind-C unique rear I/O. It is like nothing we have seen on every other motherboard thus far, and the elimination of all Kind-A ports might be a possible disadvantage for many individuals — most mice and keyboards nonetheless use a Kind-A connector, which suggests you will have to improve or purchase a separate USB hub.

In complete ASRock’s next-gen Taichi Aqua has a whopping ten Kind-C ports. Eight are rated for USB 3.2 connectivity, with the ultimate two additionally supporting the extra highly effective Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4 requirements. Nevertheless, not the entire USB ports are equal. 4 of the three.2 ports are rated for 10Gbps (aka USB 3.2 Gen 2×1), whereas the opposite 4 are 5Gbps ports (USB 3.2 Gen 1).

Meaning 4 of the rear Kind-C ports are not any higher than your typical USB Kind-A ports. Observe additionally that ASRock’s subsequent gen Taichi Aqua doesn’t include any of the 20Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 2×2) ports, which is barely out there in Kind-C format, although it maybe makes up for that with the 2 USB 4 / Thunderbolt 4 ports. ASRock has not confirmed this but, however we additionally do not consider the Kind-C ports include show alt performance or vital quantities of energy supply, each of that are non-compulsory perks of the Kind-C kind issue.

That is to be anticipated, as constructing a board with ten USB 4 ports — and even USB 3.2 Gen2x2 — could be very complicated and lead to a really costly motherboard, to not point out the truth that few folks would even make the most of all these maxed out Kind-C ports.

USB ports additionally come from the Intel PCH (platform controller hub), which is linked to the CPU by way of eight lanes of DMI 4.0 connectivity on present platforms — although Intel might improve that to five.0 on Z890. Meaning there is a most of 16 GB/s of bandwidth between the PCH and CPU, and ten USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports would high out at an mixture 25 GB/s — and if these had been all USB4 Gen3x2 ports with 40Gbps of bandwidth, that will require 50 GB/s in mixture.

It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if prospects will probably be swayed by ASRock’s Kind-C configuration on the brand new Taichi Aqua. Kind-C has grown in reputation because it debuted a number of years in the past, but it surely’s nonetheless comparatively unusual to see in desktop peripherals like keyboards and mice.

ASRock might be beginning an entire new development with its Kind-C-only motherboard. Better Kind-C adoption within the desktop house would assist unify the Kind-C kind issue on all gadgets, enhancing compatibility and lowering waste. Having all gadgets on Kind-C might permit customers to ditch clunky adapters and permit extra peripherals and gadgets to work with each desktops and cell phones. However USB Kind-A connectors have confirmed persistent if nothing else, and are not prone to journey off into the sundown any time quickly.