When we think of Threadripper, we envision big and burly builds stuffed chock full of high performance hardware. The kind of system that dominates a room, and would elicit a Tim Allen grunt. Well, ASRock has something different in mind, at least in regards to size. Going in the complete opposite direction, ASRock is gearing up to release the world's first micro ATX (M-ATX or mATX) motherboard for Threadripper.
That motherboard is the X399M Taichi, essentially a smaller version of the regular ATX-sized X399 Taichi. Like its bigger brother, the X399M Taichi sports a TR4 socket to accommodate AMD's latest high-end desktop (HEDT) stack, all the way to up to the 16-core/32-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. This is true little house living for a big performing and physically large processor series.
ASRock did not reveal every detail about its upcoming motherboard, and instead will share all the nitty-gritty bits at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. However, it did tease a few interesting specs.
The X399M Taichi will sport an 11-power phase Dr. MOS design for added stability and overclocking performance. It will also have three full-speed PCIe x16 slots, along with a U.2 connector and two Ultra M.2 slots. So despite its comparatively small size, users will be able to deck this board out with cutting edge gear, including multiple graphics cards and blazing fast NVMe solid state drives.
"ASRock Taichi series motherboard has always been the best choice among the high-end motherboards, to design an M-ATX motherboard is a challenge, especially on an even space limited X399 platform, but as always ASRock uses all the necessary magic power to make it all happen," the company said.
One thing we can say about ASRock is that it has consistently been able to offer products that yield a high bang-for-buck. The company's motherboards are often equipped with features typically reserved for higher end price points. That said, the regular X399 Taichi retails for around $340. ASRock has not mentioned pricing for the X399M Taichi, though we don't expect this to be a budget board.
Stay tuned, we will have more details as they arrive.