Today motherboard vendor ASRock has launched its new Phantom Gaming (PG) Riptide Socket AM4 motherboards for the AMD Ryzen platform. The new PG Riptide boards come in two flavors, the new AMD X570S chipset as well as a new variant of the previously launched B550 chipset. For those unaware, the new X570S is set to introduce a fanless, silent flagship chipset for the Ryzen platform, unlike the previous X570.
Among the several features that the new motherboards bring, one of the coolest technologies is the inclusion of ASRock's proprietary graphics card holder that will come bundled with the new PG Riptide X570S and B550 boards. The firm had launched this innovative piece of hardware when it launched its Intel Z590 based motherboards.
As graphics card designs get fancier and heavier, motherboard vendors have started adding sturdier, more metallic PCIe slots from stopping the GPUs from sagging. This new device by ASRock also appears to be solving this issue. Its patent, however, is still pending. Below we have a small demo from the company showing how the graphics card holder works:
Aside from the graphics card holder, the new boards also come with the company's Lightning Gaming Ports which claim to reduce peripheral traffic with the help of dedicated USB signal lanes.
In terms of connectivity, the PG Riptides packs Intel's Killer Ethernet E3100 2.5 Gbps featuring the company's Killer Prioritization Engine capability. For audio, the boards will have onboard Nahimic Audio although specifics about it haven't been mentioned.
You can read about ASRock's new Phantom Gaming X570S and B550 boards here.