I’m currently on an i3770k and after almost 10 years on it I have decided to move onto a 5950x. I use Ubuntu and it seems like asrock plays nice with it (temp sensors). I have narrowed my choice in mobo to the x570 Creator and the Taichi. I seems like the Creator is mostly hit and miss regarding Thunderbolt support, and the Taichi works fine using the GC Titan Ridge card, however most posts are from '19 or early '20. I’m mostly interested in Thunderbolt for data transfer and device connection, not really on using it as DP. Does anyone have experience on it? Here’s my perspective and current thoughts:
Objective- Build a powerful system that serves me for the foreseeable future (no less than 6 years)
NVME- Taichi has the advantage, 3 slots for nvme, 2 after using the last pci-e. Creator has 2 and only one if Thunderbolt and the last pcie slot are used. Up until now I don’t even use nvme, might get one for my /home folder on ubuntu and keep the rest on sata. Could even get a pcie card for extra nvme storage.
LAN - Creator has the 10g Aquantia card
SATA- 4+4asmedia vs 8 on Taichi. Only use 5 Sata disks now, might move down do 3 sata and 1 nvme.
Thunderbolt - Creator has onboard Thunderbolt (albeit limited to 3 devices and 15w) Up until now only my monitor and my Mac laptop are TB capable, I don’t think I might need 6 device daisy chains in the near future, but that might some years into the future. The GC Titan Ridge seems super hard to get now, nothing on amazon and half of what shows on Newegg is flashed for Hackintosh, nothing at all in my country. Were those discontinued?
Since 1 pcie slot will be used by my gpu, if I get Thunderbolt through an add in card then that leaves me to decide between an extra nvme card or an extra network card to populate the remaining slot (although that is a moot point if onboard Thunderbolt on the Creator doesn’t work at all). On the other hand, if the Creator works as intended then that leaves me the option of both an extra nvme expansion card, and a network card (sfp+?), or even a SAS if I need it in the future.
Any advice or concerns?