ASRock Taichi X399 Review

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The cog theme that anyone who has spent a minute or two on the internet - so everyone - will recognise as a Steampunk aesthetic first appeared on the X370 Taichi and reappears here in even stronger form. We like it. It's different, and different is most definitely good. If you'll forgive us for slipping a Groundhog Day quote into our copy.

ASRock X399 Taichi Review  

The first thing you'll probably notice is the movement of the CPU power connectors. Normally found up the top left corner of a PCB they have occasionally moved to the right hand side to allow for the heatpipe connecting the MOSFET heatsink to the IO Shield. With the Taichi ASRock have deliberately split them to both corners, allowing for a thicker copper trace which should bring better efficiency and thus lower temperatures. Cooler equals higher overclocks. Overclocks are performance. If this proves successful it's a simple way of increasing the capabilities of a motherboard that we're sure will quickly be copied.


ASRock X399 Taichi Review  

The cog theme is beautifully continued onto the motherboard itself. The shape of the chipset heatsink gives a really good optical illusion too, where the printed one beneath the PCI Express slots seems to be the dominant one rather than the actual chipset heatsink. This cog is also where the RGB lighting hides, letting you tune the aesthetics to your personal taste.


ASRock X399 Taichi Review  

As with all motherboards that have eight DIMM slots space is a premium, and this has led to some juggling around of the positions of the fan and pump headers. The CPU ones in particular are now to be found beneath the CPU socket.

The PCI Express slots aren't just for show, or limited to particular setups. All four can be utilised in Quad-SLI or Quad-Crossfire depending upon your GPU preference. Specifications wise the Taichi wants for nothing.


ASRock X399 Taichi Review  
ASRock X399 Taichi Review  
ASRock X399 Taichi Review  

Connectivity is fulsome with U.2 alongside all the SATA ports, whilst there are three M.2 sockets if you happen to be particularly wealthy and requiring nothing but the fastest storage solutions around. This need for speed continues around the back where we find the IO portion replete with USB 3.1 sockets of both Type-A and Type-C styles alongside built in WiFi and dual GigaLAN connections.


ASRock X399 Taichi Review  
ASRock X399 Taichi Review  

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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2017, 14:43:52

Avet
ASRock is seriously ramping up. I am following their stuff more and more in the recent times. As you have said Tom they could work on the design, but if they are competitive with the price many people that use X299/X399 really don't care how their PC looks. Just price/performance.Quote

16-09-2017, 17:01:11

Bartacus
I hope Asrock keeps on this track! I'm an Asus fanboy, but I'd love more options. MSI seems to always make rather huge mistakes, so I wouldn't touch them with a 10 ft pole, and Gigabyte is ok I suppose, but not in Asus' league. Options are good!Quote

19-09-2017, 05:47:13

kitomano
Asus is the best one I thinkQuote

19-09-2017, 05:54:07

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitomano View Post
Asus is the best one I think
They are using the AMD offset voltages so if you want to overclock Id actually say in this rare instance they are not the best. That and the VRM fan is far too annoying.

Everything else about the Asus is epic though and sadly they could fix it all with BIOS - doubt they will because they havnt with normal Ryzen yet :/Quote

19-09-2017, 05:56:09

AlienALX
Seriously nice board Great review Tom Quote
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