ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 Motherboard Review
It's been a while since we've looked at an ASRock motherboard. This is partly because in the X58 days they used to be significantly more affordable than a lot of other options, but the subsequent models have seen the "major" manufacturers massively improving their affordability and thus making it difficult to find a place in the crowded market for what ASRock brought to the table.
However, with the release of the X370 chipset and the latest AMD Zen architecture ASRock have maintained the affordable entry price, but really gone all in on the quality of their product so as to make them genuine contenders. Couple this to a lot of people who've had early versions of the Taichi raving about it, and we just knew we had to find out if all the hype stood up to scrutiny.
So with our Ryzen 7 CPU on hand, and a space cleared in our schedule, let's discover if the ASRock should find its way onto your shortlist.
Certainly if your decisions are made based upon the hardware then the Taichi ticks a lot of boxes. Black Caps, a BCLK Engine clock generator and 16 Phase Power handle the overclocking duties. Connectivity is full of the technologies that you would expect to find on a modern motherboard, from WiFi to USB 3.1 and the super speedy M.2. It's also worth noting how many SATA ports there are on the Taichi. If, like some of us, you've a collection of drives of various sizes then it's nice to have so many connectors to utilise. ASRock have even supplied the Taichi with the popular steel bracing on the PCI Express slots, and the de rigueur RGB LED headers.