Packaging and Overview
ASRock's box design is similar to that of the other Taichi motherboards I have reviewed. Packaging is quite good and should protect the motherboard during transport.
The accessory package includes four SATA 6Gb/s cables, IO shield, two WIFI antennas, SLI_HB bridge, case badge, driver DVD, and manuals.
ASRock offers five fan headers on this motherboard. All the headers are rated 1A except the two circled in blue, which are rated 1.5A. The headers circled in red can auto-detect if a PWM or DC mode fan is connected, and will automatically change their control mode.
The motherboard's aesthetics are white and black, and the PCB's silkscreen plays a big role in bringing everything together. ASRock worked hard to make it so that the heat sinks and silkscreen match up, and it produces a neat effect that will be blocked by the installation of a GPU and CPU cooler. The back of the motherboard has very little components, which is a good thing.
The rear IO panel features PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, WIFI antenna, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, Clear CMOS button, four USB 3.0 ports, Gbit LAN, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF.
The PCI-E layout is quite simple; the first two x16 PCI-E 3.0 slots operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The last slot operates at x4 PCI-E 2.0; it shares x4 PCI-E 2.0 with the nearest M.2 slot. There are 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports.
The topmost M.2 slot is wired x4 PCI-E 3.0 (32Gb/s), the bottom M.2 slot is wired x4 PCI-E 2.0 (20Gb/s). The bottom M.2 slot shares bandwidth with the last PCI-E x16 slot (electrically x4).
There are two USB 3.0 internal headers located right below the 24-pin power connector. ASRock strategically positioned one of its RGB headers near the CPU socket so that AMD's new cooler's RGB cable could easily reach. They also positioned a USB 2.0 single port header close by so that AIO's with USB connections could reach.
The motherboard comes with a POST code display located to the right of two USB 2.0 internal headers. Two RGB LED headers reside at the bottom of the motherboard.
The heat sinks and shields are all screwed into the motherboard.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X370 Taichi Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock X370 Taichi Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock X370 Taichi Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]