Here are key points about the ASRock X299 Taichi.
Surprising VRM: ASRock is using what Intersil calls their first generation of fully digital PWMs along with their high-performance smart power stages. After doing some research, it does seem Intersil has hit the nail on the head and provided a very strong VRM solution for Intel's latest VRD13 specification. With the digital controller and smart power stages, the VRM keeps itself from throttling as it precisely knows the temperature and current of each power stage, which the PWM watches and then uses to balance out power regulation tasks. The VRM heat sink is surprisingly adequate as well, the temperature on the rear of the motherboard somehow stayed cooler than the front although it is not a very impressive VRM.
Triple Ultra M.2: The motherboard offers three M.2 slots, which as we all know is the latest on the consumer side of things when it comes to high-speed NAND and Optane based SSDs. The slot form factor is the best you can currently get as it can transform into U.2 if needed. Each slot offers 32Gb/s of bandwidth.
Dual Intel LAN: Need two Intel NICs? The X299 Taichi delivers that and even an Intel Wireless AC adapter. In this day and age when a 1Gbit NIC might not be enough for even home networking, being able to double your connection to the router or switch is a valuable thing.
Affordable: At this point, many of the X299 motherboards we see on the market cost over $300. They are premium motherboards with a price tag to reflect it, but so is the Taichi. The Taichi hits that sweet spot in the price to performance arena.
Wireless AC is 1x1: ASRock has been using the same 1x1 Wireless AC controller, which means it doesn't offer up to 866Mbps, but instead 433Mbps, so if you do have a super-fast router and can take advantage, then you might want a faster card.
16 Lane CPUs Don't Get SLI: Because of the way Intel has routed PCI-E lanes, you won't be able to run 2-way SLI with a 16 lane CPU as you are limited to x8/x0/x4/x0 when something is inserted into the third PCI-E slot.
ASRock has done a fine job with the X299 Taichi. We could nitpick about only having an 8+4 pin power connector and single designer VRM heat sink, but the Taichi isn't a ROG motherboard. It is at the core of ASRock's design philosophy and has a long legacy of catering to power users, workstation builders, and gamers alike. Quality also is top notch on this Taichi series motherboard.
It is a do-everything motherboard, with just enough of everything to make everyone happy. Digital RGB LED support, Thunderbolt 3, best in class VRM components, and Wireless AD all find a home within the X299 Taichi. It's like the Swiss Army knife of ASRock's X299 offerings, and while it does cost a lot, it has the features to back it up.
If you are looking for a feature packed X299 motherboard and have a bit of change to spare, then the X299 Taichi might be the right motherboard for you.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: ASRock's X299 Taichi offers the latest features and high quality at an extremely reasonable price point.
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- Page 2 [Packaging and X299 Taichi Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock X299 Taichi Circuit Analysis]
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- 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 [VRM and System Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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