AMD's Threadripper CPUs dropped onto the market last week and with it a handful of motherboards built with the AMD X399 chipset. The chipset itself is similar to the X370 chipset, as in it acts as a south bridge, with the CPU providing a large amount of IO.
While the CPU SoC offers 60 lanes of PCI-E 3.0 (four other lanes connect to the X399 chipset) for up to seven devices, it also provides HD audio, eight USB 3.0 ports, and the SPI bus (BIOS communication). The X399 chipset offers eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, eight PCI-E 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports, five USB 3.0 ports, and six USB 2.0 ports. There are also two PCI-E 3.0 ports in the X399 chipset that can be used for an extra four SATA ports or two SATA Express ports.
ASRock's X399 Taichi takes full advantage of the new X399 chipset and includes many of ASRock's unique features. The motherboard is just as loaded with features as any HEDT platform from the competition and offers the same level of modern connectivity. The X399 Taichi also focuses heavily on overclocking features, and that includes a high-quality VRM.
Let's begin our first AMD X399 motherboard review with the X399 Taichi.
The X399 Taichi features dual Intel NICs, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, SATA6Gb/s, three Ultra M.2 slots, support for up to 4-way SLI/CrossFireX, U.2, and even multiple RGB LED headers.
The ASRock X399 Taichi costs $339.99.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X399 Taichi Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock X399 Taichi Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock X399 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]