Here are key points about the ASRock Z270 Taichi.
Excellent Quality VRM: The Z270 Taichi uses the latest digital PWM controller matched with Texas Instruments NexFETs. They double up phases in the right way, and disperse heat among more area, and thus have a very cool operating VRM capable of overclocking your CPU to its limits.
Triple M.2: ASRock implemented the maximum amount of M.2 slots, and they made sure to switch some of that bandwidth with SATA ports rather than PCI-E lanes so that you can RAID all three slots.
10 SATA Ports: Using two ASMedia ASM1061 controllers, ASRock effectively increased SATA port count by 66% over the chipset's native offering. If you use all the M.2 slots, you lose a large amount of native SATA ports, but you still get the four extra from the ASMedia controllers.
Aesthetics: The white and black Ying Yang symbol creates a great visual effect, where the chipset heat sink, VRM heat sink, and PCB silk screen merge into one. The motherboard also has an RGB LED header so that you can expand on the built in RGB LEDs under the PCH heat sink.
1x1 WIFI: I bet ASRock is probably tired of me placing the 1x1 WIFI controller in the cons list, but at this price, I expect 2x2. Although, if you are just browsing the web or doing low bandwidth things such as playing games, it's not a huge deal.
The ASRock Z270 Taichi might be the last Z270 motherboard we are going to review, and the platform hasn't even been out for a year. The chipset is a refresh of the Z170 chipset, and it's loaded with features. All of those HSIO lanes allow for some very interesting configurations, and ASRock has done a fine job with them on the Z270 Taichi.
The Z270 Taichi is a perfect balance of Ying and Yang and offers a high amount of flexibility, aesthetic appeal, performance, quality, and design logic. It's a perfect motherboard for anyone looking to hop on the Z270 train with a 7700K, as it is still one of the fastest gaming CPUs around.
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The Bottom Line: ASRock's fully loaded and heavily optimized Z270 Taichi offers a perfect balance of price, performance, and quality.
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