Here are key points about the ASRock Z370 Taichi.
VRM Quality : ASRock deployed Intersil's brand new digital PWM along with 25A dual N-channel MOSFETs and 60A high current inductors. They also used 12K FP solid polymer capacitors. Overall, this VRM is solid and overkill for supported CPUs, and the thermal results reinforce the quality we see.
Triple Intel NICs: Two wired Intel NICs and a single Intel Wireless AC card provide exceptional network connectivity. While the Wireless AC card is 1x1 433Mbps, it's still good enough to connect to the internet.
Extra Internal SATA and USB: Many Z370 motherboards feature one internal USB 3.0 header, two USB 2.0 internal headers, and six SATA6Gb/s ports. ASRock went above and beyond and expanded USB 3.0 headers to two, added a third USB 2.0 header, and added two more SATA ports.
Simplistic: The motherboard's simple black and white aesthetics are what many people want these days. The "gear" theme is well planned and executed, and the motherboard's shields and heat sinks match the PCB silkscreen with ease. RGB LEDs are also at a minimum.
USB ports on Rear IO: There are only five USB type-A ports on the rear IO, but the good news is that if you need more, you get two internal USB 3.0 headers and three internal USB 2.0 headers.
ASRock's Z370 Taichi is a welcome addition to the Taichi legacy, offering a solid set of features with great quality components at a very reasonable price. Its aesthetics are in line with what we have come to expect with the Taichi series, all the way down to the few RGB LEDs built into the motherboard.
The dual Intel NICs, wireless AC, and high amount of internal SATA, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 offer an easy way to expand port count and storage. We did encounter some minor issues, such as multicore enhancement being enabled by default. The good news is that ASRock is on top of things, for instance, they fixed LLC levels through the latest BIOS a few days after we made an inquiry.
The motherboard also offers the basics when it comes to overclocking, including a POST code display, clear CMOS button, and dual BIOS ROMs with a jumper to select the backup. If you are looking for a flashy motherboard that lights up your system with built in RGBs, then the Taichi probably is not for you. It is more about the basics when it comes to visual appeal. Overall, I was impressed with the Z370 Taichi, and I foresee it being an extremely popular motherboard as it strikes the right balance of features versus price.
The Bottom Line: ASRock's Z370 Taichi is the embodiment of balance and offers a strong and healthy feature set at an incredibly reasonable price point.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z370 Taichi Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock Z370 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 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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