Here are key points about the ASRock X299 Taichi XE.
Excellent VRM: ASRock went back to the drawing board and improved the VRM in two ways. They added more input capacity, increasing theoretical maximum input to 600W from 450W, although you can go higher. They also went and totally redesigned the heat sink adding much more weight to it and improving its cooling characteristics.
Triple Ultra M.2 and extra SATA: We also get three M.2 slots two routed to the PCH that also support SATA based M.2 drives and one connected to the CPU. Since some of the SATA ports are also connected to the M.2 slots, you could lose them when using M.2 devices. ASRock added two extra SATA ports to alleviate this restriction.
Dual Intel LAN: Dual Intel LAN ports provide excellent network connectivity.
Good for Multiple Triple Slot GPUs: The PCI-E layout allows you to run two triple slotted GPUs.
POST Code Displa: While ASRock decided to remove most of the OC features the Professional XE carries; they didn't remove the POST code, which is perhaps the most important overclocking feature.
Wireless AC is 1x1: Intel's 3168NGW only offers 433Mbps maximum rather than 867Mbps of common 2x2 controllers.
16 Lane CPUs Don't Get 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's Taichi brand is killing it when it comes to offering a product that works well at a very reasonable price point. The X299 Taichi XE offers much better overclocking performance over its predecessor because of VRM improvements made by ASRock.
When Intel introduced its HCC (> 10 core) CPUs, they also unleashed a beast that eats power for dinner, and it became apparent that the existing boards would either need a fan blowing directly on the VRM or a new VRM designed to handle more than 300W of load when overclocked to 4GHz.
All vendors have gone back to the drawing board, and ASRock's solution is an elegant one. I am very pleased with the X299 Taichi XE, and if you need a motherboard to pair with an Intel X299 CPU with more than ten cores and want it at a reasonable price, give the X299 Taichi XE a look.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||94%|
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: ASRock's X299 Taichi XE offers excellent performance in all areas including benchmarks, IO, and overclocking all at a very reasonable price point.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon`s website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK`s website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada`s website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X299 Taichi XE Overview]
- Page 3 [ASROCK X299 Taichi XE Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASROCK X299 Taichi XE 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 [VRM and System Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Nokia revives the 8110, the one Neo used in The Matrix
- Galaxy S9/S9+ revealed, launches March 16 and starts at $720
- PlayStation 5 coming in 2020, analyst predicts
- Papers Please short film highlights rigors of Arstotzka
- GPUz v2.8.0 released, lots of goodies as usual
- Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (8th Gen Core) Laptop Review
- Fujitsu-Siemens BIOS - LGA 771 to 775 microcode
- GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 (Intel Z370) Motherboard Review
- Enermax T.B. RGB, RGB Lighting 3 Fan Pack Review
- GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 (Intel Z370) Motherboard
- Micron Launches Industry's First Enterprise SATA Solid State Drives Built on Leading 64-layer 3D NAND Technology
- Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic and Avery Design to Deliver a Comprehensive GDDR6 Solution for Next-Generation Applications
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit