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.
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- 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]
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