VRM: The VRM on this motherboard is extremely well equipped for overclocking all Ryzen AM4 processors to their maximum. The inclusion of NexFETs and 60A inductors with a digital PWM control scheme results in an excellent VRM.
POST-Code Display: While ASRock removed some physical OC features such as power and reset buttons, they did leave the POST code display, which is one of the handiest tools one can have for diagnosing problems.
Ready for the future: We find dual M.2 slots, and the top one has a heat sink and is rated for x4 PCI-E 3.0. We also find rear and internal USB 3.1 (10Gb/s) ports, so your future devices will be supported. The motherboard also features a 256Mbit BIOS ROM so that the BIOS can be improved/expanded in the future.
WIFI: The WIFI card is rated 1x1 for 433Mbps, but most other X470 motherboards offer 867Mbps or even higher.
The ASRock X470 Taichi is $60 less expensive than the Taichi Ultimate, and you only lose a few features, but one of those is a 10Gbit NIC. The inclusion of a 10Gbit NIC might be very important for some, but for others, it's a feature they might never make use of. If you look at a refresh cycle of an enthusiast, now might or might not be the right time for you to require a 10Gbit NIC.
Now that WIFI speeds are exceeding that of a 1Gbit wired port, we are going to see more routers and switches come out with higher speed NICs that a 10Gbit NIC could take advantage of. However, that is not a certainty for all, and if you want a Taichi but don't need the high-end NIC, then stick with this model.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The ASRock X470 Taichi keeps levels of quality and features alive and well and is a great representation of its namesakes' reputation.
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- Page 7 [Overclocking]
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