Here are key points about the ASRock X570 Taichi.
Solid VRM: With 50A DrMOS and twelve phases, the X570 Taichi has enough oomph to get your 3900X and unreleased 3950X to their maximums. A good VRM is very important for Performance Boost Over Drive, as the motherboard's electrical design in the VRM is taken into account, and the Taichi has a solid VRM with enough current capability.
Three PCI-E 4.0 M.2 slots: ASRock was able to implement three PCI-E 4.0 M.2 slots with x4 of bandwidth each. The top slot is the best to use with a PCI-E 4.0 M.2 drive as it's directly wired to the CPU and doesn't need to go through the chipset.
WIFI 6: WIFI 6 is the future, and it's backwards compatible with Wireless AC 1.73Mbps while also offering Wireless AX, which should boost network speeds upwards of 2.4Gbps. We are happy to see this feature on the motherboard, as in a few years we will see more and more Wireless AX routers.
Internal Type-C Header Placement: The internal USB 3.0 header is placed just fine, but the same cannot be said for the internal type-C USB 3.1 header. If you are using a long GPU, as most span the entire length of the motherboard, it will block a small part of the header, making it quite difficult to plug into the header.
The X570 Taichi does cost $300, and while that's not as pricey as some other X570 motherboard, it's still a decent amount of money. The reason is because of the high component cost of most X570 motherboards, so vendors, knowing they would already have to charge a premium, boosted the amount of flair and features to help justify this increase in price. We really like the new aesthetics of the X570 Taichi, but we also like RGB LEDs, and ASRock has done a fine job with that. The firmware is solid, and we see a lot of updates, which is a good thing for a new platform.
The performance is very similar to other X570 motherboards, and overclocking was easy to accomplish. We even spotted some special memory overclocking profiles, which is great for this platform because memory is what is going to be overclocked the most since the CPU doesn't have much headroom. If you are looking for a loaded X570 motherboard with a healthy amount of features at a relatively reasonable price, give the X570 Taichi a look.
Loaded with features like WIFI 6, a solid 12 phase VRM, and some stellar looks, the X570 Taichi is a very nice motherboard and a great successor to the X470 Taichi.
The Bottom Line
Loaded with features like Wi-Fi 6, a solid 12 phase VRM, and some stellar looks, ASRock's X570 Taichi is a very nice motherboard and a great successor to the X470 Taichi.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X570 Taichi Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock X570 Taichi Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock X570 Taichi 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 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]