ASRock Z490 Taichi (Intel Z490) ATX Motherboard Review (Page 11)

| May 28, 2020 at 11:24 am CDT
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ASRockModel: Z490 Taichi

System I/O Benchmarks

Storage: CrystalDiskMark

For storage performance, we test the platform using a PCIe 4.0 Corsair MP600 2TB M.2 NVMe drive. It is tested in CrystaldiskMark 7.0.0 x64, and we average the results to ensure a good cross-section of expected performance. Do note that some platforms do not support the new PCIe gen 4, and therefore will cap out around 3400-3500MB/s.

M.2: MP600 2TB

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Here, with the MP600, we see the Taichi pull off some respectable sequential read numbers, only being bested by the Maximus Extreme board. Writes shows all of the boards crunch together again. Random reads see the Taichi at the bottom of the pack, while random writes see the Taichi claw its way past the Supermicro.

SATA: T-Force 2350GB SSD

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SATA performance was a bit strange as the Taichi showed noticeably lower performance than the other boards. I thought I might have used the wrong port, so I swapped to three different ports and recorded similar results. This is a strange one and speaks to potentially something else hogging some of the PCH lanes or DMI causing this activity.

USB: WD P50 1TB

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For the external storage, we select the fastest port to test the P50, which is the USB 3.2 2x2 port, and we see a blistering performance result, just short of 2GB/s sequential read. Sequential write it jumps to over 2GB/s, and the Sueprmicro edges closer on this test. Random read is where the Taichi finally loses ground to the Maximus Extreme. However, Random writes, find the Taichi back up on top.

Network testing: Iperf

We use IPerf for network throughput testing; the server is an 8700K based DIY rig with an Aquantia 10Gb interface.

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Here we see one area the Taichi is lacking, and that is the network interface. The other boards in the stack have a 10Gb network interface; the Taichi tops out with the 2.5Gb Rocket network controller. This is why while the other boards are pulling north of 9400Mbps, the Taichi tops at 2373Mbps.

Network testing: File transfer

The next part of network testing is a file transfer test. We use the same endpoint, but we are transferring data from the internal SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB NVMe SSD.

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Here we see the file transfer test, which took a little over 202 seconds to complete, vs. the 10Gb equipped boards, which took just north of 50 seconds to complete. The total throughput we can see as well where the Taichi tops out at 279MB/s while the others move 1040 to 1060MB/s.

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Here we see the actual throughput from windows reporting at an uninterrupted 279MB/s.

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