ASRock Z490 Taichi (Intel Z490) ATX Motherboard Review (Page 3)

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

Packaging and Accessories

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The packaging for the Taichi is familiar for anyone who has seen a Taichi model board in the past. The front of the box is mostly devoid of data besides the product name and a few feature support icons.

The rear of the box is where we can get access to a lot more information. One thing of note is the 14-phase power solution which I believe is the correct entry, as the website lists 15, but I think they are counting the I/O or SA rail into that count, based on the inductor position in the image we showed on the previous page which just seems silly.

Much of the information here, we covered on the previous page, so let's open the front flap and see what it has to share.

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Flipping open the front box flap, we see more of the features we discussed previously on the inner flap. Adjacent to this, we have the opening, which shows the board nestled in the foam inside the box.

Let's open this box up and see what all comes inside.

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In the accessory pack, it does not have stacks of gear, but it has the things needed to get you up and running, including:

  • Wi-Fi Antennae
  • 3x M.2 screws and standoffs
  • 4x plastic SATA cables
  • T8 Torx driver
  • HB SLI Bridge

The Torx bit is used to remove the M.2 cooler plates from the board.

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There is also a sleeve in the box which holds the two manuals along with the driver CD. Now is the point where I will bring up that the drivers, whether they are offered on USB as some board manufacturers offer, or DVD is likely going to be older. Your best bet is to go to the webpage for your board and grab the newest offering, as it is very likely going to be newer than what comes in the package.

Inside the sleeve, we find a pamphlet, a pair of Velcro ties, and a sticker sheet.

Now that the accessories are out of the way let's take a look at the board itself.

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