ASRock Z490 Taichi (Intel Z490) ATX Motherboard Review (Page 8)

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

WPrime, SuperPi, Cinebench, and AIDA64


WPrime is first up and being a multi-threaded benchmark. We know it will scale with any CPU we throw at it. You can manually set the number of workers or threads you want to allocate to the calculation, which we did the total thread count for each CPU to ensure we measure the maximum performance the CPU can offer.


The 32M test is the shorter one and shows how each CPU performs with a quick burst multi-core loading. Here as expected, we see that all of the boards we have tested thus far line up quite closely.

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The 1024 test is the more extended version and can take form as short as under half a minute up to several minutes depending on thread count and frequency of the CPU being tested. Here we see that the more extended test kept the same result staging with all of the boards so tightly grouped it's a literal wash.


SuperPi is a much older test, but it's worth including as it is a single-threaded computation workload that really can show in granular detail differences in the computational ability of the silicon being tested. One thing to note is that this is an aging application that tends to favor intel architecture, so don't be surprised when you see much better results by some chips, as those same chips you will see get beaten in other tests.

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With SuperPi, it is a single-threaded workload, which can show the base efficiency of a platform. Here we see the motherboards start to see some separation with the Z490 Taichi pulling a respectable

result, just on the heels of the top contender of the boards we have tested.


Cinebench is a long-standing render benchmark that has been heavily relied upon by both Intel and AMD to showcase their newest platforms during unveils. The benchmark has two tests, a single-core workload that will utilize one thread or 1T. There is also a multi-threaded test which uses all threads or nT of a tested CPU

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The multi-core test for Cinebench shows a close but defined spread to the pack, but the Taichi leads the group on this run.

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Moving to the single-threaded test and we see the Taichi take the top spot once again. When considering the price point of the Taichi, I cannot help but notice a serious value starting to form here.


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Moving to Aida64, we start with memory performance. The Taichi loses to the Supermicro board on the read section but makes up for it in the write and copy tests. However, the Supermicro edges out the Taichi ever so slightly on the latency result.

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The AES encryption test gives a result in MB/s, and while the Taichi leads, the grouping is so tight that only 8MB/s separates the Taichi from the bottom Z490, so far. The difference is less than a thousandth of a percent, aka they are the same in this test.

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For FPU testing, we have 32-bit single-precision first. Here we see the top three boards all sharing the same space with the Aorus Xtreme edging out a win. The Taichi comes in very closely behind with the Maximus XII Extreme from ASUS right on its heels. Being in the same range as boards over twice the cost is an excellent place to be.

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Now with the next level, we have the 64-bit double-precision test. Here the Taichi took a top spot once again, barely edging out the Z490 Aorus Xtreme. The Maximus Extreme slots in, right behind that, and the Supermicro falls a bit behind as it seems to more strictly follow the Intel guidelines for turbo boost durations and power.

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Lastly, we have 80-bit extended precision; This test equalizes things once again with a few FPS separating the pack. The only exception is the Supermicro, which falls off the pace but not nearly as dramatic as the double-precision test.

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