ASRock X399 Taichi Motherboard Review

Introduction

In this section we take a look at the ASRock X399 Taichi.This stylist AMD motherboard is available for 350 USD and might be an attractive offer with less price.

Due to the colossal size of AMD’s TR4 CPU socket,we never imagined Threadripper motherboards would dip below the ATX factor,but ASRock has worked its mini magic once again,as they developed its epic X299E-ITX/ac mini-ITX X299 motherboard.

Thinkfully,ASRock has done a superb job with the X399m Taichi too.it looks absolutely stunning with huge gunmental gray heatsinks for the CPU power circuitry linked by a heatpipe.These heatsinks are flanked by an I/O panel shroud that hides the unslightly ports undermeath.

Despite its small size,the X399M Taichi can even confortably house a pair of dual slot graphics cards,thanks to the fact that all of three 16xPCI-E slots on the board can supply the full 16 lanes of bandwidth.Using the first and third slots provides a large gap between graphics cards while other micro-ATX boards end up sandwiching them together,blocking the top card’s airflow.

The X399M Taichi uses an 11 phase power design,and it caters well for extreme overclockers with an additional 4-pin CPU power connector. Some space has also been gained by ditching four DIMM slots,reducing the total count to four. However,the board still support quad-channel memory,you just limited to a 64GB maximum,rather than 128GB.

ASRock has squeezed three 4xPCI-E3 horizontal M.2SSD mounds onto the PCB too,althrough none of them has heatsinks and only one supports SATA M.2SSDs.These slots are in addition to eight SATA 6Gbps ports plus a U.2 port.

The PCB offers almost every feature you need from an overclocking and testing point of view as well,with a POST code LED display,clear CMOS button,power and reset buttons,and USB BIOS flashback button too,which allows you to flash the BIOS without a CPU or memory being installed.the latter might come in handy if you fancy pairing the X399M Taichi with a 2nd Gen Threadrippper CPU later this year.

Performance

It’s fairly easy to work with ASRock’s EFI,althrough the usual overclocking settings are spread around more than in Asus or MSI’s EFI. ASRock’s Windows software also works well,mimicking many of the EFI options,including overclocking and fan control,which provides a more convenient way to fine-tune your system.

The X399M Taichi also had some of the most power-frugal figures on test,drawing just 91W at idle and 252W under load at stock speed. The load power draw was higher then average when overclocked thanks to a higher overclock frequency through.When overclocked,the system score from 229,630 to 252,041,while the minimum frame rate is upto 2fps.

Specification

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports AMD TR4 Socket Ryzen Threadripper Series CPUs
  • IR Digital PWM, 11 Power Phase & Dr. MOS
  • Supports Quad Channel DDR4 3600+(OC) & ECC UDIMM Memory
  • 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™, AMD 4-Way CrossFireX™
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports DTS connect
  • 8 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 12 USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 Front, 8 Rear)
  • 1 U.2 Connector
  • Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN
  • Intel® 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • BIOS Flashback
  • Hyper BCLK Engine III

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