The ASRock Taichi line-up was introduced long ago and now they’re pretty well known for being the go-to range for excellent user experience, the X299 model here is no exception.
What’s notably different from the previous iterations of Taichi regardless of whether they are AMD or Intel boards, is that the X299 model here now in a grey tone rather than black and white as seen in models like say the Z270 models for Intel and X370 models for AMD.
While color is entirely about preference, I must say this variation looks sweet. Looking at the image below you’ll see that the X299 board is pretty much like the X99 models where 4 DIMM slots are placed near the I/O panel, thus not having many large sized heatsinks around the CPU area.
The ASRock X299 Taichi comes with 13 phase power design for great power delivery, on the other corner the X299 is as plain as can be.
Things get interesting from this part on, the X299 Taichi comes with 10 SATA ports of which 8 of them are – 8 of them are Intel controlled while 2 are by ASMedia.
The heatsink is uniquely designed and as you can see nearby the heatsink there’s a DEBUG LED, that’s great ASRock but it’s still a major disappointment that a motherboard of this caliber does not come with any POWER / RESET button like how it used to.
On this picture you’ll see that the X299 Taichi comes with 4 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots and these slots support up to Quad SLI and Quad CrossFireX, note that this depends on which processor is installed as lanes are divided accordingly depending on what’s available.
The ASRock X299 Taichi also comes with 3x M.2 socket of which all of them support up to 2280 length modules while the first one of them (M2_2) goes up to 22110. All of them support SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s).
Lastly we have the I/O panels that have the following
– 2 x Antenna Ports
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 2 x USB 2.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM3142) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM3142) (Supports ESD Protection)*
– 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1 x BIOS Flashback Switch
– 1 x Clear CMOS Switch
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)
The user interface is as expected from an ASRock Taichi board, the ASRock X299 Taichi carries its light-blue themed interface as with the other range. I would that they style it to match the board color but that’s just me being picky.
All the interface I require are there, I’m not that detailed an overclocker and for this one I managed to get my Intel Core i5-7640X to 5Ghz with ease.
The ASRock X299 Taichi retails at RM 1,549 and it comes with 3-years warranty.It is a good board but I’m disappointed that it doesn’t come with POWER / RESET button despite the hefty price tag.
Feature wise it’s splendid but for that price I’d expect more.
For more details please visit the official product page.