Introduced not too long ago, the Taichi line-up of ASRock motherboard is now their most popular and not surprisingly their most recommended, and so we have here the X399 Taichi.
Unlike the old Taichi boards, the new range of Taichi boards are grey in color instead of white. Being an X399 chipset motherboard, the DIMM banks are found on both sides of the CPU socket thus the smaller heatsinks, and I like it that ASRock made it simple for the X399 Taichi.
On the upper corner you’ll see there’s the EPS12V 4-pin connector, the 8-pin is located at another corner of the board. Next pic please!
The 8-pin connector is here which is quite an unusual spot. What’s even more unusual is that it’s placed a distance away from the ATX12V connector and aligned perpendicular to it.
This is what ASRock call the “Separated CPU Power Connector Design”.
Unlike traditional dual CPU power connectors which are located closely together at the same side, ASRock separates them to either side of motherboard in order to create wider trace for CPU VRM. This design brings better power delivery efficiency and lower temperature, thus improving system stability and increasing overclocking potential.
It also worth noting that the X399 Taichi comes with 11-phase power design for some serious power delivery.
On the other corner of the real estate you’ll see that it comes with debug LED, power and reset buttons and even 3x Ultra M.2 socket and a host of SATA ports. There’s also a 6-pin PCI-E power connector right there next to the SATA ports.
The board has 4x steel reinforced PCI-E slots that supports 4-way graphics configuration supporting Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossfireX, on the audio department the board comes with Purity Sound 4
with Realtek ALC1220 codec system.
Lastly the I/O ports at the read.
– 2 x Antenna Ports
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 8 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
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)
Being a workstation grade board, the X399 Taichi supports comes with Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi, supports ECC Memory and also being fully compatible with NVIDIA® Quadro® & AMD FireProTM professional desktop workstation graphics solutions.
Experience wise the board is nothing out of the ordinary, which isn’t a bad thing. Once the TR is installed it flies without a hitch and there’s options to overclock too.
Basically the board is a complete package, with more than enough connectors for storage and USB devices, and also for data connection like dual-LAN and Wi-Fi capabilities.
More details at the official product page.
I am unable to fault the board, even if I were to be really picky I’d say it lacks detailed overclock tweak settings and perhaps RGB LED that aren’t attractive but I do think that would be unjustified.
If you’re looking for an excellent X399 board then the ASRock X399 Taichi fits the bill.