Friday, September 29th 2017

ASRock Intros X299 Taichi XE Motherboard

ASRock today introduced its new flagship socket LGA2066 motherboard, the X299 Taichi XE, recommended for Core i9 processors. This board is quite similar to the X299 Taichi, but features a completely redesigned CPU VRM, which is rated for higher current, and draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, instead of one 8-pin EPS on the original X299 Taichi. The CPU VRM heatsink is heavier, and offloads some of its heat onto a secondary heatsink that doubles up as a sort of I/O shroud, using a heat-pipe. This is in contrast to the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E vs. X299-XE, which are practically identical, but for a heavier VRM heatsink on the latter.

Everything south of the CPU VRM on the ASRock X299 Taichi XE is identical to the X299 Taichi, including the 4-phase memory VRM, four reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, three 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports, networking that includes Intel-made 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and gigabit Ethernet controllers; and the onboard audio solution. The rear I/O shroud no longer spans the entire length of the board, and shrouds only the I/O, and an aluminium fin-stack heatsink. ASRock could charge a small premium for the X299 Taichi XE, even though the original X299 Taichi can very much run Core i9 "Skylake-X" processors, including the flagship i9-7980XE.
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3 Comments on ASRock Intros X299 Taichi XE Motherboard

#1
EarthDog
Interesting...

Isnt the Gaming i9 the flagship? What was actually changed vrm wise? The original taichi shared the same vrm as the gaming i9... the 13 phase 720w which is already plenty.

But no mention of the actual vrm changes? Just a heatsink change and an additional 8 pin?
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dj-electric
"EarthDog said:
Interesting...

Isnt the Gaming i9 the flagship? What was actually changed vrm wise? The original taichi shared the same vrm as the gaming i9... the 13 phase 720w which is already plenty.

But no mention of the actual vrm changes? Just a heatsink change and an additional 8 pin?
TBH, those are the exact two things my eyes were seeking when looking at the pictures. It is quite an important upgrade to able to deal with those beefy i9s.
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#3
EarthDog
I can see the heatsink upgrade helpful...2 8pin as well... but not sure what was up witht the vrm.

I would have liked to see details here... this isnt helpful, and also borked facts. :(
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