Sunday, November 5th 2017

ASRock Formally Launches the X299 Taichi XE and X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE

ASRock formally launched the XE (extreme edition) variants of its X299 Taichi and X299 Professional Gaming i9 motherboards, denoted by the "XE" suffix in their model names. The boards are identical to the models they're derived from, but come with heavier CPU VRM heatsinks, increased voltage limits across several power domains, and are targeted at enthusiasts with Core i9-7980XE and i9-7960X HEDT processors. On both boards, the CPU VRM heatsinks have been extended from the main heatsink to a secondary heatsink over the rear I/O area, connected by a heat pipe, while getting rid of the rear I/O shroud. The two could sell at a slight premium over the models they're based on.
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8 Comments on ASRock Formally Launches the X299 Taichi XE and X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE

#1
ensabrenoir
...cool and all but I really would perfer a Wu-Tang Liquid sword edition.
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#2
Hood
I like Asrock for doing this. If I spent $2000 or $1700 on the CPU, I would want a board specifically beefed-up to handle high OCs on those CPUs. Asrock has always looked out for enthusiasts and overclockers, and this continues the tradition.
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#3
StrayKAT
ensabrenoir said:
...cool and all but I really would perfer a Wu-Tang Liquid sword edition.
I'd give you more likes for the Liquid Swords reference specifically.

I was saying elsewhere how annoying the lack of u.2 options on x299 is. This is another culprit.
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#4
EarthDog
Meh, u.2 never was and never will be (for the consumer) For most, it's more annoying seeing squaking about it than boards not having it in this space. ;)

Oh and sure, you have one or want one and not seeing them all over can be frustrating... but next time go with m.2 pcie 3.0 what is popular for the average consumer, not enrerprise, and what will be long lasting. U.2 never took hold and never will in this segment.
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#5
StrayKAT
EarthDog said:
Meh, u.2 never was and never will be (for the consumer) For most, it's more annoying seeing squaking about it than boards not having it in this space. ;)

Oh and sure, you have one or want one and not seeing them all over can be frustrating... but next time go with m.2 pcie 3.0 what is popular for the average consumer, not enrerprise, and what will be long lasting. U.2 never took hold and never will in this segment.
So you made two posts? :D

Those 900p drives don't come in m.2, and m.2 doesn't have the power for them apparently.

The reason why I mention it here though is this is x299, but they're building them like other consumer 270/370 boards. You'd think they'd have one foot stepped in the workstation or server space where u.2 might be more common, but no.

As for u.2 picking up, like I said elsewhere, it and m.2 were improvements on SATA and mSATA. So I just find it funny that only m.2 floods the market. Along with shitty SATA SSDs.
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#6
EarthDog
Yes i did. Saw this, responded, then saw your post pushing it.

Really, give it up :). M.2 is here to stay. U.2 is enterprise and crossed over here offering no benefits over m.2, really. Its no surprise even x299 boards do not all have them.

X299 is HEDT (High End DeskTop). Not enterprise. :)
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#7
StrayKAT
EarthDog said:
Yes i did. Saw this, responded, then saw your post pushing it.

Really, give it up :). M.2 is here to stay. U.2 is enterprise and crossed over here offering no benefits over m.2, really. Its no surprise even x299 boards do not all have them.

X299 is HEDT (High End DeskTop). Not enterprise. :)
I didn't say it was. I said one foot stepped in.

Why would I drop u.2 when I just bought a new drive? I'm cool for now, but I'm looking at board options I might get in the next year. This is personal. I don't care about advice about hardware I'd like to still use in the future. I'm not going to trash it.

Is this just some anti-Intel thing or something? Serious question. I thought you were pretty balanced, but this is getting confusing :D
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#8
EarthDog
Lol, no, you suggested u.2 in another thread. This isnt anti anything except the choice to go u.2 over m.2.

Intel has nothing to do with it... in fact i have no idea how you even made that leap from this conversation, lol!
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