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ASRock X299 Taichi

cadaveca

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The ASRock X299 Taichi comes with a fresh look that's still familiar. Boasting support for Intel's latest Skylake-X processors, the board features dual LAN, integrated Wifi, three M.2 ports and outstanding audio performance. Yet again ASRock manages to impress!

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Nice review Dave! Not a bad board at all especially seeing as how new the platform is! Things will only get better!
 

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And how many of the expansion slots work if you use a Kaby Lake CPU?

Also, why no points deducted for the poor NVMe performance?
 
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And how many of the expansion slots work if you use a Kaby Lake CPU?

Also, why no points deducted for the poor NVMe performance?

This is why
Drive performance is a bit underwhelming at times, but that fix could be a simple BIOS update away as it has been in the past. Those issues are 100% on Intel's shoulders though, not ASRock's.
 
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And how many of the expansion slots work if you use a Kaby Lake CPU?
3 right? 1x8+2x4 = 16. Or was that rhetorical?



i7? :wtf:

1.856V!? :twitch:
 
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And how many of the expansion slots work if you use a Kaby Lake CPU?

Also, why no points deducted for the poor NVMe performance?

one, or two. x16, or x8/x4.

It's BIOS, once properly tuned, it'll be around 2200+ MBs. I should check if it' already fixed; the BIOS is used was pre-release (release was 1.10, I used 1.01S). Timing due to when this review was written (as mentioned on the front page) prevented testing release BIOS, but I do still have the rig built so I'll check in the morning. If not, I'll have them fix it. You will be seeing lots of reviews from me, some are still waiting. ;)

i7? :wtf:

1.856V!? :twitch:
CPU-Z version says it as such. Not my fault. Hehehehehe


As to voltage, that's Input voltage; these CPUs are like Haswell, and voltage control is inside CPU.

Seems like you need to update the BIOS
Now, yes, but when I wrote this review, I used the most recent available. There is behind-the-scenes work and scheduling to be done on a review after I finish it.
 
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"Holes on board's surface were components could have been..."

I believe you meant "where". ;)

Also where's the missing component near the RAM slots? And what are you referring to in reference to tri-SLI?
 
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What software was used for load testing? 253W seems really low for a 7900X at 1.35V 4.6GHz
 
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Nice review Dave, it seems that for some reasons unbeknownst to us Asrock boards loves you:D:D:D
 
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Who said anything about 1.35V? You're right, the power would be WAAY higher if that was the case.

oh woops misread the DRAM voltage as core voltage.
 
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"Holes on board's surface were components could have been..."

I believe you meant "where". ;)

Also where's the missing component near the RAM slots? And what are you referring to in reference to tri-SLI?

cadaveca has some odd ideas for pros and cons. Supporting tri-SLI is apparently a bad thing, as was having LN2 features on the Maximus IX Formula. I'm not sure how he comes up with them xD

That said, cadaveca, if the review was done on a prerelease BIOS surely one of two things should happen:

1. You should knock off points for every flaw on the prerelease BIOS with a statement at the end that a new BIOS may fix things and the review is in no way representative of the final product
2. You should wait for the BIOS before doing the review so the review actually has relevance

Don't you think?
 

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Will you update with performance comparisons against boards that are actually on the same platform?

How was temperature and power measured during the VRM test? Can you post a picture of the test setup?

Thanks
 

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Supporting tri-SLI is apparently a bad thing,
I thought tri-SLI was no longer supported? If correct, providing that capability on the board would be a bit like including an IDE port. Don't you think?
 
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3x SLi for what?

I mean, many games dont work even with regular one.. as recent review of DTR showed.

Just mention somewhere it has SLi and leave it that way. Looks like pretty good mobo..
 
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3x SLi for what?

I mean, many games dont work even with regular one.. as recent review of DTR showed.

Just mention somewhere it has SLi and leave it that way. Looks like pretty good mobo..

Someone running three Titan X or GTX 980 Ti cards? They're not necessarily old enough to warrant the cost of replacing with Pascal cards just yet. Benchmarking on Pascal cards? That's another use, especially with a 7900X or higher under LN2. There's no disadvantage to including it, and unlike IDE which was killed off about a decade ago (longer, really) it isn't something from ancient history.

What's bad about including support for something that was still very much relevant and top end just 16 months ago? You'll probably say the same about DDR3, but while DDR3 is impossible to implement there's nothing stopping 3-way SLI support.

-- Sorry, quoted the wrong post.
 
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I thought tri-SLI was no longer supported? If correct, providing that capability on the board would be a bit like including an IDE port. Don't you think?

Sorry, I'm on my phone and meant to quote you above.
 
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The missing component you are referring to is the Aquantia 10Gbps LAN chip, found on the Professional i9 board which shares the same PCB.
I expected you to know that much ;)
 
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How's the Uncore overclocking with this board? I heard it gives a nice boost to performance.
 
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