ASRock X370 Taichi (AMD AM4) Review 98

ASRock X370 Taichi (AMD AM4) Review

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ASRock's engineering prowess has recently seen a bit of a shake-up at ASRock's home office, them having updated their product lines to include several new motherboard designs that are tailored towards meeting the specific needs of users depending on their usage type. For high-end "mainstream" users, we have ASRock's new Taichi series of boards built for pushing an overclock for long periods of time, and with a full feature set for whatever platform and a simple but striking aesthetic. So with AMD's new AM4 platform now out, we naturally got a new Taichi board to match, the ASRock X370 Taichi.

ASRock's Taichi boards offer one of the most robust design sets I have ever seen, truly making me question why anyone would settle for anything else - well, other than because of budget considerations. AMD's Ryzen platform came out with a mild "pop" rather than a "bang", and a big part of that was due to boards and memory not really being ready for the CPUs. ASRock's Taichi board was the board that saved me when I went to do my own personal look into the 1700X chip I received. That's the sort of product all Taichi boards are: built for the everyday user who wants to get the most out of their system, but isn't necessarily into benchmarking; the sort of user who wants that high-power system, but none of the headaches that some overclocked rigs might run into; the sort of user who buys a top-level chip and a couple high-end VGAs to go with it. That's the user ASRock has in mind with the Taichi.

If you are interested in building a Ryzen system, have read some of the launch-day reviews and wonder what board to buy in an attempt to avoid any issues, this Taichi board should be on the short list of options you have. Bundled with included Intel Wi-Fi connectivity, a HB SLI Bridge, and many SATA ports, the ASRock X370 Taichi also includes everything else you want out of a motherboard for a proper high-end system.


CPU Support:AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen Series (Summit Ridge) Processors
Power Design: CPU Power: 16 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:AMD X370
Integrated Graphics:Not applicable
Memory:4x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; supports 3200 MHz+(OC)
Expansion Slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8)
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (x4 electrical)
2x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
1x Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/s)
1x M.2 slot (20 Gb/s)
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (AMD X370)
2x SATA 6 Gb/s port (ASMedia 1061)
Networking:1x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
1x Intel 802.11ac WiFi dual band module
Rear Ports: 1x PS/2 mouse / keyboard port
2x Antenna Port
1x Clear CMOS Button
6x USB 3.0 port
1x USB 3.1 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Type-C port
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x LAN port
1x Optical Audio port
6x Audio jacks
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium 60A Power Choke
  • Premium Memory Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke)
  • Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
  • I/O Armor
  • Matte Black PCB
  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB
  • 2oz Copper PCB
  • Intel 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock Steel Slots
  • ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • ASRock A-Tuning
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock Full HD UEFI
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock Easy RAID Installer
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