ASRock X399M Taichi Review 12

ASRock X399M Taichi Review



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We begin our foray into the AMD Threadripper platform with a rather small board product, something one might not expect to be available for AMD's Threadripper platform. ASRock's X399M Taichi takes everything the platform natively offers and fits all that into the mATX platform, so you can get all those cores in a box working on your desk without giving up a good portion of your desk space.

ASRock launched their Taichi series several iterations ago, releasing a highly refined and purposefully "mainstream" tuned series of boards that offer all the features a platform has to offer, along with robust power delivery and a simple aesthetic that is easy on the eye. As the name implies, the ASRock Taichi boards truly seek to make your computing experience a calming one by also bringing in a BIOS that is ready for most popular memory and drive options to ensure things like compatibility problems are almost completely relegated to the past.

Doing this is quite the statement from any board maker; ASRock really took some risks in heading in this direction, yet as they have proven over the years, their engineering team is one of the best, and when it comes to highly specialized motherboards, nobody can hold a candle to what ASRock has offered time and again. The ASRock X399M Taichi keeps that spirit alive by shrinking what AMD's crazy 32-thread Threadripper 1950X offers into this small mATX package, and here, only a few PCIe slots are missing (as dictated by the platform).


CPU Support:Supports AMD Threadripper CPUs
Power Design: CPU Power: 11 phase (IR3555M Dr. MOS )
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:AMD X399
Integrated Graphics:N/A
Memory:4x DIMM, Support Quad Channel DDR4-3600+ (OC)+ Max. 64 GB
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x16 mode)
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (AMD X399)
2x U.2 port
1x M.2 port (front, 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 devices, PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
2x M.2 port (front, 2230/2242/2260/2280 devices, PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:2x Intel I211AT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (AC Wave 2 + BLE BT4.2)
Rear Ports: 1x PS/2 Combo Port
2x Antenna ports
2x LAN (RJ45) ports
8x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
5x Audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:mATX Form Factor: 9.6" x 9.6", 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Premium 60A Power Choke
  • Dr. MOS
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
  • Matte Black PCB
  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (AC Wave 2 + BLE BT4.2)
  • 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 XFast LAN

Packaging and Contents

The ASRock X399M Taichi shows up in standard ASRock Taichi clothing, although this Taichi is a bit smaller than the others. You get the usual stuff both front and rear, and then you get to open the box...

When you do open it up, you'll find the board up top wrapped in an anti-static bag. Pull it from the bag and you'll see the layer of closed-cell foam that surrounds the board to help keep it safe for when it makes its way to you. You'll have to cut the zip-ties that go through the board's mounting holes at each corner if you are going to power it up without leave it sitting in the box. :P

There are a few accessories included in the box. Here's what I found:
  • Quick installation guide, manual, support DVD, and other papers
  • 1x Rear I/O cover
  • 4x SATA 6 Gb/s cables
  • 1x 2S HB SLI bridge
  • 1x 1S HB SLI bridge
  • 2x Wi-Fi antenna
  • 1x ASRock case badge
It is worth noting here that there is not just one HB SLI bridge, but two, so you can use the bridge that suits how you decide to utilize the slots that are offered here on the ASRock X399M Taichi. The fact that both are included is a sign that ASRock has already put some serious thought into how you might put the board to use, and has ensured you will have what you need right in the box so you can get everything up and running right away.
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