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ASRock X99 Taichi (with Broadwell-E) Review

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Introduction



This is the second newer Intel X99 motherboard I've had in my hands recently. ASRock's X99 Taichi isn't really all that different from the Fatal1ty-branded motherboard that will grace these pages soon, yet at the same time, it definitely is not the same board or design. This is the board for all you guys and gals who don't like black and red and aren't too fond of the huge number of gaming-focused products out there; the Taichi name says it all - it's got some graceful skills for you to put to use.

Intel's Broadwell-E platform is not the best choice for all users, but if you need the high core counts offered by Intel's HEDT platform, the ASRock X99 Taichi provides a great mix of focus and features to help you get exactly what you want out of your PC. Dual Intel NICs with Teaming, dual M.2 slots, an 8-layer PCB and steel-reinforced PCIe slots for your VGAs are all present, as is a decent VRM design and ready support for an AIO liquid cooler. We can't forget the built-in USB 3.1 Type-C and Wi-Fi support either.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:Intel Core i7 and Xeon 18-core Processors Family
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 12 phase
Memory Power: 2+2 phase
CHIPSET:Intel X99 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Not applicable
MEMORY:8 x DIMM, Max. 128 GB; Support 3200 MHz+(OC)
BIOS:2 x 128Mb AMI UEFI BIOS
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
2 x Ultra M.2 slot
HDD CONNECTIVITY:10 x SATA 6 Gb/s port
2 x M.2 (Support up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
1 x SATA Express 10 Gb/s port
NETWORKING:1 x Giga PHY Intel I218V, 1 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
REAR PORTS: 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
Optical SPDIF Out Port
3 x USB 2.0 Port (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM1142) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM1142) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
4 x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
1 x Clear CMOS Switch
HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock X Series OC Socket
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium 60A Power Choke
  • Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM)
  • Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
  • I/O Armor
  • Sapphire Black PCB
  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB
  • ASRock 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
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