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ASRock Z370 Taichi Review

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Introduction


2017 has truly been an exhausting year. We've had so many new CPU launches I've lost count, and here we are with yet another. I am honestly astonished that motherboard makers have been able to keep up. With Intel's latest chipset, Z370, you get fancy new 6-core CPUs with dual-channel memory in the mainstream, and to support that new mainstream CPU, you naturally need that perfect mainstream motherboard. ASRock's Z370 Taichi, as with past Taichi motherboards from ASRock before it, seeks to be that board.

Evaluating all these motherboard and CPU combinations and trying to forget about how the CPU reflects on the platform isn't all that easy. Not every platform can be the best when it comes to performance, especially when performance these days is in many situations dictated more by the number of cores offered. With all these board makers applying the same treatments to each platform, we've got countless numbers of "gaming" this and "overclock" that boards, even if gaming with eighteen cores isn't exactly practical; if you want to do it, we've got the board for you! In the face of all that, ASRock's Taichi series does away with a lot of that fanfare and instead brings you the core functionality each platform offers, and it is up to you to choose which one and whether the feature set it offers suits you best.

Intel's Z370 chipset is pretty capable; with a total of 40 PCIe lanes possible from both the CPU and the chipset combined, you've got a huge number of expansion possibilities at your disposal, and ASRock's Taichi makes use of nearly every one. You've got dual LAN and Wi-Fi support built in, along with superb audio and a trio of 32 Gb/s M.2 ports. There's an overly capable digital VRM to keep power use down, and a simplicity of use that eliminates hassles, including drive cabling by way of the triplet of M.2 ports and a need to enter the BIOS at all due to an onboard hardware-based XMP switch. Yet if you want to overclock a bit, the Taichi has you covered as well, so where are its shortcomings? I think I might have found a few...



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support: Supports 8th Generation Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
Power Design: CPU Power: 12 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel X370
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, Support Dual Channel DDR4-4333 (OC)+
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (connectivity varies based on CPU)
2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (6 from Intel Z370, 2 from Asmedia ASM1061)
3x M.2 port (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:1x Intel I219-V, 1x Intel I211AT
Rear Ports: 2x Antenna Port
1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
1x HDMI ports
1x DisplayPort
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
2x LAN (RJ45) port
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:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.3 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
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium 60A Power Choke
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps
  • Dr. MOS
  • I/O Armor
  • ASRock 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock Steel Slots
  • ASRock Triple Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
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