ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 Motherboard Review


ASRock X370 Taichi Review


We might be showing our age a little here, but the X370 Taichi reminds us of the motherboards that we started our overclocking adventures on. DFI Lanparty's, P38s that type of thing. The motherboard market has rapidly evolved from the days when overclocking was a black art known only to a few and getting the best stable overclock from your hardware combination required a massive amount of time. Even then once you'd obtained something you felt was a suitable result for the week or so that you'd spent on it you still required endless fettling and minor tweaks to keep it running optimally. You almost needed to adjust the overclock each time depending upon the task you were about to undertake.

Around the time of the release of the P67 that style of overclocking gradually faded into the background until, in the past few years, overclocking is takes less time than installing your OS on a SSD. You can pick up almost anything, plug in a baseline set of voltages and multipliers and know that you will only require the bare minimum of tinkering to get it as stable and as fast as it can possibly go. The Taichi inverts that idea and is very much an old-fashioned overclocking style wrapped up in a modern motherboard.

Features are plentiful, particularly when it comes to the storage side of things. We'd like to see a few more USB ports, but with 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports, two M.2 ports and a couple of USB 3.1s then we know you can't have everything. The aesthetics are a particular highlight. The monochrome stylings are very much in vogue and the sweeping cog design really looks the business. It's accented by the steel brackets around the PCI Express slots and all black plastics on the right hand side of the board. Further, ASRock have implemented the RGB LED Strip control that has found its way to every motherboard we can think of.

Performance is variable. Sometimes it blew other results we've seen out of the water, and at other times it was left languishing at the bottom of the sea. This is, as we said above, largely down to the huge amount of tinkering and upkeep necessary to keep the the Taichi running at peak performance in every test. It would be unfair of us to go against our testing methodology for one motherboard, particularly as our relentless adherence to ensuring everything gets a fair crack of the whip is responsible for our reliability when it comes to comparing different hardware. Most other sites use a variety of hardware for every review so you never quite know how one contrasts to another, whereas we do the opposite and keep everything the same except the hardware being tested. This, obviously, means that products like the Taichi which would perform better with a more personalised approach can not look as good as they might. We did get enough glimpses of the huge performance it is capable of though, and know that the combination of BIOS updates and time you can dedicate to your own system that we can't will ensure you'll be pleased all the time.

The ASRock X370 Taichi wont make your life easy. It isn't for those of you who like to install, maybe spend half an hour on an overclock and then never look at the BIOS again. It's for the enthusiast, those who love to spend time getting everything just so, and have time to dedicate in the future on maintaining that smooth running. But the performance is clearly there if you are willing to invest the time, and for that reason it wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award.

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13-05-2017, 04:43:57

Since now you've got all the top boards from the major brands I think it would be interesting to do some boot time comparisons. See which board is the fastest.Quote

13-05-2017, 06:07:00

Shame after all the effort you took to get it running in the first place that it was mostly underwhelming for you, and really bad they released a board with a bios you can't update, totally boggles the mind really, thanks for your efforts in reviewing it though and considering how many people pestered you for the review I would have expected more comments TBHQuote

13-05-2017, 09:00:01

Originally Posted by Speaker View Post
Since now you've got all the top boards from the major brands I think it would be interesting to do some boot time comparisons. See which board is the fastest.
Boot time has no value in testing. It is so dependant on component combination, OS junk, etc. It is irrelevant in motherboard benchmarks.

Another great review Tom. You kept it nice and touched all the important aspects. As you pointed out, this board is so good on one end, and so lacking in the other. It got hyped because it's component quality, and price point. But... Bios is a very long way from optimal. Also very hard to navigate. Lack of candy in the box is not that of a problem, because you end up not using half the stuff you get. I would call it adequate.

I think in the end it could be a top contender if they get BIOS to utilize all that sweet hardware. Without that it just gets outshined by competition. Just if they could iron out that UI in BIOS, and get the code right we could have one of the best enthusiast overclocking board. And it would be massive to beat more expensive boards in overclocking.

As with all Ryzen it is not quite there. Competition is still ahead in BIOS. I hope future updates will be fruitful. But until then...

Excellent potential, but if only... that pretty much sums it up.Quote

13-05-2017, 09:01:32

First of all I have the Graphics card about 2 days ago. Since then I have been on it. I agree with most of what you said in the video but what disturbs me the most is the fact that there is no tutorial for it. You have to teach yourself to fly a plane. No instructions what so ever. I am a total novice when it comes to overclocking and I watched a load of tutorials of how to do it and luckily i got a video from Brian at techcity - that helped alot. But I have a problem with the M.2 Drive. I bought a Samsung M.2 960 Evo 250 gb. Now the motherboard does not recognize the slot no matter what I did. It just does not see the drive in the UEFI. Is it something like a prayer that I need to do? I looked on Asrocks site and I saw that only the 500 gb Samsung 960 Evo is listed and I am confused... like hell. In the video you say something about overclocking the PCI E lanes for the M.2 to work with the OS installed already on the M.2... that made it even more confusing. any help would be appreciated.
Greetings from Copenhagen. Love your videos and I am amazed of how you can talk for 30 minutes without montage . keep it up.Quote

13-05-2017, 09:09:44

You won't find any single overclocking tutorial. I am not aware of it yet. You need to collect info from many sources, and work it out your self, because every CPU is different, and you need to find it's sweet spot.

Try to set your m.2 drive to 4x PCI-E. It may be on SATA setting.

It is recommended to install OS before you overclock your BCLK. But you would already do that, because you don't have a way to test your overclock.Quote

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