ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 Motherboard Review

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When you've reviewed as many motherboards as we have the endless tide of black PCBs with extremely similar red or white accents can become a little tiresome. So we have to say how pleased we are to see that the ASRock Taichi breaks the mould by going for a monochrome cog aesthetic, breaking up the acres of blackness. The way it blends into both the heatsinks is very good and, whilst we're aware that some people won't take to it, we really love the way it looks. Not just because it's different, but because of the care taken in making in look special.

Storage definitely dominates the Taichi, with ten (count em) SATA ports and two M.2 slots. Cooling is catered for with dedicated water pump headers as well as a good selection of fan headers. In fact the only area that is slightly disappointing is the IO portion around the back where there are too few USB ports for the system we review on, much less once you start including all the peripherals that form part of a gaming setup. You definitely need to invest in a USB hub with the Taichi, but it's a small niggle on an otherwise well featured motherboard.

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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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