ASRock X299 Taichi

A net­work­ing-fo­cused op­tion, with a sur­prise or two.

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Vy­ing with the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe for the at­ten­tion of the net­work­ing-fo­cused HEDT buyer, the Taichi pro­vides a strong cur­rent­gen net­work­ing front fa­cil­i­tated by three In­tel NICs. Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net is de­liv­ered by the In­tel I219V and I211-AT, paired with the In­tel dual-band wire­less-AC 3168 for 802.11ac sup­port.

Stor­age con­nec­tiv­ity is a strong point for the Taichi. Go­ing be­yond the stan­dard eight SATA 6Gbps ports de­liv­ered via the X299 PCH, ASRock has im­ple­mented an ASMe­dia ASM1061 con­troller to pro­vide two ad­di­tional SATA3 ports to achieve the to­tal 10 SATA3 ports. M.2 sup­port is also broad with three in­ter­faces, two sup­port­ing up to the 2280 form fac­tor and one sup­port­ing the larger 22110 form fac­tor. These M.2 con­nec­tions sup­port both SATA 6Gbps and PCIe x4 pro­to­cols. Be mind­ful when im­ple­ment­ing SATA-based M.2 SSDs, as a cor­re­lat­ing SATA port is dis­abled, mean­ing a to­tal of 10 SATA SSDs can be con­nected, re­gard­less of whether this con­nec­tiv­ity is via the SATA or M.2 ports.

The Taichi was a pleas­ant moth­er­board to use with no sig­nif­i­cant is­sues dur­ing setup and test­ing. How­ever, the over­all per­for­mance met­rics were, for the most part, un­re­mark­able, re­sult­ing in no podium places in the ranked re­sults. This said, it was the only unit to reach the 3,300– 3,400MB/s se­quen­tial (Q32T1) read band­width range while com­peti­tors only reached 2,940– 2,970MB/s with the 7900X in­stalled, while de­liv­er­ing the full 3,300–3,400MB/s with a Kaby Lake-X chip.

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