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Old 12-05-17, 06:19 PM
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ASRock X370 Taichi AM4 Motherboard Review



A review that has been requested a lot recently, does the ASRock Taichi really offer groundbreaking performance, or is it just hype from certain quarters?


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Old 13-05-17, 08:43 AM
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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.
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Old 13-05-17, 01:00 PM
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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.
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Old 13-05-17, 10:07 AM
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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 TBH
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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.
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Old 13-05-17, 01:09 PM
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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.
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Old 13-05-17, 01:25 PM
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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.

Try to set your m.2 drive to 4x PCI-E. It may be on SATA setting. you have to explain this to me please. what does it mean it may be on SATA setting?
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Old 13-05-17, 02:36 PM
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Try to set your m.2 drive to 4x PCI-E. It may be on SATA setting. you have to explain this to me please. what does it mean it may be on SATA setting?
You can use m.2 slot for SATA 6 drives. They come in m.2 factor, and 2.5", and communicate via SATA port. Or you can use it for NVMe drives that communicate via PCI-E lanes. Find that setting and check it. I didn't go trough manual, but usually there is that setting. Maybe someone with the board can give you more precise information.
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Old 13-05-17, 01:29 PM
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I had originally ordered the Crosshair 6, but because of the Amazon preorder snafu and reports of them bricking I ended up looking at other boards. The Taichi, and x370 Gaming Professional by extension, looked really nice as others have said because of the component quality and price point.

I ended up going with the Gaming Professional and for the most part I'm happy with it. The BIOS journey has been.. a journey, and unfortunately seems to have taken a step backwards with the latest revision. I haven't had any serious issues, but the little quirks keep me from digging in since I've already found a solid constant 4GHZ CPU OC and I won the Ryzen 3200MHz RAM lottery.

IF I was to do it all over again, I probably would have waited for the CH6 to become more available. My last PC I built was a 3930k on one of the launch MSI (GD65-8D) boards, and since then I've seen A LOT of OC3D Asus motherboard reviews so I told myself to go Asus next time even with the price premium. The bricking was worrisome, but the community involvement on Asus's part on OCN has been nothing short of awesome since release. Unfortunately I got impatient, but it hasn't been a complete waste of money or time either.
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Lovely board I see it's a bit eccentric but most Asrocks are.
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