ASRock X470 Taichi Review & Specifications – 2020

ASRock X470 Taichi ReviewOne of the few boards alongside the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC that supports the powerful Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X is this ASRock wonder. A plate we have already analyzed and that will be a very valid option for those who want the best of the previous generation without spending the astronomical prices of the X570.

Now, not everything is the image, so let’s put it to the test. Read our detailed ASRock X470 Taichi review and decide if it’s for you or not.

ASRock X470 Taichi Motherboard Review

This board has a powerful VRM of 16 bases prepared for the Ryzen, although capacity obviously for 64 GB of RAM. Similarly, we have three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, two of them with steel reinforcements and compatible with CrossFire and SLI. As for storage, available with two M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots for SSD and a total of 8 SATA ports, with two of them managed by an ASMedia chip.

Of course, there can be no shortage of wired network and Wi-Fi connections, although, of course, it is under the 802.11ac protocol as it is from the previous generation. ASRock has removed the USB 2.0 ports and left no less than 6 3.1 Gen1 and 2 3.1 Gen2, one of them Type-C, the best of ASRock for AMD’s AM4 platform.

Appearance And Distribution

The ASRock X470 Taichi, to a large extent, complements to everything. It integrates more technologies, powers even more certain aspects. It is definitely better than its previous models. It is also noticeably more elaborate in its design, wherefrom heatsinks, right down to the PCB, combine to achieve a design worth showing.

It is a motherboard that maintains the essence of the Taichi range with a very elaborate PCB design that shows different serigraphs that combine and enhance the design of other elements on the board, even components as simple and familiar as it can be the battery for CMOS. The PCB is made from high-density fibreglass, and two Oz of copper have been used to improve conductivity and reduce the temperature of the board.

This is the epicentre of a circular design that spans almost the entire board, which fits in with the chipset heatsink and ends in flat shapes in the MOSFETs area, connectors cover board, and sound system insulation. Black, grey and white are combined with a powerful RGB system that supports both classic RGB and the new “Addressable RGB”.

ASRock takes no risk with size and has made the ASRock X470 Taichi a motherboard perfectly fitted to the ATX standard. The distribution is also classic, but well done. We have the source and front connectors where we hope to find them, 90-degree rotatable connectors for USB 3.0 and SATA and a component arrangement that leaves plenty of room for large heatsinks and excellent capacity for expansion cards.

It has16 phases of digital power with double-layer MOSFETs and a premium power system made up of premium black Nichicon capacitors, Chokes capable of up to 60A current. The memory also receives extra signal filtering capacity through a dual-phase power system.

The heatsinks for MOSFETs, in addition to the chipset heatsink, are made of one-piece aluminium. Heatsinks, combined with the efficiency of the system, in addition to the low consumption of the latest AMD chipsets, achieve excellent results.

In it, we can mount up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, in dual channel. It is fully compatible with Intel XMP profiles, and ASRock ensures that it can support memories of more than 3466MHz through overclocking. We have tested it with memories of this speed, with excellent results and perfect compatibility that guarantees outstanding stability.

Storage

Expansion cards share space with M.2 Socket, 3 slots for SSD drives. It has two of these connectors, only one of them with the full-size heatsink. This one is also longer, compatible with units up to 110mm long. This slot supports SATA 6GBps drives, and also PCI Express drives with support for PCI Express 3.0 4x connectivity with up to 32Gbps of bandwidth.

The secondary connector, which shares connectivity with the board’s PCI Express 5 port, is capable of 4x PCI Express 2.0 links, allowing you to develop bandwidths of up to 20Gbps. This motherboard has official support for the new Intel Optane 905P units. However, these must always be mounted in the primary slot and have the full body heatsink installed for proper operation.

SATA connectivity has up to 8 connectors, but not all supplied by the X470 chipset. Two of them are added using a dedicated ASMedia controller. These two SATA connectors do not have RAID mode, nor are they supported by AMD’s StoreMI system, but they do give us extra capacity.

The six main SATA connectors do support RAID modes with modes such as RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10which as you know, is a combination of the previous two to have more performance and data security in combination (requires a minimum of four discs).

Card Expansion

The five PCI Express slots are configured as follows: two PCI Express 3.0 16x slots, which allow working in SLI or Crossfire with links up to 8x (16x if we use only one card), two PCI Express 3.0 1x ports and one PCI port Express 3.0 4x. The latter shared with the second M.2 slot.

We like the space between the main slots, with room for the cards to breathe if we mount two, with the primary M.2 slot on top of the first graphics slot, so that everything is accessible. The last slot with PCI Express 16x size does not make much sense.

Front And Rear Connectivity

This model includes interesting improvements at the connectivity level, in addition to a large number of internal and external connectors. On the front we can find a notable improvement, although still not widespread in mid-range boxes, such as a USB 3.1 Gen2 type C connector. This connector develops up to 10Gbps of bandwidth and also improves charging capacity up to 15w (5v-3A).

Front connectivity is also enhanced by four USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A connectors, all located on the right side of the board, halfway up. Finally, we also have four USB 2.0 ports that are located at the lower end of the board, a place where we can easily use them for other purposes beyond serving for the front connectors of the box.

Among the internal connectors, we also find five Molex connectors for fans. One specialized in CPU fan and another specialized in drive pumps for liquid cooling systems. We can also find RGB connectivity for official AMD fans, classic RGB connector with support for 5-12v and ARGB connectivity for the most modern lighting systems.

The front connector for audio has also been taken great care of, as we will see later and we will also have a dual 12v auxiliary connector for CPU and a POST display with which to view diagnostic information on the board in real-time.

The rear panel is also not far behind and also has video connectivity, something unusual in a motherboard of this range. However, thanks to this we will also have support for AMD’s latest generation APUs with Vega graphics. 

The pity is that the integrated connector is an HDMI 1.4b that only supports 4K resolutions at 30Hz vertical refresh. It would have been more logical to take advantage of the Displayport 1.4 connectivity of these processors, which is perfectly convertible to HDMI. 

The rear panel of the ASRock X470 Taichi also includes six 5Gbps USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, legacy keyboard and mouse PS2 connectivity, two antenna jacks for on-board Wireless connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, regular audio and also two USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps connectors in the form of a type A connector and even a type C connector with the same benefits.

ASRock also includes a CMOS reset button that will allow us to reset the BIOS to its factory settings without having to open the computer case. A fundamental addition to a board that has undoubtedly been designed to take advantage of the low overclocking capacity (at least with cooling above room temperature) of Ryzen processors.

Access to Ethernet And Wireless Networks

ASRock has integrated a complete network communication system into the ASRock X470 Taichi by including separate chipsets from Intel. The Ethernet is an Intel I211AT, a chipset that ASRock is using throughout this range, which guarantees us reduced latencies, native support in the latest operating systems and bomb-proof operation. It reaches Gigabit speeds, but as you already know, it also adapts to lower working frequencies.

The Wireless chipset is also signed by Intel but is somewhat more disappointing than the Ethernet version. We say this because the version used is an Intel Wireless-AC 3165 that has a maximum transfer speed of 433mbps. Chipsets, such as the AC7260 or AC7265, which are slightly more expensive, reach speeds of up to 867mbps with the same antenna configuration that this motherboard has mounted.

The Wireless chipset also offers us dual-band support, to adapt to all types of networks, and also integrates Bluetooth 4.2 support for connectivity of peripherals and other devices.

Sound

In the higher ranges, as in the case of the ASRock X470 Taichi, it has the fourth generation of the ASRock Purity Sound system. This system is supported by a quality DSP, such as the Realtek ALC1220, supporting it with a separate PCB where components for HiFi systems such as the Nichicon Fine Gold Series capacitors have also been mounted. A digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) with a noise ratio of 120dB SNR is also included.

It also mounts an amplifier for the front connectivity of our motherboard, specifically a NE5532 from Texas Instruments that supports headphones up to 600ohm impedance and that ASRock connects to our motherboard with a front connector with gold plated pins for better conductivity. The board also has an Anti-pop circuit and layers at different levels for the left and right channels.

In this line-out connector, we will have an automatic impedance detector, so that our headphones or speakers always have the most suitable configuration. And the sound system is equipped with Soundblaster Connect codec, in addition to also having all its audio connectors plated in gold and digital connectivity through an optical SPDIF type output.

BIOS

The main feature of ASRock UEFI BIOS is that they are easy to operate by combining the mouse control that we demand of the latest bios with a lot of keyboard agility for which we are used to classic BIOS.

This model has an excellent level of parameterization for AMD processors of both the Ryzen 1000 and Ryzen 2000 range. We will be able to take full advantage of them with the good parameterization of voltages and high-speed memories. This will be done through manual parameterization and supported by precise manual adjustments.

The BIOS has utilities for updating BIOS online, for adjusting fans through profiles or manually, and excellent control for storage systems and drivers necessary for their installation.

It is not one of the most aesthetic bios on the market, but it does have all the options that we expect from a high-performance board in a format that we can handle quickly. CMOS reset, integrated into the back panel of board connectors, is another essential function to combine with the operation of this bios.

Software

ASRock offers a good set of programs, which we can manage thanks to its “App Store”. It not only acts as an update search engine, including bios updates but also has a catalogue of the brand’s applications. They can truly offer us functionality, and then others that we could consider “bloatware”, such as browsers, antivirus and others, that we don’t have to install if we don’t want to.

This ASRock’s applications we can find A-Tuning that allows us to control aspects such as the operation of the fans, or to overclock, in addition to monitoring the system. It is a new application, although, without a doubt, the best app to manage the Ryzen processor is through AMD’s Ryzen Master application. With it, and with A-Tuning, we will have access to all the configuration of our PC directly from Windows. As we can see, this combination will help us make the most of the ASRock X470 Taichi.

RGB

The RGB system of the ASRock X470 Taichi is equipped in several zones: specifically, the sound card zone, chipset and rear connector coverage. Everything is controlled by ASRock Polychrome technology that allows synchronization with other RGB compatible systems, from any of its ports, or also synchronizes with the new ARGB (Addressable RGB) systems that allow independent control of all the LEDs of a device with this integrated technology. 

Overclocking And Temperatures

Although this model offers a much more stabilized power line than other models of the brand that we have tested, the truth is that the processor is not getting more out of itself. It’s not that useful in cooling systems that are capable of significantly reducing the processor working temperature and at the same time allows to increase the voltage of the processor substantially.

The AMD Wraith heatsink is designed to work at 40dBA, which is quite a suitable noise for a heatsink that will be inside the chassis. The working temperatures are 75 degrees, with an ambient temperature of 25. 

Pros
  • Perfectly equipped

  • A spectacular PCB design

  • Support for the best SSD drives on the market, including the Optane 905

Cons
  • It does not offer us more overclocking with conventional cooling

Technical Specifications of The ASRock X470 Taichi

Model

ASRock X470 Taichi

Format

ATX

Chipset 

AMD X470

Compatible Processors

AMD Athlon, Ryzen 1st, 2nd and 3rd, series 3, 5, 7 and 9

Socket

AM4

RAM

4x DDR4 DIMMs up to 3200 MHz Dual Channel

External Ports

6x USB 3.1 G1

1x USB Type-C

1x USB 3.1 G2

5x audio jacks

1x S / PDIF

1x PS / 2

1x RJ-45

1x clear CMOS

Internal Expansion Ports

8x SATA3

2x M.2

2x USB 3.1 G1

2x USB 2.0

1x TPM

1x Audio

2x RGB LED

6x Fan

Final Words And Conclusion – ASRock X470 Taichi

The improvements that the Taichi range offers over other ASRock models and ranges are usually a combination of integration of more controllers, more connective capacity and also the designs. All that we find in the ASRock X470 Taichi with X470 chipset for AMD Ryzen processors.

What we do not find is greater overclocking capacity, at least with conventional cooling and with our processor (you already know that luck is also a factor in overclocking). 

It seems to us a very balanced model, with a modern design that combines 3D forms with 2D forms of screen printing on the PCB as only ASRock knows how to do. A complete beauty and that with its current price, the ASRock X470 Taichi continues to be very competitive with respect to the models in its same range from other manufacturers.

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