You probably know by this point that Intel’s latest Core i9 CPU’s pack a punch. You might even know that the higher core count chips in the series can consume some serious wattage. When you have ten to eighteen cores sucking down 400 to 600 watts or more, all of this power has to flow through your motherboard’s VRM or Voltage regulator module which can create quite a bit of heat. ASRock originally released the Taichi series boards closer to the budget level of the spectrum, but the steampunk inspired aesthetics have captured the hearts of higher-end builders. To keep builders from having to choose between an inspiring design and a high-performance board, ASRock has released the X299 Taichi XE.
While features and connectivity haven’t really changed from the original X299 Taichi, the ability to feed a high core count overclocked CPU has gotten quite a boost. ASRock doesn’t cheap out on the VRM area of its boards, even the lowest priced model has the same 1300W, 13-phase power delivery, but the Taichi XE throws an extra 8-pin EPS connector and an XXL heatsink into the mix so you can actually utilize all of that power delivery prowess without crashing into a thermal induced throttle.
ProClockers would like to thank ASRock for sending the X299 Taichi XE over to check out!
ASRock’s take on the X299 Taichi XE:
- Supports Intel® Core™ X-Series Processor Family for the LGA 2066 Socket
- 13 Power Phase Design, Dr. MOS, Dual Power Connectors
- XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink & Heatpipe Design
- Supports DDR4 4400+(OC)
- 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
- NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound™ 4 & DTS Connect
- 10 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
- 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gb/s (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C)
- 8 USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 Front, 4 Rear)
- Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN
- Intel® 802.11ac WiFi
- ASRock RGB LED
- BIOS Flashback
- Hyper BCLK Engine III