Final Thoughts & Conclusion
It’s nice to see ASRock respond to the community. The Taichi aesthetics have been quite popular with gamers and enthusiasts and bumping up the capabilities is nice. The new heatsink did great, and while it did get warm overclocking, we never got hot and certainly nowhere near hot enough to throttle. Given that we were running on an open-air test bench with next to no airflow over the board, we find this pretty impressive. We’re really like to ding ASRock for the omission of the front panel USB 3.1 header but looking around at the cases we have on hand, only a couple even have the capability to use this anyway. Outside of that bit, connectivity is pretty robust and there really isn’t anything else missing from the list.
On the performance side of things, the Taichi gave as good as it got and happily traded punches with other similar systems, and even its own X299 brethren. It leads the pack in a few tests, and trails in a few others, so overall it did well to maybe a little above average. The included utilities work well, and the A-tuning suite seems to have been updated since we last used it as it only took a fraction of a second to update settings. The RGB utility handles all of the ASRock lighting connections and zones well but doesn’t attempt to control any other RGB enabled devices which could be a pro or a con depending on your own software preferences. The Live update and App shop is still one of our favorite utilities as a one-stop shop for setting up a new system to test.
Great Job ASRock!