ASRock X299 Taichi XE Intel LGA 2066 Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Name X299 Taichi XE
Type / Chipset Intel LGA 2066 CPU / Intel X299 chipset
Dimensions +++ 15 mm (45 mm radius) around the socket to the next capacitor or other mainboard parts – for further information see Fit for Fan. The space to the next bigger heatsink is approx. 25 mm (55 mm radius). The overall size of this ATX motherboard is 305 x 244 mm.
Slots +++++ PCIe 3.0: 4×16, PCIe 2.0: 1×1, 8x DDR4-800 – DDR4-2666, DDR4-4400+ OC, max 128GB RAM
Connectors +++++ 8x SATA3 + 2x SATA3 (ASMedia ASM1061), 3x Ultra M.2, 1x U.2, 1x PS/2, 2x 10/100/1000 Mbps base-T Ethernet (Intel I211AT), 1x WLAN 2.4/5 GHz IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac bis 433 Mbps, 1x Bluetooth 4.2 / 3.0 + High speed class II, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Typ-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Typ-A, 8x USB 3.1 Gen1 (4x of them internal, slot bracket for additional ports is not included), 6x USB 2.0 (4x of them internal, slot bracket for additional ports is not included), 8-Channel Realtek ALC 1220 onboard 7.1 sound with 5x 3.5 mm connectors (1x optical S/PDIF, 1x int. Aux, ext. Line in, ext. Mic, ext. Front out, ext. Rear out, ext. Center/Subwoofer) and 5x fan (5x 4Pin).
VCore +++++ In the VCore BIOS of 0.8000 volts up to 2.0000 volts and +/- 1.000V Offset
Multiplier ++++ In the BIOS from 7x to 80x (maximum multi depending on the CPU)
BCLK +++++ In the BIOS by 90 – 2000 MHz
VIO/VDD ++++ DRAM AB/CD Voltage (DDR4 Voltage) 1.100 to 2.000V, VTTAM AB/CD, VPPM AB/CD, 1.0V PCH Voltage, PCH PLL Voltage, VCCIO Voltage, VCCSA Voltage, CLK VDD Voltage, CPU Input Voltage, CPU Load Line Calibration 1 to 5.
Performance* ++++ Benchmark values comparison with different graphics cards and benchmark tools.

SiSoftware Sandra 2013 benchmark values with Intel Core i9-7900X CPU.
SiSoftware Sandra 2013 arithmetic processor performance: 361.35 GOPS
SiSoftware Sandra 2013 multimedia processor performance: 1.2 GPixel/s

3DMark benchmark values with Intel Core i9-7900X processor
1x MSI Radeon R9 280 Twin Frozr gaming 3 GB PCIe 3.0 graphics card:
3DMark: Fire Strike 6809, Cloud Gate 30614, Ice Storm 160368

Manual and Labeling +++ Well placed, complete motherboard description and good manual with a lot of tips about topics like CPU installation, memory installation, etc.. The manual comes in different languages. In addition a separated Software Setup Guide with UEFI settings is contained.

ASRock X299 Taichi XE Layout, Design and Features …