++++ You can buy the ASRock X299 Taichi XE/A/ASRK Mainboard for a price of approx. 300 Euro (02/2018). It is in the middle price segment of the Intel LGA 2066 motherboards.
The ASRock X299 Taichi XE Intel LGA 2066 DDR4 motherboard offers like the previously tested X299 Taichi a fantastic basic configuration, very extensive OC settings for extremely high OC results and RGB lighting effects for a high-end Intel Core i9 PC, whereby the new XE version has been equipped with improved cooling and a modified power supply.
The X299 Taichi XE motherboard, like the previous X299 Taichi, offers five PCI Express slots, ten SATA3 ports, three fast Ultra M.2 32Gb/s slots, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, up to eight possible USB 3.1 Gen1 ports (formerly USB 3.0), up to six possible USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit LAN ports, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, 7.1 Purity 4 sound with content protection, analog sound output over three jacks, digital sound output via optical S/PDIF, eight DDR4 slots, ASRock A-Tuning software for easy Core i9 overclocking and controlling the fans in Windows, ASRock RGB LED lighting, ASRock BIOS Flashback function to update BIOS without CPU and much more.
As you can see on our thermal images on page 3, the ASRock team again has done a lot of work. ASRock’s XE version improved VRM cooling by transferring heat to a second heatsink via a heatpipe. This means that the voltage regulators can be better cooled and, in combination with the second Power Connector, offer high performance even under extremely heavy loads. The price of the XE version is offered for approx. 5-10 Euro more and this investment is certainly not only worthwhile for overclockers.
All in all, the ASRock X299 Taichi XE motherboard is definitely a very recommendable motherboard to build a current high-end Intel LGA 2066 PC system, even with extreme overclocking!
Special thanks to ASRock for their support.
* All Intel LGA 2066 motherboard reviews since 01.10.2017 are based on an Intel Core i9-7900X CPU, MSI Radeon R9 280 Twin Frozr Gaming 3GB PCI Express 3.0 video card, 4x 16GB Ballistix Sport DDR4-2666 memory modules, Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W power supply unit and the following software configuration: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 10 Pro, SiSoftware Sandra, Futuremark PCMark10, 3DMark and 3DMark06 (OC software is available in the Links & Downloads section). All benchmark results only offer a comparison among themselves for a rough motherboard performance comparison.