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Layout, Design and Features
ASRock X399 Taichi Equipment and other features
ASRock X399 Taichi Expansion cards
ASRock X399 Taichi Memory
ASRock X399 Taichi Hard disk drive connectors
ASRock X399 Taichi USB and Firewire
ASRock X399 Taichi Network
ASRock X399 Taichi Sound
ASRock X399 Taichi ATX back panel connectors
ASRock X399 Taichi PC System
Layout, Design and Features …
As already explained in the unboxing video on our OCinside YouTube Channel, this X399 board is build for AMD Threadripper processors.
Here is the ASRock X399 Taichi unboxing video (English subtitles):
The inlay shows some features like 4x SLI, 11 Phase Power, Purity Sound 4, RGB LED, BIOS Flashback, PCIe Steel Slots, Hyper BCLK Engine II, U.2 Connector, Triple Ultra M.2, Dual LAN, WiFi and much more.
The ASRock X399 Taichi High Density fiber glass Sapphire Black PCB makes a great impression. The motherboard features very durable Nichicon 12K Black Caps, Premium 60A Power Chokes, 11 Power Phase Design, Digi Power and 7.1 HD Purity Sound 4 over ALC1220 with Nichicon Fine Gold Audio capacitors, 120dB SNR DAC and TI NE5532 headset amplifier.
The ASRock X399 Taichi has the Dr. Debug 7-segment LED postcode display, two high quality buttons for power and reset and offers three! fast Ultra M.2 slots for PCIe Gen3 x4 modules with up to 32 Gb/sec. connectivity, which can now even be operated in RAID.
The RGB headers and the integrated RGB LEDs are controlled by the supplied ASRock RGB LED software. With this AMD motherboard you can’t make all settings graphically via the UEFI (like with the ASRock Z270 motherboards), but RGB basic functions have also been integrated in the UEFI. In the ASRock RGB LED software, for example, you can select the colors in an RGB color selector.
And you can adjust in the ASRock RGB LED menu, if the LEDs should light continuously, breathe, random or even light up to the music. The user has numerous ways how and how fast light up the LED stripes or the chipset cooler LEDs and can of course also completely disable it. Certainly as already mentioned in the previous X370 reviews, it’s no “must have” feature, but definitely “nice to have”!
Here you can see one of the two internal USB3.0 ports, next to the 24-Pin ATX power connector, an additional 8 Pin 12 Volt power connector, some of the high quality Nichicon 12K Black Caps capacitors, as well as the MOS_PROCHOT CPU Xtreme OC Switch.
Equipment and other features …
The X399 Taichi motherboard from ASRock came with a manual, software setup manual, DVD, four SATA data cables (angled and straight), one ASRock 3-Way SLI Bridge card, one ASRock 4-Way SLI-S111 Bridge card, one ASRock SLI_HB_Bridge_3S card, three screws for the M.2 socket, two ASRock WiFi 2.4/5 Additional USB slot covers or an ASRock USB 3.0 front panel are available as an option.
The ASRock X399 Taichi has a lot of features like the ASRock A-Tuning Tool, ASRock Instant Flash, ASRock Internet Flash, ASRock Easy RAID Installer, 11 Power Phase Design, Digi Power, ASRock RGB LED, ASRock FAN-Tastic Tuning and the ASRock BIOS Flashback Switch from the Unboxing Video, which we will show you on the following page.
Expansion cards …
The motherboard offers four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots for AMD CrossFireX or nVidia SLI, of which either one or two graphics cards with x16 bandwidth can be connected, or even two graphics cards with x16 bandwidth and up to two additional graphics cards with x8 bandwidth. In addition to the four PCI Express 3.0 slots, there is also a PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot.
The ASRock X399 Taichi can be equipped with up to eight DDR4 modules and is expandable depending upon operating system used (see list) up to maximally 128 GB memory.
The AMD TR4 motherboard supports DDR4 memory modules and can be optimized in the BIOS for DDR4-2667 Quad Channel modules with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. The UEFI offers the selection from DDR4-1866 up to DDR4-3600. Higher clock-rates are currently only possible with BCLK overclocking.
Thanks to XMP support (Extreme Memory Profiles), XMP memory modules are set correctly with one mouse click in the UEFI and of course there are far more memory adjustments and more OC-options, but more on that later. Before buying the RAM, you should check the officially supported RAM modules at the ASRock memory support page, which is also very important for AMD Ryzen Threadripper systems.
Hard disk drive connectors …
The SATA 3 ports are supporting RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, NCQ, AHCI and the Hot Plug function in AHCI mode (AHCI stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface and can/should be selected in the UEFI, especially when using SSDs). Thanks to the UEFI BIOS also drives with more than 2 TB for the installation of Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 x64 can be installed. Installing the drivers was absolutely no problem with Windows 10 and the Windows 10 installation was done very quickly. But even for Windows 7 AMD offers an All-In-one driver package that is installed easily and quickly.
The RAID drivers can be installed via the Easy RAID Installer point in the UEFI, are supplied on DVD for 32-bit / 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 and are currently available for download on the ASRock support page, whereby the Windows 10 installation is currently preferred.
USB and FireWire …
The ASRock X399 Taichi has eight USB 3.0 Type-C ports (USB 3.1 Gen1) at the ATX panel. The picture shows the USB 3.1 Type-A in the middle and an USB 3.1 Type-C at the bottom (can be inserted in both directions).
Internally there are two more USB 2.0 connectors for up to four optional USB 2.0 ports, as well as two USB 3.0 connectors for up to four optional USB 3.0 ports. The 20-pin connector can be connected either to an optional USB3.0 front panel or to an enclosure with USB3.0 support.
The ASRock X399 Taichi motherboard is equipped with two Intel I211AT, offering the 10/100/1000 network connectors on the ATX panel. The LAN connections are WoL capable, offers LAN cable detection, supports the 802.3az energy efficient Ethernet standard, PXE and more. Additionally the ASRock X399 Taichi has onboard WLAN 2,4/5 GHz IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with up to 433 Mbps transfer rate as well as Bluetooth 4.2/3.0 + High Speed Class II.
The ASRock X399 Taichi motherboard is equipped with the ALC1220 audio codec with content protection, 120dB SNR DAC, TI NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier and Purity Sound 4, which supports 7.1 surround sound at the internal front panel audio connector and has analog output over 5x 3.5mm connectors on the ATX panel. Additionally, there is an optical SPDIF digital output and premium Blu-Ray audio support. So most users do not need to buy an additional sound card with digital outputs.
ATX back panel connectors …
From left to right you can see the ASRock BIOS Flashback CMOS button, 1x PS/2 connector for PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 mouse and 2x USB 3.0, WiFi antenna connectors, 2x USB 3.0, optical SPDIF output, 5x 3.5mm jacks for sound, 2x USB 3.0, RJ45 Gigabit LAN and 2x USB 3.0, RJ45 Gigabit LAN and 1x USB 3.1 Type-A port and 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port.
Test System …
Now we come to the AMD TR4 CPU socket, which is installed as shown in the following Video:
Here you can see a small sequence of the correct AMD TR4 socket CPU placement. The screws on the socket are labeled. The screws should be in the order shown on the socket: To open 3 -> 2 -> 1 and to close 1 -> 2 -> 3, although it is possible that you may have to press the screws on a new TR4 socket quite firmly at the beginning in order to tighten them.
The Arctic Freezer 33 TR CPU Cooler is quickly assembled. The blue brackets of the TR4 socket were only a little bit in the way of mounting on the TR4 socket. But with a little patience, the cooler could still be mounted perfectly.
In the following picture you can see the AMD TR4 test system along with Arctic Freezer 33 TR cooler, MSI Radeon R9 280 graphics card and Icy Dock MB171SP-B Turbo Swap for fast replacement of SSD and HDD.
ASRock X399 Taichi BIOS and Overclocking …