ASRock Z270 Taichi Intel LGA 1151 Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Name Z270 Taichi
Type / Chipset Intel LGA 1151 CPU / Intel Z270 chipset
Dimensions +++ 14 mm (36 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. 34 mm (50 mm radius). The overall size of this ATX motherboard is 305 x 244 mm.
Slots +++++ PCIe 3.0: 4×16, 1×1, 4x DDR4-800 – DDR4-2666, DDR4-3733+ OC, max 64GB RAM
Connectors +++++ 6x SATA3 + 4x SATA3 (ASMedia ASM1061), 2x SATA Express 10 Gb/s (shared), 3x Ultra M.2, 1x PS/2, 1x TPM, 2x 10/100/1000 Mbps base-T Ethernet (Intel I219V, Intel I211AT), 1x WiFi 2.4/5 GHz IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac up to 433 Mbps, 1x Bluetooth 4.0 / 3.0 + High speed class II, 1x USB 3.1 Typ-C, 1x USB 3.1 Typ-A, 8x USB 3.0 Typ-A (4x of them internal, slot bracket for additional ports is not included), 6x USB 2.0 (all 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 out, 1x int. Aux, ext. Line in, ext. Mic, ext. Front out, ext. Rear out, ext. Center/Subwoofer), 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI and 5x fan (5x 4Pin).
VCore ++++ In the VCore BIOS of 0.900 volts up to 1.500 volts and -0.100 to +0.500 offset
Multiplier ++++ In the BIOS from 8x to 120x (maximum multi depending on the CPU)
BCLK +++++ In the BIOS by 90 – 1000 MHz
VIO/VDD ++++ DRAM Voltage (DDR4 Voltage) 1.000 to 1.800V, DRAM Activating Power Supply 2.500 to 2.700V, VTT DDR Voltage 0.500 to 1.000V, PCH +1.0V Voltage 0.900 to 1.300V, PCH PLL Voltage 0.875 to 1.295V, VCCIO Voltage 0.850 to 1.400V, Boot CPU PLL Voltage 0.910 to 1.599V, Eventual CPU PLL Voltage 0.910 to 1.599V, VCC PLL Voltage 1.100 to 1.800V, CPU Cold Bug Killer Voltage 0.910 to 1.599V, CLK VDD Voltage 1.034 to 3,478V, DMI Voltage 0.910 to 1.391V, CPU Internal PLL Voltage 0.900 to 1.155 Volt, CPU Core Current Limit, GT Slice Current Limit, Short Duration Power Limit, Long Duration Power Limit, Long Duration Maintained and CPU Load Line Calibration 1 to 4.
Performance* ++++ Benchmark values comparison with different graphics cards and benchmark tools.

SiSoftware Sandra 2013 benchmark values with Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake CPU.
SiSoftware Sandra 2013 arithmetic processor performance in Windows 7: 103.69 GOPS
SiSoftware Sandra 2013 multimedia processor performance in Windows 7: 363.00 MPixel/s

3DMark benchmark values with Intel Core i5-7600K processor
1x MSI Radeon R9 280 Twin Frozr gaming 3 GB PCIe 3.0 graphics card:
3DMark on Windows 7: Fire Strike 6561, Cloud Gate 20315, Ice Storm 185519
3DMark06 on Windows 7: 35202 3DMarks

1x onBoard Intel HD Graphics 630 (7600K):
3DMark on Windows 10: Fire Strike 1089, Cloud Gate 8875, Ice Storm 79636

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 Z270 Taichi Layout, Design and Features …