ASRock Z390 Taichi Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Name Z390 Taichi
Type / Chipset Intel LGA 1151 v2 CPU / Intel Z390 chipset
Dimensions +++ 15 mm (33 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. 32 mm (50 mm radius). The overall size of this ATX motherboard is 305 x 244 mm.
Slots ++++ PCIe 3.0: 3×16, 2×1, 4x DDR4-800 – DDR4-2666, max 64GB RAM
Connectors +++++ 8x SATA3, 3x Ultra M.2, 1x PS/2, 2x 10/100/1000 Mbps base-T Ethernet (Intel I219V/I211AT), 1x Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 3x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 8x USB 3.1 Gen1 (4x internal, slot bracket not included), 4x USB 2.0 (all of them optional, slot bracket 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), 1x Displayport 1.2, 1x HDMI and 7x fan (7x 4Pin).
VCore +++++ In the VCore BIOS of 0.9000V up to 1.800V.
Multiplier +++++ In BIOS from 8x to 120x (maximum multi depending on CPU).
BCLK +++++ In BIOS from 90 – 1000 MHz.
VIO/VDD +++++ DRAM Voltage (DDR4 Voltage) 1.000 to 2.300V, 1.0V PCH Voltage 0.900 to 1.500, VCCIO Voltage 0.850 to 2.000, VCCSA Voltage 0.950 to 2.000, GT PLL Voltage 0.9175 to 1.2500, CPU PLL Voltage 1/2 0.936 to 2.613, CPU Internal PLL Voltage 0.9175 to 1.2500, CPU Cold Bug Killer Voltage 0.936 to 2.613, CLK VDD Voltage 1.034 to 4.042, DMI Voltage 0.864 to 2.496, Ring PLL Voltage 0.9175 to 1.2500, SA PLL Voltage 0.9175 to 1.2500, Memory Controller PLL Voltage 0.9175 to 1.2500, CPU Load Line Calibration 1 to 5.
Performance* ++++ Benchmark values comparison with different graphics cards and benchmark tools.

SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values with Intel Core i9-9900K CPU.
SiSoftware Sandra Arithmetic Processor Performance: 319.13 GOPS
SiSoftware Sandra Multimedia Processor Performance: 925.1 MPixel/s

Benchmark results with Intel Core i9-9900K processor.
1x MSI Radeon R9 280 Twin Frozr gaming 3 GB PCIe 3.0 graphics card:
3DMark: Fire Strike 7484, Cloud Gate 35168, Ice Storm 117622
PCMark10: Overall 4435, Essentials 7213, Productivity 6378, Digital Content Creation 5148

OnBoard Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU (9900K):
3DMark: Fire Strike 1347, Cloud Gate 12292, Ice Storm 89336

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. The manual comes in different languages. In addition a separated Software Setup Guide with UEFI settings is contained.

ASRock Z390 Taichi Layout, Design and Features …