ASRock Z690 Taichi Review

Energy consumption …

The motherboard is certainly no longer the decisive factor when it comes to the power consumption of a PC. Despite all that, we want to show what the motherboard consumes and whether it can deliver accordingly under load.

The system’s energy consumption is of course always dependent on the installed components and their load. Our test system consumed 88 watts including the graphics card (AMD RX 6750XT), 2 memory sticks, as well as an M.2 SSD and two 2.5 inch SDDs in idle.

Under full load (Cinebench 23 and Furmark in combination), the power consumption was a good 555 watts, and after the power limits were reached, it was still a good 480 watts. The heatsinks around the CPU socket didn’t get unnaturally hot here either, to be exact 40°C to the left of and 45°C above the CPU. The board also didn’t get particularly warm in Aida64’s system stability test after 35 minutes, we could measure around 40°C and 44°C.

If you let the cat out of the bag and boost the Intel Core i7-12700K to 5.1 GHz and remove the power limits, we could measure a whopping 703 watts here.

Here is the Intel Core i7-12700K with 5.1 GHz for the pinboard.

How high the power costs of the PC are with or without overclocking depending on the performance and running time can be calculated with our interactive PC power cost calculator:

Interactive power consumption Calculator

A small remark at the end: If you don’t activate the DeepSleep of the motherboard, the LEDs of the motherboard light up even when the PC is turned off. The Taichi uses quite a lot of power here with about 10 watts.

ASRock Z690 Taichi Result and general impression …