ASRock X570 Taichi
Meta-review: Testers were mostly satisfied with the performance of the ASRock X570 Taichi and the VRM in particular. They were less impressed by the M.2 cover/heatsink and the noisy fan.
The Taichi brand signifies that this motherboard is part of ASRock’s premium lineup. In this case, it’s based on the AMD X570 chipset that was released in 2019 along with a wide assortment of motherboards for the 3rd-generation Ryzen CPUs. It’s comparatively full-featured and comes with a Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax chip, multiple M.2 slots, and not least a 14-phase power delivery setup.
ASRock X570 Taichi Key Features
AMD’s X570 chipset uses the same AM4 socket as previous generations and supports 2nd- and 3rd-generation Ryzen processors. However, it was launched in 2019 and is mainly intended for the 3K CPU lineup. Along with improved support for the latest AMD CPUs, the chipset introduces the PCI Express (PCIe) 4.0 interface on the consumer market. This effectively doubles the theoretical bandwidth available to PCIe-attached devices – primarily SSDs at the time of launch. It is quite a demanding platform, and like most other X570 motherboards, the Taichi uses active cooling to keep motherboard temperatures in check.
The X570 Taichi has three slots for M.2 SSDs, all of which support the fast PCIe 4.0 interface provided that the SSD is capable of utilizing the additional bandwidth. Two of the slots will hold drives in up to M-key type 2280 (standard length) and one has room for longer 22110 drives. Drives are covered by a single large heatsink that is included with the Taichi.
Like many competitors in the premium segment such as Gigabyte’s X570 Aorus Pro Wifi, the ASRock X570 Taichi features a Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax MU-MIMO wireless module. The Ethernet controller is, however, a more standard-variety Gigabit Intel I211AT. Also like all competitors at launch, the Taichi has four RAM slots (dual channel) for up to 128 GB of DDR4 (4x 32 GB).
Power to the CPU is provided by a 14-phase design using the integrated power stage solution Dr.MOS, which can deliver up to 50A of continuous current for each phase.
To simplify building and maintenance, the Taichi includes a BIOS flashback feature as well as an integrated and adjustable I/O shield. ASRock’s Polysynch RGB functionality lights up the Taichi and comes with an addressable RGB LED strip header.
ASRock X570 Taichi Vs. Asus ROG Strix X570-E
|Product||ASRock X570 Taichi||ROG Strix X570-E Gaming|
|CPU Support||2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen||2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen|
|Power Delivery||14 phases Dr. MOS||12+4 phases|
|RAM Support (up to)||4666 MHz (Gen3 Ryzen)|
3600 MHz (Gen2 Ryzen)
|4400 MHz (Gen3 Ryzen)
3600 MHz (Gen2 Ryzen)
|Memory Slots (Channels)||2 (4)||2 (4)|
|Max. RAM||128 GB||128 GB|
|PCIe 4.0 X16 Slots||3||3|
|PCIe 4.0 X1 Slots||2||2|
|SATA III Ports||8||8|
|PCIe 4.0 M.2 Slots||3||2|
|Network Adapters||1x Intel I211-AT|
Wi-Fi 6 ax
|1x Intel I211-AT
Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5G LAN
Wi-Fi 6 ax
|USB Ports incl. header||2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A,|
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C,
7x USB 3.2 Gen 1
4x USB 2.0
|8x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A,
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C,
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
2x USB 2.0
When only comparing the feature sets of the X570 Taichi versus Asus’ Strix X570-E, there is no clear winner. While the ASRock board has an extra PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots and support for faster RAM out of the box, the Asus model features a 2.5 Gbit/s Ethernet adapter in addition to the 1 Gbit/s Intel variety. The Strix X570-E also has more USB 3 Gen2 slots (header included).
The X570 Taichi is a solid board, but we’d rather pay $20 less for it and have the convenience of easy M.2 slot access. We’d also like to see a firmware update that brings a default RPM slope to the 6000 RPM fan.
Loaded with features like Wi-Fi 6, a solid 12 phase VRM, and some stellar looks, ASRock’s X570 Taichi is a very nice motherboard and a great successor to the X470 Taichi.
The excellent build quality and sleek updated looks make the ASRock X570 Taichi a solid choice.
The ASRock X570 Taichi is a premium offering from a high-end motherboard manufacturer but the long and short of it is, it falls a little before the mark. The FCH fan is also terrible and must be addressed by ASRock.
Tech Yes City:
- Great VRM
- Good performance
- Three M.2 slots
- Unwieldy cover/heatsink
- Noisy fan that must be turned down manually
Specification: ASRock X570 Taichi