Not so long time ago we have reviewed the X299 Taichi motherboard which was great. Now is time for a bit upgraded version – Taichi XE. There are not many differences but there are users who find them important. I mean larger VRM heatsink and additional 8-pin power connector what should improve stability and overclocking potential while using Skylake-X processors, especially recently released 12-18 cores.
Stay with us to find out how much has to offer ASRock X299 Taichi XE motherboard.
Even key features list is really long for the Taichi XE motherboard but I will try to describe everything I can. I may pass couple of obvious things as I assume that most our readers know how motherboard looks like.
Here we go with the key features as presented by ASRock.
13 Power Phase DesignDesigned with a 13 Power Phase design, this motherboard features sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. Plus, it offers unmatched overclocking capabilities and enhanced performance with the lowest temperature for advanced gamers as well.
XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink & Heatpipe DesignExtra-large aluminum alloy heatsink along with heatpipe that effectively take away heat from the MOSFET, so that your whole system may perform more stable.
Dr. MOSDr. MOS design features the latest SPS (Smart Power Stage) technology. It’s optimized for monitoring current and temperature of each phase, thus delivering smoother and neater power to the CPU with enhanced performance and OC capability.
Dual Power ConnectorsOffering long-term reliability in various applications, this motherboard is equipped with dual power connectors to deliver cutting-edge current density.
Dual Band 802.11ac WiFiNo one has time for weak WiFi signals and sluggish internet! That’s why this motherboard comes with a 802.11ac WiFi (2.4G / 5G WiFi) module which supports wireless networks and Bluetooth v4.2.
Triple Ultra M.2Triple of the world’s fastest PCIe Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 slots that deliver up to 32Gb/s transfer speed, it also supports SATA3 6Gb/s M.2 modules.
8 Layer PCB (4 x 2oz Copper) & DDR4 4400+(OC)The 8 Layer PCB comes with 4 sets of 2 ounce copper inner layers, providing stable signal traces and power shapes and delivering lower temperature and higher energy efficiency for overclocking! Thus, it’s able to support the latest DDR4 memory modules with most extreme memory performance!
Dual Intel® LANUsers are able to connect two LAN cables to this motherboard’s rear I/O. Dual LAN with Teaming function enabled on this motherboard allows two single connections to act as one single connection for twice the transmission bandwidth, making data transmission more effective.
Dual USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A + Type-C)The newer and more power efficient ASM3142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller not only delivers up to 10 Gbps data transfer rates but also supports “Multiple Ins” architecture, it is able to maintain fast and stable speed while transferring data from two USB storage devices at the same time without bogging down by their speed difference.
RGB LEDBuild your own colorful lighting system! RGB LED and header allows users to connect LED strip and create their unique PC style easily. The ASRock RGB LED utility can be downloaded directly or from an all-in-one utility ASRock Live Update & APP Shop!
PCI-E STEEL SLOTSThe advanced PCI-E Steel Slots packed with solid cover that prevent any signal interference with graphics cards. It also ensures the heavy graphics cards to be well-installed in the PCI-E slots safely.
Intel® Optane™ Memory ReadySupports Intel® Optane™ memory technology and Intel® Optane™ storage technology that redefines a new standard of high performance and responsiveness.
BIOS FlashbackGet the most convenient BIOS flashing with just a simple click. Users can easily achieve the latest BIOS support with a USB and power supply, No CPU, RAM or other components required.
Hyper BCLK Engine IIIAn additional external base clock generator that supports PCIe frequency overclocking. It provides a wider range of frequencies and more precise clock waveforms, allowing any user to get most from their CPU investment with precise, stable overclocking.
VROCVirtual RAID On CPU (VROC) is the latest technology that allows you to build a separate RAID array with M.2 NVME cards, using PCIe Lanes coming from the CPU. With VROC, users can setup RAID 0 to speed up the system with ease, not only that, an optional Upgrade Module is also available to open up more RAID options such as 1, 5 and 10.
Digi PowerUnlike traditional motherboards that use analog power, this motherboard uses a next generation digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, which provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly, so that the stability and lifespan of the motherboard is greatly enhanced.
Water Pump HeaderThis is not only a standard CPU fan header, but also supports water pumps! This header provides a maximum of 1.5A power for supporting the most popular water pumps. User also can adjust the voltage of water pump to get higher cooling performance with lower noise.
Ultra USB PowerThe +5V voltage for the selected rear USB port is transformed from +12V power rail, hence the voltage drop will be much lower than the +5V from the PSU under heavy loading, supplying enough current to USB hubs and high-end devices.
A-TuningA-Tuning is ASRock’s multi purpose software suite with a new interface, more new features and improved utilities.
Live Update & APP ShopASRock Live Update & APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can also easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.
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