ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION Motherboard Review

Test Setup

For our tests, we will be using a test rig which is comprised of the ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION Motherboard, along with an Intel Core i9-12900KF @ default clock speed, as well as 32GB of Patriot Viper Gaming Venom RGB DDR5-6200 in quad channel mode.

All tests were conducted at turbo clock speeds at a resolution of 1920×1080. High or Ultra settings enabled.


CPU Intel Core i9-12900KF (Alderlake) 12th Gen 10nm
Cooling Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flex AIO 240mm
Motherboard ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION
Ram 32GB Patriot Viper Gaming Venom RGB DDR5-6200
XMP profiles Yes XMP 3.0 Profiles
SSD/HDD Adata Legend 840 1TB (PCIE Gen4x4)
PSU Thermaltake ToughPower PF1 ARGB 1050W
VGA card ASRock Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB
Drivers Latest Software Adrenalin Drivers from AMD
OS Windows 10


AIDA64 Info


CPU-Z Info


Load Temps

Using the the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML 240 (fitted with the LGA1700 brackets), the processor produced a full load temperature of 103 degrees Celsius, which is shockingly high! I’ve never seen anything reached that high before. A few weeks ago, when rumors were circulating about Alder Lake’s extremely high load temperatures, I thought they were just nonsense rumors … but boy! I was wrong. The things is … the processor wasn’t even overclocked, it just run Intel’s native Turbo Boost.

There’s a simple explanation for this … Intel’s Alder Lake processors has a TDP of 125W (241W with Turbo Boost enabled).  I highly recommend you get a decent AIO Liquid cooler for your Alder Lake processors. 


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