ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard Review

How We Test

More cores create higher thermal and power loads that can push other hardware to its limit, yet the parts we’re hoping to push to the limit are all on the motherboards. Intel’s 10-core, 20-thread Core i9-7900X is a great product for stressing the voltage regulators of various X299 motherboards, particularly under our full-AVX-load overclocking stability test.

Test Hardware

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Network

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Graphics Driver

GeForce 382.53

The tremendous heat produced by the Core i9-7900X required us to use nothing less than our award-winning Fractal Design S24 liquid system sample. Getting its fans to blow sufficiently over each motherboard’s voltage regulator required additional design consideration: Of our leftover review samples, Cooler Master’s HAF-XB had the best layout.

Comparison Products

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Benchmark Suite

Benchmark Settings

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

PCMark 8

Version 2.7.613
Home, Creative, Work, Storage, Applications (Adobe & Microsoft)

3DMark 13

Version 4.47.597.0
Skydiver, Firestrike, Firestrike Extreme Default Presets

SiSoftware Sandra

Version 2016.03.22.21
CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth

DiskSPD

4k Random Read, 4k Random Write
128k Sequential Read, 128k Sequential Write

Cinebench R15

Build RC83328DEMO
OpenGL Benchmark

CompuBench

Version 1.5.8
Face Detection, Optical Flow, Ocean Surface, Ray Tracing

Application Tests and Settings

LAME MP3

Version 3.98.3
Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)

HandBrake CLI

Version: 0.9.9
Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19 GB 4k mkv to x265 mp4

Blender

 Version 2.68a
BMW 27 CPU Render Benchmark, BMW 27 GPU Render Benchmark

7-Zip

Version 16.02
THG-Workload (7.6 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=9"

Adobe After Effects CC

Release 2015.3.0, Version 13.8.0.144
PCMark driven routine

Adobe Photoshop CC

Release 2015.5.0. 20160603.r.88 x64
PCMark driven routine (light and heavy)

Adobe InDesign CC

Release 2015.4, Build 11.4.0.90 x64
PCMark driven routine

Adobe Illustrator

Release 2015.3.0, Version 20.0.0 (64-bit)
PCMark driven routine

Game Tests and Settings

Ashes of Singularity

Version 1.31.21360
High Preset - 1920x1080, Mid Shadow Quality, 1x MSAA
Crazy Preset - 1920x1090, High Shadow Quality, 2x MSAA

F1 2015

2015 Season, Abu Dhabi Track, Rain
Medium Preset, No AF
xUltra High Preset, 16x AF

Metro Last Light Redux

Version 3.00 x64
High Quality, 1920x1080, High Tesselation, 16x AF
Very High Quality, 1920x1080, Very High Tesselation, 16x AF

The Talos Principle

Version 267252
Medium Preset, High Quality, High Tesselation, 4x AF
Ultra Preset, VeryHigh Quality, VeryHigh Tesselation, 16x AF

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