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ASRock X470 Taichi review – nice PCB, shame about the overclocking

Closing Thoughts.

In general we like the approach that ASRock takes with its Taichi motherboards however the X470 Taichi falls short as it offers too few features at a price that is too high. It is likely that a modest adjustment in either direction would make a significant difference but as things stand we are unimpressed.

That’s not to say the X470 Taichi is a bad motherboard, but there is no compelling reason to put it at the top of your list.

It is tempting to list our problems with overclocking as a serious issue, and here we are in two minds. On the one hand the X470 Taichi should deliver the 4.25GHz overclock with ease and that in turn should yield extra performance. Balanced against that we feel that overclocking 2nd Gen Ryzen is pretty much a lost cause so it doesn’t much matter. That sounds like a weaselly way to avoid an opinion so the safest thing to say is that enthusiast overclockers should probably avoid the X470 Taichi.

Despite that heap of negative points we still feel a certain amount of love for the X470 Taichi. It’s a well built motherboard with a reasonable list of features and if the price came down £40 we would be much happier about offering a recommendation.

Read more on the board over HERE on the ASROCK website

Price £209.99 inc VAT estimated. CCL have the ASROCK board at at only £189.99 inc vat HERE.

Pros:

  • Understated styling will appeal to adults.
  • Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Dual M.2 slots.
  • Solid performance at standard clock speeds.

Cons:

  • We want more USB ports on the I/O panel.
  • On-board Power and Reset buttons should be included.
  • Overclocking abilities are limited.
  • Relatively expensive.

KitGuru says: X470 Taichi is a solid board design, understated with dual M.2 slots. Overclocking seems a little limited and its quite expensive however.

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Rating: 8.0.

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