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ASRock X370 Taichi Motherboard Review

We will be outlining the ASRock X370 Taichi motherboard’s performance with the Ryzen 7 1800X CPU and 16GB of 3200MHz G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 memory.


Stock MCT voltage hovered around 1.25V under Cinebench load (note the erroneous reading using CPU-Z). This was using the latest BIOS at the time of testing – v1.60.

AM4 Motherboard Test System:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (3.6-4.0GHz + 4.1GHz XFR).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX Titan X Pascal (custom fan curve to eliminate thermal throttling).
  • System Drive: 525GB Crucial MX300 SATA 6Gbps SSD.
  • Games Drive: 960GB SK Hynix SE3010 SATA 6Gbps SSD.
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 1000W.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Anniversary Update).

Comparison AM4 Motherboards:

  • ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero.
  • Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5.
  • MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium.

Software:

  • ASRock X370 Taichi BIOS v1.60 (latest non-beta at the time of testing).
  • GeForce 378.49 VGA drivers.

Tests:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • HandBrake 0.10.5 – Convert 6.27GB 4K video recording using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container (CPU)
  • SiSoft Sandra 2016 SP1 – Processor Arithmetic Test (CPU) and Memory Bandwidth Test (Memory)
  • 7-Zip 16.04 – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU & Memory)
  • 3DMark Fire Strike v1.1 – Fire Strike (1080p) test (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Maximum quality settings, Maximum Advanced Graphics (Gaming)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality, SSAA, AF 16X, Tessellation: High (Gaming)
  • ATTO – M.2, USB 3.1, and SATA 6Gbps transfer rates (Motherboard)
  • RightMark Audio Analyzer – Record and playback test using a line-in to line-out loopback with a 3.5mm audio cable (Motherboard)

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