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ASRock X99 Taichi Motherboard Review

ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO disk benchmark is a Windows-based utility for testing storage performance of any storage drive or controller. We use the default benchmark setup and run this on an OCZ Trion 150 SSD directly connected to the SATA ports and then again over a USB 3.0 port using a USB 3.0 to SATA III adapter.

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Storage performance, which is controlled by the X99 chipset, is right at the level we would expect to see for the devices used.

Rightmark Audio Analyser

Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. This test was run at 16bit audio depth and 192KHz frequency.

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ASRock’s X99 Taichi scores well in RMAA and is fairly typical of the Realtek ALC1150 codec used. In terms of synthetic performance numbers, like these derived from RMAA, most motherboard vendors are reaching a convergence point when the same codecs are used and in general scores are reaching a plateau.

Of interest to more users will be the audible impact of the headset amplifier and other audio features, rather than the synthetic scores since audio is a very subjective experience.

Power Consumption

We leave the system to idle on the Windows 10 desktop for 5 minutes before taking a reading, for CPU load results we run Cinebench and take a reading in the middle of the render progress.

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Power consumption was ever so slightly improved over MSI’s X99A Tomahawk but realistically this is still a margin of error difference.

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